Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Great Family Vacation

Sail Date: November 22, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Balcony

We had a blast on our family cruise -- there were 7 of us (4 adults, 3 kids).  The kids loved everything about it from the activities, to the kids program, to the endless buffet. There were fun things and parties for the adults to do as well - but this is definitely a family ship, I wouldn't recommend it for a romantic adult vacation.  The food was ok -- lots of quantity and a decent amount of variety - but by day 4 you'll be ready to eat off the ship.

Cabin / Stateroom
Our cabin was awesome - and our steward was amazing!
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
The bahamas were dumpy, and unless we paid for an excursion - there was little to do - no good public beaches, etc. Grand Cayman was similar -- $30 just for a ride to the over crowded beach.
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
Was nice to have a place for the kids to go at night so we could have some adult time. They had fun, and I felt comfortable that they were safe.
The Illusionarium was very cool. The dance parties were fun. Burn the floor was ok -- very repetitive, every dance looked the exact same - and an hour+ of latin dance was too much. Would have been cool if it was more like "So you think you can dance" where they showcase a variety of dance styles. The stand up comedy wasn't funny at all. Armen the Cruise Director was great - had a good personality to make the games fun/funny.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
You'll eat the majority of your meals in the Garden Cafe - its an endless buffet. For the first 3 days this worked fine for us, but by day 4 it was quite repetitive. We switched to dinners at the Tropicana Room, Savor and O'Sheehans -- the food was different, but wasn't actually better. We ate in the Illusionarium, same. There was a time when cruises were known for having amazing food -- I think those days are gone. Now it appears to be about quantity and not as much about being a "food experience".
Miami, Florida
Great Stirrup Cay (Cruiseline Private Island), Bahamas
We ended up at Nassau because of weather. It was really dumpy.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Do the Dunns River Falls - it was AWESOME!
George Town, Grand Cayman
Expensive to get to a public beach - and when we did, it was jam packed with people.
Cozumel, Mexico
We took the Fury Catamaran snorkeling and to the beach. The snorkeling was ok - not great, although our kids didn't know the difference. The beach was awesome.


The Getaway was a great ship for family cruising. The kids program was fun for the kids, the kid pool and slides were great, the kids loved the buffet and endless ice cream. There were fun parties/activities for adults too - but this is a great ship for families, not a romantic adult vaca.

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