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This was our second cruise, we had previously sailed on the 4 month old Escape back in Feb 2016. The Getaway is year older but very similar - that was a plus for us - we already knew the lay of the land. The only major thing missing on the Getaway vs. the Escape is The District Brewhouse. The brewhouse was sorely missed for us as the beer selection on the Getaway is limited if you like IPAs, something unique, and craft beer - they offer regular selections such as Heineken, Stella Artois, Michelob Ultra, Newcastle brown, Sam Adams - which are featured in every bar. The Getaway is headed for a two week drydock in May for some tweaks - perhaps they will add a newer pub or brew Haus type venue. (Although I have been a major Jimmy Buffett fan for like 30 years) Margaritaville was the biggest disappointment on the ship - except for maybe the conch fritters as a snack. It was "free" for lunch the first day - so we grabbed the chance - found it way overrated, noisy, and crowded. This was the only place where I felt the servers were not as good as the main dining rooms. The margaritas, made with Buffett's cheap tequila, were overly sweet (mix) and watery. (I doubt Jimmy drinks this tequila...) If you have the Unlimited drink package - you can get a better margarita anywhere on the ship - say with Patron Silver, which is in the $15 limit for drinks in this package. Overall the restaurant is not worth the premium (for food) over any of the main dining rooms, or the drink you can custom order at any of the bars. The specialty restaurants were incredible and matched our experience on the Escape - we had great meals at Moderno, La Cucina, and Le Bistro. All excellent for food, service, and atmosphere. Another restaurant highlight is the Shanghai's Noodle Bar - you can see the food made in front of you - great BBQ pork soup, dumplings, and fried rice - fresh vegetables and greens in the fried rice (more of a "healthy" fried rice). The spring rolls are previously prepared (frozen) - just sayin' - but this place is great - except for maybe a bit of smoke fumes from the nearby casino. We had a snack/light meal in O'Sheehan's - handy since its always open. Got a couple of orders of fried chicken wings - the buffalo and Jamaican jerk. It is what it is - but the wings were soggy vs. fried crisp, and the jerk sauce does not taste at all like a real jerk sauce at all. I know I sound fussy here - but we really enjoy well executed chicken wings in general - if you have modest expectations you will be fine here. The Burn the Floor show was excellent - I mean really good - and a great choice for a Miami-themed ship. The ship was clean and well-maintained - I was concerned a bit since our only other experience was on the 4 month old Escape, but the Getaway did not disappoint, if anything, it felt more comfortable - more of a well-oiled machine with the crew and operations. Some of this perception maybe due to it being our second cruise and we already knew some of our preferences for food and drink. It's a great ship with a great crew. We did get an upgrade to The Haven - which honestly was incredible all around - food, bar, private concierge, private pool, hot tub, sunning chairs on deck. The Haven restaurant is the equal or better than the specialty dining restaurants - small and very cozy/intimate - with top notch food and service. The servers (Emanuel, Pretty, Mayan) and hosts (Nicola, Samuel) there are all excellent. Jelyrose and Tyler do an excellent job at The Haven bar - can't say enough about these folks. On both Getaway and Escape - we loved the Prime Meridian bar - really nice, quiet, dark. The bartenders will make anything you want - they will work with you. Stopping at this bar before dinner, or whenever, makes you feel like you are in a special place. We also got the spa package ($200 each) and really enjoyed it. We also got a couples massage - that was a wonderful treat - both Antuniya and Surina were excellent. Deck 8 is always our favorite place for a walk. It is called The Waterfront on this ship - lots of great things to see - including the outside restaurant seating and bars, views of the water.

Great cruise on the Getaway

Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by mgerardi

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2019
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: The Haven Courtyard Penthouse with Balcony
This was our second cruise, we had previously sailed on the 4 month old Escape back in Feb 2016. The Getaway is year older but very similar - that was a plus for us - we already knew the lay of the land. The only major thing missing on the Getaway vs. the Escape is The District Brewhouse. The brewhouse was sorely missed for us as the beer selection on the Getaway is limited if you like IPAs, something unique, and craft beer - they offer regular selections such as Heineken, Stella Artois, Michelob Ultra, Newcastle brown, Sam Adams - which are featured in every bar. The Getaway is headed for a two week drydock in May for some tweaks - perhaps they will add a newer pub or brew Haus type venue.

(Although I have been a major Jimmy Buffett fan for like 30 years) Margaritaville was the biggest disappointment on the ship - except for maybe the conch fritters as a snack. It was "free" for lunch the first day - so we grabbed the chance - found it way overrated, noisy, and crowded. This was the only place where I felt the servers were not as good as the main dining rooms. The margaritas, made with Buffett's cheap tequila, were overly sweet (mix) and watery. (I doubt Jimmy drinks this tequila...) If you have the Unlimited drink package - you can get a better margarita anywhere on the ship - say with Patron Silver, which is in the $15 limit for drinks in this package. Overall the restaurant is not worth the premium (for food) over any of the main dining rooms, or the drink you can custom order at any of the bars.

The specialty restaurants were incredible and matched our experience on the Escape - we had great meals at Moderno, La Cucina, and Le Bistro. All excellent for food, service, and atmosphere. Another restaurant highlight is the Shanghai's Noodle Bar - you can see the food made in front of you - great BBQ pork soup, dumplings, and fried rice - fresh vegetables and greens in the fried rice (more of a "healthy" fried rice). The spring rolls are previously prepared (frozen) - just sayin' - but this place is great - except for maybe a bit of smoke fumes from the nearby casino.

We had a snack/light meal in O'Sheehan's - handy since its always open. Got a couple of orders of fried chicken wings - the buffalo and Jamaican jerk. It is what it is - but the wings were soggy vs. fried crisp, and the jerk sauce does not taste at all like a real jerk sauce at all. I know I sound fussy here - but we really enjoy well executed chicken wings in general - if you have modest expectations you will be fine here.

The Burn the Floor show was excellent - I mean really good - and a great choice for a Miami-themed ship.

The ship was clean and well-maintained - I was concerned a bit since our only other experience was on the 4 month old Escape, but the Getaway did not disappoint, if anything, it felt more comfortable - more of a well-oiled machine with the crew and operations. Some of this perception maybe due to it being our second cruise and we already knew some of our preferences for food and drink. It's a great ship with a great crew.

We did get an upgrade to The Haven - which honestly was incredible all around - food, bar, private concierge, private pool, hot tub, sunning chairs on deck.

The Haven restaurant is the equal or better than the specialty dining restaurants - small and very cozy/intimate - with top notch food and service. The servers (Emanuel, Pretty, Mayan) and hosts (Nicola, Samuel) there are all excellent. Jelyrose and Tyler do an excellent job at The Haven bar - can't say enough about these folks.

On both Getaway and Escape - we loved the Prime Meridian bar - really nice, quiet, dark. The bartenders will make anything you want - they will work with you. Stopping at this bar before dinner, or whenever, makes you feel like you are in a special place.

We also got the spa package ($200 each) and really enjoyed it.

We also got a couples massage - that was a wonderful treat - both Antuniya and Surina were excellent.

Deck 8 is always our favorite place for a walk. It is called The Waterfront on this ship - lots of great things to see - including the outside restaurant seating and bars, views of the water.
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