First Impressions of the BRAND NEW Norwegian Escape

By The Cruise Web, Inc.

The Norwegian Escape debuted in Miami last week, and The Cruise Web was on hand to capture the moment and experience this stunning new cruise ship during an exclusive 2-night inaugural cruise. Continue below for some of our team’s first impressions about the brand new Norwegian Escape:

Molly G:
The Norwegian Escape is a fantastic option for multi-generation travelers. You can truly do as little or as much as you want, and make the vacation your own. The entertainment was fun and exciting; the talent onboard is truly amazing, especially the rock band performing at the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar. This, along with Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Sea, are two welcome additions with great food and drinks. The highlight for me, as far as entertainment goes, was the dueling rock piano of Howl at the Moon.

It was fun to feel like a kid again and play on some of the most amazing waterslides and ropes courses I have ever seen. The food was plentiful and a great variety was offered. The staff was friendly and enthusiastic. I would highly recommend the Escape, and I am looking forward to my next cruise with Norwegian!

5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar / Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville - Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line


Julia L:
I felt like a kid all over again – the Escape’s two different water slides have nice variation. There’s one where you ride along with an inner tube and colorful patterns and lights are projected along the slide’s inside walls as you rush down – it was super fun! The comedy show at Headliner’s Comedy Club was great – I walked in feeling like it was an authentic improv comedy club setup, and then they converted it into the fun Howl at the Moon dueling piano bar later on in the evening.

I also paid the $20 fee to take their spinning class in the morning – they call it MyZone. Best workout I have ever had, plus you wear heart rate monitors so you can really track your progress in the class using the screen located behind the instructor. It was a great touch that the staff came in halfway through with cold wet towels to cool us off.

Howl at the Moon - Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line


Sherry J:
The ship is beautiful, décor is tasteful and sophisticated. If you haven’t been aboard any of Norwegian Cruise Line’s newer ships, their current aesthetic is modern, yet elegant – a far cry from the bright purples and pinks that you may have seen in the past.

I loved the entertainment choices onboard, especially Howl at the Moon and After Midnight. The Broadway production After Midnight combines electrifying dancing with outstanding jazz music to take the audience back to Harlem’s Cotton Club night club of the Roaring Twenties. Norwegian always does a great job including a wide variety of musically-themed entertainment choices to please all musical tastes.

Skyline Bar - Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line


Kris S:
I was most impressed by the food quality for such a large scale operation and the amount of things offered on board to keep you occupied. I was always seeing something new, and the onboard entertainment was awesome. One of my highlights was the District Brew House, a new craft beer and cocktail bar with several draft options. This new ale house had a cool industrial design accompanied by live music. I had a great time.

District Brew House - Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line


Rashell O:
There is so much to do aboard the Norwegian Escape that you will not run out of options. However, for such a huge ship, the Escape never really felt big or overwhelming, thanks in large part to an easy-to-navigate layout that grouped related activities in similar areas. I absolutely loved the waterpark with the multiple waterslides. I’m not even a big pool or waterslide person, but I just HAD to try these fun slides! The casino is super fun and I like the locations of all the bars, especially the ones located on the Waterfront where you can have an adult beverage and enjoy the cool ocean breeze. The ship is designed so that each restaurant, bar, entertainment venue or activity area flows smoothly into the next. And since each offers a unique experience influenced by different time periods and musical styles, the ship really appeals to diverse audiences.

Water Slides - Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line


Arthur B:
I was very excited to dine at Food Republic – tapas Asian Fusion restaurant by Miami’s Pub Belly group. The dishes we tried were fantastic, but what surprised me the most were the desserts. Next time I will start my dinner with the desserts to make sure I try all of them.

Food Republic - Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line


Heather W:
I thought the water slides were a blast, and the Headliner’s Comedy Club was really funny – just be sure you make reservations in advance to guarantee lots of laughs on board. There were plenty of great activities throughout the ship, and we had an especially good time playing the various deck games like mini-golf and bocce.

Headliner's Comedy Club - Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line


Lisa K:
This Norwegian Escape is gorgeous inside and out and easy to navigate; the clever carpet design includes little fish that swim towards the front of the ship. The decor is amazing, service exceptional and food delicious! Plus, the ship was full of great entertainment, from the theatrical productions to the live bands that play in various public spaces. I even braved the ropes course and walked the plank extending 8 feet beyond the side of the ship!

