What I Loved About Norwegian Getaway!
In. This video I'll share the highlights, from, our recent Western, Caribbean cruise. On the Norwegian getaway. Sit. Back and get comfortable this is going to be a long, video, because. There is a lot, to love about this. Ship. This. Vacation, certainly got off to a great start with. A flight, aboard my favorite, type of airplane a, Boeing. 787. Dreamliner, we. Fly a lot, these days for, all these vacations. We go on and flying, in a Dreamliner, is hugely. Better than, flying in any other kind of airplane they've. Got a great, seat, back entertainment, system and a, nice in-flight, map system, too, no. Shades, to pull down over the windows you just push a button to. Darken, the glass, and. The. Most impressive, part is the. Gigantic, seats, in first class, and, the, way you can just push a button and, recline. Them if you, want to stretch out for, a little nap. We. Had an amazing, view of the Sierra Nevada mountains, as we, flew out of California. And eventually, we, ended up in Miami. Florida. This. Was a couple of weeks before Christmas, so, they had a gigantic. Tree set up, now. When we cruise out of Miami, we like to stay at the Holiday Inn because, it's very close, to the Port of Miami and I, love looking out at the cruise ships right, from our hotel window, the. Other big thing the Holiday Inn has going for it is that it's right across the street from, the Bayside, mall which. Is full of great, bars, and restaurants. Check, out this gigantic. Plate, of fajitas that. Kellen. And I shared, for dinner. It, was delicious, but there, was no way that we could finish all that we, needed a third person. With us, the. Top-tier, restaurants are, mostly located, on the ground floor of, Bayside, if you're, on a budget, and, you need to eat on the cheap, head. Up to the second, floor. Where there's something like a foodcourt up there with, your bargained, price dining, options, they'll. Even offer you free, samples, to entice you to dine, there. So. The Holiday Inn at, the Port of Miami is the hotel I recommend, if you're sailing from Miami not. Only do you have the Bayside, Mall right across the street for shopping, and dining but there's also a CVS. Pharmacy just. A block away. Super. Convenient if you realize you forgot to pack something for the cruise I buy. Mouthwash. Here, rather, than risk, leaving it inside my suitcase, during, a flight. The. Next day we took a lift over to the Port of Miami to, board the Norwegian, getaway and, of course it's always, a bit of a zoo outside, the cruise terminal and, inside. - but. We were completely, unaffected. By it because, for this cruise we. Are staying in the Haven, which. Meant we got to bypass, all the lines, and have, a VIP. Boarding. Experience. The. Boarding process is, one of many things I love, about the Haven on NCL they. Lead you through the terminal bypassing, all the lines and walk. You directly, onto the, ship. Sail. Away from the port of Miami was quite, spectacular. We. Were right behind Allure. Of the Seas as, both, our ship and theirs headed. Out to sea together, I got. A pretty spectacular, time-lapse. Video of it from, our vantage point on the Haven Sun deck at the front of the ship I'm, putting a link in the corner of the screen now if you want to watch the sail away time-lapse, video in its, entirety. This. Was a 7-day, Western, Caribbean itinerary. We, had very grey skies, as, the ship headed south our.
First, Stop was the island of Roatan, part. Of the country, of Honduras, the, big, surprise for, me as we looked out at Roatan from our balcony was, to see something hilarious that. I've never seen before. People, trying to walk on water, inside. Giant. Hamster. Balls I laughed. So hard watching, these girls fall down time after time after time I've. Seen people inside giant, hamster, balls before but never, on water, it, was so funny to watch, there's. A link up in the corner of the screen if you want to watch an extended, video, of the, girls in the, giant, hamster, balls. We. Had planned to go to the beach in Roatan but, the weather didn't, cooperate so. We cancelled, that and had a spa, day instead. One. Of the best things about the Norwegian, getaway is the, fantastic, thermal. Suite within, the spa and because. We are staying in a spa, suite we had full access at no, additional charge, I. Love. That NCL keeps the, big indoor, pool in the thermal suite the same temperature as a jacuzzi. Not, all cruise ships do that in. Scandinavian. Culture they like to go from hot to cold so. They keep the jacuzzis, hot and the big pool quite a bit cooler on cruise, ships that adhere, to the Scandinavian, style. With. A name like Norwegian, it's, kind of ironic that this cruise line follows, American. Preferences. And keeps, the water in the big indoor pool in the thermal suite quite warm, but I love, it and it's, one of many things that keeps, me coming back to ncl. Our, second, port of call was one I had been looking forward to for, a long time. And Ciel's, private, island, in Belize known. As harvest, key this. Was my first visit to harvest key and I was very, impressed. Unfortunately. The weather didn't, really cooperate so, it wasn't a great day to, hang out at the beach but let, me give you a look around, there's. A long pier, that leads from the deep water channel where the cruise ship docks and takes, you ashore to the island if you. Have mobility issues you're, welcome to hitch a ride ashore. Otherwise. Walk, and, enjoy the views of the ship and of, the mangroves, I got, a kick out of watching these pelicans, fishing. There, must have been a lot of fish in the water because these, pelicans, were having no trouble finding. Lunch, here, on, the. Island itself there is a spectacular. Beach I would, have loved to hang out there all day long and do, some swimming in the water but it just wasn't the right weather for that I'll. Be back on another cruise in the spring, and I'm, hoping for better weather the. Thing that really impressed me was how, many loungers, there are on the island they. Could bring their biggest, ship here every passenger, could come ashore and, want a lounger, and I'm, sure there would still be enough, there, were loungers.
