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  1. Join the Bird for a 7-day adventure on the beautiful Norwegian Getaway to the Western Caribbean from Miami. After serving as the Bud Light Hotel for the Superbowl from January 30, 2014 to February 3, 2014, we were on the inaugural voyage of the Getaway out of Miami to the Eastern Caribbean. This will be our third voyage on the Getaway. Sun - Miami, Florida Mon - At Sea Tue - Roatan, Honduras Wed - Harvest Caye, Belize Thu - Costa Maya, Mexico Fri - Cozumel, Mexico Sat - At Sea Sun - Miami, Florida
  2. I am booking on the Norwegian Getaway for a 2020 Greek cruise. My cabin is 13210. When I look at the deck plan it shows that the Splash Academy is right across the corridor. It is not obvious from the plans whether the academy is an open area or whether it is behind walls. I am not a curmudgeon, but I don't wish to hear little kids playing all the time. Will noise be a problem in this cabin? Thank Steven
  3. So no pics, because i am swamped catching up with work since returning. That said, it was a WONDERFUL cruise! Background....I have been on 3 previous cruises, but my last one was 25 years ago! My first ever cruise was in 1987 on the SS Norway, and 2 later cruises in the 90's on Carnival. This was the 1st cruise for my husband and our 13 year old son. Embarkation on 11/18/19 was a breeze. We flew into Miami the day before and stayed at the Hampton Inn Blue Lagoon, primarily because they had a free shuttle from the airport to the hotel, a shuttle to Port Miami, and free breakfast. When your son is a 6'2" 13 year old football and basketball player who eats his weight in food everyday, that is a BIG perk, LOL! Anyways, hotel shuttle got us to the port at 11 am, and we were checked in and on the ship within an hour. And this brings me to the only real complaint I had about the trip. We went to the buffet for lunch ( I know, big mistake) and there was literally no place to sit, either inside or out. We walked around for 20 minutes trying to find a table before we jumped on one as another family was leaving. Otherwise, all was well. Rooms were ready by 1:30 and bags were to room by 3:30. The Ship: We thought the Getaway was a wonderful ship, and in great condition, considering she is scheduled for dry dock early next year. Granted, it had been 25 years since I have cruised, so not much to compare it to, but all of us were impressed. The hubby and kid spent many hours in the pool, the basketball court, and on the water slides. It was a holiday cruise, and was sold out, so there were some lines on for the slides, but nothing unbearable. We never had a problem finding a deck chair. My favorite place on the ship was the waterfront. I would often go there, sit, read, get a drink, and enjoy the ocean. It was never crowded, even though cruise was sold out. We has the SDP, and ate at Ocean Blue (fantastic food and service), Moderno (very good food and service) and Cirque Dreams and Steam (food was Meh, but show was AMAZING). Ate in the buffet most mornings for breakfast (again, the 13 year old....) and the MDR's the other nights for dinner, including Thanksgiving night. We thought the service in the MDR was excellent, as well as the food. Ate at O'Sheehan's once for lunch, and the food was fine. Not great, not bad. Found a bartender at Mixx Bar ( his name escapes me at the moment, but from Bali) who made the absolute BEST dirty martini I have ever had. We tipped him well the 1st night, and from then on, he recognized us by sight, and started our drink order without us ever needing to tell him what we wanted. This was the bar we went to most nights. Entertainment: Dueling Piano's was great fun, and we went on 2 different nights. They were incredibly talented and funny, and it was a good time. As mentioned before, Cirque Dreams and Steam was an amazing show. We also saw Million Dollar Quartet, and LOVED