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Norwegian Escape

Norwegian Escape Review and Specifications

Specifications of Norwegian Escape

Year built2015  /  Age : 4
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 Tonnage164600 gt
Passengers4266 - 5218
Crew1733
Passengers-to-space ratio32
Decks20
Cabins2174
Decks with cabins12
Christened byArmando Christian Perez (Pitbull)

Current itinerary / position of Norwegian Escape

Norwegian Escape current cruise is 5 days, round-trip Bermuda from New York. Prices start from USD 329 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 15 Nov, 2019 and ends on 20 Nov, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
15 Nov 16:00    Departing from New York, Cape Liberty Bayonne NJ-NYC hotels
17 Nov 08:00 - 18 Nov 15:30    Kings Wharf, Bermuda
20 Nov 07:00    Arriving in New York, Cape Liberty Bayonne NJ-NYC hotels

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 of 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 ship order 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 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 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) 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). The ship's home port 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

Norwegian Escape has a total of 2206 cabins (of which 1717 outside, 407 Inside, 82 single cabins) in 42 grades. Most Norwegian Escape staterooms are 170-sq.foot Balcony rooms (1168). 47 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Norwegian Escape is the Haven Deluxe Owner’s Suite (900 ft2).

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.

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 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 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 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; Svedka (ice bar), Shaker's
  • 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 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 (adults only)

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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).

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.

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
2019 Oct 27 7 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from New York New York
2019 Nov 03 7 days, round-trip Bermuda from New York New York
2019 Nov 10 5 days, round-trip Bermuda from New York New York $379
2019 Nov 15 5 days, round-trip Bermuda from New York New York $329
2019 Nov 23 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami $599
2019 Nov 30 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami $349
2019 Dec 07 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami $329
2019 Dec 14 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami $349
2019 Dec 21 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami $799
2019 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami $1079
2020 Jan 04 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami $499
2020 Jan 11 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami $399
2020 Jan 18 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami $399
2020 Jan 25 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami $349
2020 Feb 01 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami $449
2020 Feb 08 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami $349
2020 Feb 15 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami $399
2020 Feb 22 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami $499
2020 Feb 29 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami $499
2020 Mar 07 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami $499
2020 Mar 14 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami $649
2020 Mar 21 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami $449
2020 Mar 28 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Miami Miami $449
2020 Apr 07 4 days, round-trip Bermuda from New York New York $429
2020 Apr 11 7 days, round-trip Bermuda from New York New York $749
2020 Apr 18 15 days, one-way from New York to Civitavecchia New York $979
2020 May 03 12 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Southampton Civitavecchia $1249
2020 May 15 14 days, one-way from Southampton to Copenhagen Southampton $1699
2020 May 29 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1449
2020 Jun 07 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1329
2020 Jun 16 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1349
2020 Jun 25 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1249
2020 Jul 04 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1299
2020 Jul 13 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1249
2020 Jul 22 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1279
2020 Jul 31 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1429
2020 Aug 09 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1349
2020 Aug 18 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1249
2020 Aug 27 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1249
2020 Sep 05 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1299
2020 Sep 14 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1249
2020 Sep 23 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1149
2020 Oct 02 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1149
2020 Oct 11 10 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Southampton Copenhagen $1099
2020 Oct 26 14 days, one-way from Southampton to Port Canaveral Southampton $949
2020 Nov 09 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $449
2020 Nov 14 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $649
2020 Nov 21 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $799
2020 Nov 28 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $749
2020 Dec 05 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $729
2020 Dec 12 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $749
2020 Dec 19 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $1029
2020 Dec 26 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $1169
2021 Jan 02 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $759
2021 Jan 09 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $699
2021 Jan 16 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $729
2021 Jan 23 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $749
2021 Jan 30 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $759
2021 Feb 06 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $749
2021 Feb 13 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $799
2021 Feb 20 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $569
2021 Feb 25 4 days, round-trip Bahamas from Port Canaveral Port Canaveral $449
2021 Mar 01 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $599
2021 Mar 06 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $599
2021 Mar 11 4 days, round-trip Bahamas from Port Canaveral Port Canaveral $449
2021 Mar 15 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $599
2021 Mar 20 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $849
2021 Mar 27 7 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $829
2021 Apr 03 7 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $799
2021 Apr 10 4 days, round-trip Bahamas from Port Canaveral Port Canaveral $449
2021 Apr 16 15 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $1199
2021 May 28 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1449
2021 Jun 06 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1549
2021 Jun 15 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1549
2021 Jun 24 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1549
2021 Jul 03 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1599
2021 Jul 12 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1599
2021 Jul 21 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1599
2021 Jul 30 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1599
2021 Aug 08 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1549
2021 Aug 17 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1499
2021 Aug 26 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1499
2021 Sep 04 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1449
2021 Sep 13 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1399
2021 Sep 22 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1349
2021 Oct 01 9 days, round-trip Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic from Copenhagen Copenhagen $1299

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