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 Breakaway Plus class are being built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany, for Norwegian Cruise Line. The vessel is scheduled to enter service in October 2015. The name of the ship was selected in a contest on USA Today.
In 2014, Guy Harvey was chosen to paint the hull art.
The Norwegian Escape will be homeported in the Port of Miami, replacing the Norwegian Epic, sailing seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruising to Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. The Norwegian Getaway will move to the Western Caribbean run.
The first section was launched on December 5, 2014. A second section was launched February 21, 2015. Norwegian Escape was floated out of Meyer Werft's building hall on August 15, 2015, with sea trials planned to begin on September 16 ahead of her delivery to Norwegian Cruise Lines on October 22.