ABOARD THE NORWEGIAN GETAWAY — We are en route to Nassau, Bahamas. We’ve left the sightseeing and sunbathing, swimming and shopping in St. Maarten and St. Thomas, USVI, and are heading north. A bit of rain in St. Thomas temporarily dampened the spirits of the 4,000+ people aboard NCL Getaway, but last night — a typical night aboard this party ship — no one would have known that.
It was the first night of the Broadway hit “Legally Blonde,” a magnificent production of the play that won theater awards and the film that was a blockbuster. Singing, dancing, sets, costuming, it’s a helluva of a show. One of the best I’ve ever seen at sea.
Simultaneously, dance fever took over other public rooms, with dancing with Getaway stars an option in one room, watching “Burn the Floor” cast members perform at a dinner show in La Tropicana dining room another, and comics performing in another while pianists do their thing somewhere else. A complete listing of activities would go on forever, but the point is wherever you find yourself on this big and beautiful ship, there’s a whole lot of music going on.
Food and Beverage Man
Jamaican-born Errol Everton Bailey is senior food and beverage director. He has worked for Norwegian for 27 years and has been an active participant of Freestyle Cruising – the concept of varied entertainment venues and varied dining options, beginning with the debut of the NCL Sky in 1999. Freestyle Dining on Getaway numbers 28 venues including room service.
He says most cruisers opt to dine in Cagney’s, the famous steak house, and says Le Bistro is another fave. (I also love Le Bistro and have enjoyed dinner here onboard Getaway and have dined in Le Bistros on other NCL ships.)
As NCL focuses a lot on family travel, multi-generational trips are common. Celebrating grandpa’s 75th birthday? Why not top it off with a party in Cagney’s? Planning to propose? A more romantic setting than Le Bistro would be hard to find on land — or sea.
Bailey has seen a lot of change in almost three decades with Norwegian. He says cruising on NCL is “doing what you want to do, when you want to do it.” He adds that regular-time dining is available – that is, dining at the same time every night at the same table with the same servers, etc.