|Owner:||Norwegian Cruise Line|
|Builder:||Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany|
|Cost:||$ 1.4 billion (together with Norwegian Joy) Previously named the Norwegian Bliss|
|Laid down:||19 September 2014|
|Launched:||15 August 2015|
|Maiden voyage:||9 November 2015|
|In service:||23 October 2015|
|Class and type:||Breakaway Plus-class cruise ship|
|Length:||1,069 feet (325.9 m)|
|Draft:||28.29 feet (8.622 m)|
Design and description
Norwegian Escape is a Breakaway Plus-class cruise ship, which also includes Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Encore, built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, for Norwegian Cruise Line. The vessel entered service in October 2015.
The first section was launched on 5 December 2014. A second section was launched 21 February 2015. Norwegian Escape was floated out of Meyer Werft's building hall on 15 August 2015, with sea trials beginning on 16 September. She was officially delivered to Norwegian Cruise Line on 22 October.
Areas of operation
Upon completion, the ship undertook a series of short preview sailings from Hamburg and Southampton. Escape departed Southampton on 29 October 2015 for her inaugural transatlantic crossing to her slated homeport of Miami, where the ship regularly cruised to the Caribbean.
In the summer of 2019, the Escape repositioned to the New York Passenger Ship Terminal in Manhattan, and has been sailing seven-day voyages to Bermuda and will cruise along the New England coast, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick in the fall. She will return to Miami for the winter of 2019 and resume cruising to the Caribbean. Escape will then spend the summer of 2020 in Copenhagen and then homeport at Port Canaveral for the winter of 2020.
Accidents & Incidents
Late on 3 March 2019, The Escape encountered a severe wind gust measuring roughly 100 knots, causing the ship to list to port, resulting in damage and passenger injuries.
The next day, Norwegian released a statement via Twitter, saying: "Just before midnight on Sunday, March 3, Norwegian Escape encountered unexpected weather in the form of a sudden, extreme gust of wind, estimated at 100 knots, which resulted in the ship heeling to the port side. Several injuries were reported and those guests and crew received immediate attention or are being treated by the ship’s medical staff. There was no damage to the ship; she remains fully operational and continues her scheduled itinerary."
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