Perfect Getaway on NCL Getaway
Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review
Review summaryThe Getaway is the perfect place to get a way!
Food and Dining
The Ice Bar is a fun place to chill out, sorry pun intended. After a hot day in the sun this spot will definitely give you the chills, even with the provided parka and gloves. For $20 you get two drinks and like 45 minutes inside the ice freezer; however, after about 20 minutes I was ready to leave the 17 degree weather. I’m from Minnesota so I don’t mind the cold, but I’m on a Caribbean cruise to get away from the weather at home! Also, the drinks are strong and not the best tasting. It might be so that they don’t freeze so there is more liquor in them. So ask for a little more juice in them and they aren’t so bad.
Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian
Ocean Blue has some of the freshest seafood on the ship and the bread is simply amazing, I would go just for that! This is also a restaurant that has a dress code so dress appropriately. Also, if you have the dining package there will be a small up charge to dine at Ocean Blue, but I definitely feel it is worth it.
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville at Sea
Margaritaville is an extra charge restaurant or you can use your dining package but it’s a fun place to hang out and have some good food and amazing margaritas. The decor is nice but it’s lacking the traditional atmosphere of other Margaritaville’s you would find, maybe because it’s at sea. However, you can go to the bar and get margaritas even if you are not dining and are included in the drink package so even if you don’t dine there at least get a drink.
Ocean Blue on the Waterfront
As I mentioned with Cagney’s, if the weather is nice then I would recommend dining on the Waterfront because the experience is amazing. I love watching the sunset as I’m enjoying my dinner and hearing the ship crash through the waves. It’s really more romantic when you’re with someone else, but I travel alone so it’s what I do to treat myself.
Wasabi is an extra cost restaurant or up charge if you have the dining package but they have some really good sushi and sashimi. I would definitely check it out if this interests you.
Le Bistro French Restaurant
Le Bistro is a specialty restaurant that you need to try at least once during your cruise, especially for the French Onion soup! Yes, it’s that good. The other food is amazing as well and I really love the atmosphere of the small dining venue. It also requires a dress code so I enjoy seeing people wearing slacks and a nice top at least.
Sugarcane Mojito Bar
If you want a perfect mojito then Sugar Canes is the place to go, they have several different kinds to please just about anyone. I would recommend the spicy mojito if you like a little heat, and it really packs a punch.
Cagney's on the Waterfront
Same excellent food as my other review on Cagney’s, but if you want to enjoy a nice beautiful sunset and listening to the waves than there is nothing better then dining on the Waterfront! Depending on the weather it may be closed, but if it’s open I would definitely check it out.
You cannot go wrong with a meal at Cagney’s! They have excellent cuts of meat and they cook them to perfection. Their jumbo shrimp cocktail is also a must, on other lines they give you four small shrimp on soggy lettuce but not at Cagney’s. They are huge! The other seafood items are also fresh and prepared well, like the oysters Rockefeller. Their sides are also delicious so check out the fries and Mac n cheese. Also make sure to save room for dessert because they have some good ones.
Spa Thermal Suite
The thermal Suite is a nice place to go and relax if you want to get away from all the activity going on around the ship. They have a variety of rooms you can enjoy as well as a decent size hydro pool. Also check out the heated stone loungers for a nice relaxing place to read a book or take a quick nap.
The pools are a nice size but on sunny sea days they can be quite busy and rowdy. However, you can also go hang out in the hot tubs back in Spice H2O where it is more quiet. The games and live bands at the pool are entertaining and fun though.
The casino on the Getaway is a nice size and I actually had some luck for once! I probably spent more time than I wanted to but I was able to reach the next level on players club which entitles me to additional perks. So always play with your players card so you can get perks or even a free cruise!
The themed events in Spice H2O are a blast and where most of the ship will go. They will have Norwegian’s Night Out, White/Glow Party, 80s Night...etc. It is definitely worth checking out and always a good time.
Bliss Ultra Lounge
Bliss Ultra Lounge is the place to go if you want to party and dance the night away. It is always packed and typically where you will find the younger crowd, so if that is something you don’t like then you might want to find somewhere else.
The Getaway theater is the home to some of the best shows you will find at sea. These are broadway style production shows that are actually quite amazing! Reservations are needed but if you can’t get one then there is a standby line and most of the time you’ll always get in.
Howl at the Moon
Howl at the Moon is a nice place to go if you want to hear some good music and jokes. The entertainers are normally pretty good and will play almost any song you can think of, if you give them a tip then they’ll probably play your song next. The venue is small so get there early if you want a seat.
The atrium is where you will find trivia, game shows, adult fun, dance lessons, and movies throughout the cruise. You can view this all from the 6th and 7th decks mid ship.
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Get to the port as early as you can. You might have to wait a little while before the ship is clear to board, but you’ll be one of the first to the fun and your first day will be longer.