Sail Date: March 2019
I didn’t choose this cruise it chose us. Based on my availability and the itinerary and we wanted to give NCL another go, the Escape was our only option. The specialty dining was Disappointing to amazing. LaCucina was terribly ... Read More
I didn’t choose this cruise it chose us. Based on my availability and the itinerary and we wanted to give NCL another go, the Escape was our only option. The specialty dining was Disappointing to amazing. LaCucina was terribly disappointing from the waiter to the food selection the temp of the food to taste. Wouldn’t recommend and won’t eat their again, was a waste of a specialty dinning. Bayamo was better with a good menu a knowledgeable staff and great tasting food. Would recommend and would choose it again. Cagneys.....excellent from the second you walk in, great menu, knowledgeable staff with good recommendations, food was hot, delicious and left full! HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE HAVEN.....our concierge (Adrian) was by far the best that the NCL team has to offer. 19 years with NCL and it shows. Was super knowledgeable about everything and I mean everything from the ship, to the shops, to the entertainment, to excursions. He was friendly, fun, social, sweet, helpful, accommodating and got to know our entire party (14 of us) Haven or not. I would choose another NCL cruise to wherever he was concierge simply to cruise with him again. Our Housekeeper (Gina) was my next favorite thing about our cruise. She was a doll, another over the top, go out of her way NCL A+ staff personnel. She couldn’t do enough for our entire party as they all came to our Haven suite often. She was beyond sweet and helpful. Friendly, caring and accommodating. She saw to us like a friend.and I cannot say enough about her. The two of them made the price of the Haven suite otherwise worth the money. The cruise itself nice. Didn’t get to see great stirrup Cay for the second year in a row, beginning to think it’s a non stop on this itinerary. The rest of the cruise, food was good, service was good accommodations were nice entertainment was ok. The magician was terrific. Other than that it was a “good “ cruise. Not terrific, I wouldn’t do it again. Hoping that the staff we got attached to goes to another destination that we like and than we would cruise NCL again. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
We chose the NCL Escape for our 46th cruise on March 31st. We were overdue for a getaway. It had been over 13 months since our last cruise. We usually do 2-4 per year but family issues have interfered with vacation time. We enjoyed our ... Read More
We chose the NCL Escape for our 46th cruise on March 31st. We were overdue for a getaway. It had been over 13 months since our last cruise. We usually do 2-4 per year but family issues have interfered with vacation time. We enjoyed our time on the Escape, however RCCL remains our preferred line largely due to their loyalty program which does a very good job at rewarding past passengers far better than the loyalty programs on other lines, even with similar status. Embarkation This could not have been better or faster. As platinum members, we had a dedicated queue and we were first in that line. The agent was quick and courteous. We had all of our documents in order (that helps immensely, of course) and we were told that boarding had already begun even though it was barely past 11 am. Parking the car to being on the ship was less than 20 minutes! Insane. Vibe Beach Club We rarely have been able to get passes to the Vibe Beach Club. They are always sold out. We have been on the Breakaway 5 times and the Getaway once and have only been to the Beach Club once. We were thrilled to get a pass this time, even at $209/pp. However, in the final analysis, it probably wasn’t worth it because the first and the last days we were still too far north for the weather to be warm enough to really use it to its fullest. Fortunately, the casino proved generous enough to pay for the entire cost of the Beach Club for the week! Specialty Dining Package We bought a 3-night Specialty Dining Package, which is very typical for us. In all of the nights that we have cruised on NCL, we have dined in the MDR less than 5 times for dinner. The Specialty Restaurants are definitely our speed. As platinum members, we get 2 additional dinners as well. We had one dinner ashore and one dinner at the supper club (more on that later) so there was no time for the MDR once again. Moderno was good, La Cucina was very good, as was Le Bistro and Teppanyaki. Cagney’s, well, I think its over-rated. We did not go to Ocean Blue this time around. This is the first time that we passed on it. We are New Englanders so there is no reason to over-pay for seafood that I am sure is no better than what we get for half the price anywhere here. Even with the dining plan, they