Sail Date: March 2015
From the moment we boarded we knew there would be trouble, spring breakers running around drinking in the pools and causing disturbances all around. We went to our Aqua Class cabin and it was not clean at all, stains on the couch, dirt on ... Read More
From the moment we boarded we knew there would be trouble, spring breakers running around drinking in the pools and causing disturbances all around. We went to our Aqua Class cabin and it was not clean at all, stains on the couch, dirt on the floor, a musty odor and the balcony was not cleaned from the previous guests. We called guest services asked for the supervisor because we wanted to get off and schedule a future cruise without the ambiance of a college dorm full of dropouts. We stated the ship was dirty, kids are running thru the halls banging on the walls and doors and all we want is a credit for a future cruise so we do not have to put up with this for 5 nights. We were assured there would be no problems, the crew was specially trained to handle this situation and security would not have a problem. We again said that is fine but we would like a credit for a future cruise because this was not our idea of a relaxing week at sea and not a preferable use of our vacation time. She said we could leave but there would be no credit. In hindsight I should have said I was feeling like I had the flu and left and fought with the insurance because this cruise was a nightmare and a pattern of lip service and inaction began that day. After we decided to stay, we asked to have the room cleaned because we did not want a dirty room. We went for a walk on deck 11, could not believe the antics at the pool and how the bars just kept serving the drunk and unruly dropouts. We went back to the room after they assured us again everything was under control and the room was clean and started unpacking. I went by the desk and found toe nails on the rug, I called and asked again if we could leave and get a credit but the employee of the year said no but they would clean again. Went for another walk came back and the toe nails I pointed out to the steward were gone, however, there were more under the desk which would have required him to move the chair to see which he obviously did not do. Yes,disgusting. That night dinner at Blu was very good but it went downhill from there everyday afterwards. The ribeye was just terrible and the waiters knew it. The day at sea, Monday was a total disaster, the crew members in the spa never checked for Aqua class cards to get into the Persian garden and as a result the dropouts were in there as well. While I am on that subject, don't believe the hype about solticizing the constellation, sorry, this was a lame attempt to renovate a basement on Long Island and it was just a small cramped dark dank space. There are no tile lounges only a bench that you cannot get comfortable on and a strange tower in the middle that served no purpose. The Aqua spa cafe was terrible, I am not sure what it was supposed to be but it didn't work had strange hours and the smoothies were disgusting. The pool was a sea of delinquents, security was permitting bottles in the pools and hot tubs and adults were driven from the area by the loud music and absolute lack of security. There was nowhere for adults to go and it was a total nightmare. The bar tenders never cut them off even when they were visibly drunk and disorderly. We complained to the employee of the year again and were told she didn't think it was that bad, when we asked her if she was on the pool deck she said no, she did not go there herself, amazing really to tell us it was not bad and she never left her office. More lip service and inaction. At one point on deck 11we could not walk the track due to all the drunks blocking the track and we looked down at the pool, there were 30 kids in one hot tub and at least 30 beer bottles lining the tub while security did nothing. The room was never really clean and we found the ship to be shabby in need of a few weeks out of service just to clean the ship. The furniture in all the common spaces looked nice until you look close, all shabby and in need of replacement. Needless to say, celebrity is not what it was years ago. The new CEO should be fired for incompetence to let the celebrity name be attached to such a shabby ship, inept employee of the year and really forgettable food. This cruise is on the heels of a cruise on the Reflection in December of 2014 which was not much better without the delinquents. No more celebrity for me. We sent a letter to customer service, called to complain and not a word. We met Captain Nicholas who was very friendly and listened to our complaints. He was a personable man and was one of the only crew who was friendly. Most of the officers did not acknowledge guests when passing on the decks and looked sloppy. I am comparing it to the Norwegian Getaway which we were on in September 2014 where every crew member was as sharp as a tac to the point it stood out. What happened to Celebrity? I read some people call this ship Connie, I call it a loser, don't waste your time or money booking this ship. Oh yeah, the adult pool had a slime floating on it for 3 days, we would not go in. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
We have cruised 17 times and only once with Carnival. We were a bit hesitant when we booked with Carnival but we did it because we liked the 8 day cruise with only three stops Aruba, Curacau and Grand Turk The boarding process could use ... Read More
We have cruised 17 times and only once with Carnival. We were a bit hesitant when we booked with Carnival but we did it because we liked the 8 day cruise with only three stops Aruba, Curacau and Grand Turk The boarding process could use some work as it was crowded and confusing and took around an hour. We even took their advise and waited until 12:30 to arrive. Big Mistake! Wait later. Those that got there earlier waited longer. Not a good start to the cruise. Once on board things improved dramatically. We had a spa balcony room on the 12th floor and it was accessible upon arrival. Bags showed up within a couple of hours. Nice room with a good size bathroom and decent balcony. We are used to sliding doors to the balcony so we can open them and listen To the ocean but these are doors that close automatically but it was a minor issue. Not too difficult to find your way around the ship. Lots of working elevators Cloud 9 SPA was decent but doesn't compare to others offered by NCL and RC. As for the Serenity the Adults only area - don't waste your time trying to find a place as every piece of furniture had a flip flop or a bag or a towel on to reserve the spot. Only got to spend an hour up there one afternoon during the stop at Grand Turk FOOD - we had early seating at 6:00 PM and ended up at a table for 10. So it was us and 4 other couples and I must say we all. Hit it off so well that we were the last ones to leave the dining room most evening. As for the food if was Ok - really nothing spectacular or memorable and it really didn't change much from night to night. I tried four different times to get reservations at the steakhouse and could never get one. It worked out fine because we were enjoying the company of our new cruise friends. The burgers were amazing at Guy Fieri's - always a line but well worth the wait. The barbeque was good as well SHOWS- nothing much here. Not of the same caliber as NCL and RC or Princess. Comedians were not very good either. ENTERTAINMENT- We did enjoy the Piano Bar quite a bit. The later in the evening the funnier it became. The cruise team did a decent job. We were a bit disappointed that the dance club was rarely opened and when it was it was late late late in the evening. ISLANDS - we love Aruba and a tour of the island with a stop at the beach for a couple of hours was perfect. We booked the evening sunset cocktail cruise excursion thinking it was be romantic and peaceful only to discover once aboard it was very casual with lots and lots of drinks included. Curacau is a beatiful island as well with lots to do within walking distance of the ship Grand Turk in our opinion is really the Carnival private island. Not much to do except drink or lay on the beach which was ok by us. You can see the entire island from the top of the ship OVERALL - we were quite surprised with the service and the friendly people on board. We really had an enjoyable time and would consider booking with Carnival again especially if we new that our new cruise friends were booking with them as well.   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2015
Fantastic spa , the cleanest ship, would highly recommend. My husband and I (late 40's) loved this ship. Food was great I. Both complimentary and specialty restaurants. Definitely try o'sheehans, that was our go to. They have ... Read More
Fantastic spa , the cleanest ship, would highly recommend. My husband and I (late 40's) loved this ship. Food was great I. Both complimentary and specialty restaurants. Definitely try o'sheehans, that was our go to. They have breakfast, lunch and dinner. Shows were great, Howel at the Moon was super fun, my favorite. The Spa was fantastic. We are from East coast, 8 feet of snow and below 0 temps, the thermal pool and salt room was were I spent my time. Room was awesome, great bathroom . If I had to have a negative it would be jogging track very small, but never had an issue with getting a treadmill in gym. We didn't experience any of the issues I read in other reviews. We have taken many cruises, I did a lot of research and this cruise exceeded my expectations. I would definately recommend. My advise, make reservations if you really want a particular time for a show, same for dinner. The spa is worth the money, Vibe beach pass, we did , not sure I would do again. loved our mini Suite spa balcony, worth the money. Bathroom was great. We didn't experience any issues , it was a great vacation and can't wait to book the next one! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
Overall had a nice trip....but instead of a couple things making the experience extraordinary- there were a couple situations that were cause for disappointment. I have travelled extensively - from back packing/hostel type trips to 5++ ... Read More
Overall had a nice trip....but instead of a couple things making the experience extraordinary- there were a couple situations that were cause for disappointment. I have travelled extensively - from back packing/hostel type trips to 5++ star resort style. From Costa Rica to Tanzania, Mexico, Dominican, Thailand and so on. I always go with ZERO expectation - which ensures any vacation is enjoyable- and Enjoyed for what it is. So we DID have an amazing time...because we made it an amazing time. The ship is beautiful. And clean, really clean in all areas. There are plenty options for food. Good variety both on buffets and menus We were not happy with the "value" of the a la Cartes $30 each extra pp for Steak house???? Steak in free restaurants the same (actually better) Restaurant staff rush you in and out- no personal service. In some cases if you didn't ask for a drink it wasn't offered ( at dinner). Ambiance in all of the free restaurants beautiful and very different from one to the next. Value for Sushi Bar very good- good friendly staff that recognized you on subsequent visits. Irish Bar awesome bar food :) We found the entertainment staff very good We didn't attend all or many events- we loved the 50/60/70's night. The 80's night was too busy to dance because the fire works were just done and it felt like the whole ship was on the dance floor. Movie night was cool And we enjoyed (too much) time at the casino :) Overall - felt 90% of the staff was just there in body and not in spirit. 10% smiley and friendly and wanted to serve you Not sure if the lack of cash tipping relates directly to this?? Some bar staff didn't make eye contact- even if you were sitting there for a bit... And the bar wasn't too busy - again, I feel like this is directly related to lack of Cash tips (You pay $12/day each that goes towards "tips" in general) The Three things that frustrated me and motivated me to write this review was (1) feeling that we had been taken advantage of at the Spa with their "up sells" and (2) feeling incorrect Info was provided to us regarding port excursions just to sell the on board trips (3) Finding out that most everyone we talked to had the ultimate beverage package Thrown in - when we paid top dollar, no discounts on any portion of our reservation (1) Day one is hectic booking dinners, shows, spa etc to make sure you get a spot I had planned all along to get at least one massage - so we headed to the spa to book this right away. The rep started upselling us on every service they had. We had a discussion and chose on: 1 massage (each) 1 acupuncture treatment (each) & 1 couple teeth whitening. Services =well over $1000 When reviewing the charges in our room - we had been charged for 9 services and over $1900 We spent at least an hour going through our receipts vs the in room account to see where the error was. When bringing this to the Spa's attention they fixed it-however I sort of expected an apology or a small discount or something for our troubles After my massage the massage therapist (who claimed she was previously an RN) highly recommended I purchase the detox bath soak as my back is very bad. She stated this Detox would help loosen my muscles. She came across as very concerned and felt that this was absolutely necessary. So I told her I would buy ($500!!!) When I met my husband in the waiting room he had also been pushed to buy the detox pills!! That is when I knew I was likely taken advantage of. After researching the product online at home it is NOT a detox. It is a $500.00 bath soak.... We visited the spa 2 more times for acupuncture. Our bill was up to approx $1500 in spa charges and the front desk staff not so much as recognized us day after day The acupuncture Dr was excellent ....but she also tried to convince us into daily acupuncture (yes DAILY at $150 a pop) The front desk staff.....seem ready for a vacation. The constant up sells were a HUGE disappointment. I would have preferred a "Thank you so much for visiting our Spa- we really appreciate your business. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you"...... (2) Booking excursions: We are well rounded travellers- but we were being lazy and thought we might try a couple beach and snorkel trips, since the time at port is limited to make sure we made the best of the time at port We asked the excursion desk staff opinion. I asked directly if there was a nice beach in ST Maarten and was told NO I suppose this could be personal opinion....BUT THERE IS a gorgeous beach - perfect for spending the day We paid $59 for a beach excursion that left at noon from the ship We spent 4 hrs in town and then excited to see where they could possibly be taking us more beautiful than this...headed back to the ship to meet tour at noon Well- we got to "the beach" on the windy Atlantic side. The waves were nuts. There was "reserved seating" which a huge joke.... Long story short we took a cab back for $7 each , we rented chairs on the beach & enjoyed the rest of our day. We visited the excursion desk later to advise how unhappy we were with this tour; BUT most importantly the fact that we were straight out told there was not a nice Beach walking distance off the boat (which is a lie) and we paid $59 each to be Taken to a "nice beach"..... They reimbursed us 50% which I feel is .... unsatisfactory We cancelled the next days excursion as we didn't trust their judgement and advice (3) We paid full price for our entire trip and most importantly the for the ultimate beverage package - (over $900 CND) I never once Imagined this was negotiable for anyone on the ship However we soon found out from every couple we met on the boat - that they had theirs "thrown" in!!! Either they booked last minute- or they booked months ago and saw Subsequent deals later, that they called Norwegian on. Value....for 1 week????? We paid $1300 pp for airfare from Canada to Miami We paid $1000 pp for the cruise (for inside cabin which I would NEVER do again) We paid approx $900 for the Bev package =approx $5500 PLUS $2000 in room charges for spa (as listed above), 2 visits to the sushi bar, and 1 Dinner and the steak house TOTAL $7500... For 7 days I simply don't feel the service was what it should have been given the money we spent. I won't be recommending cruising to my friends and family, as I feel that at this price point there are much more interesting things to do and see in this world Overall TRIP was amazing because of the company I had - but Norwegian did not WOW me -Tammy   Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2015
This is a fairly in-depth review of the Norwegian Getaway that sailed on Jan 10-17, 2015 for a party of 2 - Me (41) and Wife (45). This was an Anniversary, Thanksgiving, college graduation, Christmas, and New Year cruise rolled into one. ... Read More
This is a fairly in-depth review of the Norwegian Getaway that sailed on Jan 10-17, 2015 for a party of 2 - Me (41) and Wife (45). This was an Anniversary, Thanksgiving, college graduation, Christmas, and New Year cruise rolled into one. We were excited, but leary to do our 5th cruise, 3rd on NCL, on the Getaway. Excited because hey, we're cruising again... we will have fun no matter what... right?!?! Leary because we weren't sure what to expect with a 4,000+ passenger ship. How will the embarkation be handled? Will it feel like there are too many people on board? With 4 days full days at sea, will we just want to be locked in our room? ~~Embarkation~~ By accident, we were the first in line at the port. The person driving us had a prior engagement at 10am, so she dropped us off about 9:40. We waited for about 10 minutes outside and the doors were opened. The few of us that were there at that time were seated in the chairs around the outside of the queue line. As more showed up, the put them standing in the queue line. About 10:30-10:45, the security waved us up to start scanning us and our bags. We then went to ticketing and received our cards and "Group 1" boarding card. We went upstairs and sat for about an hour before they started boarding. Up to this point, we were excited. I was even able to setup and test the iConcierge app by connecting to the ship's WiFi (more about iConcierge later). We walked along the gangway and stepped foot on the ship as 4 or 5 crew members welcomed us on board and through the doors. I don't remember which deck we entered - I think 6 or 7. With no map and no directions, we walked into an elevator on the left and stairs on the right. We were surprised! The Dawn and Pearl seemed so inviting into the Atrium, everything was laid out in sections with music playing, and they about pushed the Sail Away drink in our hand (then had us sign the bill for them 2 steps later). Yet the enormous Getaway shuffled us into nowhere to pick your unknown direction. Even with days of memorizing the ship's layout and main area locations, I was lost. Disappointment #1... so we just went up the stairs one level and started exploring. ~~Muster Station - Decks 6 & 7 Mid~~ The required drill at the muster stations are on decks 6 or 7 depending on the code on your key. We were B9 which was in the O'Sheehans area on deck 7, but we did not have specifics as to where the meeting point was at first. I tried to ask several people in O'Sheehans where B9 would be and they all of a sudden, they don't speak English. About 15 minutes before time through waiting crowds, the crew come out with numbered signs which you can barely see and are at random areas. We got to the "B" area early and took a seat, but then had to move when we finally saw the B9 sign and chased the lady to the other side of the deck, now having to stand. Every card has to be scanned by the crew holding the sign. Then they go through the safety lecture and life vest usage. ~~Balconies~~ We were in a balcony room, deck 13 forward. The standard balcony on the Getaway is 32 sq ft, smaller than the standard on other NCL ships (our Pearl balcony was at least 2x the size). The small balcony was a complaint by many. There is also a medium (~60 sq ft), large (~102 sq ft), and aft facing balcony, but the price per sq ft to go larger is expensive. And while the