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Norwegian Getaway Review

2018 Best for Cabins
2018 Best for Entertainment
2016 Best for Entertainment
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Norwegian Getaway
4.5 / 5.0
3026 reviews

Pros
Getaway makes the most of outdoor spaces like the Waterfront with its South Beach vibe.
Cons
Fees add up for wow-factor experiences, such as upscale restaurants and dinner theater.
Bottom Line

About

Passengers
4,028

Crew
1,595

Passenger to Crew
2.53:1

Launched
January 2014

Shore Excursions
943
Sails To
Bahamas, Western Caribbean, Mediterranean, Eastern Caribbean, Caribbean, Europe, Bermuda, Baltic Sea
Norwegian (NCL) Cruise Deals
Brittany Chrusciel
Cruise Critic Contributor

Norwegian Getaway Overview

Getaway simply oozes Miami, and that's exactly what Norwegian Cruise Line was going for when it built the ship. It starts with the hull, with art designed by Miami artist David "LEBO" Le Batard. It's impossible to miss the painting, which features a mermaid and pelicans and employs the colors of the sea. Inside, the overall color palate successfully melds bright purples and turquoises with more muted browns and gleaming silvers. Even the public spaces feel like Miami. Passengers can grab a variety of signature cocktails at Sugarcane Mojito Bar and eat rice and beans and other Latin-inspired cuisine at the Flamingo Grill. Then there's The Waterfront, an outdoor space that encircles Deck 8, where passengers can sip drinks or dine alfresco. While the innovation debuted on twin sister Norwegian Breakaway, it just really works on Getaway, which sails year-round from Miami, where the weather is always ideal for spending time enjoying dinner, drinks and uninterrupted ocean views.

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Getaway scores huge points for entertainment options with 28 restaurants, more than a dozen bars, Broadway-caliber theater and a large sports complex that boasts a ropes course, climbing wall and zip line. Passengers on Getaway would have to go out of their way to squeeze in everything. It's almost impossible to be bored. Highlights include Howl at the Moon, an outrageous sing-along dueling piano show; musical "Million Dollar Quartet"; dinner theater production The Illusionarium; and five multistory waterslides, including the scream-inducing Free Fall.

The ship was built for socializing, with most of the action taking place around 678 Ocean Place, the three-deck open space around which many of Getaway's bars are located. Have dinner in Le Bistro on Deck 6, catch a Second City improv comedy show across the way at Headliners, and then climb the stairs to hit the Casino on Deck 7 before finishing the night at Sugarcane Mojito Bar on Deck 8 without missing a beat. The area is packed with activities, which also means it's packed with people. The casino encircles the area on Deck 7, and smoke drifts to restaurants and clubs on the decks above and below. It also leads to some bottlenecking as passengers make their way through. Adding to the chaos is Norwegian's Freestyle dining concept which, while much-adored on the line's smaller ships, can seem onerous on a ship of more than 4,000. A vacation on Getaway requires planning ahead to get seats in the venues that you want.

It also can make avoiding the crowds somewhat of a challenge, though it's entirely possible. Set off from the rest of the ship, the Vibe Beach Club and the Thermal Suite spa lounge provide sanctuary, but you'll pay for the privilege. Of course, luxe-lovers can head off the crowds before boarding by booking a room in the Haven, Norwegian's ship-within-a-ship enclave, which has a small pool, restaurant and lounge exclusively for Haven suite residents.

Generally, cabins are comfortable though snug, with balconies that are small, even at the suite level. Still, Getaway is a perfect option for passengers who consider the ship to be the destination. Options for entertainment are plentiful, and outdoor spaces work in harmony with the Miami theme and Caribbean sunshine.

<em>Editor's Note: As of May 2017 Norwegian Getaway will be based in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the summer.</em>


Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Meals in three main dining rooms, O’Sheehan’s pub, the Garden Cafe buffet and at Shanghai’s; continental breakfast room service
  • Most entertainment, including all main theater shows
  • Most daily activities, except those noted otherwise
  • Fitness center (excluding fitness classes and training sessions)
  • Use of the sports complex, water slides and water park, ropes course, basketball course, mini-golf
  • Splash Academy Kids Program

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Daily service charge ($15 per person, per day for standard staterooms; $18 per person, per day for The Haven, Concierge-level cabins and all suite passengers)
  • $9.95 room service fee (waived for suites and continental breakfast orders)
  • Drinks except water, tea (including iced tea), coffee and select juices from the buffet
  • Most specialty dining
  • Automatic gratuities of 20 percent on all beverage, spa and salon purchases, as well as on specialty dining reservations
  • Spa, salon and barber services
  • Most fitness center classes
  • Access to the spa's thermal suite
  • Activities including, but not limited to, alcohol tastings, select arts and crafts classes, bingo and gameshows like Deal or No Deal
  • the Cirque Dreams dinner theater
  • After-hours programs at the Splash Academy kids clubs
  • Internet access and packages
  • Shore excursions
  • Artwork and photos

Top Norwegian Getaway Itineraries

Norwegian Getaway
5 night eastern caribbean - miami (mia/mia)

Miami, Great Stirrup Cay, Miami

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Fellow Passengers

Norwegian Getaway blends a lot of adult spaces with kid-friendly activities, so passengers are a mix of couples, families -- both nuclear and multigenerational -- and groups of friends. Getaway's Miami homeport and vibe make it a solid draw for South Florida residents, but its seven-night itineraries lure passengers from all over.


