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Norwegian Escape is a Breakaway Plus-class cruise ship operated by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. She was the fleet’s first Breakaway Plus-class ship to be delivered and was designed with larger dimensions and gross tonnage than her older sister ships, Norwegian Breakaway, and Norwegian Getaway.

When it comes to the variety of activities, Escape is a winner. With 28 bars and restaurants on board, most people will have to sail twice to try out everything. Everyone will be able to find something that appeals. Latin food? Check. An incredible brewpub that feels so genuine you’ll forget you’re on a ship? It’s got that, too. An indoor-outdoor dining concept, called The Waterfront, which allows passengers to dine seaside? It’s there. A first-at-sea Margaritaville? Yep.

With so much going on, the ship can — and does — get loud. Loud music, loud people, loud venues. Crowds, too, are noticeable, especially at peak periods around dinner and at showtimes, when everyone is clamoring for the same things at the same time.

Norwegian Escape cruise ship deck plan shows a total of 2174 staterooms (15 types, 42 categories) for 4266 passengers (max capacity is 5218) served by 1730 crew-staff. The boat has 20 decks (16 passenger-accessible, 12 with cabins), 29 dining options (9 complimentary), 22 lounges and bars, 3 swimming pools, 9 Jacuzzis (outdoor whirlpool hot tubs), 5 waterslides, 16 elevators.

Follows a concise review of the ship’s special features, and differences in comparison to the Breakaway-class Norwegian ships:

  • Total decks 20 (of which 15 passengers are accessible), with an extra cabin deck.
  • An expanded “The Haven” suite area – more deluxe accommodations by adding a 2nd deck (17 and 18, both with keycard access only) to the luxury suite complex. This area features an open-air terrace with The Haven Suite guests-only private restaurant. A separate 9also expanded) Courtyard Villa guest’s private area has a retractable glass roof, its own pool with 2 Whirlpools, spa treatments rooms, a sauna, and a private sundeck area.
  • The Studio cabins are located on three decks (10, 11, and 12 – one more deck in comparison to Breakaway), with the Studio lounge being in the middle (deck 11).
  • The Escape ship’s Deck 5 is with ~100 fewer rooms – which is extra space (~25%) for public rooms on that deck. More public rooms will be also added on Deck 8.
  • 18 cabins less on Deck 18, creating more public space.
  • More energy-efficient seawater scrubbing technology.

PHOTOSNorwegian Escape (Photo: Norwegian)

Norwegian Escape Cabins

Experience three dazzling decks at 678 Ocean Place

Splash Academy

Food Republic on your Escape cruise


Name Norwegian Escape
Owner Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings
Operator Norwegian Cruise Line
Port of registry Nassau Bahamas
Ordered 18 October 2012
Cost 700 million
Yard number S693
Laid down 19 September 2014
Launched 15 August 2015
Sponsored by Pitbull
Christened 9 November 2015
Acquired 22 October 2015
In service 2015–present
Status In service
General characteristics
Class and type Breakaway Plus-class cruise ship
Tonnage 164,998 GT[3]
Length 1,069 feet (325.9 m)[2]
  • 136 feet (41.4 m) (waterline)[2]
  • 153 feet (46.5 m) (max)[2]
Draft 28.29 feet (8.622 m)[2]
Decks 20
Installed power
  • 2 × MAN 14V48/60CR (2 × 16,800 kW)
  • 3 × MAN 12V48/60CR (3 × 14,400 kW)
  • 1 × Cat 3516C DH (1 × 2,500 kW)
Capacity 4,266[4]
Crew 1,733

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