September 2015 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Getaway
Overcrowded and Not Free-Style
This ship may be the biggest but it's also the most crowded. On day one I was ready to lounge poolside while my little ones did the water slides but I couldn't find a single free lounge chair in any shade. And as for the pools, there were only 2 tiny pools for thousands of passengers. Just plain silly. I put my swimsuit away, sadly. The water slides look cool but the lines to ride them were long, like Disneyland. The food was fabulous, aside from the fact that breakfast was the same routine every day--routine of food offerings AND crowds bumping shoulders trying to get some. So many things cost additional money once I was on board, like darts or skeetball. Everything seemed like a sales pitch for more spending. The onboard shopping was poor, with only $1,000+ jewelry available or junk. The main dining room was beautiful and food excellent. The service throughout the ship was VERY good when the employees were happy. I think the crowds in the buffet Garden Cafe were daunting to the employees cuz they weren't always cheerful--neither was I.