Norwgian Espape Details

October 1, 2014

Norwegian Cruise have revealed that Norwegian Escape will incorporate The Waterfront and 678 Ocean Place, the immensely popular design innovation first introduced on Norwegian Breakaway and also on Norwegian Getaway. This concept includes an oceanfront boardwalk lined with restaurants, bars and shops, combined with three expansive, flowing decks of dining, bars, entertainment, gaming and more. The Waterfront and 678 Ocean Place have taken cruising to new heights and offer an unparalleled experience with a unique connection to the ocean. Norwegian Escape is currently under construction and is scheduled for delivery in October 2015.


(Click Images to enlarge NCL)

Located on deck 8, The Waterfront is a revolutionary outdoor experience that adds a whole new dimension to Norwegian’s signature Freestyle Cruising, by offering a number of seaside venues that will feature breath-taking views and a sense of connection with the ocean. The hub of the ship will be 678 Ocean Place, a space that uniquely flows, intertwines and connects three decks of daytime and night-time amusements.

A private group dining venue for up to 100 guests will be one of the new features.

As part of Taste, one of the complimentary dining options on board, the Private Room at Taste will accommodate up to 100 guests, offering the opportunity for groups to dine together in a private setting. Located just below the main Taste restaurant on deck 5, the Private Room at Taste features its own entrance, lounge and private dining area.

The new Skyline Bar, will be located within the Escape casino. It is an elegant and sophisticated lounge highlighted by brushed gold and metallic finishes. The lounge will also feature entertainment, a bar with video poker and multiple walls lined with ultra, high definition LED screens that can create an array of scenes to transform the mood of the space.

(Skyline Bar - NCL)

(Skyline Bar – NCL)

The popular Manhattan Room returns (deck 7) as the complimentary aft dining room with cool, sophisticated tones of blue and silver. As guests dine on cuisine that reflects the elegant nature of the room, they will enjoy live music and dancing. The two-story high restaurant showcases floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows looking aft, lined with mirrored accents and glamorous lighting.

(Manhattan Room - NCL)

(Manhattan Room – NCL)

New to Norwegian Escape is a portrait studio, where guests will have the opportunity to take professional photographs. There will also be a number of exciting dining and entertainment venues located within 678 Ocean Place and in other locations on the vessel that will be revealed at a later date.

(The Waterfront - NCL)

(The Waterfront – NCL)

Following inaugural events in Southampton and its maiden transatlantic voyage, Norwegian Escape will begin weekly seven-day cruises from her year-round homeport of Miami to the Eastern Caribbean on 14 November 2015. The ship will be the largest to home port year-round in Miami, carrying 4,200 guests to tropical Caribbean destinations including St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas.


(Teppanyaki Restaurant – NCL)

The ship’s signature hull artwork is designed by marine wildlife artist and champion of ocean conservation, Guy Harvey, which features an underwater scene of marine wildlife. Norwegian’s newest ship is Harvey’s largest canvas to date, at 1065 feet in length.

(Source: NCL)

Malcolm says: Escape is essentially ‘Breakaway’ with an extra deck. There will be some new public spaces, but many will be very similar.

Breakaway Review:

Quantum’s Royal Esplanade Revealed!

September 29, 2014

Since RCI announce their new ship ‘Quantum of the Seas’ in February 2013, there has been much speculation about the ships facilities.

Even a month before Quantum enters service,  the speculation still continues. This is because RCI have been frustratingly secretive and slow at revealing the facts. We still do not know them all yet.

A major point of speculation was whether  ‘Quantum’ would have  ‘Royal Promenade’, similar to those on-board the Voyager, Freedom and Oasis class ships, or at least something similar.

(The Crossing - RCI)

(The Crossing – RCI)

RCI did say that Quantum would have a Royal Promenade. However, it was not clear what form it would take and if it would have an internal ‘street’ feel, like the ‘Royal Promenade’ that we have grown to love.

In fact it has been confirmed that Quantum’s ‘Royal Prom’ will be called the “Royal Esplanade”.

The name alone suggests that it will be different.  It certainly does not have cabins overlooking it, like all of it’s counterparts.  It is not clear if there will be any (or much) natural light either.

