2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
All in all the cruise was very nice. My wife and I liked Bermuda the last time we sailed there. Pros: Restaurants were top notch. We had selected the specialty restaurant package last time we cruised, and this time my wife said: ... Read More
All in all the cruise was very nice. My wife and I liked Bermuda the last time we sailed there. Pros: Restaurants were top notch. We had selected the specialty restaurant package last time we cruised, and this time my wife said: "The food and service is so good in the complimentary restaurants, we don't need the specialty restaurant package". Entertainment was great. We only took advantage of a couple of the venues, but they were very entertaining. We attended our first art auction. Mostly because we were curious. There were a couple pieces we could afford, but most was WAY out of our league. Staff was friendly and conscientious. Cabin was a Balcony, and had more than enough room for me and my wife. The shower stall was smaller compared to a mini-suite, but it was sufficient for our needs. Cons: Ship was too big with too many people for us. We will most likely choose a smaller ship next time. At Taste and Savor restaurants, they had salt and pepper mills that looked exactly alike. Sometimes we had a salt and a pepper, but had to try them over a dish first. Sometimes we had two salts, and sometimes we had two peppers. Be careful with the internet if you buy it. You log on using "login" and log off using "logoff". It's usually "login / logout" or "logon / logoff". I made a mistake and burned through a couple hours of my 250 minutes. The friendly internet manager gave it back to me without an argument. Karaoke: They only had one tablet for signing up to sing. There was no list posted for the songs that they had. So you had to search over and over for songs you knew that they didn't have. I have mentioned to them twice that they ought to have loose leaf binders with lists of songs for people to browse before they order. The Cigar Lounge: This is one of the most important amenities for me. I enjoy sitting down in comfort enjoying a fine cigar and I choose Norwegian because many of their ships have indoor Cigar Lounges that are roomy and comfortable. On our last cruise on the Breakaway, the cigar lounge sat next to an indoor bar with a door to the outdoor bar on the deck. Cigarette smokers were allowed to sit at the bar and at the tables to smoke on the deck. They even had a couple of tables fenced off for cigar smokers. On the Escape they changed these rules. So all the cigar and cigarette smokers crowded into the Cigar Lounge taking up all the seats and putting out a smoke load that the air handlers couldn't take care of. On the first night, when I walked in at 9:00 the smoke in the air was so thick you could cut it with a knife. When I left, my clothes stunk so bad, I designated that outfit as my "smoking outfit" and changed into it each time I wanted to use the Cigar Lounge. It was like this at least half the time when I was in the Cigar Lounge. I felt bad also for the cigarette smokers many of who waved their hand in front of their scrunched up face when they walked in. This was a huge disappointment, and will prompt me to consider other Cruise Lines. If the Cigar Lounge isn't enjoyable, then what's the sense. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
I chose this cruise because it was exactly I was looking for. I have the best time of my lit. I love the shows, the comedians, the life music and the parties. Bermuda was amazing, I can’t wait to go back. I love the pink Beaches, the ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was exactly I was looking for. I have the best time of my lit. I love the shows, the comedians, the life music and the parties. Bermuda was amazing, I can’t wait to go back. I love the pink Beaches, the Crystal Caves, the City and the town. I had the opportunity to enjoy the Bermuda because I had 3 amazing days to explore and go to all the places I want it to go. The cruise ship was huge and had everything I could have asked for. The food was excellent and the was a big variety. I love the white party and all the themes party. The beds were comfortable even though the room was too small, but thankfully I have a balcony to enjoy the view and a big closet for my stuff. I can’t wait for my next cruise. I wish I can anyone every year Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We enjoyed this cruise very much. Food, service, cleanliness, almost everything was perfect. This is our 5th cruisse, 4th on NCL, and 2nd on the Escape. We had a spa mini suite this trip. The room was very nice, but no larger ... Read More
