The Rio Host Committee Stays on Norwegian Getaway During the Olympics

By ,   August 3, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

While the stars of 2016 Summer Olympics deal with faulty plumbing and cramped quarters in the athletes' village, Rio Organizing Committee will live in style aboard Norwegian Getaway

The 4,000-passenger ship will take a 40-day break from her regular cruising schedule in order to serve as a floating hotel for the committee and corporate sponsors, members of the National Organizing Committees, the International Olympic Federation and the Rio Host Committee.

It will be anchored at the Pier Maua in Rio de Janeiro port (Brazil) one day ahead of the Olympic opening ceremony on August 4, and stay until the just after the games close on August 21, USA Today said. 

The Getaway was built in 2014, and boasts an open-air promenade, a spa, a mini-golf course, five water slides and 25 different dining options. 

Norwegian Getaway

Landry & Kling, the brokerage firm behind the special set-up, began planning the charter in 2007, according to USA Today. The deal is the largest charter in the company's history. 

The announcement comes just after news that the athletes' village in western Rio's Barra da Tijuca is far from up to snuff, with the Australian Olympic delegation dubbing the area unlivable. 

"Due to a variety of problems in the village, including gas, electricity and plumbing, I have decided that no Australian Team Member will move into our allocated building,"

Australian Team Chef de Mission in Rio Kitty Chiller said in a statement. Chiller cited, among the problems,

"blocked toilets, leaking pipes, exposed wiring, darkened stairwells where no lighting has been installed and dirty floors in need of a massive clean." 

In addition, Chiller said Team Great Britain and New Zealand's living areas are also problematic. 

Teams have already begun moving to the village, which is comprised of 31 buildings and 3,604 apartments, and will host more than 17,000 athletes and officials. 

The Organizing Committee on Monday insisted that problems would be "resolved in a short while," assuring that, "everything will be resolved before the Games, without disturbing the athletes."