Norwegian Getaway Dress Code

Daytime:With its Freestyle dining program, Norwegian broke cruising's formal night tradition years ago, and the casual concept has only gained in popularity with casual clothing the norm during the day.

Evening:While passengers are encouraged to "dress up" (meaning suits for men and cocktail dresses for women) one night, now called Norwegian's Night Out, only a fraction of people do. On this Miami-based ship, women should be fine with sundresses, skirts or nice pants with blouses most evenings, while men can get by with khakis or linen pants and collared shirts. Note that some of the nicer restaurants, such as Le Bistro and Cagney's, do require men to wear slacks; you'll see few shorts at an event such as the Chef's Table.

Not permitted: Tank tops and baseball caps are prohibited in the main dining rooms. Shoes must be worn in all dining venues at all times.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Norwegian Cruise Line.


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Norwegian Getaway Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04
Dining5.03.8
Entertainment5.03.9
Public Rooms4.03.9
Fitness Recreation4.03.7
Family5.03.8
Enrichment2.03.4
Service4.03.9
Value For Money4.03.5

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Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2018 Best for Cabins
  • 2018 Best for Entertainment
  • 2016 Best for Entertainment
  • 2016 Best for Families
  • 2016 Best for First Timers
  • 2015 Best for Embarkation
  • 2015 Best for Entertainment
  • 2015 Best for Families
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nfish
Sail Date: Mar 2020
The reason for this review - The Norwegian Getaway is the most poorly designed ship I have ever been on. No areas to sit around the pool deck, No adult pool in the rear (adult area).... Read More
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bays
Sail Date: Feb 2020
We had a chance for the experiences we missed the first time on the Getaway, and we could relax a little more.... Read More
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#48
Sail Date: Jan 2020
Norwegian offered a generous credit, so, I booked the Norwegian Getaway for their Caribbean Cruise out of New Orleans Jan. 5-12, 2019. Totally different experience!... Read More
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Sail Date: Dec 2019
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Norwegian Cruise Line Fleet

Norwegian Sky
3.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

2195 reviews

One of Norwegian's oldest, smallest ships; main attractions are the 24/7 open bar on its three-night Bahamas cruises and four-night sailings to Cuba.

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Norwegian Sun
4.0 / 5.0
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One of the smaller ships in the Norwegian fleet, Norwegian Sun offers 1,936 passengers 14 dining options, nine bars, five hot tubs, golf driving net, Mandara Spa and a walking/jogging track.

Norwegian Star
4.0 / 5.0
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Launched in 2001, 2,348-passenger Norwegian Star was the first Norwegian ship custom built for Freestyle Cruising, which touts a plethora of dining, cabin and entertainment options.

Norwegian Dawn
4.0 / 5.0
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Freestyle cruising means lots of choice for free and for-fee dining, drinking and entertainment, and no set dining times; holds some 3,000 cruisers.

Norwegian Spirit
4.0 / 5.0
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Mid-sized family-friendly cruise ship carries 2,018 passengers; offers 17 dining venues, Buccaneer's Wet & Wild Kids’ Pool, Bollywood-style nightclub and large theatre

Pride of America

The year-round, all-Hawaiian island itineraries are the ship's main draw; also offers nearly a dozen free and for-fee dining options; can hold near 3,000.

Norwegian Jewel
4.0 / 5.0
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Freestyle cruising means two dozen free and for-fee restaurants and bars to choose from, plus no set dining times or assigned tables; holds about 3,000 cruisers.

Norwegian Pearl
4.0 / 5.0
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Plenty of eateries, bars and daily activities keep this 3,000-passenger ship hopping; often chartered for music and pop culture theme cruises.

Norwegian Gem
4.0 / 5.0
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More than 10 restaurants offer everything from a traditional steakhouse to Brazilian and Japanese; entertainment includes big stage shows; holds some 3,000 cruisers.

Norwegian Jade
4.0 / 5.0
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Family-friendly and carries 2,402 passengers; offers nine dining options, casino, Haven Courtyard, large pool deck with two pools and the Wipe Out Teens Club.

Norwegian Epic
4.5 / 5.0
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19-deck mega-ship carrying about 4,500 people; features "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" stage show, the Beatle's-inspired Cavern Club lounge and solo cabins.

Norwegian Breakaway
4.5 / 5.0
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An NYC-themed mega-ship, carrying some 4,500 cruisers; highlights include outdoor restaurant seating, a ropes course, multistory water slides and 18 dining venues.

Norwegian Getaway
4.5 / 5.0
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A Miami-themed megaship, holding some 4,500 cruisers; features outdoor restaurant seating, a ropes course, multistory waterslides and 18 dining venues.

Norwegian Escape
4.0 / 5.0
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Carries some 4,500 people; features Broadway-style entertainment, an expansive ropes course and 17 restaurants including the first at-sea Margaritaville.

Norwegian Joy
4.0 / 5.0
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Norwegian Joy is packed with engaging activities and spaces, and while there's no doubt it has quiet areas -- such as the gorgeous and serene Observation Lounge -- the ship's character is driven more by all there is to do than anything else.

Norwegian Bliss
4.0 / 5.0
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Norwegian's newest ship, which will sail in Alaska and Caribbean, launches June 2018; highlights include 82 solo cabins with virtual ocean views and a massive observation lounge.

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