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  1. I don't know about everyone else but I am Jonsing for a cruise! With the way 2020 has been with Covid and the lock downs I though I might go back a few years and review a cruise we did in November 2017. I have lots of pictures and a pretty good memmory. So if you are interested come along for the ride. We are from Phoenix, AZ and had another couple join us on this cruise.I decided to write this like a live review.so if you are interested please read along. We are sailing out of Miami so we booked the first flight out of Phoenix at 600am.We will have a short layover in Nashville,Tennesse the on down to Fort Lauderdale. Leaving at 6am meant we had to wake up at 230am the morning of our flight.We always fly in a day early to check out the city we are sailing out of. It was early get up but it who cares because we are flying to Florida to go cruise. We were at the airport in plenty of time so now there is no stress. We checked our bags went through security with no problems. We are the first plane out and plane was there waiting for us. We had time to hang for bit.
  2. Both ships, parked in Marseilles the past few months with Breakway in Dry Dock for part of it, traveled southwest and are slowly circling off the coast of Barcelona now. Each shows an AIS destination of Marseilles, suggested they plan to return. Perhaps a sea trial with new scrubbers or something. Either way, these ships aren't in cold layup if they have enough crew to sail right now, no? Many are watching Breakway as it has a November 9 sail date for a NYC to New Orleans itinerary (which I sadly canceled out of for being too high risk.)
  3. Has Anyone stayed in or seen cabin 12700 on the Getaway? We have scoured the internet looking for pics or videos. What were your impressions? TIA
  4. Has NCL discontinued the "Cirque" themed entertainment? I'm not finding any reference to it on the 2021 Getaway cruises? If so, has it been replaced with another option?
  5. Yes!! I booked this cruise with 836 days to go. (That's probably the most in advance I've booked a cruise.) But it is a positive sign, right? And it gives us a lnice long time for our numbers here to grow, for us to post and chat and get excited about this amazing cruise on a spectacular ship! I have already reached out to the proper authorities to begin planning a Meet & Greet. In the meantime, hello everyone! I hope that you are well and having good times. See you in 834 days!
  6. Hi - Couldn't find a thread on this cruise so I started this one. Anyone else looking foward to cruising?
  7. Have a cruise booked from NYC to Mia on ncl ga on 1/3/21 CruiseTimeTables.com does not even show the intnery listed anymore. Typically the site never takes a cruise off the page once sold out because it is to show the route So I am nervous the getaway has already been bagged from NYC yet ncl has not given any Info Does anyone have any info on the getaway
  8. We've decided to move our Northern Europe/Baltic Sea cruise to 2022. This change seems to mean Escape to Getaway. Since I'm normally a small ship person, both Escape and Getaway are completely new to me. For Getaway, since the Diner place is a paid place rather than the free 24 hour place on other ships I've been on, is there a free semi-quick breakfast option somewhere other than the main dining room and the buffet (if it survives this COVID mess)? During the hours between meals at the buffet, what are your options for food on the Getaway? Anything else different we should be thinking about as we are trying to decide on which of the "free" options we want to include with our new reservations? Like, is the Cirque show worth the cost? This is already a very expensive cruise and the excursions in Russia are also crazy expensive, plus air, etc. Thanks for any and all help!
  9. In an effort to go back in time to when the people around me were not in a panic mode, I thought I'd go ahead and share my trip report from our first NCL cruise experience aboard the Getaway. Normally I take much more time in preparing my reviews (unless it is a live one of course), but I just need to take my mind back to a better place...and I'm thinking there are others who need a mental escape as well. I hope that I'm able to provide that for someone out there! Background: We are Lynn (me) and Ken (sweet hubby) and we live in Music City, USA…Nashville for those of you who might have been living under a rock and have never heard that term before. Trust me, there is at least one in a crowd that never heard Nashville called that before and although it used to shock me, now I just shake my head. Anyway…we are frequent cruisers, but since we both work full time and have our two fur babies and a chipmunk to care for, we don’t get to cruise as much as some but we are fortunate to get to cruise about twice a year. Our favorite line, at least at the time of booking this cruise, is Royal Caribbean. We have sailed many other mass lines like the Big Red Fin, Celebrity, Princess, Holland (one and done on that line, thank you), and now Norwegian. This will be my first cruise on NCL, and although Hubs has sailed this line in the past, two times in fact, those cruises were in 1992 and 2000, and way before his life with me…well, they simply don’t count for much other than it brought his loyalty status to Bronze…whoopie! Ha! We started