Our last 6 vacations have been “All Inclusive resorts” in either Cuba or Dominican Republic, so we were looking for a change without breaking the bank. We embarked The Getaway on a 9 day cruise leaving from New Orleans on December 12, 2019 with ports of call in Cost Maya, Harvest Caye, Roatan Island, Grand Cayman Island and Ocho Rios. I must admit that after reading some of the less than flattering reviews of the Norwegian Getaway on this site I have to ask myself, “Were we even on the same cruise ship?” Before giving an honest review of both the cruise ship and ports we visited, provided below are some tips which I think will help you to fully enjoy this cruise vacation;
1. We were informed more than 30 people did not make it in time to board in New Orleans due to missed connecting flights, and we had to leave without them. New Orleans is a wonderful city to explore so when you contact the NCL booking agent consider asking for a flight which arrives one or two days prior to embarkation. This will cost you $15.00 per day (though NCL will deduct transportation transfer fees since you will be arranging your own transportation to the cruise ship). This way you remove any doubts over whether your flight will cause you to miss your cruise ship, and at the same time enjoy the many sights and sounds of New Orleans for 1 or 2 days. Bonus: You can also book a flight leaving up two days after your cruise ship returns to New Orleans, allowing more time in New Orleans and avoiding long line ups with everyone else trying to transfer back to Louis Armstrong Airport (make sure you choose the self-assist option when debarking at the end of your cruise).
2.Make sure you pre-register for the cruise on line and print completed forms prior to leaving home. This will save a lot of time and stress when you embark, especially if you have children.