The 3,969-passenger Norwegian Getaway debuted in 2014 as the largest ship ever to cruise from Miami. Just as on sister ship, New York-centric Norwegian Breakaway, you'll find lots of activities, a big casino, and a huge array of clubs, bars, and eateries. Nods to Miami include an opportunity to salsa dance to a Latin trio in the Miami retro-chic Tropicana dining room.
What We Love
The GRAMMY Experience: This club hosts performances by Grammy Award-winning musicians who are invited on board to play in this special setting complete with Grammy memorabilia — including one of Ricky Martin's shirts.
Sugarcane Mojito Bar: In this metallic palm trees-lined hot spot, you can choose from a variety of minty cocktails, including a jalapeno cucumber mojito. Snag a seat outdoors and admire the views from The Waterfront, Norwegian Getaway's ocean-view promenade.
Cuban Food: At the open-air Flamingo Bar & Grill, you can sample classic dishes such as black beans and rice, pulled pork, fried yucca and empanadas, some created with recipes from Miami-based employees.
Best Known For
The Illusionarium: This one-of-a-kind dinner show features magicians, illusionists, and mentalists performing with special effects and Victorian decor that's cool if slightly creepy. Dinner is surf and turf, but you're there for the show. Tickets cost $24.99 to $29.99 per person.
Outdoor Thrills: Challenge your pals on racing slides or do a feet-first plunge at the Aqua Park. You can also put on a harness and hit the ropes course, where challenges include walking The Plank, which stretches 8 feet off the side of the ship.
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Who It's Best For
Active Types: Couples and singles, 20-somethings to seniors, who like their cruise vacation casual and action-packed, enjoy fun in the sun, and don't mind being part of a crowd will be pleased with their experience.
Families: Kids are well entertained in the big Splash Academy play area, and teens get their own lounge.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Watch Your Spending: Before you indulge at the casino or in the shops, you'll want to pay attention to how the extra fees for specialty restaurants, drinks, and even some entertainment add up.
Fran Golden is a Cleveland-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for USA Today.
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Norwegian Getaway at a Glance
- Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
- Class: Breakaway
- Number of Passengers: 3969
- Ship Size: Mega
- Launch Date: 2014