Sail Date: May 2019
My family and I went to Bermuda on the 5/5/19 sailing on the Escape. It was our 3rd cruise with Norwegian and our second cruise with NCL to Bermuda. The first one was on the Breakaway. We love the island and enjoy the trip. We have ... Read More
My family and I went to Bermuda on the 5/5/19 sailing on the Escape. It was our 3rd cruise with Norwegian and our second cruise with NCL to Bermuda. The first one was on the Breakaway. We love the island and enjoy the trip. We have also together on RCL as well as Carnival. We were in a balcony cabin on the 9th deck. Pros - The ship was clean and seemingly well maintained. - The staff was very friendly and engaging. Everyone that I encountered was exceedingly nice. It made me feel wanted. - The Choir of Man is a fantastic show. Best show I've seen on a ship or land. - The washy washy team was great - The senior F&B team was very visible and interactive the whole week - The embarkation and disembarkation process was smooth and orderly - While shows booked nearly instantaneously upon entering the ship, we were successful in getting seats via the standby process. - Smoking areas were restricted which was nice. - The Captain decided to take a different route out to the Bahamas which seemingly reduced the motion. The Celebrity cruise the same week went direct and in talking with people on that ship it was very rocky for the whole duration. Cons - The room steward was not attentive. We never met him on day one and when we departed the room we left a note asking for him to split the beds. That never happened and at 9:00 when we called directly to request the change his response was..."Right Now"? - There was no body lotion or bar of soap in the bathroom, trash was left day over day, no bottle of wine as a latitudes member, just no communication at all. - We booked two rooms as we had 5 people. We put the majority of onboard purchases on my account simply because I always had it readily available. We came to find out on the last night when we received our bill that we had $150 of onboard credit on the other room. I specifically asked my cruise consultant if we had any OBC and he said no. And NCL never let us know either. It was very frustrating to see that we had to return that OBC and pay on another account. - The internet was very slow. This was expected but still a con. - The shows and dinner reservations booked very fast on day one. The first afternoon many of the best times were taken and shows completely booked. It was frustrating. But see pro above as we were successful in going standby and not having long waits for dining. But we never seemed to be able to get good seats as a result. - The food in the main dining halls was very average. Very little seafood available and the nicer steaks were just ok. - Wait times to get seated in a dining room were ok, but once seated the dining process was quite long. It took me over 20 minutes to get a coke. In summary, Bermuda is one of my favorite places on earth. Cruising out is a great way to take advantage of a nice ship and have great availability to the islands for 3 days. I had enjoyed my previous cruises on NCL much more and developed an affinity for the brand. While I intend to cruise again, I am not sure that NCL will be my first choice. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
There was 3 main rooms to eat.One forgot husbands dinner and order and when he did receive it everyone else was done.They gave him a steak that you couldnt cut never mind eat. The second main room was always late and food never hot and the ... Read More
There was 3 main rooms to eat.One forgot husbands dinner and order and when he did receive it everyone else was done.They gave him a steak that you couldnt cut never mind eat. The second main room was always late and food never hot and the cook was terrible.The 3rd main room was the savor and it wasnt too bad but the food was never hot.So we tried the 3 speciality dinning rooms.The seafood well i had a lopster whole when i ordered the tail.They cooked it on a grill and i couldnt get the meat off the lopster to eat it.Terrible and this was a speciality dinning.The french one was very good and that was the only one that was great. The 3rd one i dont even remember but it was bad food so that will give you an idea of what that was like. They had entertainment good for the teens and that was it.Terrible.The comedy club was so so.Only good thing was the bar and thank god for that or we would of starved.How could they charge what they did when the food was so terrible i dont know.We had a white party and loud music for teens and children no matter what age were allowed till midnight.That ruined it for the adults who wanted to dance and drink.All in all stay away from norweigan any of them.This was my second norweigan ship and never ever again.Hope i did the required amount of letters which is so stupid also Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
All in all the cruise was very nice. My wife and I liked Bermuda the last time we sailed there. Pros: Restaurants were top notch. We had selected the specialty restaurant package last time we cruised, and this time my wife said: ... Read More
All in all the cruise was very nice. My wife and I liked Bermuda the last time we sailed there. Pros: Restaurants were top notch. We had selected the specialty restaurant package last time we cruised, and this time my wife said: "The food and service is so good in the complimentary restaurants, we don't need the specialty restaurant package". Entertainment was great. We only took advantage of a couple of the venues, but they were very entertaining. We attended our first art auction. Mostly because we were curious. There were a couple pieces we could afford, but most was WAY out of our league. Staff was friendly and conscientious. Cabin was a Balcony, and had more than enough room for me and my wife. The shower stall was smaller compared to a mini-suite, but it was sufficient for our needs. Cons: Ship was too big with too many people for us. We will most likely choose a smaller ship next time. At Taste and Savor restaurants, they had salt and pepper mills that looked exactly alike. Sometimes we had a salt and a pepper, but had to try them over a dish first. Sometimes we had two salts, and sometimes we had two peppers. Be careful with the internet if you buy it. You log on using "login" and log off using "logoff". It's usually "login / logout" or "logon / logoff". I made a mistake and burned through a couple hours of my 250 minutes. The friendly internet manager gave it back to me without an argument. Karaoke: They only had one tablet for signing up to sing. There was no list posted for the songs that they had. So you had to search over and over for songs you knew that they didn't have. I have mentioned to them twice that they ought to have loose leaf binders with lists of songs for people to browse before they order. The Cigar Lounge: This is one of the most important amenities for me. I enjoy sitting down in comfort enjoying a fine cigar and I choose Norwegian because many of their ships have indoor Cigar Lounges that are roomy and comfortable. On our last cruise on the Breakaway, the cigar lounge sat next to an indoor bar with a door to the outdoor bar on the deck. Cigarette smokers were allowed to sit at the bar and at the tables to smoke on the deck. They even had a couple of tables fenced off for cigar smokers. On the Escape they changed these rules. So all the cigar and cigarette smokers crowded into the Cigar Lounge taking up all the seats and putting out a smoke load that the air handlers couldn't take care of. On the first night, when I walked in at 9:00 the smoke in the air was so thick you could cut it with a knife. When I left, my clothes stunk so bad, I designated that outfit as my "smoking outfit" and changed into it each time I wanted to use the Cigar Lounge. It was like this at least half the time when I was in the Cigar Lounge. I felt bad also for the cigarette smokers many of who waved their hand in front of their scrunched up face when they walked in. This was a huge disappointment, and will prompt me to consider other Cruise Lines. If the Cigar Lounge isn't enjoyable, then what's the sense. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Beautiful ship! The crew was courteous and accommodating. Our cabin steward was wonderful. The entertainment was great. The restaurants; from the Main dining rooms to the Specialty restaurants were fantastic! We absolutely LOVED The ... Read More
Beautiful ship! The crew was courteous and accommodating. Our cabin steward was wonderful. The entertainment was great. The restaurants; from the Main dining rooms to the Specialty restaurants were fantastic! We absolutely LOVED The Manhattan Room; the classy, upscale Main Dining Room! The live entertainment was an added bonus. La Cucina was our favorite specialty restaurant. We had waterfront seating on the second port night. Food was out of this world and the ambience Amazing! The Choir of Man was the BEST show onboard! The cast was High energy, great, talented singers. John McDonnell, the comedian was gut-busting hysterical!! Jacky, The Cruise Director and Jake, Assistant Cruise Director had great personalities and made all activities fun for everyone. A great vacation to the beautiful island of Bermuda! We spent a fun, relaxing day at Horseshoe Bay Beach. We took the free Ferry provided by Norwegian to St. George and had a wonderful day there; historic place with beautiful architecture. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
The cruise experience was less than optimal. First the dining experience. The waiters could not get the orders correct, it was cold and not very tasty. Second, the customer service in the casino was terrible. Very few of the dealers ... Read More
