NCL Takes Delivery of Norwegian Escape


Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) took delivery of the line’s largest ship to date, the 164,600 gross ton Norwegian Escape, from MEYER WERFT during a ceremony in Bremerhaven, Germany, on Oct. 22.

Escape is the first ship in the company’s new Breakaway Plus Class, signifying an evolution of Norwegian Cruise Line and bringing to life the brand’s promise of “freedom and flexibility with a premium experience from bow to stern.”

Following delivery, the ship set sail for Hamburg for the start of its European inaugural festivities. After a two-night stop in Southampton, Norwegian Escape will make the crossing to its year-round homeport of Miami on Oct. 29. The ship will be christened in Miami on Nov. 9.

Features of the ship include the luxurious The Haven by Norwegian exclusive ship-within-a-ship suite complex. Escape’s dining options offer guests a mix of complimentary options, signature favourites and new premium specialty outlets. Two new specialty restaurants from James Beard Award-Winning Iron Chef Jose Garces include Bayamo, a Latin seafood specialty restaurant, and Pincho Tapas Bar.

Also new onboard is the Food Republic, a sophisticated food hall developed by Miami-based The Pubbelly Restaurant Group.
Norwegian Escape will also feature two Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals that headline the Escape Theater: After Midnight, the hit musical that combines the big-band songs of Duke Ellington and the best dancing from Broadway; and Million Dollar Quartet, the hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

Pictured, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. CEO Frank Del Rio (l) accepts delivery of Norwegian Escape from MEYER WERFT Managing Partner Bernard Meyer.