2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2019
This was more or less an impromptu cruise for my wife and I. When I say "impromptu" I mean we didn't book it a year in advance, we booked it about 70 days out (I'm a planner-type person so this was scary). Overall, it ... Read More
This was more or less an impromptu cruise for my wife and I. When I say "impromptu" I mean we didn't book it a year in advance, we booked it about 70 days out (I'm a planner-type person so this was scary). Overall, it was a great trip and Bermuda was beautiful as always. Embarkation went well. After much deliberation, we chose to park at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal lot for $40/day, or 280 for the cruise. We arrived about 11am and within 30 minutes of turning off the car engine, we standing on the ship. We found the vast majority of the staff to be friendly and helpful. The Main Dining Room staff were helpful and accommodating, but just didn't seem to have the candor and smiles we found on the bar staff and our room steward. We had a couple of minor flubbs in the MDR but nothing insurmountable. Two nights in a row my wife got a chicken dish that was either overcooked and tough, or in the case of the chicken piccata, it tasted like eggs to her. The asian-style dishes were very good, and I didn't have a steak that wasn't tender, juicy, and delicious. However, overall we found the choices in the complementary food venues to be underwhelming and uninspired. What was available was overall tasty and we are not foodies or anything, but we like to try some new things and new combinations of ingredients when cruising. The public areas were too, too small. Forget a dip in the pool on the sea days, you can barely get close enough to it much less get in. The hot tubs were lukewarm and almost constantly full anyway. We don't mind kids, but there the hot tubs were mostly full of them being left unattended while mom and dad sat at the bar or sunned themselves. Spice H2O was a little better, but no pool and the last sea day the exhaust from the stack was blowing over the spice area and people were getting covered with little droplets of a black soot/oil substance. We did not experience that on the way down simply because we were double-timing back from Bermuda. We arrived in New York around 1-2am, rather than the customary 5-6am and just sat in port like the Captain had a hot date or something. Slowing down would have probably alleviated this issue. The atrium shows were fine as long as you got in early. We're not too much in the way of show people so we didn't bother with the shows and such. Fortunately we got a great deal on an upgrade to a spa balcony via the bidding system so we were able to use the excellent thermal suite to soak and swim in the therapy pool. We enjoyed this immensely and spent time in every room - the saunarium, sauna, steam room, cold room, and salt room as well as using the heated lounges, therapy pool, and small hot tub. As we have previously visited Bermuda, we chose to go to Horseshoe Bay the first day and I had booked a Resort for a Day with The Elbow Beach Resort prior to embarking. Horseshoe Bay was very, very crowded, so we just dropped our stuff and jumped in the water for a bit. We took the bus to get there and hopped a minibus to get back (so we didn't have to climb the hill). So it was about $12 round trip. To get to Elbow Bay we took a cab from the pier for about $50. Expensive, but our driver was super friendly and gave us a little tour on the way. We chatted about life on the island and learned a great deal about Bermuda on the way. We thought it was worth it. On the way back, we got lucky and managed to hitch a ride on a minibus with a fellow who was going to Hamilton and then agreed to take 6 of us back to the port for $8 per person. He also gave us a tour and took us along some of the back roads back, so we got to see parts of Bermuda that a lot of tourists don't see, so that was neat. The third day we just puttered around the dockyard and bought souvenirs and such. Overall, we found the locals to be very pleasant and helpful. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
We live NJ and were married on Bermuda. The convenience and our love of cruising makes a NYC-Bermuda a no-brainer for us. We've sailed the Breakaway in 2014, and Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas in 2018. This was our first retail ... Read More
We live NJ and were married on Bermuda. The convenience and our love of cruising makes a NYC-Bermuda a no-brainer for us. We've sailed the Breakaway in 2014, and Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas in 2018. This was our first retail purchase of a Haven cabin. We definitely loved the serenity away from the crowds. There was never a problem finding a sun lounger and the sundeck service was top notch. We loved the fruit kabobs and shrimp cocktail that were passed out throughout the day! Our room cabin steward was excellent and kept our cabin spotless. The treats left for us were delicious! We had a butler and only used her once for an in room breakfast. When I asked for fresh squeezed juice, I was told she could not get that...oh ok. Other Haven guests were shocked when we told them as their butlers got them whatever they asked for. Maybe our Butler was too busy that morning. Dining- The concierge was able to make us reservations to 2 restaurants the very first day we boarded. However, if you do not make the request immediately you will not be able to get a reservation once it sold out. We were under the impression the Haven would allow for a more priority dining experience. I tried to book the seafood restaurant mid cruise and was told "sorry, all booked". We were able to repeat one restaurant but only because we showed up at 5PM and got lucky and was seated. The food in the Haven restaurant was very high quality, but the menu does not change. My husband who is a fussy eater ran out of options quickly. Overall we really enjoyed the cruise. We got lucky with perfect weather the whole time. We'd book the Haven again at the right price. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
outstanding service, people literally bend over backwards to accommodate your every need . Pool area way too crowded (jersey shore) vibe. If that's what you are looking for great. Not for me with wife and kids. Water slide lines ... Read More
outstanding service, people literally bend over backwards to accommodate your every need . Pool area way too crowded (jersey shore) vibe. If that's what you are looking for great. Not for me with wife and kids. Water slide lines took too much time. Just too many people for the water accommodations . Really enjoyed the overall experience. I can't say enough about the food and the staff. The room was very nice, very much enjoyed the bathroom was not expecting it to be so nice (shower with jets great water pressure) double sink. Bed was very comfortable . Top notch all the way. The few specialty restaurants we took advantage of were exceptional. I would give this experience 8 out of 10. I had a friend who went on the same ship a few weeks before me, went with the haven option. I did not, think next time around that would be the way to go. Balcony was very enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
We have cruised on Norwegian Breakaway two years ago, also out of NYC. The ship is almost exactly same layout and same size, but on Escape was much more people. It’s to crowd. We went on this cruise with 6 people. In our opinion, ... Read More
We have cruised on Norwegian Breakaway two years ago, also out of NYC. The ship is almost exactly same layout and same size, but on Escape was much more people. It’s to crowd. We went on this cruise with 6 people. In our opinion, the pool aria is way to small for the size of the ship. We were not happy to get up early in the morning just to be able to save six seats together. About embarkation processes: We are PA residents and we are never experienced so many rude people. They were screaming, cutting of lines, pushing, and embarkation staff was NOT care at all. Regarding the ship staff: Extremely hard workers, it’s obvious. The shows were an outstanding, spectacular. Choir of man is an excellent performance. These guys are hugely talented. “After Midnight” show is also extremely good. The dancing, the singing, the band were amazing. Overall, we had a good experience on this cruse, but NOT grate. Bigger ship it is not always better. It just means more people on board. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
I am a first time cruiser but was going with my best friends family who regularly cruises multiple times a year. They kept referencing the fact that they do Royal Caribbean cruises and how it was so much better overall from this Norwegian ... Read More
