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Norwegian Escape Overview

By Cruiseline.com

Norwegian Escape is one of the newest and most highly-rated ships from Norwegian Cruise Line. Launched in 2016, Escape has already distinguished itself as one of the top dogs of Norwegian’s fleet according to thousands of reviews from Cruiseline.com users. For kids and teens, the centerpiece of Norwegian Escape is the Aqua Park & Sports Complex with four waterslides, a ropes course, and courts for soccer, basketball, and bocce. Adults looking for a little less exertion and a little more relaxation should head to the spacious Mandara Spa and Thermal Suite as well as the other adult-only tranquility spaces, which include Spice H2O and the Vibe Beach Club.

Many amenities on Escape are about creating a relaxing, pampering experience for couples, but the ship also offers phenomenal entertainment, including live music, comedy, and award-winning Broadway shows, as well as an impressive array of complimentary and specialty dining venues. Enjoy Cuban-inspired seafood at Bayamo or fusion cuisine and luscious desserts at Food Republic. While certain venues do cost extra, budget-conscious cruisers can save by sticking to the complimentary venues like O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill, the Garden Cafe buffet, and the three main dining rooms.

After dinner, seats fill up quickly for the line's top-rated shows. Escape's signature show is the Tony-winning musical After Midnight, which is set in Harlem's legendary Prohibition-era Cotton Club. Other shows include Choir of Man pub music, stand-up comedy nights featuring members of the Levity Entertainment Group roster, and Escape the Big Top, the story of an unbreakable curse and a circus act gone wrong.

Unlike other Norwegian ships that stick to the Caribbean year-round, Norwegian Escape is highly mobile, regularly changing homeports to offer sailings to the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Bermuda, New England, the Mediterranean, and Northern Europe. These cruises sail from a variety of embarkation ports including Miami, Port Canaveral, New York City, Rome, Copenhagen, and Southampton, England.

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Best For

Norwegian Escape offers a couple-friendly cruising experience with plenty of adult-only spaces, entertainment, and nightlife, and the ship's excellent variety of food, activities, and entertainment makes it ideal for families and first-time cruisers.

Things to Consider

New York sailings are prone to foul weather and rough seas. Storms and chilly temperatures may limit you to indoor activities for several days, which can affect a substantial part of your journey, especially on shorter cruises.

Ship Highlights

  • Sports Complex with ropes course
  • Aqua Park, including the Aqua Racer waterslide
  • Three swimming pools and nine whirlpools
  • Splash Academy and Guppies Nursery
  • Entourage teen zone
  • Video arcade
  • Snow Room chill-out zone
  • Spice H2O adults-only sun deck
  • Full-service Mandara Spa
  • Thermal Suite and Salt Room
  • Pulse fitness center and classes
  • Nine complimentary dining options
  • Many specialty dining venues, including Food Republic
  • Fourteen bars and lounges
  • Stand-up from top comedians
  • Broadway shows, including After Midnight

Norwegian Escape Cabins

2174 cabins and 45 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
4.0
(125 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $126 per night
Oceanview Cabin Oceanview
4.3
(30 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $157 per night
Balcony Balcony
4.4
(416 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $176 per night
Suite Cabin Suite
4.5
(193 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 936 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $207 per night

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Norwegian Escape Dining

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The Haven Restaurant The Haven Restaurant
5.0
(2 Reviews)
Cagney''s Steakhouse Cagney''s Steakhouse
4.8
(60 Reviews)
The Manhattan Room The Manhattan Room
4.7
(44 Reviews)
Moderno Churrascaria Moderno Churrascaria
4.7
(15 Reviews)

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Norwegian Escape Onboard Activities

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Vibe Beach Club Vibe Beach Club
5.0
(1 Review)
Prime Meridian Bar Prime Meridian Bar
5.0
(2 Reviews)
Tobacco Road Liquor Bar Tobacco Road Liquor Bar
4.9
(23 Reviews)
Haven Spa Haven Spa
4.8
(1 Review)

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1846 Norwegian Escape Reviews

Amazing Honeymoon Cruise by abweiss

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All in all, very wonderful way to celebrate our honeymoon. Staff was amazing, ship was beautiful, food was great, etc. Great experience!!

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Bermuda Cruise! by cyrinx

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Good Cruise, Bermuda is a great destination. One port for 2.5 days lets you really have the chance to explore!

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A good value by slg2380

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

My wife and I had a great time with the only disappoitment the lack of opportunites to dance. Overall, excellent food, accomodations and entertainment. Staff was consistantly great. A wonderful value.

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975 Norwegian Escape Tips

kergan66
Apr 29, 2018

Ship is very large. Larger than the Breakaway.

ekean61496
Nov 23, 2016

The fish on the carpet swim toward the bow.

cfaithh
Mar 22, 2016

Bring a lot of money if you plan on doing all the ship has to offer since a small portion is included in your fare.

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