Norwegian Escape

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The Norwegian Escape in Bremerhaven, Germany.
Name: Norwegian Escape
Owner: Norwegian Cruise Line
Route: Caribbean, Bahamas
Builder: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, Germany
Cost: $ 1.4 billion (together with Norwegian Joy) Previously named the Norwegian Bliss
Yard number: S693
Laid down: 19 September 2014[1]
Launched: 15 August 2015
Maiden voyage: 9 November 2015
In service: 23 October 2015
General characteristics
Class and type: Breakaway Plus-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 165,300 GT[2]
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[2]

Norwegian Escape is a cruise ship for Norwegian Cruise Line, in service since October 2015. It was built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany in just 17 months.[5]

Design and description[edit]

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 name of the ship was selected in a contest on USA Today.[6] In 2014, Guy Harvey was chosen to paint the hull art.[7]

The first section was launched on 5 December 2014.[8] 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.[9]

Areas of operation[edit]

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.[10]

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.[11]

Accidents & Incidents[edit]

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.[12]

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."[13]


  1. ^ "Keel laid for Norwegian Escape". 19 September 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Norwegian Escape (331199)". DNV GL Vessel Register. Germanischer Lloyd. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  3. ^ "ABB wins $180 million in orders from cruise ship builders in 2013". 6 December 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Norwegian Escape Cruise Ship". Norwegian Cruise Line. NCL Corporation Ltd. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Norwegian Escape built in 17 months". Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  6. ^ "Norwegian Cruise Line Facebook Page". Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  7. ^ Sloan, Gene (12 March 2014). "Sea creatures to adorn hull of new cruise ship". USA Today. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Meyer Werft dockt Schiffsteil der Norwegian Escape aus". 5 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Florida-bound Norwegian Escape hits the water". Orlando Sentinel. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Norwegian Announces 2015/16 Winter Deployment". 12 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Norwegian Cruise Line Announces Fall/Winter 2019 & 2020 Cruise Itineraries". NORWEGIAN'S OFFICIAL TRAVEL BLOG. 16 January 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Sudden Wind Gust Causes Norwegian Cruise Ship to List". Cruise Hive. 2019-03-04. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  13. ^ Norwegian, Cruise (2019-03-04). "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. (cont.)". @CruiseNorwegian. Retrieved 2019-03-05.

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