Sail Date: October 2018
I wanted to sail on one of the new big ships and the Escape fit this bill. With outside dining and beautifully designed rooms it was wonderful. The food is a big improvement over some of the smaller ships. This trip went to Bermuda and ... Read More
I wanted to sail on one of the new big ships and the Escape fit this bill. With outside dining and beautifully designed rooms it was wonderful. The food is a big improvement over some of the smaller ships. This trip went to Bermuda and we were there for parts of three days. So it was a more restful itinerary than others where you are in a different port every day. Bermuda was beautiful with pink sand beaches and lovely people. No hustle no hassle compared to some Caribbean Islands. You can rent scooters and travel the island. St Georges is a UNESCO site and is a charming seaside village that you can walk around and see forts and visit lovely beaches. The weather rained a little but cleared up most of the time. I would visit Bermuda again and spend more time. Hats off to NCL for a great ship and a wonderful itinerary. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2018
No straws ! Bring your own if you like frozen drinks ! You cannot sip them til it melts Get the iconcierge app. You can communicate with others on board who have the app and give you their special number to add as a contact $9.99 total ... Read More
No straws ! Bring your own if you like frozen drinks ! You cannot sip them til it melts Get the iconcierge app. You can communicate with others on board who have the app and give you their special number to add as a contact $9.99 total for the week per phone, no other charges It will give you all the daily activities by time each day and the Deck # ! You can also check future days activities. ALSO you can check your charges and get problem charges resoled that day Last day the lines are VERY long with people paying cash and resolving issues 2 hrs at least ! I went 5 times to get prices resolved The pools are too crowded If you want to save seats get there by 7 AM on sea days . In port its much better at the pool. Many things cost money and can be charged to your room. Bingo 49.00 for 2, Deal or no deal 25.00 for 2games pp Some drinks are an upgrade like Gentleman Jack Daniels for 2.35 per drink Gambling , lotto.and more . Cagneys steak house was the BEST ! Great everything ! OSheehans is most popular because you can look down below to the Atrium where there is so much to see and participate in like Deal or no deal and battle of the sexes and Trivia. If bad weather outside you will not get near the atrium or Osheehans on the overlook My husband is phobic clean and he gave ths hip an A+ ! We had Ashok as our Steward and he was amazing Always took care of our room when we left never disturbed us There is pen and paper in the room to leave a note if you needed something from him . My 15 yr old grandaughter did not connect with the teen group, but heard from another father that his 2 girls did (15-16yrs old) and did not get in til 5AM one morning, then he gave them a curfew ! This ship is Beautiful, everywhere ! I would highly recommend it !! we sailed from NYV 7/22-7/30 We got to a close parking lot in NYC we got there around 8:30 There are only 400 spaces I think The next lot over was a walk So parking in this lot right at Port 88 we just took the terminal down to the port Leaving was easy too after we got our bags thru custome which went pretty fast Enjoy ! Its worth it Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We wanted to take a once in a lifetime type family vacation and the Escaoe delivered. We took our 3 kids ages 9,7,5. So many things to do on the ship, we didn’t even get off at two of the ports. Buffet is complimentary along with 4 ... Read More
We wanted to take a once in a lifetime type family vacation and the Escaoe delivered. We took our 3 kids ages 9,7,5. So many things to do on the ship, we didn’t even get off at two of the ports. Buffet is complimentary along with 4 other sit down restaurants. We ate at the buffet every meal except one one because it was super easy with the kids. If you are traveling with children here’s what you’ll want to know. Splash academy has free daycare until10:30pm with lots of group activities. The guppies nursery is there too for children under 3 I believe is the age limit . The super fast free fall drop slide called the aqua loop has a minimum 48” and 100lb. Weight limit but 40” requirement on the other aqua racer slide . There are 2 other water slides that my small 5 your old girl had no issues going down . Also the ropes course is awesome but does have a 48” minimum also need closed toe shoes and shorts (pretty strict) for this . They do have a course for the smaller children too but will need an adult accompanying . Also if first cruise the middle of ship on lower decks is really smooth riding. If you book a family room with picture window there is a bunk bed that comes down from cieling . You’ll have to ask them to lower it . We had them leave it down for entire trip. Our family of 5 fit fine in the room. We stayed in room 5776 on starboard side. Read the free newsletter they send out every morning and bring a highlighter to select programs/ games etc. that you want to catch because there are a ton, you won’t make them all.Have fun !!! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We were with a party of 31, but we were the only couple of our group who booked the Haven 2 Bedroom suite with two baths. Cabin 17118... With 4200 passengers, the ship is just too big for comfort. HUGE ship. Overeating crowds are ... Read More
We were with a party of 31, but we were the only couple of our group who booked the Haven 2 Bedroom suite with two baths. Cabin 17118... With 4200 passengers, the ship is just too big for comfort. HUGE ship. Overeating crowds are everywhere. THE HAVEN: Rooms are well appointed in the Haven, I can not speak for the cabins outside of this private suite area. Since The Haven is a private access via card only area, it is what a relaxing cruise should be. Do not bring a hairdryer or magnifying mirror, both are excellent- there were 2 dryers in the family suite. Serving staff is awesome, but I always tip when I get there and again when I leave, even if tips are included in the fare, I just hope most people recognize how hard these people work and do the same. Everyone in this area is top notch when it comes to service. Bed was very comfortable, slept like a baby. Main bathroom fully equipped with soaking tub, over sized shower with multiple jets. Second bath in the kids section adequate when two are getting ready at the same time. The ship was one of the most STABLE I have cruised on, and I was aft. & had a couple from Chicago with three kids in the identical unit next to us, and never heard them in their cabin. Suffice to stay walls must be well insulated. Book your restaurants well in advance. FOOD: Food was excellent, but we did utilize the private dining area for breakfast offered to the Haven guests. We ate at Taste, the Brazilian restaurant, The Bistro and the Manhattan. I do not recommend the Manhattan as it is very noisy and service is just not what I expect. ENTERTAINMENT: Entertainment was great, we went to a couple shows, dueling pianos, and the Supper Club featuring "The Company Men" who do mash up songs (as many as 4 songs simultaneously in harmony) they are just awesome performers. AGAIN, BOOK VENUES IN ADVANCE. PORTS: There was a "Medical Emergency" on the ship and we had to sail back to Miami, which reversed the itinerary, eliminated one port (Bahamas) and forced us to dock at Ochp Rios (hate it there) instead of Falmouth in Jamaica. We booked Mr Sanchos privately in Cozumel, I recommend booking a cabana at Royal Palms in Grand Cayman way in advance as the beaches the cabbies will take you are awful. AS far as Jamaica, it was a waste of time docking at Ocho Rios. If that ever happens to you, book a day pass at a luxury resort. It is just a mess there and has been, with hurricanes, without hurricanes or while being renovated-I have been there during all three scenarios. Too much ganja I suppose. CHILDREN: I did not travel with children, but there is plenty for them to do on the ship. Giant waterslides, small zipline, play areas, and many activities. RETURN TRIP? Not sure I would ever go on this ship again, as it is just Tooooooooooo Big. If you like crowds then this is the ship for you, just do not expect a big pool. There isn't one! Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2017
As first time cruisers, my husband and myself were put to the test. 55 mph winds and 12 ft waves on our first 2 days at sea. There were so many things to do on the ship, that we didn't even realize how bad the weather was until the ... Read More
As first time cruisers, my husband and myself were put to the test. 55 mph winds and 12 ft waves on our first 2 days at sea. There were so many things to do on the ship, that we didn't even realize how bad the weather was until the captain announced the stats! We really had a good opportunity to explore the ship, hang out at the atrium, and relax with a cocktail at the numerous bars and lounges. There is such a large variety of restaurants and bars on the ship that along with the Casino and the entertainment, it almost felt like a mini-Vegas! We travelled with 6 of our friends, so that made the trip extra fun! The last 3 days of the cruise was calm, sunny, and beautiful. Regardless of the weather, I felt safe and secure the entire time. I would definitely recommend the Norwegian Escape. We are planning our next trip for 2019. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2015
great new ship, great staff, we stayed in the haven, good thing otherwise... NCL changes your paid package after taking your money thus altering your product. Chose it because it was new ship and the no smoking policy. By the time ... Read More
great new ship, great staff, we stayed in the haven, good thing otherwise... NCL changes your paid package after taking your money thus altering your product. Chose it because it was new ship and the no smoking policy. By the time our cruise came along, the CEO of NCL has stated he is Ok with losing loyal customers to increase profits. Thus after crossing the Atlantic, smoking was allowed in the casino. it is an open casino on deck 7. you can smell the smoke all over not only deck 7, but also decks 6 and 8 as the smoke goes everywhere. For example, eating at Bistro on deck 6, sitting there, you smell smoke. Smoke everywhere. I thus avoided decks 6,7,8 for the most part for the week. Luckily I was in the Haven. Food was excellent esp in the Haven. Shows were great. Pools are small but OK. Staff friendly except in the beer lounge called the District Beer House where after 3 visits I gave up. Great beers, but the staff don't seem to care you are there. You wait forever as staff just stand around at the bar, or clean glasses, etc. Do busy work but do not serve customers. I felt like I was an annoyance to them. THE SMOKE WILL GET WORSE AS IT SEEPS INTO CARPETS AND FABRICS. More details... Traveled via Air Canada from Canada to Miami. Stayed overnight at Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay (we always stay here). Embarkation almost flawless (due to Haven) but was a bit unorganized. Haven suite 17726 had a second bedroom/bath, comfortable for one person. A second person (on pull down bunk) would have been overcrowding. Small deck, room for only 2 non reclining chairs and a table. Le Bistro food great, can't eat in courtyard due to smoke. La Cuchina great food and service. Tapenyaki food great, very slow to get started. Haven restaurant food and staff could not be better! Buffet too crowded, food not organized in one area but in a large rectangle thus forcing one to walk great distances to see it all before selecting. That said, too crowded anyway. Most meals, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at Haven because of quality and quiet and convenient and no crowds. Activities... walking, can't jog, track is between bars amoungst sun bathers and 5 laps to the km. Useless. Casino... would have but it would have killed me, the smoke. Games in arcade and O'Sheenan were fine. Shows were great. Getting off the ship a breeze (due to Haven perks). 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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