Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4 out of 5

Ship is great; ports are a bit uninspiring

Sail Date: September 18, 2016

Reviewed: 8 months ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

The Norwegian Getaway is a pretty ship and the crew is friendly and helpful for the most part. I was upgraded to a mini suite with a large balcony, which included 2 regular chairs, 2 lounge chairs, a table, and ample room. They don't give you a map of what's on board, which is crazy given the size of the ship. The "freestyle" label is apt; you can pretty much eat whenever you want and do whatever you want (or nothing). The food was good, but there isn't much variety unless you pay extra (from $20+) for "specialty" restaurants. The free shows are fine; again, you can pay for the premium entertainment. I recommend paying the extra $99 for access to the Vibe Beach Club (open 7-7 daily), where you can always get a chair and bartenders tend to your every wish. This is an especially good alternative if you don't want to get off the ship at some/all of the ports. The ports are pretty boring and seem to exist only for the purpose of selling cheap goods to tourists (with the exception of Cozumel, where there is more to do). I recommend the Xcaret Park tour, but it takes about 2 hours to get from the ship to the park, which doesn't leave much time to explore the huge, beautiful place (because you also need to allow for about 2 hours to get back to the ship). In the end, maybe it wasn't worth the hassle. I would give this cruise 3 and a half stars (instead of 4) if that were an option.

Cabin / Stateroom
loved my mini suite and especially my large balcony. there's an amazing amount of storage space. the linens are very comfortable. the shower is a good size and the water pressure and temperature are very good. it's clever to have the electricity only work when your room key is in the slot, but it's also a bit annoying at times.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
there's probably no way to do this without standing in a bunch of lines, but all but one of the lines were fairly short and things were organized well.
Ship Quality
the ship is fairly new and very nice. the water slides and climbing wall looked like they'd be fun if you're into that sort of thing.
Destinations and Excursions
cozumel is worth getting off the ship for; the others, not so much.
Onboard Activities
i guess i'm over things like the men's "sexy legs" contest at my age...
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
too much emphasis on paying extra for specialty restaurants.
Miami, Florida
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
pretty, but not much here.
Belize City, Belize
i'm sure there are parts of the city that are great, but i didn't see anything worth getting off the ship for...
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
just exists to be a tourist trip.
Cozumel, Mexico
lots of interesting things to do, but takes a long time to get to some (all?) of them.


the tropicana restaurant was fun-- try it. there are real table cloths and napkins and the intermittent entertainment was very good.

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