looking at our Spring 2020 cruise options while we were sailing on our last cruise, the Harmony in November 2019. At the time, the price of this cruise was almost too good to be true. I remember us sitting in our clam shell in the Harmony Solarium and discussed booking this because the price was definitely do-able, especially right after Christmas and the holiday spending we all tend to do. We also knew that we had to factor in that we would have to be paying the cruise fare in full at the time of booking or very soon after since it was roughly 90 days or so until sailing. About a week after returning from our Harmony cruise, and being in that total cruise withdrawal mode, I reached out to our Travel Agent and booked this cruise. We figured that with it leaving out of NOLA, we could just do the drive down instead of having to pay for flights and we would ask my dad if he would come watch the fur babies for us so we could save not having to pay our pet sitter. He graciously offered to watch our girls, even though I knew deep down he was hoping to be able to figure a way to go on this cruise. He was with us on the Harmony (his 2nd cruise ever) and he definitely has been bitten by the bug. But, as a man on a fixed income…cruising is not something he can do at the drop of the hat. But, coming to Nashville and spending time in our beautiful city is something that he likes to do just as much as cruising, I think! Cabin selection: For this cruise, and many of our cruises actually, we booked an inside cabin. We are perfectly happy with staying in an inside cabin because quite frankly, we don’t spend a lot of time in there. Not to mention, hubby likes that it gets very very dark when the lights are off and he can get some of the best sleep. Don’t get me wrong, we sail in balconies too if we can find a good deal. We particularly like the Boardwalk balconies on the Oasis class ships with Royal and that’s usually what we book when sailing those ships. We also really enjoy the Promenade view rooms as well, when offered. But, for this cruise we booked a guarantee inside cabin, which is something we stopped doing years ago when the whole “bid up” process was implemented on a few of the lines. Quite frankly, we used to get a lot of good free upgrades when booking guarantees, and never disappointed with our cabin and location. However, now that they know people will pay more to get an upgrade, they don’t give many “free” upgrades…at least from our experience. When our cabin got assigned, we were given a cabin on deck 9, forward. Cabin 9411 to be exact. Now, if I was choosing our room, I would have been perfectly happy with this deck (cabins above and cabins below), but I would have rather had a mid or aft location cabin, and not one toward the front of the ship. The cabin for us was quite small. There was very minimal storage, and we often had a noise every morning around 4am or so that sounded like an internal elevator for crew (possibly from the interior corridor). We also heard the chain from the anchor as well. But movement was minimal in this location...just not my preferred location on any ship. FREE AT SEA: This booking came with one Free at Sea perk, and we chose Specialty Dining. Of all the options, this is what I decided on so that I could get the full experience and ability to compare one line to the other when it comes to specialty dining. We thoroughly enjoy our specialty dining options on Royal and I wanted to have similar experiences on NCL. We all know that food is subjective, and we can usually always find something on the menu that we would like to try, but having the ability to try other venues on the ship, on a line I haven’t sailed on, was something that was important to me. For this cruise, we chose Cagney’s, Teppanyaki, and Moderno for our three options. CAMERA: A little over 3 weeks prior to sailing this cruise, I decided to purchase a new camera. I have a nice Sony DSLR that I love, and of course my cell phone (which I hate to admit but it actually takes crappy photos) but I didn’t want to lug the larger camera around on this trip and since we weren’t purchasing WiFi on this cruise and I don’t like the photos my cell phone takes anyway, I knew I wouldn’t be carrying it around throughout our cruise. It’s been a long time since I have purchased a camera, but I knew I wanted something that was just point and shoot, lightweight but that had good low light capabilities and perfect zoom. I read many reviews on several different cameras and ended up choosing the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS 4K! I found many varying prices when I settled on this camera, but ultimately purchased through Walmart (a third party vendor: Ted’s Electronics). I got a good deal with a bundle that included a spider grip tripod, memory card, camera bag and a few other things for under $370. Coming up: Pre-cruise hotel stay and Cruise Parking
  10. Anyone heard anything about what's happening with these ships? Thanks to a picture posted recently, we know Breakaway has been in dry dock, so my guess is they took the opportunity to replace Azipod bearings or general maintenance on them. I track this ship with notifications and after some weeks they floated her out for a short run around the bay but backed her into the dry dock again. Getaway has been along side a pier buy not dry for pretty much the same number of weeks.
