Norwegian Getaway Entertainment
If you're in search of a beer or a cocktail, you have plenty of choice on Getaway with nearly 20 bars. Whether you're up for dancing into the wee hours, taking in a performance or just grabbing a relaxing after-dinner nightcap, the ship has a venue for you.
During the day, Headliners, near Le Bistro on Deck 6, is used for Bingo and Nickelodeon family fun. At night, Levity Entertainment Group's comedians perform 12 shows per week, a combination of scripted standup and improv sessions by Second City. Warning: These are not necessarily kid-friendly, so make sure you check beforehand about the content if you are thinking of bringing children. Reservations are necessary for the show, but we easily got seats several times by showing up early and waiting to see if empty seats were available.
Headliners also doubles as home to the impressive Howl at the Moon dueling piano show, which pits two pianists against each other 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. The piano players perform a variety of classic songs across the ages and invite requests and participation in the form of dancing. It can get pretty raucous.
The Bar at the Atrium is ideal for a tipple in the middle of it all. Positioned centrally in the main atrium, also 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.
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 makes it a good choice for after-dinner drinks.
O'Sheehan's is the place to go to order wings, burgers, and fish and 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.
Bar 21 on Deck 7 gives off an upscale ambience in spite of its location in the Getaway Casino. Easily accessible and done up in light, neutral colors, it's a nice spot to sip a drink, whether you're betting the night away or just passing through.
Deck 8 is a hotspot for bars, including a dance club, mojito bar, ice bar and cigar bar. 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 evenings, Bliss hosts karaoke, but after dinner, it turns into a trendy lounge with funky chairs and tables, purple and blue lighting and a DJ who plays lots of hip-hop.
Sugarcane Mojito Bar offers plenty of Latin flavor. With live music, aqua-blue lighting, tropical chairs and, of course, mojitos served with raw sugarcane, this cozy bar is reminiscent of what you might find at an upscale Miami resort.
Sunset Bar channels the spirit of Hemingway with dark woods, plush seating and a literary theme, just across from La Cucina. 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.
The Svedka & Inniskillin Ice Bar offers a change of pace for anyone who has had it up to here with the standard bar scene. For an added fee of $20, ice bar-goers gain admittance for a limited 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.
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 Churrascaria, 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 spot.
Waves Pool Bar is the ideal choice for sunbathers on Deck 15, who need only walk a few steps to snag a pina colada or a bucket of beer.
For more performance-based entertainment options, start with the Getaway Theater. With an Art Deco-inspired entrance and box office area, the venue hosts the majority of onboard shows, including the Broadway musical "Legally Blonde." If you've seen the movie, you know the story: a seemingly vapid California valley girl learns to trust herself and her capabilities and overcomes the cold snobbery of the East Coast Ivy League establishment by dent of her brains, irrepressibly bubbly personality and her dedication to the color pink. If you like musicals and you liked the movie, this show's probably a safe bet. The performers are excellent (many straight from Broadway), and the quality rivals anything you'd see on land. "Legally Blonde" is performed three nights of each seven-night cruise. Passengers can also head to the theater to check out dance revue "Burn the Floor," a riveting 55-minute production, as well as other more traditional entertainment options.
The Illusionarium on Getaway is a for-fee dinner experience ($29.99 for floor seats, $24.99 for banquettes), in which an old-style magic show runs as a story, complete with astral projections, long-dead grandfathers coming back to life and a "competition" of sorts to find the Grand Master magician. If you pull back from the story, what you have a is a pretty average set of magic tricks -- woman in box, disappearing woman, knives in box, some stuff with bubbles, etc. -- but it's the extraordinary attention to detail that really creates an atmosphere that is carried on seamlessly throughout the show. Arrive early to make sure you can get seats in the front.
The food is the weakest point of the evening. It features a set menu of prosciutto, followed by deep-fried shrimp and tepid filet mignon, redeemed by the selection of chocolate desserts. Waiters wear aviator goggles on their heads and exude a steam punk vibe. Note: A vegetarian dining option is available, but let staff know in advance.
The GRAMMY Experience (Deck 8) is new for Getaway and features a cruise ship first: a tie-up with the GRAMMYs and the promise of a variety of award winners and nominees. Rihanna and her ilk probably won't perform; you're more likely to see Grammy-winning instrumentalists (think flautists and percussionists who each perform onboard for a month), rather than A-list bands and vocalists. The room, which also spills out onto the Waterfront, is decorated with various bits of memorabilia, curated from the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles.
The sprawling 18,000-square-foot Getaway Casino on Deck 7 fans out around the main staircase at 678 Ocean Place. But rather than being contained in one room, it stretches from just outside the bar of O'Sheehan's all the way to Shanghai's Noodle Bar, so you'll find slots and tables lining the corridor and spaces as you walk along the ship. Although smoking is only allowed in the center area of the casino (and not in the corridors leading to O'Sheehan's and Shanghai's), the smell still permeates the midsection of the ship. Norwegian says it has installed adequate ventilation and has no plans to change its smoking policy. The casino has more than 300 slot machines and 26 gaming tables, featuring poker, blackjack, roulette and craps.
