Norwegian Escape arrived in Southampton after its inaugural cruise from Hamburg today to welcome British cruise fans on two one-day sailings before it departs for Miami, its Florida homeport.
The 4,200-passenger ship is the biggest in Norwegian Cruise Line’s 14-strong fleet and is the first of two new Breakaway Plus Class ships.
It will specialise in seven-night round-trips from Miami to the Caribbean, with calls at St Thomas on the US Virgin Islands, Tortola on British Virgin Islands and Nassau in the Bahamas.
Norwegian Cruise Line prides itself on delivering anything but traditional cruises, which is why Cuban-American rapper Pitbull was chosen as godfather for the ship’s christening in Miami on November 9.
The hull’s distinctive design comes courtesy of Jamaican Guy Harvey, one of the world’s foremost marine wildlife artist and conservationist.
And possibly the most talked-about new feature of the ship will be its Snow Room – a first for Norwegian Cruise Line – which can be found in the Mandara Spa.
A few minutes in the temperatures that get down to minus 6C after the heat of the steam room, sauna, samarium and salt room, is reckoned to be rejuvenating and good for your circulation.
Evening entertainment will also be different from traditional cruise fare, in line with Norwegian Cruise Line’s other ships.
The Broadway musical After Midnight, with big band songs, jazz and Harlem Cotton Club-style dancers will create what the company promises to be “a never-before-seen phenomenon at sea”.