  11. Any members out there on this Cruse, departing from Copenhagen, arriving in New Orleans, 19 day Cruise. So glad we had that sailing, although it did have it problems with an unexpected hurricane reported by the Captain, what a night! We were in the Haven and got to know ,meet some good people and had such a good time, thinking back those long sea days were FUN. Got to stop at all but one Port scheduled due to high winds. Must say Ireland tour was my favorite. the ship did have more than its share of respiratory problems with passengers. Very sick when we got home, but survived. Just thought I would post something from the past, we have cruised at least 20 times, and right now would give up by 3rd born child to be able to do it again. (have no 3rd child lol ) Oh Halloween on that Cruise was the best!! the staff put together 2 different scary rooms, really they were a fun time! Stay safe everyone,
  12. All, I would love some advice! IF cruises are actually running again in December, I am torn between two tempting trips: One is on the Norwegian Dawn, 18 days, leaving December 1. $1,177 per person, inside cabin. Itinerary is Tuesday, December 1 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Wednesday, December 2 Monte Carlo, Monaco Thursday, December 3 Florence / Pisa (Livorno), Italy Friday, December 4 Naples, Italy Saturday, December 5 Valletta, Malta Sunday, December 6 At Sea Monday, December 7 Athens (Piraeus), Greece Tuesday, December 8 Ephesus / Kusadasi, Turkey Wednesday, December 9 Istanbul, Turkey Thursday, December 10 Istanbul, Turkey Friday, December 11 At Sea Saturday, December 12 Rhodes, Greece Sunday, December 13 Limassol, Cyprus Monday, December 14 Jerusalem / Tel Aviv (Ashdod), Israel Tuesday, December 15 Haifa, Israel Wednesday, December 16 Haifa, Israel Thursday, December 17 At Sea Friday, December 18 At Sea Saturday, December 19 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy The other is the Norwegian Getaway, 14 days, leaving December 5. $882 per person, inside. Itinerary is: Saturday, December 5 Barcelona, Spain Sunday, December 6 Cartagena, Spain Monday, December 7 Malaga, Spain Tuesday, December 8 Seville, Spain Wednesday, December 9 At Sea Thursday, December 10 Funchal, Madeira, Portugal Friday, December 11 At Sea Saturday, December 12 Ponta Delgada, Portugal Sunday, December 13 At Sea Monday, December 14 At Sea Tuesday, December 15 At Sea Wednesday, December 16 At Sea Thursday, December 17 Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda Friday, December 18 At Sea Saturday, December 19 New York (Manhattan), NY This is the classic choice between old, boring ship with a great itinerary of a newish, exciting ship with a relatively dull itinerary. Also the Getaway's voyage means many days in the North Atlantic in December. On the flip side, I live in NYC, so it would nice to just get off the boat and take a cab home. The Dawn goes to Israel for three days and I think this is probably the only way I'd get to go. I'd love your advice and opinion. I need to decide before Friday -- that is when my discount expires. Thank you in advance!
  13. We recently took a seven-day cruise on the Norwegian Getaway out of New Orleans, with an itinerary that visited: Cozumel, Roatan, Harvest Caye, and Costa Maya. This trip report will probably take a few days to fully write, but will cover what I continue to feel was the best cruise and vacation experience we’ve had to date. I don’t have scans of the daily activities, I have very few pictures to include and we spent a LOT of time in the casino – so we didn’t spend time on water slides, comedy shows or trivia. What I can offer is our account of the mainstage shows, the casino, our food and beverage experiences, ports, excursions and a reasonable amount of snark and whit. About Us My partner and I are both in our 30’s, no kids (but plenty of pets back home), and currently live in the Seattle, Washington area. This is my partner’s 3rd cruise (first time on NCL) and my 7th (second time on NCL, previous cruise on the Jewel). We chose this particular itinerary based on cost, location, casino reviews, ports that we hadn’t visited together, and to escape the cool, wet climate that we tend to loathe by February of each year. Pre-Stay We flew into Houston to stay with my family for a few days and drove to New Orleans the morning before embarkation. This cruise was in the midst of Mardi Gras and we booked back in December. Upon booking, the hotel selection was extremely limited, and the rooms available were RIDICULOUSLY priced. I was able to score a room at the Embassy Suites near Julia St Pier in New Orleans with some points from my Chase credit card – SCORE! Traffic was complete madness! Though we honestly expected nothing less. We arrived to New Orleans around noon and it took us roughly two hours to navigate to the Fulton Place parking garage. There was loads of confusion at the garage, with the attendant but in the end, we paid roughly $160 for the entire stay (8 days) in the garage. It was a very easy walk to our hotel and again from the ship when we disembarked (though they did offer a shuttle). I can’t recommend Embassy Suites enough for a pre-cruise stay out of New Orleans. The staff was friendly, our room was very spacious and during Mardi Gras, they were right on the parade route for the nighttime Endymion parade. We checked into our room, dropped off our stuff and went out to Canal street to explore. On our way, we found that the Tucks parade was in full swing. We joined in, caught TONS of throws and had such an amazing time. During the parade, we found a bar to duck into – there we had our first of many drinks that our liver still hates us for and some great views of the spectacular floats that ventured down the street in front of us. We decided to walk over to Harrah’s and check out the casino. There’s not much to say there, we donated our money, walked the spacious casino and had a few more drinks. By this time, it was time to head back, as the Endymion parade was going to start within the next hour. We went back to our room and freshened up, then headed down to the hotel bar to grab a drink to take outside and watch the parade. To our surprise, the hotel bar had happy hour from 5-7p and were giving away very potent hurricanes in a little plastic cup that you could take outside. YES PLEASE! There we waited, and waited…. Waited some more and come 7p we were coming up on the time our dinner reservations were scheduled for. We had 7:30p reservations at Mulate’s just a couple of blocks away, but we didn’t want to miss the parade. We decided to head over early and see if they could get us in 30 minutes before our scheduled time. Sure enough, the could and sat us immediately. Mulate’s was UHMAZING! I don’t want to hear your comments if you have anything negative to say about this establishment, the fried gator, crawfish prepared three different ways and seafood platter were fresh and absolutely delicious. Our server was incredibly attentive, friendly and one of the highlights to our experience. We did notice that by 8:30p (as we were wrapping up our meal), the parade hadn’t started. Our server came by and informed us that yet another person had lost their life during the parade, and that all the floats after the incident had been cancelled. What a shame, it was sad that this happened again… just a few nights after a similar situation. We walked back to our hotel, and watched the first 13 floats before heading to bed. I can’t imagine how amazing Endymion is in it’s entirety, what we were able to see was simply breathtaking. We had such an incredible time during our pre-cruise stay in New Orleans. Next Up – Embarkation, our experience with Priority Access, O’Sheehan’s and first impressions.
