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Just spent a week on the Getaway, January 26 - February 2. I see others have reviewed this cruise and wonder...were we actually on the same cruise?? We have cruised Princess, Cunard and Avalon (river) prior, first time on Norwegian. We loved it and are sold on mega ships! Yes, there can be a little crowding in some places at some times, but you can just avoid those places and go somewhere else. People act SHOCKED that there 4,000 people on this cruise...did you do your research? It's not a secret people. You simply cannot beat the value for the money with Norwegian. If you are not looking for a huge boat with casual atmosphere, then look at another cruiseline. It's not the cruiseline's fault...they deliver what they advertise. You just chose the wrong cruise for you. So here's our summary of the trip: Were were a group of eight. Four "50-somethings" and Four "20-somethings". Ebarkation: Flew into New Orleans a day early with the "free" Norwegian flights. Arrived at 11am, had the whole day to explore the city. Next morning took Uber approx. 1.5 miles from our hotel to cruiseport at 10:30 am. He dropped us right next to the luggage drop area. Walked into terminal, about 2 minutes to registration desk, a couple of minutes there, got boarding group 6. Waited about 20 minutes - was on the ship by 11:30am. Easy peasy. Had lunch in Taste dining room, our room was ready after that and our luggage showed up about 2pm. Could not have been easier. Cabin: Had large balcony room on deck nine. Balcony had 2 loungers, a table and 2 chairs. Awesome set up. Cabin exactly as pictured online. Tons of storage, didn't use most of it. Loved having the couch by the balcony doors. Was glad to have US news channels to keep up on news while away. Bathroom was spacious and well laid out with plenty of storage. Huge shout out to our room steward Waisul, he was awesome! Always around, always smiling, greeted us by name every time, was willing to chat and share a bit about himself when we asked. Food: My husband is a professionally trained chef (Culinary Institute of America) and he was really impressed with both the food quality and service in all of the restaurants we ate at. Did we absolutely love everything we ate? Of course not, there will always be something you don't care for, but you can always order something else so no big deal. He is generally not a big buffet person but thought the offerings on the main buffet were plentiful, attractively displayed and most were delicious. We frequented the main dining rooms for breakfast and a couple of dinners and they did not disappoint. Most of the servers were really friendly. We had the dining package and were able to make reservations for Moderno and the Cirque dinner show about 4 weeks out. The others were showing sold out prior to sailing, but we were able to make reservations for Cagney's and Ocean Blue once on board with no problems. Cagney's was amazing, the best of the four. Most of the meal at Ocean Blue was wonderful, one of the entrees not so much but not a deal breaker. Moderno was our least favorite, but probably more the syle of the meal and we were with a group of eight for a friend's birthday...it was his choice. We ate dinner one night at the Shanghai Noodle Bar, no reservations but we showed up at 6pm and they gave us a little pager to be called when our table was ready. Waited about 30 minutes, you can go to one of the nearby bars for a drink while you wait. Loved the spring rolls and potstickers as well as the pork noodle bowl I ordered. We grabbed snacks, including late night, at O'Sheehans several times and they fit the bill for the munchie fix. Bars: We had the drinks package and took total advantage of it, LOL! My husband is really into wine and there were several wines by the glass that he was quite happy with. You can choose more expensive wines by the glass and just pay the difference (between the $15 maximum and the glass price). We loved the mojito bar, the margaritas at Jimmy Buffets and the chocolate martinis at the Prime Meridan bar by Cagney's ( this out-of-the-way bar was a hidden treasure!) I loved the prosecco offered by the glass, and tried a whole bunch of different frozen drinks during the week. Found out several days in that they offered cans of spiked seltzer (Truly, Bon Viv) at the pool bar and it was really refreshing on the rocks. I would not sail without a drinks package, the menu prices are crazy!!! Entertainment: We are not really "show" people, but several in our group urged us to come with them to the shows so we reserved Burn the Floor and Million Dollar Quartet before sailing. While we are not "show" people, we were impressed and the productions were over the top. We LOVED the Cirque show. Our favorite though was Syd Norman's. The House Band was awesome and we also enjoyed the Foreigner tribute band. Yes...it is crowded in there, but if you are persistant you can get seats. We went in during the trivia that was running prior to the music and stood in the back. When trivia was over a lot of people left and we got seats. The Foreigner band also played in the main theater at the end of the week, so more people got to see them there. We went to the Ship Q&A in the theater with the captain, cruise director and engineer. It was very informative. Played in the casino a little, broke even on that. Played a lot of mini golf, shuffle board and the giant chess board. Waited too long to do the ropes course, it was closed on our last sea day due to wind/weather. Lesson learned...don't wait! Ports: We had not planned to do any excursions. Got of the ship briefly in Cozumel and Ocho Rios to walk around. Grand Cayman was a bit of a project getting off because of the tenders but we knew that from doing our research. We signed up for a tender group the day before and got off by 11. Took a cab up 7 mile beach to check out a resort we are considering visiting. Had lunch there, walked the beach and took a swim. Cab back to port, waited about 45 minutes to tender back. Others in our group did NCL excursions at all ports and reported no problems and a great time. Disembarkation: Did "self assist" for luggage since we travel light. Had breakfast in the buffet, walked off the ship at 10:30. Took 10 - 15 minutes to clear immigration,etc. We had booked the NCL shuttle to the airport. Arrived at the airport around 11:30. No problems with flights home. Time to plan our next cruise!

Wonderful Week On The Getaway - What's Up With All The Bad Reviews??

Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by misslab

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2020
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Large Balcony Stateroom
Just spent a week on the Getaway, January 26 - February 2. I see others have reviewed this cruise and wonder...were we actually on the same cruise?? We have cruised Princess, Cunard and Avalon (river) prior, first time on Norwegian. We loved it and are sold on mega ships! Yes, there can be a little crowding in some places at some times, but you can just avoid those places and go somewhere else. People act SHOCKED that there 4,000 people on this cruise...did you do your research? It's not a secret people. You simply cannot beat the value for the money with Norwegian. If you are not looking for a huge boat with casual atmosphere, then look at another cruiseline. It's not the cruiseline's fault...they deliver what they advertise. You just chose the wrong cruise for you. So here's our summary of the trip:

Were were a group of eight. Four "50-somethings" and Four "20-somethings".

Ebarkation: Flew into New Orleans a day early with the "free" Norwegian flights. Arrived at 11am, had the whole day to explore the city. Next morning took Uber approx. 1.5 miles from our hotel to cruiseport at 10:30 am. He dropped us right next to the luggage drop area. Walked into terminal, about 2 minutes to registration desk, a couple of minutes there, got boarding group 6. Waited about 20 minutes - was on the ship by 11:30am. Easy peasy. Had lunch in Taste dining room, our room was ready after that and our luggage showed up about 2pm. Could not have been easier.

Cabin: Had large balcony room on deck nine. Balcony had 2 loungers, a table and 2 chairs. Awesome set up. Cabin exactly as pictured online. Tons of storage, didn't use most of it. Loved having the couch by the balcony doors. Was glad to have US news channels to keep up on news while away. Bathroom was spacious and well laid out with plenty of storage. Huge shout out to our room steward Waisul, he was awesome! Always around, always smiling, greeted us by name every time, was willing to chat and share a bit about himself when we asked.

Food: My husband is a professionally trained chef (Culinary Institute of America) and he was really impressed with both the food quality and service in all of the restaurants we ate at. Did we absolutely love everything we ate? Of course not, there will always be something you don't care for, but you can always order something else so no big deal. He is generally not a big buffet person but thought the offerings on the main buffet were plentiful, attractively displayed and most were delicious. We frequented the main dining rooms for breakfast and a couple of dinners and they did not disappoint. Most of the servers were really friendly. We had the dining package and were able to make reservations for Moderno and the Cirque dinner show about 4 weeks out. The others were showing sold out prior to sailing, but we were able to make reservations for Cagney's and Ocean Blue once on board with no problems. Cagney's was amazing, the best of the four. Most of the meal at Ocean Blue was wonderful, one of the entrees not so much but not a deal breaker. Moderno was our least favorite, but probably more the syle of the meal and we were with a group of eight for a friend's birthday...it was his choice. We ate dinner one night at the Shanghai Noodle Bar, no reservations but we showed up at 6pm and they gave us a little pager to be called when our table was ready. Waited about 30 minutes, you can go to one of the nearby bars for a drink while you wait. Loved the spring rolls and potstickers as well as the pork noodle bowl I ordered. We grabbed snacks, including late night, at O'Sheehans several times and they fit the bill for the munchie fix.

Bars: We had the drinks package and took total advantage of it, LOL! My husband is really into wine and there were several wines by the glass that he was quite happy with. You can choose more expensive wines by the glass and just pay the difference (between the $15 maximum and the glass price). We loved the mojito bar, the margaritas at Jimmy Buffets and the chocolate martinis at the Prime Meridan bar by Cagney's ( this out-of-the-way bar was a hidden treasure!) I loved the prosecco offered by the glass, and tried a whole bunch of different frozen drinks during the week. Found out several days in that they offered cans of spiked seltzer (Truly, Bon Viv) at the pool bar and it was really refreshing on the rocks. I would not sail without a drinks package, the menu prices are crazy!!!

Entertainment: We are not really "show" people, but several in our group urged us to come with them to the shows so we reserved Burn the Floor and Million Dollar Quartet before sailing. While we are not "show" people, we were impressed and the productions were over the top. We LOVED the Cirque show. Our favorite though was Syd Norman's. The House Band was awesome and we also enjoyed the Foreigner tribute band. Yes...it is crowded in there, but if you are persistant you can get seats. We went in during the trivia that was running prior to the music and stood in the back. When trivia was over a lot of people left and we got seats. The Foreigner band also played in the main theater at the end of the week, so more people got to see them there. We went to the Ship Q&A in the theater with the captain, cruise director and engineer. It was very informative. Played in the casino a little, broke even on that. Played a lot of mini golf, shuffle board and the giant chess board. Waited too long to do the ropes course, it was closed on our last sea day due to wind/weather. Lesson learned...don't wait!

Ports: We had not planned to do any excursions. Got of the ship briefly in Cozumel and Ocho Rios to walk around. Grand Cayman was a bit of a project getting off because of the tenders but we knew that from doing our research. We signed up for a tender group the day before and got off by 11. Took a cab up 7 mile beach to check out a resort we are considering visiting. Had lunch there, walked the beach and took a swim. Cab back to port, waited about 45 minutes to tender back. Others in our group did NCL excursions at all ports and reported no problems and a great time.

Disembarkation: Did "self assist" for luggage since we travel light. Had breakfast in the buffet, walked off the ship at 10:30. Took 10 - 15 minutes to clear immigration,etc. We had booked the NCL shuttle to the airport. Arrived at the airport around 11:30. No problems with flights home.

Time to plan our next cruise!
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