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.

Norwegian Escape Entertainment

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.

Norwegian Escape Childcare

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.

Dining on the Norwegian Escape

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 Staterooms

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.

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Caribbean - Western , Caribbean - Bahamas , Caribbean - Southern

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Spring Break Western Caribbean by Bowlings

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We had a large group of friends on this cruise (30) and that made this a fun trip. I was super excited about the original cruise itinerary but due to the hurricanes last season we were moved to western which was a bummer for me - I much prefer eastern. We've done probably 8 cruises on the Oasis class ship with RCCL and I feel this is just a step down IMO. I would do this ship again on another itinerary, but others in our group are headed back to RCCL.

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Excellent by andydow

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Overall a great cruise. We enjoyed this cruise very much. We have been on this cruise 2 times. Both times were great. First was Eastern Caribbean and second was Western. We had a large group of 24 people. We brought our 12 and 13 yrs olds. They had been on the ship before also so they knew a lot of where to go. I only wish the cards could have limits of spend on them for the kids

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Family Time by tiocharlie

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Wonderful Family time. Enjoyed our dinners together everywhere. Excellent family vacation. Wonderful waiters. Lots of funs things to do. We were impressed with the quality of the food despite size of ship and number of passengers. Costa Maya was a big disappointment. It should be eliminated from all itineraries.

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Great Caribbean Cruise by kerrycraw

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This was our 1st Norwegian Cruise. I have been on about 15-18 cruises. Overall it was pretty good. Didn't impress me enough that I would say I would book with them again. We did like that they had drink & Internet & other incentives.

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Loved my first ncl cruise- except for the bed! by nukemrosey

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Great boat, drink package was wonderful (warning doesn't include specialty coffee like royal or carnival do), ports were ok (except Nassau-avoid at all costs) and service is fantastic. NCL needs to do something about the mattresses, they are literally painful!

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Oct 18, 2016

If you go and you want to have a good time, then you must have the ultimate beverage package. No worries about what your bill will be.

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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