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Norwegian Getaway Review

Terrible lines, noise and crowds.

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First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Oct 2019
Cabin: Mid-Ship Balcony Stateroom

The lines, noise and crowds were terrible. For example, the organization of the immigration clearance in Miami was terrible and unforgivable. We shuffled in line for an hour and a half, for no reason, to get to the immigration desk. I calculated about 400 people in the queue in the main bay alone. Why, when they were only processing about five people per minute? Why run a line from the Tropicana aft roomt to the forward lobby, to the outside deck, and aft to the gangway before even getting off the ship? We could have stayed in our cabin or a lounge for an hour and a quarter and then had a leisurely walk to the immigration desk without compromising the process at all.

I understand that nothing could be done about getting back aboard before the Coast Guard gave permission, but at least there should have been enough seats in the waiting area. Instead many had to stand or sit on the floor. And food and beverages would have been nice since we were stuck there from mid-morning until mid-afternoon.

The noise in the atrium was often so loud that we couldn't enjoy our meal in O'Sheehans.

Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony Stateroom

Reasonable size considering, clean, well laid out. Convertible couch not very comfortable. Could not get the minibar emptied. Better reading lights over the bed and the couch would be nice.

Port Reviews

Cobh (Cork)

Went to Blarney Castle. Interesting, but the best part was the free Irish Coffees in one of the souvenir shops. Bus driver gave me two tickets, and one of my group gave me his unused ticket. Three got me mellow enough to enjoy the tour somewhat. Needed a toilet desperately by the time we got back to the pier. Had to double-time to a hotel in town. Why aren't there porta-pots near the boarding line when it can take an hour to get back on board?


See my description of the immigration clearance fiasco. The absolute worst part of the cruise, and easily avoidable with proper management.

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