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Norwegian Getaway Review

4.5 / 5.0
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A More-Than-Complete Guide to the Getaway (Haven Style)

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cphodson
10+ Cruises • Age 20s

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Sail Date: Feb 2022
Cabin: The Haven Courtyard Penthouse with Balcony
NCL Getaway seen here as sun sets on a chilly February afternoon at port in Norfolk, VA.
HF Category on the Getaway, room 15100.
At about 7:00 p.m. on a sea day, Haven Lounge, on the Getaway.
At about 10:00 p.m. on a sea day, Haven Lounge, on the Getaway. Haven bars typically close around 11:00 p.m.
Getaway Haven Courtyard at noon (yes really) on a Nassau port day. No one in sight.
Post-dinner stroll through the Getaway Haven Courtyard on a warm day at sea.
NCL's Great Stirrup Cay -- seen here on a quiet day as part of a February 2022 sailing.
Getaway 15100, set up for two (or three). The category most rooms accommodate three but that 15100 does not. It could for whatever reason on our sailing.
Haven Getaway Restaurant surf and turf. A common refrain from the waitstaff was "how many lobster tails would you like?"
Some on-point sea day lunch grub from American Diner on the Getaway.

Long overdue review but finally had time to get around to writing.

Well -- back to reality after a stellar cruise -- my favorite of any I've taken -- on the Getaway (A+)

This is my 8th NCL cruise and my 14th voyage overall. The trip came together because I was on school vacation, my buddy was in between jobs, and the price was just right. And it was stellar. My friend and I flew in on Delta points Friday night and stayed at Ink 48 right by the Pier in NYC on Friday night on Amex points. If you're ever doing an overnight for a cruise in NYC, stay at Ink 48...it was great.

Cabin Review

The Haven Courtyard Penthouse with Balcony

Well, this was for sure pretty cool. My buddy and I had booked in a mini-suite but bid for a Haven upgrade and GOT IT. We were upgraded to HF: Courtyard Penthouse with balcony. Part of the reason we only bid for that one was that it had a pullout: each of us would do four nights on the King and on the pullout. The room was awesome – spacious, well-appointed, and really quiet at the end of the hall on the other side of the thermal suite. There is also no one immediately on either side of the balcony (left side shares with a two-bedroom family suite bathroom wall). The balcony provided cool views right into the bridge. I actually thought the pull-out was comfortable enough and the king-size bed was incredibly comfortable. Our Butler Yogie was first-rate: attentive but not annoyingly so. Our steward, Edwin, both bartenders, Yogie, the host and hostess of the Haven Restaurant, and our waitress knew our names by the end of the first full day of cruising. Our steward Edwin would set up the pullout every night so we had more space to move about throughout the day.

Tips/Tricks:

-- 15100 is an awesome, quiet cabin for 2; it’ll probably be a bit tight for 3.

– We bid in the upper poor/near fair range for the upgrade; under less Covid-y circumstances, I can’t imagine we would have gotten this upgrade.

– The stateroom to which we were upgraded technically does not sleep 3…it’s one of like two in that category that said it did not have a pullout. I went back and forth with the pre-concierge about rollaway/blow-up beds. We were probably just going to shack up together but for the fact that the room did indeed have a pullout. It worked out well!

– There is a large support beam in the room; I kind of liked it because it sort of cut the room off a bit and provided a nice desk/vanity area that I used for work a couple of times…but be aware that this room isn’t as “open” as most others in the category.

– Just let the butler know what you’d like for snacks; otherwise, they might bring stuff you don’t like and it’s just a waste. I had emailed beforehand with a couple of requests and things were right as I asked. As mentioned, Yogie was awesome.

Port Reviews

Great Stirrup Cay

NCL is (and has) put a lot of money into this little slice of island paradise. It’s actually right next to RCL’s island, which is kind of cool. Haven guests gathered in the lounge and proceeded out on the first tender boat before the masses. Chris and I had nothing booked. We found a couple chairs under some shade which was short-lived as the sun moved and began to rage. We then bought one of those clam shells which are great if you don’t want to be burned but instead prefer to die from suffocation. I swam a bunch. The island was, like many other aspects of this stellar sailing, the least crowded I’d ever encountered. Bars had no lines. Servers traversed the sand seeking to keep busy and wait on guests. When I went to Abaco Taco, conveniently right behind the pay-for umbrellas and shells, there were seven (no really - I counted) staff members standing awaiting my arrival. No one else was in line. This was at 1:00 p.m. I proceeded through the line, got a cold bottled beer right there with my UBP, and sat up at the bar looking toward the water. Once I told Chris about it, we both made a couple trips through the line. On the way back to the ship (we left the island kind of early to return to the Courtyard), we found our concierge Omar who ushered us past a very short line and onto the first available tender. This service would have been even nicer if we’d stayed longer as the lines grew in the afternoon.

Norfolk

We arrived maybe two or three hours late which didn’t bother us. I sat on the balcony as we floated by at least a couple dozen active naval warships…so that was cool as it was my first time to this port. My friend and I booked and took the Norfolk Highlights tour. We were the youngest attendees by decades ;). We spent about a half-hour at the closed-on-Sundays MacArthur Memorial Museum opened just for us. We then drove all around downtown to up and outside of the military base and we stopped for ice cream at Doumar’s: the Home of the Cone! The guides for the day were friendly and inviting; the excursion was the perfect quick-hitter for a new-to-me city.

Port Canaveral (Orlando)

We did EPCOT. NCL used to do an excursion where you bought a ticket + bus ride for a particular park. Now, you just buy the transfer which I think was about $60/pp – so half off almost with our SE credit. Then we bought the EPCOT tickets separately. We had about 5.5 hours from end to end in the park. The tour operator actually was able to explain well Disney’s new ticket/park reservation/magic genie/extra-pay-per-ride fast pass option. EPCOT that day was nearly as crowded as I’d ever seen it. I think we got five rides in – all planned with the Genie + option – which was solid for the crowds. The bummer of course is that as a ride comes to an end, you must immediately take out your phone to book your next option. Living “in the moment” at Disney is now actually impossible, as the lead planner guests are now even more phone-bound. The park was so busy there was a wait just to get into the indoor portion of the Mexico pavilion. Yikes. We ate at the new Regal Eagle Smokehouse which was fine. EPCOT was tiring but fun, and a day well spent.

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