Our experience in The Haven H3 Suite, Goff's Caye, Westbay Beach, & Costa Maya Chan Beach Resort
Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: July 17, 2016
Cabin Type: Suite
Cabin Number: 15116
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 11 months ago
This is a second time on the NCL Getaway with a Western Caribbean itinerary. There were two sea days four port stops. The ports were Roatan Honduras, Belize City Belize, Cozumel Mexico, and Costa Maya Mexico.
We flew into Ft. Lauderdale airport and rented a car from Hertz at the airport with a drop off at Hertz downtown Miami. Hertz has a free shuttle to drop passengers off at the cruise port. The shuttle process was seamless and we were at the port within 15 minutes.
On this cruise, we stayed at the Haven CAT H3 two bed room suite. NCL has two check-in areas for Haven guests in Terminal B or C. Check your boarding papers for location (Honestly, I don’t think NCL will care if you go into the wrong terminal). The Haven check-in is different than the general check-in area. Keep an eye out for the Haven sign. NCL allowed the Haven guests to board first before the rest of the guests. Once we boarded, we were guided to an elevator that took us directly to deck 16. We were asked to sit in the Haven Lounge while John the concierge provided details about the amenities and rules of the Haven.
We are not allowed to bring guests into the Haven public space such as the courtyard, the pool, and the sundeck. We are allowed to bring guests to our rooms and invite then to the Haven restaurant. There is a fee for the guests to eat in the restaurant but they can be denied entry if the restaurant is busy.
Our CAT H3 room 15116 fits 4-6 guests. There are two rooms in the suite with two full bathrooms. The small room is a bunk bed that sleeps 2, the living room has a sofa bed that can sleep 2, and the master bedroom sleeps 2. Each room has its own temperature control system which is great. When we were staying in a Balcony room, there was only one temperature control and we were all fighting because it was too cold or too hot. The two bathrooms also makes it easier to get everyone ready. The living room is large and makes it easy to invite friends to lounge. There are three tvs in each room and all movies are complimentary. The room also assigns a butler. They bring food/fruit/snacks in the afternoon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjLkjHTMxIA
IMO, the Haven suite was worth the extra ($$$$) money as it was truly a place where we can relax and not feel rushed to stake out beach chairs, depart the ship, and etc. I would do it again if I can afford it the next time. Keep in mind that the gratuities can be double as the butler and the concierge are not included in the daily gratuity fee.
Our first stop was at Roatan Honduras. We took a guided tour of the island with a prearranged tour group. It was about $25 per person and the tour took us to the Paradise Beach at Westbay This is a resort beach and the entry fee includes the use of their beach chairs, fresh water pool, and facilities. The Bananarama Beach and Drive Resort is next door and there is no pool. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g944573-d556781-Reviews-Bananarama_Beach_and_Dive_Resort-West_Bay_Roatan_Bay_Islands.html. I would recommend Paradise Beach. On the beach, there are water activities that you can rent (jet skis, parasailing, and etc.)
Our second stop was at Belize City, Belize. We went to Goff’s Caye which is a small island about 30 minutes away from the cruise ship port. The tour included a guided snorkel tour. Did I say the island was small? Check out the video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmSCr02n1gE
Our third stop was at Cozumel Mexico. We have been here almost 10 times so we just visited the Starbucks at http://www.yelp.com/biz/starbucks-coffee-cozumel.
Our fourth stop was at Costa Maya Mexico. We went to an all-inclusive day resort named Maya Chan Beach. The resort included beach chairs, food, and drinks. It included kayaks and paddle board. The staff was very attentive and were always asking us if we wanted drinks. They served soft tacos with chicken, beef, pork and fish. It was delicious! I would highly recommend this place if you want to get away from everyone. https://youtu.be/ULV1S7TiRls
Overall, we had a great experience on the Getaway. The crew was great and there was nothing to complain about. Our cruise was the last one prior to Getaway making her way down to the Brazil for the Rio Olympics. The crew was very excited about the trip down to Rio.