Posted November 2nd, 2015
4 Fantastic Areas To Escape To On Board Norwegian’s Newest Ship
The newest cruise ship in the world right now is none other than Norwegian Escape. The Breakaway Plus vessel from Norwegian Cruise Line recently sailed into Southampton in all its sparkling glory and we were lucky enough to climb aboard for a day and night to get an exclusive sneak peek. The vessel is now on its way to the busiest cruise port in the world, Miami, where she will begin her first season taking guests to the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
If you fancy some winter sun on board this fantastic new ship, though, here are four great areas you can look forward to enjoying.
The Waterfront is an area of the ship that really enhances your dining experience. With seating situated all the way around the outside of deck 8, you can choose to eat and drink al fresco at a fantastic range of venues. Whilst it is also present on both Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, things have been made even better on board Norwegian Escape due to the fact that more bars and restaurants than ever before feature along the Waterfront.
Places such as the 5 O’clock Somewhere Bar, The District Brew House and Food Republic all make their first appearance. The latter is one of the coolest places to eat at sea, offering a varied menu from all over the world with dishes that are ordered from a tablet computer.
678 Ocean Place
So called because of the way it expands across those three decks, 678 Ocean Place is a great focal point for Norwegian Escape. Those who have sailed with Norwegian Breakaway will be familiar with the concept, but whether you have seen it before or not, you can’t help but be impressed by the giant glass chandelier that hangs from the ceiling and the elegant staircase that makes everything in this area so accessible.
You can find something in 678 Ocean Place to suit any kind of mood. The Sugarcane mojito bar will quench your thirst, the Tradewinds shopping area will help you find that perfect souvenir or outfit for the evening, the Headliners Comedy Club will have you laughing into the night and one of the largest casinos at sea is on hand should you feel lucky. To be honest, though, you’ve not had the full Norwegian Escape experience until you’re tucking into a cheeseburger or some chicken wings from O’Sheehan’s Neighbourhood Bar & Grill at 2am.
The Haven is exactly that; a luxurious and exclusive retreat that feels almost like a ship within a ship. The restaurant, private lounge and courtyard/spa/pool area with retractable roof are all available to those staying in one of the sumptuous Haven Suites. These are the most spacious and opulent accommodation options on board the ship, offering larger bathrooms and balconies, media rooms in some cases and space for up to six people.
Overall there are 55 suites in this part of the ship, and the area itself can only be access with a keycard. The courtyard is a blissful oasis underneath a glass roof that can be retracted in the glorious climate of the Caribbean. There are whirlpools, a main pool and a spa pool with loungers that are partially submerged in the water. Frequent Norwegian cruisers may already be familiar with the Haven but this one on Escape is more spacious and lavish than ever.
Aqua Park and Sports Complex
Whilst Royal Caribbean is receiving a lot of attention for putting waterslides on the brand new Harmony of the Seas, Norwegian Cruise Line have been doing this ever since Norwegian Star was launched in 2001. The slides in Norwegian Escape’s Aqua Park, however, are the best yet. The different options, for adults and kids, mean that there is a great range to choose from and something for every taste. The free fall slides, complete with vertical drop, weren’t open during our time on board, but the trippy, disco-esque nature of the Aqua Racer certainly had us lining up again and again.
Completing a part of the ship that children are sure to love is the extensive Sports Complex. Here, you will find a sports court, crazy golf course, skittles and the gravity defying ropes course. If you are brave enough, you can chain yourself to the rail above and then navigate through numerous obstacles. Amongst these are two planks which extend over the side of the ship and are clearly only for those with a strong head for heights.
All in all, Norwegian Escape is another excellent offering from Norwegian Cruise Line. The additional ‘plus’ to the Breakaway Class has definitely added something and has resulted in a ship that has plentiful dining options, fantastic entertainment facilities and tons of appeal.
If you would like to book your cruise aboard Norwegian Escape, you can contact us on the number at the top of the page or submit an online enquiry.