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The ship just left the big shipyard factory building in Papenburg and is revealed to the world. By the way, the building where the ships are built is so big it is the second largest structure in Europe (an Airbus building is the largest).

The hull painting is done by a well-known Miami artist...



November 15, 2013 – Norwegian Getaway, Miami’s Ultimate Ship, departed MEYER WERFT in Papenburg, Germany late last night, for her approximately 24-hour long conveyance along the Ems River. Norwegian Getaway’s river conveyance marks another key milestone in the ship’s highly anticipated delivery.

Sailing backwards, Norwegian Getaway left MEYER WERFT at approximately 10 p.m. (local time in Germany), and made a narrow passage through the ship yard’s locks, with only 1.6 meters clearance separating the ship from the “bumpers” that were specially installed along the starboard side of the locks. This very tedious maneuver took approximately 1.5 hours at a maximum speed of only 0.2 knots. The precise navigation was led by a team of two located on the bridge, with one navigation officer in charge of overseeing the bow maneuvers and the other overseeing the movement of the stern. It was extremely important that not too much force was placed on the bumpers, which can only support a light touch by the ship, which measures 1063 feet long and 130 feet wide; therefore, minimum speed and minimum pressure on the bumpers was essential. After passing through the locks, Norwegian Getaway continued along the river, stern first. Due to the strong propulsion in the aft section of the vessel, traveling stern first helps with maneuverability which is a key component when navigating the vessel through such narrow passages.

Before reaching her final destination in Eemshaven, Germany at 5 p.m. (local time in Germany) today, heading toward the North Sea, Norwegian Getaway will pass through additional narrow passages including the locks in Papenburg, which allow only 1.5 meter clearance on either side; Weener Bridge in Weener; Jann-Berghaus Bridge in Leer; and Ems-Barrier in Gandersum.
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The Getaway transatlantic to NYC is fast approaching.

Is anyone else booked on some of the early sailings? We are booked on the February 22nd out of Miami. So excited to see the Waterfront area with it's outdoor bars and restaurants, Miami themed venues and decor, new shows such as Legally Blonde, the Illusionarium dinner show, entertainment at the Grammy Experience. It should be a great cruise!
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As I mentioned in another thread, I'll be aboard for both the naming ceremony and one-night hobnob cruise, and then on the February 8th 7-night cruise.

I also think the Waterfront will be 'the place' to hang out and it fits perfectly with the Miami theme, plus the local weather most of the time.

To be honest I have not sailed with Norwegian in many years and they have been on my backburner. So I am excited to see how things are with them after about 10 years of doing other cruise lines.

I have a mini-suite for the overnight cruise and then move to one of the studio cabins for solo cruisers on the 7-night itinerary. I am curious about the solo thing with their exclusive lounge. As I recall, Paul had one on the Epic when it sailed from Europe on it's maiden voyage and liked the concept.
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As I mentioned in another thread, I'll be aboard for both the naming ceremony and one-night hobnob cruise, and then on the February 8th 7-night cruise.

I also think the Waterfront will be 'the place' to hang out and it fits perfectly with the Miami theme, plus the local weather most of the time.

To be honest I have not sailed with Norwegian in many years and they have been on my backburner. So I am excited to see how things are with them after about 10 years of doing other cruise lines.

I have a mini-suite for the overnight cruise and then move to one of the studio cabins for solo cruisers on the 7-night itinerary. I am curious about the solo thing with their exclusive lounge. As I recall, Paul had one on the Epic when it sailed from Europe on it's maiden voyage and liked the concept.
We have cruised exclusively with NCL after discovering them in 2010. Getaway will be number 6 and we have the POA in Hawaii next summer. We have done HAL, Carnival, RCI, Celebrity and Princess and much prefer NCL for it's casual laid back feel. Not a fan of the formality on some of those other lines.

Looking forward to the Waterfront area as well. Want to check out the bar on the port side, Sugarcane or Sunset, I can't remember which, for sailaway out of Miami. That area seems to be somewhat under utilized on the Breskaway from what I have read.