I am a first time cruiser but was going with my best friends family who regularly cruises multiple times a year. They kept referencing the fact that they do Royal Caribbean cruises and how it was so much better overall from this Norwegian boat. The overall amount of people on the boat was overwhelming and it seemed like there was no space anywhere. We continued to have a great trip, making our own fun while on shore. Our stateroom attendant was the kindest worker on the whole boat, he took great care of us, Reggie. The staff on the waterslides were very indirect about regulations and were very rude towards me and my best friend’s brother for no reason. Friday night, after embarking from Bermuda, the boat conditions were absolutely horrific with the rocking of the boat and hearing the mini fridge and coat hangers slam around as the massive waves shook the room and the boat. We were all sick and got little to no sleep after being awoken every half an hour at least by how unsafe you feel and how the boat made us feel. My diagnosed anxiety has been never been so bad on a vacation. The customer service man at the main front desk was extremely helpful and understanding when my best friend lost her phone and they helped to recover it. The rock grotto was absolutely incredible and stunning, along with all of the views on the ship from the waterfront when it didn’t feel overcrowded or overwhelming, such as on the pool deck. I always have heard great stories from cruises and I wish I had that experience. The boat was the worst part. We did travel with a 3 year old and he seemed to enjoy himself but again there was minimal space for him to play. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
OK . . . I'll start by saying that there were plenty of positives, but... The food was not nearly as good as any of our previous cruises with other cruise lines The lines were too long for the slides and the high ropes course ... Read More
OK . . . I'll start by saying that there were plenty of positives, but... The food was not nearly as good as any of our previous cruises with other cruise lines The lines were too long for the slides and the high ropes course Every comedy show we tried to go to was sold out well in advance of the show The other shows we did attend were average at best, nothing spectacular No convenient way to stay hydrated, suggest putting in water bottle filling stations Smoke wasn't contained to casino and could be smelled on other levels Automatic gratuities do not encourage excellent service, had to complain more than once Teen curfew was not enforced, found at least 50 noisy teens out and about at 2:30am Took advantage of a massage special that included a Dr consultation, massage great, no Dr In general, crowded with over 5,500 guests on board, lots of lines and not enough seats! Would we go again? To get to Bermuda, yes! But we would probably consider looking at other options. We thought we would be wowed by NCL and they turned out to be slightly better than average. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We loved the Escape. Great rooms, food and entertaining. If I have one complaint is that there is limited smoking areas which I get. It was a little inconvenient but I survived. My biggest issue is that the Cigar bar has inadequate ... Read More
We loved the Escape. Great rooms, food and entertaining. If I have one complaint is that there is limited smoking areas which I get. It was a little inconvenient but I survived. My biggest issue is that the Cigar bar has inadequate ventilation. It is horrible in that room. They need to fix that. My favorite restaurant was LaCucina. The food and service were outstanding. The comedy dueling pianos was great! We saw The Choir of Man - very talented young men. Great show. Our room steward Danny was outstanding. Embarkment was a breeze. Disembarkment took no more than 20 minutes. They are very organized. One other issue was with the pool chairs. I was glad to see that the chairs are tagged. You have an hour to return or they take your stuff to guest services. So many chairs have towels on them with nobody sitting in them for hours. Again it was a great week. Bermuda is lovely and so are the people. But it is pricey. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
I took this cruise as a last minute solo trip leaving from NYC as I could get a fare with no surcharge and no plane flight required. The NCL site jerked me around on price a few times and "my" representative wasn't ... Read More
I took this cruise as a last minute solo trip leaving from NYC as I could get a fare with no surcharge and no plane flight required. The NCL site jerked me around on price a few times and "my" representative wasn't helpful at all. He promised to call me back after the fare doubled if there was something better (he didn't although fares dropped even lower). I arrived at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal at 1:00 pm and was in my room before 2:00. Nice balcony on Deck 13, nice view. A little rainy on the way down but still nice enough. Booked ship activities right away - don't wait - and was able to get seats for show, comedy club, and the escape room without any problems. Some on-deck activities like the ropes course were not open due to the weather until we got closer to Bermuda. The ship was clean, a lot more families with kids since it's July, fewer scooters, fewer foreign travelers. Not complaining. I ate dinner most nights in the buffet. Even though some of the theme nights were not my favorite types of food, those counters had impressive varieties. People stacked sushi like the morning hogs stack waffles, bacon, etc. No drink package included on the cheap fare so I went with the soda package and supplemented with occasional alcohol. If you think beer and wine prices are bad, try soda. An a la carte purchase of a pepsi - probably 6 ounces - is $4 with gratuity. Enjoyed Choir of Men, comedians, didn't think much of After Midnight, Escape Room was not great but worth trying. Cruise Director and his assistant were very very good. The passengers turned out for the nightly game shows. The appeal of a koozie for public embarrassment remains strong. Bermuda weather was great, a little rain day one but not to keep you from doing anything. On the return leg the pool was overcrowded - char hogs and simply an inadequately small pool itself. Wait times for the waterslide were unreasonably long at about 30 minutes each. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Sailed the Escape last week with my wife and 8 year old daughter. Overall a great cruise. The ship is amazing and the crew is wonderful. I can’t say enough how professional, courteous and efficient in every single aspect they are. ... Read More
Sailed the Escape last week with my wife and 8 year old daughter. Overall a great cruise. The ship is amazing and the crew is wonderful. I can’t say enough how professional, courteous and efficient in every single aspect they are. That alone makes for a great time. I was also able to get a few different tips from this group so thank you as it made for a better time. As for some of the different things Embarkation was very easy. We got to the pier early, around 945am and were on the ship by 10:50am. They didn’t open customs until around 10, so it was just about 50 minutes total which was fantastic. By noon we had already had a quick bite and were in the hot tub (by ourselves for some time). If possible I would recommend getting there as early as possible. We live in NYC so it may be a little easier for us but if you can, try to, it makes for a great way to start the vacation. Disembarkation was equally easy. We checked out in the last group and were off the ship and through customs and to pickup area in 25 minutes. They got it down to a science, having sailed NCL a number of times and on the bigger ships like the Breakaway, disembark was one of those things you just did and dealt with however in this case you didn’t even have to do that. It was easy. Food- overall very good and we didn’t even scratch the surface. Limitless options. You can pay a little extra and go to a specialty but if not the food at the MDRs was very good. The Manhattan Room even had live entertainment at certain times which was nice. I had a Hawaiian Pork Belly one night at the Manhattan Room and that I can’t stop thinking about. It was excellent. Entertainment- We have sailed NCL 7 times previously. Each time the entertainment has been very good, this was no different and maybe even better. What’s funny is unlike other times After Midnight was the only “big show” we saw. It was OK although I preferred some of the other shows on the other ships. Having said that performers were amazing so that alone was worth it. And even with only doing one “big show” the overall entertainment was excellent. There was always something to do. The app worked well with coordinating but maybe I’m old school, I liked checking the Freestyle Daily each day as it was easier for me to follow. The activities were all very well planned out and organized. The musical entertainment like the bands or singers were probably the best I’ve experienced on a cruise. Just very, very