upcharge everything on the menu at Ocean Blue! The 2 best restaurants are the two newest ones. Pincho’s Tapas Bar and Food Republic. We went to the latter twice and had insanely good food at both places. Both places are a’la carte pricing and lunch can easily run over $40-$50. Service at the Specialty restaurants was ok, but not top notch. At Le Bistro, for example, our entrees took a long time to arrive, while a neighboring table got their food before us. We eventually told the server that we had to rush dessert and skip coffee in order to catch the show. That should happen. Free Dining The Garden Café on Deck 16 lacked variety for lunch. At breakfast, all of the staples were there and we never went up there for dinner (they advertised some interesting feasts, however, such as seafood night, grill night, etc), but at lunch, there never seemed to be a featured item. O’Sheehan’s has the same 4-5 items daily, thankfully there was Pincho’s Tapas Bar and Food Republic but most of you will not want to pay for them. We did 3 lunches with them, one with O’Sheehan’s, one with Margaritaville one ashore and one at the Garden Café. On the Breakaway and the Getaway, there is the Speigel Tent and the Magic Castle, but on the Escape there is the Supper Club, which is half a for-fee dining venue and half free dining. It took us a few days to figure it out. They have a number of shows there at 6pm and 8pm along with a free (fixed menu) meal. The meal is nothing to write home about (but certainly something to write Cruise Critic about!), a simple salad, meat/vegetable dish, dessert. Period. It’s not bad. I guess that NCL certainly gets to control their food cost/consumption here. If your were to rate 1-2-3-4 the Specialty Dining, MDR, Garden Cafe and Supper Club, the latter is unquestionably last. Specialty Dining must be (and better be) the best (#1), The Main Dining Room should be #2 because you are getting served and if you don’t like something the manager will make it right and/or give you something else. The Garden Café must be the #3 because of the sheer volume of food. Even if it isn’t that good at least you have plenty. Then surely the Supper Club is the poorest choice. We didn’t hate our meal. It’s just that there wasn’t much (but enough for us) and it was ok (luckily I like beef). Oddly enough, it seems to compete with the Specialty Dining Packages. We have, in the past, bought 7-night dining packages (before being platinum members). If we had done that, we would have missed out on the show at the Supper club that we did see which was excellent. I wonder how good the shows that we missed were? If we had seen those shows, we would have had to forfeit one or more of our Specialty Dining vouchers for the sake of a show and a mediocre meal. Breakfast in the dining room was our choice about half the time. I like that NCL has a choice of 3 specialty breakfast items. They seem to have discovered that breakfast goes beyond “2 on a raft and a cup of joe”. One of the items was Waffles, Bacon, Poached eggs and Hollandaise. The choices change a bit and they are a bit imaginative but they aren’t quite as tasty as they sound. Entertainment The show that we saw at the Supper Club was Flashback Four and it was excellent! Also outstanding; Choir of Men in the theater. We saw that twice! A+! We skipped out of After Midnight. We were not entertained. You might be though. There were many comedy shows but we only saw one of them. The shows at the theater and the Supper Club mostly require a reservation, which further complicates things. Sometimes, you just aren’t ready to make plans like this while on vacation. However, it appeared that we were going to miss After Midnight and Flashback Four because they were both over-booked as far as the Box Office showed. However, we got into both shows easily on standby. Easily. NCL Smartphone App So, NCL finally has a Smartphone App, similar to RCCL’s App. Their previous one has been a joke, especially when compared to RCCL’s. Big problem though. It doesn’t work. You can’t view items that you booked on your phone or on your stateroom TV. Everyone had this problem. I can’t be sure if it was broken just this week or if it isn’t ready for prime time. Basically, it’s still useless. Too bad. Excursions We only did a bus transportation to Epcot Center. Our plan was to go to the World Showcase and have an early dinner/late lunch in Italy and that is exactly what we did. We have done this type of thing before. You certainly don’t get a lot of time at any park. If you were with a little kid, it probably would not be very satisfying, but for us, it’s a nice diversion from ship life for a day. The organization for excursions on the vessel was outstanding. The meeting place was in the Manhattan Room. Tours were called promptly. No hustle and bustle. Very organized. All told, it was an expensive day. Bus, park entrance, dinner in Italy, but we knew what we were getting into. It’s been said before, and it is true. NCL does have a lot of add-on costs that sharply raise the price of a cruise. True, they are optional, but if you want to eat well and you want to avoid basic cheap hotel food, it will cost you. Drinks are expensive. We booked the Escape because we had one last CruiseNext certificate. The cruise did not disappoint. However, this is our 46th cruise and our Diamond level with RCCL gives us far more perks than Platinum with NCL does. With that in mind, we will continue to favor RCCL. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
