Familiar, But Different: Norwegian Shows Off Escape

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About 6 wk. away from its MIA debut, Norwegian Cruise Line executives have been showing off Norwegian Escape, the line’s 14th ship.


Although based on the same platform as Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, the Escape will feature significant differences in its details and carry more pax. It will have 1 more deck of cabins, giving it a capacity of 4,270 at double occupancy, about 300 more than its predecessors.


The extra deck also made possible a 2 storey design in the deluxe Haven area, which features a glass-enclosed curving staircase connecting the 2 levels. The Haven also has an indoor-outdoor restaurant, a feature from Norwegian Epic that was passed over on Breakaway and Getaway.


There’s something new and different on just about every deck. At the very top, the ropes course has been expanded to 3 levels and has 99 elements, including 5 zipline tracks. The Plank, a balance beam that extends out over the side of the ship, is now on either side of the vessel, doubling the opportunity for pax to try it.


The Aqua Racer water slide has been given a bigger diameter and can accommodate 1,000 riders an hour, up from less than 500 previously.


The ice bar that got a lot of press on Breakaway and Getaway is a novelty not present on Escape. Instead, cruisers will find The Cellars, Norwegian’s 1st wine bar. Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville replaces the more generic Flamingo bar near the Spice H2O entertainment area, and his 5 O’Clock Somewhere bar will use the space occupied by the Fat Cats jazz and blues club on preceding ships. At the new Food Republic, guests will order dinner on iPads.


“There are ever-more innovative features with every ship we build,” said Norwegian President Andy Stuart. He says the outdoor dining area in The Haven and the ropes course are among his favourite Escape additions. “The ropes course is going to blow people away," he said.

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