The cut-away shows that Quantum has a two-deck high walkway (deck 4 and 5) passing through her centre of the ship, for maybe half  the length . There appears to be an upper and lower walkway. It has dining rooms, retail and entertainment venues on either side. It looks as if  the two levels are linked by staircases.  It appears  not pass through the ship in a straight line, but deviate around venues, so you cannot see form one end of it to the other.

Parts of it remind me of the Celebrity Solstice design, which features a short two deck shopping arcade.

Wave of light

(Quantum – ‘Waves of Light’ in the Rotunda. RCI)

(RCI - Creating 'Waves of Light')

(RCI – Creating ‘Waves of Light’)

Below are latest images from the Meyer Werft, ship yard, Germany,  which give us the best insight yet, as to what the ‘Royal Esplanade’ will look like.

(RCI/Meyer Werft)

(RCI/Meyer Werft)

(The Crossing - RCI/Meyer Werft)

(The Crossing – RCI/Meyer Werft)

Above: A pretty tall atrium with an equally tall butterfly artwork. We do know that vertical glass art-work is called “The Crossing” and it encompasses a wall of 210 butterflies representing 30 species, each made of aluminium, stainless steel, acrylic and enamel.

(RCI/Meyer Werft)

(RCI/Meyer Werft)

Above: The ‘Royal Esplanade’ is clearly two decks high in places.

(RCI/Meyer Werft)

(RCI/Meyer Werft)

The structure above reminds me a little of NCL’s 678 Ocean Place, instead of a chandelier, there is a modern artwork.

It’s fun to speculate, but we can only really Jude the differences and similarities between the ‘Promenade’ and ‘Esplanade’ once we get on-board. (Although RCI seem to have forgotten to send my invitation).


Quantum Gets Tribute Acts

September 28, 2014

RCI’s new ship ‘Quantum of the seas’ will offer various tribute acts in its ‘Music hall’ venue.

Here are some of the show details which have been ‘leaked': Lazy Bonez (80’s Rock Tribute band), Wanted (Bon Jovi), Wild Boys (80’s rock tribute band), DSB (Journey)

(The Music Hall - RCI Image)

(The Music Hall – RCI Image)

Malcolm Says: NCL have been offering ‘Tribute Acts’ for a few years now, with their ‘Legends in Concert’ shows on their newer ships. I’ve seen some and the bands (Beatles, Elton John etc.)  were very good with a proper gig like atmosphere, lighting and volume to match.  In fact RCI seem to be turning into NCL, with their ‘Dynamic Dining’, which is not unlike NCL’s ‘Freestyle’.

(Sourer RCI Unofficial Blog)

Blue Star Line readjusts Titanic II Launch Date

September 26, 2014

Clive Palmer’s ambitious Titanic II project has been delayed by two years, with the self-proclaimed billionaire blaming difficulties with building the replica to meet modern safety standards.

The businessman-cum-politician made a big splash in 2012 when he unveiled plans to build a replica of the doomed 269-metre RMS Titanic.

“Her maiden voyage … is scheduled for late 2016,” Mr Palmer said at the time.

That deadline has been routinely mentioned by his company in subsequent press conferences and official media releases, which even proclaimed tests on a 9.3m wooden model.

Now the launch date has been quietly readjusted to 2018. The new date was briefly mentioned in the last paragraph of a release by Palmer’s Blue Star Line – the company responsible for the ambitious Titanic II project.

A spokesman for Mr Palmer said: “There is a lot of work involved in replicating a ship from another century to ensure it is compliant with today’s maritime safety laws.”

(Fraser/Walsh – The Courier-Mail)


Britannia’s New Paint Job

September 25, 2014

P&O puts finishing touches on newest cruise ship, using 420 litres of paint to create world’s largest Union Jack.


(James.D.Morgan/Rex – click to enlarge)


(James.D.Morgan/Rex – click to enlarge)

(Images courtesy of the Daily Mail)

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September 24, 2014


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A first look:


Holland America Line’s New Pinnacle

September 22, 2014

Holland America Line has revealed the name of its new 99,500-ton cruise ship slated for delivery in February 2016 will be ms Koningsdam.

(HAL rendering)

(HAL rendering – click to enlarge)

While the name pays homage to the company’s rich heritage and deep roots in the Netherlands, it also reflects a new era with a bold name that is an original in Holland America Line’s 141-year history.