aft balconies are spacious, all we noticed was everything is wet and salty from the sea spray at the aft of the ship. This will be our last balcony for awhile since we want to take at least 2 cruises a year. We just don't use it enough to justify the price. We will make an exception in the future for our Alaskan and Panama Canal cruises. We did the Cruise Critic Cabin Crawl and saw almost all the different staterooms from the Studio to the Haven Suite (thanks to everyone who volunteered to show their rooms)! ~~Garden Buffet - Deck 15 Aft~~ We were not impressed at any meal with the buffet, unlike the Dawn which was great, and the Pearl which was good as well (but seating was atrocious). There was enough seating inside and on deck which was good. But that's about where the good ended. We tried just about everything they had in small portions. Everything was bland, over/under cooked, or not the right temperature. The salad bar had the worst selection we've seen on any of the 5 cruises we've taken. The kiddie corner with the mac and cheese, pizza, and nuggets probably tasted the best! Best dessert was a bowl of ice cream. ~~MDR (Taste & Savor) - Deck 6 Mid~~ If you're tired of the Buffet, try the main dining rooms. Both offer the same menus, but different items are on the menus each night. It's a sit down meal with waiters, but the food isn't much better than the buffet. My wife liked the Steak Diane, I like the rolls that are served at the table. ~~O'Sheehans Irish Pub - Deck 7 Mid~~ This is the 24-hour restaurant, the place to get wings, a pot pie, or dessert at 2am. The wings are delicious - I had 50 of the hot ones throughout the week. They weren't really hot, but they were good and probably the second best thing I ate on the ship! We also had the prime rib on the 2 nights it was here. Check the back of the Freestyle for special lunch and dinner meals and the times they are offered. Prime Rib is from 5:30pm - 9:30pm. After that it's not served anymore even though O'Sheehans is open 24 hours. The cheese sticks were hit or miss - sometimes hot, sometimes cold. NOTE: This is also the place to get decent (but not the premium) coffee. It's better than what comes out of the coffee makers in your stateroom (unless you're in the Haven with the k-cup makers). If you're a big coffee drinker, bring a refillable cup with you in your luggage and fill that thing up at O'Sheehans. ~~Wasabi (Sushi) - Deck 8 Mid~~ We were looking forward to Sushi on the ship. It was wonderful on the Dawn and Pearl. But yet again, it seems like even this a la carte venue had a pre-made taste. To start, the rice was not fresh. It was probably made in the morning, but then pre-made into flats and put in the fridge until ready to be used - kind of like Subway does with their pre-measured meats. ~~Food [In General]~~ The food was marginal at best. We stuck to O'sheehans and the buffet mostly. We spent $1,700+ on our trip, we weren't going to pay for specialty restaurants as well which is what it felt like they were trying to make everyone do to get decent food. It seems like the food is rushed and/or low quality in the buffet and MDR to service the increased number of guests. I couldn't find a decent chocolate dessert anywhere on the ship. NCL has stopped the Chocoholic Midnight Buffet!! Everything varied from day to day as far as taste, preparedness, or temperature. Somehow we still gained about 3-4 pounds each on the trip, but it's probably because we tried to try everything. ~~Latitudes Special Party - Deck 16 @ Spice H20~~ All I can say is windy, loud, and rushed! Such a disappointment after the nice party we experienced on the Pearl in the Spinnaker Lounge on our last cruise. First of all, since when did music have to blow your ear drums out? We all wanted to enjoy drinks and talk to other cruisers, not yell to talk and barely hear the other people! Drinks were Bahama Mama's and Chard or Cab wine. We saw the waiter in our area once. I had to get up and chase one down to get a second drink. The captain spoke and introduced the head members of each department. Then the music blared again for about 15-20 minutes. The party lasted all of 30 minutes because of the wind and loud music. I went to get a second glass of wine for my wife toward the end and they said "Sorry, no more". I turn and see someone had NINE full drinks still sitting on their table! Talk about abuse, but I guess they knew what the price of drinks were, yet seemed like the type that already had the drink package! ~~Event Seating~~ While the ship is bigger for more people, the venues are smaller and crowded or have to book everything in advance (most by the end of the first day)... then if we saw something else we wanted to do later in the week in the Freestyle, we would have to decide what to do. We can't book another show/venue as the rest are already sold out. Smaller ships, such as the Dawn and Pearl, if you show up early you get good seats, show up late, you still get seats but on the side or in the back. The BA/GA may sport the biggest stage on a cruise ship, it is offset by the [fewer] number of seats. "Burn the Floor" was outstanding, despite the dancers sweaty clothes after 10 minutes... but they danced non-stop for an hour! "Legally Blonde" was good, but if you've seen the movie then you've seen this already! The Illusionarium, for what it's all hyped up about, was not "Amazing". The usual illusions/magic mixed with corny jokes, too much smoke effects, and over dramatic grandmaster scene changes made it an overall "OK" at best. This is a dinner show with a 3-course meal (so don't eat before hand). Italian salad - tomato & mozzarella slices to start, main course is a steak and mashed potatoes and 3 large breaded shrimp, and dessert is a mini-medley of 4 desserts on a plate. If you want to watch the magic, don't eat as you'll miss stuff left an right. It's $25/pp for Banquet seats which are the booths along the back of the venue, and $30/pp for Floor seats which curve around the stage in 4 rows. Watch in the Freestyle for the night they give you 20% off (so it will be $20/pp Banquet or $24/pp Floor) - it's usually the first night. The discount has to be done manually so you won't see it until the 2nd or 3rd day. Howl at the Moon was a great show of dueling pianos at Headliners, but if you weren't in line 45 minutes early, it was standing room only every night it was on! The Levity comedy shows, also at Headliners, only seat about 80 people so reserve (and arrive) early. We saw Rodney at the 18+ late show and he was funny. We didn't get to see Mark. We did not see the GRAMMY Experience so we can't comment on it other than the seating in that venue is even smaller than Howl at the Moon! ~~Norwegian iConcierge~~ I was excited to try the iConcierge app on our iPhone 4s (both of us) to text and talk to each other for $7.95/pp for the whole trip ($1/day). We don't spend too much time apart, but this would make it easier to find each other. There are 2 parts to the iConcierge app - the informational part, and the text/call part. Informational: This FREE part of the app I would give a 4 out of 5. It gives you the Freestyle for the entire week in your hand, ability to reserve venue times (paid or free), see dining options (no times or specialties like Prime Rib night, but all restaurants and daily menus), buy Future Cruise Credits, and a host of other features. I recommend loading the app before boarding, then put your phone in Airplane mode but turn on the Wifi and connect to the ship's wifi. You can only use the features while on board the ship and connected to the wifi. There are no internet charges to just connect to the ship's wifi and use this app. Text/Calling: This is the part you pay for. It costs $7.95/pp (for the entire trip) to use to text or call others with the app on the ship including calling directly to staterooms. Also, you can call outside numbers (and others can call you) for $0.79/minute (whereas using your stateroom phone will cost you $4.99/minute). HOWEVER, texting and calling is VERY temperamental and may or may not work for you. It worked find for us on the first day, but after that, texts would only be received intermittently and calls sounded horrible. We stopped trying to use it after the 4th day and spoke to guest services to get a refund. I had iOS 8.1.1 and my wife had iOS 7.1.2 (both model 4s). It may work better on other models but it's definitely YMMV! ~~Thermal Spa - Deck 15 Fwd~~ I was upset to hear a few days before leaving that the Thermal Spa on the Getaway would cost $199/pp for 7 days instead of $129/pp as it was on the Dawn and Pearl. I guess their thinking is "more people, more money"! We loved the Mandara Spa on the other ships, and we wanted to make sure we got it this time again. 7 day use of the Thermal Spa from 8am to 10pm whenever we wanted/had time. We paid the extra $70/pp to experience it on the Getaway as well, so we went straight to the spa and looked around, signed up, got our stickers on our cards. I would go to the Spa every morning after working out in the Fitness Center. I have a gym bag with all my stuff in the morning. I could change in the locker room and secure my bag and personal items, grab a robe and towel, and head into the spa area. After, I could do a full shower (nicer than in the room) and get dressed for the day and bring the bag back to the room. We would also go in the afternoon/evening. We booked late shows (10:15-10:45) so as not to take time away from the spa in the evening. Trying to do the many parties, shows, eating, and other "freestyle activities" AND fit in the spa is challenging. You want to get the most out of the $30/pp/pd and use the spa! For the most part, it was relaxing. There is 1 jacuzzi, a heated pool with massage jets and seats, 2 sauna's, 1 steam room, 1 salt room, 10-12 heated stone chairs, and about 20 cushioned loungers. At busy times, you couldn't find a chair to put your stuff on, but people were scattered through all the areas so no one area seemed over crowded. We went in the salt room once - I guess it's supposed to be salty beach air. I wasn't impressed or felt any "special healing" properties of the salt air, but then again we're from Florida and lived near/on the beach. The steam room was nice, but it was a constant steam and you could barely see the person next to you. The stone chairs and loungers had a nice forward view of the ship - windows from one side to the other. Overall, it's a nice place to getaway from it all. If you don't care for kids in your jacuzzi, don't want to be in the sun/rain on deck, or want to just truly relax then get the Thermal Spa package! ~~Water Slides/Rope Course~~ Sadly, we did not get to experience these attractions. I would have liked to do the ropes course, but the water slides are just 4 seconds of fast water in your face. ~~Movies, Movies, Movies~~ There are 3 full-size LED movie screens on board, and throughout the cruise they show many movies. The first is in the Atrium on deck 6 mid. A lot of events happen here including movies in 3-D. The second is the outside screen in Spice H20 on deck 16 aft. Aside from all the late night parties (70's Groove, GLOW Party, 80's Remix), there are several movies shown on this huge screen as well. The third is in the Getaway Theater. Most of the movies are for the kids, but adults love them too. A few I can think of off the top of my head are Despicable Me 2, Amazing Spiderman 2, and Iron Man 3. There were about 6-8 others. Also on your stateroom TV, channel 31 shows free movies (old and new) nonstop throughout the cruise. Channel 30 is called "Favorite Shows" and plays episodes of popular TV shows. ~~[Get] What You Pay For~~ As others have stated, they have made this ship to nickle and dime you to death. It wasn't enough that I spent over $1,700 on the cruise itself, but it felt like if you wanted anything more while on the ship, you pumped out more money to NCL. From booking the Illusionarium at $25/pp, to Wine Lovers: The Musical (also $25/pp), to a $5 anytime pizza, to expensive drinks with/without alcohol, to photos, to specialty dining, to gelato and cupcakes, to auto gratuities (and port gratuities on top of them), to tips, to many desserts, to... well, I think I'd spend less walking into Disney World! ~~Overall Rating~~ Overall we give the Getaway a [barely] Good Rating (3 out of 5). There are a lot of little things that we noticed that should have been though of. There are no plugs next to the beds which means you can't plug in your phone/alarm next to you. There are 2 plugs across the room from the bed. Also, only 1 person gets control of the light switches next to the bed. Technically, the ship tries to be state-of-the-art with things like touchscreen tv's on every deck to find places throughout the ship, reserve shows, and view excursions. We made the best of the issues and enjoyed our vacation. Nothing bad happened, no one got sick, we weren't delayed, we enjoyed the ports, and we made some new friends. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2015
If you've never sailed the Celebrity Solstice class, we suggest you do so. Our favourite is the Reflection. Launched in just 2012, the ship is a dream boat. There are SOOO many things to do and see on the ship that our ports are not ... Read More
If you've never sailed the Celebrity Solstice class, we suggest you do so. Our favourite is the Reflection. Launched in just 2012, the ship is a dream boat. There are SOOO many things to do and see on the ship that our ports are not the driver of our choice. Next January 2016 will be our third cruise on the same ship, same itinerary, why you ask? Because it's so delightful! We cruise Aquaclass so I visit the Persian Gardens daily, and breakfast and dinners in BLU are worth the upgrade. Our fav dining is at QSINE and its so much fun with a group (try the LavaCrab). Join up for a beverage package, and we upgrade to premium so no sticker shock when checking out. I had 3 massages this last cruise and can't say enough about the skilled staff at the Spa. My hubby likes to play poker, so he has fun at the tables, and throw in a few slots too. I like the activities, and there is so much to do it's hard to choose. Night club is good, Sunset Bar entertainment was great. The food at the Buffett and MDR was fabulous. All in all, the Reflection has something for everyone. Can't wait til Jan 2016! Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2014
Our third cruise but the first with MSC. We had a wonderful time on the MSC Divina it’s a very lovely ship. They are more European style it was a different experience for us. We were on the 13th level (even if it’s under the pool area ... Read More
Our third cruise but the first with MSC. We had a wonderful time on the MSC Divina it’s a very lovely ship. They are more European style it was a different experience for us. We were on the 13th level (even if it’s under the pool area it wasn’t that noisy) and they call it the CUPIDO, we were at mid-ship best place to be if you don’t want to feel too much waves!! We had the one hour BALI massage, very nice. We tried the 4D theatre twice, the films are very short but it’s a nice experience to do on a ship, the Canyon film is the best. We also enjoyed a film on the big screen outside on the Friday we saw Maleficent with Angelina Jolie, the films they showed every night were very recent. I did try the Formula 1 should’ve tried it again to do a better time but it was a great experience. We tried the Pizza Eataly, the pizza was good. Andy gave us a very good service at the Black Crab restaurant we ate there almost every night. The buffet was good and we liked to sit in the back of the restaurant for the panoramic view. Thank’s to Agus he was our concierge and did a good job taking care of the room for us. The ship is quite big, they don’t have that many boutiques and that’s OK because you have plenty to shop at every port. We tried the Casino a few times maybe will have better luck next time! Our first stop was in Falmouth, Jamaica this was the second time for us and we enjoyed walking around the port and checking the boutiques, we came back to enjoy the ship since a lot of the cruisers were out on excursion. Our second stop was in Cartagena, Colombia it’s a very clean place and they are very well organize for the excursions at least 44 buses were there on our arrival, we only went for a walk nearby they had a little restaurant with boutiques and a nice place to walk outside. Then we stopped in Cristobal, Panama and we took an excursion to visit the old Panama City, our guide Beni she was just great! We enjoyed our tour and we saw that they are doing a lot of renovations so in a near future it will be a very nice place to visit. Then we stopped in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica we took the train and river boat ride not too impress with this tour, and the area of Puerto Limon is not very clean, but they have a lot of banana trees!! Our last stop was in Cozumel, Mexico this was our first time in this port wow a lot of boutiques and shops there my wife and I shopped for a couple of ours and came back on the ship with a few bags!! We had lovely weather just on the last day it was cloudy, windy and a bit of rain but it was OK we were on our way back home. Also just a note the ship is smoker friendly (we don’t smoke) but we still have enjoyed this cruise.   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
I just got back from a cruise on the Norwegian Epic and I must say I enjoyed just about every second if it. This was my second cruise on the Epic. The first was in June in the Western Med. It is interesting how you can be on the same ship, ... Read More
I just got back from a cruise on the Norwegian Epic and I must say I enjoyed just about every second if it. This was my second cruise on the Epic. The first was in June in the Western Med. It is interesting how you can be on the same ship, but have different ship experiences. There was only one sea day on the Med cruise and there ended up being 5 sea days on this cruise after the port was closed in Grand Caymen the day we were scheduled to arrive ( Thanksgiving Day). This time I went with my 75 & 80 yr old parents and we all shared one stateroom. My dad walks with a cane and was worried that he wouldn't be able to get around and would have to stay on the ship during port days, so I convinced my parents to get spa passes. They loved the thermal spa and said that was one of the best choices they made for this vacation. They aren't much for laying in the sun, although they did go up to the Quiet Zone on deck 18 a couple of times. But they did go to the spa for a few hours every day. They loved how quiet and peaceful it was after seeing how chaotic the main pool area is with the smokers, kids, and constantly moving groups of people. We had an aft balcony and loved sitting on the balcony listening to the waterfall (waves created by ship engines). The steward brought us a third chair that first day and we spent many hours out there. My dad has to get up and go to the bathroom often at night and I chose a room where the bed was closer to the bathroom so my dad would have a short distance to go. Plus, since I was sleeping on the sofa bed, I didn't want him to stumble over me. I was worried about the three adults in one cabin, but it worked out well for us. The sofa bed was actually comfortable. It pulled out from the back until it was a full twin. We usually worked out a couple of hours of quiet time for each person and didn't have many issues. Although, I must say, we tended to use the showers in the locker rooms instead of the stateroom since we had the spa passes. We ate in the main dining rooms for dinner every night (twice in Manhattan) and the remainder in Taste as my dad like wearing shorts and a Hawaiian shirt to dinner instead of long pants. I made reservations for most nights in Manhattan or Taste before the cruise, but we only needed to use the reservations twice - First night craziness and Thanksgiving Dinner. All other nights we walked in and were seated within five minutes regardless of the reservation time. But it was nice, on those two nights, to avoid the long lines and get seated immediately. We went to O Sheehans, Taste, and Garden cafe for lunches and enjoyed all. My dad found the buffet a little hard to manage with his cane, so we ended up at Taste more mornings than the buffet. Entertainment: We did more shows than I had on the previous cruse including Mystery lunch, second city, legends, Blue Man Group, Manhattan band, the Blues group in Fat Cats. The entertainment was so good, but I am just not a Blue Man Group fan. I don't get them at all. I agree it is the same as the show in Vegas, but I didn't get it when I saw them here either. However the kids in front of me ate it up and were glued to the stage. Ports: Jamaica - my mom and I did the river tubing. It was fun. We went in flip flops and they tried to sell us water shoes before the ride, but we wore our flip flops and had no issues. It was very scenic with a few mini rapids. Two guides per group to help if you get stuck in still water and to monitor you as yo go thru the rapids. No one flipped over in my tour. Just saw some red marks on the arms from rubbing against the raft/rope as you go thru the tour. Grand Caymen - ship didn't stop and had rough waters that whole day. Excursion tickets were automatically refunded the same day Cozumel - ship docked at 7ish instead of 10 am. I had booked a snorkeling excursion, but it was cancelled because the sea was still too rough and it was windy. We did a little shopping, then went back to the ship and hung out in the spa, which we had to ourselves. I took a deck of cards with me - my family loves pinochle and we played many of games on those long sea days at the library/Maltings bar. It is amazing how something so simple can help you enjoy your cruise. My dad is already talking about booking the next cruise. He enjoyed it way more than he ever thought he would.   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
