NEW YORK (AP) — Norwegian Cruise Line's new ship Norwegian Getaway made a brief stop in New York City Monday and will return later this week as a floating hotel for Super Bowl fans before it heads to its new homeport in Miami.
The tropical colors on the ship's exterior were a bright contrast to the drab winter day on the Hudson River. Getaway's swirly turquoise and yellow design features a mermaid and was created by Miami-based Cuban-American artist David Le Batard, also known as "LEBO."
The ship arrived in New York from its maiden trans-Atlantic crossing. After a short cruise from New York Harbor out to sea and back, returning Wednesday with mostly media and travel agents onboard, Getaway is being leased to serve as a floating hotel during Super Bowl weekend for events themed on the beer brand Bud Light.
Bud Light Hotel will also take over the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, including the deck of the retired military ship, which is permanently docked in the pier adjacent to Pier 88, the dock for Getaway. Concerts and other events will be held onboard for guests connected to Bud Light's retailers, partners and VIPs.
Getaway is a sister ship to Norwegian Breakaway, a New York-themed ship that debuted in 2013. Both Getaway and Breakaway offer seafood restaurants by chef Geoffrey Zakarian, bakeries by "Cake Boss" star Buddy Valastro and other niche eateries like a Shanghai-themed noodle bar, plus a ropes course, children's area and comedy club.
But where Breakaway had some New York-themed extras, like hot dog carts and artwork by New York pop artist Peter Max, Getaway offers hints of Florida and Latin culture. For example, bright colors and tropical floral motifs can be found throughout the ship. There's a Sugarcane Mojito bar with tropical-fruit cocktails, an elegant Tropicana Room restaurant with black-and-white photos that evoke Miami and Havana, and the Flamingo Bar & Grill with chorizos, Puerto Rican-style roast pork and rice and beans on the menu. Decks with outdoor eateries and room for strolling offer murals of Key West symbols like the famous "90 Miles to Cuba" marker.