Norwegian Escape

Norwegian Escape current position

Norwegian Escape current location is at West Mediterranean (coordinates 42.11346 N / 11.76682 E) cruising en route to CIVITAVECCHIA, ITALY. The AIS position was reported 14 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Norwegian Escape

Year built2015  /  Age: 6
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderMeyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
ClassBreakaway Plus
Building costEUR 700 million (USD 920 million)
Owner(NCLH) Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd
Operator(NCL) Norwegian Cruise Line
Speed23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph
Length (LOA)333 m / 1093 ft
Beam (width)41 m / 135 ft
Gross Tonnage164998 gt
Passengers4266 - 5218
Crew1733
Passengers-to-space ratio32
Decks20
Cabins2174
Decks with cabins12
Sister-shipsNorwegian Bliss, Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Joy
Christened byArmando Christian Perez (Pitbull)
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Norwegian Escape Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 Nov 13 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay, Tortola Amber Cove Port Canaveral $449
2021 Nov 20 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $699
2021 Nov 27 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Jamaica Grand Cayman Port Canaveral $649
2021 Dec 04 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $649
2021 Dec 11 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Jamaica Grand Cayman Port Canaveral $699
2021 Dec 18 5 days, round-trip Caribbean Cozumel Costa Maya Port Canaveral $429
2022 Jan 03 5 days, round-trip Caribbean Cozumel Great Stirrup Cay Port Canaveral $469
2022 Jan 08 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $649
2022 Jan 15 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $739
2022 Jan 22 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $649
2022 Jan 29 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $649
2022 Feb 05 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $649
2022 Feb 12 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $649
2022 Feb 19 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $649
2022 Feb 26 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $649
2022 Mar 05 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $649
2022 Mar 12 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $799
2022 Mar 19 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $749
2022 Mar 26 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $819
2022 Apr 02 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $749
2022 Apr 09 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Port Canaveral $749
2022 Apr 16 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $749
2022 Apr 25 16 days, one-way from New York to Civitavecchia New York $1449
2022 May 11 10 days, round-trip Greek Isles Santorini, Athens Florence Civitavecchia $1839
2022 May 21 10 days, round-trip Greek Isles Santorini, Athens Florence Civitavecchia $1749
2022 May 31 10 days, round-trip Greek Isles Santorini, Athens Florence Civitavecchia $1849
2022 Jun 10 10 days, round-trip Greek Isles Santorini, Athens Florence Civitavecchia $2099
2022 Jun 20 10 days, round-trip Greek Isles Santorini, Athens Florence Civitavecchia $2199
2022 Jun 30 10 days, round-trip Greek Isles Santorini, Athens Florence Civitavecchia $2329
2022 Jul 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Italy, Greece Croatia Civitavecchia $1119
2022 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean Italy, Greece Croatia Civitavecchia $1099
2022 Jul 24 10 days, round-trip Greek Isles Santorini, Athens Florence Civitavecchia $2399
2022 Aug 03 10 days, round-trip Greek Isles Santorini, Athens Florence Civitavecchia $2179
2022 Aug 13 10 days, round-trip Greek Isles Santorini, Athens Florence Civitavecchia $1859
2022 Aug 23 10 days, round-trip Greek Isles Santorini, Athens Florence Civitavecchia $1859
2022 Sep 02 10 days, round-trip Greek Isles Santorini, Athens Florence Civitavecchia $1709
2022 Sep 12 10 days, round-trip Greek Isles Santorini, Athens Florence Civitavecchia $1709
