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Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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3,026 Reviews

First Time Definitely Not the Last Time

Norwegian Getaway Cruise Review by MARB

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2020
  • Destination: the Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom

I was a first time cruiser and was delegated by my group to research cruise lines, destinations, and deals. After countless weeks of research we voted on the Norwegian Cruise Line porting out of NOLA. We were very pleased with our rates, cabins and service we received from NCL before and during our cruise.

We contacted NCL to book a group cruise, we received 10 balcony cabins and 1 solo cabin. I diligently watched for price drops and we received a great discount per cabin. Our rate also included free airfare, with the exception of our solo cabin. NCL flights were booked without a hitch giving us ample time before and after our cruise.

Our NCL group coordinator was absolutely awesome. Our experiences were superb.

There were a few glitches yes, but overall we were very pleased. I believe with anything you go into it with a positive attitude and your results will be positive as well.

The Getaway was very clean, washy washy everywhere, cabins were attended to twice daily and no one had an issue what so ever. There was minor complaints about dining mostly the specialty dining, but overall consensus was wonderful experiences. The service was great, did seem a bit under staffed but you could tell everyone was working very hard with the exception of a bar tender who's head was way too big at the waves bar and a bar tender on the outdoor Mojito bar who's personality was that of a card board box. These significantly little things were not going to dampen our experience. Honduras port was very boring, suggest doing an excursion for sure. Those of the group who did an NCL shore excursion loved this port. We had no children in our group and booked this cruise specifically to avoid children. There were not many on board that we saw. We have purchased Next Cruise Certificates and can't wait to go again. And NO the Coronavirus did not scare us, wash your hands and rest assured that NCL takes every measure to keep things clean all throughout the ship.


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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom

Our cabin was very clean and very spacious, lots of storage and bathroom was big and loved the shower. Husband used the shampoo provided in shower and was very content. Balcony was an awesome feature to have. We should have started with an interior cabin cause now we are certain we would not want anything less than a balcony. Cabin steward was awesome and our room was attended to twice a day. No we didn't receive animal towels but so what we would rather them spend the time to clean diligently which they did then spend the time creating towel animals.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Memo was our tour guide, you will never drink Tequila the same. Have so much appreciation for the art of making the drink and how it is to be consumed. So much about the history in Mexico and Chocolate making was icing on the cake. Ah yes and the various margaritas........ sooooo gooooood. Some of the group did Snuba and enjoyed it

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New Orleans

New Orleans was sooo much fun. Visited and ate at Central Grocery the Muffleta, Cafe du Monde the beignets, Acme Oyster the Chargrilled Oysters, Ruby Red Slipper the Banana Foster French Toast. The Cathedral was absolutely beautiful, the Cemetary 1 and Voo Doo Tour was very informative. Hand Grenades and Hurricanes were awesome.

Roatan

Part of our group took cruise excursions and said that it was their favorite port. Those of us who did not book an excursion thought it was our least favorite port. Do yourselves a favor and book an excursion. The ones who booked did the zip line through NCL and loved it.

Harvest Caye

We were tendered in, dock was under repair. Nothing else NCL could do, so we lived with it and made the best of it. We booked Parasailing through NCL and it was spectacular, the experience and the guides were awesome. Was disappointed that Land Shark was no longer there, however we did have drinks and lunch at the new establishment. Day grew very hot and was glad to re-board tender to ship.

Costa Maya

Loved this Port, shopping and lunch at Don Lolo's was great. Didn't seem to big but big enough to get lots of shopping in. This was our short stay port and heard some people did not make it back on time. Don't know how that happened with signs everywhere from your room to postings all over the ship as to when to return. Don't shop the middle shops, you will find wayyyyy better deals as you walk around.Some of our group did the Water Park and said it was fun but not 100.00 a person fun. Just an FYI


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