2 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
Sail Date: March 2019
My husband and I decided to take our first vacation together without our kids. He loves cruises and swears by them and I’ve only ever been on one cruise before this which was a great experience. This was not as great as I thought it ... Read More
My husband and I decided to take our first vacation together without our kids. He loves cruises and swears by them and I’ve only ever been on one cruise before this which was a great experience. This was not as great as I thought it would be. There seemed to be great things for young kids and elderly but not as much for the Middle Aged or couples trying to enjoy their time. Our first stop in Florida was a waste of time..not too sure why they would even make that a port to visit. We spent money on a shuttle to take us to cocoa beach and it was a complete waste of time. Weather was horrible and people were walking back before they even got there. Shuttle driver was telling us there is cvs and Walgreens as if they were a site to see. Anyways, our next stop was bahamas and that was great. Weather was perfect and the island owned by Norwegian cruise itself was beautiful..next was nassau bahamas which was extremely crowded because there was about 5 other cruise ships docked as well at the same time. Honestly most of our time was spent on the ship other then a few hours for the two bahama days. We didn’t have much to do so we ate most of the day because we didn’t know what else to do. Entertainment could of been much better..too Manucho trivia games which seemed to gear towards more of the older crowd. Dining was good but service on our previous cruise seemed much more better and personal. They made everyone feel special whereas here you can tell when they gave special attention to someone else because let’s say they were dining with a high ranking working. We hated that you had to make reservations for the show and that there was only 2 complimentary dining options plus the buffet. They have 25 dining options and only 2 are free so most of those stayed empty throughout the cruise.. waste of space and services. Shore excursions were extremely expensive and bahamas was ripping people off getting them to pay for aquarium and public beach that people were going in for free. Cabins were fine considering we had inside cabins but getting to the rooms was so confusing and they separated my husband and I from my brother and sister in law when they knew we were traveling together. I would go on a cruise again but not this one unfortunately. I wish I had taken my children atleast they would of enjoyed it much more. Atleast we got to rest though. Overall it was a average rating for all topics. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because we love the itinerary and wanted to try the Norwegian Escape. We have done two cruises on the Dawn and six on the Gem. There were almost twice as many passengers aboard than what we were used to. Things moved ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we love the itinerary and wanted to try the Norwegian Escape. We have done two cruises on the Dawn and six on the Gem. There were almost twice as many passengers aboard than what we were used to. Things moved along at the NYC terminal very quickly to our surprise. It was a bit intimidating doing the muster drill in the atrium due to the crowds and it was quite warm. There was an adjustment period the first day because of the pool and restaurants being on different decks than we were used to. By the next morning we began our love affair with the Escape. Three main complementary dining rooms and a very nice area on deck 17 is call Spice H20 which is great for reading on the loungers and relatively quiet. There is also a huge movie screen that shows films under the stars on a few nights. The food was superior to the other Norwegian ships we've cruised with previously. Every member of the crew was friendly and greeted us with a smile. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
My daughter and family booked the cruise first, We wanted to join them and got an excellent price with free gratuities through our travel agency. My grand daughter has severe food allergies and my daughter and all were extremely ... Read More
My daughter and family booked the cruise first, We wanted to join them and got an excellent price with free gratuities through our travel agency. My grand daughter has severe food allergies and my daughter and all were extremely worried about this at first. However we appreciated the concern and compassionate attention we received regarding this very serious condition. They assured us that the ship has a separate kitchen and all of her foods were prepared in a nut and sesame free environment. Since we are Platinum members we especially enjoy the perks we receive with that level.I think NCL does a fantastic job in the entertainment department as well. We typically cruise to relax, and found the Escape a bit crowded compared to the Jade class ships. We missed the lido area toward the back, Even though H2O is there, it is not as convenient to Garden cafe for early morning breakfast which we really enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
The cruise was fun. This was my first solo cruise, so I was a little apprehensive about traveling alone. But I never felt alone. There was always somewhere that I could be around people when I wanted, or somewhere I could find a quiet ... Read More
The cruise was fun. This was my first solo cruise, so I was a little apprehensive about traveling alone. But I never felt alone. There was always somewhere that I could be around people when I wanted, or somewhere I could find a quiet corner when I did not. The ship is large, and it feels it. It took me a few days before I realized there was an entire public deck that I had missed when touring. It was easy to navigate and rarely seemed as crowded as it was. The only time it really showed was after muster and during embarkation/debarkation. Embarkation was fast and easy. A lot of walking, but it is a big ship and a big dock. Hint...there was a cruiseline free refreshment station just past the pay snack stand. I admit I did not spend much time on the pool deck. It was crowded and noisy when I did go there. Kids were always in the hot tubs, and the pool itself is very very small. Hint...there are other hot tubs and lounge chairs upstairs on deck 19 (only front 1 elevator goes there) or in Spice H2O on 17 aft. The spa pass was worth it to me. It was a nice relaxing area and there was never a crowd. Loved having access to uncrowded pools of water. To get to the spa, you walk through the gym. And while I mostly did just walk through, the gym is well equipped and