February 2016 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Getaway
This was our first time on Norwegian. The Getaway was a great ship--clean, new (2014), decent sized rooms (had a balcony). The food was great and the staff were super nice. We got the drink package as a free perk--it was great! I'd definitely recommend that. I enjoyed all the ports except Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The people there were pushy and aggressively trying to get us to buy stuff. Our friends took the waterfall tour and had an amazing day, while we stayed in town and got hounded. If we go back, I'll definitely do a tour instead. The other ports were fabulous, especially the private island in the Bahamas. Suggest trying all inclusive Mr. Sanchos in Cozumel--we had a blast!
Tip--download the Norwegian app on your phone. For $7/day you can text and call people on board. It was soooooo worth it when traveling with other couples!
On board, we ate at the Illusionarium, which was fun (magic show and 3 course meal). The Brazilian steakhouse was great and I'm not a big meat eater. The steakhouse was phenomenal too. Really good food at the restaurants that are extra. I wasn't super impressed with the free main dining rooms (Taste & Savor). The food was fine, but not great. We also enjoyed the dance show Burn the Floor. Mini-golf was fun but lots of kids were there.
We Usually cruise with Royal Caribbean. In comparison, the ships are comparable (depending on size), the staff are both great. If you're more casual and want to wear shorts and flip flops to dinner and don't care about shows or on board activities, go with Norwegian. Great ship for being laid back at the pool. If you're looking for upscale dining, great shows, bigger pools, and more amenities, go with Royal.