we booked the escape a week and a half before the cruise and we did not know what to expect. Some of our friends loved the ship others hated it. SURPRISE we loved it. SO much to do on this ship much more than its sister ship breakaway. We ... Read More
we booked the escape a week and a half before the cruise and we did not know what to expect. Some of our friends loved the ship others hated it. SURPRISE we loved it. SO much to do on this ship much more than its sister ship breakaway. We love dancing and every night we danced from 7 till 11 without stopping. There are 4 bands on the ship all great they took turns playing. They were all great but we especially loved the Funky Duo and the Classic Tones. There was all kinds of music we love Latin dancing and we were not disappointed. There were two shows you had to reserve ahead of time the Choir of Men which was excellent so much fun and After Midnight which was also great. There are comedians in Levity make sure to reserve the shows as soon as you get on the ship so you don't have to wait in stand by lines.There are the dueling pianos on every other nights instead of the comedians. Then there is the Supper Club ;presenting different fun acts most of the time it is free so again sign up the first day if you think you might be interested. We actually just showed up before the shows started and sat in the back and just watched the shows. So much to do on this ship. Only disadvantages were the H2O which is outside and in bad weather was pushed into a smaller area inside and the fact that the Atrium not a humongous space was used for many acitiviies lots of noise and kids when the material is adult material. Food was very good. We love the fact that O'Sheehan's Bar and Grill is open till 4AM. Overall a wonderful experience Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
I branched out from Royal to give Norwegian a try. I have cruised the last four with Royal and to say it bluntly I will never book with Norwegian. I am not a hard person to please in all reality just want to be able to relax and enjoy my ... Read More
I branched out from Royal to give Norwegian a try. I have cruised the last four with Royal and to say it bluntly I will never book with Norwegian. I am not a hard person to please in all reality just want to be able to relax and enjoy my vacation . This was anything but relaxing in fact this was a boring vacation and I could not wait to get off this ship. The positives I will say were our room steward and the embarkation process. The rest will not be put into the positive category. The beds were hard as a piece of plywood even with the "egg crate" on top. My four year old who can sleep pretty much anywhere said she did not get a "good sleep" and her body hurt. The bathroom was okay on the smaller side but it worked for a shower and a toilet. The balcony was very nice although we smelt cigarettes and pot being smoked almost every night. Which to each their own but I don't want my child smelling it. Maybe they needed it to fall asleep on those beds. We ventured out down to the main dining room after we got on the ship and the service was very good that time but after that the service went downhill with a few blips of good service here and there and some very nice waiters/waitresses that we left "hero" cards for because they deserved to be recognized. Things were often forgotten and took another 15-20 minutes to get and the meal was almost over by the time it came if it ever came, We asked for coffee with dessert each lunch and dinner and two out of three times we either never got it or had to ask a second a third time. The food was great the first few days then seemed to be "okay" and luke warm. The pools were nothing to be impressed with the main pool was small and the kids area was cramped . There was a waterside for the kids which was a nice amenity for the smaller children. My four year old daughter participated in the Splash Academy for kids she loved it for the first couple days then she didn't want to go anymore. That was probably more because she got to swim in the pool and thought she was going to be missing out if she was there and not with my sister-in-law and I. Speaking of my sister in law this was her 40th birthday gift and