2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
The cruise ship was very smoky. The food was ok. The ship layout caused lots of traffic issues and had no where to relax quietly. And the service... While I don’t regret this cruise, I don’t think I’ll ever go on a Norwegian ... Read More
The cruise ship was very smoky. The food was ok. The ship layout caused lots of traffic issues and had no where to relax quietly. And the service... While I don’t regret this cruise, I don’t think I’ll ever go on a Norwegian Cruise again. The service was awful including changes in our stateroom attendant, catching a bartender in a lie (cause he didn’t want to make the drink I asked for), interrupting several meals by management to question me why I didn’t like my service (not after the meal, while I had an entree on my fork), and then when I did complain i was handed a paper to write my greivances and then ignored. I didn’t feel heard at all. But... the hardest pill to swallow, I felt that several crew members went out of their way to ignore that fact that we are a gay couple. From pulling out chairs across from eachother (all the other couples around us were diagonal), asking questions when I asked to put the beds together, and ignoring our anniversary. The entertainment was as expected. Not fantastic but entertaining certainly. The howl at the moon dueling pianos was by far my favorite entertainment. Water slides and ropes course was fun but not open much. We only dined at the complementary restaurants which were good but rarely remarkable and the food was never served hot. Bread was stale the whole week. The private island far exceeded my expectations (though the food was terrible). Super clean and plenty of chairs for us early birds. The rendering process was incredibly frustrating especially as we had to sit in the theatre for over and hour and then several people were allowed to jump the line without the wait. Makes no sense. Nassau was disappointing. We went on the seahorse catamaran and snorkel which was fun. Very cheap snorkels that didn’t work but after we decided to just ditch the equipment we did enjoy our swim in the clear blue water. The town part was super shady. I was offered drugs twice in the first ten minutes on the island, had two separate instances of attempted cons, was totally ripped off by the lunch spot, and the shops were full of scammers and over aggressive salespeople. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Enjoyed this class cabin with just the three of us last time so booked it again, this time with our high school senior granddaughter. The cruise was for her spring break and part of her graduation present. We arrived to NewYork a couple of ... Read More
Enjoyed this class cabin with just the three of us last time so booked it again, this time with our high school senior granddaughter. The cruise was for her spring break and part of her graduation present. We arrived to NewYork a couple of days early and visited the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the 9/11 memorial and museum, took a horse and carriage ride through Central Park with NYC Horse Carriage Rides, and saw a Broadway Show (Waitress). We stayed pre-cruise at the Holiday Inn Express on 48th St., just a few short blocks from the cruise port. Booked early enough and received a good rate, and added bonus of breakfast each morning and being able to walk to the port for embarkation. Our Statue of Liberty tickets were purchased early and we were able to climb the stairs to the crown. Our time at Ellis Island was sandwiched between the stair climb, and the 9/11 memorial and museum, and would probably have been better if we had more time. We spent three hours, but could have spent much longer at the 9/11 museum if we had a longer stay. Saturday afternoon was spent allowing our granddaughter to shop New York City style, and purchasing tickets for our show on Saturday evening at the TKTS booth (great seats at a great price). It was an easy 2-3 block walk from the hotel to the port. We arrived at the port on Sunday morning around 10:45 and dropped our bags with the porter. We were sent inside the terminal, and not seeing The Haven check-in area we asked where it was located. We were instructed to “go this way” pointing to the regular check-in line. We had to reiterate that we were booked in The Haven. Finally we were shown the appropriate direction to go. Check-in was quick and we barely had time to grab some juice and coffee, and our concierge was there to escort us to The Haven lounge for a briefing. We then could choose to dine in The Haven restaurant, La Cucina, or Margaritaville while awaiting our stateroom being readied. Our cabin was ready a little before 1pm, and by then luggage was already beginning to arrive. Choir of Man show showcased some very good talent. After Midnight, a jazz show was very good. Uptown, a complimentary dinner show was also very good. The dinner served was a “no choice” meal of a nice mixed green salad, tasty beef tenderloin with chimichuri sauce, and over cooked rice. Mexican chocolate cake was the dessert, not worth the calories. Breakfast every day in The Haven was always great. An expansive buffet of ready to eat items while waiting for your cooked order was perfect-fruit, yogurt, meats, pastries and rolls. Fresh squeezed juices (added cost) and French press coffee were available also. Dinners in The Haven were also good with meat and seafood dishes, and even a vegetarian option. The