Norwegian Takes Delivery Of Norwegian Escape
Photos courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line
Shortly after revealing that its second Breakaway Plus-class vessel will be customized for China, Norwegian Cruise Line has today announced that it has taken delivery of its latest and largest ship – Norwegian Escape, the first of the new class – from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany.
“We are thrilled to deliver the first in Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Plus class,” said Bernard Meyer, managing partner with Meyer Werft. “Norwegian Escape is the newest and most advanced cruise vessel on the seas and we are proud of the team that worked diligently to design and build her.”
Based on the successful Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway designs, the Norwegian Escape is a slightly larger ship at 164,600 gross tons. Among other enhancements, The Haven ship-within-a-ship suite accommodations complex has been expanded, as has the Splash Academy kids facility, signature three-deck ropes course and playful Kids’ Aqua Park. There is even a new thrilling tandem Aqua Racer waterslide hovering above.
Dining options now include two new specialty restaurants from James Beard Award-winning Iron Chef Jose Garces, Bayamo for Latin seafood and Pincho Tapas Bar. The Food Republic dining hall created by The Pubbelly Restaurant Group of Miami is also new. Additional new bars onboard include The District Brew House for craft beers and The Cellars for Michael Mondavi family wines, plus a home for Miami’s oldest bar, Tobacco Road. For the ultimate watering hole, Jimmy Buffet’s first Margaritaville restaurant and 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar at sea combine comfort food and fun live music.
New entertainment includes “After Midnight” pairing the music of Duke Ellington with Broadway dancing, and “Million Dollar Quartet” remembering the famous collective recording session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Combining entertainment and dining together is “For the Record: The Brat Pack” Supper Club experience.
“Norwegian Escape’s arrival marks a true evolution for our brand—we’ve capitalized on the best of our Breakaway Class ships and taken freedom and flexibility to the next level with this incredible new ship,” said Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line’s president and chief operating officer. “Once again, the team at Meyer Werft, along with our new build and operations teams, and all of the ship’s officers and crew have done a remarkable job and we cannot wait to welcome guests on board this spectacular new vessel.”
The Norwegian Escape will now set sail for Hamburg and its European inaugurations ahead of a two-night call on Southampton. On Oct. 29, the ship will cross over to its year-round homeport of Miami, Florida where it will be christened on Nov. 9 by godfather and musical artist Pitbull.
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