Norwegian Escape only took 18 months to build – the first ship in the Breakaway Plus Class was delivered to Norwegian Cruise Line (Miami, USA) in October 2015. Norwegian Escape was the world’s fifth largest cruise ship at the time.
All four vessels in this series – Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Encore – are even bigger than their predecessors in the Breakaway Class. They even have an additional passenger deck. All four luxury liners are also 1.7 metres wider than their predecessors, featuring the maximum width that can be constructed at the MEYER WERFT shipyard in Papenburg. The benefits of this additional space are reflected by the balconies, which are 45 centimetres deeper than on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway. Around 75% of the staterooms are outside cabins – the majority have their own balcony.
Other highlights include a spectacular high ropes course, an Aqua Racer waterslide and Freefall waterslides.
All cruise ships in the Breakaway Plus Class feature eco-friendly engine technology, improved hydrodynamics, numerous energy-saving and heat-recovery facilities and a ballast water purification system.