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Norwegian Escape overview

By - Updated Aug. 26, 2019

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 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.

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

Before You Book

Why Sail on Norwegian Escape: 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.

You Should Know: 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.

Norwegian Escape ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.5
  • Children's Programs 3.9
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.0
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.3
  • Entertainment 4.0
  • Food and Dining 4.2
  • Onboard Activities 4.0
  • Service and Staff 4.4
  • Ship Quality 4.5

Norwegian Escape cabins

2174 cabins and 45 cabin categories.

Inside cabin


(142 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $129/night
Oceanview cabin


(35 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $166/night


(484 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $183/night


(221 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 936 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $219/night

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Norwegian Escape dining

The Haven Restaurant

The Haven Restaurant

(4 Reviews)
Cagney's Steakhouse

Cagney's Steakhouse

(75 Reviews)
The Manhattan Room

The Manhattan Room

(54 Reviews)
Moderno Churrascaria

Moderno Churrascaria

(26 Reviews)

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Norwegian Escape onboard activities

Studio Lounge

Studio Lounge

(1 Review)
Vibe Beach Club

Vibe Beach Club

(3 Reviews)
Prime Meridian Bar

Prime Meridian Bar

(3 Reviews)
Haven Spa

Haven Spa

(3 Reviews)

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2190 Norwegian Escape Reviews

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Amazing! by kerrydaponte

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Overall we had a great week with great friends. The couple that came with us had never done a cruise and wanted to book the next one before we even got off the ship. Amazing vacation!

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Escape to Western Caribbean by dmpena

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Big ship, average to poor entertainment, good food. Pool facilities are lacking for a ship of this size.

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Experienced cruiser- wouldn't go again by carolynbarcus

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A cruise is what you make of it. Yes, we didn’t care for this boat, but it was warm and we were out of the cold!! We would not go again on this boat.

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Apr 29, 2018

Ship is very large. Larger than the Breakaway.

Nov 23, 2016

The fish on the carpet swim toward the bow.

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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