2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Joining my niece and her two girls for Spring break motivated us to book this cruise along with its convenience as we live in Manhattan. Overall I'd rate this experience under the "meh" category. I'm not a fan ... Read More
Joining my niece and her two girls for Spring break motivated us to book this cruise along with its convenience as we live in Manhattan. Overall I'd rate this experience under the "meh" category. I'm not a fan of these megaships and this confirmed my feeling. Way too many people, service not at Celebrity or Cunard standard for suite guests and, in some food venues, literally ineatable food. Haven concierges are helpful and it's good for embarkation and disembarkation. When I say ineatable I mean ineatable. Steak in Manhattan Room tasted like detergent. The Haven menu sounded good and rarely delivered in quality. Food all felt overly processed and not at what you pay for at Haven rates. Service in the Haven restaurant, though a pleasant room inside and outside dining, didn't live up to what it should be. (Eg waiting 10 minutes in the morning for coffee and coffee cups, I'm not kidding) Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
The cruise ship was very smoky. The food was ok. The ship layout caused lots of traffic issues and had no where to relax quietly. And the service... While I don’t regret this cruise, I don’t think I’ll ever go on a Norwegian ... Read More
The cruise ship was very smoky. The food was ok. The ship layout caused lots of traffic issues and had no where to relax quietly. And the service... While I don’t regret this cruise, I don’t think I’ll ever go on a Norwegian Cruise again. The service was awful including changes in our stateroom attendant, catching a bartender in a lie (cause he didn’t want to make the drink I asked for), interrupting several meals by management to question me why I didn’t like my service (not after the meal, while I had an entree on my fork), and then when I did complain i was handed a paper to write my greivances and then ignored. I didn’t feel heard at all. But... the hardest pill to swallow, I felt that several crew members went out of their way to ignore that fact that we are a gay couple. From pulling out chairs across from eachother (all the other couples around us were diagonal), asking questions when I asked to put the beds together, and ignoring our anniversary. The entertainment was as expected. Not fantastic but entertaining certainly. The howl at the moon dueling pianos was by far my favorite entertainment. Water slides and ropes course was fun but not open much. We only dined at the complementary restaurants which were good but rarely remarkable and the food was never served hot. Bread was stale the whole week. The private island far exceeded my expectations (though the food was terrible). Super clean and plenty of chairs for us early birds. The rendering process was incredibly frustrating especially as we had to sit in the theatre for over and hour and then several people were allowed to jump the line without the wait. Makes no sense. Nassau was disappointing. We went on the seahorse catamaran and snorkel which was fun. Very cheap snorkels that didn’t work but after we decided to just ditch the equipment we did enjoy our swim in the clear blue water. The town part was super shady. I was offered drugs twice in the first ten minutes on the island, had two separate instances of attempted cons, was totally ripped off by the lunch spot, and the shops were full of scammers and over aggressive salespeople. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
My 60th BDay cruise and I had a blast. This was a last minute decision and I'm so so glad I did. The price was right, I live in New York so its convenient. The Entertainment was great. They also have Celebrities on the ship. I went ... Read More
My 60th BDay cruise and I had a blast. This was a last minute decision and I'm so so glad I did. The price was right, I live in New York so its convenient. The Entertainment was great. They also have Celebrities on the ship. I went to a show to see the fabulous Sharon Wilkins. Matter of fact it was Dinner and a show, A 5 course dinner and a show for a very small fee. I absolutely loved it had a great time watching her singing and mingle in the audience it was up close and personal. I visited all the Specialty restaurants on the ship and enjoyed each and every one. My cabin steward Charlie was great he catered to my every want and need . What I want people to know is fill out those comment cards let the higher ups know you appreciate when all goes right on your vacation. I Did. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We have been using NCL for almost a decade, even had our wedding on Breakaway in 2015, but Escape is same class ship tuned down on interior design. Ship is simple design with no personally, practical floating hotel. We stayed in balcony ... Read More
We have been using NCL for almost a decade, even had our wedding on Breakaway in 2015, but Escape is same class ship tuned down on interior design. Ship is simple design with no personally, practical floating hotel. We stayed in balcony room with a baby and toddler and it was OK, steward was OK, always busy and barely have time to anyone to talk. Management of the ship was an amazing crew, and anyone under was complete mess. Waiters in restaurants don't know what they doing and would screw up any simple order. Food in restaurants was OK, but buffet food is awful, minimum choices, a lot of cheap meat, no seafood or even NCL signature Norwegian lox. Specialties restaurant's food was amazing, and pricey and will make your wallet cry! In 14 days cruise we had only 2 free show After Midnight, Brat Pack, second one did not made any sense. Choir of Man show, is paid show with prefix dinner setting, was OK. We had one stop cancel due to 2 heliocopter lifts from the ship first two days with no explanation, and remaining stops were simple beach destinations. We end up spending more time on the ship due to cancelled stop, and there is nothing to do there. Kids sevice is ok for 3+ and for baby you have to pay $20 for 1 hour 50 min selected slot time. Overall experience of this cruise, is that NCL is cutting their cost by taking quality out of scope in any possible way they can. NCL becoming low class, no frills cruise line. Based off our last 14 day cruise, we are not coming back with NCL to cruise and will be looking for more classy company to cruise with. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Taste - main dining area day 2: My scrambled eggs and cheese were cold and they forgot my toast. Oddly they brought a gravy boat of shredded cheese rather than cooking it in my scrambled eggs. Manager, Moises, sent some wine and sweet ... Read More
Taste - main dining area day 2: My scrambled eggs and cheese were cold and they forgot my toast. Oddly they brought a gravy boat of shredded cheese rather than cooking it in my scrambled eggs. Manager, Moises, sent some wine and sweet treats to our room to apologize. Very classy and we appreciated it. Spa Zero spa shoes Zero lockers Zero access to thermal spa during appt Coed relaxation rooms There was some sort of detox seminar/tours to sell a service which is fine except that they hold it in the the relaxation room which isnt very relaxing for those of us trying to relax. Services were nice but overpriced for lack of additional amenities (like Thermal Spa usage with appt) Lots of upselling after appt with prices excessive for products. Amazon is much better for products over ship pricing. Sky bar has most of the late night activities but it's in n the middle of the casino so the smoke made me leave immediately. Most of the staff seemed very confused when asking where something was on the ship. So much so that after asking 3 people for directions where the sky lounge was, we never located it and missed the singles meet and greet. Not enough chairs on the ship so you have to wake up at the crack of dawn to claim your chairs. Vibe only allows for 100 people and though it has nice chairs, it only has a hot tub and no pool. All in all I'd rank the trip 4/5. Btw, our steward was Harvey and he was amazing. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose the Escape because of the itinerary, the price, the reviews of the ship and the food. We had the ultimate beverage package which was fantastic! All drinks under $15 were free, anything over you just had to pay the difference for. ... Read More
We chose the Escape because of the itinerary, the price, the reviews of the ship and the food. We had the ultimate beverage package which was fantastic! All drinks under $15 were free, anything over you just had to pay the difference for. For those with the package, keep in mind that any drinks ordered while still in the Miami port will incur taxes on it that are not covered. The staff was super friendly and went the extra mile to make sure you enjoyed your stay. You can tell that Norwegian treats them all like family. Food was good and the ship is very nice and modern. Like others have mentioned previously, there should be more pools/hot tubs for the number of people on board. The water slides were awesome! The onboard entertianment could also be improved but there were a few good shows and activities. Overall we had a fantastic week and would definitely sail with Norwegian again! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
I traveled solo for this trip and I stayed in Miami 3 days before this cruise. I had more fun in Miami those 3 days than I did the entire week of the cruise. Now my review is about my experience on this ship. This has nothing to do ... Read More
I traveled solo for this trip and I stayed in Miami 3 days before this cruise. I had more fun in Miami those 3 days than I did the entire week of the cruise. Now my review is about my experience on this ship. This has nothing to do with NCL as a whole or their brand. I think they have completely reinvented cruising and what it means to be a cruiser. I have even booked my next cruise before I even stepped foot on this ship. Embarkation day 2/24/18 was probably the fastest and smoothest I have ever experienced. it was probably a half hour from the time I was dropped off until I was on the ship. The Ship is huge. It is beautiful inside and out. We were immediately directed to go to the buffet. I had just eaten so I opted to go to the top deck (Spice H2O) and wait for my room the be ready. The weather was beautiful and the view was incredible. It went down hill from there. First off there is over 4000 people on this ship, I believe there needs to be more elevators. The lines and the wait for the elevators was insane. This was an issue for me all day everyday. Also while I think it is amazing that so many people traveled from Europe to go on this trip, manners must not be taught in those countries. I have never been ran into and nearly knocked over by so many people trying to get on the elevator while I am trying to get off, the biggest culprits were the plentiful very unruly children. They need to learn to let people get off before you get on. So after the very long wait at the elevator and once I was able to get to my room I was happy. My room steward was amazing the whole trip. I tipped him a couple extra times for his great service. once I unpacked I went back to Spice H2O and had a couple of more drinks, until the muster drill. That was the easiest muster I have ever been too. even taking my time to get to my station I was still the first to arrive so yet again I waited and waited and waited for the other people to arrive. Apparently they can't be bothered to show up in a reasonable amount of time. After muster I went back to the Spice H2O deck and enjoyed the rest of the night. It was beautiful. Day 2 (sea