We enjoyed this cruise very much. Food, service, cleanliness, almost everything was perfect. This is our 5th cruisse, 4th on NCL, and 2nd on the Escape. We had a spa mini suite this trip. The room was very nice, but no larger than a regular balcony room. The bathroom is bigger with a much larger shower. That was very nice. Having a spa room gave us access to the Thermal Suite. The only bad thing was that we didn't get a spa pass on a previous cruise. It was AMAZING!! We ate as a group of 6 and again as a group of 15 in the Manhattan Room. Both times the food and service was top notch. Food Republic was great and worth paying the extra money, especially if you enjoy sushi as much as we do. Pinchos was amazing! We love the small plat2es concept and the food is always spectacular. Bayamo was great too! We paid the upcharge for the lobster and the surf and turf. Evreything was cooked to perfection. Le Bistro is our favorite restaurant fleetwide, and as usual it did not disappoint. The food and service here is always impeccable. O'Sheehans was eh. Not great, not bad. We ate breakfast and lunch in Taste and Savor a few times, and for the most part everything was good. We spent a majority of our time at Spice H2O. It's nice to have a place to go where kids are not allowed. Especially when you travel on a school vacation week. Service was great! District Brew House is also a great place to go with no kids! Service at every bar or restaurant we stopped at was great! Now for the bad parts. Disembarkation was a nightmare!!! Very little organization, hard to find crew to assist us with my cousins husband who was in a wheelchair, and basically rude and obnoxious passengers made it a stressful end to our vacation! And the other bad part was OTHER PASSENGERS and their UNATTENDED KIDS! What is wrong with people now a days???? Does noone know manners???? Do people not understand that you let the people off of the elevator off, especially those in a wheelchair, off before you get on?? Why is it acceptable to let your young children run amuck while you are nowhere to be found? I understand that this is not NCLs fault, but if you are reading this, please try to be nice to others. You are not the only one on vacation. The world doesn't revolve around you or your children. Show some humanity and don't act like animals. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
I chose Norwegian just to try something different, as i have been a Royal Caribbean cruiser. I was told from a friend of mine that she loves Norwegian, so my husband & i decided to try a different cruise line. We usually travel in ... Read More
I chose Norwegian just to try something different, as i have been a Royal Caribbean cruiser. I was told from a friend of mine that she loves Norwegian, so my husband & i decided to try a different cruise line. We usually travel in September, However we traveled this year for our anniversary in April & was very overwhelmed with the amount of children on board. We did not realize that it was spring break. Kids will be kids but it made our cruise miserable as they have no respect for the handicapped. The food in the Garden Cafe was never hot enough, You did not sell Newport menthol on your ship. There are not enough elevators to accommodate the passengers on board. I really was very dissatisfied with the amount of staff that you employ that do NOT speak English although very polite, just cant understand. My stateroom steward Kiran was an absolute Blessing as he was very attentive to my Husband & i truly appreciated that. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
First time on the Escape. I've been on the Gem and Breakaway as well another cruise lines. Embarkation in NY always seems to take a long time. Waited about an hour before boarding. I had a mid ship mini suite. The room was ... Read More
First time on the Escape. I've been on the Gem and Breakaway as well another cruise lines. Embarkation in NY always seems to take a long time. Waited about an hour before boarding. I had a mid ship mini suite. The room was spacious. The bathroom was quite large. My room attendant Leo went above and beyond for me. The ship is clean. The areas were all clean. The staff was friendly. Everywhere. The ship is basically the same as the Breakaway. The same issues with the Breakaway are with the Escape. The atrium is too small for all the events they hold there. If you have to pull out folding chairs for the people then perhaps hold some of those events in the theater. The smoke from the casino is overpowering. It wafts up into the 6/7/8 area. The pools are too small for 4200 people. The entertainment was enjoyable. The Choir of Man and Howl at the Moon were great fun. The specialty restaurants - Cagneys, LaCucina and Le Bistro were excellent. The buffet and Savor/Taste were ok. Thermal Suite Well worth the extra money. Bermuda was great. We had 3 days of sun. It's nice staying in one place and being able to come and go as you please. One perk, and this is a good one, is NCL has a free ferry to St. Georges. This makes it easy to go to the Caves, Tobacco Bay and the town. The ferry is the nicest I've been on with the reclining seats. The worst part was the disembarkation. We knew we were going to be late because of the weather on Saturday so there is no excuse for how the Escape handled it. I had the green tag which would be self carry first off. Well at 8 AM there were lines from the front to the back, up the steps, in the elevators. It was totally ridiculous. 