Norwegian Getaway refurb debuts Starbucks and other new venues

Norwegian Getaway has emerged from a major refit and refurbishment as part of the Norwegian Edge fleet upgrade program ahead of her European summer cruise season.

The 3,969-passenger Breakaway-class cruise ship underwent her first major refurbishment at a Damen facility in Brest, France, five years after entering service.


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The two-week dry-dock added new venues and artwork, updated social spaces and refreshed accommodations and décor ahead of her a summer of Scandinavia, Russia and Baltic cruising.

“Norwegian Getaway is the youngest ship in our fleet to cruise Europe this season,” said Andy Stuart, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We are proud to showcase her and the new experience she delivers to guests exploring the region this summer.”

“A season of European sailing immediately following her multi-million-dollar renovation showcases our commitment to the market, where our brand has been honored as ‘Europe’s Leading Cruise Line’ by the World Travel Awards for the 11th consecutive year,” he added.


The Starbucks aboard Norwegian Bliss is the cruise line’s first full-fledged branch of the coffee shop. (Image courtesy Escale Croisiere).

Norwegian Getaway now features a full-service Starbucks-licensed coffee shop like that found aboard Norwegian Bliss. It is the first full-service Starbucks for Norwegian in the European cruise market.

Getaway also now offers the popular rock ‘n’ roll-themed entertainment venue, Syd Norman’s Pour House, which debuted aboard Norwegian Breakaway following her 2018 refurbishment.

Syd Norman’s is modelled on leading rock houses such as The Rainbow, CBGBs and Fillmore and features a 5-piece band paying tribute to various famous acts five nights per week.


Syd Norman’s Pour House

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In addition, as part of the revitalization, nearly 800 pieces of art were installed aboard the ship, with more than 20 percent of them original pieces.

Notable works include an original installment by sculptor Eric Levy, whose work is also featured on Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Escape. The piece is displayed prominently in the ship’s atrium.

Norwegian Getaway will complete her Scandinavia, Russia and Baltic cruising in late October 2019.

She will then return to North America to homeport for the first time in New Orleans for a winter and spring of Western Caribbean cruising in November 2019 with routine calls to Norwegian’s island destination in Belize, Harvest Caye.

In 2020, Norwegian Getaway will return to Europe to sail the Mediterranean for the first time while homeporting in Rome (Civitavecchia) for a summer of cruising Italy and the Greek Isles.

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