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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.
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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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rosendiane
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

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Amazing Change

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Jul 06, 2014

We sailed on the Breakaway in June 2013 and again earlier this month.  What a difference!  In June, I seemed to spend all my time walking the passageways to the back of the ship for food and then to the front for entertainment.  What a bore.  It didn't happen this time and the only reason I can find to explain the difference is the location of my cabin right next to the aft elevator lobby.  The ship has only two banks of elevators and all the activity centers are located between them  and easily accessible.  We had a mini-suite the first cruise and a balcony cabin the second.  The balcony cabin seemed more comfortable.   We discovered Spice H2O which we didn't remember from the first cruise, but it's a lovely open deck on the top rear of the ship which is child free during the day and becomes an entertainment venue at night with an enormous led screen for showing movies and DVD's.  We loved the ship the second time around.  The only drawback for late night snackers like us, is that there's no place to get a cookie or piece of cake after eleven at night.  We wound up eating hot dogs in O'Sheehan's at midnight.

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Kris2Stepjohn
Second Mate

Traveled As:
Family w/older children

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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1st Time on Norwegian!!!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Getaway | Sail Date: Jul 12, 2014

The Getaway was a beautiful ship with a wonderful crew that worked really hard to ensure your time aboard is enjoyable.I traveled with my husband and 13 year old son on the Eastern itinerary.  We chose this cruiseline for the Freestyle Dining and found it to be a great option for my family since we dont like to "dress formal" while on vacation. I was very pleased with the complimentary dining options that were available without the added expense of the specialty restaurants. I was expecting to have to eat in the Buffet areas all week, but found that there truly are other good restaurant options that allowed us to enjoy nice meals without the hussle and bussle of the buffet crowds. My husband and son particularily enjoyed the O'Sheenan's Restaurant stating that they had "the best buffalo wings" on the boat! For me, it was nice to go get a made to order omlet for breakfast without having to stand in line, holding a plate. The quality of the food was very good and we tried all of the complimentary dining options except the Tropicanna Room, only because we just ran out of time. 

 

My 13 year old really enjoyed the Entourage club and looked forward to spending time there each evening. As an only child, he had no problem making new friends and he said the counselors were "pretty cool" about including everyone and introducing kids the first 2 sea days. Throughout the week, he spent a lot of time with his "new friends" playing mini golf, basketball, and several other activities. His only complaint was the pool. He only got to swim about 15 mins on the first day. The pools are just too small and too crowded. While the ship has the featured waterslides, the lines are very long and there are just too many people using the pools to enjoy them, at least on the sea days. For adults, you will have to get up early to secure a good location by the pool. Whether in the sun or the limited shaded areas, I agree that the pool deck was not designed well and it is too small. We ended up using our port time to enjoy the beaches and swim. 

 

The entertainment aboard the Getaway was also really great! My husband and I enjoyed Burn the Floor, Legally Blonde (although he wont admit it), and the comedian Mark Vierra! However, our favorite was the majic show "Illuminarium". Having never been to a "live" magic show, I was not expecting to be involved in their tricks. They are several opportunities for audience participation which makes it fun and made us Believers! The Floor seats are worth the extra price to get better viewing, but get there early for the best seating. Also, bring an unusual item for the Mentalist to guess. I just happened to have an umbrella in my purse, and she not only guessed what it was, she even knew the color. She also guessed what my son's picture was on his IPhone and it wasnt even on! (You had to be there, it was really shocking!)

 

We stayed in an AFT Balcony Cabin 14276 on the 14 Floor. This I wont recommend unless you plan to party on the ship. The cabin itself is fine, but it directly under the Garden Cafe - Deck 15 (Buffet) and the H2O Spice (Party Deck - 16) and you can hear the music (and feel the vibrations) up until 1am in the morning. It's quiet in the back of the ship during the day and you will also feel a lot of the ship movement, so it that is what you like, it would be the perfect cabin. 

 

Overall, we had a lot of fun on the ship and will definitely "Cruise Like a Norwegian" again! 

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jharr465
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Cruise Like a Norwegian - In Style!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Jewel | Sail Date: Jul 12, 2014

This was our second cruise and the first time with Norwegian.  We had always wanted to see some of Alaska and we were hoping this would be the cruise of a lifetime for us.  I am 68 and retired and my wife is 56 and a teacher.  We had to fly from Florida to Seattle to make the cruise, so it was a big trip for us.  We spent the extra money and booked a Balcony Stateroom.  It was worth it.  The room was surprisingly spacious for the two of us and offerred private viewing of some of the cruise and made the room seem open and bright.  The boarding process was very orderly and painless in Seattle and the personnel were friendly and helpful.  The ship was absolutely beautiful! The decor colors were red mahogany and a dark blue and purple.  It was in top condition down to every detail.  The facilities were clean and bright and we were just amazed at the venues for the different activities.  The ship was much better appointed than the Carnival ship we traveled on before.  The food was plentiful and varied.  There was a selection of buffets that carried a choice of hamburgers, hot dogs, fruit, several main dishes, hot and cold drinks, salads, breads, desserts and ice cream.  There was always somewhere open to eat.  For a slight cover charge there were upscale restaurants available for a more luxurious dining experience.  Everywhere we ate the food was good, fresh and hot.  The excursions we chose were excellent.  We enjoyed the ability to pre-purchase the excursions on the web before sailing.  The excursions were also rated by physical effort required to enjoy them.  This allowed us to select excursions suited to our energy levels.  All in all, we enjoyed this cruise and would recommend Norwegian for your

Alaska cruise.

Cruise Photos

Creek Street, Ketchikan Pier at Ketchikan Glacier

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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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