Norwegian Escape

4.0 out of 5

Overview

Cruisers who have sailed on Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Breakaway or Norwegian Getaway will immediately recognize Norwegian Escape as their big sister. Launching in 2015 with a passenger capacity of 4,200, Escape is the first of at least 5 ships in the Breakaway Plus-class, all of which will build on the basic design and amenities found on the earlier ships while adding extra features — in this case, an extra deck and a more upscale, refined decor in the public areas. Escape was originally homeported in Miami, but in 2018, it will move north to New York City, where it will continue sailing to the Caribbean and Bahamas with itineraries ranging from 7 to 14 nights.

Your first look at Norwegian Escape will be the hull artwork by famed marine wildlife artist and ocean conservationist Guy Harvey. Inside, the curated artwork complements a pleasing design. The ship’s hub is the three-deck 678 Ocean Place where you will not only find dining venues, lounges and shopping, but a flowing glass staircase topped by a multi-story LED chandelier that changes colors throughout the day and night. The Waterfront, a deck of outdoor dining and bars, uses the ocean itself as the ultimate design and backdrop.

Entertainment on Escape continues Norwegian’s trend of bringing broadway-caliber performances to sea, with shows like The Brat Pack: Live at the Supper Club, a post-modern mashup of music and moments from legendary 80s John Hughes movies, along with mainstage productions of Broadway hits After Midnight and Million Dollar Quartet. Smaller, more intimate venues like Headliners Comedy Club and the Howl at the Moon Dueling Piano show are also worthy of a mention.

An expanded three-story ropes course and a huge water park with four waterslides headline the onboard activities. The water park includes rides like the Aqua Racer with its tandem racing slides, the Free Fall speed slide, and a family-friendly open-flume body slide. The two-story Mandara Spa boasts a salt room, a hydro-therapy pool, 17 heated loungers and a unique Snow Room for a quick cool down. O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill offers a few arcade games and a two-lane mini bowling alley, and Spice H20, the adults-only sundeck, received an upgrade with the addition of an outdoor grotto and waterfall.

The Guppies Nursery marks the first time Norwegian offers childcare services for kids from 6 months to three years old. As on other Norwegian ships, the Splash Academy offers activities for kids 3 to 12 and Entourage brings teens 13 to 17 together for fun and social activities.

Norwegian Escape comes with a whopping 17 restaurants and food venues on board. Headlining the list is Bayamo, specializing in Latin dishes and seafood with a Cuban influence. The first ever Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Sea is also a huge hit extremely popular. Classic Norwegian specialty restaurants have new a la carte menus replacing the normal flat cover charge. If you’re looking for a casual drink, 5 O’clock Somewhere Bar has a large selection of drinks and a great live cover band in the evening. Try freshly muddled mojitos at the Sugarcane Mojito Bar, or District Brewhouse which has 24 beers on tap and over 50 more bottled brews.

Norwegian Escape has 2,175 cabins, including 1,130 balcony staterooms. Spa Mini-Suite/Spa Balcony staterooms offer the added bonus of complimentary access to the Thermal Spa Suite. Guests staying in the 95 suites in The Haven by Norwegian (accessible only by special keycard) enjoy a luxury experience. In addition to upgraded amenities, guests have exclusive access to a private two-story courtyard area with a retractable roof, swimming pool, two whirlpools, private sundeck, private spa treatment rooms, and private sauna. Exclusive concierge and restaurant are also available for Haven guests.

Sails from: New York, New York, Miami, Florida

Cruises to: Caribbean - Western, Caribbean - Bahamas, Caribbean - Southern

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Contributor Level: Second Mate
5 out of 5

Great Norwegian Escape Vacation

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This was a great cruise, even though we were scheduled to go on the eastern side. The itinerary was changed to visit the Western Caribbean, but that was all good. Never the less, it was a fun and relaxing cruise as we love cruising with Norwegian Cruise Lines. The best part of the whole adventure is the casual style.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Unwanted Western Caribbean cruise.

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We were booked to go on the Eastern Caribbean and wanted to change to another destination as we have been to the Western Caribbean several times and we're told that would would lose our money if we did not go. Very little to do in the ports of call that have not been done. Disappointed in the theater on this ship. Very plain Jane and uncomfortable compared to other Cruise Lines we have been on. The food was some of the best we have ever had. One Saving Grace. The staff was very nice but it seemed a lot did not speak English, but there were a lot of people on this cruise that did not speak English.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

NCL is best cruise ship!!!

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This was our 5th cruise with NCL. We just wanted to relax--that is why we didn't do any excursions. We had a peace filled vacation. We just did what we wanted to do, when we wanted to do it.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

girls getaway

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When all is said and done you were away from work for 7 days so who could really complain. Be careful booking during Hurricane Season because the waters were a little rocky if you get seasick.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Great cruise! Would def do it again. Very nice ship.

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We r already making plans to go back! It was a great experience. The food and entertainment was amazing. There was always something to do from the early morning til wee hours. The ship was very clean and the staff was so nice and helpful. They even knew our names at a couple places out of all the people that were there.

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  • Price: $

  • Size: XL

  • Total Passengers: 4200

  • Number of Decks: 16

  • Total Cabins: 2174

  • Cabin Categories: 45

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cfaithh
Contributor Level: Third Mate
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.

Baglbazaar
Contributor Level: Purser
Jul 14, 2017

We tell everyone to cruise Norwegian because of the free style dining & the great shows & entertainment. W tell them they won't be disappointed!

cruisequeen6
Contributor Level: Third Mate
Jan 08, 2017

If you want a new large ship with upgraded everything then go!!! Dont let the amount of passengers scare you...... you really wont notice. Do drink package and check into specialty dining if you like to dress up and be treated as such. Otherwise you will have shorts and t shirts next to you:(

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