The 2,650-passenger ship is an evolution in design for the line — a new Pinnacle Class — and is being built at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard.

Since 1883 every Holland America passenger vessel has borne the “dam” suffix, and ms Koningsdam carries on that tradition.

The word koning means “king” in Dutch, and the name celebrates the majestic new ship.

The name also pays honour to His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, the first king of the Netherlands in over a century.

Holland America Line has a long, proud history with the Netherlands.

All 15 premium cruise ships fly the Dutch flag as they sail throughout the world, to more than 400 ports of call.

The historic greatness of the line’s Dutch heritage is shared with nearly one million guests each year.

And the line has many Dutch employees, including most of the fleet’s captains and officers.

Many of Holland America Line’s ships have been christened by members of the Dutch Royal Family over the past 75 years.

Most recently, ms Nieuw Amsterdam was christened by her royal highness Princess Máxima in 2010.

And in 2008 ms Eurodam was christened by her majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

“In choosing the name Koningsdam, we are honouring our rich Dutch heritage while reflecting that we’re entering a new era as a company,” said Stein Kruse, chief executive officer of the Holland America Group.

“This new Pinnacle Class ship will be our largest, most contemporary vessel, and it was only fitting to give it a name that embodies great achievement for the future, while embracing timeless tradition.”

When ‘Pinnacle’ debuts in February 2016, ms Koningsdam will be a new type of ship for Holland America Line.

At 99,500 gross tons and carrying 2,650 guests and 1,025 crew members, the vessel is the largest ever built for the company.

The increased size provides more opportunities to add new public spaces and venues, and several innovative features will debut on ms Koningsdam.


Below: part of HAL’s history:

Below: HAL’s former Head Office:

Norwegian Escape Keel Laying

September 20, 2014

19th Sept 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line and MEYER WERFT today celebrated the keel laying of Norwegian Escape at MEYER’s state of the art facility in Papenburg, Germany. During the ceremony, block 35/41, the first of 86 blocks that will comprise the 164,600 gross ton vessel, was lifted into the covered building dock, officially marking the start of the ship’s construction. Norwegian Escape will be Norwegian’s largest ship to date, carrying 4,200 passengers, set for delivery in October 2015.

(NCL Image)

(NCL Image)

Kevin Sheehan (above, colourful shirt), Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer, was on hand in the dock and laid the traditional “lucky coin,” before the first block, weighing 400 tons, was placed by crane. A special commemorative coin featuring the ship was created to celebrate the day’s activities.

“Norwegian Escape will be our largest and most innovative ship to date, building on the phenomenal success of Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway,” said Sheehan. “We are looking forward to seeing this ship take shape over the next year and welcoming her to our fleet in October 2015.”

Norwegian Escape is the first ship in her class, and is being built by MEYER WERFT through a highly-efficient construction process that will deliver the ship of 164,600 gross tons in just over 19 months from steel cutting to delivery.

Norwegian Escape will begin weekly seven-day cruises from her year-round homeport of Miami to the Eastern Caribbean on 14 November 2015. The ship will be the largest to home port year-round in Miami, carrying 4,200 guests to tropical Caribbean destinations including St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas.

The ship’s signature hull artwork is designed by marine wildlife artist and champion of ocean conservation, Guy Harvey, which features an underwater scene of marine wildlife. Norwegian’s newest ship is Harvey’s largest canvas to date, at 1065 feet in length, with his artwork spanning from the hull to the aft featuring two undersea scenes that blend seamlessly. Norwegian Escape will boast all of the exciting and innovative features found on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, plus a number of new spaces and interactive experiences that are yet to be announced.


See More about Escape’s New public  spaces Here:

Ovation of the Seas

September 19, 2014


Royal Caribbean announced today that the third Quantum-class cruise ship will be named ‘Ovation of the Seas’.

(Meyer Werft/RCI)

(Meyer Werft/RCI)

In addition to announcing the name, the first piece of steel was cut at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. This is the same shipyard where sister cruise ships Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas are being constructed.

Ovation of the Seas is scheduled to be delivered in the autumn of 2016.


Malcolm Says: There only seems to be one cruise line in the world at the moment – RCI! Carnival have been very quiet lately. How long before they introduce a form of ‘freestyle’ dining?


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