About the Reviewer: I’m a middle-aged man who sailed on the Norwegian Getaway New Year’s cruise from December 27, 2021 to January 5, 2022. Of note, this was the last cruise before the ship paused service in January 2022 due to COVID issues among the crew. This was my 49th overall cruise and my 28th with Norwegian Cruise Line. I bid on and won an upgrade to a club balcony (mini) suite. This ship was chosen due to its sailing date after Christmas but over New Years and this reviewer’s birthday. I’ve also sailed a handful of times with Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, MSC and Carnival to round out the remainder of my cruise history. You may note some comparisons in this review to Royal Caribbean who I returned to cruising on Oasis in October 2021. I tend to tell my reviews in chronological order so guests can follow along with what I did and when it was done.
Prior to the cruise and due to an uptick in passengers infecting crew members, NCL announced they were instituting a masking policy. Previously they relied on their pier testing to make sure guests could enjoy the cruise without masks and forming a bubble. This change was to help prevent the spread of COVID on their ships with the new omicron variant. While I received this change with open arms given the proximity to the Christmas holiday and the related gatherings. A few were vocal about it before we sailed and NCL was informed of the matter and chose to wash their hands of it shoreside.
Stateroom – Club Balcony Suite (aka Mini-Suite)
The room was well looked after by the room steward Lemuel during the voyage. I did bring up a concern about the door piston for the bathroom making a high-pitched screeching noise when you opened it. Ariel Silor, the second steward for passengers on Deck 12, stopped by to introduce himself and he saw to the problem being addressed and resolved by the conclusion of day 2 of the voyage. The room itself had a dual sink in the bathroom. The bathtub shower combination would have been nice but the bathtub was raised off the floor and as a result my head was in the ceiling when I would take a shower. Live and learn on that one! Plenty of storage space available. The refrigerator kept items cool during the voyage and plenty of counterspace to spread out items with an ultra-long sofa by the balcony. The balcony itself was quite small and you couldn’t really sit facing the ocean without having your knees stuck in the glass of the balcony railing. This is a fault with the balconies on both the Breakaway and Getaway.