2022 Sep 22 10 days, round-trip Greek Isles Santorini, Athens Florence Civitavecchia $1629
2022 Oct 02 10 days, round-trip Greek Isles Santorini, Athens Florence Civitavecchia $1769
2022 Oct 12 9 days, round-trip Greek Isles Santorini, Athens Florence Civitavecchia $1319
2022 Oct 21 11 days, round-trip Greek Isles Santorini, Athens Florence Civitavecchia $1589
2022 Nov 01 16 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to New York Civitavecchia $1349
2022 Nov 19 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $859
2022 Nov 26 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $739
2022 Dec 03 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $739
2022 Dec 10 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $739
2022 Dec 17 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $769
2022 Dec 23 11 days, round-trip Caribbean Barbados Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $1299
2022 Dec 24 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $1139
2023 Jan 07 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $859
2023 Jan 14 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $859
2023 Jan 21 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $859
2023 Jan 28 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $859
2023 Feb 04 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $859
2023 Feb 11 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $859
2023 Feb 18 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $989
2023 Feb 25 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $859
2023 Mar 04 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $949
2023 Mar 11 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $1079
2023 Mar 18 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $1079
2023 Mar 25 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $1079
2023 Apr 01 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $1079
2023 Apr 08 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Port Canaveral $1079
2023 Apr 16 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Miami $993
2023 Apr 23 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $993
2023 Apr 30 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Miami $993
2023 May 07 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $993
2023 May 14 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Miami $1042
2023 May 21 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $1091
2023 May 28 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Miami $1091
2023 Jun 04 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $1196
2023 Jun 11 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Miami $1196
2023 Jun 18 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $1196
2023 Jun 25 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Miami $1196
2023 Jul 02 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $1196
2023 Jul 09 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Miami $1196
2023 Jul 16 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $1196
2023 Jul 23 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Miami $1196
2023 Jul 30 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $1196
2023 Aug 06 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Harvest Caye, Cozumel Roatan Miami $1147
2023 Aug 13 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $1091
2023 Aug 22 5 days, round-trip Bermuda New York $769
2023 Aug 27 7 days, round-trip Canada New England Portland Bar Harbor New York $867
2023 Sep 03 7 days, round-trip Canada New England Portland Bar Harbor New York $867
2023 Sep 10 7 days, round-trip Canada New England Newport Portland New York $916
2023 Sep 17 7 days, round-trip Canada New England Newport Portland New York $916
2023 Sep 24 7 days, round-trip Canada New England Newport Portland New York $916
2023 Oct 01 7 days, round-trip Canada New England Newport Portland New York $916
2023 Oct 08 7 days, round-trip Canada New England Newport Portland New York $916
2023 Oct 15 7 days, round-trip Canada New England Newport Portland New York $916
2023 Oct 22 7 days, round-trip Bermuda New York $902
2023 Oct 29 7 days, round-trip Bermuda New York $902

