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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.

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 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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Sails from:

Copenhagen, Denmark , Miami, Florida , New York, New York

Cruises to:

Caribbean , Caribbean - Western , Bermuda , Caribbean - Bahamas , Europe - Northern Europe , Europe , Canada, New England, New York , Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises on Norwegian Escape

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4.6 out of 5

Exceptional Southern Caribbean Cruise - problem with boarding by donnaghorner

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We met a lot of passengers who were very unhappy with Norwegian and indicated they would not cruise again with this company, one saying she was going to cancel a cruise always planned for later in the year. This was our first Norwegian cruise, and overall we were very happy with everything. We especially appreciated the hardworking crew members and typically found them all very nice and helpful. We especially appreciated the long hours the crew put in to continually disinfect the ship, many working hours more than their regular shift. It was hard on them! There will always be exceptions and problems with any cruise line. We will not eliminate Norwegian from our choices when planning another cruise.

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2.6 out of 5

Awesome cruise by cjgolf4life

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I love cruising and Norwegian ships have proved to be very nice.

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4.3 out of 5

relaxing with great weather by gmp1013

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very relaxing and was what we wanted the weather was great and the seas were not rough.

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3.2 out of 5

Nice itinerary; Terrible ship by naivancygg

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While the ship was extremely disappointing we enjoyed ourselves and made another reservation for next year. Felt that the ship should have made some small compensation for the sanitizing, late embarkation and general inconvenience. Some beds not made, no glasses in bathroom, luggage arrived too late for unpacking, etc. A shipboard credit or refund would have been very appropriate and gone a long ways in customer relations. We felt that you really didn't and don't care.

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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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