Good time, big ship

Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: May 02, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Getaway
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 11246
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 2 years ago

We had a good time.  Though I wish there was more time in the ports.  It was unfortunate that our time in Nassau, Bahamas was cut short.  The ship offered many amenities (many restaurants, big casino, lots of entertainment), but we found that after cruising on a big ship, that we prefer a smaller ship.  Just too many people on the big ship.  We also felt that on the bigger ship, crowd organization was not as efficient.  I think NCL could use some improvement in some of the shore excursion "crowd control".  While we enjoyed seeing The Baths (Tortola), we felt that there was no guidance or organization with people venturing through the caves.  However, in all fairness to NCL, it should be said that some passengers should have used better discretion on whether they should have gone on this excursion.  Some people had physical limitations that tended to slow things down quite a bit.

This ship had some of of the best storage capacity in the balcony rooms that we have experienced on other ships, including NCL ships.  I commend NCL on very effective use of a small space.

The fitness center is too small for that many passengers.  Could use some improvement there.

All in all we truly did enjoy ourselves.  Just a few things that NCL could improve on with a ship of so many passengers.  However, we would choose to take a smaller cruise next time.  :)

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
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Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
On the NCL Gem, there was must more pool deck activities and entertainment.


3 out of 5
Didn't get to some of the shows that we had planned to attend.

Children's Programs

Not applicable, but kids on the cruise seemed to be having a good time.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Satya (Waves Bar) was wonderful. Vin (or Ven) our steward was very helpful, courteous, and tended to our needs.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
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Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Great use of storage in a small space.

Ship Tip

Loved Wasabi! Some of the best sushi we've had. Kudos to the chefs!

3 out of 5
We stayed at the Downtown Hilton. The hotel was nice, but not many food venues to choose from in the area.
3 out of 5
NCL needs to do something about better crowd control at The Baths. Tons of people and no guidance through the caves. Very long lines and disorganized. Though the caves were very interesting once we got through them.
5 out of 5
Beautiful Megan's Bay/Beach, and loved the shopping in St. Thomas. Needed more time though.
3 out of 5
Done Atlantis twice now. Would go on a city excursion next time.
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