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15 Night Europe Cruise from New York

15 Night Europe Cruise from New York (Manhattan)

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    New York (Manhattan)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Ponta Delgada
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Lisbon
  • Day 10
    Seville
  • Day 11
    Malaga
  • Day 12
    Palma de Mallorca
  • Day 13
    Barcelona
  • Day 14
    Cannes
  • Day 15
    Florence (Livorno)
  • Day 16
    Rome (Civitavecchia)

Norwegian Escape

Norwegian Escape - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Exceptional dining, entertainment, bar and club options abound

Cons

A la carte fees and cover charges add up quickly

Bottom Line

There's something for everyone on Escape, but you might pay extra for it


Cruise Reviews

1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
Chose NCL for Activities to entertain a 13 year old boy, amenities for two 80 year olds. Destination to beautiful Bermuda. The ship was at capacity; much too crowded for our party of 5. LONG lines on all kid friendly activities. Most ... Read More
Chose NCL for Activities to entertain a 13 year old boy, amenities for two 80 year olds. Destination to beautiful Bermuda. The ship was at capacity; much too crowded for our party of 5. LONG lines on all kid friendly activities. Most shows sold out. Specialty dining reservations extremely difficult to make. Childrens pool too small and too crowded. Would suggest including a tween/teen pool, or allowing tween/teen time in adult pool. The ship lack the ability to accommodate so many travelers. Guest services staff not empowered to solve issues; simply offer smiles, apologize and re-iterate that the experience was fully booked. Long lines at guest services. Long waits at elevators. Bars not adequately staffed. Staff told us several times the ship was crowded and sailing at capacity. 13 year old spent more time in cabin reading than opting to wait to participate in activites. He did not consider his time on board as fun/vacation. We LOVED our dining experience at Manhattan Room, Moderno and Cagneys; Cagneys and Moderno not our first choice. First choice Tapenyaki, sold out. Beyamo sold out. Beverly at Tapenyaki most helpful representative. LaCucina, noisy, average food, hair found in sons pizza. Eddie our steward, Excellent. Excellent experience with K & S watersports...parasailing excursion on land not available thru NCL. Also beach day at Elbow beach, booked through resortforaday. Snorkeling Catamaran excursion booked thru NCL, thoroughy enjoyed by all. Information before cruise not forthcoming unless we called. Couldn't book dining for 5. yet on board, couldn't reserve dining for less than 8. Many opportunities and emails received to spend more money for upgrade. Onboard WIFI minutes not explained. We thought we'd be able to talk among our five travellers. This requires a $10/day/person fee. On board bowling, $6 per game. Gaming pass for the week....$170. All onboard charges applied to credit card....if paid with a travellers check would result in waiting on a line to "cash out" at the end of our trip. Disembarking goes quickly....a problem if you have a car service reserved to get you. Needed to leave cabin at 8:30am; yet our disembarking time 9:45am. We were told to plan luggage would be available 10:30. It was available at 9:15. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
A loosely associated group of 28 sailed on this cruise. My husband and I were on 6 prior cruises and would not have chosen NCL, a mega ship, or this time of year to sail if not for our group. What one does for one’s friends! What a ... Read More
A loosely associated group of 28 sailed on this cruise. My husband and I were on 6 prior cruises and would not have chosen NCL, a mega ship, or this time of year to sail if not for our group. What one does for one’s friends! What a pleasant surprise! My top priority is the quality of the food. Ever been on a cruise with terrible coffee or boring food selections? I have. I have to say food was better than most of our prior cruises and adequately interesting and varied. This is saying something because we did not participate in specialty dining. It was truly awesome. Two slightly negative observations. While the buffet was adequate it did not come close to my favorite (Oceania) nor my worst either (surprisingly Celebrity). Lunch in the main dining rooms is the same each day. Luckily we only went twice so while it was a surprise, it was not a big deal. I missed outdoor dining options, but the quality and variety more than made up for it. H The ship is managed very efficiently. Elevators are a crush only in times like after muster drill or shows. You have to wait but not more than on any other line I’ve been on. Heck one cruise we walked because the elevator was such a pain (but it was a smaller ship.) Dining is very pleasant. While I’ve had open seating before, I’ve never had the flexibility for a table of two. Freestyle cruising is different on NCL and nice in its own way. I have met more people with other dining styles, but liked the NCL way as well. Just a note. To make a tour, we were served dinner in 45 minutes (with wine but no dessert). Excellent! Wish I had gotten that waiters name! He was a hero! We had a drink package but I have to say drinks were priced pretty reasonably. The District for beer was excellent. The pool bars were eh, with typically weak drinks. We found Mixx the first day and loved that