Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Getaway, boasts 18 decks and nearly as many bars. Whether you’re up for dancing into the wee hours, taking in a performance or just grabbing a relaxing after-dinner nightcap, there’s a venue for you. Read on to see which watering holes earned top marks on our recent cruise to nowhere.
Best for Clubbing: Bliss Ultra Lounge, Getaway’s Deck 8 nightclub, gets a nod as the best place to bump and grind until 4 a.m., should that be your activity of choice. In the evening, Bliss hosts karaoke, but after dinner, it turns into a trendy lounge with funky chairs and tables, purple and blue lighting and, of course, a DJ who plays lots of hip-hop.
Best for Live Entertainment: Headliners, near Le Bistro on Deck 6, is where you’ll find improv comedy by Second City. It also doubles as home to the impressive Howl at the Moon dueling piano show, which pits two pianists against one another as they play passengers’ requests. The show generally lasts for several hours, allowing you to come and go as you please, but with a bar in the same room, there’s really no need to leave.
Best for Carnivores: Prime Meridian, Deck 8 aft, is a relaxing, dark-wood bar, located smack in the middle of the giant room that houses Cagney’s Steakhouse and Moderno Churriscaria, the ship’s Brazilian steakhouse. If you’d like pre-dinner drinks while you wait to be seated or after-dinner drinks to chase your filet mignon, it’s the perfect place to start.
Best for Catching the Big Game: O’Sheehan’s is the place to go to order wings, burgers and fish ‘n’ chips while watching one of several TVs positioned throughout the restaurant and bar areas, which span a large portion of the atrium on Deck 7. If your team isn’t playing, you can also bowl, test your skill at arcade basketball or enjoy video games like PAC-MAN. Note: Food is free at this 24-hour venue, but drinks and game play cost extra.
Best for Latin Flavor: Sugarcane Mojito Bar is it. With live music, aqua-blue lighting, tropical chairs and, of course, mojitos, this cozy Deck 8 bar is reminiscent of what you might find at an upscale Miami resort.
Best for Quiet Conversation: Sunset Bar channels the spirit of Hemingway with dark woods, plush seating and a literary theme, just across from La Cucina on Deck 8. It’s quiet and intimate — perfect for chatting without having to shout. Note, however, that it also leads to the Humidor Cigar Lounge, so you might get an occasional whiff of smoke.
Best for People-Watching: The Bar at the Atrium is ideal for a tipple in the middle of it all. Positioned centrally in the main atrium on Deck 6 — near the guest services and shore excursions desks, the Internet cafe and a giant movie screen — you can absorb your surroundings, drink in hand, while watching your fellow passengers come and go or participate in activities like “sing it if you know it” karaoke.
Best for a Kitschy Experience: The Svedka & Inniskillin Ice Bar on Deck 8 offers a change of pace for anyone who’s had it up to *here* with the standard bar scene. For an added fee of $20, ice bar-goers receive a chance to enter for a limited amount of time, as well as two drinks from a predetermined list and the use of oversized silver parkas to keep them toasty while sitting on giant ice cubes.
Best for After-Dinner Drinks: Mixx is located between Getaway’s two main dining rooms, Taste and Savor, at the aft of Deck 6. Although it’s pretty standard as far as bars go, its proximity to both restaurants earns it a mention.