  14. Im fingers crossed this means she will at least be in position for her late Nov TA back again - but who knows😕
  15. Looking forward to using the remainder of our FCC's for a Transatlantic in April 2022 ! (Received a lot of FCC's for our canceled Transatlantic in April 2020 - re-booked for 2021- but still have some FCC's left and the prices look pretty good now - and lots of choices available.) Haven't been on the Getaway - but have been in many AFT suites (on the smaller NCL ships) and absolutely love them ! - Trying to decide which deck has the best balcony (although we realize it will be pretty cold crossing the ocean - but - oh well - still love those BIG AFT suites) 💘 Does anyone have any information on which deck would be the best choice ? THANK YOU
  16. Hi all. Well I booked one room for Christmas week out of NY and was going to book the second today for my mother and.... all the Getaway sailings for December dont show up for booking anymore???? Its still in my account page as active. If I cant book my mother on the sailing we can’t go! Anyone know whats going on? The Gem still comes up as available for December out of NY. There was 7 & 8 day Bahamas/FL and the Westbound TransA from Barcelona. All disappeared. Thanks all.
  17. Has anyone got their cruise credit from the cancelled Pearl cruise 5 July 2019 that applied it to the recently cancelled Getaway 28 Jun 2020 get a new credit? Thanks
  18. Hello Cruise Critic. I have been holding off on a trip report because of all the craziness on the boards right now. Someone asked for trip reports to help get them through this time without cruises so decided to give it a go. A little about us. We are a family of four with a 13 yr old daughter and 10 yr old son that have always enjoyed cruising. Originally from Florida and myself from South Florida so cruising was just an easy vacation for my wife's family and my family. I started cruising in high school on the Fantasy/Ecstasy and have been on NCL, CCL, RCCL, and DCL. I probably have 15 cruises under my belt. This is our 3rd NCL cruise. Our first was on the Sky in 2012 for a 4 day Bahamas cruise. This was a cruise my Mom put together for after my sister's wedding. There were about 25 of us which made it fun(and a little stressful). Of course we missed GSC because of weather. Our second was on the Dawn for this same cruise out of NOLA. We had a blast on this cruise. This was one of the last Dawn cruises before the complete refurb. She didn't have and of the bells and whistles but still brought a lot to the table. There were a ton of college spring breakers on this cruise that made it fun at night. Also, my kids were small enough that the dinosaur pool at the back of the ship was enough for them and they loved hanging out in the kids club. There were tears running down their face as we disembarked the ship. The Dawn actually was at two of our ports this cruise and they kept mentioning how much fun they had on that ship. Overall, we like NCL but I see the three major lines as equal. Each has their pros and cons and I can have a great time on any of them. I left DCL out of that though. I am a huge Disney fan but they have a different vibe than the other lines. Nightlife on the ship is important to my wife and I and DCL is not about that. I get it. Most cabins have small children so everyone is heading to bed early but when you go to the adult area and there are only a couple of people its disappointing. Given that and the fact that we can take two cruises on other lines for about what one on DCL costs, we avoid that cruise line now. I am the vacation planner of the family. I do a ton of price shopping before pulling the trigger and then scourer the internet for everything I can find on what to do. Hence why I am on CC. Picking a vacation is all about what has the better value to me. For this spring break, I had zeroed in on doing a cruise. We did a ski trip last year that was a blast but wanted something warm this year. We now live in Houston so there were two ships I was tracking pricing on; the Getaway and the Liberty OTS. Our last cruise was on the Vista out of Miami and although we had a great cruise, I wanted a ship we had not been on. The Liberty had the advantage of sailing out of Galveston but its itinerary was the trip around Cuba. We did this one on the Vista and I was disappointed in the ports mainly because of Jamaica. A lot of ports are pushy to buy stuff but Jamaica is all about selling pot. I am not against smoking pot. I have smoked at times in my life but I don't need to be whistled over every few feet asking if I want to buy good ganja right in front of my kids. Its not a deal breaker for a cruise but I would probably stay on the boat if we did port there. As I said before, we did the Cozumel/Belize/Roatan/Costa Maya route before on the Dawn and really liked it. The Getaway had that going for it. Of course it was going to come down to value. Both cruises were pricing about the same. An inside was tracking about $3k and balcony $4k for each line. It nice having a balcony but its not important to us. About October, NCL added 3rd and 4th free with all 5 perks for a balcony and above which took the balcony down to $3,053. A balcony with the drink/dining package for $1k less than the Liberty OTS was a no brainer. Booked. We convinced another family to join us. Their only cruise was a DCL with us and several other families that didn't turn as great as it could be. Not DCL's fault. We hit a cold front after the first sea day and it was rough the rest of the way. I am talking close down the outside decks rough. They have talked about giving cruising another shot so they booked a balcony also. Now that its booked, its time for my research and price watching. I came back to CC to get your all's tips and also watched video tours to get a feel of the Getaway. Pricing-wise, there was a small drop that I probably could have gotten about $35 in OBC for but I held off hoping for more. Pricing ended up dropping a lot about 30 days out but they were no longer selling quad balconies so no OBC for me.