her first ever cruise I am sorry to say that she was not even impressed and as a first cruise you should always be excited and loving every minute of it. The boat itself was very noisy with the shuttering of the motors and rough waters (which I know is not the cruise lines fault) We could not go to Great Stirrup Cay which was a HUGE disappointment for us so instead of having the beach day where there are chairs and beaches they went straight to the Bahamas port. Our day out at the beach was about $120.00 between chair rental and taxi's. Which we probably would not have done if we did GSC. I had a hard time finding thinks for my daughter to do unless she was in the kids club or the pool or in the overpriced arcade.So we basically wandered around the shops and the atrium area and in our room. The TV channels were less then desired too the Guy Harvey Channel is great but it was all repeats after awhile. The favorite channels and movie channels had such long breaks between shows it was unreal to believe. Disembarkation was an ABSOULTE Nightmare.. no sense of order to anything .. People were ripping there color tags off and getting back in line and sneaking though while we waited our turns for the color tags we went and got the night before as we were instructed to. I guess to some it doesn't matter that there was a process to this. There were 5 customs agents open which didnt help matters for 4000 people trying to get off a ship. I wish this was a better experience I like having options when going out of NY / NJ area ports. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
I just came back from the March 31st sailing from NY to the Bahamas and had a wonderful time on the beautiful Escape. I booked just a week in advance for a guarantee balcony (last minute deal) and lucked out with the aft balcony 12908, ... Read More
I just came back from the March 31st sailing from NY to the Bahamas and had a wonderful time on the beautiful Escape. I booked just a week in advance for a guarantee balcony (last minute deal) and lucked out with the aft balcony 12908, next to a Haven cabin. My new Platinum status came with all sort of perks that make me feel like a VIP. I arrived at the terminal at 10:38 and was able to check in immediately as Group 1 and boarded the ship by 11 am. After lunch, I went to the Supper Club and made the show reservations. I also went to CruiseNext desk to book the Behind the Scenes tour (very informative) for Platinum members which took place at 9:15 am the very next day. I saw 2 separate Supper Club shows (Comedian/Magician and Rocketman) and had 2 separate dinner menus. I also booked the Escape to the Big Top which is very challenging. One 1 out of the 10 teams was able to solve the puzzle with a minute left on the clock. I loved the Choir of Men show, saw it twice, enjoyed the choreography of After Midnight and it was fun to listen to Dueling Pianos (come early to grab seats). I then went to the Comedy Club to make the reservations for my 2 free specialty dinners (remember to grab the coupons to bring to dinner). Had a free bottle of wine with the Le Bistro dinner. The cabin was ready by 1:30 and had the free sparkling wine and water as my Platinum perks. Chocolate covered strawberries were delivered later that afternoon. I also received petit fours when we were in Nassau. I had fun on the water rides and the ropes course. Played Bocce for the very first time. Food at the buffet was decent too. We ate there for both the Seafood Night and the Oriental Night. Also had 2 types of wings at O'Sheehans. Had a great server Danilo at the Savor who was very attentive and serve our food promptly with no long waits in between. The game shows at the Atrium is always crowded so come early if you want a seat. The audience participation was wonderful so the shows were fun to watch. I stayed on the ship when we arrived at Port Canaveral to enjoy the activities onboard since I've been to the Kenneday Space Center. We didn't dock at Great Stirrup Cay due to high wind and arrived at Nassau instead by 1 pm. I signed up for the Atlantis Beach break and had a great time touring the resort, seeing the Big Dig aquarium and enjoying the waves at Atlantis Beach (paid $20 for a beach umbrella so bring some cash). On the next day, we paid $30/person for the 2.5 hour taxi tour around the island. We went to Fort Fincastle, Queen's Staircase, Fort and Beach Montague (calm beach) and instead of Atlantis, saw Cabbage Beach (beautiful but very high waves) instead. Afterwards, we walked around town for some shopping and also did the 15 minute walk to Junkanoo Beach (rocky in certain spots so need water shoes). On the final morning, we had a leisurely breakfast at Savor. Then played ping pong until our tag color was called. We had the Red tag and it took an hour to finally leave the ship and clear customs (lined up at 10 and exited by 11) . I think the aft exit might have a shorter wait since they don't have as much distance to walk. All in all, it was a great cruise and I would love to come back to the Escape again. Bought more CruiseNext certificates to apply toward future cruises. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
