Year built: 2014
Speed: 24 kn
The vessel arrived in Southampton from Rotterdam at 0800 UTC on 14 January, leaving for two crew work-up day-cruises in the English Channel on the 14 and 15 January, before departing from Southampton for New York at 17.00 UTC on Saturday 16 January.
While in New York it was temporarily rechristened the “Bud Light Hotel” to house 4,000 people during its docking at the New York Passenger Ship Terminal during the week of Super Bowl XLVIII.
It began sailing from Miami later in February 2014, with cruises to Philipsburg, Sint Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas.
In 2015, the ship will take over the Norwegian Epic’s Western Caribbean run, stopping at Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico.
March 5, 2013, during the vessel’s construction, a fire broke out at the shipbuilder’s yard in Papenburg Germany. No injuries were reported. The incident didn’t affect the delivery date (January 10, 2014). During the fire, all production areas and the center for visitors at the shipyard were evacuated because of the huge amount of smoke accumulated in the dock.
September 16, 2015, a 60-year-old male passenger died (initially reported drowned) during a sponsored by NCL cruise excursion in Tortola (British Virgin Islands). However, autopsy showed the man (John Joseph Russo, of US origin) died of a broken neck after diving headfirst from the tour boat. He was traveling together with his girlfriend (Jill Pires, aged 59) and both participated in a guided snorkeling tour (Frenchmans Cay Resort, West End Tortola, BVI). The boat’s crew and fellow tourists searched for 45 min before the body resurfaced. The incident occurred at 11:30 am, while the NCL Getaway ship was docked in Tortola on a 7-days Eastern Caribbean cruise itinerary from homeport Miami with call ports Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas USVI), Tortola, Nassau (Bahamas).
March 9, 2016, a male passenger committed suicide by jumping intentionally from the ship’s Sports Deck 18 (basketball court area) and landing on Promenade Deck 8 (waterfront aft).
February 16, 2015, a 13-year-old male passenger was medevaced (airlifted) by an USCG helicopter and transported to a hospital in San Juan Puerto Rico. The incident occurred en-route from Miami to St Maarten. The ship was operating on a 7-days Eastern Caribbean cruise itinerary (Feb 14 to 21) roundtrip from homeport Miami Florida, with call ports Philipsburg (St Maarten), Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas) and Nassau (Bahamas). A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter flew to the NCL ship and hoisted the boy, his mother and a cruise ship doctor. The boy, who’s from New York, was transported by to the “Centro Medico” Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
September 4, 2015, due to a medical emergency, the ship arrived early in call port Nassau Bahamas, where a female passenger was disembarked and transported to a local hospital. The incident occurred on a 7-days roundtrip Eastern Caribbean cruise itinerary from homeport Miami Florida, with call ports Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas), Roadtown (Tortola BVI) and Nassau.