Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4-6 cruises

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2 out of 5

Too many problems

Sail Date: April 03, 2016

Reviewed: 7 months ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Inside

Problems:

1. Freestyle dining meant waiting until almost 9 p.m. to get a table large enough for our group of 10.

2. Electric circuits blew when trying to use razor, hair dryer in at least two cabins.

3. Room telephone had date and time, but lettering was tiny and pale.  As a result, those with inside cabins had to turn on the light to find out the time.  This was particularly difficult if someone else was sleeping.

4. Shore cruises were disorganized.  We were left at one point with no information as to where to meet again.  Ended up going with another tour group doing a different tour in order to get back to ship.

5. No snacks available after 11:30 p.m. except for one full-service restaurant near casino.

6. Very few shaded outside areas for those not wanting a tan.

7. Limited storage space--not one drawer--only limited shelf space.  Two suitcases had to sit in middle of floor because there was no space for storing empty suitcases.

8. Gift shops had few practical items--mostly expensive jewelry.

9. At the beginning of the cruise, wo couples in our group had misplaced luggage which didn't arrive in the rooms until after 9 p.m.

10. Hallways were too narrow making it difficult to pass another group when going to rooms.  Also, difficult to get through garden cafe carrying food to table without getting bumped.  Often had to stand to side waiting for an opening to walk to table—if a table was available. 

11. Our 15-year-old grandson, who is captain of a select soccer team and on his HS track team, was told to leave the exercise area because of his age. 

12. Our granddaughter, who was three weeks short of  her 18th birthday, was kicked out of the 18 and above area while she was with her parents and 18-year-old boyfriend.   

18.  The running track was located in a very congested part of the ship making it impossible to use the track after 8 a.m.

Cabin / Stateroom
The room had very little space compared to other cruises we've taken. There was not one drawer, and there was no place to store empty suitcases during the cruise except by the bed causing even more congestion.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
We spent most of first night looking for one of our suitcases which did not arrive until 9:45 p.m. The two suitcases were dropped off together with identical luggage tags so there was no reason for one to have been lost. Also, another person in our group did not get her luggage until after 9 p.m.
Ship Quality
The ship was clean, but the design of the ship was horrible--narrow hallways to cabins and in cafeteria area, no shaded areas to sit and enjoy the view, inadequate space for activities such as table tennis, shuffleboard,. Also, every hot tub was always full. i
Destinations and Excursions
Getting off ship was dangerous. In fact, was was shoved by someone wanting to get ahead of me on steps resulting in a fall. Once, we were dropped off with no information about where to get back on the bus. We ended up with another tour group just to get back to the ship.
Onboard Activities
There was a waiting line for all activites requiring equipment such as shuffleboard, table tennis, etc. Others required paying extra.
Children's Programs
Too many age-restricted activities not taking account of the maturity and behavior of the child.
Entertainment
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Miami, Florida
Great Stirrup Cay (Cruiseline Private Island), Bahamas
It is a beautiful area. It was a fun place for those who enjoy beaches, photography, or just relaxing.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
We did not climb the falls, but climbed the walkways near the falls. This gave us an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the falls and to take pictures of others in our group as they climbed the falls.
George Town, Grand Cayman
Although we were left behind on this tour, we ended up with another group going to Sting Ray City. Unfortunately we did not have swim suits. Nevertheless, it was unbelievable to see so many sting rays swimming between the people who were in the water.
Cozumel, Mexico Talum is a beautiful and interesting area. An added bonus is the beautiful view of the beaches below. Some had swimsuits, but it is a huge climb up and down the cliff to get to the beach.

Tip

If you are with a large group, your best bet is to skip the restaurants such as Taste and Savor. They have few tables for large groups, and you will have to wait at least an hour. Instead, go to the Garden Cafe.



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