  19. I’ve been following the review from “sunsetsoon” https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2735165-a-brief-review-for-the-nonagenarian-demographic/ from the same cruise. My review certainly isn’t as entertaining as hers…one of most interesting reviews I’ve ever read. If you haven't yet, please check her out story. PART 1 I am 62 and my wife is 57 and we are from Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is our third cruise. We were on the NCL Epic last year when there were numerous engine problems and our ship crashed into mooring pillars in San Juan. We received 100% credit for that cruise…this is our replacement cruise. Pre-Cruise: New Orleans We wanted to experience New Orleans, so we decided to spend a couple of extra days downtown. We arrived around 4pm at the Marriott Springhill Suites after a bumpy flight from Minneapolis (with a layover in Atlanta). We easily found a cab at the airport and the ride to our hotel was quick ($37). It’s an easy walk from hotels near the cruise terminal or casino area to the Bourbon Street area (about 8-10 blocks). We ate at two restaurants Ralph Brennan’s Redfish Grill and Pier 424 Seafood Market. Both were excellent for getting authentic Louisiana seafood dishes. We enjoyed walking up and down Bourbon Street, listening to the street musicians. We also stopped into several bars to listen to some great live music. Another can’t miss attraction is the Cafe Du Monde at the French Market. We had to try the Coffee and Beignets. They were delicious. Other attractions that we checked out were Jackson Square, the St. Louis Cathedral-Basilica and the RiverWalk. We did some shopping at the RiverWalk Outlet Mall and hopped on the trolley ($3 for 24 hours) to get around. Our Itinerary: Day 1 - New Orleans Day 2 - At Sea Day 3 - At Sea Day 4 - Ocho Rios, Jamaica Day 5 - George Town - Grand Cayman Day 6 - Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras Day 7 - Harvest Caye, Belize Day 8 - Costa Maya, Mexico Day 9 - At Sea Day 10 - New Orleans Embarkation: WHAT A MESS! We walked to the Outlet Mall (next to cruise terminal) at 9:30am for some last minute purchases. The Getaway was just docking at that time (it was scheduled to disembark at 7:00am). This made us worry, since we had an 11:05am return flight at the end of our cruise. We waited until 11:15 to head to the terminal (5-10 minute walk). As we got close, there were porters collecting our baggage. We dropped them off and then went into the terminal. People were just starting to leave the ship and there were already 200-300 people in line for check-in. The line stretched down the hall intended for the returning passengers, so things were getting crowded and chaotic. After an hour of waiting, the line started moving. It went fairly well, though it seemed to take a long time having our passports checked. There was additional staff looking at each page (assume looking for recent China stamps…Coronavirus). After getting our key cards, we sat in the waiting area until 1pm (we were in boarding group 4). Even though we never heard an announcement calling any group numbers, they told a few in group 1 that they could start boarding. Immediately, everybody got up and crowded the line (including us). I guess we were lucky, as we were let through right away, but those behind us were stacked pretty deep pushing for position. We were on the ship by 1:15. Later, I talked with many who waited in line for 4 plus hours before boarding. One guy I talked to showed up at the terminal at 1pm and didn’t get on the ship until 5:30. He missed muster and had to do that on Day 2. We wanted Vibe passes, so we did as noted on CC and went straight to guest services. They pointed us back to Headliners. So we went there and were given a number for Vibe passes (we got #24 & #25). The line was short, so we didn’t have problems getting the passes. ($229 each). Next, we went to the next line (still at Headliners) and made or adjusted all our dinner reservations for the week. Stateroom: Our stateroom was 14870 (BC). It was on starboard side, the last room before the aft facing balconies. It was a very convenient location. We had a short walk to stairs/elevators to go up to 15 (Garden Café/main pool area) or 16 (H20 Spice, Margaritaville, Vibe Beach Club). At night we spent time on decks 6-8, then took one last trip back up to stateroom. There was plenty of storage in the room. The bathroom was well designed, and the shower was roomy with plenty of water pressure. Last year on Epic, we had our steward put one lounger on the balcony and still had room for 1 chair and small table. On Getaway, this was not possible. The balcony was way too small for a lounger. NCL states that this room has a queen bed. It was very comfortable, but seemed more like a king size to me, though somewhat short for me at 6’ 1”. There was one duplex outlet