Most of you know my husband, Rick on the Rocks, and I recently got a chance to experience Miami's newest (and largest!) ship, Norwegian Getaway. Needless to say, we loved it ... and are already planning another cruise in the near future.
Both Norwegian Getaway and her sister ship, Norwegian Breakaway (based in NYC), have been such big hits that Norwegian Cruise Line has already announced their next ship — Norwegian Escape — set to debut in 2015!
I, for one, can't wait to see what big things are in store for Norwegian Escape — it's been said that she will have all the great features of Breakaway and Getaway with some exciting new spaces. The only thing we know for now is that Norwegian Escape will offer a host of different deluxe accommodations. Here's a sneak peek:
The Haven by Norwegian
The Haven by Norwegian on Norwegian Escape will offer 95 spectacular, ultra-luxurious suite accommodation options including: The Haven Deluxe Owner's Suite, The Haven Owner’s Suite, The Haven Two-Bedroom Family Villa, The Haven Courtyard Penthouse and The Haven Deluxe Spa Suite. The exclusive, key-card only access two-story Haven on Decks 17 and 18 offers the ultimate in luxury and includes a private restaurant with outdoor terrace, lounge, and an enhanced courtyard area with retractable roof that features a pool, two whirlpools, sauna, spa treatment rooms and sundeck exclusively for Haven guests. All suites will feature pillow-top mattresses and fine linens from The Bliss Collection by Norwegian™. The Haven’s exclusive benefits include priority embarkation and disembarkation; distinctive platinum keycard; the personal service of a butler and concierge, in-suite espresso/cappuccino machines; gourmet treats delivered each evening; along with plush bathrobes, slippers, oversized towels; and much more.
The Haven Deluxe Owner’s Suite is the ship’s most luxurious, well-appointed and spacious accommodation. The four Haven Deluxe Owner’sSuites are more than 1,300 square feet of luxury at sea with living room, dining area, wet bar, guest bedroom with bathroom and two spacious balconies. Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows provide an ever-changing seascape view. Glistening marble spans the enormous master bathroom, which includes two modern vanity sinks and a tub with equally amazing views. There are also four Owner’s Suites at are 572 square feet, sleep up to four guests and feature a separate bedroom, living/dining area, spacious balcony and one and a half bathrooms.
The Haven features 25 Two-Bedroom Family Villas that sleep up to six guests, offering a luxurious space for the whole family with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. In addition to the extra space, these beautiful suites offer floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies. In all, this private enclave is 540 square feet of modern, luxurious bliss. The large master bathroom includes a luxury shower, two modern vanity sinks and an oversized tub.
The Haven Courtyard Penthouses offer an elevated cruise experience and the guest’s choice of views featuring 22 Penthouses in the Haven, 14 Aft-Facing and 12 Forward-Facing Penthouses located on additional decks throughout the ship. Each accommodates between three and four guests and offers not only the extra space guests need, but also a luxurious king-size bed and dining and sitting areas.
For those who like to relax, Norwegian Escape offers 14 Haven Spa Suites where serenity is an understatement. These suites that sleep up to three guests are tranquil retreats of modern luxury and include soothing colors and clean lines that add a relaxing, spa-like ambience. Add a king-size bed, in-room hot tub, oversized waterfall shower with multiple body spay jets and complimentary access to the adjacent Spa Thermal Suite and Fitness Center and this is a true spa vacation experience.
Norwegian is continuing its popular award-winning Studio staterooms designed and priced for solo travelers on Norwegian Escape. The 82 Studios are located inside a private keycard-only access complex and feature a full-size bed, a window to the corridor, and separate areas for toilet, sink and shower. All Studio guests will have access to the private Studio Lounge.
Rich Mix of Accommodations
The ship’s 308 Mini-Suites are perfect for those seeking a little more room than the standard Balcony Stateroom. Featuring two lower beds that convert to a king-size bed, and bedding to accommodate up to two additional guests, Mini-Suites offer amazing views and so much more. There are 40 Family Mini-Suites on board that offer the perfect accommodation option for guests traveling with children. They feature a king sized bed, a bathtub, bedding to accommodate up to two additional guests and are conveniently located near Splash Academy, the ship’s complimentary kids’ facilities. For those who like to indulge themselves, Norwegian Escape features 20 Spa Mini-Suites with tranquil spa décor and waterfall showers, offering exclusive access to the ship’s Spa Thermal Suite and Fitness Center.
Guests sailing in one of the 1,168 Balcony Staterooms can take in the amazing views from these staterooms that include two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed and bedding that can accommodate up to two additional guests. Of those, there are 172 Family Balconies that are ideal for guests traveling with children. These staterooms are also conveniently located near the children’s facilities. Some connecting staterooms are also available.
Norwegian Escape will also include Oceanview staterooms that feature large picturesque windows and two convertible beds that convert to a queen-size bed. Of the 114 Oceanview staterooms, there are 48 Family Oceanview Staterooms that can accommodate up to five guests.
Norwegian Escape’s accommodations mix also includes 407 inside staterooms which include two lower beds that convert to a queen-size bed. Some Inside Staterooms have up to two additional Pullman beds and connecting Inside Staterooms are also available. This comfortable stateroom option is located on various decks throughout the ship and some are adjacent to the children’s facilities.
There are a total of 47 wheelchair accessible staterooms in a variety of categories, including suites; all feature lowered wash basins; collapsible shower stools mounted on shower walls; all toilets feature collapsible arm guards.
Norwegian Escape’s itinerary and homeport will be announced in mid-March, when the first sailings will go on sale. Additional information and accommodation renderings can be found at www.escape.ncl.com or on our Facebook page at www.ncl.com/facebook.