good and entertaining. And they play every night, multiple times and multiple locations somewhere all over the ship. Nice way to sit back after a long fun day with a drink in your hand listening to good live music. Again, just very well done. There were also plenty of bars/lounges to just chill in too. There were the standard parties (GLOW, 80s and 90s) which seemed like fun. At night, they played a movie in the Atrium, usually after one of the music performances around 11pm. Not bad, especially on the big screen with big sound if that’s something you wanted to do and just relax after a long day. 2 of the first 3 sea days, the weather wasn’t great but we managed to have fun, in large part to what they have going on. We also did Escape the Big Top. Honestly, a fun hour, especially for my 8 year old. She loved it and to me that’s worth it. (Book this as soon as you get on board, it sells out immediately. Got that tip from this group). Supper club on deck 6 also offers the option to have dinner and a show (music, cabaret, magic shows and comedy). Both complimentary and offered various times throughout the week. Must book in advance so may want to do that first day when you book Escape the Big Top at the box office. Overall Impression of the Ship I read a lot (on other sites) that this ship more than others was very crowded and tough to enjoy. I always take with a grain of salt. And while there were times (4K plus people what else would I expect) that it was crowded in certain spots there is enough to do where it doesn’t seem like that. Public areas like pools, hot tubs and elevators were not bad and pretty in line with what I have experienced in the past and what I expected coming in. Once the cruise got rolling and people got into doing there own thing this wasn’t an issue at all. A slight difference from the Breakaway I believe is they added 2 hot tubs on deck 18 forward which in general was always a good place to relax quietly and almost always get a chair. Adding a couple of hot tub options like they did and it makes it even nicer. This is a good spot if you don’t want to be by the pool. The kids play area/aqua park wasn’t bad and again not that crowded. My daughter loved it. Made friends, ran around in the water and then would go for a dip in the kids pool right next to it. My only issue with the kids pool is that it is 5’7 all around. Very tough for younger kids and tough for parents who want to hold their real young kids in the water. There must be a reason it’s not a build up with a walk in because that didn’t make sense to me however in all reality it wasn’t a big deal. My daughter loved it and I just made sure I kept even closer watch (and drive her even more crazy ha) Outdoor activities on the upper decks was pretty standard. Ropes course, mini golf, Bocce Ball and Waterslides. Can’t really go wrong. Only time the water slides were real busy was the last sea day but it was manageable. Bermuda What else can I say, just a fantastic island. It terms of planning it, what we did was Day 1 we did a 1 day transportation pass and took the ferry to Hamilton and then a bus to the Crystal Caves, first time for my daughter who was amazed. We caught the bus back to Hamilton afterwards and then did some shopping before heading back on the ferry. We did not stay for Harbour Nights this time but the lines to go that we saw on our way back were long. (Figure you have 2 big cruise ships there as Celebrity also had a ship there) You may want to plan on spending the day there and get there earlier. Day 2- we took the mini bus right from Dockyard to Horseshoe Bay and stood there all day before getting a mini bus back. At $7/pp each way, the convenience and ease of this alone was the best money I spent all week. In the past have done public transit using the bus and it wasn’t always easy, especially getting back. This was easy and quick. Got this tip from this group too. Day 3- Another tip from this group. We did the Restless Native Catamaran excursion through NCL. This was perfect for the short day in port before having to get back on the boat. This was AMAZING and one of the highlights of the trip. Swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boating and on the way back on the Catamaran all you can eat chocolate cookies and free Rum Swizzles whole laying out on the Catamaran. And of course if booked through NCL you are guaranteed to not miss the boat. Highly recommended this and thank you to those that recommended it to me. Overall, this was a great cruise, maybe the most jam packed with things to do we have experienced. Like I said we traveled with an 8 year old who refuses to go to the Splash Academy and she STILL loved it and so did we. To those with upcoming cruises, I’m jealous already and I just got back! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
The ship is huge! We ate most of our meals from the buffet because it was quicker. All the food was awesome with lots of choices. There are 3 main dining rooms serving same food just different atmospheres. We didn’t go to any of the ... Read More
The ship is huge! We ate most of our meals from the buffet because it was quicker. All the food was awesome with lots of choices. There are 3 main dining rooms serving same food just different atmospheres. We didn’t go to any of the specialty restaurants because of the extra charges. The Starbucks on board was priced correctly and tasted just like my Starbucks at home. Our balcony room was roomy for 2 adults and a teenager. The room was clean and kept clean all week long. The bed was comfortable. The sun decks and pools were over crowded. People leave towels on chairs so we walked around a lot looking for a place for 3 people to sit. The hot tubs are not hot tubs. They are lukewarm so I don’t understand why they advertise they have hot tubs. Something that wasn’t well planned is they have a smoking area right by the running track and kids play area. The port of New York was easy to. We traveled Sunday to Sunday I’m sure it’s a different story during the week. Bermuda was beautiful! I loved that we docked for 2 and 1/2 days in Bermuda. We definitely will go back after we adventure to other islands first. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
My Husband and I have been on many cruises including the Norwegian Escape. June 23rd 2019 we took our son/wife/kids. Maybe it was because of the adorable girls ( ages 3&6) and celebrating my granddaughters 3rd birthday but I have ... Read More
My Husband and I have been on many cruises including the Norwegian Escape. June 23rd 2019 we took our son/wife/kids. Maybe it was because of the adorable girls ( ages 3&6) and celebrating my granddaughters 3rd birthday but I have never ever been on a cruise where the staff was so incredibly nice and accommodating. Our room steward Paul actually understood our needs and wants (many just shake their head and smile and do not help) Not Paul he even made a cake out of towels for the birthday girl. IONELA OPRISAN was amazing with the attention he gave us...KIVANC UCAR was beyond nice. I wish I had all the other names...yes one or two were rude (towel guy) but for the most part EVERYONE was so nice. Maybe the other ships should learn a lesson from the Escape (GEM ??) No matter how good the food is ( it was on the Escape) or the shows ( great again) the spa, gym, shopping (disappointed stores on the Escape) etc it could all become a bad experience if the service is not goo (GEM again) already booked on the Bliss....can't wait thank you Escape for making our family trip a great one :) Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
The staff was amazing starting from the time we got on board until we got off. They made our stay a memorable one. We adored Gerald Casillo! He was the best! The food was incredible and this included the Garden Cafe as well as the ... Read More
The staff was amazing starting from the time we got on board until we got off. They made our stay a memorable one. We adored Gerald Casillo! He was the best! The food was incredible and this included the Garden Cafe as well as the specialty restaurants. We found the bartenders to be not so friendly and seemed annoyed at times when ordering drinks. Although we were only able to see The Manhatran Club because we were too late in trying to see other shows the entertainment was top notch! The Karaoke at the 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar was the best. Both my husband and I along with our kids spent alot of time there and Rafiqic was by far the BEST!! Alex the cruise director rocked it! He was lots of fun and found him to be the perfect person for this job! What can I say about Bermuda? It was absolutely spectacular and we can't wait to go back on the Escape to Bermuda again! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
Bermuda cruise so only 1 long (3 day) stop. Plenty of time to explore and/or just enjoy the ship. Plenty of venues for eating and entertainment on this beautiful ship. Plenty of food options at the buffet as well with various stations. ... Read More
