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Firstly let me say I have never written a review and am doing so because I appreciate all the valuable information I have received from Cruise Critic and would like to pay it forward. We were on the January 17th Sailing. We are from the great state of South Dakota in the Mid-West. I am 53, my wife is 49, and my son is 14. This is our 11th cruise and the 5th for our son. We have previously cruised with Carnival, Princess, Disney, and Royal Caribbean. Dining: We did not purchase any dining or beverage package and opted to eat at the complimentary eateries. I think they have a good bakery on board as I enjoyed their rolls and flakey pastries. I do like that they offered a variety of food options including Flamingo Bar & Grill and O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill. I enjoyed the Beef and Chorizo burger and the Three Milk Cake at the Flamingo. The Brownie Cheesecake at O’Sheehans was good. There was no food in the dining rooms that were truly memorable. I felt the Prime Rib in the Tropicana room was lacking. The beef from the carving station in the Garden Café was better. I thoroughly enjoyed the waffles with whipped cream and banana sauce and also the hard ice cream on the buffet. The seafood night was a joke. If you go to the very aft of the buffet the lines are shorter and there are usually tables. My son thought it was cool to order the cheesecake from room service. I was not impressed with their chocoholic night. Public Rooms: Our cabin was aft on the port side. While walking to 678 Ocean Place I found it annoying that I had to bypass the 7th floor so I did not have to walk through the Casino. I don’t care for smoking and/or gambling and feel the placement of their Casino to be inconsiderate. Entertainment: You can make reservations for shows I believe 3 months prior to your sailing date. My wife and son attended the magic show in the Illusionarium and said it was an incredible show. They also said the food was good. They offered a 20% discount for the show on the first night. The Getaway Theater hosts the shows Legally Blonde and Burn the Floor. Both were enjoyable but I was really impressed with the energy of the dancers in Burn The Floor. 678 Ocean Place is a very happening place with many activities as on the 6th floor they have a large 2 story screen. Headliners hosts comedians and Howl at the Moon. Dwayne Landry is a very good comedian. Howl at the Moon is dueling pianos with an improvisation performance twist. I am so thankful I was able to see Sugar Blue perform in The Grammy Experience. Sugar Blue has won a Grammy and is a beyond awesome Harmonica player and his band are quite talented as well. I read that his Godmother was Billie Holiday. The band Groove International did an awesome Bob Marley tribute in the Atrium. Watched the movie “Godzilla” in the Atrium. Momentarily checked out the glow party at Spice H2O. It was quite the spectacle to see people dancing to techno music and waving about these lighted foam sticks. Wife and son attended the Crew Talent Show and said it wasn’t too good. Attended the Farewell Show where they sure convey the message that your part of the Norwegian family. Fitness: My son and I enjoyed using the 3 ping pong tables. The five waterslides are fun, two of which are free fall slides and they are seriously fast. We enjoyed the nine-hole (pirate themed) mini-golf course. Your only about 24 feet off the ground but I felt fear on pirate-themed ropes course. The 8-foot plank was a bit scary. The short zip line was closed and when I inquired was told an outside inspector needed approve it for use. I I used the waterfront on deck 8 for walking. You can go down one side go through the forward doors and out the other side of the ship and loop around the back of the ship. 4 laps is a mile. Value for Money: We got in on the kids sail free promotion. I checked the prices and promotions regularly and was able to later get a lower price and also an onboard credit. We have a budget but were able to get balcony cabin for less than we paid on the Allure or Oasis. I would recommend NCL because I feel it is a very good value for the money. Miscellaneous: On Thursday clothing and other items are on sale in The Grammy Experience. They advertise NCL logo stuff at 50% off but not all items were. There was more rocking movement than normal on this ship. Fortunately we bring Dramamine which came in handy for my son. There have two SnapIt photo booths that allow you to capture your picture, choose the background, and for free send it to Facebook, Twitter, iSnap, Instagram, or by e-mail. Embarkation / Disembarkation: The port baggage handlers informed me I could not check my case of pop so I had to lug it around until my cabin was available. They had a small problem programing our cabin cards but guest services quickly remedied the situation. Even with the problem I felt the processes were very efficient. I would not get transportation through the cruise line but would recommend getting a taxi as it is more economical and quicker.  

