I guess it pays to blog because Norwegian Cruise Lines invited me, good old Japolina, along with other celebrities such as Brooke Burke- Charvet (Dancing with the Stars), Pitbull (Mr. Worldwide), Buddy Valero (The Cake Boss) and the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders to christen their new Mega Cruise Ship, the Norwegian Getaway.*
NCL not only provided us with a free mini suite for the one night cruise to nowhere, they also comped all food and drinks! They even made reservations for us for dinner and a show. I really felt like a V.I.P.
I have been on at least 30 cruises during my lifetime. Given that at least 10 cruises leave from South Florida weekly, it is very easy to jump on one. However, I have been pretty loyal to Royal Caribbean for most of my adult life and had not actually been on an NCL cruise since "The Love Boat" was on television. I was super excited to check out this new beauty and she did not disappoint.
The Getaway has 28 dining options from casual to fancy. We ate lunch at a seaside cafe and dinner during a really fun Magic show called the Illusionarium. We also blew the diet at Carlo's Bake Shop. Who needs to go to Hoboken? The canoli was to die for. All of the food that we ate was delicious and if you sail on her for a week, I'm certain you will not leave feeling hungry at all.
Our room was a mini suite. It had a balcony, comfy beds and the biggest bathroom that I've ever had on a cruise ship. We were able to tour some other rooms on the ship. My husband should have not let me go see the special V.I.P. section of the ship called The Haven. The suites up there were amazing and they have their own pool and butlers. It is sort of like after I flew first class to Europe, my new motto was "upgrade me or I'm not going". Guess who never goes? All joking aside, I'd sail in any room on the Getaway because the amenities on the ship are great.
Norwegian really made me feel like a V.I.P.
This was the view from our cabin!
Besides all of the food options, there is a gorgeous casino, tons of bars and clubs including "the Grammy Experience" and a real ice bar where you have to wear a ship-provided coat. There are also shows including "Legally Blonde" and much more.
The gym had tons of cardio equipment where you can stare at the sea while sweating out some of the canolis. It also had TRX and boxing equipment. There is even a room dedicated to FLYWHEEL indoor spinning. The spa was stunning and featured a salt room.
This is the salt room in the Spa!
The kids won't be bored onboard. For the little ones, there are not only a kids club and splash pool, there is a Nickelodeon themed program for them. Teens won't bug you either. There is an aqua park onboard with huge watersides, a ropes course and a plank platform that extends 8 feet over the side of the ship. You won't be seeing me on that thing!
This is more my speed…
Thanks Norwegian. I had a blast and hope to cruise with you someday very soon.
* NOTE: I did not actually meet any celebrities during my brief time onboard but did run into a few local newscasters. These are the same ones who put me in a panic during hurricane season with their "The big one is coming, we are all going to die!" outbursts so I stayed clear of them. I also ran into the Dolphins Cheerleaders at the bar. They were all wearing matching aqua cocktail dresses. I ran when I saw them as they are so blonde, young and gorgeous that they probably made Brooke Burke-Charvet look old and dumpy. I wanted to make sure I was not in any photos with them.