Norwegian Escape

Norwegian Escape Review and Specifications

Specifications of Norwegian Escape

Year built2015  /  Age : 3
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)326 m / 1070 ft
Beam (width)42 m / 138 ft
Gross Tonnage163000 gt
Passengers4266 - 5218
Crew1731
Passengers-to-space ratio32
Decks20
Cabins2174
Decks with cabins12
Christened byArmando Christian Perez (Pitbull)

Current itinerary of Norwegian Escape

Norwegian Escape current cruise is 7 days, round-trip & New England from New York. Prices start from USD 1199 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 16 Sep, 2018 and ends on 23 Sep, 2018.

Date / TimePort
16 Sep      Departing from New York, Cape Liberty NYC   
18 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Portland Maine, USA   
19 Sep 08:00 - 17:00     Bar Harbor, Maine   
20 Sep 07:00 - 19:00     Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada   
21 Sep 12:00 - 20:00     Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada   
23 Sep      Arriving in New York, Cape Liberty NYC   

Review of Norwegian Escape

Launched in 2015, 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 ships 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 shiporder rates).

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 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 163,000-ton, 4,248-passenger cruise ship Norwegian Escape received her name in a USA TODAY contest. Guy Harvey was the lucky man chosen in 2014 to paint the 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) boast 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). The home port of the ship is Port of Miami.

Cruise itinerary program

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

Since April 2018, NYC New York becomes NCL Escape's new home port 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.

Cabins

Most Norwegian Escape staterooms are 170-sq.foot Balcony rooms (1168). There are a total of 2206 staterooms in 42 categories. 47 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Norwegian Escape are the Haven Deluxe Owner’s Suites (900 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Norwegian Cruise Line introduced Norwegian Escape's à la carte specialty dining at the signature specialty restaurants onboard, providing passengers the freedom to savor gourmet dishes, various tastes and the flexibility to choose the number of courses to enjoy during the meal. On Norwegian Escape guests can choose between 11 complimentary dining options. They can also experience new flavors at signature specialty restaurants, such as Le Bistro, La Cucina, Cagney’s Steakhouse and Bayamo by James Beard Award winning chef Jose Garces. Norwegian’s signature specialty restaurants feature enhanced menus including favorite dishes and new tastes. Whether passengers prefer a light meal of a favorite soup or appetizer, or indulge in a dinner featuring Maine lobster, with the new à la carte options, they have the opportunity to create their own, desired dining experience.

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 specialty dinner-only restaurant; reservations-only; US$20 cover charge)
  • Teppanyaki (Japanese Hibachi specialty, reservations-only restaurant; 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; specialty restaurant open for lunch through dinner, offers international cuisine; iPad ordering system)
  • Pincho Tapas Bar (Latin dishes)
  • 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 specialty restaurant; reservations-only, US$15 cover charge; with outdoor seating waterfront area)
  • Bayamo Restaurant (Cuban/Latin seafood restaurant)
  • 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 speciality 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 leading performer during 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 expanded 55-suite Haven, a spacious sundeck, 2 whirlpools, private dining and specialty restaurants, expanded courtyard, outdoor terrace, Thermal suite, treatment rooms (14 – suite Heaven SPA) and fitness center.

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 Theatre (800-seat; 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
  • Carlo’s Bake Shop (cakes, pastries, bakeries; cupcake classes)
  • Art Gallery
  • Escape Casino (served by Skyline Bar)
  • 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 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 multi-level waterslides)
  • Kids venues, club lounges (Kid’s Aqua Park, Splash Academy for kids 3-12 yo, Guppies Nursery for kids 6 months to 2 yo)
  • 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 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 (adults only).

Norwegian Escape wiki

  • Cabin grades number: 42
  • Total number of cabins: 2206 (of which 1717 outside, 407 Inside, 82 single cabins)
  • Main Dining Rooms: SAVOR, TASTE, MANHATTAN ROOM.
  • Restaurants, bars and lounges: "CARLO'S BAKE SHOP" (premium bakery), "LE BISTRO" (French specialty restaurant), "CAGNEY'S" and "MODERNO" (American and Brazilian steakhouses), BAYAMO Restaurant, "TEPPANYAKI" (Japanese seafood), "O'SHEEHAN'S BAR & GRILL" (English pub), "LA CUCINA" (Trattoria), "WASABI " (sushi), "DOLCE GELATO" (ice-cream), SVEDKA (ice bar), SPICE H2O, PRIME MERIDIAN, MIXX, BLISS ULTRA, BAR 21, SHAKERS, "PRIVATE  ROOM AT TASTE" (100-seat group private dining, with its own lounge), THE SUPPER CLUB, SHANGHAI'S, SKYLINE (casino bar), 5 O'CLOCK SOMEWHERE BAR, PINCHOS Tapas Bar, THE DISTRICT Brew House, TOBACCO ROAD Liquor Bar, THE CELLARS Wine Bar, PRIME MERIDIAN Bar, GARDEN CAFE.
  • Amenities: Complimentary 24-hr Room-Service, Supervised Kids Program ("NCL Kids"), Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry. NCL Escape tipping/gratuities are US$12 pp pd.
  • Entertainment - Escape Theatre (800-seat, grand productions lounge), the NCL's FIREWORKS show (on each sailing), "678 Ocean Place" (3-deck high Atrium), Aqua Park (with 5 waterslides and additional kids water park), casino, Spa & Fitness complex, Sports complex.
  • The list of major Norwegian Escape deck plan changes ("Breakaway" compared to "Breakaway Plus" design) features: one more passenger deck; increased number of Heaven Suites (from 42 to 55); expanded Haven and Courtyard areas; 26 more Penthouse Suites; more Studio cabins (rooms with single occupancy rates - 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 the line's fans picked the names of the Breakaway and Getaway ships.
  • On September 18, 2015, started the vessel's 24-hour long conveyance along Ems River (from the shipyard in Papenburg Germany to Eemshaven Holland).
  • On November 9, 2015, was the vessel's christening ceremony 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). The rapper Pitbull performed some of his best hits, including “Don’t Stop the Party”, “Fireball”, "Give Me Everything”. Followed DJ-led sing-alongs.
  • The ship's "Inaugural Cruise" was on October 29, 2015. The maiden voyage was an 11-days Transatlantic crossing from UK to Florida (leaving from Southampton to Miami). ppier-side at PortMiami, Pitbull performed a live concert. The vessel's hull design is by Guy Harvey (marine wildlife conservationist).
  • On March 1, 2016, NCL announced that the Escape's scheduled departure time from homeport Miami Florida 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 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 dry mode, as well as in open and closed loops.
  • In 2018 (starting April), NYC New York will be NCL Escape's new home port in the USA, with departures from Midtown Manhattan. Becoming the largest ever cruise ship homeported in NYC, NCL Escape will be 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 Caribbean destinations.