IT!!!! Great performances all around! Even the 13 year old liked it! We also enjoyed the shows in the atrium....Deal or no Deal, the Pyramid Game, etc. Although as I have read previously, there is not NEARLY enough seats in the atrium for the more popular events. Cabin: We were in a balcony stateroom (13886) and thought is was adequate. Balcony was not large, but was big enough. Loved having a coffee maker in the room, and every morning (I am an early riser) I would make a coffee and sit on the balcony. Some of my favorite times. Our room steward was GREAT! Always went above and beyond to accommodate our requests. We had Ice bucket refilled 2 x's a day, he left us extra creamer and coffee (without us having to ask) and really just added to the overall level of pampering we felt throughout the cruise. He was also tipped will at the end of our cruise. Ports of Call: We stopped at Harvest Caye, Roatan, Costa Maya, and Cozumel. The only shore excursion we booked through NCL was the Monkey River Tour in Harvest Caye. Getting on and off the ship in the ports of call was never a problem....except in Harvest Caye. For some reason we stood in line for 30 minutes waiting to get off the ship. We do not like artificial cruise ship ports. Rather we like getting to know a bit about the culture of the places we are in. Monkey River tour out of Harvest Caye was very good. Boat ride up the Monkey River and we saw numerous birds, turtles, iguanas, crocodiles. We heard howler monkeys on and off throughout the boat ride. We stopped at one point along the river bank, got out and literally hiked in the rainforest. Our guides "called" the howler monkeys, and we saw several in the trees. It was awesome. Roatan was far and away our favorite port. We took a private tour with Victor Bodden, played with capuchin monkeys and got to hold a sloth (the absolute best part of the entire cruise!). We they went to West Bay Beach where we went snorkeling from the shore. GREAT snorkeling! lots and lots of fish and even a stingray. Then a lunch at a local restaurant (amazing food) and did some souvenir shopping. It was an amazing day. In Costa Maya we did the Mayan Experience tour through Native Choice. Went to the Chacchoben ruins, but the highlight was the trip to a Mayan Village. The Mayan women tought us how to make corn tortillas, and we each got to make our own (not nearly as easy as you would think!). We toured their gardens, where everything they need is grown on site (fruits, vegetables, herbs, etc). It ended with the women preparing a traditional Mayan lunch for us, consisting of homemade tamales, empanadas, rice, black beans, chicken, fruit, hibiscus tea. Everything was absolutely DELICIOUS! I would highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to get our of the port and see "real" Mexico. Speaking of which, I am so glad we did this tour, because I absolutely HATED the actual port area of Costa Maya. So incredibly artificial and touristy. Ugh. Cozumel: The hubby and son wanted to do the Atlantis Submarine tour. It was fine...they enjoyed it, and it WAS cool to dive down to over 100 feet. Saw lots of fish, sting rays, and even a shipwreck. But after the great snorkeling in Roatan, the sub just didnt do anything for me. That said, my boys enjoyed it, so it was all good. Disembarkation: Was a breeze. From the time they called our group to the time we were on the shuttle to the airport was less than an hour. Overall: We LOVED the Getaway! Thought everything from the ship to the service was amazing! We definitely want to cruise again, and given our experience on the Getaway, we will strongly consider NCL. I am going on another cruise in February 2019....a 5 day girls only cruise on RCL's Independence of the Seas. I will be very curious to compare it to the Getaway. Feel free to ask questions. I will do my best to answer. Thanks for reading!
  4. Jenniferlfredericks