My wife and I just returned from our week on the Getaway. We were traveling with another couple we are in our late 40s and have been on several other cruise lines such as Celebrity and Princess. So the basis of our experience is from our ... Read More
My wife and I just returned from our week on the Getaway. We were traveling with another couple we are in our late 40s and have been on several other cruise lines such as Celebrity and Princess. So the basis of our experience is from our expectations from other lines. We live in Florida so we are looking at trying different lines and the Getaway being a new ship at the time we booked did not have any real history. We thought the features were interesting and gave it a try. We read about the Vibe area and decided it would be a good idea based on the reviews stating how crowded the main pool area is. This is beyond a doubt the most ridiculously small area for such a large ship. The pools on other lines carrying only 2800 were bigger. The people were packed in every area possible deck chairs were so close together impossible to have any space. Every walk area had chairs lining them tripped over the legs more than one. I am very thankful I got to the terminal at 9:30 to get boarding group one. I had to race to the customer service as soon as I got aboard. I was maybe 6th in line and before I finished there were more than enough people to sell all passes. For us well worth the 79.00 for quiet location with better chairs, full bar two hot tubs and personal bartender. It is ridiculous that I had to board so early to get them but if you don't like be crammed together with blaring music it will be worth it. In the event you can not get passes the H2o area is also a good choice at no charge located at the rear of the ship. Only thing I noted is on windy sea days smell of exhaust will come down on the deck. We purchased a spa cabin located on deck 14 excellent location to get to may things such as spa, gym, pool and buffet. The fitness is rather small for a large ship not enough equipment on sea days. The spa with a large relaxation room, heated loungers, large therapy pool with multiple jets, sauna, salt room and steam all excellent. One thing all one large area so if passengers do not follow spa rules for quiet it gets loud. There were several regular attendees who had hour long loud conversations disturbing people at rest. I saw no effort from staff to correct this. Pricing for services are as much as could be charged before passenger would pass. This is typical for cruise lines, but the high pressure pitch for products and additional services can be uncomfortable. We dined on the Ultimate dining package, we found service in most restaurants to average not exceptional. We only encountered two exceptional servers our entire cruise and we tipped them for there excellent efforts. Food I was just ok. We have had the included food on Celebrity be better. The food included for the illusionarium show is low grade crap I would recommend eating first. The show was narrated as if it was scripted for Disney. The smell of smoke was present on the 3 decks associated with the casino area. Because the way the ship is laid out all spaces seemed to run together not any real intimate lounges to sit and enjoy conversation or music. The waterfront was unique but failed to draw any real use from passengers that I could see. No comfortable seating areas to enjoy space. This ship is about loud music in every venue, moving large amount of people and no real quality service. I you are a young person or just enjoy noise, this may work for you. But we vacation to relax and we could only find that at the Vibe bar we paid for. We found most of negative reviews to be fair and honest, we will return to Celebrity or Princess again NCL probably not anytime soon and not with 4000 passenger ships. Good luck to you I hope your experience to be what your expecting. One thing I just remembered because the balconies are only 3 feet by 8 if you can get a room where the bulge of the ship transitions you will have much more space and better views we had cabin 14150 for example.   Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2014
EXPERIENCE THE BREEZE, SOLO WITHOUT BREAKING THE BUDGET Hey there cruisers, Grab a seat this may take a while. (I wish I knew how to add photos here) I returned last week from my first trip on the beautiful CARNIVAL BREEZE and took a LOT ... Read More
EXPERIENCE THE BREEZE, SOLO WITHOUT BREAKING THE BUDGET Hey there cruisers, Grab a seat this may take a while. (I wish I knew how to add photos here) I returned last week from my first trip on the beautiful CARNIVAL BREEZE and took a LOT of notes. This was a last minute solo trip that I snagged via the “Carnival Player’s club” from my VIFP “Special offers”. I’ve wanted to sail on the new BREEZE, and the offer was too good to pass up and managed to get good airfare. . This was my 15th Carnival cruise since 2006. I grabbed it immediately for the chance to see what the new BREEZE has to offer. I originally booked an interior room on deck two, but managed a better upgrade to a SPA INTERIOR on deck 11….more on that later. I have also cruised NCL and RCL. I do enjoy Carnival and have been looking for great deals on other lines to change it up, but always work out better offers with Carnival for my time frame and interests. I do critique what I see and my overall experience in hopes the cruise line and future passengers may benefit. I tend to cover multiple captions in detail and I hope that my experience is helpful to you and possibly the cruise lines. . I am not a hard-sell Balcony or specific stateroom type of guy. I try to be flexible and have discovered that it can lead to a whole different experience depending on where your stateroom is located and the ship. My on board itinerary is normally “step out of the box” type of things keeping the trip experience fresh and different as many of us know it starts to become stagnant. Attend different meetings, gatherings, and explore on my own as well as take an unexpected excursion, even if it isn’t in my common interest. Keeping an open mind and doing this, I’ve managed to meet different people and discover places and experiences I probably would never have. . SHIP: CARNIVAL BREEZE 9/21/14 My plans this trip were “EXPERIENCE THE BREEZE, SOLO WITHOUT BREAKING THE BUDGET”. I am going to focus a LOT on the actual ship this review, and I’m certain it will have many shopping for their next booking when you are finished reading. My last cruises were Imagination & Victory in 2013, and I was last on the DREAM class in 2011. Sailing on this ship was the HIGHLIGHT of my vacation. Any online photos and reports do no justice. I always saw prior sailings as floating amusement parks, so the neon and obscure décor I could overlook. The BREEZE is an entirely new vision for style and comfort. The details involving color, woodwork, trees and foliage really gives it a soothing and calming feel bringing the outside to the interior. . This is the third ship in the “dream class” with a few additional additives and upgrades. Walking through the back buffet area one of the first things you notice are plants. Built-in trees, potted planters and attention to wall detail almost make you feel like you are walking through a neighborhood mix of café’s, pubs and lounges. Each bar has its own menu of specialties whether you seek the poolside Fun frozen concoctions, Pub-like drafts or the more Classy cocktails. It’s perfect for the bar crawl taste testing explorer. . The new RED FROG BAR is presented with the street-front entrance of an actual bar with simulated outside seating. The stage like inviting façade leads you into an actual bar setting equipped with hi-top tables and bar seats. It’s a great alternative gathering location for small parties or cocktails over the old conference room setting. The back of the bar utilizes the ship side windows allowing light to open up the space from a dark inside feel to a spacious pub-like social atmosphere. STOP IN and have a drink and you may forget you are onboard a cruise ship finding your nightly hangout for pre and post dinner cocktails. . The BONSAI SUSHI bar has been transformed from a small side counter with an overhang only opened at tea time. It has grown up to a full serving area with several hi-top tables adorned with place settings, tea pots and bonsai trees. Overhead stylish lighting gives this setting the feel of a sit-down restaurant. If the taste of the orient is what you like, then you will be pulled into this space for sure. . There is no more Alchemy Bar in the back allowing the PIANO BAR to be opened up to provide extra seating. It doesn’t feel as enclosed and utilizes the sometimes dead space to give a more open feel. The farthest back still has the LIMELIGHT LOUNGE where the “PUNCHLINER’s” comedy club has been attracting more and more attendees each ship I sail. This was definitely a good investment for alternative entertaining on Carnival’s behalf. If you are searching for the perfect cocktail or martini then the steakhouse bar has a seat for you. Seated just outside is the comedy club is FAHRENHEIT 555 STEAKHOUSE. Reservations & a fee are required. If you want to have a more intimate dinner for a special occasion, or just to splurge this is dinner out for sure. Top cut steaks, double starters, an appetizer and closing up with desert options that look direct from a gourmet pastry chef’s personal menu. . If all this sounds to formal for your taste don’t worry your options are far from limited. The NEW GUY’s BURGER JOINT at Pool-side Lido deck have pushed aside those frozen hamburger patties for a burger that simply crumbles into your mouth. Claim your burger and slip over to the complete TOPPINGS bar and customize the perfect sandwich. If burgers are not your “safe food” then choose between the BLUE IGUANA CANTINA for a Burrito or taco made to order, or visit the MONGOLIAN WOK in the newly designed LIDO MARKETPLACE. The more Caribbean-style feel has transformed the “buffet” to food stations with comfort. The PIZZA PIRATE around back of the Lido serves 24/7 pizza with a new thin style flaky crust. This is an upgrade to the former tasteless pizza on my prior sailings. . Tucked away upstairs from the Lido Marketplace is CUCINA DEL CAPITANO, another family style Italian-like setting. This is the 2nd reservation +fee restaurant dinner option aboard the BREEZE. It is less formal than the steakhouse and possible the more popular for the everyday cruiser. They transform to a less formal environment and offer free lunch options as the custom made PASTA BAR. On Sea days you can catch some sun at FAT JIMMY’s C-SIDE BBQ. Also, don’t forget to start the day with sit down breakfast in the elegant BLUSH dining room. . If there is one thing the BREEZE has accomplished with its new design is how to be more multi-functional. Most spaces onboard offer different atmospheres from day to night making you feel like it is more ship than it really is. I did discover that all FOOD service besides the 24 hour room service and PIZZA is shut down between 4:00-5:00 as menus and space transformation is happening. . Once you are finished eating…. (If that is even possible) it is time for some entertaining. Many options are available for all ages and families alike. The poolside theatre shows a nightly movie on the JUMBO TV complete with the smell of fresh popped mouthwatering popcorn for everyone. PLAYLIST productions shows are nightly in the LIMELIGHT LOUNGE. I will say thank you to Carnival for tweaking the stage out into the audience and making the upper seating steeper for better viewing. However, I am not a fan of the new Playlist productions. Some of the singers were difficult to hear if their head sets are not positioned correctly during quick costume changes. The cast also is more mediocre performers across the board having to be more multifunctional now as singers, dancers and performers. I personally enjoyed the older two-lead singers and better dancers myself. If you are not into production shows, the LIQUID NIGHTCLUB or WINNER’s CASINO may be more your flare. Junior cruisers will love CLUB 02 or discover what the 2.0 upgrades offer at the ARCADE, FUN HUBS and BRAND NEW THRILL THEATRE. The OCEAN PLAZA puts the old single waterslide to shame on older ships. The upgraded Water Park, Adventure ROPE COURSE is the child’s amusement park from heaven…… that also allows the adult kids to play along. . The BREEZE is not your daddy’s floating amusement park it’s a fully equipped entertainment city for everyone from the solo cruiser to the family alike. That aside, she also offers an experience for the less active cruiser that seeks a more relaxed vacation as well. The Spa & Sports deck not only offers the usual jogging track, but includes a full size basketball court and miniature golf. There are exercise apparatus all along the track that include (Pull up bars, sit up benches, punching bags, cycle machines, parallel bars, etc.) Once you have worked up a sweat cool off in one of the outside showers around the deck and then head on to the SPA-SIDE end for some pampering. . The ADULTS only SPA SERENITY deck is just that. Peace, quiet, serenity. Cushioned Hammocks built for two, Cabana covered beds, and Full size opened SUN beds and adult only hot tubs. There are also counter levered hot tubs around the lanai deck what usually have ample space available. If you are finished with the outdoors and had enough sun, head inside and pamper yourself at the fully upgraded CLOUD9 SPA and GYM. Upgraded exercise equipment and several classes to choose are available or experience pampering at its finest at CLOUD9 SPA. I mentioned at the start that I was upgraded to a SPA interior and it was worth every cent. . INTERIOR SPA STATEROOM 11211 Location for this stateroom is directly under one of the Weightlifting apparatus in the gym. So there were some mornings you got the Thump, Thump Thump of the weights from above. Nothing MAJOR, but if you are a light sleeper and wish to sleep in take this into consideration. I noticed it, but it did not ruin any of my vacation. Included with the SPA stateroom you will receive: upgraded products offered at the spa such as shampoos, lotions, soaps, slippers, soft-waffle pattern-touch towels, bed linen sprays to help you sleep and private access to the spa & Serenity Deck bypassing the front desk and public areas. You will receive a special access bracelet allowing you entrance to the STEAM ROOM, DRY HEAT Room, HEATED CONTOURED BODY LOUNGERS, ORIENTAL STEAM BATH with “mint & eucalyptus” to help open nasal passages, Special VIP serenity waiting area with lemon water & teas as you wait for your reserved $ treatments. Oh and not to omit the famous THELLOSOTHERAPY pool. A 3 foot deep enlarged hot tub with built in contoured loungers and massaging water spouts for the perfect back massage. . I know there was about ¼ of the ship I never got to experience which is why I am looking forward to sailing the BREEZE again and discover all the hidden areas I missed the first time around. To say I enjoyed the BREEZE is an understatement. I discovered that a FULL VACATION could be experienced ONBOARD the BREEZE without even setting foot off the ship. However, besides everything there is to do onboard there are still great port of calls to experience which I will continue with in the second half of my review. .. (If you have made it thus far) This second half of my review will be focused on the Ports, some misc. crew comments. Thank you for keeping up with me. . . KEY WEST, FL I have been to this port many times and always say that Carnival needs to stay longer. The early arrival and departure really cuts down on your time there to get a full experience. Most businesses do not open until 9:00 and just when the island is coming alive for afternoon/evening culture it is time to leave. Other cruise lines do stay longer allowing you to catch an afternoon local musician for dinner at one of the local café’s. This trip we arrived at 8am and departed at 4:00 (back on board by 3:30). Luckily, we were able to dock at the downtown port looking over Duval Street instead of the naval station. When docking at the naval station you lose a good hour or more just for the commute into downtown. Docking down town is VERY convenient to walk off the ship and be in the midst of downtown Mallory Square. Duval, Front & the “square” are all nice to stroll and shop. A little pricey but there are many small tasty venues that can help pass the time and find some nice quality items. . To get the real flare for what KEY WEST has to offer though, you need to bypass the touristy vacuum and venture out. This is the perfect island to do your homework before visiting. There are many locals that offer private charters around the island and know all the perfect snorkeling areas. There is no one better than the local residents to help guide you to what Key West really has to offer. Pre-Reservations may be required before your arrival, but worth it. Simple online searches for KEY WEST Private Charters visiting is a good place to start. The life on the water around the island offers several great opportunities to satisfy your playful side. . If land dwelling and self-exploration is your thing there are several options. Directly off the ship (at the end of the downtown pier) you will find a few small wooden sheds to rent bikes. This is normally my option for the island. $20-25/day gets you a BIKE, LOCK and map of the island. This is perfect for cruising on a budget. The island is not that large and biking is a norm everywhere you go. You can also rent scooters or electric carts if you wish. Just keep in mind that all local road laws are in affect while driving on the roads. You are susceptible to ticketing so be sure to adhere to all of your stop signs, traffic lights and road rules. It is not a free for all. My suggestion is slip over one street off the main roads and usually you have an open quiet side road with much less traffic. . My routine “Budget bike-route” consists of…… departing the portside bike rental and make my way about 2-3 blocks over to the Post Office to mail out a post card or package. This is a perfect stop to box and send directly home those large souvenir purchases that you may have made and don’t feel like lugging through the airport when you get home. If you follow THOMAS STREET (Parallel to Whitehead & Duval) all the way to the end you can bypass all the heavy traffic. At the end scoot over and pick up Duval St right for the final two blocks to the SOUTHERNMOST POINT landmark. The KW Butterfly Conservatory is about a block from the SMP landmark. Admission is $12-Adults $8.50-kids. It is small, self-guided but interesting and fun for the kids. Make your way over a few blocks along the coast to lovely HIGGS BEACH where you can relax and spend the day. There is a small extended pier and places to buy a snack. If you want to get your exercise in, this is also the start of the scenic BIKE PATH that follows the along the perimeter of the island. I personally follow it all the way up to the North side of the island, past the airport and then cut back to follow FLAGER AVE or one of the parallel side streets all the way directly back to center of town. (KW Butterfly house area) One last stop at the “ORIGINAL” KEY LIME PIE FACTORY 412 GREENE ST (not to be mistaken for the KW Pie Company), and a bottle of refreshing imported Coconut-Lime sparkling drink, not found anywhere else. This whole venture can be done in about 5 hours with plenty of time to return the bike, jump back on the ship for a quick shower and return to port for some quick last minute shopping on Duval St. or relax on the ship for lunch and catch the sailboats returning from their daily outing. Namaste! . GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS This is a tender port as the ships cannot dock portside without damaging the protected coral reefs. Cayman Islands are famous for the Stingrays, Turtles, Colorful diving sites and the Famous beautiful “7 Mile Beach” located just north of Georgetown where your port of call is located. The beach itself is geographically just less than 5 miles in length and is open to the public the entire length. It is one of the most visited destinations on Grand Cayman with its crystal clear Caribbean blue waters & white sand. This beach has been awarded “THE CARRIBEAN’s BEST BEACH in many travel magazines. The tranquility of this island is juxtaposed by its other famous tourist site of “HELL”. HELL is a part of the island made up of Black Limestone rock formations creating a desolate yet intriguing tourist stop. The unexpected location surrounded by some of the most ethereal beach fronts is part of what draws the onlookers to its site. T-shirts, key chains, and many photo background opportunities with catchy sayings are in abundance to purchase as proof of your unique visit to this destination. . Round up your budget adventure by making your way back to portside and visit the CAYMAN CABANA OCEANSIDE RESTOBAR located next to where you came ashore. In my opinion, there is no visiting Grand Cayman without a stop here for lunch. Pick your fresh “catch of the day fish” on the way on and they will cook it up for you at the outside bar. Pair it up with their famous RUM PUNCH & fries and I promise will leave your mouth watering for the best Caribbean fish meal you will find. Grab a marker and sign your name on one of the wooden joists above for friends to find when you tell them to visit after you return home. If ever there was a “Tour of Paradise”, Grand Cayman would definitely be on one the itinerary. . COZUMEL, MX...