About Norwegian Cruise Lines:
Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 51-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising. Most notably, Norwegian revolutionized the cruise industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal cruise vacation on their schedule with no set dining times, a variety of entertainment options and no formal dress codes. Today, Norwegian invites guests to enjoy a relaxed, resort-style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea with a wide variety of accommodations options, including The Haven by Norwegian®, a luxury enclave with suites, private pool and dining, concierge service and personal butlers. Norwegian Cruise Line sails around the globe, offering guests the freedom and flexibility to explore the world on their own time and experience with up to 28 dining options, award-winning entertainments, superior guest service and more across all the brand's 16 ships.
About the Norwegian Getaway Ship:
The award- winning Norwegian Getaway is loaded with fun and takes family cruising to the next level. This ship was built to just cruise from Miami with fun and socializing in mind. Indulge in 28 restaurants and over a dozen bars onboard. Highlights include Howl at the Moon, an outrageous sing-along dueling piano show; Broadway musical "Million Dollar Quartet"; dinner theater production The Illusionarium; and five multistory waterslides, including the scream-inducing Free Fall. Or take a walk on the Plank at the ropes course and enjoy a game of basketball, dodgeball, volleyball or more in the enclosed sports complex. All this so much more makes a cruise on Norwegian Getaway the ultimate vacation!
Norwegian Getaway – Ship Statistics
Built 2014 • Gross Tonnage: 145,655
Guests (Double Occupancy): 3,963 • Crew: 1,595
Registry: Nassau, Bahamas • Decks: 18
Captain Dan and First Mate Mimi AKA “The Cruise Meisters”
With an extensive career and experience in managing major conventions and meetings worldwide Capt. Dan now utilizes his expertise hosting Family Friendly Group Cruises and Bucket List Trips and Adventures. Says Capt. Dan, “Having managed corporate meetings for most of my career it is gratifying to come full circle and host and share these fun experiences and destinations with friends. These shared travel experiences are incredibly fun, and the fantastic destinations, cultures and sights have enriched everyone along with making new friends on every journey. We enjoy adding many extra touches pre, post and during the trip and know that getting to the destination is always half the fun.”
Besides being a travel professional, Capt. Dan is an-demand professional charity auctioneer and event MC bringing fun and excitement to every event. Mimi Meister is a licensed and professional charity fund raiser and is very active in the South Florida philanthropic community. Together with their daughter, Haley now in high school they are incredible hosts and will insure everyone has a wonderful time with the group or on their own schedule and agenda with no travel worries as they handle all the details with lots of exclusive fun events. Welcome Aboard!
FAQ’s (note, as a courtesy and for convenience, some of this information is taken from the Norwegian Cruise Lines webpage so please refer to www.ncl.com for more current information)
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
Ongoing/onboard care and attention of your group travel hosts Dan & Mimi Meister
Shipboard Accommodations for 7 nights
Ultimate Beverage package onboard for first two guests sharing an ocean stateroom or higher that includes full alcohol, sodas, juices, etc., (just pay gratuities of $17.80 per person per day)
Onboard Meals & some beverages
Shipboard Entertainment & Daily Activities
Onboard Children and Teen Programs
Onboard Aqua Park
Exciting Ports of Call
Taxes & Port charges
Exclusive Pre/Post/Onboard/Onshore get togethers
Exclusive Group Dining
Access to Facebook Private Group Event to network with other cruisers
Onboard Cabin credit as noted
$100 School or Charity Donation per cabin
Extra benefits you'll enjoy
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE CRUISE PRICE?
Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
Shipboard Gratuities (apx $14.50/day per person for standard cabins and $17.50 per person per day for suites and the Haven category cabins)
Onboard spa services (onboard fitness facility is free)
Ground Transfers to Cruise / Cruise Terminal Parking
Pre/post hotels and tours
Are there special rates for children or infants?
The first two guests sharing a cabin regardless of age are charged at the noted per person rate. Additional guests (regardless of age) sharing the same cabin are charged at a discounted rate. Most cabins have a maximum occupancy of 4 guests, but some suites can accommodate up to 6 guests. If you have more than 4 guests in your party, we suggest booking adjoining cabins or cabins across from each other (i.e. balcony cabin for parents and inside cabin across the hallway for children). On some balcony cabins the doors on the balconies can be opened creating a long balcony for a family or travel party to enjoy easy access to everyone’s cabins. Highly recommend booking early for best selection of cabins that fit your family or travel party.
Why Is Travel Insurance Important?
