The first ship in Norwegian's Breakaway Plus Class, Norwegian Escape, will debut in October 2015. Escape will be the sister ship to Norwegian Bliss; coming in at 163,000-gross tons and housing 4,200 passengers, both will be larger than fleetmates Breakaway and Getaway. Once completed, Bliss and Escape will be the largest in Norwegian's fleet.
Escape will be built at Meyer Werft GMBH shipyard in Germany, where both Breakaway Plus-class ships are under construction. The hull will be designed by marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey.
It also will be one of the first new builds -- along with its sister ship, Bliss
(slated March 2017) -- to feature energy-efficient scrubbing technology.
Norwegian Escape will have an expanded Haven with 55 suites, an outdoor terrace, a private restaurant, courtyard with retractable roof and pool, two whirlpools, a sauna, spa treatment rooms and a sundeck.
Other suites onboard will be 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 Norwegian Breakaway and Getaway to 82 cabins. The Studio, which is also accessible only by keycard, will have its own lounge, same as Breakaway and Getaway.
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.
Escape will stick to the three-deck dining and entertainment area known as 678 Ocean Place, which debuted on Norwegian's Breakaway-class ships. The ship will feature a new private dining venue called the Private Room at Taste, located on Deck 5, with a 100-person capacity.
The Escape Casino will become the largest casino in the fleet, covering more than 19,000 square feet, but will remain on Deck 7.
The Skyline Bar is new to this ship, located within the Escape Casino. The bar -- decorated in gold and metallic finishes -- will feature entertainment, video poker and multiple LED screens that change to create a variety of scenes and moods.
Also unique to Escape will be Tobacco Road -- Miami's oldest bar that recently closed its doors on land. Located within 678 Ocean Place, the Tobacco Road experience will feature original memorabilia and a selection of drinks crafted by Tobacco Road mixologist Leo Holtzman.
A new portrait studio will be located on Deck 6.
Norwegian fans named Bliss and Escape in an online contest offered by the line, which provided a list of options from which to choose. Bliss and Escape came out on top.
Escape will sail seven-night Eastern Caribbean itineraries from Miami.