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Norwegian Escape overview

By - Updated Mar. 9, 2020

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.

Norwegian Escape 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 4.4

Norwegian Escape cabins

2174 cabins and 45 cabin categories.

Inside Cabin


(142 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $137/night
Oceanview Cabin


(37 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $180/night
Balcony Cabin


(487 Reviews)
Avg. Cost: $205/night
Suite Cabin


(222 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 936 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $326/night

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Norwegian Escape dining

The Haven Restaurant

The Haven Restaurant

(4 Reviews)
Cagney's Steakhouse

Cagney's Steakhouse

(76 Reviews)
The Manhattan Room

The Manhattan Room

(55 Reviews)
Moderno Churrascaria

Moderno Churrascaria

(27 Reviews)

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Norwegian Escape onboard activities

Vibe Beach Club

Vibe Beach Club

(3 Reviews)
Studio Lounge

Studio Lounge

(2 Reviews)
Prime Meridian Bar

Prime Meridian Bar

(3 Reviews)
Haven Courtyard

Haven Courtyard

(7 Reviews)

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2223 Norwegian Escape Reviews

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Good cruise but make reservations for dinner, shows and excursions immediately. by marysanborn

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Norwegian Escape / Destination: Caribbean - Western

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. The pool was filled with people of all sizes and ages and all were having a good time. The only exception was they did have a contest for Mr and Miss Biceps. It was very sexist. The women were told they had to bump and grind in the men’s faces and on their bodies where the men did not have to do it at all. This was very disturbing to me and I would urge you to discontinue this kind of sexist behavior by the staff.

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You are not so special - just like this cruise line by Dacruiselife

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Escape / Destination: Caribbean - Western

My criticism is genuine and in no way reflects the effort by the hard working crew members who actually put in effort. We have had a much more pleasant experience on other cruise lines, but this wasn't horrible just not worth the extra cost. If we pay more, we expect higher quality. Did not experience higher quality overall. Service of restaurants needs improvement, friendliness of staff needs improvement, improvement of communication (could not hear announcements in our room), safety drills were indoors (essentially showing how to put on a life vest).

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Good!! Could have better! by golferbill2000

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Escape / Destination: Caribbean - Western

Overall we had a great time! This was our 4th Norwegian cruise and our 17th overall. We have been on big ships with other cruise lines that we enjoyed much better, like Oasis of the Seas. I think we will stay with the smaller ships when we cruise Norwegian in the future!!

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1233 Norwegian Escape tips


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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