menu remained the same for each meal. The specialty restaurants all were good options. We enjoyed Cagney’s, a great steakhouse, Moderno, a good salad bar and more varieties and amounts of meat than anyone can eat, and Le Bistro, a typical French restaurant. We used our included dining package to visit the specialty restaurants, so the only added cost for us was an added tip. As Haven guests, we were afforded priority embarkation, disembarkation, tendering at Great Stirrup Cay, and a select seating area in the theater. Our concierge, David was excellent. He deftly managed all of our last minute show and dinner reservations and was our escort to all shows and was an ever-present friendly face whenever we visited The Haven lounge. Our butler, Jefferson was awesome. He managed our in-cabin dining and pretty much delivered anything we asked for. Jefferson was responsible for bringing snacks every afternoon, and kept wondering what we would like. We finally had him bring banana cake and chocolate covered strawberries. In addition, he always brought a couple of other “surprise” snacks too. Our shore excursion in Port Canaveral was the Kennedy Space Center. We had taken this tour approximately 35 years ago. We were a little disappointed because the time allowed for this excursion was not nearly long enough for an in-depth educational experience. We had never been to NCL’s private island and as I understand, it is a frequent “miss” due to weather conditions. It is a fairly crowded beach day, with no separate area for Haven Guests. We spent about 2 hours there, then returned to the ship. There was a bbq lunch served on the island that we didn’t try as we had 5pm dinner reservations. The Nassau stop allowed us to take the water taxi to Paradise Island for our newly turned 18 year old’s visit to the casino. For $8 round-trip, we took the 20 minute ride to Paradise Island. Be advised you will have to wait for the water taxi to completely fill before departing both ways,so plan on some additional time when returning to the ship. There is a short approximately 5 block walk to reach the Atlantis casino from the water taxi arrival point. There are some high end specialty shops along the walk and more once you arrive to the Atlantis. Also you will find a Starbucks and Ben and Jerry’s along the walk. Know that all shops along the way are cashless, only accepting credit or debit cards. Disembarkation following our return to New York went smoothly. The Escape was the only ship in port on our return. As Haven guests, we were afforded priority disembarkation and were escorted off the ship by our concierge. The sea of luggage made it look impossible to find our bags, however there were people there asking what color luggage tags and pointing people in the right direction. The crowds were well controlled and passing through customs went very smoothly. From the time our key cards were scanned out, to exiting customs only 15-20 minutes had passed. There was a sea of taxis across the street waiting to ferry passengers. We were approached by an individual offering to take us to the airport for $65. We finally settled on $60, and were quickly delivered to LaGuardia. We would have required two taxis but fit the four of us and all of our luggage comfortably in his SUV, saving us some cash. We enjoyed his banter along our trip to the airport, and saw some different views of New York. We enjoyed this entire trip immensely and would definitely return and recommend it to others. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Who Traveled: -4 Adults, 8-year-old, and 7-month-old (babies must be at least 6 months old on date of departure and have no more than 2 consecutive days at sea) Getting to NYC: -We took a Yankee Trails Cruise Express Bus from ... Read More
Who Traveled: -4 Adults, 8-year-old, and 7-month-old (babies must be at least 6 months old on date of departure and have no more than 2 consecutive days at sea) Getting to NYC: -We took a Yankee Trails Cruise Express Bus from upstate NY to the city costing $90/person for a round trip. -They took care of all our checked luggage so we didn’t have to deal with that at all when arriving -We arrived around 9:30 am Embarkment: -Once inside the terminal we were queued up waiting to go through security, all employees telling you to dump or dispose of any liquids, but since we were traveling with a baby we were liquid exempt and once we asked an employee about what we should do they took us out of line and escorted us to the front, saving us a long wait in line. -After security we went to check-in, after a short wait there we were done with everything and had to wait until the cruise ship was ready to be boarded. (It probably took us 45 minutes to get through everything including using the bathrooms and finding seats) -I was disappointed in the amount of seating they had while waiting to board the ship. Most seats were taken and I ended up having to stand with my baby until we began boarding around 11:30 am -Once they called our boarding number, we were on the ship within 10 minutes and looking for a place to eat. The Escape Ship: -The ship was clean, no chipped paint, and every where you went there was hand sanitizer and hand washing stations at food areas. -Easy to read maps at every elevator. Maps had categories such as entertainment, dining, etc. and which floor to find it on. -Crew members were always found around the ship cleaning, fixing, and upgrading something. The Cabin: -We were in an adjoining