The publicity machine for the next Norwegian Cruise Line ship is getting into gear. Between now and its launch in just over 12 months’ time, there will be no escape from announcements about … Norwegian Escape.
But truth be told, there’s little new in this week’s news about some of the restaurants on the new ship – which adds one more deck than little sisters Breakaway and Getaway, to provide more cabins.
The venues and the layout will be very much the same as before, with many of them opening out onto al fresco dining areas on The Waterfront, and others gathered around the three-deck atrium known as 678 Ocean Place (because it occupies space on Decks 6, 7 and 8).
It’s almost inconceivable that there would not be another O’Sheehan’s Bar on this ship – as long as the likeable Kevin Sheehan is chief executive of the company at least – and Escape will also feature Norwegian regulars such as Cagney’s Steakhouse and Le Bistro.
One innovation is a “private” group dining area carved out of part of the Taste restaurant – if a space seating 100 people can be described as private.
For now, at least, there’s no word on whether Geoffrey Zakarian’s upscale restaurant Ocean Blue – a feature of both Breakaway and Getaway – will return on Escape. We’ll have to see whether he or another chef will create dishes for the most expensive extra-cost dinner venue on the ship.
The Waterfront (above), a wide promenade deck running three-quarters the length of the ship, provides outdoor tables for the Moderno Churrascarie, Cagney’s, and La Cucina.
The concept is in complete contrast to the design of Royal and Regal Princess – and P&O’s soon-to-be-launched Britannia - all of which have limited open deck space apart from the higher sundecks.
Outdoor space on Deck 7 of these ships is provided only outside the bar area and shops of the central piazza, and alongside the Vista Lounge – but not extending around the stern.