Unveiled in November 2015, the 4,248-passenger Norwegian Escape is one of two Breakaway Plus vessels in the Norwegian fleet (along with the new Norwegian Joy). A sister ship to Norwegian Cruise Line's eight-month-old Norwegian Joy, to be called Norwegian Bliss, is scheduled to debut in April.
Carrying 4,000 passengers at double occupancy, it'll sail in Alaska and the Caribbean.
Competing head-on with mass-market cruise giants Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Princess, Norwegian is a major player in the Caribbean and The Bahamas as well as Europe and Alaska.
It also operates a ship year-round in the Hawaiian Islands — something that is unique in the industry.
It sails to the Bahamas, Bermuda and Caribbean out of New York. Dating to 2006, the 93,500-ton, 2,394-passenger Norwegian Pearl is the second oldest of Norwegian's four Jewel Class vessels.
It sails in Alaska and along the Pacific Coast as well as in the Caribbean and Bahamas. The 92,250-ton, 2,340-passenger Norwegian Dawn is the newer of Norwegian's two Dawn Class vessels.
Like Carnival and Royal Caribbean, Norwegian is now a part of a bigger conglomerate. New on Norwegian Joy is Neptune's, an extra-charge seafood eatery that has a buffet of fresh seafood as well as a la carte items.