Norwegian Cruise Line has been introducing some absolutely terrific ships lately and both the Norwegian Getaway and the Norwegian Breakaway have launched to rave reviews in recent years. Our publisher Vanessa Lee cruised on the Breakaway and loved the open air feel, the great shows and entertainment  and the Waterfront with its terrific range of dining places, outdoor spots to enjoy a cocktail with a view and so very much more!

Now we are getting ready for a “Breakaway Plus” ship coming next year – the Norwegian Escape. And apparently this ship is going to be bigger and better than her two predecessors with even more places to sip a glass of wine, enjoy a beer or a martini and some fine dining all with a Norwegian “freestyle vibe”.  Read on to hear about Tobacco Road which will add some true Miami mojo to this ship.

NCL Escape

MIAMI – October 22, 2014 – In celebration of Norwegian Escape’s one year to launch milestone, Norwegian Cruise Line today announced that Miami’s oldest and most legendary bar, Tobacco Road, will find a new home aboard the line’s newest and largest vessel.

The acclaimed establishment, which was issued Miami’s very first liquor license, is closing its original location this week after 102 years in business. In an effort to preserve the tradition of this iconic Miami landmark, Tobacco Road and Norwegian Cruise Line partnered to bring the Tobacco Road experience onboard Norwegian Escape, which will begin sailing from Miami in November 2015. 

“We are thrilled to be able to preserve a piece of Miami’s history and provide this famous Miami institution a home at sea on board the incredible new Norwegian Escape,” said Kevin Sheehan, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

NCL Tobacco Road

Located within 678 Ocean Place, the new location of the celebrated tavern will incorporate elements of the original Tobacco Road, including the iconic neon sign, memorabilia and photographs that will showcase the history of Miami through the lens of events and happenings at the bar over the past century.

In addition to favorite beers and spirits, Tobacco Road Bar onboard Norwegian Escape will also feature a selection of cocktails created by Tobacco Road’s resident mixologist, Leo Holtzman.  The delicious libations from Holtzman’s Cocktail Collection will include favorites like the Chili Mule, featuring ginger puree, Cointreau and vodka topped with a sliced seranno pepper; and the Gateway, a rum-based drink that incorporates yuzu juice, elderflower syrup and Prosecco.

Norwegian Escape will begin weekly seven-day cruises from her year-round homeport of Miami to the Eastern Caribbean on November 14, 2015. The ship will be the largest to home port year-round in Miami, carrying 4,200 guests to tropical Caribbean destinations including St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas. The ship’s signature hull artwork is designed by marine wildlife artist and champion of ocean conservation, Guy Harvey, which features an underwater scene of marine wildlife.

Accommodations include the company’s signature luxury ship–within-a-ship complex: The Haven by Norwegian; along with Studios, designed and priced for solo travelers; and many options for families, multi-generational groups, spa enthusiasts and more. 

For more information on Norwegian Escape, visit  To book a cruise on Norwegian Escape, contact your travel professional. 

Get Cruise & Travel Updates!
Get Cruise & Travel Updates!