Cruise Smackdown: Norwegian Getaway Vs. Carnival Breeze
Which cruise line has the hottest new ship at sea? Readers, we want to hear what you have to say!In this, the first of a new series of Cruise Ship Smackdowns, we're pitting Norwegian Cruise Line's new Norwegian Getaway against industry giant Carnival's latest ship, the Carnival Breeze.Click through the photo tours of the two ships in the carousels above and below then go the comment area to tell us: Which one do you think is the best?Unveiled in January 2014 and June 2012, respectively, the two vessels are among the largest at sea and boast all the trappings of a major megaresort, from deck-top fun zones with massive water slides to multiple restaurants and nightspots. Still, as you can see in the photo tours, each has its own distinct vibe.PHOTO TOUR: Carnival Breeze, Magic comparedSailing seven-night voyages to the Caribbean out of Miami, the 4,028-passenger Getaway offers an unusually wide range of eateries, a Norwegian hallmark, including several indoor/outdoor outlets along an innovative, restaurant-lined boardwalk. The ship also has a water park with five water slides, large production shows including Broadway's Legally Blonde; a giant, two-deck spa; and a private "ship-within-a-ship" suite area.Also sailing out of Miami but on six- and eight-night voyages, the 3,690-passenger Breeze continues Carnival's "fun ship" focus with its own massive water park area with multiple slides including one that's 312 feet long; a sports deck with a suspended-in-the-sky ropes course and outdoor weightlifting area; and a 3-D theater with moving seats and special effects, a cruise ship rarity. It also offers multiple restaurants and nightspots; a large spa; and an adults-only outdoor relaxation zone.