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Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Pretty awful, still have PTSD from the experience!

Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by CruiseSRQ

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2019
  • Destination: the Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom

I would just concur with the poster who wrote "Marginal and Loud" as their headline. If you like really big, really loud, really overcrowded, and really under-serviced ships, then this ones for you. Otherwise I would run and "Getaway" as fast as you can.

The ports were great though. The room attendants were friendly and spot on, so I will give kudos where due. The Starbucks was great. The sushi restaurant was not half bad, and the steak place was downright good. The rest, well...just mediocre to bad. The wait times for tables, the feeding troughes at the buffet (literally not to be able to find a table at the buffet and having to eat outside where its 50 degrees is unacceptable for any ship), the nickel and dime fees for everything, the cacophony of noise in the main sections of the ship. I waited 3 days for them to bring me a case of water I purchased the minute I got there, which I'm pretty sure is the same water that comes out of the tap but that's besides the point. At some point at day 2 I had to buy liters of water at the bars because I didn't know if I was ever going to get it. Water, you know, it's kind of important to some people. I recommend buying the bar water btw and not the case water, the bar water is actual good quality bottled water, not their crappy filtered water.

I have become used to smaller ships after many years of cruising and don't like crowds, so this just wasn't the ship for me. I chose this ship because we were traveling with 4 teens and I wanted them to have more activities like the ropes course and slides etc. But with 5K people and very limited hours that these facilities were open, no one used them from my group anyway. The only saving grace for my group was the Haven which is worth the money if purchased on day 1. It's the only area of relative quiet and the pools and saunas are nice.

All in all this felt like a Carnival ship sailing in the Baltic. So if you like Carnival, you'll like the Getaway.


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Balcony Stateroom

We were in a standard balcony cabin on deck 11. It was uninspiring. Bathroom was ok, water pressure wasn't bad. Televisions were terrible. So awful you couldn't even watch tv the sound was so distorted. The beds were like prison beds. Sagged in the middle. Just terrible. And only this thin blanket for a comforter.


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