The Norwegian Escape arrived in Bermuda for the first time on Wednesday with 5,000 visitors on board.

Transport Minister Walter Roban was on hand to welcome the ship, passengers and crew, with a delegation to commemorate the ship’s maiden voyage.

The Norwegian Escape is scheduled to leave Bermuda on Friday for New York, ending the first of 24 scheduled visits to the island this year.

A spokesman said the ship, “the largest cruise ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet, began its 2018 summer cruise schedule to Bermuda this week in a big way”.

“The ship docked in the West End yesterday with full capacity of 5,000 passengers aboard, and is expected to be booked heavily during its Bermuda voyages in the coming weeks,” he added.

“The nearly three year old vessel, with a maximum occupancy of up to 5000, has a crew of 1,733.

“The traditional exchange of plaques took place in a brief ceremony involving the Deputy Premier, West End Development Corporation General Manager Andrew Dias and the ship’s Captain Giovanni Cutugno.

“This is the first call of its 24 visits this season.”

  • Feature Photos Courtesy of DCI: Deputy Premier and Minister of Transport & Regulatory Affairs,  Walter Roban, WedCo General Manager Andrew Dias and Norwegian Escape Captain Giovanni Cutugno & crew