Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the its largest ship to date, the 4,248-guest Norwegian Escape, the first ship in the company’s new Breakaway Plus Class. The ship, constructed in Papenburg, Germany, will make the transatlantic crossing to its year-round homeport of Miami and be christened there on Nov. 9. A seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise in December offers fares starting at $749 per person for an inside cabin.
“Norwegian Escape’s arrival marks a true evolution for our brand—we’ve capitalized on the best of our Breakaway Class ships and taken freedom and flexibility to the next level with this incredible new ship,” says Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line’s president and chief operating officer. “Once again, the team at Meyer Werft ShipyardM, along with our new build and operations teams, and all of the ship’s officers and crew have done a remarkable job and we cannot wait to welcome guests on board this spectacular new vessel.”
Norwegian Escape features The Haven by Norwegian, a luxury suite complex with a three-story covered courtyard and an expanded forward sundeck with a cantilevered whirlpool.
Dining options include Le Bistro, Cagney’s, La Cucina, Bayamo, Pincho Tapas Bar and a new food hall called Food Republic, developed by Miami-based The Pubbelly Restaurant Group.
Norwegian Escape produces two Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals that headline the Escape Theater: After Midnight, the musical that combines the big-band songs of Duke Ellington and the best dancing from Broadway; and Million Dollar Quartet, the musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.
Nightlife onboard includes Tobacco Road, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant and 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar. The District Brew House, a hip, urban craft beer hall featuring an exclusive partnership with Miami’s own Wynwood Brewing Company, will serve up more than 24 draft beers while The Cellars, A Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar, features an array of immersive wine experiences.
The ship’s Aqua Park introduces a new tandem Aqua Racer slide, complete with a clear acrylic section to further enhance the thrill of this adventure ride. Adding to the family fun, Norwegian Escape features an expanded Kids’ Aqua Park with an enclosed slide, rope climb fun zone and spray cannons for kids to splash and play in their own designated space. Along with an expanded Splash Academy youth center that includes dedicated play spaces for specific age groups, Norwegian Escape also offers the line’s first nursery for cruisers two and under.
In addition to family oceanview staterooms that accommodate up to five guests, Norwegian Escape’s accommodations include studios, designed and priced for solo travelers; and many options for families, multi-generational groups, spa enthusiasts and more.