Norwegian Getaway, where do I even begin? She was incredible! Every inch of her was stylish, interesting and in some areas full of adrenalin. She had everything you could ever want from a cruise ship whether you were travelling with family, friends or even on your own.
I was completely in awe of this vessel and for the 2-nights I was onboard I explored all but one area so I think you can imagine just how much I was trying to cram in!
Let’s get right into the heart of it………………
My cabin or stateroom as I should say was beautiful and the bed was by far the most comfortable I have ever slept in. I wonder if it was because it was brand new or the fact the mattress was about 4-feet deep. Either way it was heaven and the pillows, well they were even better than marshmallows. The bathroom was incredibly spacious and boasted a double sink area and a multi-jet shower with a large waterfall head. The balcony was nice but somewhat smaller than I imagined. There was also a comfortable seating area, mini-bar, interactive flat-screen TV, safe, ample wardrobe space for two (I think it would be a struggle for four people) and tea and coffee making facilities.
My first stop for food was O’Sheehan’s neighbourhood bar and grill. I had been craving Mozzarella sticks from here for as long as I could remember so obviously they were my starter choice. I opted for a grilled chicken burger with fries for a main course which was very tasty! They were proper French fries too! Not the imitations were are sometimes accustomed to eating in the UK! I enjoyed the food and I quite liked the atmosphere too. It was jam packed when I went along but my food was served in record time. I think I literally said thank you to the girl for taking my order and the Mozzarella sticks were on the table. No that isn’t an exaggeration either it was that quick!
After grabbing lunch I took the time to really explore the ship. Every public area was beautiful I especially liked the atrium and the oversized leather chairs. It was spacious and comfortable and an ideal place to just sit and watch the world go by with a drink. It had nothing to do with the fact it was also within close proximity to Carlo’s Bake Shop. One of two that were onboard. It may sound odd but I even liked the mid-ships stairwell carpet! It was electric pink and gave the space a great feel. Don’t think I have ever fallen for carpet before. The HUGE black framed mirrors set it off quite nicely too.
Her upper outer decks were a hive of activity and ideal for those adrenalin junkies both young and old. There was no shortage of things to do, eat, play with, you name it! You could also find several areas where you could chill out and unwind so it was a nice mix of both worlds. I actually didn’t know what to look at first, I was totally bewildered. The Aqua Park was awesome, the Garden Café buffet area at the aft was beautifully decorated. Light, airy and huge! The food on offer was very good too. Lots of choice and I would say it is by far the best cruise ship buffet I have experienced. Along the top decks you would also find the Vibe Beach Club, Waves Bar, several swimming pools, the Flamingo Bar and Café and Spice H2O which I can only describe as an outdoor club. Nestled quietly in the middle of all the madness was The Haven, it was like coming across a slice of country heaven in the middle of the bustling city. Although Southampton didn’t quite offer Miami weather you could get an idea of what the atmosphere aboard would be like up here on a hot sunny day.
One of my favourite features on the entire ship was the waterfront. I absolutely loved this concept! It gave what I would refer to as the Promenade Deck an entirely new lease of life. Almost every internal bar and restaurant on Deck 8 spilled out onto the open deck. I could imagine sitting on a warm summers evening enjoying a meal and a drink as we sailed to our next exotic port of call. You could find the Grammy Experience here along with Ocean Blue restaurant, La Cucina restaurant, Sunset Bar, Gelato Bar, Sugarcane Mojito Bar and several others. I actually sat at the Grammy Experience section as we sailed from Southampton and enjoyed a Honey Lemonade. It was so peaceful even though there were a fair few others doing the same thing. The only thing I didn’t like about this area was the placement of the lifeboats. I like to look down onto the water and see what I can spot, it was impossible to do on Getaway. In short it was the back end of a lifeboat for as far as the eye could see.
That evening we dined at Cagney’s Steakhouse and what a meal we had! I ordered the Shrimp Cocktail with Jack Daniels dipping sauce to start and it was pretty good! I love Shrimp (if you didn’t already know) and I found that every single one served on the ship was huge! No little things you can barely see, these were real meaty Shrimps! For main course I ordered the 8oz Fillet Mignon with Cagney’s Fries and a side of Creamed Corn. My mouth is watering just thinking about this meal again. Never have I had such a tasty, juicy and tender steak! There was no fat on it anywhere and the knife simply fell through it. The Cagney’s fries were also pretty delicious, not just ordinary fries either. I don’t know exactly what was done to them but they were good and my creamed corn experience was rather pleasant too! I really enjoyed Cagney’s and would definitely recommend you try it. There were also Shrimp and Lobster dishes on the menu for main course along with one or two others so you don’t NEED to have steak if you don’t want too. I skipped dessert, I couldn’t fit another thing in but a few others ordered the Oreo Cheesecake. It was huge! Big enough for two easily and it looked good, it looked really good!
Cagney’s brought day one to an end and with so much still left to see and do I couldn’t wait for day two to begin……………………..
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