This will be our first experience on a brand new ship, so hope they get all the bugs out of the system on your sailing. We are booked in a mini suite with large balcony on deck 8 forward. ( M6 ). Love the location close to the Waterfront and all the midship action. A few reviews and pictures are beginning to trickle in from the 1 nighter in Europe. I hope you come back and report in with your impressions, must sees and tips after your sailing.
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There will be a full report on the Getaway posted on this website when I return. Likely some "live" photos and commentary of the naming ceremony too.
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Dave, I just saw a You Tube video, Norwegian Getaway Studio Cabin, you might be interested in taking a look at. It looked pretty comfy for one. Bed is full size, storage looks pretty good with 2 closets and some storage under the counter. The bath facilities are pretty much like the Epic with the sink in the room, corner shower with glass door. But at least the toilet is in a separate compartment with a solid door! No video of the lounge area.
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Booked on her this June..will be in Miami when she arrives..can't wait
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When it comes to entertainment, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean have left the other cruise lines in their wakes, so to speak. Nobody can compare to what these two lines offer. I am really looking forward to the shows on Getaway.
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When it comes to entertainment, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean have left the other cruise lines in their wakes, so to speak. Nobody can compare to what these two lines offer. I am really looking forward to the shows on Getaway.
Dave, went over to "Meet on Board" for NCL and Getaway is not listed.
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Sorry - the new MOB (meet on board) for Getaway is there now
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The Getaway docked in NYC this am after her transatlantic!

She is booked as a hotel for the Super Bowl and then will head south to position for the start of her Eastern Caribbean itinerary. Can't wait for our cruise on Feb 22nd!
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We are booked in June too. I have been reading the few reviews on the Getaway and then the Breakaway. The Breakaway reviews really worry me. I feel like he have made a big mistake. Any please comment!
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We are booked in June too. I have been reading the few reviews on the Getaway and then the Breakaway. The Breakaway reviews really worry me. I feel like he have made a big mistake. Any please comment!
I think you posted on another forum here about this and I answered there. I take reviews with a big grain of salt. Many of them seem to be written by people who can find the negative in any situation. They will state that they enjoyed the shows, loved some of the food, had lots of fun, most of the crew were very friendly, yet they will call their review "The Epic Disaster" because they had to wait 10 minutes with a free glass of champagne to be seated at dinner, and the ship was "too big", there were actually other people in the elevators with them, they passed a crew member in the hall and he actually failed to smile as they passed. Oh, and don't forget they missed giving them a towel animal a couple nights! It is a wonder they survived the cruise.

Sorry to vent. But these melodramatic reviews get on my nerves. I, like you, have worried about the reviews prior to a cruise and then found the reality to be far different when I actually got on the ship. Just glean out the helpful nuggets of information in reviews and go with a positive attitude.
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The melodramatic ones are especially tedious. There are the one-note sambas where everything 'sucked' (a popular descriptor). There are the reviews that look like they meant to submit it for the Bad Hemingway Contest but accidentally submitted it to the cruise website. I really don't mind the reviews that have negatives provided they are balanced with some good and don't get into a bunch of histrionics.

But as a general rule, I've found that people with an axe to grind over some little perceived slight are the ones who can't wait to submit a bad review. The happy cruisers often don't post reviews, but instead say good things in the message boards.
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The melodramatic ones are especially tedious. There are the one-note sambas where everything 'sucked' (a popular descriptor). There are the reviews that look like they meant to submit it for the Bad Hemingway Contest but accidentally submitted it to the cruise website. I really don't mind the reviews that have negatives provided they are balanced with some good and don't get into a bunch of histrionics.

But as a general rule, I've found that people with an axe to grind over some little perceived slight are the ones who can't wait to submit a bad review. The happy cruisers often don't post reviews, but instead say good things in the message boards.
I saw some recent comments, I think by a Mom and young adult daughter, about either the Epic or Breakaway. They claimed they found the ship to be very boring. Nothing to do. Even on the smaller ships without the blockbuster shows I have a hard time fitting everything into my day!

I had to restrain myself from telling them that only boring people get bored!
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Wish I was going back to Norway. Went last year, amazing time. Enjoy.
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Just wanted to post a mini review of our February cruise for anyone who is booked or considering it for the future. This cruise was a first for us in that we have always cruised alone, but this time we were with our son and daughter-in-law. We had a a lot of fun, but honestly we would have probably seen and done more if it were just the two of us. The youngsters just can't keep up with us!

ICONCIERGE
TIP. A great aid to anyone needing to communicate with family and friends on board is the iConcierge app. Be sure to download it to your iPhone ( or samsung in my case ) before the cruise and then activate it once on board. You can use it to message and call family or other cruisers while on board, check ship's activity schedule and info, etc. using the ship's wifi. It was a godsend in helping us keep track of each other. On the Epic the charge was a one time fee of $7.95, but service was bad. On the Getaway, it was FREE to activate, and service was excellent.

