Today was our first full day on board Norwegian Getaway. After a few busy days of packing, traveling, and boarding the ship, it was so peaceful to sip coffee while looking out at the ocean from our balcony. I could finally relax and feel like I was on vacation!
The ship’s pub, O’Sheehan’s, is one of several choices for breakfast. It was quieter and less hectic than navigating the busier buffet areas, and the servers were very attentive. After breakfast, we wanted to try out the ropes course or rock climbing wall, but they were closed because it was too windy. Instead, we ended up catching part of a cooking demonstration by some of the chefs from the Teppenyaki restaurant. They were very entertaining, and although they said we could try out the same skills at home, I don’t think I’ll be flipping raw eggs around in my own kitchen any time soon!
We grabbed a quick lunch at the Garden Buffet, and then headed out to the pool deck to find a spot to relax. There are two relatively small pool areas on the Getaway: one is adults-only, and one next to the water slides and splash pad that is open to all guests. As the center for any games and activities, it seemed like chairs anywhere around the adults-only pool were at a premium, and the music was fairly loud. There are chairs on several other decks as well, or you can pay an additional fee for a pass to the adults-only Vibe Beach Club section.
Instead, we decided to head to the Spice H₂O deck all the way at the back of the ship on Deck 16. It is adults-only during the day, has no entrance fee, and although it doesn’t have a pool, there is a waterfall area for cooling off plus two hot tubs. Even arriving after 1:00, we had no trouble finding two chairs together.
As the afternoon went on, this area never seemed to fill up completely. There was music playing but at a lower volume, a bar area, an NFL football game playing on the big screen, even a staff member who occasionally walked around handing out cold towels–Definitely a good spot for a more relaxing day at sea!
Since we had show reservations we opted for a quicker dinner at the Shanghai noodle bar, which is one of the complimentary dining options. You sit at tall counters, with some seats overlooking the kitchen, and order by marking options on a paper menu. The spring rolls and fried rice were very good, the dumplings and noodles we tried were just average.
Our show for the evening was “Burn the Floor”, a musical dance production with a Latin twist. I was glad we arrived 15-20 minutes before our show time, since the theater was filling up quickly. We snagged great seats several rows from the stage. The vocalists were top notch, the dancers were insanely high-energy, and the lively show ended with a standing ovation from the audience.
After the show we went to the atrium for one of my favorite parts of any cruise, the “Newlywed, No-So-Newlywed” game. Hosted by the cruise director, JC Sanchez, three couples from the audience were chosen as contestants.
The husbands and wives take turns answering questions about each other, and then later each has to guess what the other said, with hilarious results. (Note that families in attendance were warned about the PG-13 rated topics.) It was a popular event, but the limited space and layout of the atrium made it hard to see and many people had to stand the entire time.
What do you do on a cruise when you realize your earlier, lighter dinner leaves you hungry at 10:00? You eat a second dinner! We decided on sandwiches and drinks at O’Sheehan’s pub, while we watched the end of the US Open men’s tennis final.
We returned to our cabin to find a little friend next to tomorrow’s “Freestyle Daily” schedule. Time to start planning tomorrow’s adventures!