(12:25 p.m EDT) — Norwegian Cruise Line received Norwegian Escape, the first ship in the line’s new Breakaway Plus Class, from the Meyer Werft shipyard today during a ceremony at Bremerhaven, Germany.
With a capacity of about 4,200 passengers, the mega-ship offers plenty of features to keep cruisers busy, including a top-deck ropes course with planks and ziplines, Aqua Racer and a tandem water slide. New restaurants include Margaritaville in partnership with Jimmy Buffett; Bayamo, a Latin- inspired venue from Iron Chef Jose Garces; The District Brew House, a craft beer hall and gastropub; and Norwegian’s first wine bar: The Cellars, a Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar. Shows and entertainment consist of two Broadway productions: «Million Dollar Quartet» and «After Midnight,» along with «For the Record: The Brat Pack,» an ’80s-themed dinner theater show. There’s even a nursery with sensory stimulation for babies 6 months to 3 years old.
(For more, read 10 Things You Can Only Do on Norwegian Escape).
Norwegian Escape, which took about a year and a half to build, features hull art by wildlife artist and ocean conservationist Guy Harvey. It also incorporates energy-efficient scrubbing technology into its design.
Escape sets sail for Hamburg today, where it will commence inaugural festivities with a two-night stop in Southampton before making its transatlantic crossing to its year-round homeport, Miami. It will then sail a variety of Caribbean itineraries for the season, including the British Virgin Islands and the Bahamas.
Stay tuned for our coverage of the inaugural festivities in Europe and then in Miami on November 9.
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