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Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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Reviews: 5
Helpful Votes: 106

Overall rating:

4.1 out of 5
Norwegian Getaway

7 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)

Sail date: November 17, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Getaway

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 12870

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

It was a good cruise. The food was not the best, but we are not gourmet diners. The ship layout and the entertainment makes us want to sail on the Getaway again.

Embarkation

3 out of 5
Rough. We requested a wheelchair for my wife, but found that wheelchairs were not provided until well into the embarkation process.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
We ate at the same "free" restaurant each morning and evening--the Savor. Food is not what it used to be on cruises, or is it just Norwegian? Not even shrimp cocktail as an appetizer. No escargot. We have always gotten both on cruises, including last February on the Celebrity Edge. A gluten-free option was available but skimpy. On the other hand we were very happy with the service. We requested a window seat on the first night and was given one each night. After the second night we started requesting the server Noel and usually got him. Servers usually asked if either of us had a food allergy. The buffet, where we ate lunch, is smaller than any we have seen on a cruise ship. The good news is that we never had to wait for a table, which is a first. Another good thing--they had vegetables!

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
We are too old to participate in organized activities. I gave a rating of 5 because there is an adults-only place to lay out, and it did not have the loud music that one finds near the pool. There is a nice young-kids pool and many large water slides. Also a rock wall and an obstacle course that was interesting to watch. Does the muster experience fit in this category? If so, the score would be much lower. Muster is never fun, but this was ridiculous. It didn't start until late, so we were left standing elbow-to-elbow in the hall outside the restaurant where we were to muster.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
We enjoy piano bars and comedians; there were both on the Getaway. The "Dueling Pianos" was particularly fun. The theater is the smallest that I have seen on a cruise ship, and a reservation was necessary for most shows. We saw a good illusionist, but did not like the highlighted "Million Dollar Quartet" show.

Children's Programs

No kids. As stated above, the kids pool looks like fun for the under-8 group.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Dining staff in the Savor was good, particularly Noel. Be sure to find a server you like, tip him/her, and ask for that person each time you visit. The bartender outside the Savor knew how to make a good old-fashioned. (Her name might be Irma.) Again, find someone you like, and tip them early.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship design was my favorite part of the cruise. We were on deck 12 near the aft--12870. The adult sunning area is aft, as are the restaurants. Indoor activities are together on decks 6 though 8. We never had to wait for an elevator!!! (Except for muster time, of course.) There are only two groups of elevators--8 at each location, but they are big and fast enough that they were never a problem.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
About the same as other cruise ship balcony rooms. The bathroom as smaller than on the Celebrity Edge, but about like others. We have almost always gotten a balcony, but I won't next time; we hardly used it. We never met our room-service guy, but then we didn't look for him. He did a good job. I'm glad they don't fool with towel animals any more.

Ship tip

If you need wheelchair help for debarkation, get to the meeting place VERY early. We waited an hour and a half.

Ports of call

New Orleans, Louisiana

3 out of 5
Of course New Orleans itself is a fun place to visit. I gave the low rating because parking for Norwegian is poor. Carnival has their own garage.

Cozumel, Mexico Did not visit port

I have been there before and seen all I need.

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras Did not visit port

I have been there before and seen all I need.

Harvest Caye, Belize Did not visit port

I have been there before and seen all I need.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

4 out of 5
On a previous visit we went to the Mayan ruins and really enjoyed it.

Disembarkation

1 out of 5
As stated above, we needed a wheelchair and waited 90 minutes for it. The good news is that our luggage was easy to find!
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