Cruise Conference Update: Norwegian Cruise's Magical Getaway
Passengers aboard Norwegian Cruise's Getaway can sign up for a truly magic dinner in the Illusionarium, a domed space where Hogswarts meets Jules Verne. The experience, priced at $35, will feature a magic show and dinner, the company announced Wednesday at the Cruise Shipping Miami conference. The project was designed by Broadway director/choreographer Patricia Wilcox, Tony Award-winning scenic designer David Gallo and veteran magician Jeff Hobson.
And get ready to rock. The Getaway, which launches in January 2014 with sailings from Miami, will feature a Grammy Experience venue, with memorabilia and live performances from Grammy winners and nominees. In fall 2014, the ship will host a Grammy Experience themed cruise.
Other Getaway features revealed:
° Each cruise will feature a fireworks display. (Only Disney does this now.)
° Like sister ship Breakaway, the Getaway will feature a multi-story Aqua Park with five water slides (including a gentle flume for families and the faint of heart) and a three-story sports complex with a huge ropes course, mini golf, bungee trampoline, rock climbing wall and a plank that extends 8 feet beyond the ship's hull — definitely NOT for the height-sick. (Have no fear: There's a safety line for plank walkers).
° Celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is opening his new Ocean Blue restaurant on board as previously announced.
Breakaway, which launches in May, will be based year-round in New York. Each ship carries about 4,000 passengers.
Jane Wooldridge is T+L's Cruise Editor.