The Rio Host Committee Will Stay on a Luxury Cruise Ship During the Olympics
The Norwegian Getaway boasts an open-air promenade, a spa, a mini-golf course and five water slides
While the stars of the 2016 Summer Olympics deal with cramped quarters and faulty plumbing in the athletes’ village, the Rio Organizing Committee will be living in style aboard the Norwegian Getaway, according to USA Today.
The 4,000-passenger cruise ship will take a 40-day break from its regular cruising schedule to serve as a floating hotel for the committee, as well as corporate sponsors, members of the International Olympic Federation, the National Organizing Committees and the Rio Host Committee, among others.
It will be anchored at the Pier Maua in Rio one day ahead of the Olympic opening ceremony on Aug. 4, and stay until the just after the games close on Aug. 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.
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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.”
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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.”