The Norwegian Escape shortly after launch
|Owner:||Norwegian Cruise Line|
|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 and Norwegian Bliss. The Breakaway Plus class are being built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, for Norwegian Cruise Line. The vessel entered service in October 2015, where it completed a series of short preview sailings from Hamburg, Germany and Southampton, UK. The 164,600 GT ship departed Southampton on 29 October 2015 on her transatlantic crossing to Miami, where the ship will be based year-round offering seven-night Caribbean cruises.
The Norwegian Escape is homeported in PortMiami, sailing seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruising to Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. Norwegian Getaway will move to the western Caribbean run.
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 Lines on 22 October., and took circa 3500 passengers on the inaugural passenger cruise from Southampton to Miami, leaving Southampton (UK) on Thursday 29 October, arriving in Miami on Sunday 8 November
On 9 November 2015, the first godfather to a cruise ship, Pitbull, officially named the ship at a naming ceremony in Miami.
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