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Norwegian Escape Itineraries

The below listed Norwegian Escape cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Norwegian Cruise Line fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Jul 15 7 days, round-trip from New York New York
2018 Aug 12 7 days, round-trip from New York New York
2018 Aug 19 7 days, round-trip from New York New York
2018 Aug 26 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$929
2018 Sep 02 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$849
2018 Sep 09 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$749
2018 Sep 16 7 days, round-trip & New England from New York New York$1199
2018 Sep 23 7 days, round-trip & New England from New York New York$1299
2018 Sep 30 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$799
2018 Oct 07 7 days, round-trip & New England from New York New York$929
2018 Oct 14 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$599
2018 Oct 21 7 days, round-trip & Florida from New York New York$749
2018 Oct 28 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$679
2018 Nov 04 7 days, round-trip & Florida from New York New York$679
2018 Nov 11 7 days, round-trip & Florida from New York New York$749
2018 Nov 18 7 days, round-trip & Florida from New York New York$699
2018 Nov 25 14 days, round-trip Caribbean from New York New York$1049
2018 Dec 09 12 days, round-trip Caribbean from New York New York$799
2018 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip & Florida from New York New York$949
2018 Dec 28 9 days, round-trip & Florida from New York New York$999
2019 Jan 06 14 days, round-trip Caribbean from New York New York$1099
2019 Jan 20 14 days, round-trip Caribbean from New York New York$1399
2019 Feb 03 14 days, round-trip Caribbean from New York New York$1229
2019 Feb 17 7 days, round-trip & Florida from New York New York$829
2019 Feb 24 7 days, round-trip & Florida from New York New York$699
2019 Mar 03 7 days, round-trip & Florida from New York New York$699
2019 Mar 10 7 days, round-trip & Florida from New York New York$799
2019 Mar 17 7 days, round-trip & Florida from New York New York$699
2019 Mar 24 7 days, round-trip & Florida from New York New York$699
2019 Mar 31 7 days, round-trip & Florida from New York New York$699
2019 Apr 07 7 days, round-trip & Florida from New York New York$999
2019 Apr 14 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$1049
2019 Apr 21 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$1149
2019 Apr 28 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$879
2019 May 05 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$849
2019 May 12 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$929
2019 May 19 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$949
2019 May 26 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$999
2019 Jun 02 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$999
2019 Jun 09 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$1049
2019 Jun 16 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$1099
2019 Jun 23 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$1249
2019 Jun 30 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$1249
2019 Jul 07 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$1249
2019 Jul 14 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$1249
2019 Jul 21 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$1249
2019 Jul 28 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$1249
2019 Aug 04 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$1249
2019 Aug 11 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$1199
2019 Aug 18 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$1149
2019 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$1049
2019 Sep 01 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$829
2019 Sep 08 7 days, round-trip & New England from New York New York$849
2019 Sep 15 7 days, round-trip & New England from New York New York$849
2019 Sep 22 7 days, round-trip & New England from New York New York$849
2019 Sep 29 7 days, round-trip & New England from New York New York$849
2019 Oct 06 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$849
2019 Oct 13 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$849
2019 Oct 20 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$849
2019 Oct 27 7 days, round-trip & Florida from New York New York$799
2019 Nov 03 7 days, round-trip from New York New York$849
2019 Nov 10 5 days, round-trip from New York New York$599
2019 Nov 15 5 days, round-trip from New York New York$549
2019 Nov 23 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Miami Miami$799
2019 Nov 30 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Miami Miami$749
2019 Dec 07 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Miami Miami$809
2019 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Miami Miami$749
2019 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Miami Miami$1299
2019 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Miami Miami$1299
2020 Jan 04 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Miami Miami$749
2020 Jan 11 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Miami Miami$749
2020 Jan 18 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Miami Miami$749
2020 Jan 25 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Miami Miami$749
2020 Feb 01 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Miami Miami$799
2020 Feb 08 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Miami Miami$799
2020 Feb 15 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Miami Miami$849
2020 Feb 22 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Miami Miami$799
2020 Feb 29 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Miami Miami$799
2020 Mar 07 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Miami Miami$849
2020 Mar 14 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Miami Miami$899
2020 Mar 21 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Miami Miami$949
2020 Mar 28 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Miami Miami$949
2020 Apr 04 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Miami Miami$949
2020 Apr 11 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Miami Miami$949