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Was nervous when reading some of the reviews when the Getaway arrived in New Orleans a couple months ago. If you are organized and do your research before boarding, you will have a wonderful vacation. Our family has been on 8 cruises on medium to large Royal Carribean and Carnival ships and found the Getaway to be very similar in many ways. We always sail during the busiest times to cruise (Christmas or Spring Break) and was pleasantly surprised with how smoothly embarkation went at the port of New Orleans. Such an easy port to cruise out of and many family friendly hotels to choose from within 2 blocks. I recommend the Springhill Suites Convention Center. Large family suites with a large breakfast buffet included in the nightly rate. We arrived at 9:45 at the port and check-in and security took 15 minutes. They assign boarding numbers and we were on the ship by 11:15 eating lunch at O"Sheehans. Again, you will have a wonderful cruise, but the Getaway is a ship that requires advance planning. We reserved both large shows and all of our sit down meals 2 months in advance. We have most recently sailed on the Carnival Vista, Carnival Breeze and RCCL Freedom of the Seas and this is how we thought the Getaway compared: Pros: The main dining room menu selection was better than the last few cruises on Carnival and RCCL. Entertainment was excellent on the Getaway and we thought Million Dollar Quartet was the best show we have seen on a cruise. Decor was very attractive and the ship was beautiful. Getting off the ship was a breeze in each port. We were able to walk off with no line within 20 minutes of receiving the green light to get off from the cruise director. Music by the pool was kept at a decent sound level. Carnival has it too loud in my opinion. Not as many misbehaving children wandering around in comparison to Carnival. Several waterslides to enjoy on sea days. Cons: We had two cabins, a balcony and interior. They were both very clean, but smaller than the cabins we have had on Carnival and Royal Carribean. We would not book an interior cabih again if sailing NCL. Garden buffet was a disappointment. The food was tasteless and very repetitive. The Indian food served a few of the days was decent, but overall we preferred the options on Carnival (Tacos by the pool and Guys Burgers) or the standard buffet or small upcharge for Johnny Rockets on RCCL. NCL needs to drop the price of Margaritaville and maybe people would visit. It is only open in the afternoon and we never saw more than a handful of people dining. A $15 charge plus tip per person is a bit much. Comedy club was way too small. If you want seat, make sure you get in line before the doors open. Ports: Cozumel- We suggest Paradise Beach. This is our favorite spot in Cozumel and the most affordable beach club. 15 minute taxi ride and $3 entry per person. Miguel was awesome! They have a $10 food/drink minimum and we enjoyed frozen margaritas, beer and chips and guacamole. Our group enjoyed the pool, jet skis, kayaks and snorkeling off the dock. Roatan - Maya Key private island excursion through NCL. Very organized and we loved the fact it was only a 10 minute boat ride from the port. We snorkeled, enjoyed interacting with monkeys and walked around. Not that great of a beach though for swimming and would not recommend if you want a beach day. We got bitten by beach flies and were covered in red dots for a day. The lunch included was good, but small for American standards. Harvest Caye - Beautiful private port. Get a seat right away in the morning by the beautiful pool. You will need to cool off! The temperatures were in the high 80's and very humid the first week of January and the locals said it was very typical weather. We enjoyed lunch at Land Shark and enjoyed the views from the rooftop bar. If you are lucky, you may see small stingrays swimming by the mangroves when walking to and from the ship. Costa Maya - Hands down the small town of Mahahual had the best beach of the week. Take a taxi into town and head to Tropicante. You can email them in advance or just show up. No charge to sit on their chairs as long as you order something. The water is crystal clear and no seaweed. I enjoyed a $20 massage and thought the food and drinks were good for the price. We would sail on the Getaway again and would sail out of New Orleans in the future. Enjoy your cruise!

Family Cruise, First on NCL

Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by KristiMarie_12

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2019
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom
Was nervous when reading some of the reviews when the Getaway arrived in New Orleans a couple months ago. If you are organized and do your research before boarding, you will have a wonderful vacation. Our family has been on 8 cruises on medium to large Royal Carribean and Carnival ships and found the Getaway to be very similar in many ways. We always sail during the busiest times to cruise (Christmas or Spring Break) and was pleasantly surprised with how smoothly embarkation went at the port of New Orleans. Such an easy port to cruise out of and many family friendly hotels to choose from within 2 blocks. I recommend the Springhill Suites Convention Center. Large family suites with a large breakfast buffet included in the nightly rate. We arrived at 9:45 at the port and check-in and security took 15 minutes. They assign boarding numbers and we were on the ship by 11:15 eating lunch at O"Sheehans. Again, you will have a wonderful cruise, but the Getaway is a ship that requires advance planning. We reserved both large shows and all of our sit down meals 2 months in advance. We have most recently sailed on the Carnival Vista, Carnival Breeze and RCCL Freedom of the Seas and this is how we thought the Getaway compared:

Pros:

The main dining room menu selection was better than the last few cruises on Carnival and RCCL.

Entertainment was excellent on the Getaway and we thought Million Dollar Quartet was the best show we have seen on a cruise.

Decor was very attractive and the ship was beautiful.

Getting off the ship was a breeze in each port. We were able to walk off with no line within 20 minutes of receiving the green light to get off from the cruise director.

Music by the pool was kept at a decent sound level. Carnival has it too loud in my opinion.

Not as many misbehaving children wandering around in comparison to Carnival. Several waterslides to enjoy on sea days.

Cons:

We had two cabins, a balcony and interior. They were both very clean, but smaller than the cabins we have had on Carnival and Royal Carribean. We would not book an interior cabih again if sailing NCL.

Garden buffet was a disappointment. The food was tasteless and very repetitive. The Indian food served a few of the days was decent, but overall we preferred the options on Carnival (Tacos by the pool and Guys Burgers) or the standard buffet or small upcharge for Johnny Rockets on RCCL. NCL needs to drop the price of Margaritaville and maybe people would visit. It is only open in the afternoon and we never saw more than a handful of people dining. A $15 charge plus tip per person is a bit much.

Comedy club was way too small. If you want seat, make sure you get in line before the doors open.

Ports:

Cozumel- We suggest Paradise Beach. This is our favorite spot in Cozumel and the most affordable beach club. 15 minute taxi ride and $3 entry per person. Miguel was awesome! They have a $10 food/drink minimum and we enjoyed frozen margaritas, beer and chips and guacamole. Our group enjoyed the pool, jet skis, kayaks and snorkeling off the dock.

Roatan - Maya Key private island excursion through NCL. Very organized and we loved the fact it was only a 10 minute boat ride from the port. We snorkeled, enjoyed interacting with monkeys and walked around. Not that great of a beach though for swimming and would not recommend if you want a beach day. We got bitten by beach flies and were covered in red dots for a day. The lunch included was good, but small for American standards.

Harvest Caye - Beautiful private port. Get a seat right away in the morning by the beautiful pool. You will need to cool off! The temperatures were in the high 80's and very humid the first week of January and the locals said it was very typical weather. We enjoyed lunch at Land Shark and enjoyed the views from the rooftop bar. If you are lucky, you may see small stingrays swimming by the mangroves when walking to and from the ship.

Costa Maya - Hands down the small town of Mahahual had the best beach of the week. Take a taxi into town and head to Tropicante. You can email them in advance or just show up. No charge to sit on their chairs as long as you order something. The water is crystal clear and no seaweed. I enjoyed a $20 massage and thought the food and drinks were good for the price.

We would sail on the Getaway again and would sail out of New Orleans in the future. Enjoy your cruise!
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Balcony Stateroom
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Very nice, but small balcony. Laurence was a wonderful cabin steward.
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