Norwegian Cruise Line is one of the largest cruise lines in the world, but which of its ships is the largest?
There are 18 ships in the NCL fleet, with another due next year. In addition to its large number of ships, Norwegian Cruise Line also has some of the largest ships at sea in the cruise industry.
NCL recently launched its newest ship, Norwegian Prima, last month, and while this ship is generating a lot of excitement and bringing new amenities and experiences to passengers, Norwegian Prima isn’t the largest ship in the fleet. from NCL. In fact, Norwegian Cruise Line’s new class of ships, the Prima class, won’t be close in size to the largest ships that NCL currently owns.
Which cruise ship is the largest in the fleet?
NCL’s largest ship is the Norwegian Escape. Norwegian Escape is one of four ships in the NCL Breakaway Plus class. The Escape is 1,069 feet in overall length and can accommodate up to 4,266 guests and 1,733 crew. This is the largest number of guests a ship can accommodate in Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet. The vessel has a gross tonnage of 164,998 and was originally built in 2015. The vessel has not yet been refurbished but most likely will in the future.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Plus class is known among the NCL fleet for its large-scale ships. The smallest ship in the Breakaway Plus class is Norwegian Joy. Norwegian Joy is 1,094 feet in overall length, while actually longer than Escape, Joy can accommodate fewer guests, with a passenger count of 3,804 and 1,821 crew. Norwegian Joy debuted in the fleet in 2017 but recently underwent a refit in 2019.
Norwegian Escape Details and Decks
The Norwegian Escape has 20 decks on board. It is a substantial space aboard a cruise ship for guests to explore and discover. Decks 1-4 are restricted areas of the ship for crew members only.
Deck 5 consists mainly of cabins. As well as the Splash Academy, the kids club on board for children aged 5 to 12. The Guppies Nursery is also located on this deck, this is the area for young children under 5 years old.
Deck 6 is made up of largely public spaces. Guests can find the following locations on this bridge; Savor Restaurant, Taste Restaurant, The Private Room at Taste, Teppanyaki Specialty Dining, Le Bistro Specialty Dining, Atrium Cafe, Headliner’s Comedy Club, Mixx Bar, Atrium Bar, The Supper Club and Perspectives Studio.
Deck 7 is also all public places including; O’Sheehan’s Bar & Grill, The Manhattan Room, Skyline Bar, Malevo, Main Theater, Escape Casino, 678 Ocean Place.
Deck 8 consists of a mix of cabins and public areas. This is where guests will find the main shops and boutiques on board, as well as several specialty restaurants and bars. Sites on this bridge include; Bayamo by Ocean Blue, Food Republic, Modern Churrascaria, Cagney’s Steakhouse, La Cucina, Pincho Tapas Bar, Prime Meridian Specialty Dining, Sugarcane Mojito Bar, The Cellars – A Michael Monday Family Wine Bar, Tobacco Road, The District Brew House, Carolina Herrera store, the Photo Gallery store, the Tradewinds store, the Lacosta store, the Sandbar store, the Beauty store, the Jewel Box store, the Tides store and the Time Zone store.
Decks 9 to 15 are made up exclusively of cabin cabins. Many luxury staterooms are found on these decks, including some of the Haven Suites and many Balcony Stateroom Suites.
Deck 16 has a few cabins (14 to be exact), as well as several public places. This deck includes the Mandara Spa and Fitness Center, as well as The Haven Lounge, the Spa’s Thermal Suite, the main pool deck and water park, as well as the main onboard buffet, the Garden Cafe.
Deck 17 has many ultra luxurious rooms on board, including The Haven Deluxe owner’s suite with large balcony. This deck includes public areas such as the American Diner Specialty Restaurant, the Spice H20 adults-only area, the video arcade and the onboard teen club, Entourage.
Deck 18 consists primarily of Haven suites, but also has unique and fun public areas. Including the ropes course and mini golf.