on the counter across from the sofa. We plugged a 3-gang outlet into one side and were able to keep 4 devices charging at one time (2 phones, Kindle, Bluetooth speaker, Fitbit, Galaxy watch). There were zero USB outlets in the room. Being on the 14th deck aft meant that we could feel the ship move more than I am used to. We had to take some hangers out of the closet…they were banging against the wall as the ship rocked back and forth. As far as sleeping, we both slept well and the rocking didn’t bother us. Our cabin steward was Keshena. She was very friendly and did a great job keeping our stateroom in order. Dining: We had the specialty dining package (4 dinners). Our daughter also bought us the Romance Package, which included one more specialty dining dinner. In general, we were very happy with the specialty options. A quick summary: Teppenyaki – Good food, but very noisy environment. We didn’t think food was as good as last year on Epic Moderno – The salad bar was very good. I thought the sushi was delicious. The table service for the meat entrees was timely. The meat was good, but nothing exceptional. The server also brought by roasted pineapple. We both were full and declined. He insisted that we try it. We’re glad that we did. It was wonderful. Le Bistro – This was the best meal of the entire cruise! La Cucina (Romance Package) – The dinner was OK. We had Tiramisu and Cannoli as desert, both were excellent. Cirque Dreams + Steam – Another very good meal. The Cirque show was very entertaining. Main Dining – We also ate at all 3 MDR. The atmosphere in the Tropicana room was busier. They did have live music performances, but we ate early and had a show to see, so we missed this. Both Savor and Taste were much quieter and the food at all three venues was above average. We also had 2 breakfasts at Taste. The breakfast menu had plenty of choices and the food was served timely and were tasty. O’Sheehans – We had 2 lunches here. Both were very good. I sampled the BBQ wings and we had Fajitas and Open Face Beef Sandwich. All were excellent. Garden Café: Lunch – I was not impressed with the lunch at the Garden Café. Compared to last year on the Epic, I thought the selection was limited and didn’t change much day to day. We usually stopped in buffet if we were in a hurry and wanted a quick bite to eat. The burgers and hot dog buns were very dry, pizza was not very good. We did find things to eat, but it never seemed like I was having to choose between two things that I liked. We usually just settled for something. Garden Café: Breakfast – We had several of our breakfasts in here. I always went to the omelet station and had the made-to-order omelet. Always a good choice. Margaritaville – The also had a limited breakfast buffet at Margaritaville each morning. The had the basics (French toast, pancakes, eggs benedict, sausage, bacon, fruit, cereal) along with cook to order egg station. This became our location of choice from breakfast. Specialty Lunch Buffets – On several days, there were special complementary buffets in Moderno (extra seating in Cagney’s) for lunch (12:00pm – 1:30pm). We at there for their BBQ and Mexican buffets. Both were very good, but get there early, since it got busy. Vibe Beach Club: As stated earlier, we decided to get Vibe Beach Club passes. The Vibe area on the Getaway is significantly bigger than what is shown on the several YouTube videos that I watched. After entering, the entire left side of deck 16 if Vibe, as well as bar area and area where cabanas and hot tubs are located. On the sea days, it was extremely windy in Vibe. There was one section on port side (farthest forward section of Vibe) that supported about 30 loungers with umbrellas. Once those filled up, the staff tried as best they could to find other spots to place people out of the wind. The bartenders did a great job and kept things light and fun when sitting at the bar. The bar waiters were prompt in keeping drinks coming, bringing carafes of water and fruit kabobs. Each day, we would hang out at the Vibe bar in midafternoon. We met some fun people and enjoyed this part of each day. I asked the waiter about the Vibe capacity. He stated that they limit sales to 200 passes and on our cruise, they only sold 90. Bars: The Getaway has numerous bars throughout the ship. We especially liked these: Sid Normans – the outside bar on the waterfront has 8-10 barstools and additional seating nearby for about 25 people. This was a fun spot to hang out, especially if there was live music inside and it was too crowded. Sugarcanes Mojito Bar – Both the inside and outside areas had totally different experiences. Outside, on the waterfront, it was very relaxing and quiet. Plenty of seating with small tables. Inside, there is a pianist performing most evenings. The nights started out quiet inside, but seemed to get quite busy later at night. Still a lot of fun. Skyy Vodka Ice Bar – Why? For me, I just step out of my Minnesota kitchen door in January and I’m there…no charge. Generally speaking, we usually were able to find a drink without a long wait anywhere on the ship. Entertainment: This is why we choose Norwegian! We had a great time last year on the Epic and this year’s options were even better. Burn the Floor – Saw this on the Epic and enjoyed seeing again on Getaway. The production was simpler, but the dancing was still fantastic. Million Dollar Quartet – Fantastic! Excellent musicians. We didn’t have any problems imagining any