Norwegian Getaway comes to St. Maarten

POSTED: 07/29/13 6:16 PM

Norwegian GetawayGREAT BAY – The Port of St. Maarten will welcome the Norwegian Getaway in February of next year.

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) will take delivery of the 146,600 gross tonnage Getaway in late January 2014, earlier than originally scheduled.  The vessel carries 4,000 cruise passengers and 1,600 crew, and will sail out of the Port of Miami to the Eastern Caribbean.

Port management is of the opinion that 2014 will be a very good season and that the 2013 season will also see a positive result. Available cruise figures for the last two months, May and June, when compared to the same period in 2012 shows a +6898 difference.  For May the port received 80,681 passengers (2012: 76,476) and for June 79,904 (2012: 77,211).  The totals for those two months are 160,585 passengers versus 153,687 in 2012.

New vessels calling at the port will add to the existing fleets of cruise vessels that visit the destination, increasing the overall number of cruise passenger arrivals.

The German Meyer Werft shipyard will deliver the Norwegian Getaway three months earlier than planned.  The ship’s transatlantic sailing will depart from the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on 16 January 2014, and will include a stopover in England where guests can also embark, followed by nine days at sea before arriving in Miami on 27 January 2014.

Norwegian Getaway will sail seven-day cruises from Miami to the Eastern Caribbean beginning on February 1 of next year, with ports of call including St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and The Bahamas.

Norwegian Getaway will feature a dazzling display of fireworks on every cruise.  As guests dance the night away under the stars in the open-air Spice H20 venue at the aft of the ship, a mesmerizing color-filled fireworks show will light up the night sky, right above the ship.  The fully-produced show is a visual masterpiece that is set to music, creating an incredible finale to the cruise.

Aqua Park is one of Norwegian’s biggest features, a five multi-story water slide.  Norwegian Getaway and her sister-ship, Norwegian Breakaway, are the first cruise ships to feature the Free Fall, 2 side-by-side slides where guests will stand up and have the floor drop from underneath, propelling them into a thrilling loop.  Offering another first with a twist are two additional side-by-side twister slides called The Whip that deliver an unforgettable adrenaline rush as they plunge guests on a spiral race to the finish line.


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