2014 brings new ships, and the first to debut is Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Getaway. Christened by the Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders on February 7, it’s a bit fitting since she’ll be sailing year round out of Miami, with a South Beach flair. What’s new onboard Norwegian Getaway, and why consider her for a possible cruise group?
New Shipboard Entertainment
Let’s face it – entertainment is a hot button for many cruise guests, and varies from from cruise line to cruise line. The high action, diverse, cutting edge entertainment Norwegian Cruise Line is well known for continues on Norwegian Getaway. Performances of the seven-time Tony Award nominated musical, “LEGALLY BLONDE” debut.
Another “first of a kind at sea” is The Illusionarium. Combining a new dining and entertainment experience, guests enjoy the fascinating world of magic, complete with supernatural special effects and astonishing illusions by world class musicians. Norwegian Getaway is also the first ship to feature the GRAMMY® Experience at sea, which not only includes artifacts chose by the GRAMMY Museum® but also includes live performances by past GRAMMY nominees and winners.
27 Dining Options
When launching Freestyle Dining in 2000, Norwegian Cruise Line revolutionized cruise dining by providing more flexibility and venues, which continues. The Norwegian Getaway has some new dining options tying in the culture of Miami and South Florida. Located on Deck 16, Flamingo Bar & Grill serves cuisine with a Latin flair throughout the day. The Tropicana Room, inspired by the glamour and glitz of Miami Beach night life of the 1940’s and 50’s, lets guests feel as if they’re dining in a retro supper club. Both are complimentary. Sunset Bar, located on Deck 8 has been inspired by Ernest Hemingway and Key West. Sugarcane Mojito Bar, also on Deck 8, serves mojitos as well as rum based cocktails with an island themed setting.
Ties with well known experts continue. Celebrity Chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian has three dining concepts – Ocean Blue, a fine-dining seafood restaurant, along with Ocean Blue on the Waterfront and The Raw Bar. Also onboard is an outpost of the famous Carlo’s Bakery, designed by TV’s “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro. For guests who want to chill out, the best place to go is SVEDKA/Inniskillin Ice Bar, which features an Art Deco-style décor. Also onboard is the lunch show, “Wine Lovers: The Musical” combining wine tasting with lunch and musical comedy.
More on the Ship’s Design
Homeported in Miami year round and sailing on 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruises, Norwegian Getaway has been designed with a South Beach flair. Designed by Miami artist, David “Lebo” Le Batard, the hull artwork features a mermaid holding the sun above the waves.
A sister ship to the Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway also has 678 Ocean Place and The Waterfront. The interconnected indoor and outdoor venues on three decks provide a multiplex of activities and dining as well as a way for guests to really connect with the ocean.
The three-story Sports Complex , featuring AquaPark has five thrill water slides, two pools, and one of the largest multi-level elevated ropes course. Want to enjoy a different kind of thrill by literally walking the plank? You can. A platform extending eight feet over the side of the ship, The Plank offers guests a different view of the ocean, while being safely tethered.
A Quick Video Preview
Norwegian Cruise Line has a brief, 2 minute video about their Norwegian Getaway, which you can view by using this link: http://www.ncl.com/video/getaway
“Not a one size fits all” Cruise
Does your group enjoy high level, versatile entertainment? Add in 27 dining options, flexible accommodations, including the Studio staterooms, specifically designed for solo travelers (no extra surcharge involved) , as well as The Haven. Norwegian Getaway can be a great group option, because it’s not a one size fits all ship experience.