Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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5 out of 5

Honeymoon of our Dreams!

Sail Date: February 07, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

My husband and I celebrated our honeymoon on the Norwegian Getaway and it exceeded all of our expectations!  We had originally planned on going to an all-inclusive resort somewhere in the Caribbean, but the cost of flights and resort combined were astronomical.  We were also concerned about being "stuck" in one location for a week and potentially getting bored.  We decided to take a quick look at some Caribbean cruises to see if we could get better rates.  Our honeymoon in total (including airfare) was over half less than any resort we were looking at.  Our total bill (including airfare, excursions, gratuities, and other purchases) came to a total of $2,500.

What we loved about the Norwegian Getaway was the ability for us to relax and do nothing (peacefully) when we wanted to and to engage in activities (some we've never thought of trying before) other times.  We liked being able to do things on our own schedule and that there were plenty of activities to keep us from ever getting bored.  There was a great mix of people (families, singles, couples young and old) travelling with us.  Norwegian did excellent at catering events and activities aimed at these different groups.

We really enjoyed the food options that were included.  The Irish pub O'Sheehans was amazing.  Great pub food, better than many pubs we've been to back home!  The main buffet was excellent.  It always provided such a wide array of options (oriental, indian, seafood, salads, etc.) that we never got bored.  It also provided a great amount of mainstays to keep even the pickiest of eaters happy (burgers, chicken fingers, mac'n'cheese, etc.).  We often had a difficult time deciding whether to go to a main dining room or just stick with the buffet.  And oh my goodness, I nearly lost my husband to the desert crepe station at the dinner buffet.  If you haven't had a chocolate crepe before, you haven't fully lived!  Not to be outdone, Flamingo Bar and Grill had some of the best cuban food we've ever eaten (and some we've never even tried).  The only downside was that we didn't discover this gem until the day before the cruise ended!  The main dining room was also excellent.  Everything we had (meat lasagna, braised short ribs, jerk chicken) was delicious and served hot.  The only thing we weren't impressed with in general were the dessert options at the different dining locations.  However, not eating a ton of dessert was probably best for us anyway!

We upgraded to a balcony room and absolutely loved it.  There was plenty of space for the two of us in our cabin and lots of hidden areas for extra storage. The bed was fantastic.  This was the ONLY time we can say we weren't ecstatic to be back in our own bed once we got home.  We got some of the best sleep on this cruise than we have on any other vacation!  Our cabin steward was amazing: always cleaned our cabin quickly, never in the way, always there to greet us in the morning and evening, and always ready to help us with any request.

We did not purchase any extra package, but we did get the Unlimited Beverage Package as part of our cruise deal (and for upgrading our room).  We thoroughly enjoyed taking advantage of the UBP to try a bunch of different drinks at all the different bars.  All the bartenders were wonderful, but the bartenders at the Sugercane Mojito Bar were outstanding.  All bartenders would listen to the customers and were willing to make anything you asked for, even if it wasn't on the menu.

Over all we had a fantastic experience.  This was the first cruise for my husband, and my 6th cruise overall.  Norwegian is currently my favorite cruise line just because of the free style cruising.  I did not miss the formal night or the mandatory dinner seating.  This vacation was exactly what we wanted: freedom to do what we wanted to when, and a variety of things to choose from.  We can't wait to get back on the Norwegian Getaway soon!

Ship Quality
Everything was very clean and well put together. A lot of thought went into the different placement of lounging areas and the overall aesthetic of the ship.
Food and Dining
As stated in the review, we loved the food! Tons of great options and everything done really well.
Cabin / Stateroom
There was plenty of space for the two of us in our balcony room. The room had lots of hidden areas for extra storage which was greatly appreciated. We never felt cramped, but we honestly spent very little time in our cabin.
Service and Staff
Anthony, our cabin steward was AMAZING! Wish we could reserve him every time!
Entertainment
LOVED the Burn the Floor dance group. They were outstanding! All the comedy acts were hilarious. We had never been to Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos before, but we can't wait to see them again! All of the bands were fantastic. We really had a blast with all the different entertainment options.
Children's Programs
Really this should be N/A. We didn't have children with us. However, the Nickelodeon themed parties seemed perfect for kids and the teenager activities sounded like they would appeal to kids that age.
Onboard Activities
There was a wide selection of activities: dance classes, trivia, game shows, parties, etc. that it was impossible for us to not find something to do. We really enjoyed having such a range of options as it kept each day fun and new.
Destinations and Excursions
Nassau was not so great. I've been there before and never really liked it. We enjoyed St. Maarten and travelling with the local buses instead of the expensive taxis. St. Thomas we absolutely LOVED! We went to Megan's Bay beach and nearly cried when we had to leave. We have never been to a beach so well maintained: public restrooms, showers, foot showers, plenty of bench/picnic seating, and nobody trying sell you hand made goods. We are seriously considering just taking a vacation to St. Thomas and staying at that beach the whole time!
Miami, Florida
We didn't do anything in Miami, just went straight to the pier. I have been to Miami before though and didn't like it all that much. Too busy for my tastes.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
We had a great time at Mullet Bay. This beach was one down from the popular Maho Beach where the planes land directly above you. We caught a local bus from downtown Phillipsburg that only cost $2 a person one way (much cheaper than the cabs). Mullet Bay was a beautiful beach. Only downside was it didn't have any public restrooms.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
I wish we could give this an OUTSTANDING rating because we absolutely LOVED this port. Megan's Bay beach really is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Super calm waters, gorgeously maintained beach, we never wanted to leave!
Nassau, Bahamas
The store peddlers are horrendous. We were constantly getting harassed to purchase goods or services. Very annoying. We walked to the beach close-ish to the piers and it was not well maintained at all. Next time we cruise the Caribbean, if we stop at Nassau we'll probably just stay on the ship.


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