2 hours on line and only saw one staff member who tried to get some type of order to the line. About an hour into being on line and the cruise director made an announcement about what color tag should proceed to the deck. Everyone laughed. Clueless for sure. It took 2 1/2 hrs to get off the ship, get through customs was easy. this left a bad taste in my mouth. Overall is was a nice cruise. The staff really works hard. Bermuda was beautiful. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Embarkation - Entering the terminal by car was a mess. There was no signage or guides to help you through. I have been on enough cruises to know that it is customary to drive in, unload bags with the porter and proceed to the car parking ... Read More
Embarkation - Entering the terminal by car was a mess. There was no signage or guides to help you through. I have been on enough cruises to know that it is customary to drive in, unload bags with the porter and proceed to the car parking lot. So here, you pass the entrance to the parking first and the bag drop was at the end of the line. Then we had to exit, loop around the block in heavy traffic and then get back in the same line and enter the parking lot. In retrospect, we could have entered the parking with our luggage and rolled it to the porters. Better signage or guidance upon driving into the terminal would be most helpful. After the parking frustration, things went more smoothly and we boarded shortly after moving through the check-in line. RCI does a much better job of allowing passengers who desire, to take care of many of the check-in steps while at home and then checking people in with mobile devices instead of requiring everyone to get into long queues for the check-in desk. Food and Beverage. We had great service all around. Bar service was the best I ever encountered. Service in all the restaurants was also solid. We were generally pleased with the food in all the complimentary restaurants. The decor was nice as well. Buffet food quality was a bit of a letdown in comparison to those we have experienced on other ships. We had the beverage package and it was nice to not need to sign a slip every time we ordered a beverage. Last time we cruised RCI, they still require a slip to be signed every transaction for some reason, perhaps for the extra gratuity pitch. Entertainment - Choir of man was fun and the Levity comedians on board our sailing were great. We wanted to see the Elton John show, but by the time we found out about it, (not listed as an option prior to cruise) it was always sold out. Other than that, we were not enthused, and the entertainment paled in comparison to the offerings from RCI’s Anthem of the Seas sailing a similar itinerary. Ship - we really did not care for the layout of the ship. The restaurants were fine, but we never found a favorite lounge-around/hangout spot on the ship that was not crowded. The water slides were great, but the hours for the ropes course were oddly quite limited which meant lines were always insane. As my title states, this is the smokiest ship I have been on, which I found odd on such a modern ship. The casino is not as isolated as on other ships, so the majority of 7th deck, including areas with shops and bars, smells like an old ash tray. Also, smoking was permitted at all the outdoor bars including the one directly adjacent to the smallest jogging track at sea. So if you are a smoker, you’ll love it. If not, not so much. Fitness center was also quite small for such a large ship. You get the gist of the target demographic for this ship. Bermuda was nice as always. We did not use any of the NCL excursions, as Bermuda is easy to do on your own. Just get a transportation pass which gives you access to all the busses and ferries and you can get to wherever you need and book direct with whatever it is you want to do. There is a kiosk near the ship and the staff are quite helpful. For example, the aquarium and zoo is a great little visit. Entry is 10 bucks per person and transportation is about the same. The complimentary NCL ferry to St. George’s was awesome and much appreciated. Tobacco Bay and surrounding area was wonderful. Disembarkation - lucky four us, we had the earliest time for luggage walk-off and we headed down early