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About Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line pioneered the flexible dining trend more than a decade ago, and the line continues to offer numerous, creative dining choices. (Think lobster roll stands and Cuban grills.) The line’s studio cabins on newer ships are a boon for supplement-weary singles, and Haven suites — which share a private sundeck and restaurant — feel like the concierge floor of an upscale hotel. Among the many kid pleasers: breakfast with Nickelodeon® characters (such as Dora and Sponge Bob) and learning Cirque du Soleil®-inspired tricks.
Nickelodeon is a registered trademark of Viacom International Inc.
Cirque du Soleil is a registered trademark of The Dream Merchant Co.

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Quietcruisers
Second Mate

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Floating hotel with extras!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Getaway | Sail Date: Jul 26, 2014

The good things - not much movement felt even in rougher weather. New, clean, standard layout so easy to find your way around. Good shows, rope course, rock wall and mini golf. The main dining rooms were worth a visit, particularly Tropicana when the professional dancers are on. Savor and Taste are identical so pick one and stick with it. Quieter breakfasts could be taken in Savor or O'Sheehans. Excellent cabin steward. Plenty of evening entertainment if that is what you enjoy.  If you like to exercise, Get up early and enjoy some peace and quiet, run on the track (up to 9am only) or walk up and down outside deck 7 or around deck 8 ( you can only go partway around the outside here but can then cut through inside to go round again). The island visits were great - see below.

The not so good - with so many people on board, it was difficult to find any quiet areas and once the daily newspaper started to print where the quiet areas are.....well, they were not so quiet! Most of the entertainment is in the evening, so if you prefer to go to bed early, you miss out. Shows have to be prebooked so you may not get to see them, though I think you can wait in line and seats are released 10 minutes before the show starts, but by then, all the good seats have been taken. The food was not as good as other cruise lines although there was plenty of it. Buffet was almost always crowded but take breakfast before 9 and you will generally find a seat. Layout of buffet in one long line was not what we were used to. We tend to eat evening meal quite early to miss the crowds. When we did eat later at 7.30 in Savor, we waited an hour for main course. This cruise line does not allocate a time and a table to you, it is a free-for-all. As a result, you never see the same wait staff twice and it is difficult to build relationships with them. This made them come across as indifferent or not as friendly as other crew members. The ship has now started to offer a set table and time in Savor for the whole cruise but when we did this once,(same table and time as the previous evening) we had different wait staff!

There were limited organized activities during the day compared to other cruise lines we have been on and many incurred a charge such as behind the scenes tour for $79. 

Dress codes are not enforced and it was a little disconcerting to stand in the buffet line next to men with no shirt on. Food hygiene/ hand sanitizing not taken enforced as much as on other ships.

 

Shore excursions - since this was our 6th cruise, we have learnt not to take up the ships excursions but to do our own thing. We met many locals and had a great time. If you take the hustling as you exit the port gates with good humor, the locals respond in kind. We never felt overwhelmed by it.

At St Maarten, we took the water taxi into town and walked along the beach front. You can hire a chair and umbrella with wifi and drinks for a very reasonable price. We went to the Blue Lagoon and had frozen smoothies - mango or lemonade. They were delicious. My husband had local rum in his! Wow! Not sure how he made it back to the ship! So tasty! We picked up a shopping passport at the port gates and there were many many freebies in there. My teenage daughters went in many of the shops and got 6 pairs of pearl earrings,  a pearl necklace, a topaz necklace, three charms. Larimer is the only gem from the Caribbean and most shops sell it. Do not settle for the first price offered, even with the passport discount!  We were shopping at the cheap end of the jewelry  range but eventually got a sterling silver larimer pendant and chain, earrings and bracelet for $80 with another pendant thrown in. My daughter got a chunky sterling charm bracelet and two charms for $10. The shops furthest from the terminal gave the best offers, especially for cash! 

St Thomas - we walked across to the butterfly garden which is right by the cruise ship terminal. It is very small but well stocked with butterflies and we spent an hour there looking at four types of butterflies and listening to a talk by a knowledgeable guide. We then walked to the cable car and went up to the top of the mountain. There was only a short wait at each end. The views were incredible. We sat in the cafe at the top just looking out over the bays and the harbor. 

Nassau - here is where the most hustling takes place, but there were four cruise ships in port so thousands of tourists coming through! You can take a horse drawn ride, hire scooters or get a taxi to Atlantis, but we decided on a three hour guided tour in an air-conditioned taxi for $25 each. Felton our very knowledgeable mature guide showed us areas you would not see on organized tours. We saw a Rastafarian parade, visited a very quiet beach where local school children were taking swimming lessons, also visited the Fort and Queens staircase, then on to Atlantis. We were only there for 45 minutes, but found we could only access the casino and marina without paying for a pass. Food and drink here were very expensive. The resort was massive and slightly overwhelming! Our guide told us that there is a new one being built on one of the other 700 islands. 

 

Overall, a good cruise on a great ship. It felt crowded at times and still has teething problems. We are a quiet family, have cruised with Princess, Royal Carribean, P and O and now Norwegian. We still prefer Royal Carribbean for cruising, but enjoyed this itinerary and the relaxed nature of the ship.