Everywhere. Besides. That beautiful Beach there's, the gigantic. Swimming, pool and I really do mean, gigantic. I bet. On a hot day in the Caribbean it's amazing, to see it full of people, next. To the pool you'll find a great lunch venue, Jimmy, Buffett's, landshark, Bar and Grill and speaking. Of dining, and drinking on the island just be aware that even. Though NCL owns the island as far. As the passengers, are concerned, it's just like visiting, any other, port of call in so far as paying for food and drink goes the, food and drinks on the island are not covered, by your dining. And drinking packages. So, bring cash or credit cards, to pay for food and drink just like you would in any, port, of call. While. I was on the island I got a big kick out of watching people on the, zip lines, they. Have a very extensive, network, of zip lines, zigzagging. Around the island and it, was a lot of fun to, watch people fly overhead. There. Are also several, aviaries. On the island, they've, got macaws, and. Toucans, and, a, pretty impressive. Butterfly. Habitat. Our. Third, port of call was another one I had never been to before and. I, was so pleasantly surprised, here it's the port of Costa, Maya in Mexico. Thankfully. We finally, escaped the bad weather and we got some Sun. They. Have a very, cool looking water park in Costa, Maya and if, you visit here with kids it should probably be your destination. But, since this was my first, time in Costa, Maya I wanted. To just explore what, they offered right near the pier, I was. Very, impressed, there's. A big, swimming pool nowhere, near as big as harvest key but, big enough and all. We had to do to snag a lounger, right next to the pool was, buy one drink from the bar so, we enjoyed drinks, poolside and, hung, out enjoying, the warm weather for a while, when, we finally had enough of the pool we took a walk around to see what else they had right there around the pool lots. Of shopping of course bars. And restaurants, and this, was interesting, a swim. With the dolphins attraction. But. The thing at Costa Maya that delighted, kellen and I the most, was. A total, surprise we had no idea that they had this here when, we were at the pool we heard birds, up above, us and looking, up we noticed all these little suspended. Bridges linking. A series, of aviaries. Up above the pool area it. Cost $12. Per person for entry but for us it was totally. Worth it we, loved tropical. Birds especially macaws. And, they, had some very well, behaved macaws as well, as many other birds and Kellen. Had a whole bunch of fun feeding, them in one. Of the aviaries, they had a certain kind of bird I don't know what kind it was exactly but these birds totally. Loved, my, hat, the. Minute i walked in i had birds flying in to sit on my hat it, was hilarious and, now. I can say that Jim Zim is the. Bird whisperer. So. We had a lot of fun in Costa Maya and I'm, looking forward to coming back again, in the spring. Dr.. Right next to our ship in Costa Maya was, a brand new cruise ship that's getting a lot, of buzz these days it's, the celebrity, edge and, you. Can easily identify her. From quite a distance because. Of that very, unusual orange. Structure on the side of the ship it's. Called the, magic carpet, it's. Basically, a platform on, the side of the ship that can be moved up or down to, one of several decks as needed. You, don't ride it like an elevator, but, you just find it stationed, at different, decks throughout.