since finding an elevator can be maddening. We were placed in a que in the casino and waited about a half hour after our scheduled departure until we were cleared. Those coming later were frustrated as there did not seem to be a system to organize all the people who were showing up. We were delayed due to weather, so perhaps that caused things to back up more than usual. Once we got off the ship, proceeding through customs and leaving the terminal and NYC by car was smooth. Overall, the crew made this a bearable cruise. We always make the best of the situation and even though we didn’t really care for the vibe of this particular ship, we still had a nice vacation. The new NCL Encore coming next year has a large observation lounge in the front and some more exciting-looking entertainment, so we’ll look forward to giving that one a try. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
My teenage daughter and I took this cruise because she was on school break. We like to cruise out of NYC because it's only a four hour drive from our house. Driving in and out of NYC was no problem. Traffic is not bad at all on Sunday ... Read More
My teenage daughter and I took this cruise because she was on school break. We like to cruise out of NYC because it's only a four hour drive from our house. Driving in and out of NYC was no problem. Traffic is not bad at all on Sunday mornings. We parked a few blocks away from the cruise terminal, thus cutting our parking costs in half (relative to parking at the terminal). Embarkation was easy. But, if they are going to assign boarding numbers, they should follow these numbers. It seems like lots of people were getting aboard well before their number was called. The first thing we did on board was go to the box office to make our show reservations. I highly recommend doing this. I'd prefer to make all the reservation online before the trip. But, since this isn't possible, it's best to take care of reservations as soon as you get on board. The process was very quick. There was a handout at the box office listing all the show times and we got to the front of the line even before we had decided what shows we wanted to see (and when). Also, make sure to ask about the "Escape from the Big Top" show. There's a sheet to sign up, but the show wasn't listed on the handout. We avoided the hassle of eating at the Garden Cafe the first day by going to O-Sheenan's instead. The hostess told us the wait would be 20-30 minutes. But, it turned out to be only a few minutes before we were seated. The food at this Irish pub was pretty good and there were so many items that looked good on the menu that I had a lot of difficulty deciding what to order. We only ate at the complementary restaurants and I was very impressed with the quality of the food. There were not a lot of exotic dishes (and never lobster!). But, the food tasted good, especially considering how many passengers they are trying to accommodate each day. We never had to wait for more than a few minutes to get a table. Several times, the hostess asked if we minded being seated with another party and told us there would be a wait if we declined. But, even though we insisted on a table for 2, we always were promptly seated. The service was very good, even though there was a lot of variance -- one night we were in-and-out of the restaurant in less than 30 minutes. Another night, the meal lasted over 1.5 hours. Sometimes the waiters were chatty, other times they just quietly went about doing their jobs. This is to be expected under the "freestyle" dining structure. I personally prefer the set dining times offered by Royal Caribbean (and other cruise lines) where you get to know your servers and they get to know your preferences. But, the freestyle approach is fine as long as you go into it with reasonable expectations. We initially purchased an inside guarantee stateroom. But, our bid (of $55 per person) for a balcony stateroom was accepted a couple of weeks before departure. It was nice to have a bit more space in the room and it was great having a balcony. I'm not one to splurge on the staterooms -- it's mostly just a place to sleep. However, if the cost of an upgrade is so reasonable, I can't pass it up. Our stateroom steward was extremely efficient, but I hardly ever saw him. I don't like to make small talk anyway, so that was good for me. The shows were really good. I saw "Choir of Man" twice. It was really entertaining. "After Midnight" was very well performed. I enjoyed it even though I'm not really a fan of that genre (1920's and tap-dancing). All three of the main comedians (including the hypnotist) were very good. I prefer the early - PG shows. Even the PG-13 show was bit too raunchy for my tastes. The warm-up comedian was awful. She was not funny at all and pretty much just obscene. We saw two