day) i was hung over and I spent 90% of the day in my cabin watching movies and TV shows and I had enough of the crowds from the day before I wasn't dealing with it at any level on day 2. I ordered room service. Day 3 Jamaica. I was not thrilled with this stop, I had never wanted to go to Jamaica and I can now say I have been I never have to go back. I spent about an hour in the port. I did a little shopping and ended up at Margaritaville. The service was horrible at the bar. I sat their for 10 minutes while the bartender played on his phone and wiped down the bar even before he served me the 1 drink. I immediatley returned to the ship. I took this opportunity to explore the ship a little and go up to Spice H2O. This is where I witnessed the meltdown by the bartender on duty. I have never seen this kind of behavior from a staff memebr of any cruise, in my life. He made sure that we all knew he was not happy. I refused to let him wait on me anymore after that. Day 4 Grand Cayman, I had been here before I didnt want to go again so I stayed on the ship. By this time I had been to the buffet several times and I have to say the food is horrible. This was the first time I tried O'Sheehans. The food was not all that great either and the service was terrible and man they could be rude as hell. I was scolded on 2 different occasions in the place. This was the place I was looking most forward to enjoying as well. My only advice is CHECK IN WITH THE HOSTESS .... I learned that real quick and very rudely, the second being, guys wear shirts with sleeves in this irish pub after 5pm or you will get told off again. I knew the 2nd was a thing in all the upscale pay restaraunts but not in the free ones. Day 5 Great stirrup Cay. I did not get off the ship this day either as the tender was unreasonable long and I didnt want to wait. I stayed on the ship and enjoyed some of limited open area's on this ship. It needs more and bigger adults only pools. I did get to use the hot tub for a while by myself this day and it was fantastic. By this time I was sick of this ship and was counting down the seconds till i could get home. Day 6 sea day. I didnt leave my room. I knew the ship was going to be packed and over crowded everywhere I went on the ship I opted to stay in my cabin. I was going stir crazy by this day. My neighbors on either side of me were horrible. On one side they slammed their door whenever they entered and left the room. This went on 24/7. The neighbors on the other side were constantly banging on something. I swear they never left their room because I listened to that for 7 days, they also liked to get drunk and scream from their balcony at all hours of the night. This made it hard to enjoy my balcony by leaving the door open at night to get in that amazing sea air. Day 7 Nassau. Well This was the stop I wanted to see the most and probably spent the least time in. There were 3 or 4 ships also in port that day so when I got off the ship the port and streets were so crowded. Not fun to see the sights when you are being touched by more strangers at once than in your entire life, I did very little shopping here. I was proabbly in port 45 minutes. I hate crowds. I hate being touched by strangers. I went back to the ship and started packing because I knew I would be free in 24 hours. Overall, of all the cruises I have been on this was my least favorite ,Maybe it was because I went solo, maybe because It was not the original cruise I had booked. I hated this cruise. I hated this ship. The first few days I found the staff beyond rude and not friendly at all, they did warm up after a couple of days. I would still say it is way to big and way to over crowded. I will never sail a mega ship again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
Offer, price right time, wanted the experience is a mega ship. Solo traveler, I really did have an enjoyable time, embarkation and disembarking was easy. Other than the rain on the first three days very pleasant trip. Crew and amenities ... Read More
Offer, price right time, wanted the experience is a mega ship. Solo traveler, I really did have an enjoyable time, embarkation and disembarking was easy. Other than the rain on the first three days very pleasant trip. Crew and amenities were great, clean and well maintained. For me this ship was too big, I have traveled on small ships (1500 crew and guests), medium size and now this one (6,000+). I prefer the mid sized ships myself. The food was better than average, deck areas leave something to be desired, but there was plenty of space, layout was just odd. Public area nice, casino huge, smoking areas should be reevaluated to plead smokers and non as well. Smokers do not bother me but it appeared they were an afterthought. If I was able to get a good deal ,I would sail on another mega ship but if I'm looking for specific needs I'll stick with the midsize ones. Traveled RCCL, Carnival, Celebrity, NCL Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
About the Reviewer: I’m a 35 year old male who traveled on this cruise with a 21 year old “niece” celebrating her birthday. Since this review is coming from my perspective mostly then it is prudent you know my cruising history. This ... Read More
About the Reviewer: I’m a 35 year old male who traveled on this cruise with a 21 year old “niece” celebrating her birthday. Since this review is coming from my perspective mostly then it is prudent you know my cruising history. This was my 26th cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line (charters and regular cruises combined) and my 42nd cruise overall. I’ve sailed on other cruise lines including Princess, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Carnival. My last cruise was on the Carnival Inspiration for a full ship charter a week prior. I love nightlife and music. This was also my first time sailing under the new Latitudes levels as a Platinum Plus member. My reviews are written in the way I experienced the cruise and in chronological order. Hope you enjoy the review… Norwegian Escape: 10/14 – 10/21 Embarkation: I missed my time slot to arrive at the pier for check in. I was scheduled at 10:30AM to 11AM but didn’t get to the terminal until about 11:20ish. The porters outside took the luggage quickly and I headed into the terminal. The queue for security was stretched to the door. Once through the queue I went around the corner and sought out the Platinum Plus line. It was fairly short with about three couples waiting to check in ahead of me. This was awesome compared to the regular line which was very long at that point. When we were checked in which the lady at the counter seemed surprised it would be so fast, we headed upstairs. This is where things went awry a little. When we reached the top of the escalator, we were handed a boarding pass with number 16. I had to use the restroom which was right by where the people with numbers were queued up. A very high energy lady was getting the cruisers lined up and getting them excited to get on the ship. In between groups I was chatting with her and complimented her on her energy level. She asked if it was my first cruise and I told her it wasn’t and when I told her how many she seemed puzzled, asked to see my keycard and told me GO NOW! LOL! She pointed me towards the gangway and apologized saying I shouldn’t have had to wait at all! Yeah Platinum Plus perk!! Once onboard the ship, we explored the ship from bow to stern on the lower decks of 6, 7 and 8 ocean place until friends were waiting on arrived and got onto the ship. If you’ve sailed on the Norwegian Breakaway or Getaway, the ship isn’t all that different. Most of the entertainment and food venues are located on these decks. Once my friends were on the ship, we met up and headed to the Manhattan Room. Even though guests come onto the ship right by the Manhattan Room, the staff there steer guests up to the buffet. Trust me it’s a lot easier to sit and wait for the rooms in a much quieter environment and to relax versus the craziness of the buffet. We sat there until the rooms were ready and then reconvened at Spice H2O for a drink and to explore the top deck before muster drill. Muster drill was a little longer than usual as guests were not getting to their stations. After muster drill it was up on deck for sail away. We went to the highest part of the ship and watched the ship go to the turning basin and head out by South Beach to the Atlantic. Stateroom Interior Deck 5 Forward: It was my first time doing a Breakaway or Breakaway Plus class ship without being in a studio as a solo or balcony with another guest in the room. The interior was small and almost seemed like a studio but with beds for two. It was cramped with the space between the beds. I think this is the smallest interior room I’ve ever stayed in. The closet was very small. If both of us decided to utilize the hanging space, it would’ve been tight. With the closet door open, you obstruct the TV and remote access to it. Weird layout for sure. Standard NCL bathroom with glass shower door and plenty of sink space. There’s also storage on the table and the refrigerator under the table in the cabinet. The room itself was situated by a crew door for forward access to crew spaces. We had a lot of crew coming and going in our hallway during the cruise. Dinner tonight was in the Taste Restaurant. The server sat us at a table in the main aisle but when we were handed the menu and the water poured, the server told us to get up and enjoy a sunset view and move tables. We moved over to the windows and watched the sunset. I had a bit of insomnia so I went to South Beach to watch the sunrise. It’s rare I get to see both so kudos to the waitress for moving us! Service was excellent and spaced so between appetizer and entrée and entrée and dessert I could run up to the Friends of Dorothy gathering meet some of the large group up there. ESCAPE THEATER: WELCOME ABOARD After dinner we met up with some of the Cruise Critic folks for a bar crawl. Since I didn’t want to peak too soon, my niece and I went to the Welcome Aboard Show and checked it out. It was a variety show as much as it was a constant advertisement between acts pushing things. If you’re a couple that’d been around for 60 years, make sure to go as they always give away bottles of bubbly or free bling to you. Featured performances included a treat of After Midnight, a comedian from the Levity Comedy Group, the Merzey Boys and one other entertainer that I can’t remember. The show was longer than the 45 minutes because of all the sales pitches meshed in between. It’s good to get a highlight of entertainment for the week and an understanding of what you’ve got in store. After the show ended, there was a small gap until the Welcome Aboard Dance Party started up at Spice H2O. We stayed up there for a bit and danced on the side. When the party wrapped up and the Party Mix started in Skyline Bar, we headed down there. Spent quite a bit of late night hours there before turning in. Day 2 – SEA DAY With setting the clocks back one hour, it seemed like I woke up on time. Had a leisurely breakfast and then floated around the ship until the Cruise Critic Meet and Greet at the District Brewhouse started. This was one of the largest attended Meet and Greets I’ve attended and the first time ever the cruise line provided sample beer at one! Very well done Norwegian Escape! The officers introduced themselves and Tracie who led the CC group brought gifts for people celebrating their birthday and anniversary. It was very sweet of her to do! I was even presented with a grass skirt and a KC and the sunshine CD by a guest I had been joking with prior to the cruise about who would have the best embarkation terminal. I was in Terminal B and he was in C. Definitely a good meet up! Immediately after the Cruise Critic gathering it