Tomorrow one of the world’s largest cruise ships, Norwegian Getaway, docks at Rio de Janeiro’s Pier Maua where she will stay until the world’s greatest sporting event, the summer Olympics, closes on August 21.
Over that time the 145,000 tonne superliner, launched in 2014, will be a floating hotel for corporate sponsors, members of the International Olympic Federation and National Organizing Committees.
australiancruisingnews.com notes that the 4000-passenger Norwegian Getaway, part of the fast growing Norwegian Cruise Line, is taking a break from her usual year-round cruises to tropical islands in the Caribbean. Her 40-day charter at the 2016 Olympic Games has been brokered by Miami-based charter specialist Landry & King.
Also in Rio for the Games is the luxury cruise ship Silver Cloud, from the Silversea cruise fleet, which carries no more than 300 passengers at full capacity. She will house the high-profile U.S. men’s and women’s basketball teams who make it a practice not to stay in the Olympic Village.
Cruise ships have previously acted as floating hotels for major sporting events such as World Cricket in the West Indies.
Pier Maua, the main Rio cruise ship terminal, has recently undergone major renovations that have revitalized the port area, which is close to downtown Rio de Janeiro, and a 20-minute taxi ride from the iconic Copacabana beach.
The high season for cruise ship arrivals in Rio runs from November to April with Oceania, Seabourn, MSC, Princess, and Cunard cruise lines all featuring this lively port on upcoming itineraries.