    Norwegian getaway irons on board?

    We are leaving in less than a week for our cruise. My husband is very particular about non wrinkled clothing. Can you check out irons and a board to quickly press items?
  5. what are some of the sercets of Norwegian Getaway? going on it Jan 6th-13th can't wait for it!!! we got the drink package!!!
  6. Hi all, I have my first NCL cruise coming up in April and dining reservations were made available today. For those of you who have sailed on the Getaway before, which dining room did you prefer any why? Trying to figure out if I should make my reservations for the week in Savor, Taste, or Tropicana. Thanks in advance!
  7. We sailed on the Norwegian Escape earlier this year and even though we enjoyed the experience, we felt the atrium and areas near the casino reeked of cigarette smoke the entire trip, even when the casino was closed and ship was in port. The smell just lingered and it was bad enough that we avoided the area. We are now considering booking the Norwegian Getaway. For those who've cruised on Getaway, what was your experience like related to the cigarette smoke around the casino area? Was it bad/Did it linger or was it not really noticeable? Thanks in advance for sharing your opinions.
  8. Hello all! You were so very helpful the last time I needed to decide on a cabin type, so I thought I'd try again. It'll be our first time on a large ship, so I can't tell if I'm overthinking it or having valid questions. We're a family of 4 - my husband, myself (duh), and two stepbrothers. Both will be 14 at the time of the cruise (way in the future... I'm a planner). We'll sail on the Getaway when she's based in NOLA. Typical 7 day western Caribbean cruise. We need our space. Cramming into one tiny room is NOT an option for us, for many reasons. We sailed on the Pearl earlier this year in a 2 bedroom suite (not a Haven suite, one of the regular ones). This setup was really ideal for us. DH and I got a bedroom and a lovely bathroom, the kids got their own room and bathroom, and we had a living area to hang in as well. Loved every bit of it (I'm quite introverted). The perks were a bit give and take as far as to their "worth" for us. Priority check in, embarkation, and disembarkation was awesome. (BUT - haven't been on a NCL cruise as a "commoner" before so don't know if it's a huge benefit or just really nice.) Plus the price of the 2br suite wasn't *that* much more than the other option I was considering - 2 oceanview rooms. (Which I totally would have regretted - I loved having a balcony... but I digress.) So now for the Getaway. There's not a non-Haven option for a 2br. Haven rooms are EXPENSIVE - at least for when we need to sail. Like twice as much OR MORE as the suite for the Pearl was. WOMG. Can we afford it? Yes. Could I spend that money on something else? You betcha. We're comfortable, but not 1 percenters or anything. I'm looking at 3 options (and for the record, have already booked the least expensive one). Options: Booked - Aft balcony + inside stateroom nearby. Is it weird that a major turnoff is that 1 - it's technically 2 bookings (booked online) and 2 - we have to lie to NCL about the sleeping arrangements? No way in heck am I going to sleep with my son in a room while my husband sleeps with his son in another room. Again with we hang out in our room quite a bit so it's not just sleeping that would be messed up... hang out time would be screwy as well. And we'll not have any other perks. Will we feel way overcrowded on the ship and have nowhere to hide but our cabin? Will we hate having to wait to embark and disembark? Crowds are best served in small doses. And while drunk. Only sorta not really kidding. Aft Haven suite. Twice as expensive as the above option. Twice. Did I mention that rooms aren't cheap on this cruise? They aren't. Twice as expensive as my other option. But that balcony. Ooooooohhhhhhh my GAWD. And perks! It's on a big ship so will being Haven guests be THAT much better? Twice as expensive. Also - not certain how well the boys will like being out in the living room, and haven't entirely figured out if we can reasonably have them two separate sleeping areas (they can sleep in the same queen bed, but it ain't pretty). And it's only going to get worse. But that balcony. And perks! And Haven-y areas where we can go eat and get drinks without having to fight the hordes (though we'd have to schlepp to get there, understood). 2br Haven suite. Price is Aft Haven suite plus another few thousand dollars. Mega major ouch. But perfect room (other than not having that balcony), and it's in the Haven itself. So... perks! Great location! Great suite! Everyone gets a bed! Crappy balcony! (But still a balcony, sure...) But really rather ridiculous on the price. Please... thoughts and opinions welcome. What I DON'T want is to cruise and hate it because I feel crowded all the time unless I hide in my room. Thus my current overthinking... Thanks to all if you actually read this far.
  9. Still traveling home from our cruise, but I wanted to start my trip report thread and add some quick comments while the memories are still fresh in my mind. I will have many photos to add once I get home and can upload them to an online location. I also saved every scrap of paper they gave us (i.e., dailies, letters, disembarkation instructions), which I will scan and upload. Overall thoughts: The Haven is everything they advertise and more. The service we received was just incredible. The food in the restaurant is as good or better than any of the specialties, the bartenders are world-class mixologists, and the boarding/disembarking perks are a huge plus. It truly felt we were cruising on a private yacht, even though we were on a mega-ship. I will post more once I get through security at MIA.
  10. If anyone spots a short weekender late July give me a yell. did one last year for Mrs G’s birthday, might be my turn. preferably something a bit different, but of course it must be Syd-Syd.
  11. Does anyone have the email address for the current concierge for the Getaway?
  12. AAAagent18

    Norwegian Breakaway

    Hello All, I am on the March 3rd sailing on the Breakaway. I have taken plenty of cruises and booked a lot for clients but never on Norweigan due to the negative reviews that we always are hearing. But I recieved a deal I couldnt pass up for this week so I booked it. We are in room 10276 which is a balcony. We also book under the specialty and free beverage package promotion. Is there anything we should be aware of about theses promotions we picked? Or about the ship? and about Port of New Orleans? All information and tips are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. Justin
  13. rustyroo