balcony room on deck 9 aft port side. We were above Cagney’s Steakhouse and didn’t have any problems with noise from the restaurant. -We got to our room around 1:30 pm. The room was clean and everything we needed. Our housekeeper, Xiaofang or Grace, was happily willing to help us. -Our room had a drop-down bunk which our 8-year-old loved and they provided us with a pack and play for our baby. -The room was a little tight once the pack and play was in there but we expected it. -We were expecting our balconies to also be adjoining because that’s what we were told over the phone so we were a little disappointed in that but were still able to fit 3 adults in chairs and 2 kids on the floor with fourth adult sitting in the doorway. -Xiaofang was an incredible person. She was always happy to help and kept our room stocked with whatever we needed. She even taught my 8-year-old how to make some towel animals! Dining: -All adults had the drink package, which is definitely worth it even if you just want to try things that you would normally not. We even got virgin drinks such as strawberry daiquiris for our 8-year-old which she loved. -We decided to purchase a 3-meal specialty dining package. You only have to pay for the adults and the kids can choose from the children’s menu, which is the same at every restaurant even complementary ones, but they can order an appetizer and dessert from adult menu. We choice to eat at Teppanyaki (Hibachi), Cagney’s (Steakhouse), and La Cucina (Italian). -Teppanyaki was great! The chef was also a great entertainer and interacted with everyone in the group. The rice, filet mignon, and chicken were definitely our favorite parts of the meal. Both our kids even enjoyed them. The main course didn’t disappoint and you left very full and satisfied. -Cagney’s had incredible food and wait staff. Located on the back of the ship making it super easy for us to get to from our room which was just a short walk down some stairs. The back wall was all windows so you could see the ocean and clouds changing color with the setting sun. From appetizers to dessert everything we had was delicious and I would have gone there every night if we could have. -At La Cucina we had a 4 or 5 course meal including the dessert. The food was authentic Italian food not American/Italian so you won’t be finding spaghetti and meatballs or chicken parm, but the food was all great! And the wait staff helped my mother in law find something that she would enjoy. -Taste and Savory were the same restaurant across the hall from each other. The staff were always so welcoming and knew our kids’ names and even on nights we didn’t have them as waiters they would still come over and say hi and talk to our kids. -The Manhattan Room was a fancier version of taste and savory and had live music. Again, the staff was great and made everything so much easier travelling with 2 kids. -Each dinner meal probably lasted around 2 hours from arriving to leaving so if you have a tight schedule you will probably want to go to the Garden Café (buffet). All restaurants were clean and so were the high chairs. -We made sure at every restaurant we left a comment card with staff names and what they did to make our vacation that much better. Bars: -All bars were clean and staff amazing. -Favorite bars were The District Brewhouse, which had tons of beers on tap and also served mixed drinks and finger foods but its an adult only bar and Sugarcane, which was a Mojito bar. The reason we liked these 2 bars the most was because of the staff. The District and Sugarcane staff were very friendly and informative. Erwin from the Sugarcane bar even did card tricks for our kids as entertainment! Entertainment/activities: -Our 8-year-old loved the water slides and splash pad, arcade, and mini golf. We wanted to do the ropes course but it was either too windy or they were working on it while in port. Also, babies are not allowed in the pools or splash pads unless potty trained, which is kind of disappointing but I understand why. -We didn’t expect Norwegian to have children’s activities but they did! Our oldest loved the Origami lessons and cupcake tutorials and trivia. They also had activities for the 0-3 crowd such as wake up wiggles. -We weren’t able to get into any of the shows because they quickly sold out and we weren’t fast enough. -I do wish they had a kid’s channel on the TV for early morning or right before bed because a lot of the time before bed they would be playing something not appropriate for children. Service: -Service with Norwegian was spectacular! They made traveling with 2 kids so easy. We had a few vacation heroes that we will never forget but they are not the only ones who made us feel special. First Charry, the Hotel Director Secretary, we met her in the begin of our cruise and she made our cruising experience that much better. Charry helped us with tendering and the disembarkation making our lives easier with kids. Deepak, the hotel director, sent us chocolates, cookies, candies, and chocolate covered strawberries almost every night and invited us to private parties to meet the top officers which was great because we were able to thank them in person. Xiaofang, our housekeeper, helped us with everything we needed and my older daughter fell in love with her kindness and taught her how to make towel animals. And then there was Erwin, Bartender from Sugarcane, while we were waiting for our dinner reservation at La Cucina we stopped there and Erwin entertained