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  • Writer's pictureJason Leppert

Comparing the Norwegian Escape to the Norwegian Breakaway/Getaway

Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest Norwegian Escape is a Breakaway Plus-class ship, based on the Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway before her but slightly larger in size with several modifications along the way.

First, the Breakaway and Getaway measured in at 146,600 gross tons with a guest capacity of 3,969. The Norwegian Escape is instead 164,600 gross tons carrying 4,248 passengers. Besides the uptick in people onboard, several changes in the ship’s features and configurations were modified on the latest version, beyond receiving its own hull art and color scheme.

Starting from the lower decks and working up, the kids facilities of the Splash Academy and Guppies Nursery have been grouped together for added convenience on deck 5 adjacent to family oceanview and family inside staterooms. No longer is the academy a double-decker orientation on decks 12 and 13 nor is there a kids space just behind The Haven. Now, all eight forward elevators extend to that deck in its place for better suite access.

Meanwhile 678 Ocean Place, residing on the corresponding deck numbers, has expanded. The Taste main dining room now features a private room that descends below to deck 5. Otherwise, the layout of deck 6 remains largely unchanged. Only the internet cafe has moved from the starboard to the port side of the ship, and the Spiegel Tent and Illusionarium have given way to a more generic Supper Club in the bow.

On deck 7, the Bliss Ultra Lounge nightclub and Bar 21 have been converted into the Skyline Bar and entirely opened up to the adjacent casino to create a broad

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