was time to head off to the other side of the ship and Skyline Bar for the Latitudes Meet and Greet with the same officers and the CruiseNext representative. The Captain, who was so young, greeted us as we entered the bar but I didn’t realize it was him until after I sat down. It was interesting to go around the room and have people hooting for their Platinum status. There were only a handful of Platinum Plus guests on the ship. When I hollered loudly, everyone looked. She said to make noise! After a quick bite for lunch, it was off to the sun deck to catch some rays. Finished up in time to get back to the room and freshen up for the solos gathering. The solos gathering on the Escape was really early at 5PM and they wanted everyone to go to dinner at 5:30PM. That was far too early so a group of solos decided to dine together but later. Tonight we decided to dine in the Manhattan Room after the Friends of Dorothy gathering at 8PM. Service was fast and efficient. ESCAPE THEATER: AFTER MIDNIGHT After seeing a preview, the night before during the opening variety show, I wasn’t sure if After Midnight would be for me. I tried to give it the benefit of the doubt but the music was so slow, it put me to sleep not once but twice. From when I could stay awake, the dance moves and tap was amazing but the music was just too mellow to engage me. If I book the Escape again, I wouldn’t be going out of my way to book this show. It was much too low energy for me. SPICE H2O: NORWEGIAN’S NIGHT OUT PARTY I tried desperately to shake off the sleepiness After Midnight set in on me but I was so mellowed out, it was hard to get into a party frame of mind. DJ Keith was at the turntables up at Spice so I gave it my best effort. Tonight, was the first night where it had become noticeable that a lot of people had over indulged. On the way to the bathroom there was puke on the ground. Another guest was getting helped by security as they were puking. While all this was going on, a guest slipped and fell who was also intoxicated on the dancefloor. Security was tied up with the other guest to deal with the incident so the DJ went over to see what was going on and to check on the guest. When security returned, I pointed them in the direction of the guest who had fallen so the DJ could return to his duties. They escorted the guy out of Spice. His friends were visibly intoxicated as well. I’d had enough and wished my DJ friend a good night. NCL needs to teach their bartenders when to recognize and shut off guests or institute a limit on the number of drinks a guest can order in a day like Carnival does. I thought Carnival did it because they attracted more party-types but after seeing this on the Escape, I think it would be prudent for NCL to adopt a similar cap. DAY 3 – ROATAN, HONDURAS – Little French Key Up bright and early for breakfast to meet up with cruise buds and head to Little French Key. It was booked independently of the cruise line and for $88 you had two drinks and one meal for the day trip. If a fellow cruiser hadn’t found this on TripAdvisor, this day would’ve been a sea day for me. The bus picked us up at the port and drove us to the pier where you paid and took a small boat ride to the island. They give you a brief tour of the island and then you are free to pick your place to sit. We took a quiet cove on the backside of the island with just us and another group. Everyone else was congregated closer to the bar and the music. There was a Poseidon statue and it was actually quite shallow in the whole area except for by the Dancing Queen bar. There were hammocks over the water on the other side of the little bay. I sat in them for a bit until the sun poked back out. On the swim back to the bay I scraped my finger off some rocks just beneath the surface. Luckily the staff had a first aid kit and I had some sanitizer to clean the wound with before putting a band aid on it. The weather destabilized and rain had moved in with thunder. We decided to head back to the ship. With traffic, we didn’t arrive back until 3PM. Overall, if the weather were better Little French Key would’ve been an exceptional value for the price paid. When we returned, we just went back on the ship and up to the hot tub to wait for the ship to depart. SPECIALTY DINING: LE BISTRO Tonight’s meal featured a dinner in Le Bistro, NCL’s signature French Bistro. A complimentary dinner with a bottle of wine is given to Platinum guests. I had the escargot, the beef dish and some fruit for dessert. It was paired with a nice Cabernet Sauvignon. I recognized the waitress from previous NCL cruises and I was correct as she had been with NCL for nearly a decade! I wish I remembered her name though. Excellent service in LeBistro. The waitstaff with their main entrée same time reveal is always a nice touch. Tonight, Spice H2O was quiet and DJ Keith was designated to Latin night so some of the cruisers I met went and hung out at O’Sheehans and played some of the games. It’s the first time I’ve bowled at sea. I’ve seen others playing but have not done so myself. We also played darts too. I’ve never played those either and did an amazing job. It was an overall early night since Skyline wasn’t enjoyable as the live band was playing late and we had done so much arcade games that there was no point circling back for hip hop with the other DJ. People were already starting to show visible signs of intoxication again. I just headed for bed as I was exhausted. DAY 4 – HARVEST CAYE, BELIZE After having a leisurely breakfast on the ship, we headed ashore. From the ship’s buffet, Harvest Caye already seemed disappointing. NCL had provided shots of what seemed like a large beach area and lots to do so I figured it would be more spread out compared to what it was from the ship. It looked very small. If you have a mobility impairment, which one of the guests did, there is an elongated golf cart which can take you from the ship to the entrance to Harvest Caye. It was nice to have a walk to get to the entrance to the island sanctuary. When we arrived at the entrance there was mist stations to cool you down. This was a nice touch. We walked through the shopping area and around the back of the pool to the wildlife sanctuary to scope it out. They have a butterfly farm and a couple of other animals on display. There’s also a London style telephone booth good for photo ops. We circled in the back by the lagoon where you could rent a paddle boat, stand up paddle board and raft. The lagoon you do all these activities in seemed really small so we passed on the opportunity and headed for the beach. Harvest Caye is a unique beach layout. The beach isn’t really a sandy beach or if it is, the sand is not anything like I’ve felt before. It felt like crushed gravel and was grey resembling it too. It felt funny under toe. I went in the water for a bit and chilled out. Another day where rain clouds moved in. It was lunch time anyway so I headed back to the ship. After grabbing some lunch in the Garden Café, I decided to try out the water slides on the Escape. The yellow slide was a nice little loopy slide and was fun. The Aqua Racer with the tube was the best. The tube had lights in it as you went along. It also has an open section as you’re out over the side of the ship. The two free fall slides were the last to be done. I tried these before on the Breakaway and they had a back board you strapped on to help you glide through it and also keep your back directly off the slide. The Escape didn’t have that so when I dropped my back hit the curve, it left a mark and bruised my back! I called it quits on the slides after that. It took the rest of the cruise for the bruise to go away and days after that for the pain to subside in the same area. I won’t be taking the free fall slides on the Escape again. ENTERTAINMENT – MERSEY BOYS After feeling like I was missing all the entertainment, I went to one of the many information screens and booked the Mersey Boys group for the night. There was still space available for the 6PM show. Mersey Boys is a vocal group doing hits from Fankie Valli, Beatles and Cilla Black. The show was amazing and the best entertainment of the cruise to that point. I was happy with my last minute decision to book it. The Mersey Boys also came with a dinner since it was in the Supper Club. Unlike the Breakaway and Getaway which have an upcharge for the dinner show Cirque Dreams, this one didn’t. We had a nice appetizer sampler of three items, a beef and shrimp main course and a dessert with three different samples. The meal was actually quite tasty and served fully by the end of the show. Of note, tonight was the first night the film crew on the ship was actually in a venue with us. They were filming / still photographing their talent for an upcoming commercial. Their setup was right behind our table. Previous to this I had seen them in the District Brewhouse filming and in Food Republic but neither venue I wanted to go into. ENTERTAINMENT – Escape Celebrity Dance Off Formerly called Dancing with the Escape Stars or what not, now it’s called the Celebrity Dance Off. Members of the cruise staff are paired up with guests who enter to dance. The cruise staff and guests get absolutely wild to win some prizes. It’s always a good time to catch this as it has never disappointed me yet on any ship. Quite amusing so don’t miss it! Of course, what can happen depends on the guests involved! Don’t forget to enter it too if you like to dance AND have fun! Tonight, was another low-key night. No Spice H2O again. The Skyline Bar just wasn’t hitting home for me. It wasn’t a proper nightclub and it wasn’t a Skyline bar either. Every time I went there if I wanted a drink, the bar would be two or three deep and the bartenders were overwhelmed and couldn’t keep track of who was next. It wasn’t their fault either, it was management’s choice of where to assign bartenders. The waits were excessive for drinks so I would have to go down to O’Sheehans for a drink and come back. Skyline bar itself should be renamed sports bar. Instead of having skyline views like the bar was supposed to, it showed sports ALL the time! What kind of nightclub is it when you have sports fans on all sides watching the game? Intelligent lighting was non-existent in this venue. What club doesn’t have a proper lighting structure and leaves their guests in the dark on the dance floor? The sound system is a whole other issue. Clearly the Skyline bar wasn’t meant to be a nightclub since entire sound system for the nightclub is an add on with moveable speakers and subwoofers. These are not built into the venue. NCL built a ship without a proper nightclub yet wants the younger cruise segment and families. Someone messed up on this ship. Hopefully they fix this on Bliss and bring back a proper nightclub like BLISS is on Breakaway, Getaway and Epic. Another night of bowling to finish out the night in O’Sheehans. DAY 5 – COSTA MAYA, MEXICO After breakfast at the Garden Café, it was time to head ashore. The last time I was at Costa Maya, they didn’t have as many shops as they do now. In order to get into the town, you are forced to go through the entire shopping area. The port exit closest to the pier is buried behind a stairwell. Otherwise you have to navigate through narrow passageways to get out. Not sure if this is meant to keep cruise tourists confined to one area or not. The ride to town was a few dollars per person. The driver stopped at one resort where it seemed like he was getting some sort of financial reward. The man when we pulled up tried selling us a package for the day at the beach. Last time I was here there were three stops with the third being the furthest down the beach. He said he would drop us at the park which still wasn’t at the end of the beach. Pez Quadro used to be the last resort on the beach and the furthest from all