(it rained in the morning.... its the Caribbean) It is very difficult to cruise the Caribbean and not have a stop at Cozumel, MX. This is the central stop for a majority of all the big cruise lines. It is a small island just off the coast of mainland Mexico. Famous for snorkeling, shopping and Mayan Culture connections is what draws visitors from all over the world to Cozumel. The west side of the island is the more developed area for shopping and fun excursions. I have visited Cozumel several times and have multiple reviews of many excursions offered. Excursions ranging from ATV adventures, JEEP & DUNE BUGGY rides, Snorkeling, Parasailing, Deep sea fishing and many more are located all over the island. Most of the adventure options take you to private beaches located on the more underdeveloped East side and the famous Punta Sur at the lower tip. This side of the island is more wilderness and beach and usually bears the brunt of incoming storms and hurricanes that approach from the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic. Trips via water ferry to the mainland visit Carmen Del Playa for the more historical excursions involving Mayan ruins and Underground River/ tubing tours. . Continuing on my “Budget Vacation”, I grabbed a taxi for $8 and took a trip 3 miles up the coast to Porte de San Miguel. Shopping at the stores along the main strip is open to bartering. I stopped in at SENIOR FROGS to grab some quesadilla and a Banana smoothie before hopping in another taxi for a quick sightseeing trip around town. When you get back to the Port shopping area you may find that bartering is more flexible in the shops once you hear the ½ hr. ship warning horn blow. Be sure to make haste with your offers as you don’t want to be one of the last minute pier runners chasing the gangway as it is pulled back on-board before departure. Cozumel is one of the highest percentage ports of call for cruiser missing the ship. You do not want to be added to the statistics!!! . . CRUISE DIRECTOR: MATT MITCHUM Onboard the BREEZE is one of the best cruise directors I have had the pleasure of sailing with, Mr. MATT MITCHUM. Matt has a fun and outgoing personality with a talent for getting passengers motivated. This was one of the more involved groups of passengers I have seen over my many trips sailing cruise lines. Whenever you noticed a large gathering of dancers and people cheering and having fun, chances are there was Matt right in the middle of it all as the ring leader. He made this trip ENJOYABLE, FUN and MEMORABLE. His smile and laughter is contagious, not annoying like other cruise director’s I have met. He draws people in and gets complete strangers to intermingle and let down their guard. Matt is an ASSET to the Carnival brand and it is no wonder he is the face of their beautiful CARNIVAL BREEZE. I look forward to sailing the Breeze again and with Matt as the cruise director. . ROOM STEWARD: NATALYA was my room steward on the SPA deck. She was training her assistant and told me that he was up for a review to receive his own Steward assignments on another deck. They both were great and I wish all the best to her assistant. Honestly, I did not catch his name, because I barely was interrupted when he was tending to my stateroom. THAT, IMHO is what makes a good room steward; one that knows your name and schedule and can work around it without disturbing your vacation. They both eliminated ANY worries regarding the cleanliness and status of our stateroom. They are also an asset to the Carnival crew. . SPECIAL MENTIONS Normally, in past reviews I lump together the bar staff and dining staff with some general feedback. I will however take the opportunity to give a special shout out to the TIDES BAR bartender MARIN KNEZEVIC. Usually, I tend to return to the same bartender while on a cruise that I feel comfortable with, but MARIN is definitely “one of a kind”. This kid, (and I say that with utmost respect in relation to my own age) is one hardworking crew member. I’ve been served by many bartenders over my years of sailing and he definitely stood out as one of the best. Over the top friendly, outgoing, great discussion maker and works his butt off while maintaining a CLEAN ORGANIZED BAR. I happened to be a customer at his bar each night before and after he took his nightly break. Each night all of us “regulars” at the bar witnessed his relief tender turn the bar from immaculate to shambles in less than an hour. All while serving wrong drinks, losing customers and needing to call for additional help. When MARIN left he made sure to stock the ice, fill the straws and make sure everything was clean and ready for his break. Upon return, he had to reset and do it all over again while sorting through voided receipts and get his clients back up to vacation mood. You would hear a cheer whenever he returned. Someone like that tucked away at the back of the ship at one of the busiest bars to close the night deserves to have his name mentioned in a review and testimonial. Carnival needs to do what they can to keep more individuals like MARIN working for them. . DEBARKATION: I chose to par-take in my VIP early morning debarkation as I wanted to get to FLL airport early. This could not have gone any smoother. Port of Miami flexes its experience to unload and load passengers like no other. I was walking out the terminal where my SAS TRANSPORTATION was waiting for me a few feet from the door. www.ridesas.com is a great Fort Lauderdale bases shuttle service between MIA and FLL. $16 one way beats the cruise line cost by half. Also being a VAN-SHUTTLE they do not need to wait until an entire charter bus is filled before departure. Pre-reservations are needed and their smartphone APP is very simple to use. All transport must begin or end in Fort Lauderdale as they do not provide transport from Miami to Miami. . SUMMARY LIKES: I LOVE THE BREEZE! Can I say that again? I LOVE THE BREEZE!! The ship should be the minimal blueprint for future overhauls and ship builds. MATT MITCHUM, cruise director- keeps the smiles on the passenger faces all the way home! DISLIKES: I gave it a try, but the PLAYLIST PRODUCTIONS really need to be re-thought out. I appreciate the attempt to change the old style, but I don’t know anyone that enjoys the Playlist shows. I do understand wanting to cut the stage affects to the more digital less costly style, but too many glitches. Like bad headsets for singers you can barely hear, less talented dancers and vocalists and the same variations of the “Diva shows” are getting old. They are becoming extravagant Karaoke or cover artist shows any longer. Just my opinion. . Ok, so I will cut off my review here. It has already become a novel and I may have lost many that started it long ago. Thank you if you made it to the end without falling off your chair. If you happen across a deal for ANY TRIP on the BREEZE, do not hesitate to grab it. Get on the ship and work out your upgrades later. Happy sailing and may the upgrades flow frequent! . I wish that I knew how to figure out how to add photos to my reviews. They are worth a 1,000, memories. wiskt Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
My cruise on the Norwegian Getaway was the first cruise where I never even left the ship in any of the ports. I treated the ship as a floating oceanfront resort, and it was a fabulous resort! This last-minute cruise for me was all about ... Read More
My cruise on the Norwegian Getaway was the first cruise where I never even left the ship in any of the ports. I treated the ship as a floating oceanfront resort, and it was a fabulous resort! This last-minute cruise for me was all about relaxation as a birthday present to myself. I booked it about 2 weeks out, because Norwegian had NO solo supplements, and I had PTO time to burn! It was too good a deal to pass up. I live in Florida near Ft. Myers so I was able to drive over to Miami the morning of the cruise. I arrived at about 11 and parked in the port garage--it's pricy but oh-so-convenient, and I keep hearing too many bad things about the offsite options in Miami. This was my first chance to use the new tunnel to the port and there was very little traffic in the port area--nice. Keep in mind as you read this review that my cruise was August 23-30, during the offseason for Miami, and after most kids have started school. They clearly had lots of open cabins close to sailing since they were offering such fantastic prices, especially for solo travelers. So my cruise was likely less crowded, and with fewer kids, than at other times of the year. Embarkation, as others have reported for the Getaway, was very fast and easy. They hadn't started embarkation yet when I checked in (I think I was in boarding group 7) but I waited only about 20 minutes before I was on board. Painless. As soon as I got onboard I went up to the spa to buy a weekly spa pass. It was $199, which is a lot, but since I wasn't doing any shore excursions and since it was my birthday I indulged. I took a tour through the spa at that point, but since I was lugging my computer bag and I didn't think it would fit in the lockers at the spa, even though I had my bathing suit I decided I'd come back later. And I did--I spent many hours over the week in the spa. The heated tile loungers (which sound uncomfortable but are fabulous and have little pillowed areas for your head to lay on) overlooked a wall of windows on the front of the ship and were so nice for just laying back and watching where you were going. I spent most sailaways there, including our sail out of Miami. I also read a lot while relaxing on them. The spa also contains a hot tub, a thalassotherapy pool (a large pool of heated water with various types of jets around it that you could turn on as you liked, and a section where you could lay out in the water on a row of metal pipes and the bubbles came through the spaces between the pipes...aahhh!) and a salt therapy room (room temp with very salty air and mid-high humidity level, supposed to be good for your sinuses but it didn't do much for me) and a steam room and a sauna, and regular padded loungers, and men's and women's locker rooms with showers, lockers, etc. Also some flavored waters and a selection of teas, robes, and lots and lots of clean fluffy towels. You hand in your room key at the main desk of the spa and get a locker key--though I never really used the lockers. I think the spa pass is a great option for folks like me who really want to relax, and have little interest in the ports. It was never crowded in there, and was generally very quiet, and I avoided sunburn as well as the crowds and noise and heat by the outdoor pools. I chose to go to the dining room for lunch that first day (it was either Savor or Taste that was open) and service was rather slow with my nachos coming out way before my soup but it was uncrowded and comfortable so I didn't mind. The food was quite good--not fancy, but tasty. I found that to be the case throughout the week--the food wasn't imaginative or unusual in any way, just good solid decent meals. I gained enough weight that it was obvious I enjoyed it! Before I had finished my lunch, cabins were ready. I had a minisuite on deck 11 (11784) that was very close to the front elevators. The minisuites are just a bit bigger than balcony cabins, with most of the extra space in the bathroom. The bathroom has a large sink with 2 bowls, lots of shelf storage space and a large shower with a rain head as well as body jets. I tried the jets a couple of times but they didn't really appeal to me. The balcony was VERY narrow front-to-back. You couldn't even really sit in the chair facing straight out to the ocean because it was so narrow. But for one person, it was perfectly fine. I sat on one (straight-back) chair and put my feet up on the other, or on the small table. There was plenty of hanging storage space, and shelf space, and the couch was comfy. I think it would be uncomfortable to sit at the desk on the little stool they provided...but I never tried it. I thought the decor was very attractive, though subdued--not all bright and crazy like earlier NCL ships-and it still had that "shine" from being new. It was very clean throughout the week, and my steward ("Captain Morgan" he said to call him though his name was spelled more like Morughan) was fantastic--friendly, efficient, made great towel animals, etc. I liked the cabin, but next time I'll just get a regular balcony cabin unless the price differential is VERY small. For two people the extra space in the bathroom would be nice, but for one it isn't needed. I was a little worried about noise in that location, but there really was none. There was no noise at all from the elevator lobby. It isn't a connecting cabin, but there was a group of 3 older women in the cabin on one side who made enough noise for me to notice from time to time--I don't think the walls are very well soundproofed! I think there must have been kids in the cabin above mine because a few times I heard stomping around and a lot of play-yelling but otherwise things were pretty quiet. I also experienced very little cigarette smoke smell on my balcony which really surprised me--probably the least I've experienced even on my Celebrity and Azamara cruises where balcony smoking is supposed to be against the rules. Maybe I was just lucky this time! During the week I ate in the Garden Cafe for all 3 meals, the Savor and Taste dining rooms for lunch and dinner (never made it to Tropicana though the musical entertainment there during dinner is a fantastic idea,) the Flamingo Grill for both breakfast and lunch, O'Sheehan's for breakfast on the last day, and a dinner in Cagney's on my birthday. I was happy with all of the options I tried. I especially liked the Flamingo Grill--different foods than you see on most cruise ship buffets! Other than that first lunch, service was fine in all the venues. I think at least half the weight I gained was from the soft ice cream machines in the buffet. So many of them that there was almost never a line, which made overeating it WAY too easy! As I mentioned before, the food was tasty, at the proper temperature, but just not especially imaginative. Maybe I'm just jaded after so many cruises! And of course there were many for-fee options that I didn't try--there was lots of variety available, for sure. In summary, I'd say that this isn't a cruise for true foodies, but most people will be very happy with the food and the options available. I didn't go to a lot of the entertainment. I really enjoyed Legally Blonde--yes, it's over-the-top kitschy but I thought it was very well done and lots of fun. I loved Burn the Floor as well--didn't expect to. I think I was expecting a Riverdance kind of show but it incorporated lots of different dance styles as well as vocal music. The evening shows in general are a nice change from the typical Broadway-style hokey song-and-dance spectacles that cruise lines have traditionally offered. I wanted to go to the comedy show but couldn't get a reservation after I missed mine the second night--my own fault for wimping out because I was too full from my Cagney's meal! I need to come on another Getaway cruise to go to all the shows I missed! I didn' t do any of the organized "passenger participation" activities, or use the casino, or bowl in O'Sheehan's, so I can't comment on them, but the activity options seemed quite plentiful based on the daily schedule. I also didn't hang out in any of the bars--I had a bottle of wine in my room from my travel agent and I'm not much of a drinker--would rather spend my calories on food! Internet was the typical glacial speed of most cruise ships, and the pricing was similar as well. I was surprised that with a brand new ship, in this day and age, they couldn't do better. Why did I not take advantage of more of the entertainment? I think partly it's just that I don't like crowds very much, and so by the time evening came a lot of times I was just at the point where I couldn't take more crowds that day. Make no mistake, even though I think the ship was not close to full capacity the week I was on, it was still quite crowded in the public areas. The pool areas in particular were a madhouse. (I never saw huge crowds around the climbing wall or ropes course though, although I didn't check them out that often so there may have been some big lines there at other times.) The entertainment zone on 6-7-8 was also extremely crowded on sea day afternoons and every evening. It's a tradeoff though--smaller, less-crowded ships are more comfortable but have nowhere near the food and entertainment options of the Getaway. And in spite of the crowds the staff were always friendly, passengers as well, and the ship was always clean and tidy, dirty dishes/glasses were picked up and tables cleaned right away, and so on. BUT...I don't think I'd enjoy throwing a whole lot of active kids into the mix on top of what I experienced, so I'll probably avoid school vacations on any future Getaway cruises. That's just me though--for most people--who aren't verging on crowd-phobia like I am--the crowds are probably not such a big deal. Disembarkation the last morning was as painless as embarkation. Except, of course, for the pain of having the cruise end! I chose a later time and had a leisurely "express breakfast" in O'Sheehans, then left the ship at my convenience. I loved the staff lineup just before the gangplank to see you off with a smile! Waited about 10 minutes to go through Customs and then I was out the door and on my way across the street to the parking garage. I love new ships and hope to be back on Getaway while she's still young. The most comparable cruise I've been on previously was my Oasis of the Seas cruise last year at about the same time--and when I think back to both cruises I'd say I prefer the Getaway, although the fact that it is a brand new ship is probably what tips the balance in its favor. The entertainment variety is similar, and I think the Getaway has more varied food options and feels more like a ship--in a lot of the Oasis you really don't feel like you're at sea but the Getaway is designed so you are always close to ocean views. The Oasis food seems slightly higher quality to me--except in the buffet which is way too small for the ship's size and serves some unpleasant cafeteria-quality food, and where Getaway is the clear winner. The balconies on Oasis cabins are bigger (which is a plus) but the cost of cruises is higher on Oasis. In summary, it was a great cruise and an excellent way to relax for the week with a lovely room, fantastic spa, good (and very plentiful) food, fun entertainment and no worries...for an all-in price (including the $140 parking fee and the gas to drive to Miami and back) as a solo traveler in a mini-suite cabin of about $1200. Not bad at all! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
