Posted by: Tom Baker | November 15, 2015

Escape to Norwegian Escape!

Norwegian Escape

The New 162,000 ton, 1069 foot long, 4200 passenger Norwegian ESCAPE  is the latest entrance into the modern Norwegian Cruise Line fleet and is perhaps the best ship introduced into the fleet thus far.

Main Lobby

Norwegian Cruise line Holdings which also includes high premium class cruise brands Oceania Cruises and ultra-luxury Regent Seven Seas Cruises is managed under the venerable Frank Del Rio, a man of great style and panache and carries a unique motto- “Family first”. Del Rio has brought over many attributes from his own successful Oceania Cruises to the new style and décor of ESCAPE as well as improved the dining experience for all guests in all venues claiming that the NEW Norwegian Cruise Line is soon to be the “foodies cruise line” in the contemporary market brand shared with Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, and MSC Cruises.

Standard Balcony Cabin

I think Norwegian has a greater chance to be the winner as it seems so focused on experience and has always been the most innovative of cruise lines that all other brands have implemented and copied NCL innovations from full Broadway shows to Freestyle Dining and so on…


Escape offers a wide variety of cabins and suites to meet the needs of today’s diverse traveler. She has the largest array of complimentary and reservation (fee based) dining venues that make this more like a large world class resort than a traditional cruise experience. This ship has something for everyone and for all ages.


I found the dining experience excellent throughout and sampled a wide variety of venues during my recent 2-day Christening Cruise with Cuban born singer Pitbull. You can see Frank Del Rio’s touches everywhere and under NCL’s NEW president and longtime NCL veteran, Andy Stuart, the future of this company has never looked better! The seafood buffet offered abundant fresh Alaskan King Crab, full lobster tails, and fresh fish of wide-variety including sushi… There are two Margaritaville Venues by Jimmy Buffet, top brand gourmet dining venues with Bayamo by Jose Garces and Food Republic by the Pubbelly Group. These are just a few of some 28 dining venues onboard.

Food Republic

Entertainment was lively and exciting throughout this huge vessel with two full Broadway shows including After Midnight and spectacular Million Dollar Quartet as well as a fee based supper club with its dinner show and 1980’s theme Brat Pack Show which is a throwback to The 80’s Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day off…

Million Dollar Quartet

My balcony cabin was very comfortable with plenty of storage for a week or so and had a very nice well planned bathroom with shower stall. The balcony was larger than slightly smaller Norwegian Breakaway and Getaway.

The Luxurious Haven

Families will go crazy with amazing pools, slides, sporting activities, gym’s Mandara Spa, and huge dedicated kids clubs for all age groups…

NCL is already making some improvements to the Casino which will have enclosed smoking areas to improve overall guest health experience and note that the remainder of the ship remains strictly non-smoking per Safety Of Life At Sea maritime rules.


The Haven (private access high end suites) complex remains the largest in the fleet with nearly 3 decks dedicated to the space with its own ship within a ship experience and couture decorated suites, private pool, lounges, sun deck, spa, bar, restaurant (indoor and outdoor), and concierge desk…

Who is the Norwegian Escape for? Just about everyone. It meets the needs of travelers who may be more budget conscience to the high end luxury traveler wanting the private Haven enclave. This ship really competes with Las Vegas but is so much better as it floats, sails the Caribbean year-round, and offers multiple ports-of-call. It also offers an affordable vacation offer.

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 Happy Sailing!!!


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