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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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Maybe do a search for "everything getaway" or "breakaway". The ships are very similar and get pretty much the same pros/cons.

Pros - lots of things to do - ropes, entertainment, bars, etc.

Cons - pool area too crowded, atrium too crowded, smoke in atrium from casino. GA also doesn't have a roof in Haven like BA.
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It's gigantic. Almost too big. The pool deck doesn't have a lot of space. I spent most of my time in the adults only area in the back.

Getting reservations for even the free things must be done early, preferably before you board. If you don't get on it on the 1st day you can which I think is 90 days before you board, you will most likely get closed out. Having to make all these reservations then keep track of them really defeats freestyle.

There is a lot to do & multiple options.

Even with the bar package, they pour generously in all the bars. I had to ask the bartenders to make my drinks weaker. On the first day so many people were bombed. On the second day, the bars were emptier as the people who overdid it on the 1st day dealt with their raging hangovers.
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I've been on it twice. Unlike the previous poster, we didn't sign up for anything before the cruise and had no trouble getting into restaurants or events.

Some days we just walked up to the restaurant and were seated immediately; others we went an hour or two early and reserved a time. We do eat late though--8 or 9--so that may make a difference.

For Burn the Floor we just went about 15 minutes before and had no trouble finding fairly close seats for four. For Million Dollar Quartet we did sign up at the Box Office Kiosk, went 30 minutes early and got good seats.

We signed up for several things on the tv in our stateroom or the kiosks around the ship, but never very early. We did sign up for the Cirque Dreams show several days ahead of time because we were celebrating a birthday and the birthday girl wanted to do that. Since it is a smaller venue, wanted to be sure we all got in.

We rarely drink but my sisters thought the drinks were very mild, could hardly tell they were alcoholic.
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If you have the SDP, and like seafood, then visit the Raw Bar outside of the Ocean Blue restaurant... You can pretty much sir there and order through the entire menu.
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The atrium fills up fast for things like the newly not so newly wed game. You need to get there early. You can also watch from the balcony outside O'Sheehan's.
There were people available the first day to make/change dinner reservations. I also saw them in the atrium during the week but can't say what the availability for each restaurant was. The box office was also open the first day. Reservations for the comedy acts have to be made on board. The shows we attended always seemed to have space available for those without reservations.
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Thank you guys so much for the advice!


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The Getaway is our favorite ship.

We recommend seeing Howl at the Moon. Each show is different.

We loved Million Dollar Quartet.

Have breakfast in O’Sheehans once for a change from the buffet or MDR. Lunch also!

Relax with a book on the Waterfront.

Enjoy your cruise!


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This ship got me back liking NCL again.
The shows are great it’s a real treat and feel like a night out.
The food in the 3 MDR was very good. Fun to switch dinning rooms as well.

I also suggest you make dinner and show reservation before leaving.

O’Sheehans is a great alternative place for breakfast and lunch and of course late snack if you go out late.

Small cons :
Atrium is to small and loud for all the stuff happening there.
To much smoke in casino.
Inside cabins are very tiny.

The Getaway is among my top 3 favorite ships.

Have fun
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Just off 2 weeks ago and really loved the cruise. We have done Allure, Oasis and Harmony previously with Royal C and didnt think anything could live up to them but Getaway did not disappoint. Million dollar Quartet is by far the best show I have seen. Do Not Miss! I am not sure how full our cruise was but it never seemed terribly crowded. So things not to miss:
1. Million Dollar Quartet - obviously
2. 80s and glow deck parties - so much fun
3. Howl the Moon was so much fun
4. Escape the big top (must reserve time at box office once on board) - not quite as good as Royal but still a LOT of fun.
5. Sitting at OSheehans and watching the dance classes and trivia below (MJ thriller was a hoot and then they did it at the glow party that night)
6. Eat in the Tropicana Dining Room (near stage) just another nice touch amenity to be able to dance or listen to music while dining.
7. Harvest Cay - if its on itinerary. I have read terrible reviews but hubby and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very clean, employees very helpful and personable. Facilities top notch. We did enjoy a big breakfast on board Getaway so we didnt need food. We did get a clam shell for shade. PS: very scooter friendly - we had a disabled person who was able to partake and very much enjoyed being able to ride around and have fun.
So above was my must dos but there is so many little things like the "welcome back aboard" congo line in cozumel that just make you feel special before returning to the ship. If you look you can find so many "little things" that just make your cruise and you feel special.
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Was just bumping my post back to the top, why the criticism?


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Originally posted by ravenjls
Just off 2 weeks ago and really loved the cruise. We have done Allure, Oasis and Harmony previously with Royal C and didnt think anything could live up to them but Getaway did not disappoint. Million dollar Quartet is by far the best show I have seen. Do Not Miss! I am not sure how full our cruise was but it never seemed terribly crowded. So things not to miss:
1. Million Dollar Quartet - obviously
2. 80s and glow deck parties - so much fun
3. Howl the Moon was so much fun
4. Escape the big top (must reserve time at box office once on board) - not quite as good as Royal but still a LOT of fun.
5. Sitting at OSheehans and watching the dance classes and trivia below (MJ thriller was a hoot and then they did it at the glow party that night)
6. Eat in the Tropicana Dining Room (near stage) just another nice touch amenity to be able to dance or listen to music while dining.
7. Harvest Cay - if its on itinerary. I have read terrible reviews but hubby and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very clean, employees very helpful and personable. Facilities top notch. We did enjoy a big breakfast on board Getaway so we didnt need food. We did get a clam shell for shade. PS: very scooter friendly - we had a disabled person who was able to partake and very much enjoyed being able to ride around and have fun.
So above was my must dos but there is so many little things like the "welcome back aboard" congo line in cozumel that just make you feel special before returning to the ship. If you look you can find so many "little things" that just make your cruise and you feel special.


Thanks so much for the great information!


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Originally posted by nimiq
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That's what I like to hear!!
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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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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.
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Compared to other ships, the seating in certain venues is very uncomfortable.

Example: Fat Cats and Headliners, hard wooden chairs.
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Mostly the same as above, but I would add the following....
Unless you are in the Haven, having a room past the midship/forward elevators will cause you to walk, walk, walk, to get to anything that is accessible to you on the ship. The Haven almost cuts this giant ship in half. The first time we were at the mid/forward elevators and the second time we booked I made sure we were between that and the aft.
Avoid: Wine Lovers, the Musical. Awful on all accounts-especially the food. Literally 75% of every plate in the entire went back to the kitchen uneaten...the meat was truly inedible. Most of the wines sampled are only available by the bottle on board so even if you find one you like you’ll be out $40+ if you want to drink it again...or wait to buy it on land for about $18 per bottle.
Do: waterfront for quiet during the day. Sugarcane mojito bar for drinks especially if you have UBP. Also the Tropicana Room is my favorite MDR of any ship I’ve been on. Don’t miss the burn the floor show there around 6 of one evening of the cruise. Other nights a live band and singer make you feel like you’re at a wedding.


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