the cruisers. The problem was as the day went on two more ships joined the Escape in port. MSC Divina came in and then Carnival’s rust bucket showed up. With three ships the other end of the beach filled up and people spread down to our area. Pez Quadro is low stress. You show up and get a beach chair and umbrella (thatch or typical beach umbrella) and all you have to do is buy a few drinks and eat if you’d like. I had the chicken quesadilla at lunch and it was amazing! It was served with authentic guacamole and tomatilla! Pez Quadro is completely low pressure unlike the rest of the beach spots further up. They also offer massages for $30 for 50 minutes. It’s pretty reasonable, especially compared to the ship. Ask for the wifi passcode as the cell service is a bit spotty down that end of the beach. I’ve been here many times throughout the years and the ownership has changed but the quality has remained the same. We headed back to the pier complex. While my niece did some shopping, I checked out the enclosure they had in the middle with some animals. There were flamingos and a monkey. They’ve really developed the port area to make it an attraction all its own. When she was done shopping, we headed back onboard. I wanted to watch the ship leave and since the aft was docked closest to the Divina and the corner of the pier I figured it would be a good place to watch it. Suddenly I realized I was the only person back there. When I went to the bend in the ship to the port side I realized they had roped it off saying there was a wedding in progress. I looked around to make sure I wasn’t intruding on something that I wasn’t made aware of. Next thing I know there’s tables and chairs being put up on the Waterfront where I was and the film crew came along. There wasn’t a wedding, it was the filming for the commercial and I was asked to leave the area while they setup the shot. Now I was annoyed since I wanted to be there to watch the ship cast off. Since there were two guests who didn’t return on time, we didn’t leave right away so I went back to the room to get ready for dinner. HIGHLIGHT DINNER – Dinner with the Officers New to the Platinum Plus tier is Dinner with the Officers. When I RSVP’d with the hotel director’s secretary for how many would be in the party, I wanted my group of four to do it but it was limited to the people in the actual room so it was just my niece and myself. When we turned up in the atrium, there were several people there so I figured they were all Platinum Plus members. Actually, some were not and had a complimentary ticket to do it and that was one table. The other table I think won some sort of raffle to do it and our table was the Platinum Plus. Our table had the worst showing. It was myself and one other couple who showed up and it was sat for 14 people. If you’re going to RSVP to an event, SHOW UP FOR IT!! Dinner was lovely with the first and second officer from the bridge. The first officer sat closest to me and we talked about cruise experiences from past cruises and whether we had ever sailed on the same ship at the same time before. The second officer moved down to sit on the other side of my niece and she was very nice and talked about how she ended up on the Escape and how the schooling worked and how it was honored under certain flagged states versus others. Since I knew quite a bit about the nautical world, it was a very engaging dinner conversation and one I found thoroughly enjoying. Well done and hats off to both of the officers who had never done this before and were clearly nervous at the outset. By the end we were able to get a photo with them and wished them well in their journey towards Captain! Out of all the benefits added to the Platinum Plus tier, I would have to say during this cruise, this was the best one! I thoroughly enjoyed it so bravo NCL for the addition! I can say the other tables at random glances didn’t seem as chatty with the officers or as engaged as we were. If you have this perk at your Latitudes level – definitely take advantage of it! ESCAPE THEATER – FOR THE RECORD: THE BRAT PACK After the debacle with the 10PM showing of After Midnight, I was very concerned I might fall asleep during this production. It wasn’t founded. The energy from the Brat Pack which was a theatrical Rock N Roll experience was just astounding! Now this is what you need in a theater! It was a mashup of 80s favorites Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Say Anything and St. Elmo’s Fire. The cast got you toe tapping, laughing at some points and almost wanting to get up and start dancing! I loved loved loved this production! I wish I could’ve seen it once more as it was THAT good. As a note to parents, this show is NOT for kids. There were some suggestive scenes and moments of sparse clothing. ENTERTAINMENT – AWESOME 80’s PARTY Spice H2O had come back to life for the 80’s party! DJ Keith was at the helm of this party where the Cruise Director Andre dressed as Boy George. DJ Keith was VJ Keith tonight with music videos appearing on the Spice H2O movie screen. It was a great night but again it was noticeable that guests were visibly intoxicated. Again, another night with puke by the bathroom at Spice H2O and watching the biohazard cart go back and forth. Honestly by now I thought people would’ve learned their own limits. The music was good and I was with good people having a good time. DAY 6 – COZUMEL, MEXICO I’ve been to Cozumel I can’t even remember how many times. Shore excursions offered are all the same. There’s nothing new to do here so I went off the ship with a friend who had a busted leg and hobbled to the Punta Longosta pier Starbucks and had my first green tea latte of the entire trip! I could’ve gone back on the ship and called it a happy day in Cozumel with just that but my friend had never been before and wanted to try and walk a bit. After getting harassed every few feet, we crossed the street and got some shots of the ship before heading back. SHORE EXCURSION: SENOR FROGS Ha ha! Some shore excursion! It was determined we didn’t do Mexico properly unless we went to Senor Frogs. This place is a complete tourist trap and you can get insanely drunk with conga lines, shot ladies hounding every few minutes and constant drinking games. We entered just after 11AM and I knew it was much too early for me to survive the day and night which lay ahead. After three beers and it being 12:15PM, I went back to the ship for lunch leaving my friend behind with another solo cruiser. I decided to not return after lunch but hang out on the waterfront and read. SPECIALTY DINING: MODERNO CHURRISCARIA Another complimentary meal to Platinum and Platinum Plus members is a dinner at La Cuccina or Moderno. I love meat so Moderno it was. The salad bar didn’t seem to have as much selection for salad items as I recalled from the Breakaway. The meats which came out were the same ones over and over again. We knew some were missing because we’d been before so we asked for the missing meats to be brought. Since it was Glow Party night, I didn’t want a food baby so I didn’t eat as much as I usually do. The meats were all very tender and cooked amazingly. The pineapple is a great palate cleanser during the course of the parade of meats. We had quite a few pineapple breaks too. For dessert, I had the papaya cream and part of a birthday cake as one of my friends celebrated her birthday this evening on the ship. ENTERTAINMENT – GLOW PARTY Thank the stars for DJ Keith! It’s the one party of every regular (non-charter) cruise I look forward to the most! Glow Party or on the older ships called White Hot Party is a party featuring high energy electronic dance music. The cruise staff were face painting guests who showed up early. I do my own add ons for the party but the added idea of face painting enhances the guest experience. It was a great night of dancing and I stayed until the very end which was about 1AM or 2AM since the ship’s time shifted forward this night. It was the most amazing night party of the cruise and it is always good when DJ Keith spins it! DJ Keith is the last remaining DJ is the NCL fleet that I know and have sailed with many times. He knows how to judge the vibe of the party, knows how to read the crowd and still keep the beats flowing. When he finished up at Spice H2O, the party moved to the other DJ at Skyline Bar. I just couldn’t stand this venue for very long. I went with some new cruise friends to the arcade and bowling and went to O’Sheehans for some late night food. All the food from O’Sheehans was hot… so hot in fact it would burn your mouth. I ate here several times late at night and the burger and fajitas were always scorching hot! The food always tasted good once you let it cool down a bit. Upon returning to my room, it was important to note a cruise guest a few doors down had a security guard posted at her room. Either she was visibly drunk or had been involved in some sort of altercation but she was being forced to stay in her room to sober up for 12 hours. The security guard was posted there before I headed off to the Glow party and was still there when I returned in the early hours of the morning. She was gone when I awakened on Day 7 and went for breakfast. I expect this sort of thing on the charters I do but not on a regular cruise. What the heck NCL! Put a cap on your drink package already. DAY 7 – SEA DAY After rolling in at 4:30AM adjusted to ship’s time, today was a late start at 10:30AM. The Garden Café was still full of people seeking breakfast when I got up so I didn’t miss it as it was listed in the FreeStyle Daily as closing at 10:30AM. At 11AM there was still breakfast available on one side while the other side flipped to lunch. It was a lazy sea day with some time spent in the sun and finishing up the reading materials I brought. When the storm clouds threatened a quick shower, it was time to get some lunch and then hung out inside the ship. Watched the Deal or No Deal game show in the atrium while drinking a chai latte from the atrium coffee bar. The atrium coffee bar has Starbucks products which is nice but no green tea latte. Bummer! Tonight, it was a farewell dinner with cruise friends of old and new. Thanks to the reservation hostess at the Guest Services Desk we were able to have a reservation for 9 people accommodated in Taste Restaurant at a decent hour. The reservation shrank upon arrival and we had a great dinner full of laughs. Prime rib was served. It was the end of the cruise and I was starving so I had three slices. While fatty, it was cooked nicely unlike the hockey pucks Carnival Cruise line serves. The meat chef on the ship definitely knew what he was doing! After dinner we strolled the ship and eventually sat with drinks on the waterfront waiting for the final disco. I knew DJ Keith was playing so I wanted to see him off. We had all sorts of laughs and rearranged some of the furniture. Some went off to bed and the live band was delayed finishing so it took a while longer for DJ Keith to get setup. The bar was insane trying to get drinks at so I wished Keith well and headed off to bed. DAY 8 – MIAMI The final morning was uneventful. I grabbed a somewhat leisurely breakfast at Savor as they were already calling the express walk off guests to disembark. I chose the last color luggage tag knowing it would be around 10AM for disembarkation. I was right, LIGHT BLUE tag was called just before 10AM but with getting up to Deck 7 to disembark from the hang out in the atrium took a bit. The lines for customs in Terminal B were long. One of the cruise line shoreside reps grabbed a few of us and told us to go to Terminal C and clear customs there. There wasn’t much of a line so we were through customs with a breeze and off to the airport! It was a pretty smooth disembarkation overall. Rooms have to be vacated by 8:30AM. Value for