bar with excellent cocktails and competent bartenders. If you meet I Ketut Ariadi there, he is the best. Tell him Roger Federer says Hi! (He may remember) The cruise critic meet and greet was awesome. The best of any cruise line. While officers are normally friendly and responsive. I’ve not met more on another cruise, even of longer duration, and more helpful. I don’t know why we got strawberries in our stateroom from the manager, but we did! Unfortunately, others in guest services are not so knowledgeable. I talked to the desk and others I found along the way. They were pretty clueless or just answered with nonsense. Thank goodness we talked to the manager of guest services and she answered our questions and concerns. Embarkation and disembarkation was all very organized and painless. We carried our bags off the ship so I cant comment on how it works if you are trying to find your bags or disembarking later in the morning. The pool situation is pretty dismal unless seriously crowded conditions don’t bother you. If I were to do it again I’d eat later and go to the pool during dinner hours, but that would mean missing our time at Mixx! There are quiet parts of the ship — with shade, but no real shade and quiet next to the pool. Depends on what you want. Sun a plenty if you want that near pool yet relatively quiet. Entertainment was very good. Broadway quality shows and we loved all of what we saw. See Choir of Man if you can. We saw that, After Midnight and Unplugged. We missed dueling pianos. I have to say that the ship is a party boat with loud contemporary music blasting everywhere, even on the “view from the bridge” channel. Not really my style but I expected it, so just went with the flow, searching out the quiet places on ship. Can’t say enough good things about the crew, — pleasant, trying their best and working hard! Overall I was really impressed with the ship, crew and experience. I am planning another cruise with them! We only did one shore excursion, the rum swizzle sunset cruise that we really enjoyed others in our group tried most of the other tours and I only heard great things. Of course, the weather was with us, so that probably helps but even so, I would do more tours if I went again as they were highly enjoyed. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
My wife and I sail every 4th of July week due to employment. We choose to embark in New York as it is an easy 4 hour ride to port from North of Boston. Embarkation in New York is busy but very well organized. We arrived at 10:30 and ... Read More
My wife and I sail every 4th of July week due to employment. We choose to embark in New York as it is an easy 4 hour ride to port from North of Boston. Embarkation in New York is busy but very well organized. We arrived at 10:30 and were having our first drink at 11:35. As Platinum members we enjoy several perks with NCL. First and foremost on a ship this size is the crew. SECOND TO NONE!!!! The customer service we receive on the Escape is a step above what we expect. Every crew member we interacted with asked how things are going?, and can I do anything for you?. From Mary Jane at Starbucks in the Morning to Arif our room steward in the evening. Every single day, we interacted with Officers on this ship. They circulate around to make sure everything is going well. If you have a reasonable problem on this ship and speak with someone, it will be taken care off. We were in a Spa Mini Suite. The Mini Suite is a nice size for two and the bathroom is a really good size. Hot water and pressure are excellent. We requested a foam mattress top upon booking and it made the bed more comfortable for me. The spa, what can I say....heaven. I want a heated tile lounger!!!!! The food is very good. Do not miss Food Republic, our hidden gem on the Escape. Le Bistro is our favorite specialty restaurant. Service at all venues we visited for food was spot on. Our room was well kept by Arif.... a very stealthy guy! Request of extra towels, shampoo, and bar soap were taken care of. We emptied our mini fridge into the drawer under the couch so that we could use the fridge. Never charged or questioned. I must comment on the casino dealers, pit, and servers....All A+. The casino manager spent all of his time cow tailing to high rollers, I guess that's his job. 7 days in the casino and no greeting from casino manager. The casino host and executive hosts could not be better. One comment....don't expect the win/loss to be correct. This is the second time our win/loss was off dramatically on the Escape. Here nor there, we had fun with dealers and supervisors we have come to know through our travels. As I always say "its entertainment not an opportunity". Bermuda is Bermuda....Bermudafull!!! This ship has always been enjoyable to us. We are very sad that she is being replaced in New York next summer by the Encore. I would like to hope that many of her crew would be transplanted to the Encore....but this would be selfish of me. My number one and two Vacation hero are the general manager Deepak Punia and his wonderful secretary Denielle. The family atmosphere they have put in place both for the crew and passengers works!!!!! It just works really well. Yes, there were hiccups here and there......nothing drastic enough to mention. Bumps in the road are expected in travel, The crew on the Escape smooth them out....just talk to them. Overall, another wonderful NCL cruise and another wonderful experience on The Escape. Read Less
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