The cruise experience was less than optimal. First the dining experience. The waiters could not get the orders correct, it was cold and not very tasty. Second, the customer service in the casino was terrible. Very few of the dealers engaged in any discussions. They were robots. The public restrooms were disgusting, not clean. Overall the service was average, not remarkable. Members of my family spent a lot of money on this cruise and the value was just not there. The shows booked up immediately so it was a challenge to experience the ship shows. Advice to those book your shows early. Same with excursions. Several of these sold out fast. Last the bingo is a scam. They clearly had a nice turnout but the payouts for the games were significantly less than what they took it. I know they need to make money but they only paid out a fraction of what people paid for the games. I have been on several cruises and the experience as noticeably inferior on the NCL Escape versus other cruise ships. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Those of you in the New York area should consider yourselves lucky to have access to the NCL Escape and its Bermuda itinerary. This was a great ship and we (my wife and I – ages 59 and 50) experienced a high level of service in almost ... Read More
Those of you in the New York area should consider yourselves lucky to have access to the NCL Escape and its Bermuda itinerary. This was a great ship and we (my wife and I – ages 59 and 50) experienced a high level of service in almost every aspect of our cruise (we are experienced cruisers). Could it be that our extra attention came because of the cruise critic meet and greet, and our personal connections made at that meeting with some executive staff and other cruisers? Maybe, but then again, we talked to more than a few people who found the level of personal service to be excellent. Also, if you are reading this review, you'll probably have joined the cruise critic roll call for your cruise, and you will probably have the opportunity to make the same connections that we did. The food ranges from "good" to "great", where one of the better meals (surprisingly?) was in the MDR (Manhattan room) with a pork belly dish that made our mouths water and compelled us to inquire how they prepared it. Other highlights included well-prepared steaks in Cagneys, a virtual meat-orgy in Moderno that my wife loved so much we had it twice, and the whole experience in Bayamo. The best kept secret (shhhhh! don't tell anyone! You'll spoil it!) is the breakfast area in Margaritaville (one flight up from the buffet - open to everyone!!). If it's not raining (access may be limited in bad weather) head up there to avoid the crowds and you can get made to order omelets and eggs, and a mini-buffet of eggs benedict, bacon, sausage, fruit, cereal and chocolate croissants - among other standard items. O'Sheehans was a great late night option for some good ol' junk food (and it was pretty good). Buffet was good quality, large and had many options and plenty of seating whenever we attended, save for a crowded last day at breakfast (no Margaritaville open at that time). And my wife and I witnessed that if you are a female and enjoy one too many late-night libations, and then happen to pass out at your table in O’Sheehans, a kindly security officer and assistant (one of each sex, smart policy by NCL) will kindly assist you up from the table and up to your room – thankfully, it did not happen to us. :) The talent is great on NCL, and once again, did not disappoint. After Midnight was great, and Choir of Man might have been even better! In fact, the talent playing in most lounges and the DJ’s in the dance bars and for the Glow Party are also high quality. We enjoyed the Howl at the Moon piano bar, although we have seen slightly better performers at this venue on other ships- still had a very good time, though (the female performer who was primarily at the Brewhouse but joined the guys for a few songs was actually the best of the bunch). The Supper Club show we attended was the Knights - a trio that performed a medley of British Male iconic singers - and they were just entertaining enough to make up for the "just slightly better than mediocre" food that came with the show. There’s no way to see everything the ship has to offer in one sailing, and it’s easier if you don’t try! The highlight of Bermuda (for us) was a "Hidden Gems" shore excursion (booked privately) that, while expensive was worth every penny. Cliff diving, cave swimming, spelunking, snorkeling - it had everything and more. Any criticisms I could give would truly be nitpicking (fruit could have been slightly better quality, the apple pie on the ship could use a makeover, and my raspberry crème brulee in Cagney's did not have a crust that "snapped" when I started in on it (still devoured every delicious bit anyway). MDR lunch can be slow sometimes (we never did breakfast here but heard the same). I did notice, however, that a day or two into the cruise the wait staff inquired whether you had dietary or time restrictions in most venues, which were accommodated - so don't be