Solo Traveling on NCL

Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 11

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: September 25, 2016
Ship: Norwegian Getaway
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9170
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 10 months ago

The 4500 passengers on the NCL Getaway did not get in the way of having a good time and access to most activities.  At dinner time, some advanced planning needs to occur as for the complimentary restaurants.  Prime time for dining can find you waiting no more than 20 minutes.  I would suggest trying out Taste or Savor for more quiet dining. And to avoid the masses in the Garden Buffet, these restaurants are open for breakfast and occasionally lunch.

NCL tries to assist the solo traveler and those in the LGBT community an opportunity to meet in the evenings.  Depending on the group, you can usually find yourself with others with whom to dine.  Unfortunately, the solo cabin passengers never get in the solo lounge.  Apparently, unlike on the Epic, this lounge would not especially welcoming as a meeting spot.  I think NCL should rethink this area and copy the success of the Epic. I applaud NCL is recognizing that the LGBT community has money to travel and not all prefer to spend the cruising vacation on a Gay cruise.  The health club was not the especially large size as found on the Epic. Poor design caused the workout area to be very tight and trying to avoid others proved difficult at prime workout times. The pool area was adequate but to be avoided during sea days. If you can hold off on taking a day trip at every port, spend a day enjoying many of the activities poolside. The water slide and ropes course are especially fun as less crowded on port days.  The Spa runs specials and if they don't, just ask them for one.  They will try to sell you many of their products convincing you that your skin needs extra care provided by their brand of creams,etc.

I would travel on NCL in the future as I like the Freestyle Dining and attention to various groups whether LGBT or solo travelers.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Complimentary dining options were very good. Buffet can be a bit overwhelming. Gluten-free options available but could be improved in quality.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Main attractions were very good. Comedy show during "adult" course is a little over the top in raunchiness.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Service was slow and although attentive, there were many delays in service.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Forward mid-ship balcony. Perfect location near the stairs. Adequate size for two people.

Ship Tip

Try to stay on the ship on of the port days or get back early to enjoy the pool area and lunch without the crowds.

3 out of 5
1 out of 5
Don't bother walking into town. Nothing there. NCL is building their own port nearby.
1 out of 5
Try to find someone to take you to the ruins on your own and avoid the costly ship tour. You can also avoid the ruins as not that big of a deal to see. One hour to get there and one hour maximum to walk around the site.Then another hour to drive back to the ship.
5 out of 5
Hire your town taxi driver and take a tour around the island. Go to Money Beach for snorkeling.
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