 

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NotNorwegian1
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Awful, Bugs in Food and Room

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Gem | Sail Date: Aug 02, 2014

The Norwegian Gem is a hotel of insects and bugs. We were bit by sandflies and sandfleas that were breeding in several rooms on the floor. We alerted guest services and they told it us (it was part of being on a cruise). We also found bugs in our food not once but twice, when we alerted the staff and management they gave us a glass of wine to make-up for it. A bottle of water will also cost you $6 with a cheap glass of not very good wine costing you about the same. So they felt like the $12 worth of wine made everything okay? It's a week later and I had to be placed on antibiotics because one the sand bugs laid eggs under my skin...and my wife cant wear shorts or skirts for the rest of the summer because of the ugly scars and bumps that haven't gone away yet. NEVER EVER AGAIN taking a Norwegian ANYTHING!

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terrywstewart1
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Nice Overall Cruise.....with a few issues

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Getaway | Sail Date: Jul 26, 2014

Pros:  1). Brand new ship. 2). Large and spacious. 3). Great food. 4). Nice large casino. 5). Nice cabin although a little small. 6).  Great private adult lounging section aft of boat. 7). Staff could not be more friendly. 8). Embarkation and debarkation a breeze. 9). Entertainment was good. 

 

Cons:  1). Only one small pool for 3000+ guests. 2). Need another pool and more umbrellas in adult outdoor section (H2O).  3). Lots and lots of kids making lots of noise especially in the hallways late at night. This seemed to be more controlled after several complaints.  4). Very small balcony off stateroom. 

 

We we have cruised with NCL 10 times. Love the free style atmosphere.  Although this ship has some issues it was one of the better NCL cruises we have taken.  Happy

 

 

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Vette6367
Second Mate

Traveled As:
Large Group

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

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GETTO GETAWAY

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Getaway | Sail Date: Sep 27, 2014

Norwegian GETTO GETAWAY I just came off the Norwegian getaway 9/20-27 2014 WORST CRUISE EVER......

i have been cruising for over 10 yrs this was cruise number 14. We went with 3 other healthy couples. The ship was full and realized by the second day how many guests were coughing and hacking, 6 of our 8 were sick by the end of the cruise one was so sick  they quarantined her to there room for the last two days of the cruise. There is really one pool for 3000 guests. The pool is 6ft 5inches deep so no one can stand in this pool, so most people were hanging on the edge, it would accommodate maybe 40 people that's it. If you had a knee or hip replacement you could not get into the pool since there were no steps into the pool only a ladder. As I found out about this from the elderly couple sitting next to us, she was forced to use the outside shower to cool off. The pool deck itself is made of a material that gets so hot it's painful to walk on . This was no joke especially for the children and elderly, it really gets very hot. The food on this cruise was the worst if ever experienced. The buffet was so basic and there wasn't even a carving station, but there were plenty of hot dogs and hamburgers , deserts were a joke two or three different cakes, and fresh melons with the rind still on . So now let's go to dinner, oh boy... no captains dinner or lobster dinner on this cruise in fact you can show up for dinner in your bathing suite with a pool towel wrapped around you... Really.... They sat next to us..... No joke !!!! We had 8 of us in the tropicana room the first nite and the waiter could not find our table, he walk 8 of us to the left side, then to the right side of the dining room finally I told him to find the table while we wait here....silly.... Most of the food was warm to cold when it was brought to the table, as if it was all pre made ahead of time. If you like trying new dishes while on vacation forget it the most exotic meal on the cruise was lamb chops , that was Tuesday so when my father in law asked for the on again on Thursday he was told No only Tuesdays for lamb chops .  We never saw or met our cabin Stewart, they never came to introduce them-self for the entire cruise. This was a sad cruise, the lay out of the ship is so confusing and don't ask the staff for help because the don't know the ship either, wrong times and wrong decks , not knowledgable about the ship they work on...I will  go back to ROYAL CARRIBEAN AND CELEBRITY AGAIN..... AGAIN  .... AND .... AGAIN........ NORWEGIAN WE ARE DONE.... NEVER AGAIN ..........

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MamaJama
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Awesome Vacation!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Jul 27, 2014

Our cruise to Bermuda aboard the Norwegian Breakaway was fabulous thanks to the wonderful crew who go out of their way to make certain that you feel welcome and that your vacation is fun, relaxing and memorable.

 

The ship is absolutely stunning, very modern in design and has really terrific amenities. Every inch of the ship was squeaky clean. The staterooms are typical in size but still quite comfortable. Lots of restaurants to chose from and we found the food to be expertly prepared in every single one of them. The pool deck is well thought out....the young children's pool and Nickolodeon splash pool are inviting but separated from the more rowdy adult pool which is by the bandstand and pool bars.  Spice H20 on deck 16 was the perfect alternative to the party atmosphere when we needed a quieter water / lounging area to just chill, visit or read.  And the waterpark and ropes course are for real...TONS of fun there!!!  Entourage, for our two teens, was an eager attraction.  We really enjoyed this cruise!

 

 

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