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Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 03, 2016
Ship: Norwegian Getaway
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 12467
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 1 year ago

This was our first cruise. It was a really good time for us. Being first timers I would have appreciated more help and direction from the staff. I guess because it is freestyle they pretty much leave you alone and don't approach you or say much. Educate yourself and then trial and error. The staff are friendly and helpful when asked directly. Embarkation is a bit overwhelming, but relax and it's over soon, then it's clear sailing and fun.

We got a balcony room and it was perfect! We could watch as we sailed in and out of ports. We watched other ships passing by. Sunrise and sunset from your balcony is so special. 

We purchased the soda package and we're glad we did. We didn't get a dining package, but there are so many complimentary choices it was never missed. We saw legally blonde and burn the floor, both are excellent. The Illusionarium show is a must see! Pay the little bit extra and get the good seats. It is worth it, and arrive early for the best seating. The food was really good during the show. 

We booked our excursion to Tulum through the boat and it's a good thing we did. One of the buses broke down and made us late getting back, but the boat had to wait for us, otherwise we would have been left.

We loved cruising and will definitely go again!

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

We upgraded to a balcony and it was perfect! I would strongly recommend it for anyone. The price is worth it.

Ship Tip

Be sure and try the complimentary restaurants. The food is really good and it's so nice to be served in beautiful surroundings. The buffet is always available for convenience. Check the daily activities scheduled. They are a lot of fun!

3 out of 5
If you need transportation to the port, take a taxi. They have a set price of about $27. It is easy and the most affordable option.
5 out of 5
Be early. The best lounge chairs go quickly.
3 out of 5
River tubing was fun. The country is poor and underdeveloped.
5 out of 5
Swimming with stingrays and snorkeling is a must! Beautiful clear tourquiose water and white sand. Amazing!
5 out of 5
Mayan ruins at Tulum were interesting. It is a very hot excursion and takes a 45 minute ferry ride and then a one hour bus ride to get there. Take water. Not for small children.
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