my oldest with so many card tricks and my daughter wanted to go back many times to visit him again. Ports: Port Canaveral- we didn’t get off because you had to take transportation if you wanted to go anywhere, there isn’t anything within walking distance, which we knew going into it so we were not disappointed and enjoyed having less people on the ship so we were able to do onboard activities. Great Stirrup Cay-we got off with the help of Charry and were one of the first boats to arrive on the island which gave us great options of where to sit. We found a spot close to bar, bathrooms, and it was under trees near water. The island was clean but the water had lots of seaweed towards the beach so you had to wade through that. My older daughter saw different fish and even got to experience tidal pools with minnows and snails. There were tons of waiters walking around taking drink orders (please remember to have dollar bills to tip them). They also served us a lunch buffet which had many options from pizza to burgers to chicken also had fresh fruits and many desserts. Nassau- Nassau was not the greatest place to visit. When getting off the ship you are on the docks where most locals aren’t allowed and once you exit the docks you are in a fenced in area where locals are only allowed if they have a permit. The whole time we were off the ship we were hounded by locals to buy things from them and the whole place just didn’t seem like a nice location. -Besides Great Stirrup Cay I would recommend either staying on the ship or doing shore excursions. Cruising with Kids: -We didn’t set our expectations very high because this was our first time traveling with 2 kids and our first time on a Norwegian cruise but we were very surprised with how welcoming everyone was and how concerned they were with making sure our experience was a great one. -Cruising with a 7-month-old was pretty easy and a front pack is definitely recommended. My daughter refused to sleep in pack and play so that made it a little more challenging. -cruising with an 8-year-old was also easy she loved all the crew members and activities on board. She did wish there was more variety with kids’ menu but it helped that she could order off adult menus because she is more of an adventurous eater. -We would definitely recommend Norwegian to other families even with small children and would definitely cruise with them in the future just based off the friendliness of their staff. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
For starters, I had my worries about this trip. This was my first cruise with Norwegian and I had previously read a lot of poor reviews about Escape. I was truly surprised about how incredible this trip turned out to be for my spring ... Read More
For starters, I had my worries about this trip. This was my first cruise with Norwegian and I had previously read a lot of poor reviews about Escape. I was truly surprised about how incredible this trip turned out to be for my spring break. Checking in was fast and organized, considering the fluctuation of people boarding. I shared a balcony room and it was spacious. We were assigned a cabin steward and he was excellent! The entire cruise staff was FANTASTIC! I am not exaggerating! They were on point every single moment of the trip. Every dining room, restaurant, and bar, the staff was amazing. Very friendly and always helpful. I’m not sure what it was like for other escape cruises, but our entire ship loved “washy washy.” Everytime we entered a dining room, we were given hand sanitizer and the staff would sing “don’t forget washy washy.” It was hysterical and I am grateful that the staff was working hard to ensure everything was clean at all times. I have booked every single show on the ship and they were excellent. The choir of man blew me away!!! As a young adult on spring break, some of the parties were very funny, but I wasn’t expecting anything extravagant. They had activities all day long from karaoke, deal or no deal, pool games... you make it. The food was incredible! Every single dining room, buffet, and restaurant was amazing! My advice, pay for everything ahead of time. I had paid for gratuities and charges I’m advanve, which left me to not worry so much about spending and being charged onboard. Keep in mind, it is cheaper when you pay the gratuities and fees in advance. Great stirrup was beautiful and I did the Atlantis excursion. The weather was good in the Bahamas. It was cold on some nights throughout the ship considering it’s March. Overall, incredible time. I am very pleased with NCL. Most importantly, they did make us all feel like family. I met a lot of people my age (early 20’s) and a lot of people who are a little older. We all enjoyed it together. It was a family friendly trip but it was nice to see that they organized karaoke nights and party nights based on themes and age groups. Out of almost 5,000 people who went on this cruise, there is bound to be a handful who are unhappy with their trip, and that’s okay! But I would like to show my appreciation to NCL and their beautiful and incredible staff. They truly work very hard to give each of us a fun and relaxing vacation. I will definitely continue to be apart of the NCL family. Thank you for making my first cruise incredible. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We were on the NCL Escape the week of 3/17/19 out of NYC. It was cold and crowded with college spring breakers. Despite this, the crew made this cruise. Never did I see a frown. We were at a CC Meet and Greet on the 1st sea day, and ... Read More
