The Norwegian Escape isn’t even here yet, and already, cruise travel lovers are talking about her.
Ship2Shore.TV’s Lynn Elmhirst met with Norwegian Cruise Line’s Andy Stuart to learn the details of one of the most widely anticipated new cruise ships of 2015.
By Lynn Elmhirst, Ship2Shore.TV host/ producer and BestTrip.TV’s cruise expert
Cruise Ship Preview: Norwegian Escape
The name ‘Norwegian’ to the contrary, Norwegian Cruise Line is considered the ‘original’ Caribbean cruise travel experience.
Its newest ship, Norwegian Escape, will continue the strong Caribbean cruise travel heritage of the line, while following in the wake of the breakout Norwegian Breakaway.
While the Breakaway has her home port in New York City, the Norwegian Escape, launching in November 2015, will home port in Miami for an Eastern Caribbean itinerary that includes some paths less followed.
And like the Breakaway, the Norwegian Escape is setting the bar for the next, 21st century definition of mega ship cruising. The cruise line calls their cruise experience ‘Freestyle’ cruising, and this latest Norwegian ship takes that vision to heart on every level.
What really strikes me is the genuine feeling of catering to everyone. It’s an overbaked catch phrase that many cruise lines claim ‘something for everyone’, but in this case, it seems it really does ‘take a village’.
The whole village. Wealthier guests can book ‘The Haven’, a ship-within-a-ship with private lounges, pool, butler service, all the amenities of one of the luxury small ship cruises. Balcony and adjoining staterooms accommodate couples and families, and inside staterooms and included dining and entertainment provide an affordable option for budget families. I’m so impressed how much specific attention the Norwegian Escape planners paid to different types of cruise travelers and how they can get the best travel experience; they’ve even thought of the single traveler.
Singles are a fast growing group of travel lovers, and until now, cruising hasn’t been very single-friendly, with single supplement fees essentially pricing cruising out of the market for someone who likes to travel alone. Norwegian Escape has created a singles experience: single staterooms where there’s no extra fee to occupy a stateroom alone, and even a lounge where singles can meet other singles, or leave notes on a message http://www.achaten-suisse.com/ board offering company for excursions or dining. The option to travel alone and not feel ‘singled out’ so to speak, is finally there, and I applaud it.
For this new class of ship, long gone are the days of immense main dining rooms and set seatings. Partnerships with celebrity culinary and entertainment brands are de rigeur, so evenings are like nights on the town in a famous resort city like Las Vegas or Miami, where you have brand name dining options followed by entertainment that spans Broadway, 50′s/60′s and even 80′s generations.
The youngest generation gets the same branded resort treatment, and all together, this new era makes cruising tailor-made for multi-generational travel.
Norwegian Escape’s thoughtful approach means it’s also affordable for different family members with different budgets and travel lifestyles.
It’s exciting to see how far Norwegian is pushing the envelope with the Norwegian Escape; this video gives us a preview, stay tuned to see her in real life when she launches in November!