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Miami-Based Norwegian Getaway Offers Warm Escape from Freezing NYC

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In this week’s Travel with Val, NY1’s Valarie D’Elia takes a look at the brand new Norwegian Getaway, the sister ship to the New York City-based Breakaway.

Norwegian Getaway made her debut with a big splash in Manhattan, as the “Bud Light Hotel.” After the Super Bowl stint, this 146,000-ton gadabout town pointed her Cuban-inspired hull south, to what’s unofficially known as New York’s sixth borough, Miami.

“We have a lot of food offerings that are Latin. We have a mojito bar and you know, on and on and on. The entertainment is more skewed to the Latin market,” said CEO of Norwegian Cruise Kevin Sheehan.

Norwegian Getaway is six months younger than her New York based twin, the Breakaway, which takes at least a day at sea to shake the cold before arriving in Florida for its Orlando and Nassau itineraries.

This getaway girl, on the other hand, embarks directly from Miami on seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruises that cut right to the ‘chaise.

“So if you want to get on a plane and maybe be in the warm weather, and maybe a couple days on one side and the other side of the vacation, it’s a perfect alternative,” said Sheehan.

Getaway can accommodate 4,000 passengers on 18 decks with 27 restaurants, 22 bars and lounges and six all-out entertainment experiences. A three story sports complex features multi-level slides plus a ropes course with a “what are they going to think of next” plank that extends eight feet over the side.

Getaway will be the fifth Norwegian ship to offer Nickelodeon experiences for little sailors.

Depending on the cabin category you book, a Valentine’s day sale is offering perks such as airfare credits, complimentary dining at a selection of specialty restaurants, spa and other onboard credits.

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