of the actors as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins or Jerry Lee Lewis. The story was interesting, and the music was very enjoyable. Cirque Dreams + Steam – This act was a combination of acrobatics, balancing acts and juggling. The talent is amazing. The show lasted about 45 minutes but seemed much shorter. One of the stunts was quite scary; one slip-up and an 8’ x 8’ square pipe (spinning) would have flown wildly into the audience. Headliners Comedy Club – We saw comedy acts at Headliners and also in the Getaway Theater. The host comedian was Ivan Martin. He did a great job of warming up the audience. The two headliners were Clinton Jackson and Tyrone Hawkins. Both were very funny. We saw the Clinton Jackson show after 11pm and expected a more adult theme. His show was still funny and could have played well on network TV. There was a short wait for some of the shows but arriving 5-10 minutes early was all that was needed. Howl at the Moon – We usually finished up each night with some time listening to the dueling pianos show. The show usually started at 8:30pm and lasted until 12:30am. Two pianists were always performing while the third took a 30 minute break. All three were entertaining. Cal and Anna have been performing together for over 10 years and could cover almost any genre. Tom (we saw him on Epic last year), was also entertaining and usually started or ended his sets with a toast…funny, but not often repeatable. Be sure to bring cash if you want to hear your favorite song. Howl wasn’t as popular as I remember…we never had to wait for a seat and usually could sit near the front. Syd Norman’s Pour House – Syd’s was our go-to place. We first heard the Rock the Pour House (house band). We arrived late and had to stand near the door. It was very crowded. For their second set, we waited in the bar and found a seat. We thought the band was very good, covering many 80’s hits from Bon Jovi to Michael Jackson. On the next night, we got in line 20 minutes early and got a good seat for the second band, Back in the Day (from Boston). They were another 80’s cover band focusing on hair bands. They were fantastic! We ended up seeing them 3 more times and also went to the Getaway Theater on the last night for their final show. Disembarkation: We had an early flight out (11:05am) of New Orleans and were worried since the previous cruise got in three hours late due to high winds in the Mississippi delta. Nothing to worry about, we docked at 5:30am. We got up early, finished packing and went to Garden Café for breakfast. We were in line for Self Assist by 6:45am. The line was long and wound throughout deck 7. At 7:05, they announced that customs had cleared the ship. The line moved to customs quickly, though there was about a ten-foot section open to the pouring rain. Once through customs, we found a signup table for the Norwegian transfer to the airport ($20 each). We opted in, got our passes and headed to the bus. It was a coach bus. We missed the first bus but were the first people on the second bus. This meant a 20-minute wait before we left for the airport. Still we were at the airport well before 9:00am. After getting through TSA security, we still had to wait almost an hour before boarding. Ports We had decided before the cruise not to do any shore excursions. We enjoyed the port days in the Vibe Beach Club. We did go ashore to shop in Roatan and Costa Maya. At Harvest Caye in Belize, we were looking forward to a day on the beach. We found out two days prior that we would be tendering into Harvest Caye (no explanation why). We later found out the the pier had been damaged recently. We waited until all of the tender groups had been called and headed down to catch a ride to the island. Each tender held 300 people, so it took a while to fill up. We finally got to shore around 11:00am. We searched and finally found a couple of loungers on the beach under a palm tree. I swam in the ocean and in the giant pool. It was very nice and clean. We headed back to Vibe about 2:30pm. The tender ride was about 20 minutes each way. Final Thoughts New Orleans is a fun city to cruise out of, though the cruise terminal is small and only seems to work if everything goes as scheduled. The Getaway is a beautiful ship and we will cruise on her again. We experienced some minor frustrations at times, but had a great time and will never let the small things ruin a vacation. I never felt crowded. Sure, Syd Normans, Headliners and the Getaway Theater were full for some performances, but this can’t be avoided with 4000 passengers. Anytime of the day or night, we were able to find a quiet spot to relax. The Water Front on Deck 8 is a great area to see the seas, feel the sea breezes and get away. Link to PDF with NCL Dailies
  20. Hello, Asking a very important question for my son....Does the Getaway have a soft serve ice cream machine? LOL🍦
  21. My family and I came back home Sunday after sailing the Norwegian Getaway out of the Port of New Orleans on a 7 day to the Caribbean with stops at Cozumel, Roatan, Harvest Caye, and Costa Maya. The crew, specifically the crew in The Haven, were spectacular, and the entertainment on the ship was also great. Read my entire review of our trip here. We definitely will be sailing with Norwegian again in the future. Our thoughts and prayers are with the crew at this time as the ship was sent back out into the Gulf of Mexico with crew only for the next 30 days in light of COVID-19.
