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This was our first time taking a cruise and we had a great time! We got a great deal that included our airfare and free dining package, drink package, internet, excursion credit and a cabin credit. We arrived in Nola around 1:30 on Saturday and had some time to explore the city. We arrived at the cruise terminal at 9:30 the following morning and were part of boarding group #2. Everything was super smooth, there were no lines and we were able to get on the ship and get the Vibe passes we desired. Our 10th floor balcony room was spacious and clean and had a lot of smart storage allowing us ample room to unpack and get settled in for our week stay. During our stay we had wonderful service from our cabin steward, Nelson. He always greeted us with a smile, called us by name and kept our room stocked with towels and anything else we needed. The ship was also very clean and well kept, the only dirtiness we saw was from other passengers leaving drink cups and/or plates random places for the crew to pick up after them. Prior to our trip I had done a lot of research and had booked 2 group dinners several weeks ahead of time online at the specialty restaurants we wanted to try during our vacation so getting reservations wasn't an issue that a lot of people mention in these reviews. In my opinion, if you know you're going to go on vacation, taking a few minutes to book a reservation ahead of time to ensure you get the time you want is a smart idea and you can always cancel it or change it when you get on the ship. We ate at the tepanyaki grill, Cagney's steakhouse and Moderno's - they were all very good. For our other meals, we usually ate at the buffet, which offered a decent selection for every meal. We did try the noodle bar, which we thought was delicious and O'Sheehan's, Savor and Tropicana. We did think Tropicana was our least favorite of all, but it is a large venue and the staff did their best. Nothing we ate was terrible, in fact the majority of it was good to very good quality. The only show we went to was the Burn the Floor dance show, it was decent. We spent a lot of time up at the Vibe beach club, in our opinion it was 100% worth the extra charge for the week pass. We enjoyed some relaxation and quiet and enjoyed the bartenders and staff that were working up there. We did go down the water slides a couple of times in the main pool area, they were super fun and super fast! The only Norwegian port excursion we went on was to the Discovery Bay Beach Break in Jamaica, the beach was nice but the stay was short, we didn't realize it would be about a 45 minute drive to the beach and did not love the mandatory stop at the shops on our way back to the port. We did two private excursions at Cozumel and Grand Cayman which were excellent. For the amount of people we thought the getting on and off the ship at all the ports, EVEN THE TENDERING at Grand Cayman were really smooth and organized. Getting off the ship was also smooth, the line was long but moved quickly - we walked a couple blocks away from the chaos and called an uber and made our way to the airport. Overall we thought everything was great - but we are pretty easy to please people. I feel like the majority of people forget you're on a ship with almost 4,000 other people and that the world does indeed NOT revolve around them. Be courteous and have some patience and some grace and remember you are on VACATION - it's better than being at work! No need to be in a rush all the time, slow down and appreciate the view and the opportunity to see these beautiful places and realize how hard the crew is working to make an operation of that size run pretty dang smooth. We couldn't really think of any complaints the entire week, we had fun, we made memories and we would definitely cruise with NCL again. :)

First Time Cruisers - and we had a blast!

Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by apeemay0910

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2020
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom
This was our first time taking a cruise and we had a great time! We got a great deal that included our airfare and free dining package, drink package, internet, excursion credit and a cabin credit. We arrived in Nola around 1:30 on Saturday and had some time to explore the city. We arrived at the cruise terminal at 9:30 the following morning and were part of boarding group #2. Everything was super smooth, there were no lines and we were able to get on the ship and get the Vibe passes we desired.

Our 10th floor balcony room was spacious and clean and had a lot of smart storage allowing us ample room to unpack and get settled in for our week stay. During our stay we had wonderful service from our cabin steward, Nelson. He always greeted us with a smile, called us by name and kept our room stocked with towels and anything else we needed. The ship was also very clean and well kept, the only dirtiness we saw was from other passengers leaving drink cups and/or plates random places for the crew to pick up after them.

Prior to our trip I had done a lot of research and had booked 2 group dinners several weeks ahead of time online at the specialty restaurants we wanted to try during our vacation so getting reservations wasn't an issue that a lot of people mention in these reviews. In my opinion, if you know you're going to go on vacation, taking a few minutes to book a reservation ahead of time to ensure you get the time you want is a smart idea and you can always cancel it or change it when you get on the ship. We ate at the tepanyaki grill, Cagney's steakhouse and Moderno's - they were all very good. For our other meals, we usually ate at the buffet, which offered a decent selection for every meal. We did try the noodle bar, which we thought was delicious and O'Sheehan's, Savor and Tropicana. We did think Tropicana was our least favorite of all, but it is a large venue and the staff did their best. Nothing we ate was terrible, in fact the majority of it was good to very good quality.

The only show we went to was the Burn the Floor dance show, it was decent.

We spent a lot of time up at the Vibe beach club, in our opinion it was 100% worth the extra charge for the week pass. We enjoyed some relaxation and quiet and enjoyed the bartenders and staff that were working up there. We did go down the water slides a couple of times in the main pool area, they were super fun and super fast!

The only Norwegian port excursion we went on was to the Discovery Bay Beach Break in Jamaica, the beach was nice but the stay was short, we didn't realize it would be about a 45 minute drive to the beach and did not love the mandatory stop at the shops on our way back to the port. We did two private excursions at Cozumel and Grand Cayman which were excellent. For the amount of people we thought the getting on and off the ship at all the ports, EVEN THE TENDERING at Grand Cayman were really smooth and organized.

Getting off the ship was also smooth, the line was long but moved quickly - we walked a couple blocks away from the chaos and called an uber and made our way to the airport.

Overall we thought everything was great - but we are pretty easy to please people. I feel like the majority of people forget you're on a ship with almost 4,000 other people and that the world does indeed NOT revolve around them. Be courteous and have some patience and some grace and remember you are on VACATION - it's better than being at work! No need to be in a rush all the time, slow down and appreciate the view and the opportunity to see these beautiful places and realize how hard the crew is working to make an operation of that size run pretty dang smooth. We couldn't really think of any complaints the entire week, we had fun, we made memories and we would definitely cruise with NCL again. :)
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Balcony Stateroom
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Spacious and clean, we liked the location it was fairly close to the elevators and we didn't feel a lot of movement from the ocean.
Deck 10 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

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