Start the new year off right by sailing on the first cruise ship to be launched in 2014 — the spanking new 4,000-passenger Getaway. The Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) ship arrives in January and emulates the tropical glitz and glamour of her home port of Miami.
“The Getaway’s unique venues celebrate the herit-age and culture of Miami and south Florida,” says NCL CEO Kevin Sheehan. “We want guests to experience a taste of Miami with food and drinks that reflect the city.”
The Tropicana Room is inspired by the Miami Beach nightlife of the 1940s and ’50s. Enjoy Latin food and flair at the Flamingo Bar & Grill. Reflect on Ernest Hem-ingway’s Key West history at the Sunset Bar. However, don’t miss the coolest place to chill — the Svedka/In-niskillin Ice Bar, featuring Art Deco-style decor that’s reminiscent of Miami Beach’s famous Ocean Drive.
Sizzling entertainment includes Latin-inspired dance productions by Broadway sensation Burn the Floor. Performances of the seven-time Tony Award nominated musical Legally Blonde are scheduled. Hilarious comedy headliners arrive from Lev-ity Entertainment. Or sing to catchy tunes with the Howl at the Moon duelling piano players.
A first of its kind at sea is the Illusionarium, a mes-merizing dining and enter-tainment experience that will fascinate guests with performances of world-class magicians and supernatural special effects.
Another first is the Gram-my Experience, which in-cludes artifacts chosen by the Grammy Museum, along with live performances by past winners and nominees.
Foodies can feast at 27 din-ing venues, including celeb-rity chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian’s three dining spots. Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC series Cake Boss, also has his famous Car-lo’s Bakery on board.
For families, Nickelodeon offers the opportunity to meet SpongeBob SquarePan-ts, Patrick Star, Dora the Explorer and Diego. There will also be a pirate-themed Nickelodeon Kids’ Aqua Park where children can cool off with larger-than-life charac-ters from Bikini Bottom.
The three-storey sports
complex features an aqua park with five waterslides, two swimming pools and one of the largest multi-level elevated ropes course. It chal-lenges guests to more than 40 different elements, includ-ing a zip-line track. But for a real thrill and ultimate test of your courage, step out on to the “Plank,” a platform that extends eight feet over the
side of the ship.
A nine-hole miniature golf course, rock-climbing wall, bungee trampoline and spider web (with a 24-foot enclosed climbing cage and spiral slide) round out the activities.
The Getaway sails to the eastern Caribbean. For more information, call 866-NCL-CRUISE (866-234-7350) or visit ncl.com.
November 27, 2013