Find Paradise on the High Seas with NCL!

Ashley Colburn once more found paradise, this time in the Caribbean Sea with Norwegian Cruise Line. Colburn boarded the luxurious Norwegian Getaway in Miami for a seven-night journey to St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and the Bahamas. And getting to the ship was smooth sailing.

Notes Colburn, “The Port of Miami is easily accessible from Miami Airport with transfers that can be arranged through your travel agent, so you’re dropped at the ship.”

Once on the ship, Colburn found 18 levels of action-packed fun and dining, and learned that “cruising is extremely easy with everything is just steps away once you’re on board.”

Norwegian Getaway Nassau

Getaway sails into Nassau.


What to do with two days at sea

Getaway ZiplineThe first two days of Colburn’s cruise were at sea, so Colburn spoke with Jason Malthias, NCL Program Manger, to find out what’s hot on board.

“Our concept of freestyle cruising gives you so many different options,” said Malthias. “There’s so many things for kids to do of all ages, like movies under the stars. Getaway really runs the gamut of options.”

A ship holding nearly 4,000 has something for everyone, including a variety of Broadway-style shows. Colburn caught Burn the Floor, which features professional ballroom dancers performing a variety of dance styles.

“From cha cha and rumba to salsa, it’s a show you won’t want to miss,” emphasizes Colburn.

Another show favorite is seven-time Tony nominated musical Legal Blonde.

“From Broadway to Silver Screen onto the High Seas, it’s one of the biggest shows we have that’s very, very well-known and absolutely fantastic,” explains Joel Sanchez, Cruise Director.

Nighttime on Getaway also offers Howl at the Moon, a show centered around dance hits, plus live jazz and R&B performances. During the day, families can enjoy the Aqua Park, five thrilling waterslides 17 decks above the high seas, and a ropes course with three stories of action-packed activities, including a walk on the plank.

On board, parents can also enjoy the fantastic Ice Bar or the tranquility of the Mandara Spa & Salon.

“The world-class rejuvenating experience is a vacation-within-a-vacation,” says Colburn.

There’s also a children’s program, geared toward giving kids—and parents—fun times aboard the ship.

Getaway AquaParkExplains Michael Simpson, Youth Program Manager, “When parents want to take an excursion or if they want to go out and have some time and just leave the kids with us, no problem. We can take care of breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a nominal fee, and they’re all safe with our hands all day.”

Shore excursions at many of the ports—include St. Maarten and St. Thomas—can be booked through your travel agent, at the shore excursion desk, and even digital touch screens throughout the trip.

Colburn enjoyed snorkeling, parasailing, and even a trip to the Lost City of Atlantis on her cruise.

“The water in St. Maarten was some of the prettiest I’ve seen throughout the world!”

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Where to stay and where to eat

Whichever category you choose, the staterooms on Norwegian Getaway are spacious and welcoming, according to Colburn, but The Haven, luxurious accommodations, include a 24-hour butler service, concierge service, and a private sundeck. The many suites are great for families while the standard ocean view and inside rooms are “comfortable and stylish.”

With 27 dining options on board, “you have the luxury of dining at a different restaurant each night,” explains Colburn.

Several of the restaurants are no additional cost, but specialty dining is available for those who want to savor every bite.

But does one need to get all snazzy when on a cruise ship or at certain restaurants?

“Resort casual is what we suggest,” explains Malthias. “We do still offer on a seven-night cruise one suggested formal night, but it’s not required. We really want to make things casual and give people the option, and we do find that people still want to bust out their Sunday best at least one time during the week.”

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