Norwegian Escape was launched in 2015. It has a length of 1,070 feet and a gross tonnage of 164,600. The family-friendly ships is a floating resort with an aqua park, numerous bars and restaurants and activities to keep all age groups entertained. It has 15 passenger decks and can carry 4,266 passengers and 1,733 crew.
There are 2,174 staterooms on board Norwegian Escape in 42 different categories. There largest accommodation on board is The Haven Deluxe Owner’s Suite at 1,307 square feet with a large balcony. At the top of the ship, The Haven features luxurious accommodation with 24-hour butler service, concierge and a private sundeck. All cabins have ample storage space and various amenities (salon-style hairdryer, mirrored vanity table, mini-fridge, television and toiletries by Elemis).
There are three main dining rooms on Norwegian Escape: Taste, Savour and The Manhattan Room, which offer freestyle dining (no set time or table). The Garden Café serves buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. O’Sheehan’s Neighbourhood Bar & Grill offers classic American fare in a relaxed pub atmosphere 24 hours a day. Specialty restaurants include: Moderno Churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse), Teppanyaki (Japanese); Cagney’s Steakhouse; Le Bistro (French); and La Cucina (Italian); Pincho Tapas Bar; and Bayamo by Jose Garces (seafood with a Latin twist).
The Mandara Spa offers various services such as relaxation lounges, treatment rooms, beauty salon, barber shop, salt room, thermal suite and a snow room. The Pulse gym has treadmills, ellipticals and free weights as well as yoga, Pilates and spinning classes. There are five pools, a jogging track, rock-climbing walls and a sports complex. Daytime activities include wellness lectures, bingo games, seminars and arts/crafts lessons. The Escape Theatre has a seating for 800 guests to enjoy Broadway-like musical performances and productions. There is an art gallery, casino, photo gallery and library on board.
Norwegian Escape has venues and activities for kids of all ages. The Splash Academy splits children into groups for age-appropriate activities. Kids can learn to juggle at Circus School, break a sweat with a wide range of sports and enjoy creative play. The Kids’ Aqua Park has tipping buckets, water cannons and slides. Teenagers have their own club called Entourage, with video games, jukebox, fooseball table and air hockey. At night the club turns into a teen disco. There is also a video arcade and internet cafe on board. At Guppies Nursery, children two years and under are looked after by dedicated staff.
– Cruise Passenger
We chose this cruise due to the ship’s age and the look and feel of videos and photos of the ship. It surpassed our expectations by far. The ship was beautiful, clean, functional, well designed, and easy to move around in. The seating was comfortable, the views from Deck 8 Waterfront were wonderful. The upper deck had a lot of protective glass that obstructed some of the top level views, but there were enough spaces up there without that to allow for unobstructed views. The sail away party was great, as was the 80’s party and the GLOW party. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We felt very little motion on this cruise, other than when sitting on tall chairs in the bars–it was very smooth. -MinnesotaDancer
– Cruise Critic
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