Norwegian Escape Review

Review of Norwegian Escape

The 2015-built Norwegian Escape cruise ship is the 1st of all four Breakaway Plus-class NCL vessels - together with the sisterships Norwegian Joy (2017), Norwegian Bliss (2018) and Norwegian Encore (2019). This class of liners are approx 7000 GT tons larger in comparison to the previously biggest vessel of the line, Norwegian Epic. The NCL Escape ship cost USD 920 million to build (October 2012 ship order rates).

The vessel (IMO number 9677076) is currently Bahamas-flagged (MMSI 311000341) and registered in Nassau.

History - construction and ownership

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is a subsidiary company of the shipping corporation Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH). NCL was founded in 1966, headquartered in Miami (Florida USA) and publicly traded (NASDAQ) company listed on NYSE (NYC). NCLH's major shareholders are the corporations Apollo Global Management (American), Genting Group (Malaysian) and TPG Capital (American). In 2017, the brand NCL had a worldwide cruise market share 8,7% (passengers) and 8,4% (revenue). NCLH (shipowner) owns the brands NCL, Oceania and RSSC-Regent.

NCL Norwegian Escape cruise ship

The 4300-passenger ship Norwegian Escape received her name in a USA TODAY contest. Guy Harvey was the lucky man chosen in 2014 to paint Escape’s hull art. Norwegian Escape has the innovative features found on Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway, as well as a number of new interactive experiences. The new 4,200-passenger miracle by NCL features an expanded Haven – the line’s concept “ship within a ship”. This space (accessible only by keycard) boasts an outdoor terrace, private restaurant, courtyard area with retractable roof pool, whirlpools, spa treatment rooms, separate sauna, private sundeck. Other differences from the Breakaway-class NCL vessels are more Haven Suites (42 to 55), 26 additional Penthouses, 14 Spa access suites, more Studio cabins (59 to 82).

Decks and Cabins

Norwegian Escape staterooms (2174 total, in 42 grades) include 1717 outside, 407 Inside, 82 Studios (single cabins). Most staterooms are sized 160-170 ft2 (15-16 m2). Balcony cabins are 1168, Oceanviews 114, Inside 407. Wheelchair-accessible cabins are 47. The largest accommodations are The Haven Deluxe Owners Suites (900 ft2 / 84 m2, with wraparound terrace sized 190 ft2 / 18 m2).

The 82 Studios (designed for solo travelers) are with virtual views and exclusive access to Studio Lounge. The ship also features many family cabins (connecting staterooms) across most categories.

The boat has 20 decks, of which 16 are passenger-accessible and 12 with cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

NCL Escape ship's a la carte dining provides passengers with the freedom to savor gourmet dishes, various tastes and the flexibility to choose the number of courses. The signature at-fee restaurants include Le Bistro, La Cucina, Cagney’s and Moderno Churrascaria (steakhouses), Bayamo. Guests can always choose the ship's 11 complimentary dining options.

NCL Norwegian Escape cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Norwegian Escape restaurants and food bars.

  • Private Room at Taste (100-seat, group private dining venue)
  • Savor Restaurant (forward Dining Room, complimentary)
  • Taste Restaurant (forward Dining Room, complimentary, with Your Time dining)
  • Le Bistro (French dinner-only restaurant; reservations-only; US$20 cover charge)
  • Teppanyaki (Japanese Hibachi restaurant, reservations-only; US$25; open for Lunch and Dinner; features live cooking demonstrations)
  • Manhattan Room (aft-location Dining Room; complimentary; Freestyle dining, Dinner only)
  • O’Sheehan’s Neighbourhood Bar & Grill (sports bar, with 24-hour American cuisine - burgers, steaks, desserts; complimentary)
  • Shanghai’s Noodle Bar (Asian cuisine complimentary restaurant inside O’Sheehan’s Pub area)
  • Food Republic (via partnership with Pubbelly Restaurant Group) is a specialty restaurant open for lunch through dinner, with international cuisine and iPad ordering system.
  • Pincho Tapas Bar (Latin dishes)
  • Wasabi (sushi bar)
  • Cagney’s Steakhouse (specialty dinner restaurant for prime steaks and gourmet seafood specialties; reservations-only, US$30 cover charge per person and free Kids Menu)
  • Moderno Churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse; reservations-only; US$20 per person cover charge; with outdoor seating waterfront area)
  • La Cucina (Italian restaurant; reservations-only, US$15 cover charge; with outdoor seating waterfront area)
  • Bayamo Restaurant (Cuban/Latin seafood restaurant by Jose Garces)
  • Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville At Sea (debuted in Southampton on October 27, 2015, as a complimentary fast food restaurant; however, in November 2015 NCL confirmed that the first-ever Margaritaville at Sea aboard Norwegian Escape, will operate as a specialty a la carte restaurant, due to "crowd-control reasons")
  • Garden Cafe (complimentary buffet restaurant with various cuisine stations).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The honor to serve as the Escape’s godfather was given to the musician known as Pitbull (Armando Christian Perez). “Mr 305” was officially announced as a leading performer during the ship’s christening ceremony on November 9, 2015. On the NCL Escape ship is served Pitbull’s signature vodka brand “Voli”, mixed also in specialty cocktails (“Mr Worldwide”).