Bermuda cruise so only 1 long (3 day) stop. Plenty of time to explore and/or just enjoy the ship. Plenty of venues for eating and entertainment on this beautiful ship. Plenty of food options at the buffet as well with various stations. Although embarkation and disembarkation was a nightmare. We disembarked with our luggage but still had to get in line behind the people picking up their luggage rather than proceeding straight to customs as other cruise lines do. We traveled with the family so ages ranged from 20 to 85 and this cruise was perfect for all of us. Plenty of entertainment options for the 20 year old and plenty of accommodations made for the 85 year old (designated tables at buffet and theatre, plenty of staff to help seat and carry drinks/food). The pool area can get quite crowded and loud. Not a place for quiet reading or relaxing. The “quiet” option is H2O Spice area that has lots of chairs but only a few umbrellas so if you want shade you have to get there early (before 7am on sea days). But there is a walk thru grotto with water feature for cooling off. Would definitely cruise with NCL again. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
We only chose to go on this because we had $250 nextcruise credit with NCL that was about to expire. Last time we sailed with them was in 2015 on the Breakaway and we were not too crazy about the service so we thought this would be our ... Read More
We only chose to go on this because we had $250 nextcruise credit with NCL that was about to expire. Last time we sailed with them was in 2015 on the Breakaway and we were not too crazy about the service so we thought this would be our last cruise with NCL. I have to say that NCL redeemed themselves nicely on the Escape. Check in was a bit confusing. There was no longer a separate desk for Platinum members. Instead, they divided people according to their deck number. It was pretty smooth. It took us less than half hour to get on the ship. We got the drink package as well as 3 night dining packages. It was worth every penny. We had drinks as soon as we were on board. If you're looking for a bartender that knows what they are doing, I recommend Iketut at the MIxx bar. Everything he made was superb. We used our dining packages at Cagney's, La Cucina and Teppanyaki. Of the 3, I'd have to say La Cucina wins in terms of service and food quality. We dined at Manhattan once and service and food was night and day compared to the specialty restaurants. Service very slow. Nobody cared if we wanted to order drinks. Food was really salty for my taste so I only took one bite and sent it back. However, they do have great live music which somewhat made up for it. On other days, we dined at O'Sheehan's both for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Good food and good service there. Can't really go wrong with them. We had a 5 year old with us. He absolutely LOVED splashed academy. He loved it so much he didn't want to leave. In fact, he asked to go back to that ship again if we cruise. Entertainment was really really good. From comedy to shows (e.g. after midnight), to dinner shows (Chelsey, Company of Men), to parties at H20. We thoroughly enjoyed all of it. I used fitness center 3 times. Loved the equipment provided. Only problem was, it could be quite busy and you might have to wait to use the machines. I also manage a hot stone massage. Loved the service and the massage but hated that they tried to push products on me at the end. Then again, this is a normal for ALL cruise lines. Now for things that could be improved: not too crazy about the pool deck. It was always packed and constantly smelled like food that sometime made me feel ill. My wife went to art auctions and she said they did not show the art works that people requested to see. Dinner at main dining rooms could have been better. Food at Garden Cafe serve its purpose. What I don't get is the ship is full of Asian workers, yet, none of the Asian dishes they served was good. Disembarkation was chaotic. Not the cruise line's fault. But as soon as we get off the ship, we were screamed at by the customs and boarder patrols like we a herd of cattle. From the time they announced our tag color to the time we got our luggage and exited, it took almost a whole hour. Overall, I highly recommend this cruise if you get dining and drink packages. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
***LONG POST AND REVIEW*** First time poster here! I recently returned from my 2nd cruise ever to celebrate my birthday. It was 7 days on the Norwegian Escape to Bermuda. We spent two and a half days ported. Cons- Truthfully I ... Read More
***LONG POST AND REVIEW*** First time poster here! I recently returned from my 2nd cruise ever to celebrate my birthday. It was 7 days on the Norwegian Escape to Bermuda. We spent two and a half days ported. Cons- Truthfully I wasn't too impressed with the food. We did fine dining six nights out of the seven, and the menu didn't really change. The main buffet (Garden Cafe) was just okay. I am a vegetarian, so there wasn't many choices outside of pasta/grains for my main course. I also felt like they were scared to season the food and I had to use salt and pepper for most of my meals. They did keep a variety of selections for the main course/entree with meats included, none of which I could eat. I found that the Indian food and dessert was the best! They had several specialty restaurants on board all of which were extra money. This includes lobster for those of you seafood lovers. Pros- Great time of year to go. We had beautiful weather everyday. Bermuda was AMAZING. The beaches were like nothing I've seen before, and was different all around the island. Horsehoe Bay is the tourist spot, but I would recommend to visit the other beaches that are less crowded (Jobson's Cove). We did two excursions on my birthday. Hartley's Helmet Diving and the Sunset Catamaran cruise. The Helmet diving was quite the experience and well worth it. We spent at least 45 minutes on the bottom of the ocean floor getting to touch and take pictures with the fish. The Catamaran was very relaxing. They served us bottomless Rum Swizzle, and chocolate chip cookies. Both excursions were booked through Trip Advisor. I recommend to do it that way if you wanna save a little bit of money. Also, we were told ( by locals) it was costly to eat and drink in Bermuda, so we did that on the ship. The Escape is a beautiful ship. They had some noteworthy shows as well as parties. My first cruise was with Carnival, and I'd have to say I did WAY MORE partying on the Norwegian Escape. (We did purchase the drink package..WORTH IT especially on anything longer then a five day cruise). So don't believe everything you hear about Norwegian being completely boring! We partied with EVERYONE from all walks of life...anyone who was up for having a good time. We had two cruise directors who were fun and upbeat. All in all I would definitely book with Norwegian again. You create the experiences you want to have, not necessarily the cruise line. I can't wait to try out their other ships! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
I adore some of the staff on this ship and I struggled as to whether to give this five stars but in the end I decided I need to raise it as a concern simply because it happened literally every single time I sat down for a meal as a solo ... Read More
I adore some of the staff on this ship and I struggled as to whether to give this five stars but in the end I decided I need to raise it as a concern simply because it happened literally every single time I sat down for a meal as a solo and I hope they make adjustments. In no way will this review impact my decision to sail with them again. Embarkation was awesome. No delays at all, very short wait. I boarded around 1 and decided to go to one of the dining rooms for lunch. I was seated very quickly and ordered a bloody mary with horse radish. I got a bloody mary without the horseradish but they brought me an entire ramekin full of it. I just cannot imagine that anyone would think a person could possibly want or need that much in a drink but since I didn't have the drink package I didn't do anything other than put a small amount in my glass. The meal was good as was all of the food I ate in the dining room although I will do a deep dive on the service shortly. I loved my studio cabin and I loved the studio lounge. I did not love 5PM solo get together and 5:30 dinner because that's too early for me but that is not a negative as some want to get a meal out of the way so they can focus on other things. Solomon was awesome as a host and I hope to see him again on another ship in the future. Many thanks for the chocolate covered strawberries sent to my cabin.Without a doubt, the best ones I've ever had. Since I did not have the alcohol package I opted to buy the six bottles of wine package. I was surprised to find out that this meant that when I asked for a