First I want to give a little information about myself. I am a very experienced cruiser, I have been on well over 30 cruises, just about every major Us cruise lines, I worked in the Cruise line industry for over 7 years, and I am currently ... Read More
First I want to give a little information about myself. I am a very experienced cruiser, I have been on well over 30 cruises, just about every major Us cruise lines, I worked in the Cruise line industry for over 7 years, and I am currently a travel agent. I was looking to book a cruise for my Honeymoon and I came across a great deal on the MSc Divina. However, after reading the reviews on here I was very skeptical about booking this cruise for my Honeymoon. Especially this was going to be my Wife's very first cruise! After doing a little research, I saw MSc also had some unbelievable Spa Packages! So I decided to take the risk and Book it! Not going to lie I was super nervous about this cruise.. Once I arrived, it was the most Beautiful ship I had ever seen!!!! I was blown away! What stood out the most was the Spa, unbelievable service and prices! The buffet food was way better then other cruise lines. However, I felt the main dining room dining did no live up to the expectations of Cruise Dining. Food portions were very small and bland. Service levels on ship were below average. A very relaxing type cruise, not many activities during the day. The Eataly Specialty restaurant was a Major highlight! Well worth it!! The pizza on board was best pizza ever!!! Then again it is Italian! Overall a very great Cruise! Book and Enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
Just arrived today from the Carnival Glory Cruise which was not planned but with the help of our vacation planner, Joshua Wade it became a huge surprise for my Aunt from UK who has never been on a cruise. Joshua Wade has always gone out of ... Read More
Just arrived today from the Carnival Glory Cruise which was not planned but with the help of our vacation planner, Joshua Wade it became a huge surprise for my Aunt from UK who has never been on a cruise. Joshua Wade has always gone out of his way to give us good deals and this was our fourth trip with Carnival. Overall, the trip was a great, services were excellent, port excursions were interesting and the people on board entertainment was a bonus for all of us. Firstly, I must thank Jojo in the Medical Center for reason being that my wife forgot her medication and was very sick and Jojo and his associates went out of their way to help her out. So, a very big THANK YOU to all the Medical Center Staff at Carnival Glory and God Bless you all for being a Great Saviour. Secondly, the serving group at Platinum Dinning Hall, late time 8.15pm with Matridee Suresh, Libarto, Siegfredo and Raymond who served us with warmth and excellent service. This also touched my Aunt and she was sad leaving them today. They went out of their way to make everyone happy, content with their excellent services with smiles and laughter also provided us with menus with lovely deserts. We were also served with special menus by Chef Senthil Kumar upon request and for the Royal Service, we also say a Big THANK YOU to all of them as a Great Team and the Team work and will miss them a lot! Room service by Gede and his associates were great and also gave us excellent service with a smile on their faces every morning and evening which made our day happy and cheerful. As this was our last minute booking, the cabin 9198 was an excellent one and very spacious for 4 of us together and Gede made sure that every towel and napkins were fully staked in the room, Jay was very helpful in shopping at the ports and he has been a great guide. The programmes in the evenings at the theater was entertaining and enjoyed a lot with the dance and music. Since my mother needed special assistance with the wheel chair, she was taken care of immediately by the Guest Services Staff and made sure that she was comfortable. Once again, our appreciation for the lovely trip and keep up the Team work and Excellent Service Carnival Cruise.....THANK YOU VERY MUCH   Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
The ship seems to be older, not very well maintained. Needs fresh paint, carpets cleaned, updated maintenance, etc. We had a suite, which was a great room, a little dirty (i.e. food left in the cabinets, broken light switch, etc), but was ... Read More
The ship seems to be older, not very well maintained. Needs fresh paint, carpets cleaned, updated maintenance, etc. We had a suite, which was a great room, a little dirty (i.e. food left in the cabinets, broken light switch, etc), but was worth the money for the upgrade. The spa is located directly underneath the children's play area. We paid for a couples massage, and the entire time the kids were jumping and bouncing and screaming, so you couldn't really relax. The walls would shake and you would hear a LOUD thump each time a child jumped/played. Very poorly designed. The ship buffet was not very well planned out either. You waited in long lines to get mediocre food. It felt like a cattle call every time you were hungry. Buffet food was just mediocre, lots of hot dogs and hamburgers, very little other food. Dinner in the main dining area was good. The private island (Half Moon Cay) was nice, but very poorly ran. Everyone is clumped together on the beach, which has plenty of space to spread out. The music is loud, long lines to get food or drinks at the private islands also. Took us over an hour to tender to the island (another cattle call experience). This is a party ship for sure. Tons of kids, tons of people drinking and dancing and hollering everywhere. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2014
A little background information about us for frame of reference: My wife and I are Disney Vacation Club Members, frequently stay at the top tier resorts (Polynesian, Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge, etc.) and DVC offerings at the Walt ... Read More
A little background information about us for frame of reference: My wife and I are Disney Vacation Club Members, frequently stay at the top tier resorts (Polynesian, Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge, etc.) and DVC offerings at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort (Grand Californian). Additionally we frequent various Las Vegas Resorts including the Signature at MGM, Vdara Las Vegas, The Bellagio, the Cosmopolitan and Elara Las Vegas. We are in our mid 30s and do not have children. We are former Disney Cast Members (employees). We both work an average of 100 hours per week, 7 days a week. We live in Orlando, FL and are surrounded by world class dining, resorts and entertainment. It’s quite difficult to impress us and very easy to disappoint us. We like to travel whenever possible as our work schedules are intense. We like to relax and have fun when we travel. We have been on other cruises before including Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas (2x), Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas (1x) and Holland America Oosterdam (1x). Ship info and Travel Dates: We sailed on The Norwegian Getaway from May 17th, 2014 to May 24th, 2014. Embarkation Port: Aside from a little traffic, getting to and from the port in Miami is very straight forward. It’s much larger than Port Canaveral, but we had no issue getting to the parking garage and to the terminal. We arrived at the port around 10:30am and was on the ship by 11:15am. Parking was a bit steep in price, it cost us $90 for 7 days. Other ports cost us about $60 in the past. Getting in and out of the parking garage was easy, they have pre-pay machines on each level so you can avoid waiting for an attendant at the bottom of the garage. Getting in and out of the terminal was quick, it only took us about 15 minutes to go through security and get our ship cards. It only took us another 10 minutes to get on the ship from there. Cabin: We opted for the guaranteed balcony and ended up on the 13th floor. We were in cabin 13112 on the Forward portion of the ship. This is a balcony room and was quite enjoyable. Lots of storage space under the couch and bed as well as all around the television and of course a nice sized closet. The bathroom is a nice size and the shower was tall enough for me, I'm 6'2" and most showers do not accommodate me well. The room is large and very clean. The balcony was nice, not big enough to dine on really, but certainly large enough to spend time watching the ocean and the ports, etc. This was a great room and I highly recommend it. Our Cabin Steward Christian was super friendly and always very kind. The room was always clean and well maintained. Staff: I've never been to a resort, hotel or cruise ship that has had this many exceptional staff members. The kindness and attentiveness of the Norwegian Getaway rivals ANY Disney resort, and I would never say that if I didn't feel that way. I hold Disney in the highest of regards when it comes to service and amenities. The Norwegian Getaway staff exceeded my expectations daily. Restaurants and Dining: My wife and I purchased the Ultimate Dining Package and the Ultimate Beverage Package and I can honestly say I won’t sail again without purchasing both. The dining package included the majority of the specialty dining offerings on the ship. Both packages are worth every penny and then some. We dined at Cagney’s Steakhouse (2x), La Cucina (2x), Moderno (1x) and Teppanyaki (2x). Dinner was always a pleasant experience. The staff were always happy, friendly and provided for a remarkable dining experience. We also dined at several of the complimentary dining locations including the Garden Cafe, O’Sheehan’s, Savor and Taste. We even tried the 24/7 Pizza delivery service. The specialty dining offerings were so fantastic, I could never sail this ship again unless I had the Dining Package. These restaurants are not to be missed. Garden Cafe: (Overall rating A) I’m not a huge fan of buffets, especially on cruise ships. However NCL got it right with this one. The buffet is very spread out and seems to go on for ages. This allows for more variety and less crowding. The seating is very clean and modern and because it’s so big there are tons of seats by the windows. We had a meal here when we first arrived on the ship and one time for breakfast as we stayed up super late the night before and missed out on other breakfast opportunities. We had a snack or two here as well throughout our stay. The food was all very good and well prepared. O’Sheehan’s: (Overall rating A+) If you like bar food or family bar atmosphere this is a fantastic place. We tried the burgers, the chicken tenders, the wings and several of the beverages. The food is fantastic and rivals most bar type restaurants like Buffalo Wild Wings, Beef O Bradys, Wing Shack etc. The bartenders here are super friendly and great to talk to. This place is HUGE and wraps around both sides of the ship. We also enjoyed the bar here as well as darts, skeeball, basketball and bowling. We spend time here every day, this is also a great place to watch events one floor down in the atrium. O’Sheehan’s offers amazing ocean views as well as a fantastic view of the movie screen in the Atrium. Savor: (Overall rating A) We had purchased the Dining Package so we never had lunch or dinner here but breakfast was AMAZING. This and Taste became our morning routine. The staff was always happy and attentive and the food was oh so good. Taste: (Overall rating A) For the most part Taste is identical to Savor, this was our other breakfast place. Always sat by a window, always had an amazing breakfast and fantastic service. Cagney’s: (Overall rating A+) I don’t know much, but I know a great steak. I’m always weary of steak on a cruiseship, especially when I hear the “seasoned” cruisers gripe and whine about how it’s most likely the same steak that you get in the complementary dining room. I can assure you that it’s not. We dined here twice and never left unsatisfied. The food was phenomenal and the staff were so kind and a joy to be around. The restaurant is perched above the Tropicana room and we had windows that allowed us to watch the band and dancing below. The restaurant is quiet and dark, which is like having your own personal space on the ship. It was never crowded. It’s important to note that the food, food quality and service were consistent both times. To answer a consistent gripe that we’ve read: It took about 60-90 minutes for the complete dining experience, I loved every minute of it. What’s the rush? This isn’t fast food. That’s what O’Sheehan’s is for. If I was told that I had to eat at Cagney’s every night of the cruise, you wouldn’t hear me complaining. The food is spectacular and not to be missed. La Cucina: (Overall rating A+) Goodness gracious this restaurant was so good it should be a crime. Some of the best Italian food that I’ve ever had. From the bread to the soups to the entrees it was a total delight. We ate here twice and the food, food quality and the service were all consistent. This food is so good you’ll forget that you’re on a cruise ship. Moderno: (Overall rating B) Ok, so I’m glad I experienced this restaurant but I won’t try it again. I’ve been to many Brazilian Steakhouses including Ohana at the Polynesian Resort in Walt Disney World and Texas de Brazil in Orlando, Fl. The food was cooked properly and again the staff was awesome. I simply didn’t care for how they prepared their chicken, pork or sausage. The beef was good, but hardly compared to that of Cagney’s or Teppanyaki. For me, if I could go back in time, I’d prefer to go back to La Cucina instead. Teppanyaki: (Overall rating A+) Another one of those places on the ship that make you forget you’re on a ship. The theming is top notch, as is the service, the staff, the food and of course the chefs. We loved the food and the experience so much that we did this twice during our stay. This too was consistent both times. 24/7 Pizza: (Overall rating D- for the Pizza, A+ for the service) Ok so this was really the only bad experience that we had on the ship. We didn’t quite know how the system worked but the advertisement on the TVs across the ship say “Anytime, Anywhere” So we called from our room but wanted the pizza delivered to O’Sheehan’s as we didn’t have much space to dine or drinks in the room. They told us you have to order from the location that you want to dine in, that makes sense. That didn’t bother us one bit, we were just trying to make use of the 45 minute delivery time and order from our room, then walk to the bar, etc. So we headed over to O’Sheehan’s and ordered a pizza via a waiter. About an hour or so later the pizza arrived and it was undercooked and resembled cafeteria pizza. It simply was no good. (NOTE: There is a $5 upcharge for Pizza delivery on the ship.) I’m not going to go into detail about how I didn’t like the pizza, it just didn’t work for us. So I found a house phone and called the Pizza delivery number and told them we weren’t happy with the Pizza. A few moments later the Maitre D’ of the ship appeared and told us she was unhappy with the Pizza and that this is not typical of the ship. She offered to get us another Pizza but we didn’t have time. She insisted that she do something for us to make up for our inconvenience, we weren’t looking for anything. She refunded the price of the Pizza, again we didn’t ask for that, and gave us her card in case we needed her for anything in the future. We said we appreciate her kindness and thanked her for time. A few hours had passed and when we went back into our cabin we found a plate with chocolate covered strawberries along with a card that said compliments of the Maitre D’. We thought that was a very kind gesture and more than generous considering that we were just talking about Pizza. So all in all, NCL more than made up for a bad experience and went way over and above considering it’s just Pizza. Bars: As I previously mentioned, my wife and I purchased the Ultimate Beverage Package. This meant I didn’t have to monitor our spending when it came to ordering sodas, beer or liquor. Which is nice. I hate having to keep a running tab in my head when I’m on vacation. If you have more than five or six drinks of soda, wine, beer or liquor per day I highly recommend the Ultimate Beverage Package. We tried to visit every bar on the ship in our seven day journey and I think we did a pretty good job. We visited Bar 21, Bliss Ultra Lounge, The Atrium Bar, Headliners, Mixx, O’Sheehan’s, Prime Meridian, Spice H20, the Mojito Bar, Sunset Bar, the Ice Bar and the Vibe Beach Club bar. We loved all the bars and the bartenders. Jane, Garret, Wade and Sean were standout bartenders and extremely friendly. By the end of the trip, they knew us by name and always were gracious and really made our stay enjoyable. The Atrium bar is the best place to grab a drink, watch a movie or watch the entertainment. There’s always a trivia show, game show, movie, band or some other kind of event going on. It was a great place to chill in the afternoon and unwind before the nightly events. Headliners is also the home of Howl at the Moon dueling pianos, which was a lot of fun. Ice Bar: We’ve been to the Minus5 Ice Bar in Las Vegas and Orlando many times. This one is slightly smaller than those, but don’t let it’s size fool you. This ice bar is worth the visit. We had a blast hanging out in the bar and the bartender was extremely friendly. This ice bar is much colder than those we’ve been to in the past, which was great seeing as it was 90+ degrees on the island a few hours prior. Waterfront: A unique concept and a lot of fun, especially during sunsets. It’s a great way to experience the ship, the only negative being that there are a lot of smoking sections that you have to navigate past. Other than that, a real cool amenity that you won’t find on other ships. It is windy in the Caribbean, so there are times when you cannot access the Waterfront. Not a big deal though, there’s no shortage of things to do on the ship. Aqua Park: Surprisingly fun. We’re from Orlando and there are no shortage of water slides there. These slides are top notch and a lot of fun. We ended up riding each slide multiple times over several days. It was a great way to cool off and have some fun. I highly recommend these slides for kids and adults of all ages. Mini Golf: I didn’t expect much and was pleasantly surprised. The last ship I went on had minigolf (the Liberty of the Seas) but it was just a set of basic greens and holes. The mini golf on the Getaway was well themed and maintained. Not to mention quite a bit of fun. Ropes Course: Another surprising bit of fun. This course was a great way addition to our afternoons at sea. It’s totally worth trying, even if you’re not into heights. Spa: We opted for a week pass to the spa and it was worth every dime. We spent the majority of our spa time in the Thermal Suite. We spent quite a bit of time in the vitality pool as well as in the various saunas and salt rooms. The spa is on the front of the ship, so you can enjoy beautiful ocean vistas or hang out in the pool and watch the