The Norwegian Escape, Norwegian’s soon to be newest and largest ship, began her journey towards Miami on Friday, departing the shipyard at Meyer Werft Papenburg.
The conveyance of the Ems River is a “right of passage” for new Meyer Werft Papenburg built cruise ships. The journey from the shipyard to the open water takes approximately 24 hours to complete and must be sailed stern first to enhance maneuverability through the tight channels and locks. The Norwegian Escape, measuring at 1069 feet long and 136 feet wide, is one of the largest ships to make the challenging journey. During the initial conveyance, the Norwegian Escape passed through the shipyard’s locks with only 1.2 meters of clearance between the ship and the bumpers alongside the locks.
After completing her conveyance, she will dock in Eemshaven, Netherlands to restock on provisions and supplies before sailing towards the North Sea to complete her sea trials.
“After seeing firsthand this week how spectacular Norwegian Escape already looks, I am thrilled that she is officially on her journey to welcome guests next month,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief operating officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “As the first Breakaway Plus class ship, she will offer the very best in freedom and flexibility for our guests and we cannot wait to officially welcome her to the fleet.”
The Norwegian Escape is the first of the Breakaway Plus class ships, a slightly larger version of her sisters Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway. The Norwegian Escape will feature a number of new features including Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Food Republic, and new Broadway shows. Fleet favorites such as the ropes course, the expansive aqua park, 678 Ocean Place, and The Haven will also be found aboard the new ship.
Norwegian Escape will begin sailing from PortMiami beginning on November 14th, offering weekly seven day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean.