(12:11 a.m. EST) –- Norwegian Escape, the next new ship from Norwegian Cruise Lines coming in fall 2015, will feature the same wide variety of room types that have appeared on its fleetmates, Breakaway and Getaway – only more of them.
The 4,200-passenger vessel will have an expanded Haven, the line's “ship within a ship” concept. The space, accessible by keycard, will have an outdoor terrace with its private restaurant as well as the same kind of private courtyard area with retractable roof, pool, two whirlpools, sauna, spa treatment rooms and sundeck.
The number of suites within the Haven increases from 42 on Getaway to 55 on Escape. These include four 1,300-square-foot deluxe owner's suites (that's nearly 100 feet larger than the one found on Getaway), four 572-square-foot owner's suites, 25 two-bedroom family villas that sleep up to six, and 22 penthouses.
Another 26 Haven-style penthouses are located in other areas of the ship, facing forward and aft, as well as 14 Haven spa suites that are close to the ship's fitness center and Thermal Suite.
Norwegian Escape will also expand its Studio area, which consists of rooms for solo travelers, from the 59 on Getaway to 82 cabins. The Studio, which is also accessible only by keycard, will have its own lounge, same as Breakaway and Getaway.
The line hasn't released information about the square footage of other cabin categories or balconies.
Families will continue to have options across the categories, with 40 mini-suites located near Splash Academy, 172 family balconies near the children's facilities, 48 oceanview staterooms that can accommodate up to five and an unspecified number of inside staterooms with additional Pullman beds.
Norwegian Escape's itinerary and homeport will be announced in mid-March when the first sailings go on sale, the line said.
---By Chris Gray Faust, Destinations Editor
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Norwegian Cruise Line Offers First Look at Norwegian Escape Cabins
February 19, 2014