The newly delivered ship will visit Rotterdam, Southampton and New York before its Miami arrival
Norwegian Getaway has a long way to go and plenty of adventures ahead of its arrival in Miami where it will be officially christened before its regular year-round Caribbean cruising commences in February.
Meyer Werft, the German shipyard that built the nearly 4,000-passenger vessel, handed it over Norwegian Cruise Line during a ceremony in Papenburg, Germany last Friday (January 10, 2014). The ship was built in 15 months.
The ship now faces a very busy schedule. It will first head to Rotterdam for welcoming festivities followed by a two-day stay in Southampton on beginning January 15 to host visiting dignitaries, representatives of the UK travel industry and the British travel and lifestyle media.
Getaway then departs on a transatlantic crossing that ends in New York City’s Pier 88 in Manhattan where the ship will be transformed into the official “Bud Light Hotel” for the Super Bowl (being held in Giants Stadium) between Jan. 30 and Feb. 2.
Staterooms will be given over to “Bud Lite” contest winners who will enjoy the city and the ship, and revel in nighttime Superbowl parties in a private viewing area on shore where a stage (near the Intrepid Naval Museum) will feature concerts by The Foo Fighters, The Roots and other popular bands.
After the New York Superbowl festivities, Norwegian Getaway will finally head to its new home, Miami, Florida, where a christening ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 7. The ship will have several godmothers –all of the Miami Dolphins’ cheerleaders.
What is New on Norwegian Getaway
The first thing people will notice is the striking artwork on the ship’s hull - done by locally famous Miami-based artist David ‘LEBO’ Le Batard. It features a whimsical mermaid holding the sun above the waves. And just as Norwegian Breakaway is dedicated to highlighting features of New York City, the “Magic of Miami” defines the theme for Norwegian Getaway. Miami is known as “The Magic City” for the way it appeared virtually overnight in the early 1900s.
One of the public rooms onboard is an all new dining experience called “The Illusionarium” where guests will be enveloped in a multi-media performance featuring magic and illusions. This replaces the Cirque experience shown on Norwegian Epic and Breakaway.
Norwegian Getaway will also be the first ship to feature the “GRAMMY Experience at Sea,” which will include artifacts chosen and curated by the GRAMMY Museum along with live performances by past GRAMMY winners and nominees.
The first GRAMMY Experience artist was just announced; Nestor Torres, an exceptionally talented Jazz flautist who is equally fluent in Classical and Latin genres. Throughout his 25-year career he has created 14 albums, been nominated for a GRAMMY and four Latin GRAMMYs, and has received a Latin GRAMMY at the 2nd Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards in 2001 for his album entitled “This Side of Paradise.” Torres has performed and recorded with Ricky Martin, Tito Puente, Herbie Hancock, Gloria Estefan, Kenny Loggins and Dave Mathews.
Keeping the theme going will be the Latin-inspired dance productions by the Broadway-based, “Burn the Floor.” These dance-based stage productions specialize in Tango, Salsa, Rumba and other exotic Latin-culture dances, as well as more traditional styles.
The main showroom will feature the seven-time Tony Award nominated musical “Legally Blonde.” Another show room will feature comedy headliners coming from Los Angeles-based Levity Entertainment Group, replacing the Second City troupe on other Norwegian ships. One act the will remain is the interactive dueling piano sing along called “Howl at the Moon.”
Inside the ship, Norwegian Getaway will also feature the SVEDKA/ Inniskillin Ice Bar, featuring the branded Vodka in an Art Deco décor, reminiscent of Miami Beach’s famous South Beach.
Every sailing will also feature a fireworks display at sea, set to music, as part of the “White Hot Dance Party” held once per cruise in the ship’s outdoor club, “Spice H20.”
Kid’s Activities, Inside and Out
Nickelodeon is on board Getaway giving kids a chance to meet SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Dora the Explorer and Diego, among other Nick favorites. The new pirate-themed Nickelodeon Kids’ Aqua Park will offer a place to chill with the larger than life Nickelodeon characters from Bikini Bottom.
Outdoors, for the kids and young at heart adults is the three-story Sports Complex. The Aqua Park features five water slides, two swimming pools and one of the largest multi-level elevated ropes courses at sea, challenging guests with more than 40 different elements, including a zip line and the thrill called “The Plank,” a platform that extends 2.5 meters over the side of the ship.
There is also a nine-hole mini-golf course beneath the ropes course, a rock climbing wall, a bungee trampoline and the “Spider Web;” a 20-square foot enclosed climbing cage with a spiral slide inside.
Ocean Blue Restaurant
Famed New York Restaurateur, Geoffrey Zakarian, officially joined Getaway late in the game. His first shipboard restaurant is on sister ship Norwegian Breakaway which sails from his home town New York. One of Norwegian Getaway’s most upscale eateries, Ocean Blue will offer Zakarian signatures like whole roasted Dover sole with sauce Meuniere. The eight main menu offerings also include Miami-themed dinners like Florida red snapper with buttermilk, horseradish, leeks and crispy potatoes. Zakarian’s a la carte Raw Bar, serves oysters on the half shell and other seafood items.
Like its sister ship, Norwegian Breakaway, sailing out of New York City, Getaway also has an extensive “Waterfront” seaside promenade deck with outdoor space with al fresco seating for many of its restaurants, including Ocean Blue, the Moderno Churrascaria, Cagney’s Steakhouse and more.