A travel insurance plan protects your well-being and travel investment. It covers you and your family for unexpected costs incurred before or during your trip so are less likely to come out of your own pocket including:
Trip cancellation, trip interruption and trip delays due to natural or manmade causes
Accident & sickness medical expense during your trip (most domestic health insurance policies do not provide international coverage so check your policy)
We offer competitive travel insurance so click here if you would like a personal quote for this trip
Better Cabin Selection - Yes, for best selection of cabins, locations and pricing. Unlike a hotel vacation when guests are checking in and out for multiple stays and dates, on a cruise vacation everyone checks in and out on the same dates. This allows us to reserve a specific cabin for you and your guests according to your preference(s). Suites, specialty and family cabins, mid-ship cabin locations, adjoining balcony cabins and inside cabins across from balcony cabins are always in high demand and get booked quickly. Also, these are big ships so when traveling with friends and family it is always more fun to have your “crew” close together in the same hallway and location so booking early makes it easier for us to secure cabins close together
Better Pricing – We have a limited number of cabins at our current group pricing. Once our allotment is sold cabin prices will be at the prevailing prices and these prices always increase as it gets closer to departure date as most ships sail at 100% occupancy. We check pricing frequently so if prices do decrease after booking we can usually reprice your cabin to match the new promotion or discounted pricing and pass on these savings.
Why Should I Book In The Block?
Booking in a group allows you to experience exclusive pre/post/onboard/onshore cruise parties, get-togethers and activities, group dining, group amenities including onboard credit and charity fundraising donation, group Facebook Page, group disembarkation, ongoing group communication, optional group shore excursions and post cruise video.
All group guests also receive the ongoing and onboard care and attention of your travel hosts “The Cruise Meisters” (priceless).
Is A Stateroom With A Balcony Really Worth It?
Yes, definitely! The sights, shorelines of the Caribbean are inspiring and what better way to enjoy them than from the privacy of your own private balcony stateroom.
Private balconies are also a great way to escape the crowds. It is your own front row reserved seat to enjoy the same view from your own deck chair while having a cup of coffee or glass of wine- but without the crowds on the main decks. Balcony cabins are bigger as well since the balcony adds an additional dedicated seating area and the balcony sliding doors provide a floor to ceiling view of some of the best scenery in the world. The fresh sea air along with the soothing sounds of the ocean make for restful sleep. If you're already spending the money and taking time to cruise, then treat yourself to a balcony...you will not be disappointed and will be glad you did. We have been in the travel business for a long time and have never heard of anyone that purchased a balcony cabin later say they wish they had bought an inside cabin. So, the answer is "YES."
FYI, due to the popularity and demand of balcony cabins, all newer cruise ships are built with close to 75% or higher of cabins and suites with balconies.
No, Norwegian doesn’t offer babysitting but instead offers Group Sitting Services for children ages 3-12 years old every night from 10:30pm - 1:30am (Late Night Fun Zone) and on port days while the ship is docked.
On Port Days, a minimal fee is charged only during scheduled meal time per the activity booklet.
Nightly at Late Night Fun Zone, there is an hourly fee of $6.00 USD per hour, per child and $4.00 USD per hour, per child for each additional sibling.
Parents are encouraged to sign up in advance for both services. If no children are signed up or dropped off by 11:30 pm for the nightly service, the youth center will close for the evening. The fees are charged to your on-board account. Fifteen-minute transition time is offered before charges apply from Splash Academy to Late Night. Both services are run by the Youth Staff in the Splash Academy Facility.
Hours of Operations
Port Day: Arrival into Port – Departure from Port
Overnight In Port: Arrival in Port – 8:00 pm
The cruise line will make every effort to accommodate you, providing you have not entered the 24th week of pregnancy when the cruise ends. Per the ship’s rules you are not allowed to cruise if past your 24th week of pregnancy. If there is a chance you may become pregnant after booking your cruise we highly suggest purchasing travel insurance (must purchase before becoming pregnant).
Seasickness may hit one person hard, while others don’t feel a thing. So, what’s the deal?
Experts say there no way to prevent motion sickness 100 percent. However, the chances are far less now with sizes and new technology of modern cruise ships along with medications and proper precautions.
Motion sickness occurs when what you see conflicts with what your inner ear senses. In other words, if you’re sitting in a car (not moving) but your inner ear detects movement (the car just hit 70 mph on the highway), the two signals being sent to your brain don’t match. Those mixed signals confuse the brain, and the resulting sensations and symptoms (dizziness, nausea) are the result.
Modern ocean cruising is all about having fun while visiting many exciting ports smoothly, safely and in good health. To this end there has never been a better time than now to enjoy cruising while minimizing any discomfort or sea sickness.
Information, Tips and advice are below to help you get your sea legs while onboard:
Cruise Ship Stabilizers - Built off a ship’s port and starboard sides along the water line, they reduce side-to-side motion or pitch and roll for a smoother ride, which helps cut down on feelings of seasickness. Stabilizers make a large ocean cruise ship much more stable than any small pleasure or fishing boat you may have been on before.
Smooth Seas - With good weather forecasting and itinerary planning it is rare for a ship to encounter severe storms and very rough seas for an extended period as the Captain can simply steer clear. Additionally, unless you’re on a trans-ocean cruise most cruise itineraries seldom have multiple sea days in a row so even if you experience some sea sickness you will feel much better once in port and on land the next day.
