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MIAMI — Norwegian Getaway has completed its first sailing after its extensive refurbishment as part of the Norwegian Edge fleet upgrade program.
Following a two-week dry dock in Brest, France in late May, Norwegian Getaway returned to Copenhagen after completing its first sailing showcasing new venues and artwork, updated social spaces and refreshed accommodations and décor. The renovations were completed just in time for a summer of Scandinavia, Russia and Baltic cruising.
“Norwegian Getaway is the youngest ship in our fleet to cruise Europe this season,” says NCL’s President and CEO, Andy Stuart. “We are proud to showcase her and the new experience she delivers to guests exploring the region this summer.”
New outlets aboard Norwegian Getaway include the company’s first onboard, full-service Starbucks licensed store available in the European market, and the popular rock ‘n’ roll-themed entertainment venue, Syd Norman’s Pour House. Debuting on Norwegian Breakaway in 2018, Syd Norman’s Pour House is inspired by the greatest rock clubs and features rock-themed events, cocktails, movies and live tribute bands performing hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
Norwegian Getaway will complete its Scandinavia, Russia and Baltic cruising in late October 2019 before returning to North America to homeport for the first time in New Orleans for a winter and spring of Western Caribbean cruising in November 2019.
In 2020 Norwegian Getaway will return to Europe to sail the Med for the first time while homeporting in Rome (Civitavecchia) for a summer of cruising Italy and the Greek Isles.
NCL is also marking its first season of cruises from the Netherlands, with the European debut of Norwegian Pearl in Amsterdam, growing NCL’s presence to six ships in the region for the first time.
“As the only North American cruise line to sail Europe year-round, we are very excited to offer guests new and interesting itineraries full of history, culture and diverse landscapes while they enjoy our various ships in the region, including Norwegian Pearl, which is homeporting in Europe for the first time,” says Stuart.
Norwegian Pearl will sail 10-14-day cruises to the Greek Isles; the Mediterranean; and the French, Spanish and Italian Rivieras from Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Venice and Rome through Oct. 14.