I had the opportunity to attend a Seminar at Sea aboard the Norwegian Getaway earlier this month and it was a great experience. I was able to network with some other travel consultants with my host agency and to meet our Business Development Managers for Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas. Each of our BDM’s lead informative training sessions and I learned quite a bit about this family of brands. The timing for the Norwegian training, especially, was great since I’m managing a group sailing on the Escape next summer and being on board the Getaway helped to clear up a lot of questions I had regarding that group.
Next to the Escape, the Getaway is the next newest ship in the fleet, so my understanding is that there are many similar features between the two ships. Now that I have experienced a sailing on the Getaway, I have a pretty good idea of what to expect on board the Escape next summer and I think it’s safe to say that it won’t disappoint. My favorite features of the Getaway were the Waterfront area with bars and restaurants outside on the water and the dueling piano shows.
I also sailed on the Norwegian Dawn last year, which is a much smaller ship, but in my opinion, there are pros and cons to each ship size. While the Getaway had more options in terms of entertainment and restaurants on board, many came at an additional cost. The Dawn also had some specialty restaurants that were an additional expense, but the variety of entertainment that came included on that ship was much better with a new show to see every night. Due to the size of the Getaway, we had to make reservations to attend shows throughout the ship and the same shows repeated for two nights in a row so everyone had the opportunity to see them. The shows on the Getaway were great, but I definitely preferred the entertainment schedule on the Dawn where there was something new every night and you could attend shows on your own time without reservations. When it comes to comedy shows, I prefer improv over stand up. The Dawn had Second City on board performing a few times throughout the cruise and they were a highlight of that cruise for me. The Getaway had stand up comics on board who were entertaining, but just didn’t compare to the improv shows that Second City put on. The Getaway, however, had a great dueling piano bar with some very talented musicians, so we ended up spending a lot of time there.
We had a bit of a delay on our last day at sea as we came across a raft with 8 people on it about 30 miles off the coast of Cuba. I happened to be in a training session when we first came across the raft and the Captain made the announcement, but when I returned to my cabin a few hours later, they happened to be going right past our balcony. Despite the fact that I love cruising, I have a huge fear of deep water, so I was scared for these people, but our Captain assured us that they weren’t in distress since they had a motor on their raft and were actively trying to get away from us. We learned quite a bit about maritime law during the few hours we were delayed staying with the raft until the U.S. Coast Guard arrived which was pretty interesting.
Our cruise on the Getaway left from Miami and we spent two days at sea with stops in Ocho Rios Jamaica, George Town Grand Cayman, Cozumel Mexico, and Norwegian’s private island in the Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay. With the exception of Great Stirrup Cay, we used each of our days in port to tour a resort property and it’s safe to say that I’d like to return to all of the properties we visited for longer than an 8 hour day. It was great to see and experience some of the properties that I sell frequently firsthand. I’ll share more about each of these 3 properties in my next few posts.
Ultimately, this cruise was a great experience and I’m already looking forward to my next opportunity to sail with Norwegian! Remember to like us on Facebook to stay in touch and contact Globetrotter Travel to start planning your next trip!