Medications – Consult your doctor or pharmacist before boarding as medications like Dramamine and Meclizine (we suggest the non-drowsy versions if available) are very effective for motion sickness when taken as directed (some medications require being taken 1 or 2 days before cruising). Other helpful options like Scopolamine patches placed behind the ear and acupressure wristbands, which stimulate a pressure point that can relieve nausea. We suggest buying any medications, patches or bands before cruising as they can sell out on the ship quickly or in port.
Cabin Location – Lower level cabins located Mid-Ship or towards the Aft (rear) tend to have less motion than higher level cabins and being towards the stern (front of the ship). Balcony cabins with open access to fresh sea air and floor to ceiling sliding door windows are also recommended.
Avoid Key Triggers - There are several factors that can contribute to the not-so-great feeling of being off balance. It is a good idea to avoid fatty foods or those high in salt and sugar, avoid alcohol 24 hours prior to sailing, and poor ventilation as strong smells can overwhelm the senses. Also, it is best to avoid reading. If you must, read small passages at one time and take frequent breaks to look up and find the horizon.
Stay Cool - You do want to stay cool and eat small, plain meals throughout the day. Green apples, saltines and ginger (in the form of a pill, powder, tea) are all-natural stomach soothers.
Avoid being inside - To acclimate to shipboard life and get those sea legs working, it is best to spend as much time as possible outside walking on deck or on your balcony. Use the horizon as a point to maintain your equilibrium. Your senses will be happy – visual input will agree with inner ear.
Physicians onboard – If do feel or get sick your cruise ship has a fully staffed medical facility with Physicians and nurses onboard to help take care of you. Commonly used medications are kept on board and may be prescribed by the ship's doctor.
What Types of Children’s Programs are onboard?
Norwegian Cruise lines offers many children’s programs such as:
Youth Counselors and Cruise Staff come together to offer fun interactive activities for the whole family from Game Shows, Sports Challenges, Pizza Making, and Trivias. In addition, Norwegian offers the following structured complimentary children’s programs onboard:
When your little ones are having a great time, you’re having a great time. Sign them up for our complimentary youth program where they can enjoy creative play, sports and more. From theme night activities to cool parties, our youth staff has a knack for this stuff.
Activities & Age Groups
6 Months - Under 3 Years Old (Parents required. Fleetwide)
3 - 5 Years
6 - 9 Years
10 - 12 Years
Entourage For Teens
Run off and play while your teenagers hang out in a place filled with video games, movies, arts, music, sports and people their own age.
From the coolest lounge at sea to the hippest dance club at night, there’s always something going on at our teen centers. Best of all, it’s all complimentary and supervised. *
*Some teen centers are used as a hangout when program is not in session and may not be supervised but are under surveillance
What Travel Documentation Do I Need?
Proper travel documentation is required at embarkation and throughout the cruise and is the responsibility of the guest. Any guest traveling without proper documentation will not be allowed to board the vessel and no refund of the cruise fare will be issued.
Required Travel Documentation:
You’re required to carry:
A Valid Passport (expiration date should be at least 6 months past your travel dates)
Proof of Citizenship (see below) AND Government-issued photo ID
State certified U.S. birth certificate
(Baptismal paper, hospital certificates of birth, and Puerto Rico birth certificates issued prior to 7/1/10 are not acceptable.)
Original certificate of U.S. naturalization
Original certificate of U.S. citizenship
U.S. Consular report of your birth abroad
WHTI (Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative)-compliant documents (click here to for more information.)
*A U.S. citizen under the age of 16 does not require a government-issued photo ID.
The Cruise Line strongly recommends all guests to obtain a passport for their cruise vacation for the following reasons:
If you miss your ship at its scheduled U.S. departure port and need to travel outside the U.S. to meet your ship.
You unexpectedly need to depart the ship from a foreign port prior to the end of sailing, a passport would be required to leave or re-enter the U.S. by air.
Per the NCL.com website: If you need to obtain a passport quickly, please contact VisaCentral at 844-834-5702 and reference account 75006 for discounted VisaCentral service fees. VisaCentral can obtain a passport in as little as 48 hours.
We highly suggest for everyone (even infants) to have a valid passport that does not expire until at least November 2019. Passports for guests under 16 years old are valid for 5 years and for 16 years and older are good for 10 years so if you don’t have a passport it is a great investment for you and your family as it is required for all international travel and can be always be used as another accepted government approved ID for many other uses besides travel. It is important that guest names on travel documents be identical to those on the cruise booking.
Otherwise, proof of name change (i.e. marriage license), etc. must be presented. Please check with your country of citizenship's consulate or state department for current information and travel requirements. For more information on the proper travel documentation check out the Cruise Line’s website or the resources below.
CIBT Passport & Visa Services (Third party company that is very helpful with passports and visa)
Meister Meetings & Travel Corp.
Boca Raton, FL 33487-1625 USA
Tel: (561) 279-2500,
FL Seller of Travel No ST38545 & TI53658 * CST #2114496-40