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My wife and I chose this cruise mainly based on price. We traveled on our own to New Orleans and spent two nights there before the cruise. We enjoyed Bourbon Street, a ride on the streetcars, and the World War 2 Museum. The museum was awesome. We stayed at the Lafayette Hotel and were able to walk to the ship. If you don't have a lot of heavy luggage, and are staying the the Warehouse/Arts District or in the French Quarter, you might want consider walking to the Julia Street Cruise Ship Terminal. If you take a taxi, ask to be dropped off at the intersection of Julia Street and Convention Center Blvd. If you are walking, aim for this intersection. From this intersection you will see the ship. Walk toward it either at street level (passing an opening in the concrete flood wall and over two sets of railroad tracks) or go up the escalator to the second floor of the shopping mall and take the nearby elevator back down to street level. The entrance to the cruise port will be evident with either pathway. We arrived at the cruise terminal at about 2 p.m., breezed onto the ship with no delays, and had lunch at the Garden Buffet before the muster drill. We did not do any of the "free at sea" options. All of our evening meals were at Taste, Savor or Tropicana. Other meals were either at these dining rooms or at the Garden Cafe Buffet on the 15th floor. We made reservations for dining and entertainment about two months before our cruise. We never had to wait for a table in the dining room. There were only two (free) entertainment events that allowed for reservations - Burn the Floor and Million Dollar Quarter. Both were excellent. If "sold out" go standby for the later show. There were available seats at the later shows. Some of the other free entertainment was in smaller venues. At some of these, all available seats were taken when the show started but seats would open up - so try back later. This is especially true for "Howl at the Moon." This three-some would play for three hours straight on some nights (two would play while one member took a break). Get there one hour into their performance and you will find a place to sit. We did not take any excursions offered by the ship. We stopped at Cozumel, Grand Cayman Island, and Ocho Rios Cozumel: The ship docked at the Punta Langosta Pier, which is in downtown San Miguel. We walked around, went to Mega Store (like a Walmart), and had a simple lunch at the beach-side restaurant. Make sure that you venture beyond the confines of the Pier stores and out into the local economy. Grand Cayman Island: There were 5 other ships that were in port that day. All ships remain about one-half mile from the land and people on all ships are tendered to and from the island. It took a while for the tenders to catch up with demand for ship passengers to travel to the island. Getting back to the ship later in the day went much faster. We took a "public bus," actually a 12 to 14 passenger van (for $2.50 U.S. each person each direction) to the Turtle Center. Paid $18 each at the Turtle Center. It was too expensive for what you actually saw (big turtle and small turtles). I do not recommend the Turtle Center. Instead take the public bus someone else, such as one of the beaches on Seven Mile Beach. Ocho Rios (Jamaica): You will be pestered by literally dozens of people selling trinkets, taxi rides and tours when you walk off the pier. Be ready to say "no thank you" and continue walking. We went before the port vendors, took a left on the main road, walked 5 or 10 minutes and then took a route (pronounced "root") taxi to the entrance road to Dunn's River Falls. The price was $1 U.S. per person one-way. Make sure you take lots of $1 bills. Dunn's River Falls was excellent. We disembarked the ship at about 9 a.m. and all went smoothly.

Enjoyable Cruise to Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios

Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by SkierfromDenver

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2020
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Stateroom with Large Picture Window
My wife and I chose this cruise mainly based on price.

We traveled on our own to New Orleans and spent two nights there before the cruise. We enjoyed Bourbon Street, a ride on the streetcars, and the World War 2 Museum. The museum was awesome. We stayed at the Lafayette Hotel and were able to walk to the ship.

If you don't have a lot of heavy luggage, and are staying the the Warehouse/Arts District or in the French Quarter, you might want consider walking to the Julia Street Cruise Ship Terminal. If you take a taxi, ask to be dropped off at the intersection of Julia Street and Convention Center Blvd. If you are walking, aim for this intersection. From this intersection you will see the ship. Walk toward it either at street level (passing an opening in the concrete flood wall and over two sets of railroad tracks) or go up the escalator to the second floor of the shopping mall and take the nearby elevator back down to street level. The entrance to the cruise port will be evident with either pathway.

We arrived at the cruise terminal at about 2 p.m., breezed onto the ship with no delays, and had lunch at the Garden Buffet before the muster drill.

We did not do any of the "free at sea" options. All of our evening meals were at Taste, Savor or Tropicana. Other meals were either at these dining rooms or at the Garden Cafe Buffet on the 15th floor.

We made reservations for dining and entertainment about two months before our cruise. We never had to wait for a table in the dining room. There were only two (free) entertainment events that allowed for reservations - Burn the Floor and Million Dollar Quarter. Both were excellent. If "sold out" go standby for the later show. There were available seats at the later shows. Some of the other free entertainment was in smaller venues. At some of these, all available seats were taken when the show started but seats would open up - so try back later. This is especially true for "Howl at the Moon." This three-some would play for three hours straight on some nights (two would play while one member took a break). Get there one hour into their performance and you will find a place to sit.

We did not take any excursions offered by the ship.

We stopped at Cozumel, Grand Cayman Island, and Ocho Rios

Cozumel: The ship docked at the Punta Langosta Pier, which is in downtown San Miguel. We walked around, went to Mega Store (like a Walmart), and had a simple lunch at the beach-side restaurant. Make sure that you venture beyond the confines of the Pier stores and out into the local economy.

Grand Cayman Island: There were 5 other ships that were in port that day. All ships remain about one-half mile from the land and people on all ships are tendered to and from the island. It took a while for the tenders to catch up with demand for ship passengers to travel to the island. Getting back to the ship later in the day went much faster. We took a "public bus," actually a 12 to 14 passenger van (for $2.50 U.S. each person each direction) to the Turtle Center. Paid $18 each at the Turtle Center. It was too expensive for what you actually saw (big turtle and small turtles). I do not recommend the Turtle Center. Instead take the public bus someone else, such as one of the beaches on Seven Mile Beach.

Ocho Rios (Jamaica): You will be pestered by literally dozens of people selling trinkets, taxi rides and tours when you walk off the pier. Be ready to say "no thank you" and continue walking. We went before the port vendors, took a left on the main road, walked 5 or 10 minutes and then took a route (pronounced "root") taxi to the entrance road to Dunn's River Falls. The price was $1 U.S. per person one-way. Make sure you take lots of $1 bills. Dunn's River Falls was excellent.

We disembarked the ship at about 9 a.m. and all went smoothly.
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Oceanview Stateroom with Large Picture Window
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There was adequate storage for the clothing that we brought on board. The room was comfortable.
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