Our first NCL cruise was on the Pride of America and I was really disappointed in the ship, the tiny staterooms, and the food. The ports made it worthwhile - but it left a bad taste in my mouth regarding NCL. However, my experience on the ... Read More
Our first NCL cruise was on the Pride of America and I was really disappointed in the ship, the tiny staterooms, and the food. The ports made it worthwhile - but it left a bad taste in my mouth regarding NCL. However, my experience on the ESCAPE left me wanting more..... Let me start by saying that we were able to upgrade to a Haven spa suite from a large balcony stateroom. The Haven really does make for an incredible experience. Dining:The Haven restaurant was wonderful and the food was always hot with excellent flavors and presentation. The hostess knew us by name and always tried to get us a window seat as she knew that we preferred one. The waitstaff in the haven went out of their way to be accommodating. We never wanted for anything, in fact one night I was hungry for french onion soup and they went to the Bistro to get it for us. The only drawback is that the menu does not change, but with other dining venues available it is not a huge problem. We didn't really use our butler because we just didn't need to. One morning we did get a room service breakfast (price included in the haven and it was hot and delicious) The concierge and his assistant went out of their way to help us, we had to reschedule Cagneys 3 times and they did it gladly. Cagneys was one of the best meals that we have ever had on a cruise ship. We were not impressed with Teppanyaki, the food was tasteless. The table show was only adequate. We have had much better Japanese experience on land. Personally, I wouldn't waste my time or money. Food Republic was ok, but very expensive for what you got. The bill adds up very quickly and several times we had to ask where our food was because it never came. Moderno was quite good and the salad bar was especially nice. La Cucina was ordinary and nothing really special. We did not eat at the buffet so I cannot speak to that. Stateroom: Haven spa suite - very nice room, plenty of space and amazing shower. the balcony was very small, but with access to the Haven sun deck it was not really a problem. Activities: Plenty of shows and other activities, we did not even come close to sampling all that there was available. Cons: due to the beverage package being offered as a promotion for many that booked the cruise, by evening there were a lot of tipsy people. Also, the smoke in the atrium area is horrible from the casino. I am highly sensitive to smoke and it was a real problem for me, I wasn't able to shop without it wafting in the shops and the headliner club just wreaked of smoke because of its proximity to the casino. Bottom Line: It was a great cruise and I can't wait to go again. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
The Norwegian Escape is a noisy, unstable ship. The ride of the ship was horrible. From the first minute we started off, I could feel way too much motion in the ship, much more so than any of the other Norwegian ships that I've been ... Read More
The Norwegian Escape is a noisy, unstable ship. The ride of the ship was horrible. From the first minute we started off, I could feel way too much motion in the ship, much more so than any of the other Norwegian ships that I've been on. There was also too much wind noise from the partitions dividing the balconies. At 7 a.m.each morning, I could hear the morning news through the wall from the cabin next to me. The walls were flimsy. When we pulled into port, my entire cabin shook from the thrusters attempting to position the ship at the dock. The telephone on the table was actually bouncing up and down while the thrusters were on. It was like having a jackhammer in the cabin. The entertainment was average at best. Reservations were required for some of the performances, which I never had to make before. Some of the performances sold out too fast because the room capacities were small. For several other activities in the Atrium of the ship, there weren't enough seats. The life jacket drill was a complete mess. Such disorganization! Instead of spreading the crowds of people out, too many people were crowded into one area of the ship. It was hot and congested. The elevators were jammed packed during this drill, and it took me a half hour just to go down two flights. The casino on board was a disappointment. It was way too small for the size of the ship. The only good thing about this ship was the food and drinks. I will never go on this ship again! Stay away! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This was my family’s third Haven cruise and second one on the Escape. As a hard working mom, to me, it’s the ultimate REAL vacation. In addition to not moving hotel rooms, no cooking and not having to entertain your kids, you get ... Read More
