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We had sailed on the Getaway several years ago and enjoyed it so much that we chose it for our recent cruise. The ship is as beautiful as ever, and even though it is due for a "dry dock" refurbishment in a few months, I felt she was still in very good condition. The pros: 1. quick embarkation (at least for Lattitudes members), and also relatively fast disembarkation for everyone who carried their own luggage off of the ship 2.The crew could hardly be more friendly 3. Crew is constantly cleaning 4. I found the food, in the buffet, Tropicana complimentary dining room, Le Bistro, and La Cucina, to be very good to excellent. The menus offer a tasty variety. Our waitstaff in all venues, were efficient and welcoming 5. The entertainment was outstanding, especially the theater productions and both comedians, including their warm-up act, at Headliners. The Cons: 1. Many passengers took advantage of the "free" (not really since you pay both tax and gratuities on the package) drink package. All too many did not handle their liquor well. Two fisted drinking was apparent from early morning 'til late at night. You can just hear the vocal volume increase as the day progresses. Alcohol is undoubtedly responsible for a passenger falling from her balcony one evening and also for late night brawls. 2. NCL no longer supplies insulated cups with their soda package, forcing passengers to get their sodas in tiny glasses or plastic cups which, with ice, hold only about 6 oz.. 3. The only straws that are available are large diameter paper ones which are more appropriate for a milk-shake (and you have to practically beg for these). 4. Perhaps my # 1 problem with this cruise was the unruly children. For whatever reason, some parents seem to feel that the Atrium is a playground for their kids, who are allowed to race around, bouncing off the furniture, screeching at the top of their lungs apparently oblivious as to what programs are occurring. Whatever happened to "inside voices"? This poor behavior was mirrored in the buffet, where some parents allowed their children to serve themselves (all too often resorting to their hands when the tongs proved unruly). I can't tell you how many times I saw these families race by the hand-sanitizers in their rush to get to the food. A pet peeve is toddlers in the specialty restaurants, allowed to run around and, all too often howl uncontrollably when they did not get their way. Infants in arms, were at the theater shows often disrupting. Having raised my children to respect others, I am at a loss as to why some parents are so insensitive to their surroundings and allow such behavior to occur. Cruisers spend thousands on their vacation and should be able to expect more than a nursery school atmosphere. I fault the parents, not the children. I'm not sure what the cruise staff can do in such situations. 5.Spice H2O, open deck parties, often continued until after 2:00 am. The entirety of the aft cabins, several decks down were subjected to the constant throbbing beat of the base, making sleep difficult. 6. The Atrium is an inadequate venue for the many activities which are scheduled there. The seats are extremely uncomfortable, having seats so deep that back pillows are necessary. Countless drinks were spilled by people trying to negotiate between the oversized furniture. 7. The movies shown on board (Atrium, Spice H2O, Theater) are really OLD. They seem to be chosen for youngsters, however, I seldom saw any in attendance (mostly, 60+). TV channel choice in rooms is poor. 8. The dress code is totally ignored. Men in tank tops and baseball caps were seen far too often in the complimentary dinner restaurants. No one seems to enforce anything, probably for fear of offending the guests (even though they are offending everyone else!). 9. very small gym for this size ship Tips: 1. Get your main theater tickets on-line before you board, if possible. If not, on embarkation day, head to deck 7 fwd, to the box office. You can get tickets for the production shows there, but most important, it is the only place you can get reservations for the extremely popular Headliner's comedy shows. Both production shows, "Million Dollar Quartet and "Burn the Floor", are excellent! 2. Make specialty restaurant reservations on-line if possible. If not, on embarkation day, head to the comedy club, Headliners on deck 6, mid. and secure them, and for the complimentary restaurants, Tropicana, Savor, and Taste (all serve the same menu), as well. They open at 5:00 for early diners. You are able to book the same time and request the same waiters for most evenings. Drink packages are also purchased here. 3. Get your key card "punched" at Guest Services to facilitate hanging on a lanyard. 4. Bring your own drinking straws. I have a reusable metal variety, which I recommend. Also, bring your own insulated cup for water or soda. The ship's tap water is very good quality and quite palatable for drinking. There is no need to purchase bottled water for consumption (not sure for medical purposes). 5. Margaritaville (dk. 16) is a wonderful, complimentary, alternative venue for breakfast. It is open air, but covered. It has all the basics and is far less crowded than the buffet. Only breakfast is complimentary at this restaurant, however. 6. Consider viewing events that take place in the Atrium (game shows etc.) from O'Shehann's restaurant. It is one deck up and directly above the Atrium. It has an open gallery which allows you to look down. A food order is not necessary. 5. Bring a battery operated votive candle to light the bathroom at night. 6. Cookies appear in the buffet at 3:00! We had a balcony cabin. Everything is well, if compactly, configured. Storage is adequate but I do miss drawers, especially in the desk area. Desk seating "cube" doubles for both storage and as a small table if the top is turned over. Our balcony had a small triangular "bump out", and we really appreciated the extra room. These are small balconies! Electricity is only "on" if a key card (or other credit-type card) is kept in the slot by the door. There is a switch that signals the room steward to make up the room. Towel animals almost guarantee a smile from you at night. We have sailed with NCL for many years. Unfortunately, the demographic of fellow cruisers has changed. NCL seems to be heading the way of Carnival in their "party 'til you drop" atmosphere. We are far from "fuddy duddys", but the out of control demeanor of increasingly larger numbers of passengers, is leading us to seek other lines.

All day "Happy Hour"!

Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by dollyrox

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2019
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom
We had sailed on the Getaway several years ago and enjoyed it so much that we chose it for our recent cruise. The ship is as beautiful as ever, and even though it is due for a "dry dock" refurbishment in a few months, I felt she was still in very good condition.

The pros:

1. quick embarkation (at least for Lattitudes members), and also relatively fast disembarkation for everyone who carried their own luggage off of the ship

2.The crew could hardly be more friendly

3. Crew is constantly cleaning

4. I found the food, in the buffet, Tropicana complimentary dining room, Le Bistro, and La Cucina, to be very good to excellent. The menus offer a tasty variety. Our waitstaff in all venues, were efficient and welcoming

5. The entertainment was outstanding, especially the theater productions and both comedians, including their warm-up act, at Headliners.

The Cons:

1. Many passengers took advantage of the "free" (not really since you pay both tax and gratuities on the package) drink package. All too many did not handle their liquor well. Two fisted drinking was apparent from early morning 'til late at night. You can just hear the vocal volume increase as the day progresses. Alcohol is undoubtedly responsible for a passenger falling from her balcony one evening and also for late night brawls.

2. NCL no longer supplies insulated cups with their soda package, forcing passengers to get their sodas in tiny glasses or plastic cups which, with ice, hold only about 6 oz..

3. The only straws that are available are large diameter paper ones which are more appropriate for a milk-shake (and you have to practically beg for these).

4. Perhaps my # 1 problem with this cruise was the unruly children. For whatever reason, some parents seem to feel that the Atrium is a playground for their kids, who are allowed to race around, bouncing off the furniture, screeching at the top of their lungs apparently oblivious as to what programs are occurring. Whatever happened to "inside voices"? This poor behavior was mirrored in the buffet, where some parents allowed their children to serve themselves (all too often resorting to their hands when the tongs proved unruly). I can't tell you how many times I saw these families race by the hand-sanitizers in their rush to get to the food. A pet peeve is toddlers in the specialty restaurants, allowed to run around and, all too often howl uncontrollably when they did not get their way. Infants in arms, were at the theater shows often disrupting. Having raised my children to respect others, I am at a loss as to why some parents are so insensitive to their surroundings and allow such behavior to occur. Cruisers spend thousands on their vacation and should be able to expect more than a nursery school atmosphere. I fault the parents, not the children. I'm not sure what the cruise staff can do in such situations.

5.Spice H2O, open deck parties, often continued until after 2:00 am. The entirety of the aft cabins, several decks down were subjected to the constant throbbing beat of the base, making sleep difficult.

6. The Atrium is an inadequate venue for the many activities which are scheduled there. The seats are extremely uncomfortable, having seats so deep that back pillows are necessary. Countless drinks were spilled by people trying to negotiate between the oversized furniture.

7. The movies shown on board (Atrium, Spice H2O, Theater) are really OLD. They seem to be chosen for youngsters, however, I seldom saw any in attendance (mostly, 60+). TV channel choice in rooms is poor.

8. The dress code is totally ignored. Men in tank tops and baseball caps were seen far too often in the complimentary dinner restaurants. No one seems to enforce anything, probably for fear of offending the guests (even though they are offending everyone else!).

9. very small gym for this size ship

Tips:

1. Get your main theater tickets on-line before you board, if possible. If not, on embarkation day, head to deck 7 fwd, to the box office. You can get tickets for the production shows there, but most important, it is the only place you can get reservations for the extremely popular Headliner's comedy shows. Both production shows, "Million Dollar Quartet and "Burn the Floor", are excellent!

2. Make specialty restaurant reservations on-line if possible. If not, on embarkation day, head to the comedy club, Headliners on deck 6, mid. and secure them, and for the complimentary restaurants, Tropicana, Savor, and Taste (all serve the same menu), as well. They open at 5:00 for early diners. You are able to book the same time and request the same waiters for most evenings. Drink packages are also purchased here.

3. Get your key card "punched" at Guest Services to facilitate hanging on a lanyard.

4. Bring your own drinking straws. I have a reusable metal variety, which I recommend. Also, bring your own insulated cup for water or soda. The ship's tap water is very good quality and quite palatable for drinking. There is no need to purchase bottled water for consumption (not sure for medical purposes).

5. Margaritaville (dk. 16) is a wonderful, complimentary, alternative venue for breakfast. It is open air, but covered. It has all the basics and is far less crowded than the buffet. Only breakfast is complimentary at this restaurant, however.

6. Consider viewing events that take place in the Atrium (game shows etc.) from O'Shehann's restaurant. It is one deck up and directly above the Atrium. It has an open gallery which allows you to look down. A food order is not necessary.

5. Bring a battery operated votive candle to light the bathroom at night.

6. Cookies appear in the buffet at 3:00!

We had a balcony cabin. Everything is well, if compactly, configured. Storage is adequate but I do miss drawers, especially in the desk area. Desk seating "cube" doubles for both storage and as a small table if the top is turned over. Our balcony had a small triangular "bump out", and we really appreciated the extra room. These are small balconies! Electricity is only "on" if a key card (or other credit-type card) is kept in the slot by the door. There is a switch that signals the room steward to make up the room. Towel animals almost guarantee a smile from you at night.

We have sailed with NCL for many years. Unfortunately, the demographic of fellow cruisers has changed. NCL seems to be heading the way of Carnival in their "party 'til you drop" atmosphere. We are far from "fuddy duddys", but the out of control demeanor of increasingly larger numbers of passengers, is leading us to seek other lines.
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