Norwegian Cruise Line welcomed the 4000-passenger Norwegian Getaway to its fleet at an exciting christening event in February 2014, and the ship currently sails to the Caribbean from its home port of Miami.
In August 2016, a group from the Rio Summer Olympics chartered the entire ship to house Olympic VIPs. Depending on their status, some stayed in the regular cabins and suites, while the lucky ones stayed in The Haven.
In the spring of 2017, the Norwegian Getaway repositions to northern Europe where she sails 9-day Baltic cruises until the fall of 2017 when she returns to Miami.
Although the Norwegian Getaway is similar to its sister ship Norwegian Breakaway, cruise travelers can also enjoy some different venues and entertainment options on this newer ship.
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Norwegian Getaway - New Entertainment
The Norwegian Getaway is the first ship to feature these examples of outstanding and unique entertainment.
Getaway Theater. This large show lounge spans two decks forward on decks 6 and 7. Although the theater features terrific cabaret performers seen on other Norwegian Cruise Line ships, the unique show is "Legally Blonde", a seven-time Tony Award-nominated musical that is fun for the whole family.
Illusionarium. Isn't this a great name for a venue that showcases marvelous magicians and dinner? Guests have the opportunity to experience astonishing illusions, special effects, and some world-class magical entertainers.
GRAMMY® Experience. This entertainment venue is both a museum and a nightclub with live musical performers, many of whom were past GRAMMY winners or nominees. The museum features costumes, musical instruments, and other artifacts of GRAMMY winners chosen and curated by the GRAMMY Museum®.
Wine Lovers the Musical. This lunchtime entertainment option is held in the Illusionarium twice each sailing. An interactive musical and comedy show is included with the six-flight wine tasting and lunch.
Norwegian Getaway - Other Entertainment
Past Norwegian cruisers will recognize these entertainment venues and be happy that they are included on the Norwegian Getaway.
Burn the Floor. This sizzling dance show is based on the Broadway performance of the same name. The non-stop, 45-minute show is a hit with everyone who loves to watch excellent dancers performing a wide variety of different dance styles. A shortened version of the show is presented in the Tropicana Room during dinner.
Headliners Comedy Club. Cruise travelers love the Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos Show and the top-notch comedians who perform in this venue. Participants will find themselves singing, laughing, dancing (and even howling) all night long.
The 2,014 staterooms on the Norwegian Getaway provide a wide range of sizes and amenities for its guests. The ship has 962 balcony cabins, making this the most prevalent type. However, those on a tighter budget might prefer one of the 449 inside cabins, which are the least expensive type. Solo travelers will appreciate the 59 cozy Studio Cabins, which even have their own private lounge used for socializing and meet-and-greets.
The Norwegian Getaway has 28 different dining options. Seven of these dining venues are complimentary to all guests, 18 are available to all guests with an extra surcharge, two are exclusive to those staying in The Haven, and one is exclusive to those staying in the Studio Cabins.
Although seven complimentary options may not sound like many, the variety is good and the venues are lovely. The Tropicana Room is a spectacular main dining room, and Taste and Savor are nice alternatives. The Garden Cafe and Flamingo Bar & Grill provide casual options to menu dining, and O'Sheehan's, which is open 24-hours a day, combines pub food and drinks anytime guests have a craving. Plus, there's always room service.
With over 20 drinking establishments on the Norwegian Getaway, it's easy to find a beverage and an atmosphere to suit every mood. Many of the lounges are similar to those found on other Norwegian Cruise Line ships, but have a Miami-look. One of my favorites was the Sugarcane Mojito Bar, which features indoor and outdoor seating and an island theme. Late night partiers need look no further than Bliss, a disco hotspot.
The Mandara Spa, Salon, and Fitness Center occupies 23,000 square feet on decks 14 and 15 forward on the Norwegian Getaway. The facility has all the latest fitness equipment and a relaxing/rejuvenating day spa. These photos provide more information on the enticing space.
The interior common areas on the Norwegian Getaway are bright and airy, much like you would expect of a ship with a Miami-themed hull. The ship has a contemporary look and many fascinating rooms like 678 Ocean Place seen in the photo at the left.
Norwegian Getaway Outdoor Decks
Active outdoor lovers will appreciate the Aqua Park and Sports Complex on the Norwegian Getaway, while adults who prefer a quieter space outdoors away from the kids will enjoy the Spice H2O or Vibe Beach Club.
I loved strolling along The Waterfront, with its many dining and drinking spots.
Those who love extra pampering, exceptional service, and more of a small ship atmosphere should check out the suites in The Haven, an exclusive luxury section of the Norwegian Getaway on decks 15 and 16. The accommodations at The Haven are expensive, but guests have more amenities, a private pool and courtyard, a private restaurant and lounge, and exclusive space on the sun deck.
Norwegian Getaway Facts and Figures
- Built by: Meyer Werft GMBH
- Entered service: January 10, 2014
- Steel cutting: May 10, 2012
- Keel laying: October 30, 2012
- Gross tons: 146,000
- Length: 1,068 feet
- Width: 170 feet
- Draft: 27 feet
- Cruising speed: 21.5 knots
- Decks: 18
- Guests: 4,000 (double occupancy)
- Crew: 1,640
- Hull art: Miami-based artist David "LEBO" Le Batard
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