April 2016 - Norwegian Getaway to Caribbean - Western
Fabulous cruise:We visited Cozumel, Roatan, Costa Maya and Belize City. We focused on scuba/snorkeling because this cruise the itinerary passes over Mesoamerican barrier reef giving us access to some of the best sea life in the WORLD. Overview: great entertainment, great ports, fun staff, very relaxing.
*excursions: we booked them online prior vacation and did not go through the cruise (lessons we've learned from the past). Highly recommend SunDivers Roatan (will pick you up from the pier) and Cozumel H20. In Costa Maya: Taxi is $2 per person to free beach- recommend 40 Cannons Beach. Belize taxi drivers are RIPoff- negotiate with them for $5 if they offer you $20. Bring AMERICAN dolalrs CASH.
*On board Entertainment: Burn the floor dance show was FANTASTIC. Comedy shows also really good. Dueling piano show was so boring (do not waste time). Art auction is a ripoff. Onboard shopping also a ripoff (go to your local department store and use a coupon instead if you want cheap jewelry). I did enjoy participating in the onboard "game shows" and raffles.
At sea days: 30 min wait for a treadmill. All fitness machines taken in morning. I went to kickboxing class for $20 fee and instructor didn't show up! Didn't go back.
*Food: The main dining room was great. We had a specialty restaurant promo package and tried 4 different restaurants. We did not think specialty dining was better in comparison to the main dining. For the week: the appetizers and desserts were fanstatic but the main dishes always fell short, so we always ordered multiple appetizers/desserts. Particularly recommend: pistachio crème brulee, chocolate lava cake, Beef carpaccio*** and Pho soup. At the buffet, The Indian/Asian food was always delicious and the rest of the buffet food was bland (probably because it's frozen). Cookies at buffet a must.
Highly recommend drinking package promo.
*Room: Recommend balcony room- once you get a balcony, you never go back to interior or porthole. We slept with the door open and heard the ocean at night. VERY spacious for 2 people. limited tv channels: ESPN, BBC, MSNBC, Foxnews. That drove me crazy flipping between msnbc and foxnews. One free movie channel. So when I got sick from eating some bad food in mexico, I was stuck in the room for 5 hours with one movie playing or extreme political commentary
Overall: you can't beat the itinerary and this cruise made us cruise lovers again due to good food, onboard entertainment, cheap drinks (drink promotion), and good itinerary.