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#21
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Originally posted by irockadidas
Wife and I booked for Next year but have never cruised NCL before. What are some of the best and worst things about the getaway? What are some things we have to try and what do we need to avoid?
The GA is like any mega ship on any cruise line. Advance planning and bookings relieve the hassle once you are on board. We have sailed on NCL megaships 15 times (GA 3 times including her inaugural voyage out of Miami).

EXACTLY 90 days prior to your cruise, log on to your MyNCL account and book shows and any specialty restaurants.

Have at least one drink in every bar. Check out the different entertainment in each at night.

Pool decks are over rated. Lots and lots of loungers on the ship to enjoy the sun and sea.

Don’t feel obligated to spend money. We have done MANY cruises with no expenses other than our daily service charges.

Enjoy!
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Originally posted by BirdTravels



Don’t feel obligated to spend money. We have done MANY cruises with no expenses other than our daily service charges.



Enjoy!

Love it, thanks for the great advice!



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Originally posted by NYFirstTimeCruiser
Must...

- watch Million Dollar Quartet

- attend the White Hot Party at H2O hosted by Cruise Director Andre

- take advantage of the waterfront. Walk around at night after a heavy meal. Not too crowded.

- if you are booked on a dining plan, book for seats by the waterfront at sunset.



Must Try

- Thermal Spa Pass

- Margaritaville. Although it's a la carte, they have big portions for a small fee. Two people can share one meal.

- If you drink, join the Mojito tasting session.



Avoid

- if you have no kids and want peace and quiet, avoid the pool deck and instead use the pool at the thermal spa.

- if you hate smoke, avoid the casino. You can walk around the ship through the waterfront to avoid casino smoke.



Have fun.


Thanks for the tip on the thermal spa pass, think we are going to try that out.


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So Million Dollar Quartet is the big production show on Getaway? (like Rock of Ages on Breakaway?)

Is that the only entertainment we need to reserve in advance? Already got BtF in the theater although we saw them on Breakaway already--really liked it. Not doing any of the upcharge entertainment.
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Yes, Million Dollar Quartet is one of the 'free' production shows. Probably the best I have seen on a ship. We went last year two; several of the actors are the same, but there were some new ones too.

The guy who plays Jerry Lee Lewis is absolutely sensational--and never out of character for a second, even when he wasn't the one in the spotlight. The Carl Perkins actor is great too, as well as the person who played the narrator.

This is one show where it is great to get close to the stage; being able to see the actors expressions and the nuances of their performance really enhances the experience, so get there early and get a good seat.

The only show we paid for, as we were celebrating a birthday and the birthday person choose that show, was the Cirque Dreams show; it was good, especially the costumes and staging, but the acts were somewhat limited by the small venue.
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Love the Getaway and the service we received. We just returned from the Getaway today. Book entertainment and specialty restaurants prior to sailing. If there is something you want to experience in the Atrium arrive early always packed in there. The pool area is busy but we never had a problem finding a chair. During the Mr sexy Legs it was extremely packed and hard to find a place to stand. If you go to the complimentary dining and their is a particular waiter you enjoy you have the option to request them. We did and had tremendous service. The one thing I noticed that changed from the last time we were on the Getaway was they don't give you a slip to tip your waiter but there is a machine on board to break bigger bills so you are able to tip of you choose too

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We also loved the Getaway and in addition to the above suggestions - we'd stop by the dinner buffet to enjoy a Nutella/banana crepe!! Yummmmmmm


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Originally posted by mwilliams04
Love the Getaway and the service we received. We just returned from the Getaway today. Book entertainment and specialty restaurants prior to sailing. If there is something you want to experience in the Atrium arrive early always packed in there. The pool area is busy but we never had a problem finding a chair. During the Mr sexy Legs it was extremely packed and hard to find a place to stand. If you go to the complimentary dining and their is a particular waiter you enjoy you have the option to request them. We did and had tremendous service. The one thing I noticed that changed from the last time we were on the Getaway was they don't give you a slip to tip your waiter but there is a machine on board to break bigger bills so you are able to tip of you choose too

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Good to know about the waiters, thank you!


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Originally posted by hun
We also loved the Getaway and in addition to the above suggestions - we'd stop by the dinner buffet to enjoy a Nutella/banana crepe!! Yummmmmmm


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Sounds delightful!


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I've never cruised with NCL before...going on Getaway on the 14th with my husband and kids (4.5 and 8 months). Is it true kids aren't allowed in the main pool? I know with RC that was never an issue, my daughter was able to play in the main pools. I can't find much info on it, and I see the kids side doesn't have much besides a few sprinklers.
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Originally posted by Dmham
I've never cruised with NCL before...going on Getaway on the 14th with my husband and kids (4.5 and 8 months). Is it true kids aren't allowed in the main pool? I know with RC that was never an issue, my daughter was able to play in the main pools. I can't find much info on it, and I see the kids side doesn't have much besides a few sprinklers.
There is a family pool you both can go in, but not the adult pool. The family pool is near the kids splash area. The hot tubs are also labeled as adult or family. And anyone still in diapers or swim diapers is not allowed in family pool or splash area.
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Originally posted by grandmarnnurse
There is a family pool you both can go in, but not the adult pool. The family pool is near the kids splash area. The hot tubs are also labeled as adult or family. And anyone still in diapers or swim diapers is not allowed in family pool or splash area.
Ah, okay! That makes waaaay more sense. Thank you!!
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Originally posted by JadedLily
Here are a bunch of photos showing the Adult pool.

Here are a bunch of photos of the kid's area, and this one in particular of the kid's "pool."
Thanks for the pictures!!
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#38
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Originally posted by irockadidas
Wife and I booked for Next year but have never cruised NCL before. What are some of the best and worst things about the getaway? What are some things we have to try and what do we need to avoid?


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Just got off last week. The specialty restaurants were great. We didn’t care for moderno (the Brazilian steakhouse) and saw it as a waste after the fact. Cagneys and Teppaniaki were both great and shouldn’t be missed. O’sheehans was also good especially for snack food. The main dining room service was slower but the food was alright. If your into thrill rides do the water slides. They are awesome. Never needed a reservation for the comedy show as the standby line always got in. The casino is very smoky and the smoke smell will tend to spread through the 6-7-8 ocean place atrium. We never saw the theater shows but heard great things about both. AVOID paying for the iConcierge app as it didn’t work and was unnecessary. Overall a great ship. You will have lots of fun.


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Originally posted by CruiserDan53
Just got off last week. The specialty restaurants were great. We didn’t care for moderno (the Brazilian steakhouse) and saw it as a waste after the fact. Cagneys and Teppaniaki were both great and shouldn’t be missed. O’sheehans was also good especially for snack food. The main dining room service was slower but the food was alright. If your into thrill rides do the water slides. They are awesome. Never needed a reservation for the comedy show as the standby line always got in. The casino is very smoky and the smoke smell will tend to spread through the 6-7-8 ocean place atrium. We never saw the theater shows but heard great things about both. AVOID paying for the iConcierge app as it didn’t work and was unnecessary. Overall a great ship. You will have lots of fun.


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That’s not good about the iconcierge app. I am boarding tomorrow and was planning on using that to stay connected with family members onboard.
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Was just bumping my post back to the top, why the criticism?

Perhaps because post-bumping is a violation of the CC TOS? Just sayin'
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