Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) has entered the super-mega cruise ship competition by unveiling its newest ship, the Norwegian Escape. The 4200-passenger, 164,000 ton Escape is nearing completion in Germany. When it sets out on its maiden voyage in November, it will be the fifth largest cruise ship in history.

Norwegian’s Mega Mall At Sea

In an effort to differentiate this ship from the other super-mega ships already in service, as well as those that are being built, NCL is emphasizing the Escape’s luxury shopping and dining options, which will include first-ever Carolina Herrera and LACOSTE boutiques.

LACOSTE, famous for its iconic polo shirt with the crocodile logo, has been around for more than 80 years. NCL will offer a full LACOSTE boutique that will sell everything from watches to dresses and footwear. Carolina Herrera is an internationally recognized designer. Her boutique aboard the Escape will feature high-end handbags, jewelry, and accessories.

Additionally the Escape passengers can shop at stores selling Hublot watches, Ulysse Nardin watches, Bulgari, Tissot, Colombian Emeralds, and Uno de 50–and eat at restaurants that include a Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville and a gourmet restaurant headed by Chef Jose Garces, a James Beard Award-winning chef, and serving Mondavi wines.

The Ship Within A Ship

It’s easy to see why, according to NCL CEO Andy Stuart, the ship’s passengers will enjoy shopping experiences unlike on any other cruise ship. The question is, will people really want to pick a cruise ship based on shopping and eating, as opposed to skating rinks and surfing simulators? To hedge its bets, the Escape also has four giant waterslides, the largest ropes course ever built on a cruise ship, and a two-deck spa with an artificial snow room.

Like many NCL ships, the Escape has its ship within a ship, called the Haven. The Haven allows certain passengers to be insulated from the masses with a VIP private pool, restaurants, concierge service, and discreet entrance and exit doors.

NCL’s Escape will be homeported in Miami year-round and each week will take passengers on seven-day cruises around the Eastern Caribbean to destinations that include St. Thomas, Tortola, and Nassau.


As the mega-ships’ amenities proliferate, so too do the physical risks for passengers. Our law firm has successfully represented passengers who have been injured aboard NCL ships by slipping, tripping, or falling. If you have been hurt while on a Norwegian Cruise, you should contact an experienced maritime admiralty accident lawyer immediately. NCL has very specific notification requirements and deadlines that must be complied with to preserve your legal rights to make a claim. For instance, NCL requires that all lawsuits be filed in Federal Court in Miami, Florida, within one year of the date of the incident. However, before a lawsuit can be filed, NCL requires that they be notified in writing within a specific time period. We have seen cases dismissed when passengers or their lawyers failed to comply with NCL’s strict notification requirements.

Please contact us today for a free initial consultation and allow our team of cruise ship injury lawyers to assist you in understanding and protecting your legal rights. We are passionate about holding cruise lines like NCL accountable for compensating our clients for pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses, when they are injured because of NCL’s carelessness. It should be understood that not every accident or injury aboard a Norwegian Cruise Ship is necessarily a viable claim; however, we recommend that you retain an attorney who can help investigate, understand, and prove your claim.

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