Norwegian Getaway Public Rooms
The Deck 6 atrium offers the usual guest services and shore excursion desks, a coffee shop and a bar. Tucked away in a corner of the ship, off the starboard side of the central atrium, the traditional public areas -- library, meeting rooms, card room and Internet cafe -- are gathered almost as an afterthought.
The Internet cafe consists of 12 computer terminals oddly arranged next to a stage that hosts live performances in the evening. The layout rarely affords passengers a quiet space to check email and surf the Web. Wi-Fi is also available throughout the ship. Prices for getting online include both a pay-as-you-go option (75 cents per minute) and packages (100 minutes for $55 or 250 minutes for $100). Packaged minutes can be used interchangeably on ship computers and personal computers, and a $3.95 activation fee is levied on all users on initial login. Printing is available for 50 cents per document. The manager's hours vary depending on whether the ship is in port or at sea; you can find hours posted each day in the Freestyle Daily, Norwegian's daily schedule.
The small but attractively decorated library is laid out like a comfy little lounge and offers books and e-books for borrowing. The selection of titles, as on many ships, is relatively limited. The card room is elegantly decorated, with maritime photos and posters lining the walls; it offers a small collection of games, as well as tables and chairs for playing them. The tiny and sparsely decorated Atlantic and Pacific Meeting rooms are across the hall from the library and card rooms. The rooms have a retractable wall, which, when opened, leaves a space that would still struggle to accommodate anything but a small group.
Click Photo Gallery and shopping are on Deck 8. Getaway features all the traditional cruise-ship shopping, including fine jewelry, duty-free alcohol and cigarettes, various sundries, clothing and accessories, and lots of Getaway-branded items. The photo gallery offers a cruise-ship standard selection of cameras, binoculars and bric-a-brac (bobble-headed dolls), along with photo packages. Passengers can get a 10-photo package for $129.95 or 20 photos for $199.95. Full price lists are available on request.
There are no self-service laundry facilities on Getaway.
Norwegian Getaway Spa & Fitness
Those who long for action will be at home on Getaway, which features plenty of activities to get your heart pounding. We love the five waterslides that make up the ship's Aqua Park on Deck 17, especially the two fast-and-furious Free Fall slides that send riders on a scream-inducing plunge. The other slides offer tamer but still fun options.
Those who want a dryer thrill can take to the pirate-themed ropes course, also on Deck 17, where passengers are hooked into harnesses before climbing over various obstacles. The brave can try out an 8-foot plank, which extends over the side of the ship. Once at the end, smile for the camera; you can buy the photo at Click Photo Gallery. The course also features a short zip line. A 48-inch minimum height requirement applies for passengers who climb the ropes course. The area also features a 33-foot-high rock climbing wall (height restrictions also apply) and a nine-hole mini-golf course.
Getaway's main pool area is located on Deck 15, a relatively small pool considering the size of the ship. It's surrounded by four whirlpools, which were packed during our sailing. A secondary kids pool area, with charming statues of various Nickelodeon characters, is also located on Deck 15.
Spice H2O (Deck 16) and Vibe Beach Club (Deck 17) are the ship's adults-only spaces. Spice includes hot tubs and a waterfall. Once the sun goes down, passengers can dance the night away; this is where the bulk of the ship's theme night events take place. Vibe is a much quieter space, where passengers can chill on loungers to the sounds of a water feature or take a dip in the oversized hot tub. The venue features cabanas and caps the number of passengers at 60 for crowd control. While Spice is free to use, Vibe requires a fee, and passes are available on a per-day or weekly basis.
At 23,000 square feet, Norwegian Getaway's Mandara Spa, Salon and Fitness Center is located aft on decks 14 and 15. The opening hours are from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, except for the last day when it closes at 8 p.m. Spa treatments run the usual gamut of massages, teeth whitening, facials and cellulite removal. Before your treatment, you're ushered into a Relaxation Lounge on the spa's lower floor, which features cushy brown loungers and an array of flavored waters and teas. The treatment rooms themselves are spacious, with doors thick enough to muffle sound from the hallway.
Couples treatments are also available (at significant cost) in the ship's Spa Villa. Men can get shaves and facials, while teens and kids have specific (and fun) treatment options. Various mother/daughter and father/son treatments are available, too.
The spa also offers a Thermal Suite with a steam room, dry sauna, thalassotherapy pool, hot tubs and heated tile loungers. The area also features a salt room, a trendy land-spa experience reputed to provide therapeutic benefits for those who breathe in the salt air. Use of the Thermal Suite costs $45 per day (or $199 for a weeklong sailing). Access is not included in the cost of your already pricey treatment.
The fitness center, on Deck 15, is pretty sizable and cleverly separates cardio and free weight/weight machine spaces, which eases crowding. Cardio equipment includes treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes and a rowing machine. The weight room features a small (and quickly crowded) mat area that's set aside for stretching. Getaway offers a number of exercise classes. TRX suspension training, Fly Wheel cycling and a boxing class require signup ahead of time and carry a fee. Other classes, such as stretching and abs, are offered for free.
Those who want to take their exercise routines outdoors can hit the jogging track, located on Deck 15. The track is on the small side: Eight laps equal a mile. It's also just one lane, meaning it can get quite crowded during peak times. We found that passengers tended to use the jogging track space more for standing on than for running, so if you want to get in some mileage, go early in the morning or late at night.