Money Spent: I don’t usually talk about the cruise value but this was the first time I did the Ultimate Beverage Package promotion. As a frequent cruiser, I know the cruise line marks up the room cost by at least $100 or more if you choose a room with the package. They’re getting the cost back up front, then they charge a service fee on the package retail price. Just before sailing, NCL raised the base price of the ultimate beverage package so they could charge more in the gratuity. I don’t doubt for a second NCL uses this to offset the expense of the alcohol being consumed and the overworked bar staff on the ship not seeing a pay increase for the influx of obnoxious drunk people they’re dealing with. I didn’t see a value in this package add on. Did I drink more because I had the package, yes I did. Did I get my money’s worth out of the package given what the average drink price costs without it – no I did not and that’s what NCL hopes for. Half the problem was being able to get to a bartender or served timely at the night venues. I’m not sure how the drunk people were so drunk unless they started much earlier in the day than I did. I only drink at night with dinner and thereafter. Since I was cruising with a 21 year old, I didn’t know what to expect but I usually do the Sailaway rates when traveling solo. I will resume doing those on future NCL sailings. Overall, I wasn’t impressed with the ship. For being the newest ship in the fleet, the Escape is sadly lacking. I’ve already detailed my distaste for Skyline Bar. The intelligent lighting in Spice H2O was also not functioning properly with one broken. The sound system in Spice H2O wasn’t setup right and there was nothing the DJ could do about it because it was set that way by the audio technicians in the booth who had left for the night. Five O’ Clock Somewhere was always empty besides the karaoke in there. The bar outside was always jammed packed with people but the actual venue itself was a waste of space. Perhaps the cruise line could make this the proper disco in the ship’s first drydock in a few years. The space of the interior stateroom was also insane for two people. With just about 2 feet between separated beds pushed to the walls, it was a tight space to navigate. Most of this can’t be fixed by people on the ship so I’m putting it here so corporate sees it. At the end of every review, I send a shout out to staff and crew who made the cruise enjoyable. First and foremost, DJ Keith who never disappoints me when I sail with him. He’s the BEST cruise line DJ I’ve encountered. He made the Glow Party worth dressing up for! A shout out to Sonny on the cruise staff who was the solos host for the week and danced with my niece and friend at almost every single theme party up on deck. A shout out to the Cruise Director Andre for always having a positive energy about him the whole week and really getting into the 80s party with the Boy George outfit. The bar staff at O’Sheehans during the nightclub hours when they took care of me and realized my frustration with the Skyline Bar setup. They went above and beyond to make a bad situation good and worth the walk back and forth. I would also like to thank all the wait staff who served me all week. Sadly, I didn’t get any of their names but they all did an excellent job. Unlike my last NCL cruise, this wait staff knew how to properly serve the food in a timely manner without elongated gaps and handled special requests like it was second nature. Kudos team restaurant team on Escape! I’m not sure what the future holds with me and NCL. Will I be back, probably, will it be in 2018? Probably not. I’ve decided to branch out and retried Royal Caribbean in 2017 and look forward to sailing with them again soon. In 2018, I don’t have one NCL cruise planned which is the first time in a decade this has happened. Corporate changes to the cruise line have cheapened the product. Slow down on the ship building and focus on building a better product for the guests! I look forward to trying out MSC Seaside in 2018 and possibly returning to NCL again in 2019. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
I, like so many folks, had my Eastern Caribbean cruise cancelled by Irma. I was a bit disappointed, because I was really looking forward to going back to St. Thomas. NCL refunded me and gave me a 50% (of the total cost of my cruise) ... Read More
I, like so many folks, had my Eastern Caribbean cruise cancelled by Irma. I was a bit disappointed, because I was really looking forward to going back to St. Thomas. NCL refunded me and gave me a 50% (of the total cost of my cruise) credit. I had an itch to go cruising, so I stalked their website until I saw a good sale for the Norwegian Escape traveling out of Miami on a Western Caribbean itinerary. I booked this cruise just one week prior to its sailing and I got an amazing deal that I just couldn't pass up. Ports - Honduras, Belize (fake), Costa Maya and Cozumel. I didn't learn until I began meeting folks onboard that this sailing originally had an Eastern Caribbean itinerary. However, because of Irma's damage to many of those islands, NCL changed it to Western. Embarkation and Disembarkation - Embarkation: I took an early flight into Miami and did a B-line to the ship. They had just begun allowing folks to check-in when I arrived around 11 AM. The crowd was growing by the minute. While I wasn't due to check-in for a few hours, I hopped in line anyways. Embarkation took about an hour from curb to ship. Not bad for NCL, since they really suck at Embarkation and Disembarkation. Disembarkation: I had an earlier flight leaving Miami (11:59 AM) when we returned, and I was a little concerned about getting to the airport on time, so I opted to carry my own baggage off. I was in line to get off the ship at approximately 7 AM. At that hour, I want to say I was maybe the 20th person in line. I wasn't the only one with a before noon flight. We were set to arrive and disembark at 8 AM, but they let us get off at 7:40-7:45. I flew through Customs and out onto the curb where I hoped into a $27 cab straight for the airport. Since there was no traffic (Saturday morning), I got to the airport in less than 15 minutes. Had I known this would have happened, I would have booked an earlier flight. But back to my disembarkation experience: Unfortunately, I found myself behind this family that allowed their inconsiderate sons to play Air Hockey at 7 AM. The noise was so loud you could hear them in the Atrium, which is located a level lower. The noise was so loud, it gave me a migraine once I got in line. There were elderly people in line in wheelchairs, and you could tell by the grimaces on their faces the noise hurt their ears and hearing aids. These kid's parents didn't care. They seemed asleep at the wheel when it came to parenting or discipling their three boys. The derelict mother actually joined them in a few games. I took one for the team and asked to play when they finished a game, and I just snatched one of the pucks, preventing them from further audio carnage. I got so many high-fives and quiet thank you's as we disembarked. To whoever that family was: Shame on you!!! To NCL: Please shut down those games during disembarkation, so people like me don't have to be confrontational to rude and inconsiderate people. My room (9844) - I had a balcony on the 9th floor. I've done a few NCL cruises by this time, so this room is pretty standard. Its not the larger balcony rooms, but I didn't need large since it was just me. What I did notice was I didn't get the breeze I normally get with balconies on higher floors when we were at sea. I like to open my balcony door at night and hear the waves crash and feel the wind on my face. That experience was minimal to non-existent with this room. I think it was part the fact that I was on a lower level and part that we were going through the Gulf which was very calm with waves lower than 1 ft in height. The Ship - I really liked this ship. Like most NCL ships, it had something for everyone. I loved that there's an area (H20) where children are not allowed. Even though this sailing occurred right after Irma and during the beginning of the school year, I was SHOCKED at the number of children on the boat. It wasn't a lot to where I felt suffocated, but it was more than I was expecting. Way more. Surprised at how many folks snatched their kids out of the first few weeks of school. This ship has 3 slides - one for those who aren't that adventurous, one for those who want to squeal like a child and one for the insane. The latter is a straight drop and ends in like 5 seconds. Let's just say I stayed sane and enjoyed the other two slides immensely. It brought out my inner child. I don't believe our cruise was fully booked, because I never had a problem getting a sunbathing chair near the pool on any day, to include sea days. There were 2 pools. The salt water pool can only have adults in it during the day. Kids can come in at 6 PM. I really enjoyed this. I mostly stayed on the pool deck when I was on the boat, if I weren't eating or at a show. Dining - I mostly ate breakfast at the Garden Cafe (buffet), lunch at O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill, and dinner at either Savor or Taste (main dining rooms). For the first four or five nights, I ate dinner at Savor and I found the customer service lacking. I was most times a party of one and they seemed to always forget me. I'd have my food sitting over in the corner, covered getting cold, while I waited for someone to bring it to me. The one time on the final night when I went to Taste, I didn't have any of those problems. Everything was so prompt, I didn't know how quite to handle it. Everyone was so nice. Not to say the folks over at Savor weren't nice, but it was a completely polar experience. Made me wish I had gone to Taste the previous nights. The main dining rooms all have the same menu, so it really doesn't matter which one you go to when it comes to food options. I never explored any of the speciality dining options, which come at an added cost and I never went to the Manhattan Room (complimentary dining), which has a band every night. I went to the Manhattan Room on the Breakaway, the Escape's smaller fraternal twin, and wasn't impressed by it, so I didn't feel the need to visit it on this cruise. Entertainment - I must say...Andre, the Cruise Director and his team did an amazing job. I typically go into port during port days, do an excursion, go eat dinner and pass out in my room from pure exhaustion. During sea days, I sunbath all day and eat. That's it. I don't gamble and I always felt like the ship's entertainment wouldn't be... dare I say it?... not entertaining! So, I'd never go, never check anything out. But for my sailing on the Escape, boy was I wrong and I believe that's largely due to Andre, Dave and their team. I laughed and screamed and cried and looked forward to whatever audience included game, show or skit they'd do in the Atrium. They really did a good job. Their entertainment sets aside, there were quite a few good singers and bands on the boat. There was a woman and a two piece band that played poolside called A Minor Trio. They mostly played Caribbean or Caribbean themed music. Now, the lead singer was this woman with a beautiful voice. She's one of those cruise ship singers you look at and go: Why aren't you a recording artist? Her voice was insane. There was another 5-piece band called Groove Addiction from St. Lucia with a guitar player from Colombia with a female lead singer, played most nights in the Atrium. The band was amazing... I mean AMAZING, but the lead female singer? She sucked. Majorly. No matter what she sang, she sounded like a wounded, dying animal. There would be times I would listen to them and try to cancel her voice out in my head, and just hear the