As the 2016 summer Olympic games charge on in vibrant Rio de Janeiro, a newcomer has joined the fun alongside the city’s busy docks – Norwegian Cruise Line’s super ship, Norwegian Getaway. The ship officially docked at Pier Maua on 4th August, just in time for the festivities to begin in Rio, and will stick around until the closing ceremony on 21st August, providing more than 4,000 hotel rooms and a boat-load of luxury.

Not to be outdone by Rio’s Olympic festivities, Norwegian Getaway offered a top of the line non-stop cruise from Miami to Rio, where it now plays host to Olympic committee members and sponsors. She also opened her doors with 5* staterooms – equipped with balconies – for members of the public who want to rub elbows at the buffet with Olympic head honchos.

Cruise ships have a history of acting as floating hotels for major sporting events like the Olympics, but nothing quite touches the sheer size and scale of Norwegian Getaway. She might have put her regular Caribbean cruise schedule on hold, but overlooking the world’s best athletes from Rio’s energetic waterfront district is well worth it.

Norwegian Getaway

When Norwegian Getaway is docked, she’s pretty difficult to miss, and that’s not just because of her size. The ship’s hull has been painted in a myriad of bright colours and tropical designs, making her more of a water-side art piece than a holiday haven, though she’s definitely that, too.

To put it simply, Norwegian Getaway is a playground on the water. Her decks are topped with an open air promenade, a ropes course, five waterslides and a mini golf course, while below a casino, shows and worldly dining await. That’s 25 dining spots, 10 of which are complimentary, to be exact. There’s a jazz and blues club, magic shows and a duelling piano bar, not to mention round-the-clock room service too. From the moment cruisers step onboard, it becomes pretty obvious that staying on Norwegian Getaway offers luxury like no other.

And Norwegian Getaway’s presence at the summer Olympics is only the beginning for Norwegian Cruise Line’s Olympic-sized celebration. The line is also hosting Rio-themed casino tournaments on most of its fleet, games include Blackjack and slots. Each tournament ends in an awarding of bronze, silver and gold medals, proving that you don’t need to be in Rio to get yourself some shiny hardware or join in on the Olympic fun.

For the rest of the year – when she isn’t schmoozing with Olympic officials – Norwegian Getaway calls Miami home, and crosses the ocean on seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean. But for now, Rio is her top priority, and these sun-drenched shores make calling Brazil a real treat.

History of the floating hotel

Cruise ships might have a long-standing history of providing world class holidays on the high seas, but docking them at big time events across the world for the use of hotels is a relatively new concept. It was seen in the 2004 summer Olympics in Athens with Cunard’s newly-inaugurated Queen Mary 2, where she hosted athletes’ families, important government officials and the United States’ men’s basketball team.

Norwegian Getaway has a history of her own when it comes to providing an extra set of rooms – and fun, obviously – in port. In 2014, she docked in New York for the Super Bowl and served as the Bud Light Hotel. The 1,900 cruisers who stayed onboard had to win their place on the ship, and were treated to live performances by world-famous bands and, of course, limitless Bud Light.

The Rio waterfront

Rio’s Praca Maua waterfront district has been amped up just in time for the summer Olympics, and has become not only Norwegian Getaway’s home away from home, but a centrepiece of sorts for the area. Known as the ‘Olympic Boulevard’, it’s where sports fans can get into the competitive spirit with big screen televisions broadcasting games, listen to live music performances and marvel at fireworks displays.

It’s also the site of two new museums, the Art Museum of Rio and the Museum of Tomorrow, not to mention the NBA House. That’s where all things basketball take place, which should come as no surprise, seeing as the U.S. basketball teams are currently onboard Silversea’s luxury-heavy Silver Cloud when they aren’t storming down the courts.

You don’t have to be in Rio to take part in Norwegian Getaway’s epic luxury. Check out where she’s headed next to join her latest and greatest adventure.

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