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Norwegian Getaway completes her conveyance along the Ems river

Featuring ground-breaking entertainment, the ship is the first to feature the GRAMMY Experience at sea, which will include artefacts chosen and curated by the GRAMMY Museum along with live performances by past GRAMMY winners and nominees, among others.

WIESBADEN – Norwegian Getaway, Miami’s Ultimate Ship, has successfully completed her conveyance along the Ems River. Norwegian Getaway’s river conveyance marks another key milestone in the ship’s highly anticipated delivery.

Sailing backwards, Norwegian Getaway left Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, and made the narrow passage through the ship yard’s locks at approximately 1am (local time in Germany), with only 1,6 meters clearance separating the ship from the “bumpers” that were specially installed along the starboard side of the locks. This very tedious manoeuvre took approximately 1,5 hours at a maximum speed of only 0,2 knots. The precise navigation was led by a team of two located on the bridge, with one navigation officer in charge of overseeing the bow manoeuvres and the other overseeing the movement of the stern. It was extremely important that not too much force was placed on the bumpers, which can only support a light touch by the ship, which measures 324 metres long and 39,7 metres wide; therefore, minimum speed and minimum pressure on the bumpers was essential. After passing through the locks, Norwegian Getaway continued along the river, stern first. Due to the strong propulsion in the aft section of the vessel, travelling stern first helps with manoeuvrability which is a key component when navigating the vessel through such narrow passages.

Before reaching her final destination in Eemshaven, Netherlands, Norwegian Getaway passed through additional narrow passages including Weener Bridge in Weener; Jann-Berghaus Bridge in Leer; and the Ems-Barrier in Gandersum.

Following inaugural events in Europe, New York and Miami, Norwegian Getaway will sail 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruises departing weekly from Miami from February 8, 2014.

Norwegian Getaway
Norwegian Getaway is Miami’s ultimate ship and will embody the essence of her tropical hometown with hull artwork by Miami’s own David “LEBO” Le Batard, which features a whimsical mermaid holding the sun above the waves.

Featuring ground-breaking entertainment, the ship is the first to feature the GRAMMY Experience at sea, which will include artefacts chosen and curated by the GRAMMY Museum along with live performances by past GRAMMY winners and nominees, among others.

Another first of its kind at sea, The Illusionarium is an all-new dining and entertainment experience that will envelop guests in the fascinating world of magic, inviting them to experience the astonishing illusions of world-class magicians and supernatural special effects. In addition, Norwegian Getaway boasts sizzling Latin-inspired dance productions by Broadway sensation, Burn the Floor; performances of the seven-time Tony Award nominated musical Legally Blonde; hilarious comedy headliners produced by Levity Entertainment Group; and the sing along fun of the duelling pianos of Howl at the Moon. To cap off a spectacular cruise experience, every sailing will feature a dazzling fireworks show at sea, set to music, as part of a dance party in the ship’s outdoor club, Spice H2O.

Similar to sister ship Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway will dazzle guests with the excitement of 678 Ocean Place and The Waterfront, a variety of interconnected indoor and outdoor venues on three dynamic decks that creates a multiplex of dining, activities and more and enhances guests’ connection with the ocean. Norwegian Getaway will also feature Miami’s coolest place to chill out – the ship’s SVEDKA/Inniskillin Ice Bar, featuring Art Deco-style decor, reminiscent of Miami Beach’s famous Ocean Drive.

Foodies setting sail from Miami on Norwegian Getaway can feast in their choice of 27 incredible dining options, including Celebrity Chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian’s three dining concepts: Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian; Ocean Blue on the Waterfront and The Raw Bar. Buddy Valastro, star of the popular TLC series “Cake Boss” also has an outpost of his famous Carlo’s Bakery on board, serving up delicious treats like cannolis, lobster tails and speciality cakes.

For families, Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, is on board and includes a variety of exciting interactive experiences, along with the opportunity to meet SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Dora the Explorer and Diego, among other favourites. Norwegian Getaway will also include an all new pirate-themed Nickelodeon Kids’ Aqua Park where children can cool off with colourful, whimsical and larger than life Nickelodeon characters from Bikini Bottom.

The three-storey Sports Complex will feature the Aqua Park with five thrilling water slides, two swimming pools and one of the largest multi-level elevated ropes course that will challenge guests to more than 40 different elements, including a zip track. For a thrill like no other, guests will confront The Plank, a platform that extends 2,4 metres over the side of the ship. A nine-hole miniature golf course is located beneath the ropes course, offering family fun with friendly competition. A rock climbing wall, bungee trampoline and spider web, a 7-metre enclosed climbing cage complete with a spiral slide, round out the activities.

Norwegian Getaway offers a variety of flexible accommodation choices ranging from Studio staterooms specially designed for solo travellers, to balcony and family staterooms and opulent suites in The Haven, the ultimate in luxury accommodation.

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