September 2016 - Norwegian Getaway to Caribbean - Western
The Norwegian Getaway is a pretty ship and the crew is friendly and helpful for the most part. I was upgraded to a mini suite with a large balcony, which included 2 regular chairs, 2 lounge chairs, a table, and ample room. They don't give you a map of what's on board, which is crazy given the size of the ship. The "freestyle" label is apt; you can pretty much eat whenever you want and do whatever you want (or nothing). The food was good, but there isn't much variety unless you pay extra (from $20+) for "specialty" restaurants. The free shows are fine; again, you can pay for the premium entertainment. I recommend paying the extra $99 for access to the Vibe Beach Club (open 7-7 daily), where you can always get a chair and bartenders tend to your every wish. This is an especially good alternative if you don't want to get off the ship at some/all of the ports. The ports are pretty boring and seem to exist only for the purpose of selling cheap goods to tourists (with the exception of Cozumel, where there is more to do). I recommend the Xcaret Park tour, but it takes about 2 hours to get from the ship to the park, which doesn't leave much time to explore the huge, beautiful place (because you also need to allow for about 2 hours to get back to the ship). In the end, maybe it wasn't worth the hassle. I would give this cruise 3 and a half stars (instead of 4) if that were an option.