Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by PegasusGM
- Sail Date: February 2015
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside Stateroom
We sailed the Getaway last September and were pleased then, but somehow this was even better. We booked an inside room for the first time, 5729, and were pleasantly surprised. Because we were back-to-backing we were concerned about being cramped. The room was huge compared to other insides we had seen. Liked the shower as it had a bar to rest your foot on while shaving your legs or whatever. Shampoo and shower soap provided. The hallway was very wide as it is across from accessible cabins. It was quiet, not too far from the forward elevators. And, we had THE best cabin steward ever in 25 cruises.
Embarkation was very quick. We only sat for about 10 minutes. Cabins were ready immediately and our luggage was there within 20 minutes. This ship has everything.
CASINO: The casino is large, bright and colorful and offers tourneys throughout the week. Although it is not smoke-free, smoke did not seem to be an issue. Machines were tight, but that seems like that on most cruises. Staff friendly.
FOOD; We love sushi. Wasabi has a great sushi/sashimi chef Brian who even made ambassador and liberty rolls for us even though they were not on the menu. There was a slight upcharge, but I have paid more at the grocery store for sushi. My only complaint with the main dining room is the menu seemed to lack enough variety. We had horrible service in Le Bistro on our first attempt but the second and third tries were fine. The problem is feeding 4000+ people who have specialty dining packages. Book early or online if you want to be assured of a particular specialty restaurant on a particular day and/or time. Cagney's fries still rock. Service there was fine but not outstanding. La Cucina has great bread, Carpaccio, and shrimp risotto. The affogato was nice, too as was the tiramisu. We were not impressed with Ocean Blue and the $39 surcharge per person. We did not do Teppanaki on this cruise or the Asian restaurant. The garden café had assortments of ethnic foods and I love Papadam. We liked the Flamingo bar and grill up above the pool deck with great Cuban-type food. Try the fried yucca! Better than french fries.
ACTIVITIES: The week at a glance calendar is helpful for planning activities. We like the trivia, the movies (including Guardians of the Galaxy in 3-D). The ice bar is neat. Not sure it is worth the admission price. Walking the plank, the ropes course and the ship tour require closed toe shoes. I forgot mine so that was disappointing but I have done the tour before on this ship and it is amazing. There is both a rock climbing wall and miniature golf.
INTERNET: As on most ships, internet is sketchy. The Internet manager Kelvin was a big help and comped minutes when things were screwed up.
EXCURSIONS: We have traveled to these ports multiple times, but this time we did an excursion to Magen's Bay Beach. The ride beat anything at Six Flags. Don't stick your hand out the sides or you will lose an arm. Next time I think I would just take a taxi.
PORTS: St. Thomas has a K-Mart walking (long walk) from the ship in case you want or need something. It has two floors, but most people only see the top floor. Hate the Havensport shopping area. Taxi's to downtown leave much to be desired. Phillipsburg, St. Maarten is one of my favorite ports. You can take a real taxi for $5 a head each way or the water taxi for $7 for all day. Taxi is quicker and if only one going in you can share a cab and go right to where you want.
The Hotel Director, and rest of the staff are a well run team. Excursion staff helped us with info on our future cruise. Beverage manager Jose is top notch. Even remembered us from a past cruise. Guest Service staff and Future Cruise Consultant let us use their phone line to book another cruise.
There is plenty of excellent entertainment. Legally Blonde and Burn the Floor were excellent. The Dance Off was funny and fun. Sassy Sarah was great. This ship has an amazing spa including a slat room, sauna, heated beds, hot tub, Jacuzzi, you name it. Get a week pass for $199 or a day pass for $40.
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