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Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 5
Helpful Votes: 88

Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
Norwegian Getaway

5 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 08, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Getaway

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 11884

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Another great cruise. We've cruised with four different cruise lines and there things we like about each of them. I would say our favorite part of NCL's Epic and Getaway is the freestyle dining and all the dining options, even without trying their specialty dining venues.


5 out of 5
Embarkation was a breeze! We were on board by 11:30 and having lunch in the main dining room. We had previously cruised from NOLA on Carnival and it was not as smooth an embarkation as NCL.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
We prefer to dine early and the freestyle dining worked very well for us. We tried all the complimentary restaurants and enjoyed all of them except the noodle bar was a bit of a disappointment. We had eaten at the one on the Epic and it was much larger with a better selection on the menu. The service was a bit slow one night in the main dining room but we still had time to complete the meal and make the shows. The LUNCH menu in the main dining room stays the same, I would prefer it to change daily, since we prefer full service over buffet any time. The fajitas in O'Sheehans were delicious.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
We enjoyed the games organized by the cruise director's staff. Charades and Win, Lose, or Draw were our favorites.


4 out of 5
We enjoyed the comedians, Flip Schultz and Aaron were both funny, however, the opening act for the headliners should get some new material.

Card Room

3 out of 5

Card room/library was very small with limited availability for check out of books.

Children's Programs

No children on this trip.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our cabin was cleaned twice a day. On some other recent cruises, cleaning had been cut to once a day.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship is well designed (better than the Epic) and very clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The closet was a little hard to access and the balcony is small but otherwise it was comfortable, clean and modern. Really liked the bathroom and shower as it seemed a bit larger than on other ships.

Ship tip

Even if you can't get reservations you can still attend the complimentary shows. We never had a problem. just showing up for the

Ports of call

New Orleans, Louisiana Did not visit port

Drove in from FL and went directly to the port. Cost is $100 to park for 5 nights.

Cozumel, Mexico Did not visit port

Stayed on board.

Progreso (Merida), Mexico

4 out of 5
We took the free shuttle from the dock to the town and did a 1 hour city tour on a clean modern bus. Not much to see but still interesting.


5 out of 5
The disembarkation was as smooth as the boarding process. We did self-assist so we were on our way early in the morning for our drive back to FL.
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