band, but that was impossible. The guitar players, the young guy from St. Lucia who played bass and the Colombian guy on electric, should be on the road with some A-list artist like Santana or Rihanna, because they're just that good. I mostly stayed in the Atrium before and after dinner, so whatever was going on there, I partook in. In addition, I saw the After Midnight: Broadway's Cotton Club Musical, an all black cast production. I didn't see the original Broadway production. I really enjoyed it. Solo Travelers - Dave, the Assistant Cruise Director, managed the Solo Travelers group during this cruise and he SUCKED MAJORLY. Great guy. Funny. Wildly popular. But his attitude about this group impeded him from making it great. He believes (and these are his exact words) that the Solo Traveler's Group is a "babysitting job." I felt insulted. Like... are you freaking kidding me? If anyone doesn't need to be babysat, its solo travelers! We are independent people, hence why we can travel alone. His attitude about this group was such a huge hindrance that I never even bothered meeting up with the group again after I attended the meet-up on the second night and I heard him say that. I was done. I hear from folks who were on the ship the week prior that the guy who was doing it the 9/16 sailing was amazing. I can't remember his name. If I could tell NCL anything, it would be: This group should be fun and led by someone who gets solo travelers, someone who wants to create memorable experiences among a group of unique people who likely share a lot in common. Ports - Honduras was insanely beautiful. I went to snorkel and with it having the second largest reef in the world only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, I had an AMAZING time. I did the Jolly Roger in Roatan – Catamaran Sailing & Snorkeling excursion, which I booked through the ship, and I can't say enough good things about it. The actual excursion was great! The food was blah. Chicken good, but rice and sides sucked. The sail was nice. Slow and since it was hot it was kind of miserable on the lower deck, but the actual snorkeling? It just doesn't get any better! I can't say enough how amazing it was. Belize was super fake. Fake island. Fake experience. Felt like we were dropped off at some low-end amusement park. Took my snorkeling gear with me with hopes that I could snorkel from the beach. Nope. Not a chance. As soon as I grabbed a beachside chair, the island's workers put up a purple flag that warned against jellyfish. As we walked the damn near mile trek from the ship to the island, I could see them in the water. I think I counted a dozen or so. While they were beautiful to look at it, I didn't trust getting in the water and then I spoke to a few folks who had gone in before the flag went up and they said the water was murky and there was nothing really to see. Bummer. So, then I tried to parasail. The woman manning the list and booth told me at 10 AM, she couldn't tell me about the 2 PM sail until the Captain returned. She told me to come back 2-3 hours later. It was so hot the day we arrived, I knew I wouldn't just hang around that long, especially after I saw the island's one small pool was full to capacity. So with that, I took my happy butt back on the boat and enjoyed the boat's pool. Before going back, I tried my hand at some shopping to feed their economy, since we were told actual Belizians "owned" the shops, but they were so over priced it was insane and I actually felt disrespected. I had one guy quote me $675 for a wooden mask. $675!! For a mask that should have cost no more than $100, he finally came down to $390 and when that didn't work he began with guilt trips on how he needed to pay his shop's rent. Unbelievable! Yeah, to say I didn't enjoy this port is an understatement. Costa Maya and Cozumel - Been there, done that. In Costa Maya, I walked by all the mostly Made in China vendors and took a $3 cab to the public beach to get $25 massages. The guy who wrangles folks to get massages inflated the price to include a $5 tip. He does the same thing for the food he sells from the restaurant directly across the street when he talks you into sitting in one of their chairs. He automatically included a 20% tip with the price. Beware of him. Nice man, but a total hustler. I ordered guacamole and it sucked. Drinks were $17 and the guacamole $10. I talked him down to $12 per drink and $9 for the guacamole.When another cruiser and I got the bill it was $37 when it should have been $31. I don't mind paying folks, but when I know they're overcharging me, I resent it. There's no way in the world a local would be charged those prices. In Cozumel I did the Starfish Sanctuary and Snorkeling excursion through the Ship. Had a great time! Great sail. Beautiful breeze. Gorgeous water. Decent snorkeling. It wasn't fair, because the whole time I was, of course, comparing it to my experience in Honduras, which was unparalleled. But honestly, it wasn't bad. The water was very choppy due to the wind, but I still had a good time. Great drinks. I walked off the boat a very happy person. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Norwegian Escape balcony room 9912. we had chosen Norwegian, because it was the best bang for your buck or so we thought. we also choose ncl. because people said they loved the freestyle. (witch was one of the only good thing about the ... Read More
Norwegian Escape balcony room 9912. we had chosen Norwegian, because it was the best bang for your buck or so we thought. we also choose ncl. because people said they loved the freestyle. (witch was one of the only good thing about the cruise.) not being told when/where you could eat. the cruise we want on was my husband and my first cruise/vacation ever as adults. this cruise was also our honeymoon. now before i explain. why it was the trip from hell. on the embarkation we were rush and pushed though. just to wait in line for our room key. then to wait in another line to get aboard the ship. it just seemed pointless to rush us at customs. just have to wait in 2 lines. my husband and i are not picky people at all. but for what we paid for this cruise was not wroth it at all. the way 90% of the crew and officers treated us. was not worth prepaying the service charges. on the first day we had gone to the buffet to eat. my husband had gotten some food that was under cooked and i got sick the first night and puked my brains out. my husband had gotten something hard in his food. that cut his gum and gave him a tooth infection by the 2nd day. from the under cooked food he had eaten. so we went to the medical bay. the nurse had said it was 149.00 plus medicine and supplies. so we where thinking 500 to 600 bucks at most and when we got back we would submit it to our insurance. we had asked if it would come out of the account or would we get a bill. she had said he would get a bill. witch was a lie! since we didn't have that much money and wanted to enjoy our vacation and go on ship excursion's. when we got to the islands. so my husband wanted to wait and see if he would feel better. since he wasn't in as much pain at that time. but by the 3rd his face had swelled and he was in a lot more pain. so we went to the medical bay and had asked the same questions and she gave the same answers. so he got treated and that night he got the bill. it was 1,257.00 for 1 hour of medical service. some ibuprofen and antibiotic. they also had put it on the account and had taken all the money he had. They then proceeded to call the room more then once and left letters on the door. at the time my husband was trying to recover. so we had talk to guest services like they asked and told them the nurse had quoted us something much different. they told us we had to go to the medical bay and talk to them. but at that time they were closed. so the next day he still wasn't feeling good and because of hipaa. i knew they wouldn't talk to me and since Florida still doesn't accept gay marriage. so when my husband felt a little better. to witch the guest services was still was calling and left bills and told us to pay. that made him take longer to get some what better and didn't start to get better. till the cruise was all most over even though we told them. we did not have any way to pay. no credit cards or money to pay. they took all the money we had already. so he tried talking to the nurse at medical bay. they didn't care or do anything and told him he signed the bill. even though they didn't show him the bill or said it was the bill. just told him to sign for the treatment he received and so he could get the medicine. if that wasn't bad enough i had tried enjoying myself. since my husband told me no use us both staying in the room. so i tried enjoying the pools and they were always full. the hot tubes were full of kids even though it had said adults only till 8pm and there is a kids pool witch the kids never used. so i tried using the adults only spice h20 hot tubes. witch was always full. so i would ride the water slides. but when i rode the green drop slide. i hurt my back and got cut up in 2 places. the person that was running the drop slide. before i had rode the drop slide. the first ride attendant was allowing people to ride the slide without taking off their jewelry. before i had the chance to ride the slide. they had a shift change and i had to wait 15 minutes before i could ride the drop slide. witch is cool everyone needs breaks and i am not mad about that. the person that replaced the other guy was making everyone take off any jewelry. the only reason i am saying this is because i remember the 3 people in front of me. they had wined about the other guy not making them take off their jewelry. i believe someone had lost a piece of jewelry from the other guy and the jewelry had gotten jammed in the slide. the jewelry had cut and hurt my back in 2 places. when i told one of the pool attendant and showed him my back. because i didn't want to go all the way to the top of the ride. just to tell the ride attendant. since my back was hurting from cuts and i pulled my back up when it cut me and that pulled a muscle. the pool attendant told me it was not his problem and walked away. so i went back to my room as fast as i could to lay down. my back has just now started to feel better from the cuts/pulled muscle. i just wish i could have gone swimming in the Ocean/Caribbean sea. since before this cruise i had never seen or been in the ocean. I didn't get the chance to go swimming in the ocean/Caribbean sea or even put my feet in the water. since their was no swimming by the boat/docks. they also took all the money that was in my husbands account. so we both couldn't afford any of the ship excursions and i didn't want to go alone or take a taxi and had something happen. then not make it back in time for the boat. with the luck we had that would have happened and we didn't have passports. plus what is the fun in going to a beach alone on your honeymoon. i had cried every night on the ship for this reason and a couple more other reasons listed above and below. the only time we had an okay time was in the smoke room. because we met 5 really nice people and 2 crew members that treated us with respect. a bartender Matika in the atrium bar and our room steward.