During a hardhat tour of Norwegian Escape at the Meyer Werft shipyard in a cool and partly cloudy Papenburg, Germany, Norwegian Cruise Line president, Andy Stuart, was thinking sunny Caribbean.
Asked what he likes best about Norwegian Escape, Stuart pointed to new water features — of which there are plenty — including a cave-like grotto in the adults-only Spice H20 sunning area and large hot tubs that cantilever off the upper level of the forward sun deck.
We got a glimpse at new “wow” features including the colorful sea creatures designed by Guy Harvey on the hull and the expanded three-story Ropes Course (which looks like a Rube Goldberg contraption) up on top.
“There are lots of tweaks that will enhance the experience,” Stuart said.
The Haven suites complex for upper-tier guests has been expanded to two levels and has a richer vibe, but there are also elegant areas open to the rest of us including The Cellars wine bar (operated with the Michael Mondavi family).
The ship will have a first-at-sea Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, but even as we toured unfurnished spaces with wires and cables still dangling, we could predict our preferred hangout spot will be The District Brew House, with its brick walls and greenhouse-like windows. Pour us a cold one.