Following 2 lovely days in South Beach, wandering to Bayside, staying at the lovely JW Marriott Marquis in Biscayne Bay, wave jumping, enjoying the pool on the 19th floor, and eating outstanding food, we were ready to board the lovely Norwegian Getaway from the Port of Miami.
The Uber took about 15 minutes in total due to a bit of traffic by the bridge, and the check in was seamless! The entire process lasted under an hour, and we were onboard, at the pool, cold drinks in hand. Knowing that Norwegian has eliminated straws, I bought a box at CVS for $2 prior to boarding, and truly enjoyed unwinding some frozen drinks with T while G went and checked out the 3 waterslides that he was tall enough to ride (and ride, he did! Over and over again!) There were 2 additional slides which were too intense for people under 100 lbs. Not to worry, between the ones he could ride and the family pool, he was thrilled and made a bunch of sweet new friends. While people were coming on board and getting food, G rode each slide about 20 times! We always wear bathing suits onboard to enjoy the pool prior to luggage being delivered.
An interesting thing to note about the ship’s setup: the main pool is adult-only. There are 2 adult only and 2 family hot tubs. Kids are permitted in the small double pool on the other side of the deck. There is also an adult-only pool at Spice H2O, but we did not have a chance to wander over there.
I will say, the waterslides were a blast! The traditional purple one was more my speed, and the spiral ones are a little rough after an adult beverage. The adult pool was comical to watch: it was a fraternity party but older, with ongoing belly flop competitions (not ship-sanctioned) and a variety of great music! The ship band played reggae and the DJ changed things up regularly.
Our luggage was delivered promptly and rooms were ready at 1:30. Our spa mini suite was exceptionally spacious, with Bulgari toiletries and the most extravagant shower I had ever seen! There were 10 body jets, in addition to the shower head! G’s bed was a fold out convertible couch to provide room during the day and accommodate him at night. The bathroom was well laid out and had enough room as well, which is a typical concern with ship cabins.
That night, we saw Cirque du Soleil Dreams and Steam, with a surf and turf dinner and family seating (there was an upcharge for the dinner show, and it was well worth it). We had reserved floor seats and were right next to the stage, seated with 2 other families. The show was absolutely spectacular, and T claims it was better than the Cirque shows we have seen in Vegas! The steampunk theme was amazing and the actors came around to take photos with the audience, which was outstanding. Additionally, the wait staff was able to accommodate my gluten allergy very easily.
We broke even at the casino, and it was time for bed. Stay tuned for Day 2!
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