NCL cruise ship design (Breakaway-Plus class) Bliss, Escape, Joy

The Escape vessel features an expanded 55-Suite Haven, a spacious sundeck, 2 whirlpools, private dining and specialty restaurants, an expanded courtyard, outdoor terrace, Thermal suite, treatment rooms (14 – suite Heaven SPA) and a fitness center.

 

Entertainment options also include the NCL's FIREWORKS show (on each voyage), "Rock of Ages", "Cirque Dreams", "Illusionarium" (magicians show). Additional amenities include: Complimentary 24-hr Room-Service, Supervised Kids Program ("NCL Kids"), Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry.

NCL cruise ship design (Breakaway-Plus class) Bliss, Escape, Joy

Follows the complete list of Norwegian Escape lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Escape Theater (900 seats; features Broadway-style musical productions; two grand shows per night)
  • The Supper Club (theatrical entertainment dining venue, with grand-style aerial acrobatics; surcharge $30-40 PP)
  • Atrium (3-deck midship hub area - “678 Ocean Place”, with a big-size LED screen, dance area and live entertainment)
  • Atrium Cafe & Bar (specialty tea & coffee bar)
  • The Library; Card Room; Internet Cafe (24-hour)
  • Headliners Comedy Club & Lounge
  • Mixx Bar (live piano music; pre-dinner cocktails); Bar 21; 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar; Tobacco Road Liquor Bar; The Humidor (cigar lounge); The Cellars Wine Bar; Sugarcane Mojito Bar; Prime Meridian Bar; Studio Lounge; Svedka (ice bar), Shaker's
  • Carlo's Bake Shop is a premium patisserie/bakery by ‘the “cake boss” Buddy Valastro.
  • Art Gallery
  • Escape Casino is a premium gaming lounge with both smoking and non-smoking areas, large-size LED screens, a separate Escape Casino VIP Room (high-stakes gambling room) and is served by Skyline Bar.
  • Skyline Bar offers cocktails before dinner. Guests can meet friends after a show or press their luck with the bar-top poker screens.
  • Bliss Ultra Lounge & Nightclub
  • The District Brew House (craft beer hall featuring a keg room, 24 draft beers on tap and 50 different bottled beers; via a partnership with Wynwood Brewing Company, Miami)
  • Dolce Gelato (Italian ice cream)
  • Atrium Boutiques (tax-duty free shops, among which are 2 new, exclusive for NCL boutiques - Carolina Herrera (designer fashion clothing, bags, purses, perfumes) and LACOSTE (designer shoes, clothing, apparel, leather goods). Each of the new onboard stores is "first at sea", and designed specifically for NCL Escape. In addition to exclusive boutiques, the Escape ship also has retail shops from name brands like Bvlgari, Hublot, Tissot, Uno de 50. The ship also introduced the Ulysse Nardin watches and a hand-picked Columbian Emeralds collection.
  • Photo Gallery & Shop
  • Waterfront Promenade (1320 ft/402 m long; open-air dining and entertainment venues)
  • Aqua Park (3-deck, with two pools, 2 racing twist-slides and 5 waterslides)
  • Kids venues, club lounges (Kid’s Aqua Park, Splash Academy for kids 3-12 yo, Guppies Nursery for kids 6 months to 2 years old)
  • Mandara Spa & Fitness (Thermal Suite, Snow Room, Salt Room, Medi Spa, 24 Treatment Rooms, Beauty Salon, Barber Shop, fitness classes)
  • Spice H2O (adults only; served by Breezeway Bar & Grill)
  • Entourage Teen Centre (jukeboxes, table football, video arcades, teen disco)
  • “The Haven” (Suite- and Villa-passengers only complex; consists of The Haven Courtyard, The Haven Restaurant, The Haven Lounge)
  • Rock Climbing Wall; Jogging Track; Sports Complex (Spider Web - enclosed 24ft/7m tall kids' climbing wall with a spiral slide, Bungee Trampoline, 9-hole Mini Golf course, the largest at sea Ropes course, Zip Line, The Plank - 8ft/2,5m extending platform)
  • Vibe Beach Club (deck 19) is an adults-only relaxation area (surcharges per day apply) with cantilevered whirlpools, sunbathing area with sun loungers and luxury chaise lounge chairs, outdoor bar, private cabanas.

