Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

Where was the Norwegian's Freestyle Cruising?

Sail Date: December 13, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The Norwegian Getaway is a large ship - 4000 passengers.  Reservations were required for dining and shows.  We didn't get to see several shows because they were overbooked.  Unheard of in our experience with Norwegian Cruises.  This was not Freestyle Cruising of which Norwegian boasts.  The crowds were evident everywhere.  There was no "observation" bar or venue where one could enjoy low-impact music and maybe dance a little.  The cruise was definitely geared for a much younger audience.  We are in our early to mid '60s and we still felt like old fogies.  The food was good, the passengers were polite, except for a few rowdy teenagers.  All of the games (some too bawdy) and music trivia contests were geared to the last 30 years, mostly the last 20 years.  Photographers were everywhere at night interrupting traffic flow.  Since my wife and I are Latitude Members, our members only party had a line out the door of the club for almost 70 feet.  It was SRO and not enjoyable at all.  The room and our steward were top quality.  Really enjoyed the balcony and the steward went above and beyond taking care of us.  I gave him a large tip in appreciation.  We got the dining package and enjoyed those experiences, especially the Ocean Blue and Cagney's restaurants.  I had never waited for a seat in the main complimentary dining rooms ever until this cruise, and then it was pretty empty.  So why the wait?  The staff was courteous, as always, but I didn't like the larger ship.  Way too many people to be enjoyable.  We are going to stay away from the mega ships and return to the smaller "Jewel" class ships.  Embarkation was not done well.  There are two entrances in Miami for Norwegian and no one informed us of which to use.  Of course, we used the wrong one and almost got locked out of the other.  Debarkation was very easy as we don't check luggage and walk off early.

Cabin / Stateroom Top notch. Loved the balcony.
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Miami, Florida
Great Stirrup Cay (Cruiseline Private Island), Bahamas
Nice beach and the weather was perfect.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Fair shopping, but wait for George Town or Cozumel.
George Town, Grand Cayman
Very good shopping.
Cozumel, Mexico
We were one of 7 or 8 ships in port. Wall to wall people.


Don't cruise the larger ships unless you have children. Very good kids programs. Otherwise, stick to the smaller class ships. 4000 passengers is too many.

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