The inside cabins are cozy and beautifully decorated. Studio cabins for solo cruisers are cute and cozy as well, and they have access to their own private areas… these guests could leave single and come back with the love bug! For luxury clients, The Haven (a ship within a ship) provides the ultimate intimate cruise experience with 24-hour butler service from the moment you arrive at the pier, plus access to private areas. Norwegian Cruise Line also allows Haven guests to invite up to four non-Haven passengers into the Haven to experience the Haven Restaurant or Haven Lounge with friends and family.

The Plank - Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line


Beth T:
The Haven suites were absolutely amazing! They are so luxurious, and it is like being in your own private sanctuary. Only guests that are booked in the Haven have exclusive key card access, and it includes a restaurant with outdoor terrace, lounge area and a courtyard area with a pool and hot tub. If you are looking for luxury within a large ship, this is the way to go!

The Haven - Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line


Gloria H:
If you want a FANTASTIC cruise experience on a big ship, but in an area with that small ship feel, then you need one of the Norwegian Escape’s Haven Suites. You have your own personal space (shared with just a few other suite guests) and your own deck area with retractable glass roof, plus your own Jacuzzi, sauna, bar, restaurant, concierge and butler service. If they had a slot machine or two in there, you really would not have to leave the Haven area, LOL!

The Haven Amenities - Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

The Norwegian Escape is currently sailing a series of Caribbean itineraries out of Miami, Florida. For help planning your cruise aboard the Norwegian Escape, please call 1-800-377-9383 or request more information online.


Which feature/venue aboard the Norwegian Escape are you most excited to experience?


NOTE: The Cruise Web, Inc. received complimentary inaugural staterooms from Norwegian Cruise Line, which in turn were offered to the employees listed above. The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the contributors, and do not necessarily reflect the position of The Cruise Web or Norwegian Cruise Line.


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1 kathy dore { 11.18.15 at 3:03 pm }

Please tell me the cost of a studio room an describe the room and whst you get for the price of the ro0m.

2 The Cruise Web Team { 11.18.15 at 3:20 pm }


Norwegian Escape’s Studio staterooms are interior cabins with about 99 sq ft, designed to accommodate one. Studio guests enjoy access to the private Studio Lounge, a great place to meet your neighbors for a pre-dinner drink. The room itself features all the standard amenities of an interior cabin, including a shower, bathroom, sink, desk, tv and storage. The Escape’s Studios start from around $800 + taxes and fees.

To learn more about Studio staterooms and get exact pricing for a specific date and itinerary, please contact our experts at 1-800-377-9383.

3 tony ayling { 11.18.15 at 4:08 pm }

had a i night cruise in the uk on this ship. Did not enjoy it one bit. 2hrs to get through the checkin terminal to getting on board.
Being only one main walk through area in the middle of the ship this was always packed with people allseats taken up it seemed all 4200 people were in this area at one time.

Found trying to have a premeal drink in one of the bars was impossible service to slow no seats available. we went to the 7pm show which was excellent. we then went to the free style restaurant for a meal at 8.30pm and was told there would be a 30/35 minute wait. some hour and 40 minutes later we sat down for our meal .Time now 22.10hrs.

Service was very slow I would class this as eventually service we eventually received cutlery ,glasses, water jug ,menu a long wait between each. Whilst fininishing our deserts the waiter informed my wife they had run out of chichen. there would be a wait of 20mins before there would be some more ready. It evenyually arrived 25mins later/ when my wife cut into it it was not fully cooked.the time was now 23.15hrs .My wife ended upwith a pisa for an evening meal. WOULD NOT SET FOOT ON THIS SHIP AGAIN

4 Sherry Jefferson - The Cruise Web { 11.18.15 at 4:16 pm }

Hi Tony,

Thank you for your feedback about your recent experience aboard the Escape. I’m sorry that it did not live up to your expectations, but it’s possible that you would find on an actual 7-night cruise the experience would be different. It is also possible that Norwegian might not be the best fit for you, and you might prefer a smaller ship with more personalized service.

Please feel free to contact me directly at so that we can determine what best suits your needs.

5 Evert Bergquist { 11.18.15 at 4:41 pm }

A beautiful ship with a lot to offer. However, as a minor handicapped person,the seating(chairs) in the various rooms appeared to be uncomfortable for people like me that make good use of arms on chairs. Few chairs seemed to have cushions . Note! The arms on chairs are of a great help when we arise from the chair.
Ev Bergquist

6 The Cruise Web Team { 11.19.15 at 12:44 pm }

Great feedback, thanks for sharing.

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