bottle they'd bring it to me, open it, pour a glass, leave the cork on the table and walk away. YES, this was epic. That meant I could take the bottle with me anywhere and no matter where I went (I didn't take it with me up on the pool deck so this would be limited to decks 6-8) the bartenders brought me a glass when I asked (had they offered to pour for me I would have tipped them). I was very happy to have a bottle to bring back to my cabin and even happier I could walk down the hall, down a flight of stairs to get a glass of water/ice anytime I wanted. Brilliant, don't ever change the concept of the studios. The only time I would not want to do one is on a transatlantic or where the weather could be rocky. I don't get seasick but I'd like to have the option of sitting out on the waterfront. My cabin steward was good, very personable and having asked for ice to put the champagne on once, he made sure every single day to replace it. Unfortunately I never had the right opportunity to drink it (see above) so hopefully he was able to find another crew member who could enjoy it. So now that brings me to the single diner. When you are seated at the complimentary tables, you are given a menu and someone will ask if you want water/juice. As a solo, when the waiter/waitress comes over to take your meal they don't introduce themselves as they do at other tables (there's a million hours of video tape available to back this up) they just say "Hello, are you ready to order". If it's dinner, you tell them what you want for an appetizer, and what you want for your main course. They bring out from the kitchen two plates. Both are covered. They present you with the first and walk away. They (and their assistant) may tend to other tables but they do notice when you are done and voila they take your plate away and simultaneously put your entree down. That's very efficient for them, trying to get you, the single diner out of the dining room, but that doesn't help if you are the type who wants to dine slowly. After I experienced that once I told them before I ordered to NOT bring out both plates at once and when I saw they brought two plates on the tray the next night I told them point blank I would not accept that second plate and to send it back. Maybe it was a language barrier, maybe it was because they thought I was in a hurry but that's not how one should "dine". Maybe I am just picky and perhaps other people who are alone just want to get it over with but I would rather have someone ask me if I need anything else while I'm eating or just let me enjoy my meal and treat me as if I'm as important as if I were part of a group of 8. So while I did not enjoy the dining aspect, the entertainment was awesome. So very excited about Choir of Man. I don't know why more people don't go see After Midnight but that was awesome. I loved meeting members of management around the ship. Maybe I should have told them how single travelers are treated but quite honestly I needed to see it three times to be able to say this is the instruction they are giving! I'm not sure why but they are because they all served me identically. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
I've now set out to cruise on all NCL ships, having sailed too many times on one and the first one (NCL Wind) I sailed on was decommissioned many years ago. The Escape delivered! I purchased a guarantee cabin with one perk, which ... Read More
I've now set out to cruise on all NCL ships, having sailed too many times on one and the first one (NCL Wind) I sailed on was decommissioned many years ago. The Escape delivered! I purchased a guarantee cabin with one perk, which was the beverage package. This was my third guarantee cabin, and all of the locations have been great. The Escape is similar to two other ships I've been on: Breakaway and Getaway. They are all beautiful ships with many activities to suit many tastes. The only drawback I see with these ships is that they are a bit crowded overall and much too crowded in the pool area. I thoroughly enjoyed the shows Choir of Man and After Midnight, as well as the piano entertainer in The District Brewhouse. Howl at the Moon is getting pretty old and sloppy, although I admire the endurance and versatility of the performers. I've seen this show on many of the ships over the years. As a Platinum Latitudes member, this was the first time I was unable to use one of my coupons for a complimentary dinner at a specialty restaurant, as they were all booked up. Cagney's delivered an amazing meal and dining experience. Food in general at all of the venues was excellent. As a solo female traveler, I really appreciated the level of service I received at the bars, restaurants, theater, and guest services. I enjoyed a few of the solo gatherings and the coordinator did an excellent job! The New York/Italian/New Hampshire/Pennsylvania/Connecticut crowd was a blast to hang around with! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We were pleasantly surprised by the service, facilities and food on Escape. It is the biggest ship we have ever sailed on. The lounges, restaurants and bars are well designed and well maintained, the deck areas were always spotless and ... Read More
We were pleasantly surprised by the service, facilities and food on Escape. It is the biggest ship we have ever sailed on. The lounges, restaurants and bars are well designed and well maintained, the deck areas were always spotless and there were plenty of available sun beds throughout the voyage, something that has not always happened on smaller ships. As on most ships we had to wait for the lifts and they were usually crowded, specially during the stop in Bermuda when everyone was returning from shore excursions. We only used the complimentary restaurants, Taste, Savour and Manhattan, it was disappointing that they all had the same menu. We never had a problem with table availability though as we don’t eat early but there were queues between 5pm and 6.30 and you couldn’t reserve in advance. The food was good and there was plenty of choice. Breakfast however was rather a nightmare for us, being English, the waiters never seemed to understand us. Every day we had what we called the ‘Tea Ceremony’ because we had to wait so long for cold milk the pot of hot water went cold and had to be replaced. As we never had the same waiter twice it was the same every morning. They didn’t understand us wanting A1 sauce with eggs, a selection of pastries for our table or needing extra tea bags. My husband often asked for white toast but kept being served wheat. Do ‘white and wheat’ sound the same!? One day we sat for three quarters of an hour waiting for our main breakfast and we complained. The next day we were only half way through our cereals and fruit when came our eggs so there was no room on the table. We ended up receiving chocolates in our rooms, which was a nice gesture. We didn’t see any shows because The Americans book everything in advance on the first day or so, so we only saw a magician because it was free seating. I find it hard to understand why entertainment was put on in the Atrium, we weren’t bothered about the silly game shows and bingo that were so popular with many passengers. However there is not enough seating there and because there were chairs moved around to be in front of the screen it blocked the passage through the ship and was also incredibly noisy. One of our main issues was the noise around the ship, not everyone wants loud music pounding out all the time. There were no quiet bars on board where you can sit and chat with a cocktail or have a game of cards accompanied by a discreet singer or background music like other ships we’ve sailed on. Our other issue was the tiny swimming pool. It was impossible for people to have a dip to cool off because people are allowed to sit on the edge with feet in the pool. They sit so close together drinks in hand that it is impossible to get through to access the pool. We considered this to be a safety issue, the pool is deep and if there was a problem it would be difficult for anyone to gain access quickly. Apart from this is stops people from the sun decks from being able to have a cooling dip. Never had this problem on other ships. This should be looked into. Our room was spacious with ample storage and a decent balcony, the staff on the whole were helpful too. We didn’t appreciate the announcement the day before disembarkation that there would be a shortage of taxis at the port so it would be best to pay $45 pp for the ships transfer to the airports. Of course there wasn’t a shortage and the four of us paid $92 for a taxi with no wait at all. This also applies when in port, not everyone wants to take overpriced tours. In Bermuda we took a taxi to Horseshoe Bay for $35 between us. They were freely available at this set fee. That’s as it is, on the whole we had a great cruise on a sport ship to what for us was a new and fabulous destination. i hope the powers that be will listen to it’s passenger’s comments. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