    Getaway Questions

    Hi everyone. Looking into the Getaway from NY on April 20-27. We've been on Breakaway, so looks like its pretty much the same. We didn't love Breakaway when our kids were 3 and 6, but now their almost 6 and 9, so hoping there will be more for them to do. And super convenient to not have to fly. Any recommendations specifically on what to do with kids on getaway? How is the pool situation? We did RCL anthem last year and I know the pools are smaller, but still hoping they can do things in the pool area. Also looking at mini suites? What is the difference between a mini suite and a regular balcony room? Is the bathroom just bigger? We will be stopping in Great Stirrup Cay, Port Canaveral and Nassau...do you still tender to great stirrup cay. IF so do you need to get a tender number early. We were haven last time and didnt have to do that stuff. Also anyone have experience staying at the comfort inn next to atlantis to get access? Also, if we want to make dinner reservations in the main dining rooms for the same time each night can we still do that? Also is there still an upsell number you can call as you get closer to the cruise. That's how we got such a good deal on the haven last time? Thanks!
  14. CruzCrazy

    Casino Getaway cruises

    Hi, I've been reading the comprehensive thread on "All Things Casino," and I've found a lot of good information there. However, lots of that thread deals with Premiere and Ultra casino invitations. Yesterday, DH got his first Getaway offer (P8V), and we've been trying to decide if it's an offer we're truly interested in. I think it's just a mediocre offer, but I'm excited because he's only gotten the regular Dealer's Choice offers prior to this (he has another one of those as well right now). We took a Horizon cruise before Christmas where he spent a good deal of time playing slots, so I'm sure that's why they upped the offer. It's a reduced rate (not by much) on the cabin and $100 in FunPlay plus the DOU card from the start (I called the casino dept., and they said one other guest would get a DOU card as well). Can anybody tell me how these Getaway cruises usually are, like how crowded is the casino likely to be? What "welcome" gift is the norm? Do they leave the "Drinks On Us" cards in your cabin or do you have to go to the "cage" and get them? I know it comes with some other stuff, like "premiere check-in," but we're already platinum, so that doesn't mean much to us. We usually cruise 7-8 days and have never cruised on a ship as small as the one we are considering (Elation). It's a 5-day cruise out of Jacksonville. Most of the other dates won't work for us because of other commitments. How is the casino on the Elation in particular? I guess I'm trying to decide if the extra perks make this worthwhile or if I should just hold off and use his Dealer's Choice offer to book a cruise we would probably book anyway, either on the Magic or the Horizon at the end of the year. Thanks for any help.
  15. Jhfoley

    RC or Norwegian?

    We are wanting to take our kids (9, 7&6) on their first cruise. We are looking for that “WOW” factor. We are an active family, like to be busy, and are not picky about food. I have always had my eye on RC oasis class ships but have found better deals on Norwegian-specifically breakaway. I have also heard that RC charges you extra for some of their activities. I guess I’m asking if we will get that “wow” factor on Norwegian or will I be disappointed? Looking for a little more insight on these two line. Thanks!
  16. Who is the current cruise director on the Getaway? We are leaving on the Getaway 2/3/19. Thanks
  17. We will be leaving on the Getaway from NYC on April 20th. It says the boat departs at 3:00. What time should we actually be at the port for best ease of check in? I have not started online check in yet, but I assume it doesn't matter what time we arrive, even if we have to choose a check in time. We will probably be dropped off by a car service, if that makes a difference.
  18. Packing light. Just wondered if I should back some detergent and dryer sheets. Can I wash my own clothes on the cruise? We are on the Getaway. Thanks so much!
  19. I originally booked cabin 12706. Looked like a great cabin, however, I just found out that it is not in the Haven but can use their facilities. After checking further, cabin 16116 became available which puts us inside the Haven. What are the pros and cons of the two cabins? The one inside the Haven is quite a bit more.
  20. Great Canadian

    Getaway or Bliss

    Travelling December 2018, with family (all 6 Adults -Ages 24-55), either itinerary doesn't matter for us. Looking to book either 7 Day Western on the Getaway or 7 Day Eastern on the Bliss. Wondering which Ship would be best?? (FYI - we have done the Epic and loved it.)
  21. Can anyone recommend a quiet, non-windy place to sit on deck and get some sun on the Getaway? We are traveling out of Miami on 1/6/19. Not interested in the Vibe, as we only have two sea days. Any inside tips as to where to sit and get some sun away from the craziness of the main pool is appreciated - Steve
  22. Barefootwoman

    Studio Cabins Norwegian

    Have any of you cruised with Norwegian in a studio cabin as a single? how was the experience, did you easily meet up with other solo or single cruisers? thanks
  23. C cruise

    Norwegian Sun to Cuba

    I thought I read drink package was included for all on this very short cruise in May - its a 4 day cruise.... is anyone booked on this? or does anyone know?