May 2016 - Norwegian Getaway to Caribbean - Western
Summary - When we have cruised the ships have been eloguent & exciting to be on, the Getaway is a far cry from this. It is closer to a Comfort Inn Motel and a Ryan's steakhouse. I love NCL, but Getaway left an extremely bad taste in my mouth. I won't sail a large NCL ship again. Stick with small ships.
Pros - Very stable, smooth ship in the water. LeBristo restaurant is excellent. Bathroom in stateroom is larger than on other ships. The shows were great, especially the Million Dollar Quartete.
Cons - The ship has no pizzaz, sparkle, shine, etc to it. It's a cattle car at best.
Pool Area - Extremely small sitting area, to sun many people sat in chairs in shallow areas of the pool. Bands are so loud you can't carry on a conversation. The shows & demonstrations at the pool are non-visible because everyone is packed in so tightly. No dance area around the pool. Only 4 waiters to wait on all the pool area.
Buffet Dining - Laid out like a buffet (Ryan's steakhouse), less choices than on smaller ships, no greeters at the doors, small staff.
Italian restaurant - Don't waste your time or money. Waited an hour for our food at 9pm with minimum tables occupied. Food was bad. We did get our meal comped here.
O'Shea's, excurstion desk, guest relations area - again the bands were so loud you could not talk to each other.
Restuarants were just plain, ordinary, nothing exceptional or memorable, including the staff.
Internet - I asked why the internet was so slow & was told because the ship has 5000 guests on it. Mmmm, a ship designed to carry 5000+ is why the internet is slow, what am I missing. Outlook took an average of 8-10 minutes to completely download before I could do anything in it.
White Hot party or now the NEON party - Used to be a lot of fun. This was Techno music with 3 guys rapping in front, tons of little kids with face painted, glow sticks, teckno music, & super loud. Nothing adult about this party unless you were in your early 20's or younger.