afraid to ask. The casino staff does need improvement, as this is the area I would consider service "spotty" (I personally saw mistakes made by dealers in the bettor's favor two times at UTH - dealer missed seeing he had a flush twice - and I heard about another - and I witnessed one error against the bettor at the craps table where a bet was not pressed properly - so gamblers, be aware). Drink service was also spotty at times in the casino. Some may think mistakes in the bettor's favor is a good thing, but those in the industry would recognize it's an indication of a larger issue. For disembarkation, our flight got moved up, and we had to self-disembark by lugging our luggage off ourselves. I suggest that unless you do one carry-on bag per person, this option will be a major hassle, but this was made bearable for us by Denielle Reyes, who really went above and beyond to make our cruise great. Personal visits by the high-level staff seemed common at many venues – it was one of the more memorable crew experiences we’ve ever had. All-in-all, this was a more than positive vacation experience. I would definitely recommend this ship and its itinerary, and will be sailing NCL again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
We chose the Escape because we like the bigger cruise ships. We live in NJ so leaving from NY couldn't have been any more convenient. We parked right at the terminal. Parking is pricey there but, it couldn't be any easier. We ... Read More
We chose the Escape because we like the bigger cruise ships. We live in NJ so leaving from NY couldn't have been any more convenient. We parked right at the terminal. Parking is pricey there but, it couldn't be any easier. We parked and were on the ship in minutes and when we disembarked we were in our car and home in an hour Our last 4 cruises have been on NCL ships. Free Style cruising is our style. The choices of activities and entertainment are numerous. The Latitudes Program has perks we enjoy. This was our 4th time staying in the Haven Complex on a NCL Ship. I will warn you that you can't turn back once you've been there. The service and amenities are unparalleled. The perks of priority boarding & disembarkation at all ports, private lounge and bar, private pool and hot tubs, private restaurant, and the top notch staff are unbelievable. We've tried to explain the luxury of the experience to our friends. Once you try it you'll be a convert!! Our cabin was a Courtyard Penthouse. Very spacious and clean. Plenty of storage. Jovito and Crisol took amazing care of us. Our cabin was always spotless. The daily treats and canapes were delicious. My husband ordered a Birthday Package for me. The cabin decorations were nicely done and the cake was huge. We ended up sharing the cake with the staff. We ate at Cagney's, Teppanyaki, and Le Bistro as our 3 specialty meals. All were excellent between the abundant food and excellent service. We ventured out to the buffet one day so my husband could get soft serve ice cream. It was fine. Nothing special but, not terrible. We got lunch, my husband had soft serve and we never went back. We ate all of our other meals in the Haven restaurant. I can't say enough positive things about the service and food we got there. Everyone was so pleasant and efficient. Yes, the menu is the same every day but, there are so many choices it doesn't make a difference. Also every night at dinner there is a special. Most of our Bar Time was spent in the private Haven bar. The bartenders were masters of their craft. No drink stumped them and the introduced us to so many new cocktails we had never tried before. If you get the chance, try a Pistachio Martini. I promise you'll love it!! The Choir of Man was amazing!! Don't miss it. We did a Wine and Cheese pairing seminar. Loved it!! The Casino was hot and cold. In the end we didn't lose our shirts:) There were people smoking in there but, I didn't find it unbearable. I can see how it would be a problem for people who are vehemently against smoking. I just didn't find it as dramatic a problem as others have mentioned. Never played Bingo or Deal or No Deal. Not worth the extra money to us. We heard so many bad reviews about After Midnight that we cancelled our reservation and skipped it. The supper club shows didn't really appeal to us so we skipped them as well. Bermuda is a beautiful island. The first day we went on a private tour with Byways Tours. Heidi took us allover the island. She chose the stops and we saw everything we could have wanted. Stops included a beach, private gardens, Fort St. Catherine, the lighthouse, bridges, fish feeding, and the outside aquarium. A picnic lunch is included. We ate a picnic tables by the water. Perfect Day!! The second day we took the free NCL Ferry to St. George. Try to be there around noon for the Dunking Stool Re-enactment. We took the ferry back and wandered around the dockyard a little and shopped. Our final day we took the Local Ferry to Hamilton. Shopped some and then headed back to the ship for a late lunch. The NCL Escape and Bermuda are wonderful!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Embarkation was relatively easy if you consider two hours normal for a large ship. The specialty dinning was nothing special; The Manhattan has a wonderful menu every night and the managers have the staff working together to provide ... Read More