(that i can't remember how to spell his name.) i also wanted to mention on the 2nd or 3rd day of the cruise. i had gotten a alcoholic drink (a beer) from the bar. one of the officers on the ship. a guy officer had came up to me and garbed the beer from my hand and said you have to be 16 no drinking alcohol. i told him "i am sorry but what did you say?" he said no drinking you are 16. beer is for adults only. i told him i am 28 and married. he said give me your ship card. so i had handed him my ship card and he scanned my ship card. then he asked for my id. so i then showed him my id. i was not being mean, load or had been drinking. since that was my first beer all day or nor was i walking funny. so there was no reason for him to act this way to me. so then he gave me back my drink and started watch the other people at the bar. i didn't get a sorry or anything. i look young but i don't look that young. i am balding a little in the front and i had a full bread at the time. with my wedding ring on. this had happened to me 2 times. but the 2nd time was with a different officer on the ship and i was not drinking. i was just at a dj party in the skyline bar for adults only 18+. i was with a friend i made at the smoke room at tobacco road. she only stopped us and asked us for our ships card/id's. even though there was way younger looking people. that was walking into the skyline bar right behind us and she didn't ask them for anything. i have worked for 2 different convenience store totaling over 9 years. i know it is hard to tell somebody's age. but i know if i asked someone for their id like they did or only asked the young gay guys. i would have been fired or reprimanded for it.i would have said something to customer service. but the way they treated my husband. i didn't want to talk to them at all. since i know it most likely would not have gone anywhere or would have done anything.. i also have dyslexia and is hard for me to remember people's names/spelling of names. as i didn't want to say or spell it wrong. then get someone that had nothing to do with it in trouble. i only had the chance to walk around the 1st island of St.Thomas alone. not fun at all but i wanted my husband to try to recover. so we might of had the chance to walk to a beach. on one of the other islands. because they took all of my husbands money. so no ship excursions and i didn't want to go alone on the 2nd island Tortola he still was in pain. so we couldn't go to the beach there ether. on the 3rd island in the Bahamas. my husband was felling a little better. so the friends we had made in the smoke room. they had walked with us to the flee market. witch wasn't the plan we had in mind. the plan was to visit the beaches at all 3 islands. we had put just enough money in the accounts for 3 ship excursions and so we could get a couple of drinks for us both.. the reason we had chosen a cruise was for the beaches and the fact you do not need a passport to go. it also had been a dream of ours since we met 7 years ago. the dream was to go to the Caribbean beaches. the very thought of how they treated us and the trip its self. has made me cry a lot.. just thinking about it as i type this email has made me cry. i am not the type to cry at all. but all that hard earned money down the drain. we ware so close to having one of our biggest dreams for filled then having it fail. i have a lot of family members. That have gone on cruises before and plan on cruising in the future. they had told us cruises are the best bang for your buck. they also do not require a passport. which cost a ton of money. it had taken us years to save for just this honeymoon/ vacation. gas money their and back home (in total 2,591 miles 38.11 hours total drive) money for 2 hotel stays, food for the trip down and back, a little spending money for gifts/memento's to remember the trip, and tipping money for the people that served us.. i am not the kind of person that always looks at just the bad. i always try to look for the good in life and look for the positive things in life. but the only good/positive thing was meeting 7 people that we will never forget. the beautiful islands we had seen. plus the friendly people on the islands. i am sorry for this email. but i hated the thought that we got treated like crap, spent a whole lot of money, and was so close to completing one of our dreams. yet never got to go to the beaches or swimming on any of the islands witch was the whole point of the trip. i have tried emailing ncl and they have not gotten back with us at all. 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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
Rumor has it there were 1300 kids on board this sailing! Still, I laugh because it seems like adults are far more likely to be rude and annoying than the kids...I was almost taken out by speeding carts on more than one occasion. In a ... Read More
Rumor has it there were 1300 kids on board this sailing! Still, I laugh because it seems like adults are far more likely to be rude and annoying than the kids...I was almost taken out by speeding carts on more than one occasion. In a nutshell- the ship was by far larger than any I had sailed. It was actually intimidating on day 1,but we got our bearings quickly. I do agree the set up with the always stinky casino/ 678 area is certainly a poorly thought out design. I also think having the smoker's area at the bar on 17,right where it's easiest to watch the littles in the water play area is odd placement. Stateroom- 15870, an angled balcony was a delight overall, but you do hear nightly bass thumping music. Our attendant was kind enough to put a lounger on the balcony along with the two chairs and table and there was plenty of space. With 4 of us in the room, it took staying organized to not feel sardined. Plenty of storage space for us. LOVED the glass enclosed shower. The balcony was the perfect extra space. Do note that the overhang does affect view/photos a bit. Room steward Anil was hands down my favorite on any ship/line we've ever sailed. Mind you, I'm only on my 8th, but this man was the most genuine person I think I've ever met. He was efficient and thorough at his tasks. There was just something about his character that really made my week. Food is subjective....but I gained 4 pounds so I will say I obviously had little problem finding yummy food! Food Republic and Moderno were both excellent! Main dining was alright. We aren't big seafood eaters and twice I almost felt like I was settling on my dinner. O'Sheehans on Escape is far superior to the one on the Pearl. Spent a lot of time there playing darts, bowling, air hockey... and watching whatever was going on in the atrium below. Found breakfast and most lunches in the Café to be very enjoyable as well. However, this is where you realize there are many adults that throw manners out the window on "their vacation". Cutting kids in line because you feel entitled as an adult just makes you look like a _______ ( fill in what ever negative you want). Sometimes I wish I didn't raise my girls with manners because there were a few times I wish they let loose on people like that. Bars/drinks were actually pretty hit and miss. We,like many, had UBP. The roving servers I am used to seeing on other lines were like sighting Bigfoot over the course of the week. Bartenders in general were nice ( though one apparently thinks it's "funny" to pretend he doesn't understand English so the guest repeats themselves over and over- I guess I failed to see the humor? The one margarita we got at Margaritaville was awful. If we didn't have UBP the small cups to price ratio would have bothered me a lot. Kids ( 9 and 14) spent most of their time with new friends in their clubs. I was happy to see they enjoyed the clubs as much as they did! They both came off the ship with contact info and apparently intend to figure out how to convince all the parents to figure out a sailing in the future together!? Mini golf was always chaos so I didn't even try. The ropes course was really fun. I admit, of the four of us, I was actually more intimidated than I thought I would be at the start. Kids said waterslide was fun but nobody wanted to try the green/blue racer slide with me..and then my sunburned back kept me off anyway. Embark/Debark was very smooth in my eyes, especially with the number of passengers on board. Overall, we had a blast. Would we sail Escape again? I'd say yes for sure. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
I must preface our experience with the fact that we stayed in the Haven, which was a first for us, so it might go without saying that some experiences would be better than someone not staying in the Haven. That being said, we still had a ... Read More
I must preface our experience with the fact that we stayed in the Haven, which was a first for us, so it might go without saying that some experiences would be better than someone not staying in the Haven. That being said, we still had a few negative things that made the trip only "average", borderline poor. Lets not dwell on only negative as there is a LOT of positive with booking in the Haven, and those reading this would like insight that is helpful in making a decision as to whether or not to book with NCL and room 14300. Embarkation: Quick and easy, once you passed the first checkpoint that EVERYONE must pass through. You get a private waiting area with snacks and beverages. We had priority boarding and walked passed everyone else who had been there for hours, waiting. We were the first people on the ship, literally. We were swiftly escorted to the private Haven area where they had us wait for a quick explanation about the exclusivity of the Haven and that guests who are not in the Haven cannot use the amenities of the Haven. Sail-Away Party: This is a staple of NCL (as its my only experience on a Cruise ship). Non-existent. There was a private party on the back of the ship. Very disappointing. Normally the party is back in Spice H2O and this time it was apparently moved but the "feel" of the party was very subdued and that really set the tone for the rest of the cruise. Dining: This was our first experience dining in the Haven. The food was amazing. Seems like the time to order, get your food, and then leave is intentionally longer in the Haven area. The food was amazing, but our meals generally took over an hour every time. Its certainly was not a lack of good service, but I suspect more of a general aspect of fine dining. Our drinks were always replenished and the food was simply amazing. Specialty dining venues and food/value were amazing. Haven in General: Very Posh. The place was usually empty when we were there. We frequented the area on and off throughout the day and usually there were 1 or two families (or groups of people) in the area at any given time. Generally speaking the space was pretty empty. It was nice when we wanted solace from the large masses of people in the main part of the ship. The Concierge was extremely helpful. We saw one of the shows, and they gave us a private escort down to the venue so that we were the first into the venue. The bartenders got to know us, and more importantly what we drank. They were very polite. Entertainment on the ship: We watched the show After Midnight, Brat Pack, and one of the Cabarets. We also watched Dueling Pianos. On the whole all of the shows were very well choreographed, and performed. After Midnight did not seem to have a storyline so after a while we were not sure what was going on. Basically, its a lot of singing, and dancing/tap dancing. Vocal Artists were fantastic. Brat Pack was pretty neat, but at times it was hard to follow what was going on as it seemed to be a mash up of various 80's movies. The Cabaret was really good. Certainly worth watching. I certainly liked the performances of the other ships more, especially NCL Epic with the Blue Man Group and the Circ Du Soli style show they had as well. The Behind the scenes tour seemed to be a crash and burn this time. This is the 3rd time I've done a behind the scenes tour, and unfortunately during this last cruise we were restricted from seeing the bridge - which would have been cool to see. I guess a $79 cost per person is getting a little over my budget for the next cruise we do. Night Time Parties at Spice H2O: They started after 9:30pm (after the private events ended). Its not that he music was too loud... Yes it was loud, but it was distorted. Its like they turned the iPod all the way up and the main volume on the amp down... and when they wanted more volume they kept trying to turn the iPod up, but were overdriving the signal going into the amps and so it sounded distorted. 