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Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Some beautiful cities but no bortsch!

Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by John Faris

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

We enjoyed the places we visited. Our stateroom was quiet and well serviced. We enjoyed meeting different people at meal times. The staff were invariably friendly and helpful. Provision was made of a meeting room for an informal church service on Sunday evening.

BUT

We found the number of people on board a bit much and would consider a smaller ship therefore another time.

The music was often loud. Our first meal in Tropicana was spoiled in this way. The background music in the corridors was irritating.

We felt the excursion to St Petersburg was over priced and the lunch provided disappointing (no bortsch!) The guide, however was very good. If we had known about independent excursions we would have booked one of those. Apparently one of those had a short river cruise and a visit to the Church of Spilled Blood (and bortsch!) and some free time ashore, all of which which we would have enjoyed. On the second day of the tour we had to stand for a while for admission to Peterhof. This was made bearable by a brass band and that the weather was dry. To stand in the rain would have been miserable.

We were disappointed that the speciality restaurants attracted a charge and that internet was charged at too high a price.

It wasn't clear just what our basic drinks package allowed.

At the rescue drill on the first afternoon, we found it hard to hear what was being said, partly because a gaming machine was playing music, until an enterprising passenger unplugged it - but surely it should be good practice for staff to ensure that there is no distracting music happening during safety drills.


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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BD 9110

Quiet and comfortable with a friendly steward.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Copenhagen

A bus 25 runs from Norreport in the city centre (and also 27 from Osterport) to "OceanKai" very near to the cruise terminal. It was a bit crowded with passengers and luggage on the way back.

Rostock (Warnemunde)

A pleasant port to walk around with a beach about 20 minutes walk from the ship

Tallinn

The old city is very accessible from the ship on foot. We were moved by a museum on the Estonian experience during and after WW2, very well presented.

Helsinki

Another city which is accessible by walking from the ship.

Stockholm

Actually Nysahaven, a port some 20 miles from Stockholm, very pleasant to walk around with a chocolate shop and helpful tourist information


The coffee is not great - no doubt to induce us to buy a speciality instead. It was a bonus to find an urn of chai masala in the Garden Cafe for breakfast, although it wasn't always hot.


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