Norwegian Cruise Line on Wednesday revealed that its giant, 4,200-passenger Norwegian Escape would begin sailing out of Midtown Manhattan in April 2018, becoming the largest cruise ship ever to be based within the city’s five boroughs.
Norwegian said the one-year-old vessel, its largest ever, would re-position to New York from its current home in Miami to operate seven-night voyages to Bermuda through September 2018. The ship then will switch to seven-night sailings from New York to the Bahamas and Florida. Longer voyages to the Caribbean also are planned.
At 164,600-tons, Escape is the seventh largest cruise ship in the world.
While Escape will be the largest cruise ship based in the five boroughs, it won’t be the largest vessel operating out of the broader New York metropolitan area. The world’s fourth largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, sails out of nearby Bayonne, N.J.
At 167,666 tons, Anthem is just slightly bigger than Escape.
Escape will be replacing the three-year-old Norwegian Breakaway, which will move from New York to the Baltic for the summer of 2018.