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The Manhattan Room, Norwegian Escape. Photo: NCL.

Finally, Norwegian Escape is launched. Last week a ceremony was held in Bremerhaven, Germany, where the shipyard Meyer Werft handed over the newly built ship Norwegian Escape to the shipping company Norwegian Cruise Line. After that, the ship continued to Hamburg for opening ceremonies. In two days, Norwegian Escape leaves Europe to head for her home harbor Miami where she will be baptized on 9 November.

The vessel is now the company's largest with 4200 beds. In total, the fleet has 14 ships. Despite its size, it took only 17 months to build Norwegian Escape, which is the first ship in the new Breakaway Plus class. The focus is still on the company's promise of freedom and flexibility, known as "freestyle cruising".

Part of this is the wide selection of restaurants and activities on board. In total there are 11 restaurants included in the cruise ticket. In addition to these, you can pay an extra slant to dine at any of the specialty restaurants such as French Le Bistro, Cagney's Grill Restaurant and Italian La Cucina. Two new specialty restaurants are also available, the Latin American seafood restaurant Bayamo and Pincho Tapas Bar. A news on board is also Food Republic, a sophisticated "mathall" developed by the Miami-based restaurant group The Pubbelly.

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Food Republic, Norwegian Escape. Photo: NCL.

The onboard entertainment includes two musicals that won the Tony Awards: After Midnight which combines Duke Ellington's grand band music with the best dancers from Broadway; and Million Dollar Quartet, the success musical inspired by the famous recording session that brought together rock'n'roll icons like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. The Supper Club is a new concept that combines dinner with shows. In addition, The Brat Pack features classical film music at the heart of a unique 360 ° post-modernist cabaret.

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The District Brew House, Norwegian Escape. Photo: NCL.

Those who want to continue with nightlife aboard have a lot to choose from, many of which have been made at-sea variants of land-based concepts. Examples of this are Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville restaurant and 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar, an outdoor bar with live music evening to meet up. is a hip beer hall with 24 different draft beer and more than 50 different beers in a bottle. The wine lover instead controls the steps towards The Cellars, a wine bar of the wine-making family Michael Mondavi, where you can immerse your wine-making skills and try different varieties. On board the Norwegian Escape there is also a version of Miami's oldest and most legendary bar, Tobacco Road.

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Aqua Racer Slide, Norwegian Escape. Photo: NCL.

Those who are sporty, want to move and have fun do not miss the adventure path: three floors with adrenaline challenges like two planks to go outside (outside the body), sky rails and zip tracks to slide along.

At the top of the ship there is a pool area with two large LED screens. Here you can sunbathe, have fun and have a drink. The water park at Norwegian Escapes is the largest at sea with a new water slide in translucent tandem version to increase the thrill.

The children's water area, Kids' Aqua Park, is also larger with water slides, climbing areas and water cannons so children can splash and play as much as they like. Even the usual kids club area, Splash Academy youth center, has gained more space, with breakdown in different age groups. Norwegian Escape is finally the first vessel in the fleet offering children's activities for 2 years.

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