Wednesday, August 31, 2016, marked another milestone in the tourism industry as the Norwegian Escape made its second call into Belizean waters. A customary Plaque Exchange Ceremony was held aboard the ship between the Director of Cruise and Regional Initiatives, Ms. Noriko Gamero, and Captain Carl Gunnar Hammerin from Norwegian Escape.
The ship’s first call to Belize was On August 17, 2016 with approximately 4,248 passengers and 1,731 crew members. The ceremony was scheduled for this date but due to weather conditions it was rescheduled.
The Norwegian Escape is in the "Breakaway Plus" class of cruise ships which will include the Norwegian Escape and a second unit originally named Norwegian Bliss. The ship features many new venues and facilities not found on her smaller sister ships such as aromatic salt room, a thermal pool, sauna, steam rooms and spa treatments.
The vessel also boosts one of the largest waterparks at sea, a multi-level ropes course and 5 O’clock somewhere Bar as well as range of boutique shops.. Norwegian Escape’s usual route is to the Eastern Caribbean but are moving into a Western Caribbean route that will include Belize. Wednesday’s call had a total of 5,020 passengers and 1,200 crew members.