Travvy Awards Winners Spotlight: Norwegian Getaway
Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Getaway, was named Best Contemporary Cruise Ship in the inaugural 2015 Travvy Awards.
There are dozens of reasons why the 145,655-ton ship was so honored. It has a tropical Miami flare that reflects its year-round homeport, beginning with the brightly colored, playful artwork — mermaids, pelicans! — on the hull by Florida artist David LEBO Le Batard. The tropical flavor continues throughout, in the Sugar Cane Mojito Bar, the Key West-inspired Sunset Bar, the Flamingo Bar & Grill and the Tropicana Room supper club featuring Latin dancers.
One of the more noteworthy features on Norwegian Getaway is 678 Ocean Place, an entertainment and dining zone on Decks 6, 7 and 8, as well as The Waterfront, a quarter-mile oceanfront promenade on Deck 8. The Waterfront is lined with restaurants and bars, including celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s Ocean Blue, which serves Florida-sourced fish.
Norwegian Getaway has no less than 28 dining options, including Moderno Churrascaria, a Brazilian steakhouse where meat is sliced onto your plate from long skewers; Teppanyaki, a Japanese spot where knives twirl, meat sizzles and shrimp fly; and Cagney’s, the line’s signature American-style steakhouse that serves choice cuts of Certified Angus Beef and truffle fries.
Other dining options include La Cucina for Italian specialties, Le Bistro for French flavors, Wasabi sushi bar, and, of course, three main dining rooms (including the Tropicana Room), the casual Garden Café, Flamingo Grill, Shanghai’s for Asian fusion, and O’Sheehan’s, the popular pub open 24 hours a day.
Two other specialty restaurants combine food with innovative entertainment. The Illusionarium serves dinner with a show by world-class magicians in this unique venue, which also serves as the place for “Wine Lovers The Musical,” which serves lunch and six wine samples during a hilarious musical comedy about wine and love.
After dinner, guests can stop by Carlo’s Bake Shop by Buddy Valastro, the master baker and star of TLC’s “Cake Boss,” or visit Dolce Gelato on The Waterfront.
On the entertainment front, Norwegian Getaway lets guests see a full Broadway musical, “Legally Blonde,” as well as the Broadway dance revue “Burn the Floor.”
A wide range of nightclubs include Grammy Experience, which features live jazz and R&B performances by past winners and nominees; Howl at the Moon, a rock ‘n’ roll dueling piano show; Spice H20, an outdoor spot on Deck 12; and Bliss Ultra Lounge, which keeps the dance floor pumping until the wee hours.
Also of note: the SVEDKA/Inniskillin Ice Bar, a frozen chamber kept at 17 degrees to maintain the bar, seating and glassware that are all made of ice.
The Getaway also has a happening top deck with a ropes course, “walk the plank” experience, and a mammoth aqua park with five multi-story waterslides. Guests can edge out on The Plank, which extends 8 feet over the side of the ship — don’t worry, safety harnesses are required.
The ship also has a range of children’s clubs organized by age, including a large video game center, a kids' pool with a Nickelodeon theme, and a large sports court offering volleyball, basketball and other games.
Built in 2014, the Norwegian Getaway operates seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises along with occasional short getaways and 12-day Southern Caribbean voyages.
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