ship pull into port. The spa also has these thermal loungers that will instantly put you into relax and nap mode. I fell into blissful sleep every time I tried these loungers. The next time that I sail on this ship, I will absolutely get a spa pass. Entertainment: The Groove International band was nothing short of stellar. You can find them on the pool deck during the day and in the Atrium at night. There's also a fantastic piano player in the Atrium as well as outside of the Mojito bar. There was never a time where I thought the entertainment was bad. The dueling pianos at Howl at the Moon was amazing, the Fireworks show was fantastic. There's so much to do, you can't possible do or see it all, and we tried. The Grammy Experience was incredible. Pools: It’s hot and the main pool is crowded every day, this shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. However the pool by the slides was almost always empty. Another hidden gem is the waterfall seating at Spice H20, which we always had to ourselves. Nobody ever went into it, the seating on the sun deck around it was always full but the waterfall was empty. Vibe Beach Club: We got a chance to hang out here and if you're into sun bathing, this is the place for you. There are several private cabanas that overlook the ocean. There's also a hot tub and a bar. It's an upcharge for the the day or the week so it's very private. I prefer to be in water, but this is a great secluded getaway. Casino: The nicest casino I've ever seen on a cruise ship. This is open and bright, very similar to the feel that you'd get in the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas. Smoking Rumor: My wife and I do not smoke, and we really don’t like to be around smoke. We read that the casino on the ship was so smoke heavy that it directly affected other areas of the ship. This is, at least in our experience, a major over exaggeration. While there was a distinct smoke smell in the casino, it really didn’t smell bad around the casino. Additional Fun Side Note: We noticed that Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Kevin Sheehan was onboard our cruise. We saw him several times in multiple locations. For me it was great to see the CEO interact with so many of the crew on board. I like to see that NCL has a vested interest in it’s employees, you don’t see that often. I would have introduced myself and told him that I was forever a huge fan of NCL, but every time I saw him I was in a bathing suit and felt strange approaching a CEO in that manner. Nonetheless it was awesome to see him interact with the staff and walk around the ship. Ports: Oh yeah, we went places. The ship is so awesome that I forgot that we stopped and visited ports. In all honesty if this ship was seven days at sea and never went to port, I don't think I'd mind one bit. Our ship stopped at St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Nassau. St. Maarten is a beautiful island. Maho beach is a must see for first time visitors. It's an entirely surreal experience to hang out on the beach or in the water and have massive commercial jets pass over you and land feet away from you. Be prepared to be inundated with requests for cabs. There isn't much to do or see at the initial port. You can do a 15-20 minute walk to see more, but I highly recommend taking a cab to your destination. All of the best parts of the island are 20-40 minutes away via cab rides, so take that into consideration when traveling around. St. Thomas has the most beautiful water and landscape, however is the most tourist heavy island I've been too. I don't mean lots of tourists, I mean lots of sketchy tourist attractions. The butterfly exhibit is run down and depressing. Of course there's a Senior Frogs, as there is everywhere. The ocean is gorgeous as are the beaches. We opted to walk around the beaches and explore things ourselves, the only negative was that I got tired of the locals attempting to sell me various illicit materials. The skyride is sketchy. Beautiful views, but in dire need of some maintenance. If you've ever been to Nassau, you realize very quickly that it's equivalent to a highway rest stop. Getting through the port is a nightmare and the island is just not anything to write home about. You have Atlantis, but you have to work hard to get there, Atlantis is in no way near the port. Give yourself at least 25-30 minutes to get there, if you're lucky. It took us an hour to get there due to the congestion at the port, it did only take 45 minutes to get back. To be honest, the ship was so amazing that the ports didn't compare. There's plenty of amazing scuba, snorkeling, swimming, zip lines, ATVs, beaches, etc. at the ports. Be prepared to leave St. Thomas at 3pm and not get into Nassau until around noon. The only real full day at port, in my opinion, was St. Maarten. Summary: I’m typically unenthused when it comes to cruising, sure I have fun and always enjoy time off, but the ships I’ve been on in the past are either old or tacky in design, small in size or lacking in amenities. In my experience, the ships usually do not compare to the resorts or hotels that I’m used to. I'm not into hokey activities and I don't need to have every second of my day planned out for me. I enjoy exploring and relaxing. I’ve never had an overwhelmingly pleasant experience with the staff of any Royal Caribbean ship. The staff are usually mildly friendly, but nothing like I’m used to when compared to Disney. As a former Disney Cast Member I have high expectations of what great customer service should be. I had no prior experience with Norwegian Cruiselines and was unsure of what to expect due to the diverse reviews of this ship. I’m not a fan of older ships and ship design. I don’t like seeing wear and tear or being reminded of what cruising must have been like a decade or two ago. I like open spaces, modern design and genuine thought in layout and offerings. I can say in all honestly that across the board, the Norwegian Getaway floored me and excelled beyond all expectations. The ship is phenomenal. The layout, the design and the offerings are unparalleled compared to the other ships that I have sailed on. If you’re a fan of modern resorts, The Norwegian Getaway will not disappoint. The food, entertainment, cabins, layout and the staff were all exceptional. This is the first time that I've ever been on a cruise and immediately wanted to get back on and go again. The Norwegian Getaway ruined other ships for me. I simply will not be able to enjoy a lesser ship as this one has everything that you could possibly want on a ship and more. As of this trip, I'm forever a NCL fan.   Read Less
Sail Date: April 2014
Again, Carnival never fails to do its best to make their passengers feel absolutely at ease about sailing off into the sunset. Everyone at check-in was gracious and helpful, even when requesting wheel chair assistance for one of the ... Read More
Again, Carnival never fails to do its best to make their passengers feel absolutely at ease about sailing off into the sunset. Everyone at check-in was gracious and helpful, even when requesting wheel chair assistance for one of the passengers in my party. We were escorted right onto the ship and didn't have to wait in line for our zone to be called (even though we were in Zone 1). The rooms were kept absolutely sparkling clean by our cabin steward, Trishna. The food in the dining room was always appetizing and served hot. I was not overly impressed by the buffet food. It was always a hit or miss...never really consistently good. The one thing I loved were the burritos and tacos at the grill on the Lido deck. Only problem with that was that they were only open during lunch time (lots of crowds). I'm not a beef eater, but my family LOVED the burgers at Guy's Burger Joint. The fries were always hot and delicious, are are always my weakness. Although the line for Guy's was always long, it seemed to go pretty fast, so bravo to the guys sweating and working hard behind the counter. The one disappointment I experience was with the Cloud 9 Spa. On most ships, access to the steam room, whirl pool, and dry sauna are automatic (no fee); however on this ship, because they've given the spa a fancy name, guests have to pay a daily entrance fee of $40. Even if you've received a spa treatment, you still have to pay $20 to enter the spa facility. I've been to many higher-end spas in the US and Europe, and have only had to pay for my services and all access to the facility was included. I spent more than $700 in the spa during the cruise and I couldn't even get free all-access for at least 1 day! Something is seriously wrong with that picture. I just hope they don't get the bright idea to do that on the rest of the Carnival ships. Overall though, I did enjoy my trip. I must give credit to the medical staff because my father became extremely ill on the last night of the cruise. The medical team responded within 15 minutes and stablized him until we reached Miami. Once we were ported in Miami, they rushed him to a local Miami ER where he received quality care. For that, I must thank them beyond measure! I will definitely be back to sail with Carnival. Although, I'll keep my money in my pocket and get spa treatments on a resort while we're in port! :-D Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
We arrived at the Port of Miami early, around 11:00 am, and decided to park at the Port, $140 for the week, ouch, but worth it to my wife and me. Embarkation was simple and fast, as has been our experience with NCL. We were on board the ... Read More
We arrived at the Port of Miami early, around 11:00 am, and decided to park at the Port, $140 for the week, ouch, but worth it to my wife and me. Embarkation was simple and fast, as has been our experience with NCL. We were on board the Getaway before noon and in our Mini Suite by 1:00 PM. Mini is a good name for it because it is not much bigger than a standard balcony but the extra room it does have seems to be in the right places. You get a little more room both in front of the couch and surrounding the bed, its not much but noticeable. The obvious extra space is in the bathroom which was nice with dual faucets on a single large sink and a nice sized shower with unfortunately low water pressure. Overall, I loved the decor on the Getaway, the colors, furniture, and flow were nice. The small spaces to sit both inside and out were enjoyable. We spent a lot of our time in the Spa with the Spa Pass ($199 per person) that gives you access to the Spa Hydro Pool, Saunas, Salt Room, and Steam Room. We love this area, as relaxation is a big reason we cruise. We also enjoyed the Ultimate Dining Plan ($119 per person) that gave us access to all the specialty restaurants. We ate 3 nights at Cagneys, 2 nights at Le Bistro, 1 night at Teppanyaki, and 1 night at Moderno's. Cagneys is a good steak house but their service was a little slow and inattentive, hopefully, over time this will be worked out. Their food however was good. They have these new Wagyu sliders, as a starter/appetizer, and they were fantastic. The steaks we had were good but I would not say great. Not sure I would pay the now $30 per person, but as a part of the dinning plan it was worth it. Le Bistro was very nice, loved the smaller room, fantastic service, and good food. This was my wife's favorite. We also enjoyed Teppanyaki, it is what it is and was fun for one night. Finally, being a meat guy how can you not love Moderno's? The service was very good, love the salad bar, and of course the meats. The only other places we ate were in the Buffet, it was nice, and in the Flamingo Bar and Grill above the Buffet. We loved this area (Flamingo) as it was rarely crowded and had a good breakfast with the basics and cook to order omelets as well as Latin Style foods. It is also one of those nice places to sit and watch the Ocean and scenery while you eat. Overall, I loved the getaway, have been to the ports of call (St. Martin, St. Thomas, Nassau) 3 separate times and enjoyed them as well. There is a lot said about them on CC so I will not talk about our experience. This is a great new ship. Everyone, for the most part (except for one or two not so happy staff) was fantastic and we can't wait to sail NCL again.   Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2014
Immediate gratification.  I had previously experienced three other cruises (a new Princess ship in 1992, Carnival in 1992, and Royal Caribbean in 2007...the Royal Caribbean being my favorite) and was excited but honestly a little jaded ... Read More
Immediate gratification.  I had previously experienced three other cruises (a new Princess ship in 1992, Carnival in 1992, and Royal Caribbean in 2007...the Royal Caribbean being my favorite) and was excited but honestly a little jaded about this trip. I was not a newbie, not easily impressed. Wrong. The Celebrity Reflection blew every expectation I had about cruising out of the water. You need to also know that I live in a world of luxury: Beverly Hills. I have been in the finest establishments with impeccable service and lifestyle, and unbelievable un-real beauty. regularly attend five-star events and go to the best shows, with world-class shopping right in my backyard. This cruise experience was above par in every aspect mentioned above. We never felt crowded...always found a seat where we wanted to sit at any show...and let me tell you the production and talent of every show was outstanding. We never lacked for company...met some of the nicest people in the world; talked to everyone. New friends! We never missed a meal...scrumptious servings at every seating (and never got around to the Specialty Restaurants for dinner; didn't feel the need!) We never had to ask twice...every want was filled in an enthusiastic, friendly way. Made us feel like family. We always had a fantastic time, notable for: THE SPA with the heated tile loungers in the Persian Garden (actually fell asleep there) and the spa services DID NOT over-sell product during treatments (I actually got to relax!) THE SOLARIUM with a perfect temperature pool and two jacuzzis not overcrowded any time! THE ART STUDIO where I got to paint to my pleasure (favorite activity onboard, trumping trivia!) THE ENSEMBLE LOUNGE where the waitress was a delight and the music was again perfect THE LIBRARY where my love wanted to just relax but I kept dragging him away THE CELEBRITY THEATER where we enjoyed movies, Apple classes, Bingo, COMEDY(!) and more OUR CRUISE DIRECTOR IAN who we wanted to take home with us (you too Micky) OUR CRUISE STAFF (oh James Taylor you are so sweet)...I call shenanigans! We didn't even need to get off at the ports which were fun (although we loved the excursion to St. John,) found the shopping on the islands ridiculous (no charm, just shoved diamonds & tacky trinkets in our faces) but the beauty of the beaches was shore-worthy. Happiest on the Reflection. Sea days were by effortlessly, with loads of fun things to do, people to enjoy, and again, great food. That the James Beard people oversee the menus just made it that much more impressive. As for our accommodations, we booked an Interior Cabin (as my love tends to get queasy when he sees the motion of the ocean...no window for us.) We booked our vacation via Costco Travel; inadvertently booked a handicap stateroom. Warned later by the line that if someone who needed those facilities made a reservation, we would be moved to a like-level room, we were fortunate that our room stayed in our booking. WOW~245 square feet of luxury; a gi-normous room with ample walking area, and the bathroom, oh the bathroom, tremendous! The oversized shower had a fold down seat inside; great bath products are always appreciated! FYI, the room itself was far larger than what we have in our Beverly Hills apartment. The most comfortable of beds (though pushed together to make a king, we did not notice any cavern between the mattresses!) and the bedding itself was very luxurious; soft. Our steward was on top of things instantly. We would leave the room for a couple of minutes sometimes, and as if a genie had appeared, when we would return everything would be spiffy. Great flat screen TV as well; we didn't even realize that there were actual channels available until our fourth night. So impressive! There is usually at least one bad thing about any experience; the only lackluster annoyance was the opening comedian for the Sin City Comedy Show. Painfully unfunny...and the burlesque aspect was completely out of place, not well done, and bothersome (all of our fellow passengers who we discussed the show with felt the same way; here-say, yes, but true.) LOVED our experience, we are now completely captivated by Celebrity and plan to cruise again. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2014
After seeing all the bad reviews of this ship, I have to write my review as we had a marvelous time. We had The Haven Spa Suite 14151 on the Epic embarking March 9. Embarkation Process: There was quite a line at the pier. Since we were in ... Read More
After seeing all the bad reviews of this ship, I have to write my review as we had a marvelous time. We had The Haven Spa Suite 14151 on the Epic embarking March 9. Embarkation Process: There was quite a line at the pier. Since we were in a suite I had thought there would be a line for suite guests, but all go through the same security line. It was long, but as the weather was nice, standing in line was OK - although I miss the much easier embarkation that we experienced for the Jade in Barcelona on two occasions. Unfortunately, right after security, no one checks to find out if you are in a suite to direct you to the VIP area, so, not realizing there was a VIP area, we went to the regular lines to check in. There was hardly any line in this area and the check in lady took us to the VIP suite area where we were escorted onboard - much better. The Spa Suites are lovely. 