  22. Does anyone know the exact sailing that SIX will debut on the Getaway in April? All the updated press release said April 2020 for Getaway. Sailing April 12 and still shows MDQ as the show, but that could always be wrong. Edited: Kept reading: April 23rd it says, so April 19th sailing. Darn it!
  23. I’ve been using Cruise Critic to help plan our trips since our first cruise in 2014, but I’ve never posted. I figured it was about time to do a review! We just got home from our trip on the Norwegian Getaway out of New Orleans. Here’s our itinerary for Sunday, January 26th to Sunday, February 2nd: Day 1 - Embark in New Orleans Day 2 - At Sea Day 3 - Cozumel Day 4 - Grand Cayman Day 5 - Jamaica Day 6 - At Sea Day 7 - At Sea Day 8 - Disembark in New Orleans A little about us! My husband and I are in our early 30’s. We both grew up in Michigan, but we’ve been living in Colorado for 8 years. We have three furry kiddos - a dog (Scout) and two cats (Thatcher and Willow). We travel a lot! Outside of cruising, all of our trips are within the US. We’re currently working our way through all of the National Parks in the US (we’ve visited 27 of the 62). We also do a lot of weekend trips throughout Colorado and fly back to Michigan to see our family a few times a year. We’re craft beer lovers and homebrewers, so we always check out local breweries anytime we travel. This cruise is our fifth cruise. Our first was Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas, our second was Norwegian’s Spirit, our third was Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas, and our fourth was Norwegian’s Star. Can you tell we’re trying to decide if we like Royal Caribbean or Norwegian better? More on our final decision later! This time we decided to try one of the larger ships on Norwegian. We chose this itinerary on the Getaway for a few reasons other than wanting to try a larger ship. First, it departed from New Orleans - a port we had never visited and an easy flight from Denver. Second, the itinerary - we wanted to visit Jamaica and we wanted to relax with lots of sea days! We didn’t plan to get off the ship at Cozumel or Grand Cayman, so we basically had five “sea” days. My grand plan for this review is to basically walk you through what we did each day, complete with our thoughts and photos (including lots of menus, food, and Freestyle Dailies). To give you a sneak peek of what’s to come, we were in an inside cabin, had the Premium Beverage Package, had Thermal Suite passes, spent a lot of time in the relaxing in the sun, ate in the Tropicana Room every night, and saw a lot of the entertainment options aboard. I'll post each day of our adventure as a separate post over the next several days, starting with our pre-cruise stay in New Orleans. Stay tuned!
  24. We have been planning our holiday for over 15 months for husbands 60th. Flying from Australia to New York, doing TA to Rome on Getaway, then flying to Phuket via Singapore for 10 days then home. So many different travel restrictions for different countries, flights and hotels booked and trying to keep up with every country’s travel alerts is time consuming and difficult. Have been upgraded from balcony to Haven Penthouse so really looking forward to cruise. Probably never be able to do Haven again unless a lotto win is in the future👍 Booked everything ourselves without a travel agent so no backup/support there. Insurance will cover costs if cruise or flights cancelled but not before. Luckily we both have enough sick leave through work to cover any quarantine periods. BUT it is becoming stressful taking it all day by day and not knowing what to rebook/cancel at this stage. I can work remotely as long as I have laptop. Assuming a lot of people in same position. Just having to take day by day for next 5.5 weeks. Hoping NCL will confirm if we are disembarking in France or Spain instead of Rome and then we could check flights from there and travel alerts back to Oz. How is everyone else dealing with last minute/government restrictions? Take care everyone and happy cruising whatever happens 😎
  25. Does anyone have a photo of the Haven bar menu on the Getaway? Seeking wine info. Thanks, Linnie
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