Tourism & Cruises

Norwegian Escape to partner with Pubbelly, Wynwood Brewing Co.

The District Brew House features a partnership with Wynwood Brewing Company.
The District Brew House features a partnership with Wynwood Brewing Company.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s next Miami-based ship will be packed with local flavor.

The cruise operator, which is headquartered in Miami, announced more details about the restaurant, bar and entertainment offerings aboard the upcoming Norwegian Escape at an event Friday in New York.

Pubbelly and Wynwood Brewing Co. are the latest Miami food-and-beverage companies to announce new projects on the 4,200-passenger ship, which starts sailing from Miami in November. The Escape also will be home to an at-sea version of longtime Miami bar Tobacco Road.

Pubbelly partners Jose Mendin, Andreas Schreiner and Sergio Navarro will open Food Republic, with items priced individually.

With “flavors ranging from Asia to Central Europe and the Mediterranean,” the new lunch-and-dinner concept will feature Pubbelly favorites like bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with chorizo, truffle-short rib dumplings, and amberjack crudo with lemongrass romesco. Cruise passengers can order from their tables via iPads.

Wynwood Brewing is working on an exclusive beer for Norwegian Escape’s District Brew House, which also will feature a full lineup of Wynwood’s draft beers plus selections from guest breweries — 24 draft options and more than 50 bottled choices.

Miami’s Bar Lab partners, Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta, are creating the cocktail list for District Brew House, which will include a photo booth, so guests can leave their selfie sticks in their cabins.

The new cruise ship also will have some non-Miami-bred establishments. Philadelphia chef-restaurateur Jose Garces will operate several spots on the Escape, including a specialty Latin option called Bayamo. Small plates in Garces’ Pincho Tapas Bar will be priced a la carte.

Like on other ships in Norwegian’s fleet, “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro will run an onboard outpost of his Carlo’s Bake Shop. The Escape will also feature The Cellars, A Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar offering 38 varietals. The company announced last year that Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant and the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar will join the Escape’s food-and-drink lineup.

The newly announced Miami-Norwegian partnerships are the latest between local food/drink companies and cruise lines. Chef-restaurateur Michael Schwartz has operated restaurants aboard Royal Caribbean ships since 2011 and recently announced new projects that will bring the number of his at-sea restaurants to six.

Entertainment options on the Escape, which will sail seven-day Eastern Caribbean itineraries from Miami, include two Tony Award-winning musicals: After Midnight and Million Dollar Quartet. After Midnight, which won the Tony for best choreography in 2014, covers Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club in Harlem, while Million Dollar Quartet was inspired by the 1956 Memphis recording session featuring Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. One of the stars from the Broadway production won the Tony for best featured actor in a musical in 2010.

Norwegian Escape’s Supper Club will also offer a dose of 1980s nostalgia in its dinner show dedicated to the teen movies of John Hughes, including Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

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