A 1 night cruise aboard pre-inaugural Norwegian Getaway was too good an opportunity to pass up, so we joined her yesterday on a sunny January day in Southampton, the port unusually quiet after the departure of all the world cruises.
We were delayed a little before embarkation began, due to the ship's late arrival, but once the process started, we were speedily trying to get a proper look at the huge hull painting Miami artist David Lebo Batard, with its surf and mermaids. We found our way to our outside, forward facing cabin, functional, pleasantly spacious,with neutral and turquoise decor a well thought out bathroom, with nicely curved, decent storage shelves and proper shower cubicle.
As it was lunchtime, we decided against totally casual dining, but settled for the O'Sheehans pub, choosing salads and traditional fish and chips. There is a limited, available 24 hours , pub menu, served by cheerful staff.
We went out into the January sunshine to explore this large resort ship, finding her a twin of sister Breakaway apart from a few minor decor changes. The enormous top deck has wonderful activity facilities, for adults, teens and smaller children. There's a huge aqua park , climbing wall, rope walks suspended high over the deck, huge water slides and several pools, some especially for toddlers and young children. A few brave souls were enjoying the outdoor pool, pleasantly warm, but cold to get out of!,
A fun pirate mini golf is on one side, and enormous sports courts to keep the more active happy. A jogging track winds it's way past the rows of sun chairs, and one deck down, at the stern is a huge, adult only SpiceH2O, with outdoor cinema screen, hot tubs and rows of loungers, with cocktail bar tucked in one corner.
We explored the amazing Mandara spa, with its state of the art beauty rooms, gorgeous relaxation areas, range of pools and hot tubs and an enthusiastic team of trained therapists and beauticians.
We took the opportunity to take a look at some of the other cabin choices on offer, from the gorgeous Haven suites, each with lovely decor, gorgeous bathroom with ocean facing tub and access to the Haven sunbathing and relaxing areas, the lovely corner suites, with living and dining area, second bedroom for other family members and a beautiful bathroom, with both ocean view tub and amazing multi jet shower in separate cubicle. Naturally the toilet is in its own screened cubicle. We managed to take a look at the tiny , nicely planned Studio cabins, designed for single travellers, and with a central Studio lounge for guests to socialize.
The main entertainment decks and dining are on lower decks, centred round the huge atrium with its cascading chandelier. There's a huge theatre, showing the Broadway show Legally Blonde , the magical Illusionarium, which will offer dine and show evenings, delightful bars, several club venues and a large , rather confusing casino. Sandwiched between is the inevitable art gallery. To one side of the atrium is a terrific IceBar, offering a chilly experience, whilst wearing insulated capes and frozen glasses of vodka, and vodka based cocktails, served in ice glasses.
Getaway has a total of 26 choices for dining, 3 main dining rooms, one that will host dance shows, several variations on steak restaurants, several with an oriental menu , and Ocean Blu, speciality seafood restaurant with its ancillary Raw Bar. There is a roomy Italian restaurant La Cucina, and a French cafe Le Bistro. We later chose the former, preferring Italian menus, but were disappointed by the food, over salted and heavy. Many of the restaurants have a charming outdoor eating area along the delightful Waterfront, sure to be the place of choice once Getaway arrives into its home port of Miami.
Dinner over , found the Grammy club, with displays of pop memorabilia, the venue for Grammy winning performers, but settled on the popular Headliners. This club is home to the Howl at the Moon duelling piano act, with talented pianists playing audience requests with verve and enthusiasm. Other nightspots are dotted round the ship, and became busy as the night wore on, as did the casino.
The theatre show was excellent, with talented young singers and dancers interpreting the delightful film and subsequent Broadway show, getting huge applause and many laughs at the comedy moments from the enthusiastic audience. The only thing missing was Buster the dog! We thought the theatre lacked side aisles, and anyone with mobility problems would find it quite a challenge as there are no hand rails on the sides
After our one night in our quiet comfortable cabin, we enjoyed breakfast in the busy ocean cafe, but thought tables very close together. There were plenty of breakfast choices, including eggs cooked to order,