shows in the Supper Club -- "Rocket Man", which was a tribute to Elton John and a 4-guy singing group. Both were OK, well below the quality of the main shows. I liked the Rocket Man show much more than the other one. But, the singers were very good -- I just wasn't a fan of the song choices -- It was corny to hear the young men perform songs from their grandparents' era and I'm not a fan of the new hits (which are much too vulgar for my tastes). The Super Club food was the worst on the ship, mostly because you don't have any choice of what you get so you can end up with ingredients that are not your favorite. But, you always could eat something before or after the show -- no one is going to starve aboard the Escape! I'm a big fan of puzzle rooms. But, the "Escape the Big Top" has room for improvement. The puzzles themselves are extremely good -- sufficiently challenging, but doable. The problem is with the structure. There are 10 teams (8-12 members each) all competing simultaneously. Each team is assigned a table right next to the other teams and all teams share the same props. There isn't enough room for all members to work on the assigned table and as you get up to examine the various props, it's hard to keep track of who is on your team. Furthermore, each team can see what the other teams are doing. Thus, the best strategy would probably be to just look over the other 9 teams' shoulders and aggregate the information. Even if you're not trying to "cheat", it's impossible not to hear what the other teams are thinking. Finally, you have to wait on the other teams before trying your solution(s). Our team would have won. I had the "correct" answer on my list of possible answers, but it didn't seem fair to hog the lock trying out each of the combinations team members came up with while a line of other teams were forced to wait. The activities on the ship were fun. The mini-golf course was challenging with lots of obstacles -- probably the best course I've seen on a ship. The aqua racer water slide (with the freefall drop) was really cool. It also was never crowded, probably because you had to weigh at least 100 pounds to ride it, thus ruling out many of the little kids. The other water slides were very boring to me. But, they must have been enjoyable to others since the lines were always very long. The ropes course was excellent, better than the one at our local mall. It was closed most of the sea days, which was very disappointing. The game shows were pretty standard fare for a cruise ship, but still entertaining. There was an issue of the Atrium not being large enough to accommodate all the passengers who wanted to see the shows. You had to arrive 30 minutes early to have a place to sit. I wasn't willing to do this (especially for a show that's only going to last 15 - 25 minutes) so I ended up standing. Or, if you don't mind sitting on the floor, there was always room up front (which my daughter always did, along with the other teenagers). I've been to Bermuda before. But, the beaches are extremely nice. The high temperatures where in the upper 60's. I did a lot of snorkeling (at Elbow Beach and several beaches within the Cooper's Island Nature Preserve on St. George) and it was much better than the last time I went. One day, we took the Ferry to Hamilton and did the City of Hamilton Walking tour that is led by Ed Christopher, the Town Crier. The tour begins on the steps of City Hall and lasts about 2 hours. I would highly recommend taking this free tour. It was very interesting and informative. The guide seems to know all the locals and many had very intriguing back stories, e.g., we met a boxer who earned a gold medal in the Olympics. After the tour, we took a bus to Elbow Beach. There were less than 20 people on the whole beach and I was the only one snorkeling -- most people consider the water too cold to swim in this time of year. But, it was perfect for me. The second day in Bermuda, we went parasailing. Actually, only my daughter flew -- I've done it before and am not a huge fan of being so high up. She considered this to be the highlight of her vacation. I highly recommend booking through KS Watersports (6 Dockyard Terrace). You book your tour through the Island Tour Centre, which is just a few minutes walk from where the ship docks. Although advance reservations are strongly suggested, we always wait until the day we want to go in order to make sure the weather is good (and have had no trouble getting a spot on the boat). That afternoon, we took the "Caves and Waves" tour. Typically, we book our excursions through independent tour operators. But, this time we booked through NCL because there wasn't much of a price difference and you do end up going quite a long ways from the Royal Dockyard. I loved this excursion. The visit to the caves was a bit "touristy" for