We were on the NCL Escape the week of 3/17/19 out of NYC. It was cold and crowded with college spring breakers. Despite this, the crew made this cruise. Never did I see a frown. We were at a CC Meet and Greet on the 1st sea day, and from that point on crew members would say hi to us by name. Imagine that - one little person out of 5000. They took all of the extra little steps to make us feel special. We went to Port Canaveral. Meh. Didn't care for this port at all, but I really loved our outside shore excursion group. He made the day for us. We were able to get to Great Stirrup Cay. It was so pretty!! Loved this port. Nassau...first time there so we "had" to go to Atlantis. Glad I did, but for that price I'd never go again. I can see why a lot of frequent cruisers stay on ship that day. Choir of Man is a must! Great show. The comedians were hysterical. Howl at the Moon was great. Most of the shows the Cruise Director (Scott) had were in the Atrium. It was way too small of a space. Always packed due to aforementioned cold and copious amounts of spring breakers taking over the pool decks. Food in the MDRs was ok...not great...not bad. The options seemed to be getting less exciting. We didn't care for Manhattan due to the noise. The space was pretty though. We opted more for Savor and Taste. They were so similar, I called them "gold" and "blue" based on the color of the glass decor. Blue tended to be slower, but the staff was friendlier. We ate at two specialty dining places: Moderno and La Cucina. If you can, go for the upgrade. AMAZING food. We were in a Balcony "hump" room 13282. Our cabin steward, Kurt was awesome! Embarkation was extremely smooth. Debarkation was an absolute cluster Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
I went on the Escape with my family of 5 on 3/17/19. We were in room 5742. I chose this deck because it could accommodate my husband, 3 children (7 and under) and myself. It was also very close to the the Guppies room and Splash Academy. ... Read More
I went on the Escape with my family of 5 on 3/17/19. We were in room 5742. I chose this deck because it could accommodate my husband, 3 children (7 and under) and myself. It was also very close to the the Guppies room and Splash Academy. The room although a little tight between the bed and the wall it was great for our family. The couch turned into a bed and there was a pull down bed from the ceiling as well. Embarkation: We were at the port to park around 9:30 am. We parked at the port parking, although a little pricey it was nice to be right there. Getting into the terminal was very easy. We waited on line for security for about 30 minutes before they opened. Once it opened it went very fast. We then waited to board and were on the ship around 11:00 am. Guppies/Splash Academy Once on board we went right to the guppies room and splash academy to sign our kids up. I had heard the guppies room fills up quickly so I wanted to get there and pick the times I wanted. It worked out well and I was able to sign my son up for every spot I wanted. He is 2 and a half and for the guppies room you have to pay $20 / session (2 hours per session). I did back to back sessions every night. He LOVED going and asked to go all day. The staff were very nice and loved welcoming him back every night. My 7 year old twins also loved splash academy. Every night there was a theme and it was done very well. My kids met many friends and truly loved every second they spent with the staff. At the end of the cruise the kids put on a circus show that was very cute and sweet to see that in such a short time they did this. The staff at splash academy were always smiling and having a good time. Food: We did not have one bad meal on this cruise. For dinner we ate mostly in Taste/Savor/Manhattan room. My favorite dish was the Chicken Medeira over risotto. It was delicious. The service was always great and we never felt rushed. We had many great desserts but for me the molton chocolate cake and the snickers pound cake were my favorites. Many days we had breakfast and lunch in the Garden Cafe (Buffet). Everything was always great and there were many options. I never waited on a line to get food because there were so many places to grab stuff from. For breakfast it was very crowded and we could never find a seat but on day 2 I remembered that Margaritaville just one deck up had a lot of seating and food as well. After that we never looked for breakfast seating at the buffet again. We would either get food from the buffet and bring it up or we would just get food from Margaritaville which was the same food the buffet had just less options. We had one dinner at Cagneys. It was good but not great. I enjoyed my steak but nothing blew me away. Entertainment: There was so much to see and do on this ship. The game shows in the atrium were always a lot of fun. They had a lot of audience participation and just a fun time. The Entertainment staff was a riot and really had fun with everyone. For this sailing the cruise director was Scott, he was really fun and always having a good time. One of my favorite things to do was going to see Howl at the Moon. The performers were wonderful and really funny. Once 11 hit it was adults only and it was a lot of fun and laughs. They truly love what they do and had a blast. I also really loved Choir of Man. That show was very entertaining and the cast was fantastic. We