2014’s best cruise experiences

Before we all get caught up in guessing about cruise trends and goals for 2015 — such as which major cruise line will be the first to announce Havana as a port of call — let’s look back at some favorite cruise experiences from 2014: Best new onboard activity Simulated sky-diving on Quantum of the Seas, cruising out of New Jersey. Hands down, RipCord was my most exhilarating minute at sea. RipCord uses wind tunnel technology, forcing …

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NCL Getaway Inaugural Arrival Miami

This is the first sighting in South Florida of NCL’s new Getaway, shown on its inaugural arrival to the Port of Miami on 6 February 2014. It’s the largest cruise ship to call Miami home port. Have you had the opportunity to sail on the NCL Getaway yet? Or do you hope to soon? Please leave your thought and reviews in the comments below.

Norwegian Getaway and SeaDream, sailing the same sea, very differently

Two recent Caribbean voyages, aboard SeaDream I and Norwegian Getaway,  could not have been more different. One week, cruising aboard a 112-passenger SeaDream yacht was like being a private guest at an intimate, fashionable house party. Energetic, highly trained crew were at beck and call as we floated from small ports to anchorages off such islands as St. Barts and Isle des Saintes. One afternoon, a bartender, spurned in his attempts to pour me a drink to …

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The Getaway offers lots of options…in food and activities…and great showers, too!

ABOARD THE NORWEGIAN GETAWAY — Okay, the third day at sea has begun. As usual, because breakfast is my favorite meal and Lois starts her day with lunch, I had breakfast alone. Today I chose the lovely Taste dining room – Taste, Savor and Tropicana are the three complimentary dining rooms. We dined in Tropicana the first night, and my breakfast in the lovely dining room today, at a window table, was a great way to start …

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Grammy®-nominated Percussionist Sammy Figueroa to headline the Grammy® Experience at Sea

Legendary jazz percussionist Sammy Figueroa will be the next headline act on Norwegian Getaway’s GRAMMY® Experience at Sea beginning February 15, 2014.   He will succeed Latin jazz flautist Nestor Torres after the ship’s inaugural Eastern Caribbean cruise, beginning an eight-week residency on Norwegian’s most spectacular ship from through April 12, 2014. Sammy Figueroa has long been considered to be one of the great musicians of the world, known for his ability to play in all genres …

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The Norwegian Getaway offers nearly 30 places to dine and most offer “light” menus

Back in the day, in the 80s, 90s – up until about five years ago – I made my way from deck to deck on cruise ships by taking the stairs. And I sailed a lot, but I never seemed to gain weight on ships, I (moderately) watched what I ate, but I took the stairs and walked the deck and it seemed to work well for me. When I’d be asked “Don’t you automatically gain weight …

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There are 25 different stateroom styles on the Getaway

I told you about the Miami feel to NCL’s new ship named the Getaway. Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders, a mojito bar and Pitbull’s music all represent the local culture. I live in South Florida, and have for most of my life. Our culture is unique. It’s exciting to share with the cruising public and the ship is definitely international. It will meet the tastes of the most savvy travelers as well as first-timers who no doubt will fall …

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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 …

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Norwegian’s new Getaway has arrived in Miami and will begin a series of Caribbean sailings

The newest cruise ship from Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Getaway, arrived in her homeport city of Miami yesterday.  Norwegian Getaway is the largest cruise ship to homeport year-round at PortMiami and will sail weekly seven-day cruises to the Caribbean from the Magic City starting tomorrow. The ship is being christened today and our own Marcia Raffel Levin in on board to report on the excitement. She will overnight on the ship and tell us all she sees …

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Viva Miami! Norwegian Getaway to debut south Florida themed restaurants, bars-Miami’s ultimate ship to feature Latin-inspired food, beverages and more

Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship set to debut in January, will feature several restaurants and bars that evoke the tropical feel of Miami and South Florida. The Tropicana Room, Flamingo Bar & Grill, Sunset Bar and Sugarcane Bar will be new and unique additions to the largest ship to homeport in Miami year-round. “Norwegian Getaway is Miami’s ultimate ship, so her unique venues celebrate the heritage and culture of Miami and South Florida,” said Kevin …

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