EMBARKATION/DEBARKATION
Boarding in Miami was very efficient. We got to port about 10:30, taking a short taxi ride from the Miami Downtown Hilton. TIP: There are two terminals for entry to the ship, B and C. Be sure to check your boarding pass to see which is yours. If you enter at the wrong one, you will be redirected. We did not notice this on Epic and ended up walking the length of the ship to the correct door. No lines outside or inside the terminal. Boarding started at about 11:30 and we were were in the first group on after suite passengers.

CABIN
We were in an M6 mini suite which are all located on deck 8 forward. It is an ideal location close to the midship atrium areas on 6, 7, and 8 which contain many dining, shopping and entertainment venues. It is also easy access to the Waterfront Area. The cabin is only slightly larger than a regular balcony cabin, but the balcony is huge in comparison to the tiny ones everyone complains about. The bathroom is bigger, with double sinks and a glass doored shower with 6 body jets and a rain shower head. Good water pressure. Good storage. Very quiet location. We heard no noise outside the cabin or from the cabins next door. No smoke smells from the Waterfront. We were starboard side.

For debarkation, you may choose colored luggage tags which correspond with the time you think you want to leave the ship. You can pick these up in the atrium on the 6th and 7th day of the cruise. You can walk off anytime after that color is called. There is also a color for "Easy Walk Off", the first group called, but you have to be willing to carry off all of your own luggage with no assistance. Luggage to be sent to the pier is collected outside your door around midnight on the last night. Not having a flight to rush to, we chose 9:30, had a leisurely breakfast in the buffet, and then just walked off when we were ready. No lines and it was very quick. The first group off was probably called around 7:30. Luggage is grouped by color in the terminal.

ENTERTAINMENT/FOOD/FAVORITES
Can't say enough about the Waterfront concept with the bars and restaurants with outdoor seating along the deck 8 Waterfront which wraps around the ship. We did sailaway outside at the Sugarcaine Mojito Bar. Love this place with it's comfy chairs and couches and had many Cucumber Jalepino or Pineapple Mojitos there. Try the mojito flight for $15 to find out which are your favorites, or go to the Mojito Tasting, $15 pp. Check the freestyle dailies to see when the various ones are offered. They have Beer, Margarita, Martini, etc. and all great fun.

We did the Wine Lover's Musical Lunch and Wine Tasting on a sea day. It was $25 pp. The tasting is incorporated into a musical ( no dancing ) play about a girl and guy who meet at a wine tasting. There is a full meal, steak, shrimp etc. the food was just OK . It is one of those things you are glad you did once, but would probably never repeat.

Illusionarium. We did enjoy this show which was $29 for premium seating. It gets off to a slow start, but the final act was hilarious. I hate magic shows and this kept my interest. The steak was much better than we expected and better than the one at the Wine Lovers Lunch.

Cagney's. We chose this venue for our son's birthday celebration and I have to say it was one of the best meals we have had anywhere, on or off a ship, and we do get around a little. The filet was done to perfection. Melt in your mouth good. Between the 4 of us, we sampled several things on the menu and all were excellent.

Moderno. Love the very extensive salad bar, full of dishes you won't find anywhere else, like cerviche. You could make a meal there. The guys enjoyed the nonstop meats. There is a lovely bar located inside the entrance between Cagneys and Moderno. Good place for a quiet drink, but easy to forget it is there.

Free Shows/Entertainment. Favorite show was Burn the Floor which was excellent. Legally Blonde was good. We went to the Welcome Aboard Show which had a bit of these shows as well as Illusionarium and a comedian from the Headliners Comedy. If you plan on seeing these shows anyway, I would just skip this and spend your time elsewhere. We never made it into Howl at the Moon although we really enjoyed these dueling pianos and sing along on the Epic. Also never caught any of the comedy acts. My biggest regret was not being able to spend time listening to Sammy Figueroa in the Grammy Experience. We caught only a few minutes of this as it was not my son's taste. There were activities in the atrium drawing huge crowds such as Dancing With the NCL Stars, Deal or No Deal, Newly Wed Game and so forth. We did not go to any of the deck parties such as the Glow Party, 80s Party, Fireworks show, but heard good reports from others who did.

Casino. We found it to be smaller and smoker than the one on the Epic, which I think may be billed as the largest at sea. It just seemed cramped and we did not care for the slot machine selection. Did not gamble nearly as much as we did on Epic.

Spa. We toured on embarkation day, but did not buy the passes to the Thermal Suites which were $199 per person for a weekly pass. No daily passes sold. We did buy these on the Epic which has a huge thermal suites area and a large outdoor balcony overlooking the aft of the ship. Again, this area seemed smaller on the Getaway, was located forward, and no outdoor area.

