Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by jamartin
- Sail Date: May 2019
- Destination: Baltic Sea
- Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Two additional stops were cut short because of delays with the tenders -- we waited two hours to get off the ship at Geiranger, two and a half at Edinburgh. Lines to return to ship were horrendous. Port security in Edinburgh said they'd never seen anything like the inefficiency of our NCL crew -- hundreds of people lined up in the rain to return to ship, an empty tender at the dock, and no one making a move to start loading. As the hours went by, port officials ended up supplying extra tenders and staff to get us back to the Getaway. They were probably afraid we'd be there all night if they didn't do something.
You can expect lines for dinner, too, even with reservations. I don't think freestyle dining is working out well. Without assigned tables, each party has to be shown individually to their seats, making for long lines at normal dining hours. If you don't make reservations ahead of time, you'll wait even longer. If you want to eat late, it's not as bad.
Internet was a waste of money. It could take ten minutes just to connect - minutes you were charged for - and then the service was slow and cut you off, requiring another ten minutes to reconnect. We used most of our minutes trying to cancel car rental and tour plans at the two stops we missed.
All of that said, we still had a good time. Howl at the Moon was our favorite entertainment, with Million Dollar Quartet coming in second. Escape the Big Top was a fun activity - wish they'd had more like this.
Food was decent, but we had to carry back to our room from the buffet several times because there was no seating available. Probably in a warmer climate there would be less congestion in the indoor spaces, but the outdoor tables were unusable because of cold.
O'Sheehans was routinely good, though it suffered a bit from the noisy atrium (more on that below). The chicken wings were terrific - their fry cook knows what he's doing.
The atrium was very noisy and crowded, and that's where they chose to play most of the daily games. Only a few hundred people could participate on a ship with 4,000 and we saw a lot of regulars who had space staked out every day. (Guest services is adjacent to the atrium - we found ourselves having to shout to ask a question of them.)
The library is tiny and doubles as the card room, but we did find some quiet moments there occasionally.
Room steward was great, very efficient and willing to help.
Crew in general was friendly -- don't know where the poor management of tenders and port departures is coming from.
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