Ready, cruise fans? This week we were on board the inaugural sailing of Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Getaway, and we have the inside scoop on everything from the ice bar (super cold) to the beds (super comfortable).
The Getaway, whose maiden voyage will be this February, is huge. Like, “the largest ship to be cruising year-round out of Miami,” huge. Which means that there’s a ton – or rather, 146,600 tons – to do. We won’t try to list everything (mainly because it would be a very long list), but we will give you some of the highlights.
Like, for starters, the giant outdoor aqua park. When the Getaway is sailing from its future home in Miami instead of New York in January, you’ll be able to spend the day tearing down one of the water slides, lounging in one of the pools, or just grabbing some sun on a deck chair. And that’s in addition to all the other outdoor activities, like rock climbing and the multilevel rope course.
If you need a break from the sunshine, you can hit the slots at the casino or the gym for a Flywheel class (we visited the spa afterwards for a shampoo and blowout – totally worth treating yourself).You can also catch one of the ship’s shows like Legally Blonde or Burn the Floor, or visit the comedy club or dueling piano bar.
There are also a massive amount of bars and restaurants to keep you busy, from the Irish pub to the trendy mojito bar. You can play it safe with a classic mojito, or try a designer creation like the cucumber jalapeño. Word to the wise – the jalapeño packs a little bit of a punch.
There are 27 dining options, including a seriously gigantic buffet and specialty restaurants like Japanese Tepanyaki , gourmet French, and a grand main dining room serving lobster tail and pistachio crème brûlée (which you should try for dessert…along with their cheese plate. You’re welcome in advance). Plus! If that’s not enough, there’s also Carlo’s Bake Shop from TV’s cake boss himself, Buddy Valastro, and the Illusionarium dinner and magic show.
So there’s a lot – way more than we could ever really do justice to in a blog post. Which means you should probably just go experience the rest of the ship for yourself. Like the cigar lounge, and coffee shop, and nightclub, and Grammy® Experience…you know, for research.