Pools/Slides/Ropes Course/Mini Golf. Did not pay much attention to the pools. They never seemed too crowded as we passed by. There were tons of deck chairs available. Wanted to try the ropes course but we never got around to it. Son and his wife did try the slides and enjoyed them. No huge line ups.

Spice H20. We had a little difficulty locating this area. Nice Adult Only area to hang out. Plenty of chairs and umbrellas. Had a drink there on a sea day and then had lunch at Flamingos Cuban ( free ) which is near. Loved the food. Parties are held here at night.

Buffet. We had breakfast here nearly every morning. Never had any difficulty finding seats and this had been a real challenge on the Epic. Excellent selection of food. Loved the French Toast with bananas foster topping. Lunch was also good here. We had dinner here a couple times. There was a seafood buffet one night, Tuesday, I believe, with lobster tail and grilled shrimp skewers as well as other seafood items. Having had poor quality lobster in the MDR on previous cruises, I was pleasantly surprised. The lobster was of good quality and was plentiful, even late in the evening when we arrived after a show. No traditional lobster night on the first night in the MDR on the newer ships. Had an excellent beef carving one evening and chicken dishes always good.

O'Sheehans Bar and Grill. Great place to watch a game on the two story screen in the atrium below or one of the game shows from the circular seating area above in O 'Sheehans Bar. The opposite side is the restaurant which is open 24 hours and free. We had breakfast here one morning and it was very good. They also had rib and prime rib nights throughout the week there in addition to their usual fare. The prime rib was just OK. A little tough. Set meal with baked potato and corn on the cob.

Tropicana/Taste/Savor. All MDRs. Menus may vary a little between the 3. Some items offered daily, others change daily. We were able to walk in to the Tropicana, which is the larger and more formal of the three, and were seated with no waiting near the entertainment and dance floor. We really enjoyed this. A guest surprised his SO with a song accompanied by the band. It was Andrea Bocelli's Con te Partiro, ( Time To Say Goodbye ) and he obviously had some operatic training. Also walked into Taste for a quick bite one night before a show. ( we ate again somewhere else later, lol ). Soup and salad for some of us and I had a chicken dish which was excellent. Service was quick in both venues and the food was excellent.

General impressions. There is a ton to do on this ship. Plan your time wisely. The specialties are an excellent value, especially Cagneys at $30 and Moderno at $20. Yes, I know you have already paid for food, but a meal like this would set you back a bundle anywhere on dry land. And if the budget does not allow, the free venues have very good quality and variety. Service all over the ship we considered to be very good. Can't say enough about the staff. Always smiling and greeting you everywhere you go. You can dress up as much as you like and never feel out of place, but a pair of long pants, close toed shoes and a collared shirt for men will get you in anywhere on the ship. Shorts are ok at all but Tropicana and LeBistro, but in general, people seem to dress up a little in the evenings, country club casual or coctail. We had no issues with crowding. Easy to get around, no real lines, even in the buffet. Great ship. We would definitely sail this ship again!
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Great review! It pretty much follows what I experienced on Getaway. I'm going back to that ship, I just need to figure out when.
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Great review! It pretty much follows what I experienced on Getaway. I'm going back to that ship, I just need to figure out when.
Thanks, Dave. I love Getaway, but after Epic and Getaway in a short time frame, we are a little tired of the same E Caribbean ports. Hoping Getaway might switch to a different itinerary when Escape and Bliss are sailing in 2015 and 2017, or perhaps they will come up with an interesting itinerary for those ships. I'm sure I'll probably get the itch to find out what's new with the Escape in October 2015.
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I only cruise the Caribbean for the ship experience these days. The ports no longer matter since I rarely get off the ship.
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Travelbuggs. Is the I concierge app just for NCL or do other ships use it? Can you use it on any NCL ship?
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Travelbuggs. Is the I concierge app just for NCL or do other ships use it? Can you use it on any NCL ship?
The iConcierge app was developed by NCL and is the first app to allow talk and text with fellow passengers while at sea. For use with iPhone, iPad, Android and windows 7 equipped devices. Apparently, it now also allows ship to shore calls at .79 per minute as reported by passengers on our sailing. Eventually you will be able to make dinner and show reservations using this as well, but I don't think that is in place yet.

Currently only available on the newest ships, Epic, Breakaway and Getaway, and I would assume on the two new builds coming in 2015 and 2017. I don't know what the plans/capabilities are in offering it on the rest of the fleet. It is my understanding that only NCL has this, but I don't know why any other cruise line could not develop their own program if they wanted and had a wifi network.
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