14151 has a gigantic balcony. There were already 2 chaise lounges and 2 chairs along with 2 tables on the balcony. PERFECT! We went to The Epic Club for lunch which was great. After lunch, we explored the ship and my husband signed up for the Texas Hold-em Poker tournament the next day. We had dinner at Shanghai's - really great spicy Chinese food - don't know why anyone would complain about these dishes. Shanghai's acts as overflow for the Manhattan Room - don't know why NCL allows that as it negatively impacts the experience for paying guests in Shanghai's. Fortunately we were almost done with dinner. This did create an interesting discussion between me and my husband about the issue of capacity planning for this ship. It is much larger than other NCL ships, so based on previous ships, NCL would really just be guessing as to how many would go to the specialty restaurants as opposed to the free MDR and buffet. Once the ship is built, they are stuck. If demand for the MDR outweighed demand for the other restaurants, what do they do? That night, I noticed that the tub in our room was leaking. As it was near midnight I didn't want to bother our cabin steward, so we mopped up the water, put the towels in the tub and went to bed. The next day, I explained to our cabin steward that it appeared to me that one of the pipes must be loose (based on where the water was coming from.) She had only begun working in this area on this cruise as the regular steward was on vacation. She filled the tub and after about 30 minutes, there was water everywhere and she wiped up the floor and contacted a plumber who came and took our tub apart and found a disconnected pipe, just as I had said. I told our cabin steward that between the two of us, we'd have cabin 14151 in the best shape it had ever been in! I subsequently found a few other problems, which she was quick to have fixed. All I can think is that the previous occupants of the suite never told their steward that light bulbs were out or that the tub was leaking. One of the surprises of the room is that the headboard actually has 2 pullout extensions with drop down tables that turn into nightstands! I had not noticed these until the 3rd night - at which time, I found out one of the extensions was stuck - another minor repair. None of these issues detracted from our stay in the cabin as the needed repairs were all immediately organized by our cabin steward. Our cabin steward did such an outstanding job on organizing the repairs, I gave her an extra $40 on top of her regular tip at the end of the week. She was so thrilled she hugged me and thanked my husband profusely. But, in fact, she deserved the extra money. She was always cheerful, always positive and always did the utmost to help and I repaid her by finding every issue that needed to be resolved in our suite and also monetarily for her excellent work in getting the issues solved. The first morning we discovered how absolutely great the shower was! This was possibly the best shower we have experienced in an NCL suite! We also enjoyed the use of the DVD player. I had brought along several movies and TV series for us to watch. My husband attended Blue Man group. He said it was a good show, although, he thought he had seen this particular show before. We both went to Cirque and really enjoyed that show. The dinner was so-so with only one choice (steak and overly salty shrimp) but the show was amazing. I"m not sure why they serve food in this show because, honestly, it was so good, it was hard to eat because I wanted to just focus on the show. We went to the ice bar. It is 10F in there. Of course we had to go to the first ice bar at sea. It was fun, but oh so cold - as expected. Apparently some Canadian spent more than 3 hours in there without a coat! in Jamaica, we went zip lining and the tubing on the river. I have been zip lining before, but not where you had to self brake. I've got no talent for the braking at all. We went on to the river tubing which was excellent. The water is crystal clear and cool and the tubes are very safe. There are areas where the tubes go through some small rapids which makes the ride a lot of fun. I would do the tubing again in a heartbeat! We had sushi that evening, which was OK but the offerings are rather routine and boring. I think that if NCL would do some more exciting roles such as those without rice - rolled in cucumber and rice paper, they would have a much busier sushi restaurant. I would hope NCL might look at the menu at edokusushi.com - especially the Maki rolls to get some better ideas about what people who really like sushi and sashimi expect from a sushi restaurant. Again, the sushi they did have was fresh, but rather average sushi rolls are the biggest thing holding back the sushi bar from being one of the busiest specialty restaurants on the ship. We ate at Teppanyaki one night and noticed the family sitting with us had come in with someone with a soy allergy. I'm not sure why they would have chosen Teppanyaki with the edamame and Miso soup with tofu and the soy sauce in the stir fry. But they did. Teppanyaki was your typical Teppanyaki experience. The chefs have a script they work from and do a good job of entertaining the diners. The food was typical Teppanyaki food. This was the first time I'd gone to Teppanyaki on NCL. That's probably enough for us. I wanted to try it and my husband reluctantly agreed to go along. We tried it and that's enough. Kind of like Benihana - you go once and that's enough. We did have fun talking with the other people at the table. On one side of us was a young couple on their first cruise. Then the family on the other side with the person with the soy allergy - they were very nice and it was nice to hear that they were all enjoying their cruise. I had meant to go see the action on Lobster night in the buffet. I didn't want lobster - I just wanted to see how the buffet handled that. I had visions of masses of people grabbing 6 or more lobsters at a time. This is the largest buffet I've ever seen on a ship and most of the time, when I went to observe the operation, it was under control and seemed well managed. However, the previous reviews indicate that lobster night was out of control. Unfortunately, I never made it to the buffet to see what was going on that night. It probably would have been very interesting to observe. One day we did a cabin crawl. We saw everything from a Studio to the Owner's Suite. ALL of the cabins were extremely nice. If I were alone, I would definitely cruise in a Studio because they set up group events - such as group dinners, where you eat with others from the studios. In some cases, some of the studio residents were married couples who like to sleep in their own room at home - so each had their own studio! The rest of the studio residents ranged from 20-somethings to retirement age traveling alone. I really think the Studios are a great idea! As to the controversial bathroom setup, well, it is what it is. Some people like it, some hate it but for me, the way I look at it, I don't own this ship, so it's not like I have to live with this forever. I find it different but it doesn't really affect me personally as it is not my property. It just is what it is. The Spa area - the thalisotherapy pool, saunas and so on were fantastic. My husband has only experienced this type of thing once at Hotel 1898 in Barcelona. He was reluctant to try it, but I managed to talk him into going based on his experience at Hotel 1898 and lo and behold, he loved the thalisotherapy pool! So much so, he wanted to go everyday for at least an hour. It was NEVER crowded in there, and we looked forward to it greatly each day. We also ate dinner at the Epic Club - really great. There were various shops on the ship, but nothing I needed. Still, they were a step up from the shop on the Jade! I think one issue was that the duty free liquor store only offered lower end products - no Louis XIII cognac, nothing to tempt a higher end buyer. Our last dinner was in Le Bistro and was outstanding. At any rate, the entire cruise was very relaxing. The food was good to excellent. We lounged on our balcony and our butler, Juan, brought us anything we wanted. We enjoyed peace and quiet and the lovely Epic Club for breakfast and lunch. Overall, it was an absolutely wonderful cruise. For suite guests, debarkation is arranged by the concierge so that you don't have to wait in line. Unfortunately, when we were sent down in the elevator, the concierge had disappeared and none of the employees knew where Haven guests were supposed to go. Next thing we knew, we were pushed into a general debarkation line with a few other Haven guests, including a 91 year old man. When we reached the main dining room, I noticed one employee had a cellphone and asked her to please call the concierge for us and asked for a chair for the 91 year old man, which she immediately provided. The concierge came to us and took us through service passageways and elevators to get us off the ship without a line - much better. Along the way, a ship employee spontaneously grabbed my luggage and pulled it for me all the way to the exit of the ship, where he had to stop. Debarkation after that point was swift and easy with literally no wait for a taxi. All in all, the only two glitches in our cruise really were the embarkation process (not being sent to the VIP line immediately after security) and the debarkation process where we got separated from the concierge and no other employees knew what we were supposed to do. In both cases, employees did their best to resolve the problem. It was overall a really great and relaxing cruise and I'd definitely sail on the Epic again. I loved the spa suite, even though I'm not a fan of the bathroom design - it was fine - after all, I don't own it - and having the access to the spa overrides the value of actually being in a suite in The Haven. I would choose a spa suite over any suite in The Haven just because of the included spa access. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
We decided to try Norwegian for for 7th cruise, particularly since the Getaway was a brand new ship. We have previously sailed on Carnival, Disney, and Royal Caribbean. The embarkation disembarkation process was the easiest and smoothest ... Read More
We decided to try Norwegian for for 7th cruise, particularly since the Getaway was a brand new ship. We have previously sailed on Carnival, Disney, and Royal Caribbean. The embarkation disembarkation process was the easiest and smoothest of any of the other cruises we we were on. I am not certain if this was due to the Port of Miami or Norwegian, since this is the first time we sailed out of Miami. The Getaway is a beautiful ship and the staff is quite accommodating and friendly, but not to the level of Disney and Royal Caribbean. The cabin steward was very good and gave us great service even bringing us lounge chairs for our large balcony. The wait staff in the restaurants were good, but you did not get the extraordinary service that you see on Disney and Royal Caribbean. I think that the reason for this is that on Disney and Royal Caribbean you have the same wait staff every night. They get to know you, what you like and don't like, and their tip (which you give them on the last night of the cruiser) is dew pendant on their service. This is not the case on Norwegian as you may never see the same wait staff two nights in a row. Since you prepay the service charges and they will generally not get any extra from you. Overall they were quite pleasant and friendly, but that "extra" was definitely not there. While the food was good, it was not even close too being at the same level and quality as Disney and Royal Caribbean or even Carnival, for that matter. The menus in the main dining rooms www repetitive and not very creative. For example, in every main dining room, there was Salmon Tartare as an appetizer choice in every dining room, every night. By the 4th night you began to question its freshness. Also there was not much variation between the menus at Savor, Taste, and the Tropicana Room. While all ships have a few restaurants that have upcharges, that choices on the Getaway were numerous. However, I don't feel that the additional charges were, worth it. We ate at La Cucina, which was good and no better than there main dining room. As a matter of fact, I had chicken parmagina, which was on the menu the next night at the Tropicana room and was on the buffet at lunch the next day. Having been in the food industry, I can tell you that it appered that all food for all restaurants (speciality and main) were probably made in the same kitchens. The buffet was a big disappointment. The taste was good, but there was very little difference from day to day on what was available. While it appears to be a large buffer, it really repeats itself 4 times. On Royal Caribbean and Disney, when you enter the buffet, you are seated by the host and you have wait staff assigned to you table, that will get you anything you need. Not so on the Getaway, where you seat yourself, and the wait staff is almost nonexistent. If you can flag someone down to get a soda, it can take about 15 minutes for them to bring it to you. It is quicker to get up, go out to the bar and get your own soda. One day we went into the buffet a bit later than normal and while I was getting food off the buffer, they pilled the buffet pans off the line, with the serving spoon still in my hand. The coffee was very inconsistent, and on some days, I could not even drink it, and the scrambled eggs at breakfast were made from powdered eggs, which is totally unacceptable. The presentation at the buffet was certainly not at the same level as Disney, Royal Caribbean, or even Carnival. On these other ships, the buffet line id decorated beautifully which carved melon, flowers, carved ice, etc. On the Getaway, the food was just put out there. I feel that Norwegian "nickels and dimes" you to death. There seems to be a charge for everything. Upon arriving on the ship, on the other cruise lines, we were offered a complimentary drink of the day. Imaging my surprise, when we boarded the Getaway and the drink of the day was offered to me for $7.50. O Disney and Royal Caribbean you can use the steam room, sauna and thermal loungers without any charge. On the Getaway, you had to pay $199.00 per person to use these features in their thermal spa. We opted to purchase a cabana rental in the Vibe, which was quite nice and private, but found was a waste, after we saw our stateroom with its large balcony. They say that the most important deck on a ship is the pool deck, If this is the case, then the Getaway has failed in this department. On any other ship that we have been on, t=there is a distinct separation between the kids pool area and the adults only pool area. Not so on the Getaway. They are right next to each other and the adult pool is quite small and honestly would be small for a private home pool. Maybe that is why there was always plenty of lounge chairs available around the pool, whereas on the other ships, the pool was always packed. By the way, our Getaway cruise was a wild out, which would indicate that the pool should be crowded. The entertainment was FABULOUS and the best of any cruise. eE saw "Burn The Floor", "Legally Blonde The Musical", the magic show at Illusionarium, and several comedy shows. We arrived easily enough to get good seats and each show was fantastic and we hated for hem to end,. There was a $30 up charge to tyne Illusionarium which included dinner. While the show wads unbelievably great, the food was HORRIBLE. It looked bad and smelled even worse. They would be better off, just making this a show and take away the dinner. The amount of food that was wasted was a crime. Overall, we are happy that we took this cruise, to experience another cruise line along with a brand new ship. That being said, we will go back to Disney and Royal Caribbean for future cruises. The overall costs are the same, and the overall quality on Disney and Royal Caribbean are far superior. Of the cruise lines that we have sailed on, here is how I rank them: 1). Disney (the only negative is there is no casino) 2). Royal Caribbean 3). Norwegian 4). Carnival Read Less
Sail Date: March 2014
With more than 60 cruises on all levels of cruise lines (from Carnival, Celebrity to Cunard) as a guideline for this review, my husband and I are not sure we would be enticed to cruise on Oceania again when considering the price of this ... Read More
With more than 60 cruises on all levels of cruise lines (from Carnival, Celebrity to Cunard) as a guideline for this review, my husband and I are not sure we would be enticed to cruise on Oceania again when considering the price of this cruise compared to our experience while on board. Driving over to Miami is nothing out of the ordinary for us, but pulling up to a small, unorganized porter area to drop off luggage and then a long wait in line to prepay for our garage parking was not the standard we expected from a luxury cruise port. The port employees park here as well and finding a place not under the top floor sun was difficult. Once we entered the check-in building, it was a breeze. Ship is elegant, lovely lounges surround pool and Terrace Spa area is perfect for afternoon whirlpool and nap. But, some guests do not respect the serenity and carry on as though it's a pool party area. Gym is well equipped but noticed no hands-on staff nearby to help with equipment. More than 3 machines had TV/Radio not working and no one to notify. The sanitary wipe containers were usually empty by mid-morning. Our penthouse suite was not ready when boarding near noon, so we went to the poolside bar to have a cocktail. Asking for Absolute for my Bloody took forever as the bar did not have it stocked. Husband asked for Bud and was told they do not carry that beer. For two days he drank Corona, at a higher price, and then saw another passenger with a Bud bottle. This was the normal level of service with the bars on board. Slow and not polished. Plus the drinks are more expensive than on other lines. The suite was lovely. The bed and linens were exceptional. Tons of storage and probably the best layout we've had on any ship. The bathroom was wonderful, too. Problems with A/C during night continued even after reported and supposedly repaired. Always got hot during the middle of night. The veranda was very salty when we arrived. Seriously...huge pieces of dried salt were on the deck and every chair and railing had salt residue. Not a great first impression. Finally cleaned the next day. Our butler, Gyan, was attentive without being annoying. Suite was always clean and our stewardess and assistant should be commended, too. The steam room did not work probably during the entire cruise. Repeated reports to spa manager, guest relations and finally a mid cruise questionnaire brought attention to the engineer. We were told it was clogged and new parts needed when returning to Miami. Food ranged from average to excellent. Polo was just OK, Ginger and Jacque's excellent. Toscana was very good, too. Grand dining room ranged from average to suburb. But, other than Ginger, all the service was slow. Entertainment was fine. Enjoyed the string quartet prior to dinner and also the piano in the martini bar. Saw a couple of shows and they were nice. Nothing exceptional, but entertaining. Only booked one Oceania 7 hour excursion while in St Lucia. For the high charge, all land transportation should have been Air Conditioned. When in parking lots, we noticed Royal Caribbean buses were more new, in better condition and with A/C. We both took the Italian cooking class and it was a great experience. Lots of fun and out of the ordinary. Would highly recommend any class. Heard lots of conversation from fellow passengers who had cruised on Oceania previous. Liquor is very expensive, food has gone downhill and service isn't what it used to be. At times the crowding on board seemed unbearable. Ship's muster caused stairway congestion and pushing. Finding pool lounges could be tedious for those who didn't come on deck early in morning. Disembarking was not smooth either. The halls were too narrow to accompany all the wheelchair and hovercrafts trying to get to a lounge to wait to be called. Passengers were "stuck" after exiting elevators as no one could move. Cruising on the Oasis of Seas seemed less populated than the Riviera when comparing wait for elevators or entering dining room. Think we'll continue to cruise on Celebrity or RCI where our club's level provides complimentary cocktails and will upgrade to at least a jr suite. We believe it to be a better value and equal experience. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2014
Over the last four years my wife has gotten me into cursing and now I'm hooked. To date, we have sailed on the following liners: Crown Princess, HAL Oosterdam, Norwegian Epic, Carnival Magic & Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas. ... Read More
