What To Expect On The World's Newest Cruise Ship
From a snow room to a plank for selfies, Norwegian Escape, which sets sail next month, has plenty of unusual offerings that are certain to delight and astound passengers around the world.
Using insider images from the world's newest cruising vessel, we're counting down the ways you'll be amazed by Norwegian Cruise Line's latest beauty.
Norwegian Escape will carry 4,248 passengers and 1,651 crew. She is 1,098 feet long and weighs 164,600 gross tons, making her one of the five biggest ships in the world and the largest ever to be based all year in Miami.
Escape is the first of two new "Breakaway Plus II" class of ships being launched by Norwegian Cruise Line and its biggest cruise ship to date. Following launch events this week in Southampton and Miami she will set sail on her maiden voyage on November 14.
Norwegian Escape will set sail with a hull that appears to have netted creatures from the deep. Sailfish, dorsal fins splayed like a senorita’s fan, their sword-sharp bills chasing iridescent flying fish, are painted on each side of the bow.
High as a house are blue-black bar jacks, shiny-shelled hawksbill turtles, a mottled whale shark, manta rays and brilliantly hued butterfly fish.
Soon-to-be godfather of the ship, Pitbull, introduced his signature Voli vodka brand to cruise-goers when Escape's sister ship, Norwegian Getaway, launched in 2014. Voli vodka is available across the NCL fleet and is used in several Latino-inspired signature cocktails, including Mr Worldwide and Calle Ocho Punch.
Other watering holes include The Cellars wine bar, the first "Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville" restaurant at sea and a live gig venue – the 5 O’Clock Somewhere bar. Oh, and did we mention the 17 dining venues?
At Bayamo, chef Jose Garces is fashioning food with a Cuban twist. Dishes include Berenjenas (roasted aubergine with tomato rice and a saffron emulsion) and Bacalao Carbonizado (black cod with a squid ink glaze served with saffron, and tomato and chorizo rice).
His Pincho Tapas Bar will offer a la carte Spanish tapas prepared on an authentic la plancha grill in front of diners. Dishes include Spanish omelette and Jamon Iberico (speciality ham).
Escape features three new shows: Tony Award-winning Broadway musical After Midnight; Million Dollar Quartet, the smash-hit musical inspired by the recording session that brought Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins together for the first, and only time, and For the Record: The Brat Pack, Live at the Supper Club, descibed as a "360-degree post-modern cabaret," in which passengers can relive hits from Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Pretty In Pink and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
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Fun is Norwegian Cruise Line's stock in trade – nowhere more so than on its high-octane aqua and activity decks. The new Aqua Racer tandem waterslide will be accompanied by the popular Free Fall slide which propells riders into a cheek-squeezing, best-before-lunch loop the loop down the 76 metre-long slide.
The AquaPark features five multi-storey waterslides, a dedicated children's AquaPark, two pools and four hot tubs.
As part of its Guppies programme Escape will feature the line’s first dedicated nursery for cruisers two and under. The nursery will also have open play area for parents and babies to play together.
The next age group (ages 3 to 12) can attend Circus School at The Splash Academy. Teenagers can watch movies, play music and video games and let their hair down at dance parties at Entourage (no parents allowed).
Table With A View
Located on deck 8 is The Waterfront – an oceanfront promenade where you'll find a string of indoor-outdoor dining venues including Moderno Churrascaria, Cagney’s Steakhouse, the Sugarcane Mojito's Bar and the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar.
Don't Try A Selfie
Head up; arms out; deep breath and smile: you're on camera. No place for vertigo sufferers there are two planks – both extending eight feet over the water – on the entertainments deck.
Chill Your Boots
Escape is the second cruise ship this year to launch with a Snow Room. This baby is chilled to a toe-curling minus-six to zero degrees Celsius.
The Mandara Spa will offer scores of treatments and grown-ups will have two private spaces in which to chill – the Vibe Beach Club and Spice H2O. The latter features an impressive swim-through waterfall grotto.
Join The Club
When it comes to sleeping (what's that?) top of the pops is The Haven – a ship-within-a-ship complex of suites including a two-bedroom Family Villa, a Courtyard Penthouse, a Deluxe Owner's Suite and a Deluxe Spa Suite.
The exclusive, key-card-access only area has its own spa treatment rooms, a private lounge and restaurant and an exclusive courtyard area with a pool, a couple of whirlpools and – all covered by a retractable roof.
Solo travellers are well catered for here. The 82 dedicated Studio rooms featuring a full-size bed, a one-way window to the corridor and 100 sq ft of living space. Occupancy includes Includes access to the private Studio Lounge, great for mingling. Best of all there is no single supplement.
Following inaugural events in Europe and Miami Escape will begin weekly, seven-night cruises from Miami to the Eastern Caribbean calling at St Thomas, the US Virgin Islands, Tortola, the British Virgin Islands and Nassau in the Bahamas.
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