This was my family’s third Haven cruise and second one on the Escape. As a hard working mom, to me, it’s the ultimate REAL vacation. In addition to not moving hotel rooms, no cooking and not having to entertain your kids, you get upgraded services and private decks, spa, pool and dining/bar. It’s one of my favorite vacations as I really get to relax and enjoy! The bartenders in the Haven are the best in the business.... true art! The ship has great dining options. Love Food Republic! People do not know what they are missing! Bayamo seafood is excellent, as is La Cucina and Cagney’s Steakhouse. The entertainment is always good, plenty of music, live show and comedians. Good for all ages, nice variety. The ropes course, video arcade and slides are favorites of my teen sons. They also enjoy the 24/7 room service option for late night pizzas and cookies. Thank you NCL! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
When we first booked our cruise this early in the year i was leary of terrible weather. Much to my suprise we were blessed with perfect temperatures. Overall an awesome cruise. Definitely recommend getting the drink package.From the ... Read More
When we first booked our cruise this early in the year i was leary of terrible weather. Much to my suprise we were blessed with perfect temperatures. Overall an awesome cruise. Definitely recommend getting the drink package.From the Pussers painkillers to all the top shelf alcohol you cant go wrong.The food was delicious with so many choices and no structured dining format it made a more relaxing vacation. The entire cruise staff were warm welcoming and accommodating, especially Garfield from the Savor restaurant I give him Two thumbs up. Garfield has a great outgoing personality so much so that you feel like your talking to a friend when hes around. Another amazing experience was with Boris and SJ and the experienced staff in the art gallery. Our cabin was maintained by Jerome who was awesome very pleasant and attentive to all our concerns. I would recommend NCL to my friends and anyone looking for an amazing cruise Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
A fun and relaxing cruise. There is so much to do each day that I missed some activities...so much to do, so little time. I liked reading on deck with drink in hand. Never had an issue finding a place to lounge on deck or by the pool. ... Read More
A fun and relaxing cruise. There is so much to do each day that I missed some activities...so much to do, so little time. I liked reading on deck with drink in hand. Never had an issue finding a place to lounge on deck or by the pool. I heard the ship was full but it really didn’t seem that way. I never felt crowded, other than after the safety drill. Never waited for a reservation for restaurants or shows. I ate at all the specialty restaurants. Actually liked lacucina and tappenayke the best! Cagney’s rib steak was fatty with lots of fiber running through it. It was also raw in the middle (I asked for med-rare). The mature D offered to bring me something else and apologized. But I declined and went for the dessert. Bayamo was good, had the lobster, but service was slow. Apps and dessert were excellent! The main dining rooms were also very good! Loved breakfast at taste and savor! I would get a window table have a leisurely breakfast and read my book. Oh! Margaritaville was awesome! Great fish tacos! Traditional key lime pie! Also it was inexpensive! It was getting windy and I must have looked cold. The restaurant manager came over with a soft blue blanket and wrapped it around me. I was so impressed by this!! Excursions: did blue lagoon in Nassau. It was very nice but 5 ships were in port! It was a madhouse getting to the boat!! Very disorganized!! I left the island early to avoid the rush back to the ship. GSC was just wonderful. Lots of room and plenty of lounge chairs. That was very organized! Port Canaveral I didn’t get off the ship. Nothing to do there that interests me and the stay too short to do Disney or universal. They should have 12 hrs at the port. Service was impeccable! A little issue with customer service removing a double charge, but the hotel director corrected it immediately. Everyone is so friendly. My housekeeper was magical! The room was always clean, made up and bed turned down at night, and I never saw her! But left her a nice tip. I had a balcony near the aft elevators...great location! 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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