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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We decided to try the NCL line after many years of absence. We are a mature couple more aligned to celebrity and Oceania, having cruised since 1980 and we were looking forward to the Escape because of its association with Frank Del Rio ... Read More
We decided to try the NCL line after many years of absence. We are a mature couple more aligned to celebrity and Oceania, having cruised since 1980 and we were looking forward to the Escape because of its association with Frank Del Rio from Oceania, and the food showed it. We opted for 6 nights of specialty restaurants and the UDP, both great ideas. The room on 12 was ok and fit our needs, no problems with elevators, Breakfast buffet was fine and lunch there was ok. Rating the specialty restaurants Cagneys 2, Bistro 2, La Cuccina Manhattan, best to weakest. The entertainment was directed more to the Generation X. the shows are just ok and the MC left a lot to be desired. We wished for a nice piano bar for late evening after dinner, none available. The best bar for us was Cagneys bar, great bar tenders and knew how to mix drinks. We missed Nassau (not our favorite) and received $32 in taxes and $50 shipboard credit, we questioned the 3 ports equaled $ 300 per person and received $16. Not a happy camper! Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
I have cruised approximately 50 times. On small ships and very big ships such as the Oasis...In fact I have cruised frequently on NCL and we are "Platinum" members as of this last cruise...Frankly, that is what I want it to ... Read More
I have cruised approximately 50 times. On small ships and very big ships such as the Oasis...In fact I have cruised frequently on NCL and we are "Platinum" members as of this last cruise...Frankly, that is what I want it to be...my last cruise on NCL... They called us several days before the cruise telling us to get there early because there was going to be heavy traffic...there wasn't and when we got to the terminal we were pushed about and I have MS and there was no place for me to sit or anything... When we did get on the ship we were able to go directly to the cabin...My cabin was 9102 at the very front of the ship...no one told me what kind of a walk it would be from the elevator...and we were at the opposite end of the ship for the dining areas...the gym was so small I couldn't get in it, but no worries there as I got in over 3 miles a day just walking from place to place on the ship... We took our older grandchildren with us...girl of just about 16 and boy just about 13...He was able to enjoy the kids club...but not the girl...she said there were beer cans in front of the teen age club and she knew three of the girls and they were underage, not to mention there was a rumor of Cannibas being smoked...didn't see it myself, but girl is not a liar... The specialty restaurants were not only surcharging to go, but for stuff like "mushroom soup" on the Le Bistro menu...and noises at night from outside the cabin window...they had no rooms to move me to I was told. Then a room became available 2 doors down and they wouldn't move me there...I guess because it was a balcony and we had an "ocean" view...which was actually a view of the helicopter landing pad where the crew could sun themselves...The one good thing about my room was my room steward... The Ports were St Thomas, Tortolla and Bahamas...if you are going to buy jewelry...don't bother...Actually, I priced a Baby G and it was $5 cheaper on Amazon...Alex & Ani bracelets are the same price as the states..just no tax...the shops are all the same on all the stops...and you better bring a jewelers loop to make sure you are getting good quality gemstones...and that includes on the ship...the tours are extremely expensive... The bed and pillows in the room were comfortable. Plenty of storage and they do have an ironing board and iron on ship...there is only one channel for movies and if you rent a movie it is $10... The GLOW party was awful because you couldn't move and you certainly cannot put all the people (and this was Spring Break ) who want to go in the area provided... The Ropes course and the slides were great...and I even rode the middle slide...once...couldn't get near the pool... We had gone on an NCL ship that had fantastic acts in the Atrium...nope...not this time... Getting off and going through customs was fast...thank God...never so happy to get home! PS...The one show we did watch with the tap dancers and singers was above and beyond the best...real taps and no syncing to a tape...we met the singers on a tour and we told them how wonderful they were and they were...the reason I rate entertainment as terrible is because in 7 days that was it... Do buy the picture package and go take a bazillion pictures...that was a good deal... The food was excellent... too many people and not enough pool space...Entertainment was eh... Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
