Two news items from Norwegian…
IT’S MAGIC. Guests aboard Norwegian Getaway,debuting February, 2014, will be guaranteed a magical time, thanks to the Illusionarium. Called the first of its kind at sea, the dining/entertainment experience “will envelope guests in the fascinating world of magic, inviting them to experience the astonishing illusions of world-class magicians and supernatural special effects,” according to Norwegian.
The result of a collaboration between Norwegian and Broadway director/choreographer Patricia Wilcox, Tony Award winning scenic designer David Gallo and veteran magician Jeff Hobson, the design is inspired by the “science fiction of Jules Verne, the artistry of legendary magicians such as Houdini and the popularity of recent blockbusters featuring supernatural characters. As guests wait to enter the portal of The Illusionarium, they will be surrounded by antique spell books, magical interactive artifacts and relics in a steampunk-inspired environment. The centerpiece of the Illusionarium is a 30’ diameter video dome that will transport audiences to mystical places.” There will be 12 performances per cruise, two shows per night.
NEW CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: The Norwegian children’s program, Splash Academy, has implemented a new “Guppies” program offering “exciting, interactive programming for kids’ ages six months to three years old.” According to Norwegian, “the new program gives parents, with children under the age of three, the opportunity to engage in a variety of sensory-based programs with children including baby art, featuring organic, vegetable-based ‘Wee Can Too’ art products, baby ‘Rhyme Time,’ where a storyteller recites popular nursery rhymes featuring puppets, and ‘Motion in the Ocean,’ a parent and baby mini-workout