March 2015 - Norwegian Getaway to Caribbean - Eastern
Norwegian Getaway is amazing! Great entertainment and great destinations! The crew aboard is amazing and they do their best to keep things sanitary the entire time (remember this...."washy washy"!)! If you are worried about motion sickness - don't be! This huge ship moves a little, but it certainly wont make you sick. I didn't hear of or see the first sick person. There is tons of things for the kids to do and you will just love relaxing and eating. The food is awesome - I hate buffets and even I had to admit that the food was pretty darn good. But, I strongly recommend buying the upgraded food package for dinner. Skip the Brazilian restaurant though - and place reservations quickly for the others as they book fast!
The negatives: expect to spend at least $1000 while onboard. Norwegian charges for everything. Yes, it's all-inclusive but they get you on lots of things. We had a total of 12 drinks the entire 7 days and we still spent close to $1k. And bring a 12 pack or 2 of your favorite soft drinks. They charge for soda and only have Pepsi. Also, get up early if you want a lounger in the sun on the pool decks. Or, wait until after 3p and then just plan to grab a chair that appears to be abandoned. People just leave towels everywhere and you will think they are taken but most are not. There are tons of places to hang out, but this ship is packed! And don't forget, the Sun is "stronger" as you get closer to the equator - you can get burnt in an hour!
The other negative is that the shower pressure is really bad. I mean, you barely can wash off the soap! It's a bit frustrating but the ship is just so amazing that I was able to overlook that. I recommend staying in the middle of the ship as the elevators and stairs are on each side of the ship. It will be quietest in the middle and you will have access to either end of the ship this way. Around deck 9 is perfect if you like minimal motion. We never once felt motion at night.
If you can afford it, try to book the Haven suites. It comes with a separate area that is not crowded at all and has special services.
We traveled with a friend who is an expert and he said that RC is probably the best cruise overall, but in terms of the ports, this was the best. However, I wouldn't even get off the ship for Nassau - the beach was gorgeous but the people drive you crazy trying to sell you EVERYTHING. St. Thomas and St. Maarten is amazing and so much nicer - spend your time and money there. In St. Thomas, don't do the excursions - take a taxi at the port on a 2 hour tour to the top of the mountain. It's $15/person and the best deal ever! Make sure you get a Banana Daquiri - they hand you a bottle of rum and you make it yourself! When you are at Nassau, use that time to take advantage of an empty ship! Have a great time!