International rapper Pitbull officially christened the 4,248-guest Norwegian Escape at Port Miami Nov. 9. Serving as godfather to the new mega-ship, Pitbull gave a pier side concert before fans and cruise line VIPs.
Attendees were treated to a special sneak peek of the entertainment Norwegian Escape has to offer as the casts of Tony Award-winning Broadway shows “After Midnight” and “Million Dollar Quartet” performed a selection of songs from each respective show, before Pitbull brought down the house with his hottest hits, including “Don’t Stop the Party,” “Fireball” and “Give Me Everything”.
“Norwegian Escape represents a major moment for us – this is a true evolution of our brand,” says Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line’s president and chief operating officer. “Not only does she offer high caliber entertainment, quality dining and luxurious accommodations that significantly raise the bar for our fleet and puts her in a class of her own, but she exemplifies our renewed commitment to offering unparalleled freedom and flexibility to our guests.” The ship will offer a series of Caribbean cruises.
Norwegian Escape, the largest in Norwegian’s fleet of 14 vessels, features The Haven by Norwegian, an exclusive ship–within-a-ship suite complex for cruisers looking for luxury. At the heart of the private enclave on the top of the ship lies a three-story covered courtyard. An expanded forward sundeck with a cantilevered whirlpool, along with a new outdoor dining space in the Haven’s private restaurant make Norwegian Escape’s Haven the ultimate small ship experience, while still providing the freedom to enjoy large ship dining, entertainment and amenities.
Norwegian Escape’s dining options offer guests a mix of complimentary options, signature favorites and new premium specialty outlets. Showcasing all-new upgraded menus across all restaurants, the ship has 11 complimentary dining offerings along with signature specialty restaurants Le Bistro, Cagney’s and La Cucina. Also new onboard is the Food Republic, a food hall developed by Miami-based The Pubbelly Restaurant Group.
Nightlife onboard includes outposts of several popular land-based outlets, including the first-ever Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant and 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar at sea, a music venue and outdoor bar on The Waterfront that features live nightly performances. The District Brew House, an urban craft beer hall featuring an exclusive partnership with Miami’s 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, focusing on tasting, education, and the enjoyment of wine. Norwegian Escape will also feature Miami’s oldest and most legendary bar, Tobacco Road.