The Getaway: Lots of bells and whistles, just like South Beach

Mix Latin music and ambiance, a potpourri of restaurants ranging from Brazilian to Chinese, a strong Caribbean vibe and Norwegian marine history and what do you get?

Getaway. Yep, NCL’s brand, spanking new ship, the Norwegian Getaway, debuted at PortMiami yesterday and press and travel agents had a preview of its first sailing this afternoon to the Eastern Caribbean. And the Miami Dolphin cheerleaders are the ship’s godmothers. “Mr. 305,” the artist Pitbull, entertained at the late afternoon christening and fireworks rounded out the day’s activities.

The ship, permanently home-based in Miami, has a lot of the bells and whistles that have made “South Beach” synonymous with “Let’s party.” It’s the first time in a while that NCL has a seven-day cruise based out of PortMiami year-round, and what a ship she is!

Great design and decor, more than 20 exciting bars and lounges and more than enough restaurants to ensure a different menu for a two-week onboard stay make this the most au courant ship in the line.

Signage alone puts the ship in the special category. No wandering around looking for a lounge, meeting room or the casino. No missing the shopping area or Aqua Park. Signs are simple, to the point and easy to comprehend.

Cabins are well-designed and public rooms large and comfy with furniture that says “Let’s stay for another coffee” (or mojito.)

Special kids’ programs and a delightfully whimsical Kids Aqua Park make the ship attractive to families. My ocean-view balcony cabin would be more than comfortable for a family of four with it’s large bathroom and twin beds, a sleep sofa and good storage space.

Entertainment has become an NCL staple with its three newest vessels: Epic, Breakaway and now Getaway. It ranges from a marvelous magic dinner show in the Illusionarium, to the hit Broadway show “Legally Blonde,”  lots of dance venues, the Grammy Experience, Howl at the Moon or Bliss Ultra Lounge.


About Cynthia Boal Janssens

Cynthia Boal Janssens is the editor and chief blogger for She is a former national president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She has sailed on over 40 cruises all over the world.

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