I'm a glass if half full kinda guy so read my review with this in mind. I decided to take my 20yo daughter on a decompression vacation the day after she took her MCAT test after 6 months of study. We booked at the very last minute. ... Read More
I'm a glass if half full kinda guy so read my review with this in mind. I decided to take my 20yo daughter on a decompression vacation the day after she took her MCAT test after 6 months of study. We booked at the very last minute. Cruise Outlet messed up our reservation so we ended up in an ocean view room with no perks instead of balcony with all the "Free at Sea" stuff. The ride to NYC from NH was uneventful and we ended up at the port by 11:00. The embarkation lines were pretty long and it took a couple hours to get on board which was fairly annoying. We had booked last minute so we had to visit customer services to give them a credit card and to sing the forms so my daughter could drink on board. The lines were short and we had no issues. We decided to have lunch, but after rejecting the mess at the buffet, we got to O'Sheehan's just as it closed for the mandatory drill. Oh well, a little fasting before 7 days of overeating probably isn't a bad thing. The Escape Man this is a big ship. I went on a few cruises 20 years ago and things are a lot bigger now. As others have mentioned, the elevators are a major issue during busy times. We just took the stairs. It's good exercise, but going from 5 to 17 is a haul. The top decks are huge. There were usually chairs available, but there was virtually no place to get out of the sun. I know it's impossible to ever have enough pools and hot tubs for 5000 people. I think the same group of Jersey bros pretty much monopolized one of the hot tubs every day with enough bud lite to keep them pretty happy for the next month. Other than the top deck, outdoor space is really limited on the Escape. We spent a lot of time reading in the comfy seats on deck 8. The only problem was if you ever left (like for lunch), you'd never find a spot again. The inside of the Escape on decks 6/7/8 smells like an old ash tray. I'm not sure who thought allowing smoking in the casino that is open to 3 decks was a great idea. It was kind of a flashback to my grandmother's living room in the 50's. Cabin We ended up in an ocean view cabin (5728). It was nice enough and clean. I wish there was a place to sit and read rather than lying in bed. The window is big enough to sit in, tho you'll get a little dizzy with the ocean whizzing by just 25 feet below you. The beds were comfortable and bathroom was fine. There was plenty of storage, but having just 3 outlets was a hassle trying to keep phones, ipads, headphones etc all charged up (especially if you fall asleep with your ipad as I usually do). Meals We ended up eating in specialty dining 5 nights. Reservations were easy to come by the 1st few days, but got really hard the last couple. Moderno Churrascria - Excellent salad bar. I could have been happy just eating there. Too bad it was the only salad bar on the ship. The meat was good but not great. I think NCL tries to pass pot roast off as fancy steak by wrapping bacon around it. The pork and lamb was ok. The roasted pineapple was excellent. Teppanyaki - The Japanese jokes get old after about 10 minutes (I never saw any of the large numbers of Japanese guests eating there, but I would have been a little offended if I were them). The food was excellent. I ordered steak and chicken, but there was left over shrimp and scallops so I sampled them too. All except maybe the chicken were very good. The green tea cake for dessert was horrible. La Cucina - We sat outside which was nice. The pasta appetizers were good but the sauce was a little thick. Maybe they sat under a heat lamp for a bit. The main courses were good as was dessert. Cagney's - We went there twice. The 1st night was excellent. The filet was perfect, as were the side dishes. The Creme Brulee and 7 layer cake were both great. The 2nd time, we ended up with a 9PM reservation and I think the crew had checked out for the night. I had surf and turf this time. The filet was extremely rare (I ordered it medium). The shrimp were small and tasted like the frozen ones from the grocery store. 4 of our 5 side dishes showed up 5 minutes after the main course was server (the 5th is still AWOL). Dessert kind of saved the day. MDR - Really not that bad other then a lot more kids than in the specialty dining rooms. We ended up next to the band in the Manhattan Room and has to ask to move since it was very loud. The french onion soup was very good. I had a pork entree that was as good as what I'd eaten in the specialty dining rooms. O'Sheehan's - We ate breakfast and lunch here most days. The made to order omelettes are good. The corned beef hash is nice. They don't have a clue how to make toast though. I finally figured out they had english muffins the last day and it was toasted perfectly (too bad it came out 10 minutes before my eggs). We had fajitas for lunch a few times and they are good. My daughter liked the burgers and the wings. Drinks/Bars - As I mentioned earlier, Cruise Outlet screwed up our reservations, so we were in the small minority of people on the ship without the drinks package. We had a $30-ish bottle of wine with most dinners and for the most part they were pretty good for the price (at least before the automatic 20% got added on). We liked the District Brew House until they ran out of Dogfish Head IPA on day 5. We had a Margarita at it's 5 O'clock Somewhere but it had almost no alcohol in it for north of $30 for 2 of them. I assume thats a side effect of most everyone having "free" drinks and not wanting to knock everyone out before 5 O'Clock. We would never drink enough to justify paying $120/day/person for the drinks package, but it sure would have been nice to have it for free. Entertainment Loved Choir of Man Slept through After Midnight The WIne Lovers lunch show was entertaining Liked Howling at the Moon. The audience is pretty entertaining and the performers are fun There was nice music at the Tobacco Bar a couple nights, but people were talking too loudly to enjoy it. Bermuda What can I say... It's beautiful. Everyone is very friendly and I never felt the least bit threatened. I'm not crazy about King's Wharf since it's off in the middle of no where. The last time I went, the ship docked at St Georges, but I guess modern cruise ships are too big to get in there these days. We did take the free NCL ferry to St Georges one day. It's a great little town and an easy walk to Tobacco Bay. We rented pedal bikes one day and logged 25 or so miles biking down to Horseshoe Bay and back. The rail trail is very nice for biking once you find it (it starts a couple miles from the port). Horseshoe Bay is a total mess. Wall to wall people and the day we stopped by the beach was covered in seaweed. We did fine several unoccupied beaches along the way as well as Fort Scaur which is very interesting. We went on the local shipwreck snorkel trip. The boat was nearly empty and it was a good time. In the End... I'd do it again. Hopefully with a Balcony room so we had some private outside space. The NCL Escape is nice enough. I'm not sure specialty dining is necessary, but it does get you some variety. I'd love more time to explore Bermuda off the beaten track Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
Chose this cruise because with it having only one port of call I was able to commit to some much needed R & R. Cruise over all was excellent. NCL was very kind and gracious to support our CC Meet and Greet Group and they, I will say, ... Read More
Chose this cruise because with it having only one port of call I was able to commit to some much needed R & R. Cruise over all was excellent. NCL was very kind and gracious to support our CC Meet and Greet Group and they, I will say, did an outstanding job at hosting us. The cruise met our needs. 5 start accommodations, food and entertainment all the way. My only not so positive feedback rests in the increasing number of pay per use restaurants; I feel they are becoming a bit over kill and the fee structure they have in place for the drink package could use some tweaking. ie. my spouse, for religious reasons, does not consume alcohol however eligibility for the (included) drink package relies on both occupants in the cabin purchasing it. As well, the gratuity fee that was asked of me to pay upfront I felt was excessive given the amount I drink. I opted to pay for drinks as I went along and my bar bill turned out to be less than what I would have paid for the upfront gratuities for one person. I feel a better situation would be that when the cruise line is offering a free drink package that it is contingent on the fact that with each drink ordered on the ship that the cruiser knows that he/she will be billed a ie 20% gratuity fee thus the gratuities would be more fairly charged out. My only other last bit of feedback rests in the fact that the past 3 NCL cruises I have taken - not once did our cabin steward introduce him/herself - no customer relations / friendliness on that level. This has left me wondering if this is actually NCL's intention that stewards stay clear of patrons or minimize their interactions?? My historical experience with other cruise lines has been that stewards introduce themselves on the first day, provide assurance that if there is anything needed to let them know and are friendly with hello/have a nice day etc on a daily basis. All other staff on the ship were over the top professional, respectful and friendly. Thank you. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2019
