The newest and biggest ship sailing out of PortMiami is christened over the weekend
I am currently aboard the inaugural sailing of the Norwegian Getaway from its homeport of Miami. The ship is beautiful with many of the same venues that were introduced on sister ship Norwegian Breakaway last year, but also with differences that pay homage to the Miami theme of the ship. Norwegian’s aim is to offer a ship that provides plenty of the tropical Latin beat Miami is famous for, and from what I have seen so far it is a perfect match for Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature “Freestyle” way of cruising.
Ocean Blue Restaurant - See the entire Getaway Phto Album here:
PortMiami had lost a great deal of cruise business to other ports over the past few years, in particular Port Everglades, and has since been working hard to regain its position as the leading embarkation port for Caribbean and Bahamas. The addition of a brand new ship, and also one that celebrates the local culture is a huge plus for the port.
Last Friday I attended the ship’s naming ceremony featuring the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders, in the role of “Godmothers” for the ship as a group, christening the Norwegian Getaway. Norwegian is also the official cruise line of the Dolphins the NFL official Sun Life Stadium in Miami where the Dolphin play.
The ceremony was a festive, fun-filled event held within the ship’s Aqua Park on the top deck. Keeping with the casual nature of Norwegian’s cruises, I was very pleased to not be wearing a suit for the ceremony, and instead was able to take in sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s. A perfect start to what I believe will be a very popular cruise choice for both new and experienced cruisers.
The Dolphins cheerleaders thrilled the assembled crowd with an exhilarating performance, followed by the Miami-based chart-breaking, singing superstar named “Pitbull.” He had the entire ship singing and swinging to his many Top 10 Hit songs. Everyone was having a jazzed up time!
Looking Around the Ship
A view form the Waterfront See the entire Getaway Phto Album here:
Following the ceremony I was able to get more accustomed to the ship and the multiple venues. Obviously I was not able to form an impression in just one brief night on this very large ship, so I am staying aboard for the full week experience of the Norwegian Getaway's eastern Caribbean itinerary. However, I did sample the entertainment and food offerings and my initial feelings are that this ship is going to be a hit.
I was in a mini-suite for the christening cruise, which really is similar to a standard balcony cabin as far as square footage and storage space, although it had a large bathroom and multi-sprayer shower. The balcony was quite small. The bed was firm, which I like, and there was also a sofa and the usual amenities.
For the 7-night cruise I moved to one of the studio cabins, which Norwegian innovated on the Epic a few years ago. Although it is only 100 square feet I am surprised at how 'usable' it is and I have no complaints. What is nice is that we have first to key card into a door leading to the studio area, and then we can go to our cabins or the exclusive studio lounge, which is two levels high and has a small bar, coffee service 24/7, self-serve wine dispensers (yes, it costs per glass), and cookies and other pastries. In fact, I am sitting in this lounge as I type this and it is a very pleasant room with music playing and TV monitors all around. Solo cruising is getting more and more popular and the studio concept is an excellent response to the demand. No single supplements apply, so the pricing is quite affordable.
I had dinner at Teppanyaki which is the Japanese style grill restaurant, with an engaging chef cooking delicious steak cuts, shrimp, and other familiar items as he bantered with the guests at our table. It was great fun and the food was excellent.
Teppenyaki - See the entire Getaway Phto Album here:
I wandered around and then was drawn to the sounds of the Howl At The Moon dueling pianos in the Headliners club. There were three musicians in the 'group' although two were normally the only ones playing, with the third person playing drums as needed. They play requests from the audience and it was great fun. Excellent musicians by the way, and they really can play just about any song.
I'll be attending Illusionarium, Legally Blonde, and some other shows during this week aboard and will report on them later. Suffice to say, Miami has an exciting, fresh offering for cruisers, that will prove quite popular.
David Beers is the editor of Cruise Reviews - the sister Web Site to CruiseMates