Embarkation was relatively easy if you consider two hours normal for a large ship. The specialty dinning was nothing special; The Manhattan has a wonderful menu every night and the managers have the staff working together to provide excellent service. The Manhattan had a nice variety of dinner shows. For example, I was served purple veal at La Cucina and walked right out and went The Manhattan. Who designed the Atrium and thought it would be a good idea to hold entertainment events there requiring people to sit on folding chairs in aisles and making difficult to conduct business at Guest Services, Excursion Counter, etc? The “reservation “ system for shows is an unnecessary burden. Those needing extra assistance disembarking should do so BEFORE the general public (as the airlines do). Ramming wheelchairs down the ramp through the crowd is dangerous for all involved. IT on board is poor; restaurant staff walking around with lap tops instead of tablets, poor WiFi in cabins and staff writing food orders on paper. Other companies have a better system of disembarking by having groups separated by tag color wait in different areas of the ship. The Cruise Director did a poor job; he would rather be the center of attention than create a better system of communicating useful daily information (hint, a televised morning show) Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
The crew and staff were kind, courteous, helpful, and friendly. Our steward was always accommodating. We rarely went on the top deck because our balcony was lovely. The main dining rooms were beautiful - we especially loved the ... Read More
The crew and staff were kind, courteous, helpful, and friendly. Our steward was always accommodating. We rarely went on the top deck because our balcony was lovely. The main dining rooms were beautiful - we especially loved the Manhattan room - live music, great dining. O’Sheehans wings were delish! Did a couple of meals in the Garden cafe - lots of choices ... we preferred wait service, though. Entertainment was top notch - “After Midnight” and “Choir of Men” are must sees ... “Howl at the Moon” dueling pianos and comic Chris Bliss are also not to be missed. We bought a photo package and were delighted by all the background choices over the course of the week. All of the photographers were fun & easy to pose for. The shore excursions gave us a great taste of Bermuda and made us look forward to our next visit. So fabulous, almost afraid to do another cruise since it may not live up to the greatness! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
I have cruised many times with other lines. I joined a group of about15 other women. I will tell you I will never try another Norwegian ship. First upon boarding at 2 p.m. our rooms where not ready, they where not ready till we left ... Read More
I have cruised many times with other lines. I joined a group of about15 other women. I will tell you I will never try another Norwegian ship. First upon boarding at 2 p.m. our rooms where not ready, they where not ready till we left port. Second we ate at a few of the different restaurants onboard, we tried NY strip steaks on 3 occasions at 3 different restaurants , you could bearly saw the meat with the steak knife they gave you , let alone chew it once you got it cut. Breakfast meals were also terrible, if asked for sunny side eggs you got either hard boiled or undercooked. It was the same when we got eggs Benedict. Thirdly when we allowed the staff to clean our suite, everything was moved from where we had it, this was to me a violation of my privacy and my belongings. So after the first time we kept our suite on don’t disturb. Fourthly 2 different times I was given wine glasses with chips and cracks in, this was dangerous. Fifth the ATM was broken the entire trip, when going into Bermuda the only funds I got out of ATM’s where Bermuda currency, when I reboarded I asked to have this money exchanged and they would not do it. Sixth I don’t feel there was enough elevators to move guests around ship. The handicapped often had to wait for numerous elevators before finding room. Seventh I was upset to know that the premium beverage package didn’t include water , really you’ll let us drink all the alcohol we want ,but no water to hydrate. A little strange. I will say the shows and activities we attended where enjoyable, the bars that we dealt with where very friendly. Read Less
Norwegian Escape Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Service 3.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0

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