my tastes, but the afternoon at the Cooper's Island Nature Preserve was spectacular. Most guests stayed close to the bar/restaurant and first beach they dropped us off at. But, I would strongly encourage you to be more adventurous. There is a neat walking trail that must pass at least 10 other beaches. So, if you walk far enough, you should be able to have an entire beach to yourself. My daughter loved climbing around on the rocks and I loved the snorkeling. There were lots of nooks and crannies to explore around the rocky outcroppings and mini-islands. Also, our tour guides were extremely nice and provided an informative narration of various spots in Bermuda as we took the hour-long bus ride back from St. George to the Royal Dockyard. Disembarkation was the worst part of the cruise. There needs to be more organization. You weren't told where to wait and thus people congregated on the steps and hallways (even though we were told not to). It would be helpful to have more specifics about where the line begins. Instead, it was a huge mess. Furthermore, you can't rely on the announcements since nothing was said when departures began. Even though there were color-coded tags to denote your time of disembarkation, staff did not check passengers and thus everyone just tried to get off at the same time. And, I overheard the staff telling their superiors not to announce disembarkation had started since it was already too crowded at the gangway. Lack of information (or enforcement of policies) could be the primary source of the excessive congestion. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We wanted to see Bermuda, and spend more than one day in port - this cruise fit the bill. Overall, a very good cruise, but there is room for improvement. First, the big positives: 1 - Balcony room was very nice - good bed, largest ... Read More
We wanted to see Bermuda, and spend more than one day in port - this cruise fit the bill. Overall, a very good cruise, but there is room for improvement. First, the big positives: 1 - Balcony room was very nice - good bed, largest shower (by comparison to other ships) we've seen, and a super room steward (friendly and helpful). 2 - Great cruise director and staff - personable and a lot of fun - no shortage of talent there. 3 - Good variety of entertainment options. 4 - Overall, a clean, nice ship. Room for improvement: 1 - While food was good, overall it was not as good as food we have had on Royal Caribbean and Princess. Less variety at the buffets than on Royal Caribbean and Princess. 2 - Maybe it was because it was a busy holiday week (Easter), but the bartenders were not as cheerful as we have seen on other ships. Also, while rest of crew was friendly, we received less "Good Morning" greetings than we have on other ships. While it might seem like a small, minor point, I think it definitely reflects on the overall friendliness of the entire crew. 3 - Deck 6 Atrium is a great place for the interactive shows and contests onboard with its neat high-definition wall screen. However, the overall size was too small for many of the events conducted there, leading to overcrowding and people fighting to get seats there, with the crowd overflowing into the Guest Services area. The situation could have been improved by moving the popular comedic adult games shows to a larger venue like the theater with more room. The games were a lot of fun, but the overcrowding hampered many from truly enjoying the shows. I have discussed the good, the bad, and now the UGLY: 1 - Only one truly poor thing, but unfortunately it was the last impression we had. The disembarking procedure was a horrible joke!! Two hours in a line winding from bow to stern, through halls and mazes in the main dining room, then on to the Customs maze (which only took about 15-20 minutes. No organization whatsoever, and a lot of angry passengers stuck forever between decks on staircases. Although groups of passengers were assigned departure times, none were observed or controlled by the ship personnel. Plus, handling your own bags made things move even slower. NCL - Take some lessons from Royal Caribbean - they have disembarking down to a science. When cruising on the Allure of the Seas, with 6,300 passengers, I was able to disembark, including Customs, in 15 minutes. With 4,000 on this NCL ship, it took another member of our group of friends over 3 hours - a total joke that quickly soured a lot of us to NCL. Again, overall a very good cruise, but if NCL could get its disembarking procedure totally changed, and tweak the few things I mentioned, it could have been a 5 star cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
We had an amazing time! Awesome cabin steward, room was very spacious although the sofa/bed where my son slept was not so comfortable--we didn't know until late in the week to ask the steward for something to help (our first cruise). ... Read More