80's party was fun, so was the Glow party. Ports: We did the Eastern Caribbean rout which included Tortola, the US Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. We did the Canopy tour in Tortola and enjoyed it. Price seemed reasonable. We did a Catamaran in St. Thomas and also enjoyed it. We stayed on the boat in Nassau as the last time we were there we weren't all that impressed - but in retrospect, we didn't really plan anything in Nassau the last two times we were there. Mandra Spa: The spa was nice, and generally empty. At any given time I'd say there were 35 people at most using the space when we were there. If we choose to book NCL next time we might just do a single day pass. If you like relaxation with little crowds then the Mandra Spa is most certainly for you. We weren't all that thrilled with the Salt Room, but all of the other spaces were nice. We did not pay for any additional services as we don't feel we could justify over $200 for a massage, especially when you can get the same service at home for $75. Bars: When the bars that we wanted to visit were open the service was good. Maybe its flashing the Haven card that always seemed to give us the quickest service, but I felt as though I received really good bar service when I walked up to a bar compared to previous sailings. There were a few times I had some long lines - specifically when there were several venues closed for private functions. Unfortunately, many of the bars were closed during our trip, which really put a sour taste in our mouths with NCL and that is a large reason they only get an "Average" review. The Spice H20 bar was closed for 3 hours every day for a private event. Margaritaville was also closed multiple times each day for a private event, along with the Skyline Bar and 5 'O Clock somewhere bar. I recognize there was a fairly substantial private group, but to close 3 or 4 venues for one private group every day was a little much and certainly is a reason for a less than excellent review. This is a huge reason the "Value for Money" was set to poor. Our preferred venues were closed a little too often for our taste. Once or twice, fine. Every night... not cool, NCL... Not cool. Disembarkation: Quick and easy. We were swiftly escorted out with little issue. There is NOT priority for Haven guests when you go through Customs... Once you're off the ship you are back to being a "common" person again... The ship itself is beautiful. The Haven area is nothing short of heaven. You are treated like royalty, and everyone knows who you are after the first day. The staff on our trip were very polite and treated us all with respect. Service was generally fast, and when we went out for breakfast in the morning our room was made up before we got back. Our Butler, Maria, serenaded us with a song for our honeymoon. It was beautiful. Whether or not to Book the Haven is the million dollar question. If you can afford it, I'd say its worth it, at least once in your life. The Haven is a quieter part of the ship, and it allows those who want peace and quiet a place of solace. We are in our 30's, and aren't millionaires. We make average salaries and simply saved our pennies for this once in a lifetime trip. That being said, I would consider booking a suite in general again as some of the priority treatment certainly felt great. I just wish we knew in advance of a private party reserving several areas of the ship at a time. On the whole I really liked NCL, until this last trip. It was our Honeymoon, a once in a lifetime trip, and it seemed every time we wanted to go to a venue the venue was closed to private functions. There are several places to eat, drink, and party - I get it. This isn't our first Cruise with NCL, so we know where the fun spots are within the ship, and unfortunately for us, that hot spot was reserved everyday for 3 hours. While it may not seem like a big deal, we discovered many of those locations were empty, or had fewer than 15 people in it, yet the venue was closed to the rest of us who weren't in the group. It certainly left a sour taste in our mouth. We reached out to NCL and so far we have heard crickets in return from them, which adds salt to the wound, and partly why this review is only Average. Communication is key, especially when someone isn't feeling like they got a good experience. Anyone who has paid full price for the Haven can agree. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
The ship was gorgeous, the food was awesome (at the specialty restaurants) and the service was excellent, with some pretty good entertainment. Which is everything to expect in a 5 star cruise. Special thanks to the assistant ... Read More
The ship was gorgeous, the food was awesome (at the specialty restaurants) and the service was excellent, with some pretty good entertainment. Which is everything to expect in a 5 star cruise. Special thanks to the assistant beverage manager Christine, she did a fantastic job keeping the bar staff where the crowd was. Very well done NCL. Some areas of improvement would be with deck space in the spice H20, during the day there were a lot of stacked deck chairs taking up the limited space. The pools were very small on the ship and were extremely crowded during the day. It is a challenge to find a nice quiet spot on the ship anywhere other than the spice H20 area (which was always crowded during the day). Bigger might be better, but less people would be great. The only included restaurants we ate at were the garden cafe and the Manhattan room, the food there was mediocre but good. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Glenda and I boarded the Escape around Noon April, 16th 2016, Saturday. From the very beginning to the very end we had an Awesome time, We walked the ship to check it out. It was clean, spacious, well decorated. The employees we meet were ... Read More
Glenda and I boarded the Escape around Noon April, 16th 2016, Saturday. From the very beginning to the very end we had an Awesome time, We walked the ship to check it out. It was clean, spacious, well decorated. The employees we meet were friendly, courteous, and helpful. We had an inside cabin, which was fine, it was clean and laid out well, we had enough room to store 3 suitcases. We set sail Saturday at 5 PM ate at the Buffet later that night, and enjoyed ourselves at the casino for a bit. Sunday morning we received a phone call from Pam, , Hotel cincierge. She informed us that Sean Wurmhoeringer, Hotel Director, had upgraded us to a Balcony Room free of charge. We meet Sean and Martin Ivanov(Food & Beverage Director) and they informed us that if there was anything we needed or needed to be corrected to contact them. Overall, the following employees deserve to be recognized for there generosity and kindness. Sean Wurmhoeringer, Martin Ivanov, Erwin Sandoval, Angel Reid, Andre Gaffney(Asst Cruise Dir), Tyson Pinto(Exec Chef). All these people helped us to have an awesome time. Pam, Sean's Asst, was very helpful as well. The ship had really great shows, great eateries, nice bars, fun pool activities, dancing nightly, and a Great Staff.. Anyone reading this should definitely try the Escape soon. We had a Terrific time.. Also, don;t forget to try the water slides and obstacle course, the fitness room, and the Spa.. We will be back. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
Just got off the November 28th sailing of the Escape. Had a wonderful time. Here are some pros and cons: Pros: - Lots to do on board (bars, shows, etc.) - Love the casino layout, especially with Skyline bar right there - Ship ... Read More
Just got off the November 28th sailing of the Escape. Had a wonderful time. Here are some pros and cons: Pros: - Lots to do on board (bars, shows, etc.) - Love the casino layout, especially with Skyline bar right there - Ship is brand new and clean, and we didn't run into any new-ship hiccups - Food was great at the buffet and at Food Republic (two places we ate the most) - Nice gym and spa with great views - Staff was very friendly - Friends of Dorothy (LGBT) meeting every night at Skyline bar (we had over 50 people the first night!) Cons: - The move to a la carte dining is not cool - Bars were slow at time. They need more bar tenders - Ship moves more than then Epic or even the RCI Oasis and Allure - Wish they would diversify the shows. All three are basically old music. Need some new broadway / music. Everything was 80s, 50s and 20s basically. Overall we had a great time and would highly recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
I have returned from the inaugural sailing of NCL's newest ship, Escape. I was very much surprised at the changes to the layouts and formats from the 2 previous ships - NCL Breakaway and Getaway. Different classes. Different ... Read More
I have returned from the inaugural sailing of NCL's newest ship, Escape. I was very much surprised at the changes to the layouts and formats from the 2 previous ships - NCL Breakaway and Getaway. Different classes. Different experience. I will not dwell on NCL running out of wine or not having some beers available. I was not bothered by this. I did expect some items to be off kilter until after Miami. I traveled solo in a mini-suite. The cabin design and color selection proved relaxing and comfortable. The mini suite bathroom was large with ample room to move around, as was the shower. Storage was ample. My cabin steward was wonderful, responsive and attentive. The ship has a familiar in layout with most restaurants and lounges on decks 6,7,8. The flow works well. I enjoyed the variety in choice of venues and attitudes in each. Note: I was puzzled by the piano player at the beer bar where the football game on the screen worked better. I throughly enjoyed the Food Republic, a for fee food venue, choosing to eat here several times. I enjoyed dinner in Taste 3 times and enjoyed it thoroughly. I purchased a 5-dinner pass and enjoyed Cagney's, Moderno, and La Cuchina with repeated visits. The Garden Cafe was my place for breakfast and lunch. I found the offerings to be fresh and ample throughout the trip. I did eat lunch at Margaritaville. There was a line and I waited approximately 30 minutes (my choice to wait). I did enjoy my entry but found the offerings too large to eat. My friends and I did the ropes course several times, and did the water slides. We had a great time. Shows: I loved Brat Pack, and After Midnight. This crossing also had a male singing group - Tenors of Rock, who tore the house down with their renderings of classic rock songs. I did not see Million Dollar Quartet but heard good reviews. Missing is the space known as Bliss Lounge, a bar\dance\nightclub venue. This space is now Skyline bar which works well. The staff here was incredible, helpful and attentive. Health club - I participated in several pay for classes and had a great time. The instructors were informed and professional. The ship was clean and kept clean by a staff of stewards who were always about. I found the food to be better from recent NCL trips. Smoking: I am not a smoker. I appreciate the effort of NCL to limit smoking to designated areas. But the effort must be enforced. Many people are now smoking (viping) e-cigarettes and doing it anywhere under the pretense that it is not "smoking." NCL must enforce their policy regardless of type of item being smoked. Overall a great time. Read Less
Norwegian Escape Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Service 3.0 4.1
Value For Money 4.0 3.7

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