We sailed on the Escape with our family who ranged from five years old to 82 years old. Embarkment was a breeze. We had check in from 10 to 1030 and I think we waited until about 1130 to board. We walked around the ship until ... Read More
We sailed on the Escape with our family who ranged from five years old to 82 years old. Embarkment was a breeze. We had check in from 10 to 1030 and I think we waited until about 1130 to board. We walked around the ship until sailaway. When we sailed on get away they had the party on the back of the ship which was great because there was quite a bit of room for this Sail away we were in the central area of the pool deck and it was very crowded. My biggest complaint about Escape is that I felt the crowds all the time. I loved Getaway. The escape was very similar except I think the added three floors of people without adding more recreational spaces. I absolutely love that the restaurants are all facing the ocean that there is seating outside at night we would get drinks and sit on the deck and watch the stars it was beautiful . The ship itself was very clean. The crew they were all absolutely amazing very friendly and hard-working . The kids all really like the kids club we had a five-year-old and Two seven year-olds. The staff in the kids area where always super friendly the kids had a great time. We ate at Margaritaville and I thought the food was average. It was free initially when we booked but because it was getting so crowded they changed it to a fee. I understand why they did this but I think they should've added another free option. I thought the saying was really good with many choices . We ate in the dining room a couple nights and thought the food was great there as well . We always do Teppenyaki. This was good as well. We also ate at Food Republic. It was just ok. In Saint Thomas we went to coki beach. We have done this before and it was a little more crowded this time and the waves were actually a little more rough but still beautiful. We did the virgin Gorda baths in Tortola. We had done this about 10 years ago and I didn't remember it being quite so difficult to maneuver through the rocks maybe it's because I'm 10 years older. The beach is really pretty . We did at Atlantis Hotel in Nassau and we loved it. We had done it before but this time we did it on her own through the comfort suites it was super easy I found all the information on the cruise critic boards on how to do it. We had a balcony room and the only complaint I would have is that I wish there was more drawer space but it was a really nice room and I loved having a balcony. The pool deck was very crowded you could not get a chair unless you went out really early. I'm not sure how you fix the situation there are just too many people for the size of the pool. We all loved the slides and the ropes course was super fun. Everyone that we went with had a wonderful time we did play slots and probably came out even. There was tons to do we did not get to do everything because we ran out of time. You can't beat the value when we had kids sale free and the ultimate beverage package . Overall I gave it a 4 only because the crowds. I prefer Getaway. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
Very confused in peoples reviews of the Norwegian escape. Many things can go wrong with a trip but you have to go with it and enjoy. My biggest joy about this ship was the staff. Many of the reviews I've read make comments on how ... Read More
Very confused in peoples reviews of the Norwegian escape. Many things can go wrong with a trip but you have to go with it and enjoy. My biggest joy about this ship was the staff. Many of the reviews I've read make comments on how horrible the staff was and that they seemed very unhappy. All I have to say about that is " treat people how you expect to be treated ". Every staff member I experienced was great and my daughter thought the ropes coarse and water slide staff was amazing. They knew her and my nieces names within a day. A shout goes out to Lesley, Romeo S, Noel ,Lindi, Donny, Jo Jo and Cornelius all of the deck staff. You are the best!! I would also like to say The Brewhouse staff was great. Wish we had of spent a little more then just the last night there. Room stewards were all pleasant. The food and all the dinning rooms were all exceptional. I found their was a great variety of food. Between the buffet,main dinning rooms and Oshehan's their was plenty to choose from food wise.only disappointment was that Margaritaville wasn't complimentary now but didn't effect my trip at all. Booked to go see After Midnight but was having way to much fun to go. The adult area and the Grotto in the back of the ship was great. Pools were a great size. Overall the ship was beautiful, clean and impressive. I am now looking at booking my second cruise with Norwegian. I am a new fan!!! 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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