After my fantastic 4 night cruise on board the Majesty of the Seas (see previous post) I was then taking another cruise out of Miami, for 7 nights, on board the Norwegian Getaway.
This was my first time sailing with Norwegian Cruise Line, so the freestyle cruising was new to me.
The Norwegian Getaway is a beautiful ship launched in January 2014. Sister ship to the Norwegian Breakaway.
After checking in at the port of Miami, we walked the gangway making our way to the ship. We was greeted by members of the NCL crew smiling, waving and dancing as we embarked. From here I knew this was going to be a fun cruise!
We had the Ultimate Beverage Package for this sailing, which we got full use of. We headed straight to top deck to check out the pools and water slides.
They have a number of activities on board including the Free Fall waterslides. I had to try this… On our first day on board I went on the Free Fall waterslide as there was no line and I knew with nearly 4000 people on board, there was going to be big lines for these slides. I was right…..
They have the sports complex on deck 17 which includes mini golf, basket ball, ping pong tables and the largest ropes course at sea. Here you will also find the very scary plank that protrudes out the side of the ship, hanging 17 decks above sea level – I did not do this! Not only did this seem very scary to me, I also didn’t have the correct shoes. you must take trainers with you if you wish to partake in the ropes course.
The first two days of our cruise were sea days. If you want to get a sunbed on board this ship, or a place by the pool, you MUST be up as early as possible. Getting to top deck at 10:30 to 11am is too late and it is nearly impossible to find a place to sit. Trust me! We managed to find two beds at the back of the ship in the shade.
The pool on board is absolutely tiny for such a large ship. I didn’t get a chance to go in the pool once, it was just that busy. Most days I found going to the back of the ship (which is adult only) was my best chance of getting a sunbed. Here is called Spice H20. This is also the ‘nicer’ sun bathing part of the ship. They have a cold waterfall where you can sit and cool down and they also have a large cinema screen here where they show movies, global sports and music.
By day the spice H20 is a relaxing sunbathing area and by night it becomes a late night outdoor Miami style nightclub.
The food on board was most probably the best food I have yet experienced on a cruise ship. O’sheehan’s bar and grill is a complementary table service restaurant offering all your comfort foods such as chicken wings, burgers, fish ‘n’ chips and more. Each night they have a speciality dish such as prime rib, lamb, or a rack or ribs.
I did not try any of the specialty restaurants because we found the food in the complimentary places was great. Shanghai’s noodle bar is a great complimentary Chinese restaurant.
The casino on board is HUGE! With lots of slots and tables to play on. They have a private poker area for the high rollers with a minimum $500 per hand bet. I found the majority of the tables and slots to be quite expensive.
All in all, I found the ship to be absolutely beautiful with lots on offer for everybody and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. The only downside (in my opinion) is the layout of top deck. It doesn’t seem big enough to have nearly 4000 guests sunbathe on board and they need either a larger swimming pool, or more than one.
I will definitely be cruising with Norwegian Cruise Line again – But Royal Caribbean are still my favorite cruise line….
Where will my next adventure take me? I am currently planning, so check back later to see where I go and which cruise line I will be trying next.
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