expansive with more capabilities than expected. They have a good variety of classes available and a very friendly staff. The food was very good. I ate most breakfasts and dinners at Taste since they almost always had a single table readily available. I had one wait during the whole cruise and it was maybe 5 minutes. The pastries were the best that I ever had on a cruise. I would book this cruise again just to get the croissants. Only disappointing item in the main dining room/buffet was the scrambled eggs. They were a bit runny and tasteless, but that is not necessarily a bad thing when dealing with so many diverse diets. I will say I was not happy with O'Sheehans. I had a breakfast and a late night snack there. Both times, the service was just as good as the rest of the ship, but the food was not quite up to NCL standards. There is music everywhere. There are bars and clubs scattered around the ship where there are a few different groups playing. Most of it was quite enjoyable. The 80s and 90s parties were fun, but Glow was seriously overrated. I spent a lot of time listening to JR play piano in the Brewhouse, but sorry...he is leaving Escape later this month to go to Getaway. There is always something going on in the Atrium. That is the center of ship life. All of the information desks are there, along with the big screen. Sometimes it was games shows; sometimes it was trivia; and sometimes it was music. This is also where there were late night movies. It can fill up, but there were only a couple of times when I saw more people than seats. The shows were good and bad, but mostly good. Choir of Man was really good. Recognizable songs done in a slightly different way with fun audience interaction. I admit I was one of the people who walked out of After Midnight. While the concept was good and the performers were great, it was not cohesive enough and not my kind of thing. I went to the Supper club for both Uptown and The Rocketman Experience. The shows were fabulous. The food was OK. Plan on having to go find a snack since you get no choice of food. There were a lot of comedians. I mean a lot of comedians. They had them in the comedy club; they had them in the main theater; they were everywhere. I do not like comedians, so this was not a good thing. Howl at the Mood dueling pianos was fun (I do like music), but there was way too much emphasis on stand up comedy. As to the ports, I will admit this was not my favorite itinerary. My skin is too fair to be a beach babe. I did the airboats in FL, and it was fun but a little too much time at the preserve. Great Stirrup Cay was really nice. A perfect beach day compressed into one locale. Nassau was fun. It is a tourist trap and makes no bones about it. I did the land and sea tour. The host on the boat made that part fun. It was a nice way to see the area. The land portion was not as good. We stopped at the fort and saw the steps (which have been paved so they are just a set of outside stairs) and ended at Atlantis for a quick casino/mall trip. Leaving the ship was sad, but really easy. We started to disembark a hour early. I walked off with my bags and it was simple. All ramps except one escalator. Customs was simple. Half an hour from boat to curb. Port personnel were really good about directing everyone and there were no issues as long as you paid attention. I would suggest you arrange to be picked up away from the port if you can. While it is really easy for us walking off, it is a bit difficult for those driving in. If you need to get picked up at the port by a private car, expect to be directed to the lower level at pier 88 baggage drop off. That is where they have an area set up for quick pickups. But there is nowhere for someone to stop and wait for you. Overall...it was a fun trip. Not the trip of a lifetime, but a good solid relaxing vacation. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Not what we expected. The good: Food is really good. Entertainment is amazing. The bad: Pool- very small pool, and not that clean. Casino - you will never win anything. Bars - If you tip you will get service, if you ... Read More
Not what we expected. The good: Food is really good. Entertainment is amazing. The bad: Pool- very small pool, and not that clean. Casino - you will never win anything. Bars - If you tip you will get service, if you don’t, then, you may have to wait 20 minutes for a drink I standing at the bar. The islands - not enough time to explore. Rooms - small and that toilet... it’s tiny, yes, small toilets. If you are more than 220 pounds, then you will not feel comfortable on that toilet. It’s small... like really small. Service - you have to tip otherwise you will get the very basic service and you will not like it. Example: they can make your room but only make your bed. With a $5 tip you get your whole room done and fresh towels, and ice and extra stuff. So haven extra $$$ to tip. Nightlife - one! Yes one decent bar at night the “sky bar” that’s has a DJ. Bunch of teenagers dancing and that’s it, everyone sleeps at 1:00 am - no more life after that. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This was a spring break cruise for our family traveling with elementary aged kids. They were not too impressed with the kids club or kids activities because of the restricted hours of operation for splash academy and the organization of ... Read More
This was a spring break cruise for our family traveling with elementary aged kids. They were not too impressed with the kids club or kids activities because of the restricted hours of operation for splash academy and the organization of activities in the Club (games when you were “out” you had to sit and wait with nothing to do). We were also not very happy with the food in the main dining and especially the buffet. The variety was limited and the layout was too large to fill a plate of food before it got cold. In main dining, service was a bit slow as well and we could not expect to spend less than 2 hours over dinner. The ship was nice and new and seemed to have many options for everyone. However, 2 in my immediate family and 2 in extended family got food poisoning, or stomach illness on second to last day on board. Also eye infection. So although things looked clean, common areas may have needed a bit more attention. It did not feel too crowded even though we had a full boat, so that was nice. And our rooms were comfortable and a relaxing retreat. Embarkation was smooth and faster than anticipated, and debarkation was not too bad either. Overall, we would probably consider a cruise in Norwegian Escape again, however, not until both children are over the age of 13. 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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