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Norwegian Getaway
Norwegian Getaway near Rotterdam, 2017
NameNorwegian Getaway
OwnerNorwegian Cruise Line Holdings
OperatorNorwegian Cruise Line
Port of registryNassau,  Bahamas[1]
Ordered24 September 2010
Yard number692
Laid down20 January 2011
Launched2 November 2013
Sponsored byMiami Dolphins Cheerleaders
Christened7 February 2014
Maiden voyage8 February 2014
StatusIn service
General characteristics
TypeBreakaway-class cruise ship
Tonnage145,655 GT[2][1]
Length325.65 m (1,068 ft 5 in)[1]
  • 44.39 m (145 ft 8 in)[1]
  • 39.7 m (130 ft 3 in) - at waterline
  • 52.67 m (172 ft 10 in) - lifeboats/tenders
Height54.5 m (178 ft 10 in)
Draught8.6 m (28 ft 3 in)[1]
Installed power
  • 2 × MAN 14V48/60CR (2 × 16,800 kW)
  • 2 × MAN 12V48/60CR (2 × 14,400 kW)
PropulsionTwo ABB XO Azipods (2 × 17.5 MW) Three Brunvoll bow thrusters (3 × 3 MW)
Speed21.5 knots (39.8 km/h; 24.7 mph)

Norwegian Getaway is a cruise ship of the Norwegian Cruise Line. She was built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, and was delivered to her owner on 10 January 2014.[3] At the time of her christening she was the world's ninth-largest cruise ship[4] with a passenger capacity of 3,969 and a crew of 1,640.[5]

Amenities on board the ship include restaurants by chef Geoffrey Zakarian, an entertainment venue devoted to magic called the "Illusionarium", and another entertainment venue themed in conjunction with the Grammy Awards. The ship is based in Miami and mostly sails seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruises. She was christened in Miami on 7 February 2014, with the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders serving as godmothers.[4] The ship departed on her maiden voyage the next day.

Design and description[edit]

Norwegian Getaway is the sister vessel of Norwegian Breakaway, and was built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, for Norwegian Cruise Line.[6] The name of the ship was selected in a competition, and was submitted by Dennis Hultman of Vienna, Virginia, United States.[7] NCL expected the ship to be based out of Miami year-round.[8] David "LEBO" Le Batard was commissioned by NCL to design the mural on the hull of the ship.[9]

A fire broke out at the shipyard on 5 March 2013, but no one was injured and it did not delay the delivery of the vessel.[6] Smoke from the fire did result in production areas and the visitors center being evacuated.[10]

On 30 June 2018, a crew member fell overboard from Norwegian Getaway 28 miles (45 km) northwest of Cuba. The cruise line and the U.S. Coast Guard commenced a search. The next day, a steward on another cruise ship, Carnival Glory, spotted the crew member in the ocean. He had been treading water for almost 22 hours when he was rescued, alive and well.[11]


Entertainment on board the ship includes the "Illusionarium", an entertainment venue devoted to magic and illusion performances, which also includes a 30-foot (9.1 m)-high video dome in the middle of the performance area.[12] The water park has five slides, including two freefall drop and two twister slides located side by side in a spiral and one kids slide.[12]

There is a Grammy entertainment venue which includes items taken from the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. In line with this, Norwegian Cruise Line became the "Official Cruise Line Partner of the Grammy Awards".[12]


Chef Geoffrey Zakarian has food venues on board the ship including the Ocean Blue concept. Ocean Blue forms part of the area on the ship called "The Waterfront" which allows for outdoor dining in most of the restaurants on board.[8]

Service history[edit]

The vessel arrived in Southampton from Rotterdam on 14 January 2014, leaving for two crew work-up day-cruises in the English Channel on 14 and 15 January, before departing from Southampton for New York City on 16 January.[13]

While in New York, she was temporarily rechristened the "Bud Light Hotel" to house 4,000 people during her docking at the New York Passenger Ship Terminal during the week of Super Bowl XLVIII.[14]

In February 2014, she began to undertake cruises to the Caribbean continuing to do so in the 2015 season.[15]

In 2017, Norwegian announced that the Norwegian Getaway will spend the summer of 2019 homeported in Copenhagen, offering nine-day cruises to Scandinavia and Russia. In the fall of 2019, the Getaway arrived New Orleans, where she offered various length cruises to the Western Caribbean. Itineraries were cancelled out of the Port of New Orleans in mid-March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the summer of 2020, the Norwegian Getaway began 10-/11-day cruises around the Mediterranean from her summer homeport in Civitavecchia, calling at ports in the Greek Isles, Italy, and various other ports in the Western and Eastern Mediterranean.[16]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Norwegian Getaway (31462)". Vessel Register for DNV. DNV. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Norwegian Getaway Cruise Ship - Norwegian Getaway Deck Plans - Norwegian Cruise Line". www.ncl.com. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  3. ^ Cox, Martin (10 January 2014). "NORWEGIAN GETAWAY Delivered". MaritimeMatters. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  4. ^ a b Sloan, Gene (7 February 2014). "Norwegian Cruise Line to christen newest ship". USA Today. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Norwegian Getaway overview". Norwegian Cruise Lines. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Fire breaks out on 'Norwegian Getaway'". The Motorship. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Project Breakaway: Overview". Norwegian Cruise Line. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  8. ^ a b Ballard, Sam (25 February 2013). "Norwegian continues partnership with celebrity chef". Travel Daily Media. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  9. ^ Satchell, Arlene (4 December 2012). "Miami artist David "Lebo" Le Batard to paint cruise ship hull artwork". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  10. ^ Stieghorst, Tom (6 March 2013). "Fire put out on Norwegian Getaway". Travel Weekly. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  11. ^ Associated Press (2 July 2018). "Correction: Cruise Ship-Rescue Story; Cruise Ship Worker Rescued 22 Hours After Going Overboard". U.S. News & World Report.
  12. ^ a b c Satchell, Arlene (14 March 2013). "Norwegian Getaway to offer new experiences at sea". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  13. ^ "Southampton Harbourmaster arrival and sailing schedules dated 11 January 2014". Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  14. ^ Barron, James (24 January 2014). "Welcome or Not, 4,000 Football Fans Will Be Afloat at a Hudson River Pier". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  15. ^ Staff, C. I. N. (12 March 2014). "Norwegian Announces 2015/16 Winter Deployment". www.cruiseindustrynews.com. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Norwegian Cruise Line Announces Fall/Winter 2019 & 2020 Cruise Itineraries". NORWEGIAN'S OFFICIAL TRAVEL BLOG. 16 January 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2019.

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