The Day I, chatted. Up several different people on the pier that I saw were passengers, on the celebrity edge and they had really good things to say about it our final. Port of call was Cozumel, Mexico we. Were docked next, to the MSC. Armonia. Don't. Get me started about MSC. I've, been on 45 cruises, now and they've all been good but, the least good one was. On MSC, it's. A cruise line for Europeans. I don't. Recommend it for Americans. So, I'm pretty sure I won't be sailing with MSC, again. Right. Across the street from the cruise ship here is a big shopping mall normally. I would spend a day in Cozumel, at the beach but, Killah and I just weren't up for a big adventure today, we. Were craving, american-style. Mexican. Food you know not real Mexican, food but what Americans, think Mexican. Food is so. We headed over to, Senor, frog's, restaurant. Which is always fun especially. Watching the tourist cut loose and get a little crazy. Back. On board the ship Norwegian. Getaway has several, very fun water, slides, including. To wear, you stand inside a tube and the, floor suddenly, drops out from under, you. The. Entire success, of my youtube channel started. With cruise-ship waterslide. Videos, my. Channel has had over 228, million views, and a, hundred and twelve million of those have been from, cruise ship waterslide, videos, so. Since I was on a ship with really, great water slides I set, out to create a really. Great new water slide video there's. A link up in the corner if you'd like to see what I came up with specialty. Dining is another one of my favorite, things about NCL, we, had some really great dinners, during our cruise they. Keep the restaurants, dark to create our romantic dining, mood and that makes it tough to shoot video, so, let, me show you some still photos of, some, of our dinners. Here's. The New York strip steak that I had at Cagney's, the steakhouse and Kellen. Had the grilled salmon. This. Is pork chops from the Italian, restaurant the last time I was there I had the lasagna, and it, was horrible, I laughed, when I noticed that it wasn't even on the menu this time. The. Brazilian, steakhouse, has a pretty great salad, bar but, don't fill up on it you'll want to save lots of room for all the meat that they bring around and carve, off slices, right there at your table, I've, warmed. Up to the private restaurant in the Haven as I've, cruised with NCL more often now honestly. I felt a bit uncomfortable there my first couple of Haven cruises, I'm, a casual, guy and, somehow, the Haven, restaurant seemed overly. Fancy to me at first but, I've come to realize, that you can be as casual, and comfortable in the Haven restaurant, as you want they. Just want you to be happy and they, want to spoil you so, I had a lot more meals in the Haven restaurant, this time around than, in my earlier, cruises. The. Breakfast, in the Haven restaurant, is fantastic. I ate, all seven, breakfasts there I like. To ask them to warm up the croissants, for me I like, them better that way than just at room temperature, and they are totally, happy to accommodate that, special, request. At. Lunch, the French Dip sandwich was, a nice surprise I had, it a couple of years ago during a previous cruise, on Norwegian getaway I remember. Thinking at that time they didn't know how to make a proper french dip I think, they sliced the meat too thick or something, but they must have figured it out since then this, time the French dip was, fantastic.
So, Good that I actually went back for lunch on another day and had, another one and. Here's. The prime rib from The Haven restaurant, I made, a mistake and, I ordered it well-done I shouldn't, have done that my mistake it probably, would have been great if I hadn't, done, that. At. Lunch, if you're in the mood for a burger, the, havens, burger, is definitely the, best burger, of all the restaurants on board even better than the Cheeseburger, in Paradise at, the, Margaritaville. Rest, on board Norwegian, getaway. Speaking. Of Margaritaville, you, absolutely. Must try the. Volcano, nachos. There, but, it helps, if you have three or four people at your table to, team up on it it is big. We. Did actually eat in the buffet one night we. Love Mexican, food so we were excited about Mexican. Night at the buffet but it, was a disappointment. We. Stopped by on seafood night in the buffet to just, to shoot this little video clip we, didn't actually eat any but it looked good. One. Last thing on the subject of food if you need a little snack in the middle of the afternoon before, dinner or maybe, a little dessert, after, dinner this, is a great little place that serves, gelato. On Dec, 8 for. A small, extra, charge. Our. Stateroom. On the Norwegian getaway was, pretty darned great it's, what's known as a haven, spa, suite, the. Very unusual, thing about it is that there's a whirlpool tub right. Next to the bed between. That private, tub big enough for two people to share and the, big shower in the bathroom, this, is the perfect cabin, for honeymooners. Or, any, romantic couple. Kalin. And I will be celebrating our 30th, wedding anniversary, pretty. Soon so, you don't have to be an actual, honeymooner. To enjoy this suite but if the, spark is still alive it's a great suite. There's. A link up in the corner to a more, extensive, tour, of the. Haven spa suite. The. Main reason, we chose a haven spa suite is that it comes with not only full, access to the thermal suite inside the spa but also all, the benefits, of being part of the Haven such, as access, to the Haven courtyard. The. Outdoor dining area. The. Private, restaurant. The. Private, bar and the. Private Sun Deck and, the. Full services, of both a butler and a. Concierge. This was my fourth time, cruising, in the Haven on one, of NC L ships and I totally, loved it pricey. For sure but if your, financial situation will, allow for it it's an, amazingly. Great way to cruise. We. Are platinum and NCOs loyalty, program now and there are some nice perks that come with that I'm, not going to list all the perks but one of them is a free, dinner for two at the steakhouse and another, is a free dinner for two at the Italian, restaurant, but. Here's the perk that I actually, got the biggest kick out of we, got a free tour of some, of the crew only areas, of the ship they, call it the behind-the-scenes, tour.