We loved this cruise and the boat was amazing. The staff were very helpful and kind. Our cabin was always clean and the public areas were also always clean. We only had a few suggestions. The speciality resturants were amazing. The food ... Read More
We loved this cruise and the boat was amazing. The staff were very helpful and kind. Our cabin was always clean and the public areas were also always clean. We only had a few suggestions. The speciality resturants were amazing. The food was good but we waited a long time for food when we went. We actaully missed a show we had scheduled because the meal took so long. They book us for another night to see the show but it wasn't when we wanted to go. Also we were on deck 15. Spa mini suit with balcony. While most of the time we did not hear the action from the pool deck above us we did hear it sum. If you are on deck 15 you will be fine but given a choice I would choose deck 14 or 13. We had the spa package and hosntley didn't use the spa that much. It was nice and very clean but mostly used by older folks and the heated lounge chairs were hard to get. I am not sure I would pay again for the spa room. If you want to lay inside a lot consider doing it but other than that it wasn't amazing. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
I always choose to sail out of NYC because it's easy for me to get there and NO FLYING!! I love cruising with NCL because of the "do what you want to do" atmosphere. There's always fun night parties and passengers ... Read More
I always choose to sail out of NYC because it's easy for me to get there and NO FLYING!! I love cruising with NCL because of the "do what you want to do" atmosphere. There's always fun night parties and passengers of all ages attend and seem to really have a great time. The dining options are very wide, and although I did not do specialty dining this time, I have in the past and they are worth the experience. The main dining room menus offer a good variety of food AND you can always order 2 entrees so we can try different foods. The servers were a bit slow on some nights. Our balcony room was perfect and spotless. The Island of Bermuda is the most beautiful island. I have been there 4 times and it does not get old. Horseshoe Bay Beach is outstanding. There are taxis right at the port that can take you for a flat fee of $7.00 per person one way, plus the cab driver gives you information about the island, all you have to do is start the conversation. Enjoy!!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
We booked this cruise 4 days prior to departure based on the value. We had attempted to plan a land vacation for the following week, but the estimated cost kept us focusing on a cruise. RC did not have any close by or in our price range ... Read More
We booked this cruise 4 days prior to departure based on the value. We had attempted to plan a land vacation for the following week, but the estimated cost kept us focusing on a cruise. RC did not have any close by or in our price range but we found NCL did so we booked. We became a little concerned after booking as there had clearly been some competition on the NCL customer support staff to see who could get our booking first. This lead to a little rudeness, which with explanation we would of somewhat understood, but we had to assume what happened on their end and just shake it off. The next day we received a call from a NCL supervisor asking us about the experience and we knew then something had happened. While we had nothing to do with what was happening the supervisor did provide some OBC which we thought was very generous and began to clear our minds about concerns that did happen during the booking process. Our travel arrangements were made. We normally travel the day before to the port of departure so we do not have to worry about arriving on time, especially living near Washington DC and know New York traffic can sometimes be a challenge. We chose to drive into DC early the morning of departure and take Greyhound into New York. This really was the only option since I had to work 8 am - 11 pm the day before. We were scheduled to take a 5:55 a.m. bus out of DC but since the driver decided not to show up we were delayed 2 hours before a bus finally arrived to take us into New York. Despite the delay we still arrived in New York around noon and a quick cab ride to the pier found us ready to check in. The check in process went smoothly and since we had booked so last minute, our key cards had to be printed, although that did not take very long. We boarded the ship and off we went to the box office to get reservations for shows that we had researched that we wanted to see. This was suggested on a couple of sites to do after boarding. We are not used to having to do reservations for shows, although we see the larger ships moving in this direction. We found the process easy and got all the reservations we requested. It would have been nice to have a print out when we left or something that linked to the App to remind us of what we had booked. We did have to go two separate times to guest services or the box office to confirm times for shows that we had booked. I guess we could have simply written it down when we made the reservation but were not thinking that far ahead. After making reservations we headed to the buffet for a bite to eat. We found plenty of options on the buffet. Several reviews talked about the spacing in the buffet to not be crowded especially the further back you went. We did not find this to be the case. The buffet itself was not crowded, however to maneuver around the people coming and going was sometimes tricky. While on the subject of food, we had decided that we would only partake in the complimentary dining options. While there were plenty of eating options, we wanted to try those that cost no extra and believed we could do something different each day on a 7 day cruise. Most of our breakfast meals were in the Garden Cafe or Margaritaville (we did none in the dining rooms), we did lunches or snacks in the Garden Cafe as well. We experienced Taste, Savor and the Manahattan for dinner and found it odd that the menu's were the same, just a different seating environment. While we only went to these one time, we found our service at Taste was a little less than typical and not in a great way. This was the only time that we found staff to seem uninterested in us as passenger. In fact just asking for water to be refilled seemed to be a daunting task. We chalked it up on them having a bad day and walked away assuming all servers in that venue do not have the same mentality. Two of the shows we booked did come with a meal as well, so we had two meals in the Supper Club. Overall, food options were good. Food was flavored more than what we are used to with RC and a little more salty. The point for serving warm food does go to NCL though, food was always hot when served, this cannot always be said with RC. This was the largest ship of the 14 cruises I have been on and will be traveling next year on Anthem of the Seas which I believe is comparable in size. While it will not be fair to judge RC for or against NCL on onboard activities I did thoroughly enjoy the different options that I am not used to having on the smaller ships. The ropes course was a lot of fun, although most of it stayed closed because of weather. I did two of the waterslides and while one is not really to exciting the other was lots of fun although there was a bit of a wait to participate. We really enjoyed Escape the Big Top (reservations required), never had done a group escape experience before and our team was only one clue from completing before time ran out. We enjoyed the Waterfront as well, especially in the evening. We did not spend much time at the bars or lounges as we are not big drinkers. We stayed away from the Casino as well. These all seemed to be enjoyed by our fellow passengers just not much interest to us. Entertainment was certainly different than what we have experienced on RC. The shows that it seems that NCL contract out were awesome. We saw the Choir of Men and thoroughly enjoyed it. The different entertainment at some of the pubs or the Headliner Comedy Club were about what was expected. We did not care much for the production that