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Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by Jimnree

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2019
  • Destination: the Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony

This was our fourth cruise, and our second time that we've cruised with Norwegian. We really like the perks, beverage package, speciality dining, Internet minutes, and long distance package. Last year we won a bid to upgrade our stateroom from balcony to mini suite. We loved it so much that we booked a mini suite when we booked this last cruise. I know that the staff, food and activities are obviously great on any cruise line, but we particularly love the staff, food and activity on Norwegian. Our room Stewart, Jacinto, was amazing. He always treated us with a smile, asked how we were, and was very accommodating to our needs. We always go to the same dining room for dinner. On the first night if our waiter/waitress treats us well we always return to their section every night. They quickly know how we like things cooked, and with me being a picky eater I really appreciate this. Then there's the bar staff/servers who also quickly learn our favourite drinks, so we tend to return to the same bar every day. There are numerous activities put on by the cruise director staff, and we took advantage of a lot of them!!!! There's also O'Sheehan's Pub restaurant and bar. The bar area holds a great selection of games such as pool, video games, and a bowling alley; there is a cost to play these things though. There's also waterslides, and the Skyrails Ropecourse which I just had to try!!!! It was a little windy the day I did it, it was scary, but overall it was a challenge, and a lot of fun! The excursions we took advantage of were amazing!!!! We took advantage of the Cruisenext desk, and booked a cruise to Alaska for September 2020; can't wait to go!!! My husband and I along with our travelling friends are committed Norwegian cruisers!

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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MA 11196

Our cabin was beautiful. Spacious with lots of hidden storage areas! The bathroom was amazing! Nice and big, with a huge double tap trough sink, and an amazing shower with rainfall head and six jets!!!

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Orlando eye was a like a big Ferris wheel where up you are in an enclosed capsule and go 400 feet up at the highest point! Inside the building was the wax museum and the aquarium. Both venues were amazing!

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Harvest Caye

This place was like being on a beautiful resort!

We visited a small Mayan temple and learned about the Mayan calendar. From there we went to a small village owned by a family. We were served chicken that had been cooked in a pot in the ground and put on homemade tortillas. After that we did tequila tasting. We tasted 12 year and 18 year old tequila and then about 8 flavoured kinds. We also had the option to purchase bottles of tequila.

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Great Stirrup Cay

Unfortunately we were unable to stop in this port because the wind prevented the tendering boats from taking passengers back and forth.

Island Tour

This excursion was amazing!!!!! We got to see some of the island and hear the history. We visited the Mayan Cacoa factory where a Mayan did a ritual to bless us all so we could enter the property. We went into a room filled with baskets of Cacoa bean pods and learned the history of the goddess of chocolate. From there we went into another room where we met the Willy Wonka of the Mayans. We received a small sample of raw homemade chocolate, and then were shown how chocolate was actually made with a stone plate and "rolling" pin using only natural ingredients.Then we went outside and had homemade tacos and saw the plants that grow on site used such as mint, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc that are used in making the chocolate. From there we went into the gift store where we saw chocolate shampoo, conditioner, and soap along with free samples of all 11 kinds of chocolate bars they make. It was unforgettable. After we left we went to the stingless bee sanctuary where another Mayan performed a blessing ritual so we could enter the property. Everyone entered so serenely with respect and gratitude for the bees. It was very unforgettable. Highly recommend this excursion!

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