Itineraries

Norwegian Escape itinerary program is based on roundtrip Eastern Caribbean and Bahamas cruises from Miami Florida, with feature port destinations Saint Thomas, BVI and Nassau, Bahamas.

Since April 2018, NYC New York becomes NCL Escape's new homeport in the USA, with roundtrip departures from Midtown Manhattan. Becoming the largest ever cruise ship homeported in NYC, NCL Escape was repositioned to NYC from Miami to operate on 7-night roundtrip itineraries to Bermuda (through September 2018) and also on 7-night and longer itineraries to Florida-Bahamas and other Eastern Caribbean destinations.

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NCL Escape ship design changes ("Breakaway" compared to "Breakaway Plus" class) include 1 more passenger deck, increased number of Heaven Suites (from 42 to 55), expanded Haven and Courtyard areas, 26 more Penthouse Suites, more Studio cabins (single occupancy rooms - from 59 to 82). Fun fact is that the "Norwegian Escape" name was selected through a Facebook contest with 10 potential names options. The contest was traditionally called "Norwegians Name Their Ships", and included NCL FB fans votes. The same way company's fans picked the names of Breakaway and Getaway. Escape ship's hull theme is by Guy Harvey (marine wildlife conservationist).

NCL Norwegian Escape cruise ship construction

On September 18, 2015, started vessel's 24-hour long conveyance along Ems River (from the shipyard in Papenburg Germany to Eemshaven Holland). Liner's christening ceremony was on November 9, 2015, lead by godfather Pitbull (rapper Armando Christian Perez). The naming ceremony was attended by NCLH's CEO Frank Del Rio. The opening act featured acrobatic Parkour performers (helped by hidden trampolines built into the stage). Then Froggy ("Elvis Duran Morning Show”) introduced various performers and VIP guests, among which was Carlos Gimenez (Miami-Dade County's Mayor). Pierside at PortMiami, the rapper Pitbull performed a live concert with some of his best hits, including “Don’t Stop the Party”, “Fireball”, "Give Me Everything”. Followed DJ-led sing-alongs.

Ship's Inaugural Cruise (maiden voyage) started on October 29, 2015. The 11-day Transatlantic crossing was from the UK to Florida (Southampton to Miami). On March 1, 2016, NCL announced that Escape's scheduled departure time from homeport Miami will be changed - from 4 pm to 7 pm (3 hours later). This change allows NCL cruise passengers later flights (arrivals in Miami) and applies to all the ship's 7-days Eastern Caribbean itineraries out of Miami scheduled for the period May 7 through December 31, 2016.

NCL Escape has the world's biggest marine scrubber system, consisting of all 5 units produced and installed by Yara Marine Technologies. These units clean the engines' sulfur oxide emissions by 99%. At max cruising speed, the ship's engines consume ~11 tons of diesel fuel per hour. In March 2015, Yara Marine installed its latest technology scrubber system on the Brittany Ferries ship Normandie.

The ship was built with new "scrubbers" (exhaust gas cleaning systems). The new technology reduces the equivalent of approx 1500 tons of the poisonous gas Sulfur Oxide. These in-line scrubbers (5 units) are lightweight and able to operate in a dry mode, as well as in open and closed loops.

In 2018 (starting April), NCL Escape was homeported in NYC New York, with departures from Midtown Manhattan. Currently the largest NYC-homeported cruise ship, Escape was repositioned to NYC from Miami for 7-day roundtrips to Bermuda (through September 2018) and also 7-day and longer itineraries to Florida-Bahamas and other Caribbean destinations.

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