Norwegian Escape will Kick Off the Caribbean Cruising Season
In November 2015, Norwegian Cruise Line introduces their newest and largest ship to the fleet, Norwegian Escape.
She’ll be an expanded version of the recently released Norwegian Getaway and Breakaway, promising to have all of the fan favorites, from the outdoor Waterfront area filled with restaurants to the five-slide aqua park and special staterooms specifically designed (and priced) for solo cruisers.
We’ll be on her inaugural sailing November 9 - 11 but until then, here’s the lowdown on what’s new on Norwegian Escape.
Hull Art by Guy Harvey
Norwegian Cruise Line is well known for its vibrantly-colored hull artwork. Each ship is uniquely designed, and Norwegian Escape is no exception. The famed marine-life artist, Guy Harvey, designed the artwork on the underside of the ship. Spanning more than 1,000 feet in length from bow to stern, the custom-designed artwork features a scene of marine wildlife. Featuring Harvey’s signature sailfish, the design also shows other elements of the Caribbean ocean from stingrays and sea turtles to whale sharks and a variety of tropical fish.
Entertaining Memories from the 1980s
Do you remember the teenage angst movies of John Hughes, the music of Duke Ellington or the jam session with Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash? Refresh your memory at one of the evening shows. For The Record: The Brat Pack, Live at the Supper Club will bring you back to the 80s with a thrilling rock and roll concert and dining experience. Norwegian Escape will also host the Tony Award®-winning musicals, After Midnight and Million Dollar Quartet.
Drink and Dine Like a Local
Craft beer lovers will make a beeline to The District Brew House where they can choose from more than 50 different bottled beers or any of the 24 draft beers on tap, including local Miami craft beer from Wynwood Brewing Company. Wine aficionados can sip a glass at Cellars, the Robert Mondavi family wine bar.
History lovers can grab a specialty cocktail while exploring a piece of Miami's oldest bar, Tobacco Road. The famous dive bar closed its doors in October 2014 and Norwegian Cruise Line decided to preserve its memory. In the at-sea Tobacco Road, expect to find the original Tobacco Road neon sign, original photos from the bar and other memorabilia.
Parrotheads can find their missing shaker of salt at Jimmy Buffet's 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar. Strategically placed on the Waterfront (think boardwalk along the ocean) so you can see the ocean and feel the warm salty air as you sip on one of the signature margaritas. And of course there will be live music.
In the kitchen, James Beard Award-Winning Iron Chef Jose Garces is at the helm of two specialty restaurants. Bayamo® by Jose Garces will serve seafood-inspired Latin dishes in a chic dining room or an al fresco dining option in the ship’s outdoor Waterfront area. Chef Garces' more casual eatery, Pincho Tapas Bar, will serve traditional Spanish style tapas à la carte.
At Food Republic by the Pubbelly Boys, savor tastes from around the world from Peruvian ceviche, Japanese sushi rolls and a few of their crowd favorites such as bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with chorizo, truffle short-rib dumplings and amber jack crudo with lemongrass romesco.
And if you're looking for the best Cheeseburger in Paradise, you can find that Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville at Sea where you can also order a Who's to Blame margarita.
Thrills and Chills for Adventure Seekers
Daredevils, Norwegian has something for you, too. Escape upped its ropes course game with a new three-level course including two planks extending eight feet beyond the ship, and three Sky Rails that let you ride along tracks, similar to ziplining, high above the ship. Even young family members get two Sky Rails in the Kids' Ropes Course.
And if you're looking for a place to cool off and relax, Norwegian Escape has an answer. Chill out in the intimate Snow Room, where the powdery white stuff falls every 15 minutes. The temperatures, ranging from 25-32F, boost your blood circulation and your immune system. It’s located in the Mandara Spa area so it’s more of a health feature than it is a place to build snowmen and make snow angels.
Something for the Wee Ones
A new addition to the kids program, The Nursery provides separate playing and napping areas for young guests from 6 months to 3 years old. There's also supervised playtime provided by early childhood professionals, and the nannies onboard engage parents and children in special activities.
Whether you're watching a Tony Award®-winning musical, zipping down one of the five slides at the water park, sipping on a draft beer or pleasing your palate at one of the specialty restaurants, chances are there will be something for everyone on Norwegian Escape. Or just seize the opportunity to float your cares away and do nothing at all. It’s your vacation and you're freestyle cruising.
When are you planning to sail on Norwegian Escape?