NCL did with their singers and dancers, rated about the same as RC. We also enjoyed the night parties in the H2O Zone. Always something different and really was a party atmosphere. Overall the ship was fun. We did find spaces that we felt were full of voids, although we assume it had something to do with the construction of the ship. Lots of dead spaces throughout. We were not impressed with all the food options (additional fee required). One or two may have been nice, but it seemed like that was all that was in the public spaces. The only negative we really found though was cleanliness. There was a clear and obvious difference in how RC cleans their vessels as opposed to NCL. We found many items were dirty and in some cases questioned when certain items were lasted cleaned. This is not the best situation considering how quickly illnesses and germs can spread in such a confined space. It was very evident to us and was probably the only area which could deter me choosing NCL over another cruise line. Our destination on this trip was to Bermuda for roughly 3 days. I had only been to the island once about 12 years ago and recalled finding it a bit lacking then. This trip did not change my belief in that. Day 1 we bought the transportation pass for the day, took the ferry to Hamilton. Arriving in Hamilton we just did not find many options. Now this may be our fault, since it was a last minute trip we had not really done much research on the island. From Hamilton we decided to go to St. George (we would later learn that NCL has a free ferry there from the ship). Taking the bus to St. George we arrived to find a small town with very limited options. While we strolled the streets for a little while we opted to take the ferry back to the ship to relax and grab dinner before once again heading to Hamilton for a weekly street celebration. Once we finished up dinner we went to stand in line to await the ferry, finally it showed and we were off. We arrived in Hamilton to find a very limited number of vendors or things to do at their street festival. It was really disappointing, especially knowing we had to wait again for the ferry to make a half hour trip back to the ship. Unless we were missing something I would not suggest wasting your time to attend this street festival. On day 2 we were excited about renting a moped to go to the beach, lighthouse and smallest drawbridge in the world. There was a rental shop near the ship. After paying we got to run a track to test our skills, while somewhat challenging the staff felt we were good and could be on our way. Unfortunately we were not good. The experience on the track was nothing like what it was on the roadways and especially having no experience on this piece of equipment. Needless to say about 3 miles from the port we crashed, causing some injuries. We knew we had to return the mopeds and get to the ship doctor for care. Our injuries did not stop us from getting the mopeds back to the shop (which were kind enough to refund us after seeing our injuries). Going to the medical center I ended up with 7 stitches and lots of bandaging. Although we did not let this dampen our spirits we laid low the rest of this day and just did things onboard. Day 3 (final day on island) we searched out a safer means of travel. Learning that there is a mini van option in lieu of the expensive taxis that would get us to the destinations we had attempted the day before. While the beach was out, because of the injuries we did get to see the smallest drawbridge in the world and visit the lighthouse and take some wonderful photos from the top. As we completed this we returned to the port to do a little last minute shopping on the island before our planned departure to head back to New York. Despite the daily follow-up visits to the medical center and a little rough seas, the return sailing was uneventful. We did some things around the ship and enjoyed out last day on the Escape. We would also learn that other passengers had seen or knew people injured just like up on the mopeds and really suggest to everyone to only consider them if you truly have experience and know what you are doing. Of course the rental shop is not going to tell you that for fear of not getting your business. While we do not blame anyone but our reckless selves for this, we do believe there should have been better warnings about this and more up front information at the rental shop about the dangers. Upon arrival and embarkation from the ship we had a late bus ride back to DC. We planned it this way to walked around New York and avoid traffic in DC. We spent the day walking Times Square and visiting some sites along with going into Central Park. By the time we got on the bus we were ready to sit and relax and enjoy the ride home. The trip from New York to DC was smooth and didn't take as long as expected. By the time we got to DC as well traffic was light and our travels home were not delayed. We would clearly choose to sail NCL again and would certainly recommend and travel again on the Escape. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
This trip was for our grandson so chose a ship with lots of amenities for kids. Cruise description said included pool table, bowling alley and arcade but there is a charge and can add up fast over a 7 day cruise. Ping pong 4 tables so ... Read More
This trip was for our grandson so chose a ship with lots of amenities for kids. Cruise description said included pool table, bowling alley and arcade but there is a charge and can add up fast over a 7 day cruise. Ping pong 4 tables so you usually have to wait - no charge Basketball court great but held tournaments for over 18. A number of younger kids my grandson's age 10 but did not offer tournaments for them Strict children's pool with lifeguard blowing his whistle a lot and banning kids from pool after 3 warnings. Too bad they weren't as strict with their "No smoking in cabin and on balcony" rule Enjoyed food and lots of entertainment in Atrium Dress code - you only have to dress up for speciality restaurants. Shorts allowed in Savour, Taste and Osheehans for all meals. Bermuda and weather great, will go back again Enjoyed the ship and did not feel crowded except by pools on sea days which is normal. Would cruise again on this ship or one of the other Norwegians new ships. We all had a great time. Grandson said best vacation ever. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Hubby and I were on the Norwegian Escape week long cruise from NYC to Bermuda departing 12th May. It was our first time on Norwegian. Most previous cruises have been on Celebrity Reflection or Eclipse. We decided we wanted to try out ... Read More
Hubby and I were on the Norwegian Escape week long cruise from NYC to Bermuda departing 12th May. It was our first time on Norwegian. Most previous cruises have been on Celebrity Reflection or Eclipse. We decided we wanted to try out another cruise line and were fully prepared for this to be different to the Celebrity experience. The weather was not great when departing from NYC and for the 2 sea days before we reached Bermuda, this meant more people were inside and made the ship feel crowded. We felt this especially in the Garden buffet. We, therefore, used the main dining rooms for breakfast and lunch more often than we would normally to avoid the crowds. Cabin was great, plenty of storage for clothes etc, bed was very comfortable and the shower room was spacious, good shower pressure. Balcony was well enclosed and very comfortable even when it was windy. We thought the food was of a very high standard especially in the main dining rooms and service was very professional. Hubby is a cake connoisseur,however, and he said cakes were not great, even the cupcakes that were in the atrium cafe at additional charge were not great. We enjoyed the 2 theatre shows ‘Choir of Men’ and ‘After Midnight’ but I particularly liked the piano guys ‘Howl at the Moon’ they were great. The thing Norwegian did very well for me was the complementary dining experience. As I said the food and service was very good and I liked having 3 venues to choose from. The Manhattan Room was large and more like a traditional main dining room but it had the additional feature of the entertainment while you dine. Taste and Savour are smaller and feel more like being in a restaurant which was very nice. What we both missed most on the Escape, however, was appealing space on the ship outside our cabin to sit and relax. The Atrium Cafe, where you can have espresso coffee, was beside a busy bar, customer services and a stage where the entertainment team held the games and presentations so it was always noisy. The outside adult area wasn’t very appealing either, no pool and not very comfortable loungers. We enjoyed the cruise very much, Bermuda is lovely but we may not go back on Norwegian as overall, for our taste, Celebrity ticks more boxes. 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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