Over the last four years my wife has gotten me into cursing and now I'm hooked. To date, we have sailed on the following liners: Crown Princess, HAL Oosterdam, Norwegian Epic, Carnival Magic & Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas. Our goal was to sail all the major lines prior to choosing a particular company. Once we made the decision which cruise company best served our needs we would then enrolled into cruise rewards program to earn elite status points. We chose Celebrity because of the high culinary and service marks. The Good: The embarkation process was smooth and efficient. We were directed into a line for elite members, and on board within about 10 minutes of arriving the terminal. The ship is stunning, well maintained and kept in perfect condition. The catering on board ranged from good to excellent. Starting with the Oceanview cafe (buffet-style dining), we would rate it 3 1/2 stars because the overall slections of foods was limited at times. BTW.. calling what they serve as Sushi is a disgrace to the cuisine. The Opus dining room experience was good with a reasonably extensive menu and well-prepared dishes. Service was good. We found Blu to be a great option for Aqua Class guests to avoid the lines at the breakfast buffet during port days. Of the specialty dining rooms, we ate at Qsine and Murano. We thoroughly enjoyed Qsine with its innovative cuisine. Some of the dishes were superb and the service outstanding. The Murano restaurant was absolutely amazing, a 5 star plus experience. They cooked several of the dishes right at the table, the servers were attentive and personable. It is worth the extra $45.00 p/p. We discovered the Bistro on the last day and had the best $5 meal ever. My crepe was delicious! I love the fact that Celebrity doesn't broadcast PA announcements every 5 minutes like some of their competitors. Yes, you all have Bingo on your ships.. Great! You heard the captains daily update at 10:00AM and that's about it. Perfect! The Bad: Avoid the Canyon Ranch Spa. We chose to pay top dollar for the Aqua Class Suite accommodation because it included complimentary access to the Persian Garden and Relaxation Room. The week of our cruise Celebrity announced a partnership with the Canyon Ranch Spa to transition services to Canyon Spa. Therefore, the spa was CLOSED for the first two sea days because of this transition. Nothing like paying for an amenity that you're not receiving. The spa did have a table down at guest services to book spa services. My wife booked a 9:00am appointment for a pedicure on day #3. She proceeded to the spa at 9:00 and ended up waiting 90 mins!! During her pedicure the staff member only applied (1) top coat of polish and my wife asked if she could apply two.. answer No. At the end of the service the staff crew up charged my sift an additional $70.00 for a service she did not even order. The total price for the 20 minute pedicure was $80.00 and the coat of polish didn't even last 24 hours. The next day whiling checking into the spa my wife asked the front desk attendant if they could go ahead and just remove the remaining polish and she would just repaint herself. The staff member say yes for an additional charge for $25.00!! So disappointed, my wife politely declines and walks into the women's locker room to charge and notices that the same lady who performed her pedicure the day before was projectile vomiting all over the place. Apparently this staff member had one to many to drinks during the grand opening party. The staff at the Canyon Ranch Spa are incredibly rude!!!! Never a smile and constantly complaining to guests that the staff wasn't even trained on Canyon Ranch Spa services prior to the transition. After day #4 my wife and I just stopped going to the spa which is extremely disappointing since we paid for the spa experience.   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
We have been on over 35 cruises, including the NCL Seaward in 1988, and on almost every cruise brand, and the Inaugural February 8, 2014 Caribbean cruise on the Getaway was ONE OF THE BEST CRUISE WE HAVE BEEN ON, with a few exceptions to ... Read More
We have been on over 35 cruises, including the NCL Seaward in 1988, and on almost every cruise brand, and the Inaugural February 8, 2014 Caribbean cruise on the Getaway was ONE OF THE BEST CRUISE WE HAVE BEEN ON, with a few exceptions to be discussed later. (There will also be comparisons to Royal Caribbean Oasis, the other mega ship we have cruised on.) SHIP DESIGN The ship never felt crowded. The ship is designed beautifully and flows excellently. Most of the action takes place around 678 Ocean Place, which is the 6th, 7th and 8th floor of the ship. The floor plan is great as everything is easily accessible on the 3 floors and has all the night life, restaurants, bars, shows, and shops. There are so many things to do, you will never be bored. The Waterfront is a great idea as it allows you to sit on the outside deck of the ship and have dinner or a drink and see the beautiful ocean, one of the reasons for cruising. (This is the opposite of Royal Caribbean Oasis, which tries to keep you contained within the ship and you can't even see the ocean unless you have a balcony cabin.) GUEST SERVICES Guest services is located in the Main Atrium on the 6th floor and is a very happening place as they have a large 2 story screen and many activities. Guest services was very friendly and efficient. We never had to wait in line more than a few minutes as they always had more than enough staff and also had someone talking to guest in line to try and resolve any issue so they did not have to wait in line. (On the Oasis, they never had enough staff and the wait was almost always an hour to talk to someone. They also did not have someone trying to resolve issues in the line.) CUSTOMER SERVICE AND STAFF The staff on the ship was very nice and friendly, one of the nicest staff we have ever seen. Everyone from the buffet, dining rooms, shows, shops and guest services was very nice and friendly. (The staff on the Oasis was very unfriendly and only seemed concerned with themselves.) FOOD BUFFET What we have learned from our many cruises is that the food in the buffet the first day will tell you how the food is going to be during the cruise. Once we tried the food in the Garden Café buffet on the first day we were delighted. The FOOD WAS DELICIOUS and we never had an issue finding a table easily. This continued throughout the cruise to the Main Dining Room and most restaurants. The Garden Café has the BEST buffet food of any ship we have tried. The food is even better than most other ships Main Dining Rooms. (The exception was Le Bistro, which was terrible, and O'Sheehan's which was OK). (The food on the Oasis was terrible in the buffet and all Main Dining rooms. The only good food was the Specialty restaurants that you have to pay for. Also, in the buffet they kept playing an announcement that saying if you have finished eating, you must leave to make room for others). MAIN DINING ROOMS There are 3 Main Dining Rooms. Savor, Taste and the Tropicana Room. We always ate in the Tropicana Room, because of its great atmosphere and dance floor. We also ate on a late night in Taste. The food in the Main Dining Rooms are DELICIOUS and is the BEST food we have had in any Main Dining Room on any ship. Also the variety is incredible. On the Menu are 8 starters and 8 main course. The menu in Savor and Taste are the same while the Menu in the Tropicana Room varies slightly from the other 2 dining rooms. The menus change daily. (This is very different than on the Oasis, which had a very limited Main Dining Room menu which was padded with items you have to pay for from the Specialty restaurants. Also the food in the Main Dining Rooms on the Oasis were terrible.) The Tropicana Room reminds us of a very expensive dinner club with a live band singing nice and relaxing music. The atmosphere is EXCELLENT and so is the music. The dance floor is huge and the service is excellent. Also, the dancers from the Burn the Floor show perform in the Tropicana Room the last 3 nights. We were able to get a table beside the stage and enjoyed a great dancing show and dinner, all included in the price of the cruise. After the show, we danced to very romantic music, especially on Valentines Day. This was one of the highlights on the cruise. For breakfast we ate in the Savor restaurant. The food and service was EXCELLENT everyday and the menu was the same as the buffet. SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS LE BISTRO $20.00 We were looking forward very much to dinner in Le Bistro, the French restaurant, as we have tried it on other NCL ships and it was our best meal. Unfortunately, this was the WORST MEAL OF THE CRUISE. The French Onion Soup had no onions and no flavor. It tasted like chicken soup without the chicken. The French Onion soup in the free Tropicana Room was much better. The Escargot had a lot of butter, but no garlic or flavor. The Scallops were over cooked and hard. The only dish that was eatable was the Lamb Chops and they were only OK. The Lamb Chops in Moderno was much more delicious. We sat outside and the atmosphere was very nice, just like been in Paris sitting outside a café, including the unbearable smoke coming from the 7th floor casino above. After a few minutes all of our eyes were having reactions to the smoke from the casino. Because of the terrible food in Le Bistro, we cancelled our reservations for Cagneys, the steak house as we did not want to pay $30.00 and get another very disappointing meal. MODERNO $20.00 The food in Moderno was excellent and so was the service. The best item from the all you can eat meats was the Lamb Chops. I highly recommend you try this restaurant. 24 HOUR FOOD The Getaway has the full service O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill which is open 24 hours. But the menu is very limited after midnight, when they have only 5 items available, but at least they are hot dishes. The food is OK, the hot chicken wings had too much vinegar and the spinach and artichoke dip was just a bunch of unfinished spinach. The restaurant is located on the deck 7 and surrounds the 2 story screen from the 6th floor Atrium. O'Sheehan's has table seating, bar seating, a pool table and many arcade games. (On the Oasis, the only 24 food option was a was a cold sandwich restaurant, with cucumber sandwiches. For a drinks they only have 2 self serve pitchers of Ice Tea and Lemonade, which was always empty. The Oasis also never had a clean table to sit at.) ENTERTAINMENT The Getaway has some of the BEST entertainment we have ever seen anywhere. BURN THE FLOOR Definitely the BEST show you will ever see on a cruise ship or anywhere. The dancers are beautiful and talented. The singers sound great. We saw two shows in the Getaway Theater and 3 shows in the Tropicana Dining room while enjoying the delicious dinner. You could spend hundreds of dollars on a show and it wont be as good as this show. LEGALLY BLONDE We did not like this show nearly as much as BURN THE FLOOR. The Legally Blonde singers were not very good and the acting was terrible. We left halfway through the show. Other guests that really liked the movie and Broadway show, said it was only OK. ILLUSIONAIUM On this cruise they lowered the price from 40.00 to 30.00 for the Premium seats and 25.00 for the Standard seats, so you should really see the show. The magic itself ran from the average everyday things you always see to some spectacular feats. The dinner was really not worth it, a piece of steak and 2 shrimps. We went to the 5 30 PM show so we could eat after in one of the Main Dining Room. The dinner service was terrible. NCL should lower the price of the show, don’t serve dinner as there are much better free dining options on the ship, take out the dinner tables and put in more seats for the show. COMEDY SHOWS The comedy shows were either in the Getaway Theater or Headliners. The shows were very funny and worth the time. They had three comedians on the ship. GETAWAY THEATER The Getaway Theater is not a huge as other mega ships that is trying to seat everyone at one time. The Getaway Theater was cozy, nicely decorated and every seat was a good seat. FIREWORKS The same night as the 80s Deck Party, they had the fireworks show on the ship. Can you believe, fireworks on the ship. We originally started at the 80s Deck Party on the 16th floor, but it was a too loud. So we watched the fireworks on the Deck 8 Waterfront. It was incredible. ELEVATORS The elevators were fast and efficient. The trick is you have to press the button on both sides as the elevator on both sides are operated by each button. SPA We tried the Thermal Suite at the Spa which is 199.00 per person per week and is limited to 120 persons. It was awesome. The hot tub is huge with special sprayers everywhere. One of the best things in the spa is the Salt Bath, it was very relaxing. EXCEPTIONS This was a wonderful cruise and we had a blast. However, these items we did not enjoy. SMALL BALCONY The cabin was very nice and spacious, however the balcony was only 2 feet wide. Really, 2 people can barely fit on the balcony. The cabin was more like an ocean view cabin as the balcony was unusable. The only good thing was that since the balcony was so small, you could easily see the ocean from the bed, just like an ocean view cabin. CASINO SMOKING There were only a few smokers on the ship and as usual they only thought of themselves. The smoke filled 678 Ocean Place atrium and casino and made it very uncomfortable for non smokers. This is a policy NCL should change as almost everyone complains about it. CABIN STEWARD This was the worst cabin steward we have ever had. There were fingerprints on the TV, mirror and cabinets when we started the cruise and the same fingerprints were there when we completed the cruise and the fingerprints are probably still there nowo. We ran out of hand soap and bath soap on different days and had to call for refills, as the cabin steward never filled them. Also, some of our clothes went missing the first day the cabin steward cleaned the room, and they were never found, even though we spent the week checking the cabin for them. I am happy for my clothes, as they are still cruising the Caribbean, while I am back home. These things have never happened to us on any cruises we took. SUMMARY We had a blast on this cruise. We had such a awesome time, we did not want to leave the beautiful ship. The food was BEST of any ship we have cruised. The BURN THE FLOOR show was the BEST show we have ever seen anywhere. The Tropicana Room was INCREDIBLE. The food was DELCICOUS and the entertainment was AWESOME. We definitely plan to cruise on the NCL Getwawy again or on the new ship, NCL Escape.   Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
We are a late 50's couple travelling with two friends of same age and sailed on the Glory for the second time in 3 years. We booked back to back eastern and western Carribean cruises, with the east being the first week. We are 10 time ... Read More
We are a late 50's couple travelling with two friends of same age and sailed on the Glory for the second time in 3 years. We booked back to back eastern and western Carribean cruises, with the east being the first week. We are 10 time cruisers with the majority being with Carnival. Embarkation on this cruise was the WORST EVER!!!!!!! From arrival at port to getting onto the ship was over 90 minutes in duration. Our balcony cabin was situated portside forward on deck 11. It was a great location for us because of the quiet setting close to the serenity deck, fitness center, and spa. Once aboard, we found the entire staff to be beyond spectacular. They are cleaning, wiping, sanitizing, and working 24/7. All were very friendly and professional, and I would like to acknowledge two in particular. The maitre' D, Cbasa (Chubby) is without question the most competent and charasmatic person I have ever met at sea. Our room steward named "Super Duper" was fantastic. He exceeded expectations in every way. We did not use ship excursions as the ports have been visited by us numerous times in the past. We have to agree with many other reviewers that the quality of the dining experience in the Platinum and Golden dining rooms has deteriorated significantly from years gone by. Not that it was bad, but just not as impressive as it once was. The wait staff were as phenomanal as they ever were, but the food selection and quality has regressed. Guy's burgers was a plus, and the Lido deck buffet was okay for breakfast and lunches.. The Blue Iguana Cantina and Fish and Chip Place were not visited. We ate at the Emerald Room steakhouse twice and really enjoyed the food quality there. The entertainment in the theatre was the usual cruise edition quality which would be more suited to 1st time cruisers. The juggler comedian used exactly the same jokes and in the same order as he did 3 years ago. The singers and dancers in the showroom and the atrium and lounges were below average in my opinion, but some may disagree. Our main concern or complaint is the general layout of the ship itself. The intended quiet areas are oddly interspaced with party and noisy areas that conflict with each other throughout the ship. The serenity deck at the bow is located right beside the camp carnival area for infants. It is difficult to enjoy a stress free environment when kids are playing and crying within arms length. The spa is located right beside the fitness center. The couples massage that we had on Valentines day was marred by the clanging noises of the various workout machines and treadmills. The library is situated right above and beside the atrium and photo areas which are extremely loud whenever someone enters or leaves. Our table at the Emerald Steakhouse was located beside a window where people congregate to smoke on deck. The ambiance is less than stellar while dining beside a group of obese shirtless men. You cannot access the dining rooms from the front (bow) of the ship on floors three and four because the galley interrupts the traffic flow. The travel must be made through the gauntlet of photographers and the heavy stench of cigarette smoke from the adjacent casino and then elevator (which were extremely slow do to high patron usage) or down two flights of stairs. On our first cruise on the Glory our balcony cabin was located at the aft (rear) so these issues were not that apparent at the time. Not deal breakers by themselves but certainly inconvenient. Since our flight out of Miami was not until the day following disembarkation, we waited until the last moment to self disembark which went much more smoothly than the embarkation did. Much of the Carnival experience was very enjoyable, but our next cruise will very likely be with a competitor because of the numerous cutbacks and cost saving measures that have occurred. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
This was our 36th wedding anniversary and my birthday cruise combined, so we wanted to do something special. I am more than thrilled with our choice to again sail with Celebrity. We were thinking of choosing the Oceania Riviera, but found ... Read More
This was our 36th wedding anniversary and my birthday cruise combined, so we wanted to do something special. I am more than thrilled with our choice to again sail with Celebrity. We were thinking of choosing the Oceania Riviera, but found the ship to be over priced considering that gratuities and alcoholic beverages were not included in the fare. We took advantage of the 123 go promotion that was currently running with Celebrity at the time of our booking and chose the beverage package as our perk. With just a small upgrade to the premium package at $161 per couple we were able to enjoy all the fine wines, martini's and gourmet coffee's any time in any area of the ship with the exception of our stateroom. This was our first time sailing on a solstice class ship. My Husband, who much rather sail on smaller ships was truly won over by the intimate feel of the Reflection. There is no shortage of intimate and cozy areas to have a drink, read a book or just relax and listed to music. If your looking for flashy and loud this ship is not for you! I can't say enough about the genuine warmth of the crew our captain and senior officers who went to great lengths to be seen and interact with the passengers. In fact, when I mentioned to a ships officer that I was disappointed to have missed a bridge tour, he took note of our cabin number and a personal invitation was in our cabin by dinner to visit the bridge the next morning at 11am. With the money we saved on Oceania, my husband I took advantage of all the speciality restaurants with the exception of the Lawn Club Grill @ $45 per person, the Bistro on 5, and the Porch restaurant. These 3 venues are over priced for food that can be had in the ocean view cafe. I don't feel there should be an up charge for crepes and panini's. And this was most evident with my fellow passengers as there were no people at any of these restaurants through out our cruise, especially on sea days. Our experience in the Blu restaurant was wonderful. Everything was prepared to perfection, and although the menu was quite small it was inventive and well thought ou. * Note, these really are spa portions, so if you are a big eater make sure to oder more or ask for a larger plate of what you enjoy. We found by the second night at sea that everything centers around the main atrium. Great music and a fantastic Martini Bar. The mood is festive, the band played older to classic dance favorite and the bartenders at the Martin Bar were showmen in themselves. They even remembered what My husband and I like to drink. The only design flaw with the Reflection is the size of the pool area. It is way too small to accomodate 3000 passengers. There was never a lounge chair available anywhere near the pool and the enforcement of reserving deck chairs for the day was not enforced. This was a big problem especially on sea days. Our voyage was not completely booked. wonder what they do on full sailings and Holidays. In all this was a wonderful anniversary cruise and we look forward to our next cruise on Reflection with our entire family next January. Read Less

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