Return to Cruising Ship Guide: Norwegian Escape
When is Norwegian Escape slated to resume operations?
Norwegian Escape resumed sailing on November 13, 2021, offering 5- and 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Port Canaveral. Port stops include Great Stirrup Cay, Charlotte Amalie, Tortola, and Nassau, Puerto Playa, San Juan, Ocho Rios, or George Town depending on the itinerary.
Norwegian Cruise Line requires that ALL guests and crew be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to sailing and provide proof of vaccination for sailings.
All guests traveling with Norwegian for any embarkation prior to January 16, 2022, the line ‘strongly encourages all guests to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 96-hours prior to their sail date as an added precaution.’
For cruises with embarkation dates beginning January 17, 2022, and after all guests will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test result administered by a verified third party or via medically supervised home test within two days prior to boarding for cruises originating in a U.S. port and three days prior for voyages departing from a non-U.S. port. If a guest cannot provide proof of a negative result at the time of embarkation, testing will be available at the terminal and at the guest’s expense for $99.00 per person.
Cruising on Norwegian Escape? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you board.
About the Ship: Norwegian Escape was launched in 2016 and is consistently ranked high among Cruiseline.com members for its variety of activities and onboard amenities. The vessel features something for guests of all ages, from the Aqua Park & Sports Complex for kids to adults' exceptional dining and entertainment options. At full capacity (prior to COVID restrictions) the ship can accommodate up to 4,266 total passengers and 1,733 crew. There are 2,174 cabins with 45 different categories.
Activities + Entertainment: Norwegian Escape features some of the best onboard activities in the line’s fleet. Featured activities include three swimming pools and nine whirlpools, the Aqua Park with an Aqua Racer waterslide, kids and teens clubs, the full-service Mandarin Spa, a Thermal Suite, the Pulse fitness center, an arcade, and an adults-only sundeck space.
At night, entertainment options include Broadway-style performances, stand-up comedy shows, and a variety of live music venues. Encore features performances of the award-winning show ‘After Midnight’ and the Choir of Man. Adults looking for a night out can enjoy any of the nineteen bars and lounges or dance the night away at the Vibe Beach Club.
Dining: Norwegian Encore has a strong dining lineup in both the complimentary and specialty categories. Unique specialty venues include Teppankai, Bayamo by Ocean Blue, Food Republic, Moderno Churrascaria, La Cucina, Cagney’s Steakhouse, Le Bistro, Pincho Tapas Bar, American Diner, Dolce Gelato, and the Atrium Cafe. Included dining options are the Garden Cafe, Savor, Taste, The Manhattan Room, O’Sheehan’s Bar and Grill, and Room Service.
Pricing: As sailings are filling up quickly with the return of cruising, the prices seem to be changing daily for cruises on Norwegian Escape. Right now, you can expect to pay about $70 per person per night for entry-level accommodations. Consider booking a balcony cabin so you have a private oasis to watch the scenery as you sail through the Caribbean. These rooms start at $80 and go up based on location. If you find a price you like for the sailing you want, book it as chances are it won't last long!
What to Expect at Embarkation & Onboard Procedures
Norwegian Cruise Line has a 100 percent vaccination requirement. This means that many protocols you may see with other cruise lines at this time may differ from what you will find on any Norwegian ship. You can expect a number of health checks and requirements for embarkation.
Norwegian has designed an enhanced, staggered embarkation process and a new check-in system to streamline check-in for guests by allowing documents to be signed electronically. Before boarding, guests must acknowledge vaccination status prior to their sailing and bring proof of vaccination to the terminal for their cruise. For all sailings prior to January 16, 2022, all guests will be required to take a COVID-19 antigen test, administered and paid for by Norwegian, prior to boarding and receive a negative result. For sailings after January 17, 2022, all guests will be required to present proof of a negative COVID test result taken within two days of sailing.
Onboard, Norwegian will offer a mask-free cruising experience, no social distancing, all restaurants and venues open, and no capacity restrictions. As government regulations evolve, health and safety protocols may evolve to comply with local requirements.
For more details on Norwegian’s Sail Safe plan and answers to frequently asked questions, click here.
Tips from Our Community Members:
I did bid on an upgrade and it was well worth it. The balcony was great just to have some quiet space. - lindaoberle
Ship has a nice, easy layout, the touch screen in the main areas for booking are great. - EddieWouldGo
Room steward was great, very helpful from the start. Waiters and other staff were very friendly and helpful. - johnstonjw
Rooms were good and the upkeep was excellent. Reservations need to be made far in advance to ensure you get seating at restaurants, theater seats, and excursions. Bartenders were exceptional in getting drinks to people and ensuring people were happy. - marysanborn
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