December 2015 - Norwegian Getaway to Caribbean - Western
Any cruise is good. The Getaway was a good ship. But I would not call this cruise great. We love Norwegian Cruise Line and will sail with them again. Our experience this time was not as great as our previous cruises. Norwegian started the "Free Style Cruising" which is wonderful. Now they seem to be drifting away from this feature. They are pushing to schedule shows and dining, and of course with additional charges. I didn't like this change at all. I have enough schedules at home, I don't need them at sea too.
The adult pool is small. People position their chairs all around the edges with their feet in the water. You can't actually use the pool for swimming.
The so called "jogging track" is a joke. It's like running around a ping pong table.
Hot tubs are usually packed all day with the same people who seem to never leave.
The Thermal Spa is a great feature even though a bit pricey - $200 per person for the week. We used it every day. This is another area where people saved the Stone Beds and lounges with their towels while in the pools or treatment rooms. Be prepared to be accosted by the staff to buy stuff ; everything from
skin and dental treatments, massage, even Botox. The prices are high too. If I want to be harassed to buy something at too high prices, I would just take a walk in Jamaica.
We will never take an excursion in Grand Cayman again. The ship crew and the tour operator were so disorganized. We had to wait an hour and a half to get started, then there was complete chaos for the return. Norwegian did refund part of our money, but we won't do that again. However our excursion in Cozumel (Passion Isle beach break) was excellent. Those people really worked hard to make our day great. And they succeeded.
Food was good and the wait staff was ok. No real problems there.
All in all it was a nice trip. Maybe the ship is just too big with too many people. We'll take a smaller one next time.