Building on the phenomenal success Norwegian Cruise Line has had with their most recent launches, Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Breakaway, the Norwegian Escape, now under construction at Meyer-Werft shipyards, is the first ship in her class.

Set to debut in October 2015, at 164,600 gross registered tons and accommodating 4,200 guests, the Norwegian Escape will be their most innovative ship to date. And she’s Norwegian Cruise Line’s first Breakaway Plus class ship.

Norwegian Escape’s Itinerary & Ties to South Florida

Exterior of Norwegian Escape (Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

Exterior of Norwegian Escape (Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

The Norwegian Escape starts sailing  from Port Miami on November 14, 2015, and her itinerary includes three days at sea along with stops in St. Thomas, Tortola, and Nassau.  She’ll be sailing from PortMiami year round and because she accommodates 4,200 guests, Norwegian Escape also will be the largest ship to sail from there.

Another fun South Florida tie is the design of Norwegian Escape’s hull artwork. It’s being created by marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey, who’s also a champion of ocean conservation. This will be Harvey’s largest canvas to date, and his artwork will span from the hull to the aft, with two underwater scenes blending together over the 1065 foot length.

New Lounge Just Announced

The new Skyline Bar (Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

The new Skyline Bar (Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

New onboard will be the Skyline Bar. Located in the casino, this sophisticated, elegant lounge will feature entertainment, and a bar with video poker. Also multiple walls will be lined with ultra-high definition LED screens that can create a wide array of mood-changing scenes.  And Norwegian Cruise Line will be announcing more lounge, dining and entertainment spaces over the next few months.

New Group Dining Venue – Private Room at Taste

Private Room at Taste (Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

Private Room at Taste (Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

In addition to other dining areas, the Norwegian Escape has three complimentary main dining options – Savor, Taste and the Manhattan Dining Room. A new private group dining venue, called the Private Room at Taste will give groups an opportunity to dine together.  Accommodating up to 100 guests and located on deck 5 just below the Taste Restaurant, the Private Room at Taste features its own lounge and entrance.

Three Story Atrium Serves as Centerpiece for 678 Ocean Place

678 Ocean Place (Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

678 Ocean Place (Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

678 Ocean Place, a three deck entertainment and dining complex  returns onboard the Norwegian Escape, and it connects the Waterfront outdoor spaces with interior dining venues. This three-story atrium featuring a LED chandelier with light changing effects serves as the centerpiece of 678 Ocean Place. Floating glass staircases connect the three levels.

Favorites making their return onboard the Norwegian Escape

O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill (Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill (Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line)

O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill is one of the favorites returning on Norwegian Escape.  Offering 24-hour dining,  classic American fare along with special dish nights are  featured – prime rib, chicken, waffles, and  all-you-can-eat baby back ribs, are just a few of the options. This dining venue also has air hockey tables, interactive games, along with miniature bowling and pool, and overlooks a two-story screen which airs movies and sports.

Located on deck 8, other dining options include Cagney’s which features Certified Angus Beef grilled steaks and La Cucina, an Italian venue which has fresco dining on the outdoor patio as well as indoor seating.  Moderno Churrascaria, the Brazilian-style steakhouse is also another restaurant option.   Prime Meridian, located between Moderno and Cagney’s, offers signature cocktails. Also returning is the Mixx Bar located on deck 6 and the Bar at the Atrium. Some other signature restaurants are also back onboard, including Teppanyaki with chefs working at 12 flat-top grills, cooking Japanese dishes exhibition style, as well as Le Bistro, their French restaurant featuring an elegant indoor setting and a European sidewalk-style dining area.

The Manhattan Dining Room, one of the complimentary dining rooms is back on the Norwegian Escape, and this two level sophisticated dining area featuring tones of blue and silver also has live music and dancing.

New Options for Cruise Groups

As the most innovative ship to date in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet, the Norwegian Escape provides some terrific options for groups.  One is the Private Room at Taste, the first private group dining venue.  And with a wide range of accommodations including The Haven, Norwegian Cruise Line’s ship within a ship complex, along with Studios, priced and designed for solo travelers, there are more options for your group.

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