It’s nearly time.
Next week will be the first chance the public gets onboard to see Norwegian Cruise Lines‘ latest ship, Norwegian Getaway. After a handful of inaugural events in Europe, Getaway will make its way via New York and Super Bowl XLVIII (where it will double as a beer-themed hotel) to its homeport in Miami.
We’ll be onboard next week for a short cruise out of Southampton, and we’ll be live tweeting and answering your questions about the ship, so what we want to know is: What are you most looking forward to?
Although Getaway is the sister ship to last-year’s new kid on the NCL block, Norwegian Breakaway, and the two are very similar, Getaway does, ahem, break away from its elder sibling with some new-to-cruise offerings.
The brand-new Illusionarium is a special effects-laden magic show said by the line to be “inspired by the science fiction of Jules Verne, the artistry of magicians such as Houdini and the popularity of recent blockbusters featuring supernatural characters.” Visual effects from a 30-foot-wide video dome overhead will anchor the performances. The Illusionarium will host 12 performances per cruise, two shows per night. Also new onboard is the Grammy Experience, a venue featuring live performances by past Grammy winners and nominees, among others.
Like sister ship Breakaway, Getaway will offer a slew of alternative dining options, including a seafood venue created by celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian and a number of bars and eateries inspired by its homeport, Miami. The ship will also boast an array of cabin options including The Haven by Norwegian, a top-ship, 42-suite enclave; the Studio cabins, single occupancy accommodations that debuted on Norwegian Epic; and special cabins and suites positioned around the spa.
Other offerings include a fireworks display staged on every cruise; an Aqua Park with five water slides; an adults-only deck space that transforms into an al fresco club at night; a three-storey sports complex with ropes course; and The Waterfront, a quarter-mile-long outdoor “boardwalk” with eight al fresco dining venues and lounges, which connects to 678 Ocean Place, a stretched-out (instead of up), three-deck atrium running the length of the ship.
So what are you most looking forward to? Tell us in the comments below.