December 2015 - Norwegian Getaway to Caribbean - Western
The Norwegian Getaway is a large ship - 4000 passengers. Reservations were required for dining and shows. We didn't get to see several shows because they were overbooked. Unheard of in our experience with Norwegian Cruises. This was not Freestyle Cruising of which Norwegian boasts. The crowds were evident everywhere. There was no "observation" bar or venue where one could enjoy low-impact music and maybe dance a little. The cruise was definitely geared for a much younger audience. We are in our early to mid '60s and we still felt like old fogies. The food was good, the passengers were polite, except for a few rowdy teenagers. All of the games (some too bawdy) and music trivia contests were geared to the last 30 years, mostly the last 20 years. Photographers were everywhere at night interrupting traffic flow. Since my wife and I are Latitude Members, our members only party had a line out the door of the club for almost 70 feet. It was SRO and not enjoyable at all. The room and our steward were top quality. Really enjoyed the balcony and the steward went above and beyond taking care of us. I gave him a large tip in appreciation. We got the dining package and enjoyed those experiences, especially the Ocean Blue and Cagney's restaurants. I had never waited for a seat in the main complimentary dining rooms ever until this cruise, and then it was pretty empty. So why the wait? The staff was courteous, as always, but I didn't like the larger ship. Way too many people to be enjoyable. We are going to stay away from the mega ships and return to the smaller "Jewel" class ships. Embarkation was not done well. There are two entrances in Miami for Norwegian and no one informed us of which to use. Of course, we used the wrong one and almost got locked out of the other. Debarkation was very easy as we don't check luggage and walk off early.