Deck 19 is smaller, but offers two outdoor sites. The Vibe Beach Club, which is an access only area, and the sports complex where guests can participate in a game of basketball at sea.
Deck 20 is the tallest, as well as the smallest deck on board. This deck includes the Sun Deck, an area with additional lounge chairs for guest enjoyment. Deck 20 is also where the tops of the impressive waterslides are located, including the Aqua Racer and Free Fall slides.
Some Highlights of Norwegian Escape
NCL’s largest capacity ship offers many fun and entertaining activities for passengers on board. The ship features Norwegian Cruise Line classics, as well as unique areas to explore.
The ropes course at sea is a Norwegian Cruise Line classic, featured on multiple NCL ships. This fun and exciting activity is suitable for passengers of all ages, children and adults. The course includes several ziplines, two boards over water and consists of over 99 different challenges to complete. Please note, it is important to wear sleeved shirts (no tank tops) when participating in this activity on board.
Aqua Racer and free fall
Norwegian Cruise Line is known for hosting awe-inspiring slides aboard its ships, and Norwegian Escape is no different. Guests can race against each other via the Aqua Racer, a tandem waterslide at sea. Or passengers can test their thrilling ability on the Free Fall, currently the fastest waterslide at sea!
This unique room is part of the Thermal Spa Suite aboard the Escape. Designed to help stimulate blood circulation, guests can relax in this cool room (literally). Entrance to the onboard thermal suite is chargeable and guests can purchase a spa pass for the duration of their cruise.
The Norwegian Escape has a mini-golf at sea, complete with 9 holes. Customers can enjoy an afternoon in the sun to test their skills.
Created by Matias Jaime, this traditional Argentine folk dance show appears on board. This impressive spectacle was billed as an “official cultural ambassador of Argentina’s national identity”. Malevo has also been performed worldwide in Las Vegas, New York, Cairo, Dubai, Paris and Montreal. This show is sure to inspire and entertain guests.
Described to passengers as an activity and spectacle where “you team up with other guests to help our superhero escape the ship to foil a villain’s plan before it’s too late.” Save this time on your schedule if you want to try to save our super hero and save the world”, this interactive show and activity is offered to passengers on board Norwegian Escape.
The cellars and the brewery of the district
Guests who love wine and beer are in for two great experiences aboard Escape. The Cellars – A Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar is a beautiful venue designed for wine lovers. At this location, customers can either have a drink and enjoy the atmosphere or take part in tasting classes or programs with various wine experts. The Cellars was also the very first wine bar located on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship when it debuted.
The District Brew House is the go-to spot for patrons who enjoy draft beer. This venue offers over 50 different draft beers, including the beer exclusive to Norwegian Escape. The district also offers live music throughout the cruises.
Pincho Tapas Bar and Food Republic
Passengers will be able to find plenty of dining options onboard the Escape to suit all tastes. Two interesting places on board are Food Republic and Pincho Tapas Bar, both offering international flavors and cuisine.
Food Republic brings flavors from around the world to this place. Customers can find cuisine from Mexico, Japan, Thailand, and many other countries at this dining venue.
Pincho Tapas Bar is a fun and lively dining spot where patrons can sip sangria and sample traditional small plates of Spanish cuisine, known as Tapas.
Norwegian getaway destinations
“Get ready to sail on one of the most exciting ships at sea! Norwegian Escape is ready to take you to the Caribbean from Miami to Orlando, Canada and New England from New York, and the Mediterranean from Rome” , says Norwegian Cruise Line about some of the destinations Norwegian Escape flies to.
The Escape visits the following destinations on cruises throughout the year:
- Canada and New England
- The Caribbean
- Greek islands
- Transatlantic crossings
The Norwegian Escape is the largest ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet in terms of the number of passengers it can accommodate. The ship offers many opportunities for guests to have a great vacation, while enjoying one of the largest ships in the cruise industry. For guests looking for plenty of entertainment, dining and activity options for their next cruise vacation, Norwegian Escape may be a great ship to choose.