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We were two families of three generations (including grandparents and children) excited to be traveling to Baltic destinations. We stayed in a balcony family cabin (14814) that had a Pullman bed. I had previously sailed twice with my family on Royal Caribbean with similar accommodation so had an idea of what to expect. Overalll Royal Caribbean was by far more organised, pleasant and enjoyable. Left NCL in its wake. In summary: Good points: Easy booking Easy NCL bus transfer from airport to cruise terminal and cruise terminal to city Centre Loved Million Dollar Quartet Show Loved the Magician show Engaging staff at onboard bars Loved St Petersburg Clean cabin Spacious bathroom Enjoyed the water slides, climbing wall, mini golf and sports deck Bad points: Felt chaotic and overcrowded when first boarding the ship. I wanted to get off as soon as I got on. Absolutely terrible safety briefing- the children and I were crammed into the casino which stank of cigarettes and we couldn’t see anything because of the number of people The actual briefing was relayed in several languages which made the briefing excruciatingly long. RC was out on the deck in small groups and was far less time consuming My daughters Pullman bed was not made until almost midnight on our first night!!! Guest services was located opposite the central atrium which meant that you could not hear a thing the service personnel was saying if there was a band or other entertainment playing. I have excellent hearing and could not hear, so I felt sorry for the elderly people with hearing aides in the queue. Seriously bad location for guest services! The casino was centrally located in the middle of the ship on a middle deck. This meant that you had to walk through it to get to restaurants, bars or other services. As you are allowed to smoke in the casino it was disgusting to smell cigarettes whilst at the nearby noodle restaurant or to have to walk through it with children. RC has the casino at the bottom of the ship and out of the way. On the first day there was a problem with my credit card and when I went to guest services to sort it out I was quickly made aware that I was not the only one with problems. The queue was enormous. People had been waiting in line for hours!!!! Yet again, there was a band playing which made the whole experience frustrating. The queue was there the next two nights!! The free buffet restaurant The Garden Cafe, was nowhere near as good as the Windjammer on RC. The layout was like that of a school canteen with all the food stations located in a rectangular central hub that you walked around. The food was okay but not very exciting. The RC windjammer was more open and visually appealing with tastier food options. Paying 5USD for a bottle of water was absolutely absurd. The smoking area was right near the main swimming pool in the middle of the deck!!!! It was on the same deck as the outdoor seating for the Garden Cafe so on occasion the waft of cigarette smoke would blow towards you whilst eating. Disgusting! You would also have to walk past the smokers to get to the ping pong tables. Smoking on a ship is a health and safety risk. At the very least the smoking station should be away from areas that children and non smokers use. Specialty dining restaurants were not so special. Ocean Blue was the best of the lot. The others were all the same. The poor ship layout, food choices and inferior qualities compared to RC means I would never sail with NCL again.

Never Sailing NCL again

Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by nicole73cat

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2019
  • Destination: Baltic Sea
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony Stateroom
We were two families of three generations (including grandparents and children) excited to be traveling to Baltic destinations.

We stayed in a balcony family cabin (14814) that had a Pullman bed.

I had previously sailed twice with my family on Royal Caribbean with similar accommodation so had an idea of what to expect.

Overalll Royal Caribbean was by far more organised, pleasant and enjoyable. Left NCL in its wake.

In summary:

Good points:

Easy booking

Easy NCL bus transfer from airport to cruise terminal and cruise terminal to city Centre

Loved Million Dollar Quartet Show

Loved the Magician show

Engaging staff at onboard bars

Loved St Petersburg

Clean cabin

Spacious bathroom

Enjoyed the water slides, climbing wall, mini golf and sports deck

Bad points:

Felt chaotic and overcrowded when first boarding the ship. I wanted to get off as soon as I got on.

Absolutely terrible safety briefing- the children and I were crammed into the casino which stank of cigarettes and we couldn’t see anything because of the number of people The actual briefing was relayed in several languages which made the briefing excruciatingly long. RC was out on the deck in small groups and was far less time consuming

My daughters Pullman bed was not made until almost midnight on our first night!!!

Guest services was located opposite the central atrium which meant that you could not hear a thing the service personnel was saying if there was a band or other entertainment playing. I have excellent hearing and could not hear, so I felt sorry for the elderly people with hearing aides in the queue. Seriously bad location for guest services!

The casino was centrally located in the middle of the ship on a middle deck. This meant that you had to walk through it to get to restaurants, bars or other services. As you are allowed to smoke in the casino it was disgusting to smell cigarettes whilst at the nearby noodle restaurant or to have to walk through it with children. RC has the casino at the bottom of the ship and out of the way.

On the first day there was a problem with my credit card and when I went to guest services to sort it out I was quickly made aware that I was not the only one with problems. The queue was enormous. People had been waiting in line for hours!!!! Yet again, there was a band playing which made the whole experience frustrating. The queue was there the next two nights!!

The free buffet restaurant The Garden Cafe, was nowhere near as good as the Windjammer on RC. The layout was like that of a school canteen with all the food stations located in a rectangular central hub that you walked around. The food was okay but not very exciting. The RC windjammer was more open and visually appealing with tastier food options.

Paying 5USD for a bottle of water was absolutely absurd.

The smoking area was right near the main swimming pool in the middle of the deck!!!! It was on the same deck as the outdoor seating for the Garden Cafe so on occasion the waft of cigarette smoke would blow towards you whilst eating. Disgusting! You would also have to walk past the smokers to get to the ping pong tables. Smoking on a ship is a health and safety risk. At the very least the smoking station should be away from areas that children and non smokers use.

Specialty dining restaurants were not so special. Ocean Blue was the best of the lot. The others were all the same.

The poor ship layout, food choices and inferior qualities compared to RC means I would never sail with NCL again.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BA 14814
Clean, spacious bathroom. Comfortable. Small balcony
Deck 14 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins