Many vacationers seek out upscale land-based mega-resorts loaded with a wide variety of restaurants, activities and entertainment. There’s no need to be land-locked any more, however. Norwegian Escape offers guests this same type of stellar, high energy mega-resort experience at sea. This memorable ship has a chic, sophisticated feel and it’s packed with a wide variety of venues. The Norwegian Escape is a perfect fit for families, Type-A vacationers, and anyone who wants to enjoy non-stop action on their holiday.
There’s no way anyone will be bored on Norwegian Escape. There’s so much to see and do. The ship’s hallmarks include The Waterfront boardwalk-style dining area plus more than two dozen bars and restaurants, a thrill-packed Aqua Park and the largest ropes course at sea, top Broadway-style shows and entertainment, and outstanding youth programs for children of all ages. There’s something for every interest and age group on this ship – even a nursery for the littlest ones.
Here are seven reasons today’s vacationers will fall in love with Norwegian Escape:
1. Massive Adrenaline-Charged Aqua Park. Norwegian Escape’s multi-story Aqua Park features four main waterslides, two pools, four hot tubs and a cool aqua play area for young children. The centrally located water park atop the ship will appeal to families, thrill seekers and kids at heart. Two of the waterslides are side-by-side, multi-story rides where guests step into an enclosed capsule and wait until the bottom drops out – plunging guests almost straight down in a heart-stopping free fall. Ride if you dare. The large Aqua Park Kids is sure to be a favorite with little ones who are too small to get soaked in the large pools and waterslides. There are lots of colorful play features including water cannons, soaking buckets, a rope bridge and more.
2. Thrilling Three-Story Ropes Course. Norwegian Escape features the largest ropes course at sea and it’s free of charge for guests. This ship has not one, but two overwater planks – not to mention high-flying zip tracks and much more. This huge multi-level course, part of Norwegian Escapes’s mega-sized Sports Complex, consists of well over ninety different components. Daredevils can walk one of the planks out to its end, only to find themselves standing eight feet out over the side of the ship. There’s also pint-sized ropes course for younger kids who aren’t yet 48-inches tall. The Getaway’s Sports Complex also features a nine-hole miniature golf course located right beneath the ropes course, a basketball court, Ping-Pong, a bocce court and more.
3. Vast Array of Dining Options. Dining is a big part of the cruise experience and there’s a wide variety of choices available on Norwegian Escape. The ship is a foodie paradise with 17 different restaurants to sample. The Waterfront is a large boardwalk-type promenade lined with a variety of seaside venues offering stunning ocean views. For variety, Norwegian Escape guests can sample cuisines from around the world, including French, Italian, Brazilian, Far East delights at Teppanyaki, and a gourmet dining experience at Chef’s Table. Foodies with a taste for Latin American and Cuban-influenced dishes should head to Bayamo by Jose Garces, the first restaurant at sea from this James Beard Award-winning Iron Chef. Those craving a delicious steak should definitely visit Cagney’s Steakhouse. There’s a Margaritaville restaurant onboard the Norwegian Escape, too. Some Norwegian Escape restaurants carry an additional fee, but others including the popular 24-hour O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, Savor, Taste and the Manhattan Room are free of charge. Guests with a sweet tooth should save some room for treats from Dolce Gelato.
4. Top Flight Broadway Shows and Entertainment. There’s something outstanding for every musical taste and age group onboard Norwegian Escape. The ship features After Midnight, the hit Broadway big-band jazz musical, as well as the incredible bring-the-house-down performances of Million Dollar Quartet featuring musical headliners Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. One of the ship’s most popular venues is For the Record: The Brat Pack, Live at the Supper Club. This cabaret-style dinner show features a montage of performances from John Hughes’ film classics including Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink. Norwegian Escape guests can also enjoy live comedy at the Headliners Comedy Club, dueling pianos at Howl At The Moon, and much more.
5. Tons of Sizzling Nightlife Choices. The fun never stops on Norwegian Escape. Guests can choose from an array of 11 bars and lounges ranging from The District Brew House, featuring craft beers and gastropub-style small plates, to The Cellars – A Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar. Lounges such as the Sugarcane Mojito Bar and Tobacco Road underscore the ship’s Miami roots. Another popular hangout is the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar with live musical performances on The Waterfront.
6. Great Family Programs For All Ages. Traveling with kids? The Norwegian Escape is an excellent choice for families. Norwegian Escape has the largest Splash Academy space in the fleet, says Norwegian Cruise Line’s Supervisor of Youth Programs, Janet Kim. The ship’s Splash Academy features free programs designed for specific age groups: Turtles for ages 3-5; Seals for ages 6-9; and Dolphins for ages 10-12. Norwegian’s FreeStyle Free Play programming is unique, allowing friends and siblings of different ages to play together. Kids will love the Circus School and the wide range of innovative programs and activities expertly designed by The King’s Foundation, well known for developing family programs at U.S. military bases around the globe. Splash Academy also offers activities for Guppies – tiny cruisers between the ages of 6 months and 3 years. The Norwegian Escape is the first ship in Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet to offer a Guppies fee-based nursery area with age-appropriate for these littlest cruisers. In addition to the full childcare nursery, Splash Academy offers separate free activity programs for parents and Guppies-aged tots to play together.
Norwegian Escape knows how to cater to older kids as well. Located in the aft of the ship on Deck 17, Entourage is a high energy zone exclusively for teens ages 13-17. This area is designed to be more like a lounge on the Norwegian Escape, says Norwegian’s Janet Kim. It’s very open and comfortable – the perfect place for teens to hang out together.
7. Awesome Adults-Only Spaces. Norwegian Cruise Line knows adults want to have their own spots for relaxation and fun. That’s why they’ve designed Norwegian Escape with multiple adults-only venues. Located on Deck 17, Norwegian Escape’s awesome Spice H2O sun deck area is the place to go both day and night. It features a cool grotto filled with shallow water, such as guests might see in the Caribbean, with water trickling down along the sides of the cave. There’s also a bar, hot tubs, lounge chairs and a huge screen for videos. The exclusive Vibe Beach Club on Deck 19 is another great adults-only spot. Limited to those who purchase access passes, the Vibe Beach Club offers upscale lounge chairs, a huge hot tub, a full-service bar and great ocean views. The thermal suite in Norwegian Escape’s Mandara Spa is a fantastic place for adults to relax and chill out as well.