1st Time Cruising Like a Norwegian

Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by cleanandsober88

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2015
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom
Firstly let me say I have never written a review and am doing so because I appreciate all the valuable information I have received from Cruise Critic and would like to pay it forward.
We were on the January 17th Sailing. We are from the great state of South Dakota in the Mid-West. I am 53, my wife is 49, and my son is 14. This is our 11th cruise and the 5th for our son. We have previously cruised with Carnival, Princess, Disney, and Royal Caribbean.
Dining: We did not purchase any dining or beverage package and opted to eat at the complimentary eateries. I think they have a good bakery on board as I enjoyed their rolls and flakey pastries. I do like that they offered a variety of food options including Flamingo Bar & Grill and O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill. I enjoyed the Beef and Chorizo burger and the Three Milk Cake at the Flamingo. The Brownie Cheesecake at O’Sheehans was good. There was no food in the dining rooms that were truly memorable. I felt the Prime Rib in the Tropicana room was lacking. The beef from the carving station in the Garden Café was better. I thoroughly enjoyed the waffles with whipped cream and banana sauce and also the hard ice cream on the buffet. The seafood night was a joke. If you go to the very aft of the buffet the lines are shorter and there are usually tables. My son thought it was cool to order the cheesecake from room service. I was not impressed with their chocoholic night.
Public Rooms: Our cabin was aft on the port side. While walking to 678 Ocean Place I found it annoying that I had to bypass the 7th floor so I did not have to walk through the Casino. I don’t care for smoking and/or gambling and feel the placement of their Casino to be inconsiderate.
Entertainment: You can make reservations for shows I believe 3 months prior to your sailing date. My wife and son attended the magic show in the Illusionarium and said it was an incredible show. They also said the food was good. They offered a 20% discount for the show on the first night. The Getaway Theater hosts the shows Legally Blonde and Burn the Floor. Both were enjoyable but I was really impressed with the energy of the dancers in Burn The Floor. 678 Ocean Place is a very happening place with many activities as on the 6th floor they have a large 2 story screen. Headliners hosts comedians and Howl at the Moon. Dwayne Landry is a very good comedian. Howl at the Moon is dueling pianos with an improvisation performance twist. I am so thankful I was able to see Sugar Blue perform in The Grammy Experience. Sugar Blue has won a Grammy and is a beyond awesome Harmonica player and his band are quite talented as well. I read that his Godmother was Billie Holiday. The band Groove International did an awesome Bob Marley tribute in the Atrium. Watched the movie “Godzilla” in the Atrium. Momentarily checked out the glow party at Spice H2O. It was quite the spectacle to see people dancing to techno music and waving about these lighted foam sticks. Wife and son attended the Crew Talent Show and said it wasn’t too good. Attended the Farewell Show where they sure convey the message that your part of the Norwegian family.
Fitness: My son and I enjoyed using the 3 ping pong tables. The five waterslides are fun, two of which are free fall slides and they are seriously fast. We enjoyed the nine-hole (pirate themed) mini-golf course. Your only about 24 feet off the ground but I felt fear on pirate-themed ropes course. The 8-foot plank was a bit scary. The short zip line was closed and when I inquired was told an outside inspector needed approve it for use. I I used the waterfront on deck 8 for walking. You can go down one side go through the forward doors and out the other side of the ship and loop around the back of the ship. 4 laps is a mile.
Value for Money: We got in on the kids sail free promotion. I checked the prices and promotions regularly and was able to later get a lower price and also an onboard credit. We have a budget but were able to get balcony cabin for less than we paid on the Allure or Oasis. I would recommend NCL because I feel it is a very good value for the money.
Miscellaneous: On Thursday clothing and other items are on sale in The Grammy Experience. They advertise NCL logo stuff at 50% off but not all items were. There was more rocking movement than normal on this ship. Fortunately we bring Dramamine which came in handy for my son. There have two SnapIt photo booths that allow you to capture your picture, choose the background, and for free send it to Facebook, Twitter, iSnap, Instagram, or by e-mail.
Embarkation / Disembarkation: The port baggage handlers informed me I could not check my case of pop so I had to lug it around until my cabin was available. They had a small problem programing our cabin cards but guest services quickly remedied the situation. Even with the problem I felt the processes were very efficient. I would not get transportation through the cruise line but would recommend getting a taxi as it is more economical and quicker.
 
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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BD 10278
We were in cabin 10278. I liked the port side as you can see South Beach leaving Miami and view the fireworks from your balcony. I did not mind the cramped space entering into the closet as it was next to the couch and not the bed. I did not mind the small balcony either because this is the first time we had one therefore I have nothing to compare it to. I liked the roomy shower. I chose this cabin as it was very near the elevator. I would recommend choosing a cabin with a triangle shaped balcony as it is definitely larger. I purchased some Eco Pads for the 1 cup coffee maker and brought my own coffee. In hindsight I think the cabin steward would have given me more coffee had I requested it and the coffee they provided was good. Brought our own pop as it is more economical and the cruise line only has Pepsi products. I had the steward empty the refrigerator so I could utilize it. I requested an egg crate foam mattress for the converted couch as it is not comfortable. I brought along a small power strip as there are only two outlets. I also brought along a fake credit card to place in the main outlet to provide constant power to the cabin. I had to pilfer washcloths from our cabin stewards cart as there were none in my cabin. Oddly, I saw another gentleman having to do the same thing.Feel free to email me at cleanandsober88@hotmail.com if you have any inquiries.
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