January 2016 - Norwegian Getaway to Caribbean - Western
Bigger is not always better and that's what we found on the NCL Getaway. This is a huge ship and there isn't enough public areas for all the people. Out of 7 cruises that DH and I have been on, this is the first time we felt the ship was crowded. Usually once everyone is on board and goes there separate ways you don't notice all the people. This ship you do! We found it difficult to find a quiet place to go. It is geared towards families and because of the kids club and teens area it is great for them. Even though it is freestyle dining, most nights we made reservations at the complimentary restaurants to avoid a wait. Food was average, nothing special. Seems if a person wants "special" you have to go to the specialty restaurants. We do not feel the need to spend more money to eat when that cost has been included in the cruise price. Buffet food was never hot but did always have a good selection. Service in the restaurants was excellent. Shows were pretty good, but you must make reservations. We never got to see the comedy shows because we failed to reserve early enough and they were booked the whole cruise. There were other shows that we could have paid for, but we refused to be nickled and dimed. Entertainment and food should be included when on a cruise. We ended up with only the gratuities and a few gift shop purchases on our account so kept the costs down. We had the beverage package which was great but it was one of the freebies we got for booking so no cost to us except for the gratuities on it. All in all a good cruise, but DH and I decided mega ships are not for us.