We had an amazing time! Awesome cabin steward, room was very spacious although the sofa/bed where my son slept was not so comfortable--we didn't know until late in the week to ask the steward for something to help (our first cruise). Food was wonderful, private island was fun. Pool was too small and too crowded. There were actually 2 pools, one was designated for adults only and the child friendly pool was full of 4 and 5 year olds--no fun for my 14 year old. Good news is the water slides were fun and he LOVED the basketball court!! There was more than enough activities on board (we did not partake in some) and the shows were fantastic!!! My son loved the comedians--and most were family friendly! My biggest complaint is the awful dirty ashtray smell from the casino. It was gross and unavoidable. Not sure why they still allow smoking on board, kind of nerve wracking since we were in the middle of the ocean and God forbid there was a fire. We are excited for cruise # 2 next year! Beautiful ship!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Almost 20 years ago we went on our first and only cruise until now, a Norwegian ship out of NYC. The ships were smaller then than they are today and we were much younger than the average guest. It was okay, our young daughter loved it, but ... Read More
Almost 20 years ago we went on our first and only cruise until now, a Norwegian ship out of NYC. The ships were smaller then than they are today and we were much younger than the average guest. It was okay, our young daughter loved it, but we were mostly bored and had no interest in cruising again until recently. Now, empty-nesters in our early 50s/late 40s, we began looking at cruising again as a way to see more of the world. We first booked a very port-intensive European cruise with NCL that is still 2 months in the future as I write this. We were telling our friends about this and on a whim the 4 of us decided to book a cruise on the Escape just a few weeks before sailing. The port in NY is very convenient for us to drive to, so it is perfect for a quick getaway. We booked side-by-side spa balcony rooms on the 15th floor. We all loved our rooms and our balconies, and the location was perfect! Overall, we really enjoyed the cruise and wouldn’t hesitate to book it again. It was a great way to get away to warm sunshine from the cold New England weather! The food was excellent! We made reservations for 3 specialty restaurants (Tepanyaki, Bayamo, Cagneys). Loved them all but the food in the complimentary restaurants was just as good. We never made reservations for these and were always seated immediately. The only restaurant we didn’t care for was O’Sheehans. We had lunch there twice. The food was just so-so and the service was terribly slow. We ate breakfast in the buffet a couple of times, and went there for snacks in between meals. The food was good, but it was always crowded and noisy so we preferred the other restaurants . We were more interested in relaxing than entertainment and spent a lot of time talking on our balcony with drinks, watching the water. So relaxing! My husband and I enjoyed the spa several times. I would definitely book the spa again for a cruise like this one (lots of sea days out of a port where it was cool) but probably not for more port intensive cruises and probably not in warmer weather either. We were often in bed pretty early by choice, but my husband and I had fun watching some of the shows in the atrium and really enjoyed the musicians who played in the Tobacco Road bar and the Brewhouse. The dueling piano show was outstanding. I sat and watched them for 4+ hours one night and wouldn’t hesitate to go again! Choir of Men was fantastic! A definite don’t miss! The only disappointment was the comedy show, because we never got to see one. But that was our fault. We didn’t have reservations and when we did decide to watch one spur of the moment, the standby line was way too long, so we didn’t wait. My two main suggestions: More chairs in the atrium. Or else hold those events in a place with more capacity. We would have enjoyed more of the shows there, but could never get a seat, so we’d watch until we got tired of standing and then move on. Second, I wish there was a third bank of elevators. It got annoying waiting for elevators sometimes. Finally, we didn’t get to the private island which I understand happens frequently. This was disappointing because that was the ONE highlight of our trip 20 years ago and we were really looking forward to it. Such is life. We adapted and still had fun. Overall, very happy we booked this cruise and really looking forward to our next! 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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