Norwegian Cruise Line is saying farewell to the circus tent and hello — or maybe abracadabra — to a new form of entertainment for its Miami-based ship, launching early next year.
The Norwegian Getaway, which will be based year-round in Miami, will feature The Illusionarium, a steampunk-style magic and dinner show. With nods to Jules Verne and Houdini, the venue will include relics, antique spell books, interactive items and a giant video dome overhead.
“We think this is really cutting edge,” Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Kevin Sheehan said Tuesday. The Miami-based cruise line will announce the new features Wednesday at the Cruise Shipping Miami conference.
For The Illusionarium, magician Jeff Hobson teamed up with David Gallo, a Tony Award-winning scenic designer, and choreographer Patricia Wilcox. It replaces the European-style cirque shows on Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Breakaway, Getaway’s sister ship.
Like Breakaway, which starts sailing from New York City in May, the 4,000-passenger Getaway will boast a weekly fireworks show; a five-slide Aqua Park; a three-story sports complex with a ropes course; a platform called “The Plank” that extends over the side of the ship; a nine-hole miniature golf course and adult-only areas including Spice H20 and Vibe Beach Club.
The ship, which is under construction in Germany, will also include three venues from chef and Food Network personality Geoffrey Zakarian. It will sail to the Eastern Caribbean starting in February.