Norwegian Getaway Review

LINES LINES & MORE LINES ~ TRANSAFRANTIC CREWS

Review for Transatlantic Cruise on Norwegian Getaway
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Papermoon4
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Apr 2024
La Cucina
Painting Class
Martini Tasting
H2O Spice
Fruit & Veg Carving

Upon arrival at the dock, I was greeted with a queue down the pier. The ship was running several hours later and it took more than two hours to board the ship. Not a good start. But that wasn't the end of the lines. The ship was sold out and we had to queue for everything - everything! The weather kept all of us inside the Getaway, making a very crowded ship. Showrooms large and small were overcrowded and cramped. There was often nowhere to stand - let alone sit.

As typical with NCL, the service personnel were generally hard-working and focused on making our experience better: stewards, waiters, and cruise staff. Management is where things fell apart. Cuts to the NCL experience were keenly felt - and managers could do little but apologize for disappointment. Typically, Customer Service - faced with complaint after complaint after complaint - were a grim group who never smiled.

The food is nothing if not mediocre. Gastronomy by the numbers. Dishes that worked on the page, failed on the plate. Execution and the overall coordination and speed of service were erratic at best. Food temperature rarely saw hot - everything arrived luke-warm or room temperature. I got tired of sending things back. The premium restaurants were generally excellent, but this is to give us something to aspire to - and NCL is always selling up - asking us to reach into our cruise account for a better experience. They put ads in the Freestyle Daily, in our rooms, outside our doors, on our telephones, and on our televisions. NCL = No Cash Left!

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Amsterdam

A city that is not good for quick visits. It requires time to explore, which is not provided on cruise tours.

Belfast

A once-troubled city on the upswing. The Titanic Experience is absolutely stunning.

Brugge (Bruges)

Charming city to stroll through on your own.

Dublin

Another city that benefits from an extended stay, not a quick run through. Luckily, we also got into the countryside, which was amazing. The number of tourists traipsing through bucolic graveyards and ruins was depressing.

Halifax

Lots to do nearby and afar. Titanic enthusiasts will enjoy this stop.

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