It, Was really interesting to go below the waterline and tour, the laundry, facility, and to, look at how they deal with the, huge, volume of towels, and, sheets and. Tablecloths. That, they have to wash dry. And fold. The. Machinery, was quite interesting, to see in action, without. It there's no way they could deal with this amount of laundry but. Even though they do have some pretty nice machines, that, do a lot of the work it. Seems like a bit of a nightmare, job, in very, warm humid, conditions. Imagine. How, bad the situation in, your home country, would have to be for, this to seem like your, best life, option. I, am. Certainly fortunate to be a passenger, not. Doing, one of these jobs, but I can, also see how there's a camaraderie, among. The crew below decks and. I certainly understand, that you've, got to do what you've got to do to support your family I was, a used car salesman for. A while 25. Years ago that. Wasn't great but it was, certainly easier than working in the laundry would be. The, next stop on our behind-the-scenes, tour was, the walk-in, freezer. These. Visuals, don't really give you much of a clue about how cold this was the. Fact that our tour guide was wearing a skirt, doesn't. Help to convey a sense of the cold in here trust, me it's, a freezer. It was, cold. The. Logistics, of acquiring. And, storing, all the, food for a mega cruise ship just, amazed, me. Then, we visited, one of the kitchens, another, amazing, site that's kind, of hard to wrap your head around, of, course we visited, between, breakfast, and lunch so, it was quite, a bit more calm in the kitchen than it would be at peak, dining. Times. But. It was really interesting to, look around and get, a bit, of a glimpse into the logistics, involved, by. The way the kitchen is one, floor, below the. Main restaurant, do. You know how the waiters get up one, level to bring the trays of food from, the kitchen to, your table, well. It turns out that the waiters have access to something that the passengers. Don't, a. Crew. Only escalator. How about that I had read about it but it was fun to see it in person on, the, behind-the-scenes. Tour. One. Last thing before I wrap this up I'm, going to do something that I rarely, do, I'm going, to say something nice about, MSC. Seaside, I, mentioned. Earlier that MSC. Seaside, was our least favorite, out of all 45, cruises we've been on but let me show you something they got right, on the MSC sea side that, isn't quite right on, Norwegian. Getaway. This. Is what's known as the waterfront. On Norwegian getaway it's. An outdoor deck that runs around the exterior of deck 8 the. Promenade, deck on carnival, or princess ships but. It's better than a promenade, deck because, in addition, to just having lots of comfortable, places, to sit and enjoy the views there, are also a number of outdoor bars, where, you can sit and have a drink as well as outdoor seating for many of the specialty, restaurants. So. On a warm night in the Caribbean it's a great place to have a meal, but. Where they got it wrong on the Norwegian getaway is, they. Failed to extend the deck out far, enough to cover the lifeboats, and keep, them out of sight so. When you're sitting on the waterfront. The views are marred a bit by the sight of the bright orange lifeboats. Now, take, a look at MSC seaside, and see, how they should have done it on Norwegian, getaway. This. Is MSC's, version, they call it the waterfront. Boardwalk. The deck, extends, out much further than it does on Norwegian, getaway and it, totally blocks any view, of the lifeboats, if we. Look up at it from down below from, this angle you can see the lifeboats, on MSC, seaside and if you look carefully you can see the deck extended. Out right above them but, as. You walk down the waterfront, boardwalk on MSC, seaside the deck is very wide and the lifeboats, are hidden out of view, and. I find it interesting that Norwegian, did get it right on their newest, generation, of, ships here's, the waterfront, on the Norwegian bliss. Notice. That it's quite a bit wider than the waterfront, on Norwegian getaway and the, lifeboats, are tucked completely.
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