also saw After Midnight. The performers were very talented but I was not a fan of the show. There is no story line to follow just different sets with songs and dancing. I wish there was a story. Try not to miss the themed parties in Spice H20. I attended the glow/white party, 80's party and 90's party and all were a lot of fun. If it rains or too windy they move the party to a bar close to the casino. Pools and outside fun: The family pool was very small but the kids still loved it. It was heated and had a life guard. It is right next to the small splash area so the kids can go back and forth between the two. The only complaint I had with this was the lack of chairs by this area. There were no loungers here, there was just no room but only about 6 regular chairs for many people with children. This ship had a lot of young kids and a lot of parents standing around watching this area. We did not do the slides or ropes course because we waited until the last two sea days and unfortunately it was too windy. I heard from others those were a lot of fun though. My kids also enjoyed mini golf and basketball a lot. Ports: Port Canaveral: We did the shuttle to Cocoa Beach. Unfortunately it was a rainy cold day for Florida but we made the best of it. We walked on the beach for a little bit, had some key lime pie and then walked around. We stayed for about an hour and a half and then took the shuttle back to the ship. Great Stirrup Cay: Before the cruise I thought there was no way we would be stopping here. Many sailings have to skip this port due to high winds and it being a tender port. We were very lucky and were able to enjoy this beautiful island. It was really a wonderful day at the beach .The weather was warm and the sun is very strong. Everyone left burnt even with sun screen. They have a barbeque set up and it was really good. They also have a taco bar that was good as well. There is a small shopping area but save your money and ship in Nassau the prices were a bit high. Nassau: I have been to this port four other times. I know many people are not a fan but I enjoyed it. We went to the British Colonial Hilton and bought the beach pass from Resort for day. Before we left I read there was construction next door. I went back and forth about going but in the end we went. Although a few years ago when we went it was a better time and more relaxing it was still fine. There was noise from the construction and the place is a bit more run down now but the beach is still nice, the food was still good and overall we did have a good day. Debarkation: This was very smooth. We got into port early morning maybe around 2-3 am. They started calling self assist passengers off around 7:30 am. We selected a purple tag and were off the ship by 9 am and on the road by 9:20 am. Overall we had a really great cruise. We met really nice people and very nice staff. I would go on the Escape time and time again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We got home on Sunday and had a wonderful trip! I can confirm first hand that the rumours are true. The Escape is a beautiful ship with a warm and friendly staff. We had one dud server, but instead of dwelling on it, we filled out many ... Read More
We got home on Sunday and had a wonderful trip! I can confirm first hand that the rumours are true. The Escape is a beautiful ship with a warm and friendly staff. We had one dud server, but instead of dwelling on it, we filled out many hero cards about the great ones. The good vibes started when we got word the Thursday before that our bid for an upgrade was accepted. We went from family balcony to mini-suite. I got the spa pass for the last 3 days of the trip and spent many hours on the heated tile beds. Ahhhhhhh..... The food was the best I have had in 12 years of cruising (mostly NCL and MSC). We rarely hit the buffet because my hubby has a mobility issue, but Taste, Savor and especially the Manhattan dining rooms were wonderful experiences. We often got 2 appetizers each and if we were too full for dessert, hit the midnight buffet for a "sweetie" before turning in. My 16 year old took a few days to warm up to the Entourage program, but we hardly saw him the last 3 days of the cruise. As far as accommodating my hubby's mobility issue (CP), the access desk made very few promises, but delivered on them in spades! Boarding and disembarking were smooth as silk with wheelchair service and priority boarding. Remind me to take him with me EVERYtime I travel to bypass the long lines. :) Hubby was very happy to remain on the ship while my son and I took in the ports. No Great Stirrup Cay this trip, and the buzz on the ship is that the stop is more miss than hit at this time of year. NCL returned $32 in port fees pp which almost covered my spa pass. The greatest testament came from my son and hubby who are both first timers. Both want to know when we are going to do it again. Literally again. Same ship. Same itinerary. What nubes! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
This was mine and my husbands first cruise and we had a wonderful experience. All the staff on the cruise were kind and helpful. The ship was always clean and well taken care of. Our room steward was fantastic. He always did a great job ... Read More
This was mine and my husbands first cruise and we had a wonderful experience. All the staff on the cruise were kind and helpful. The ship was always clean and well taken care of. Our room steward was fantastic. He always did a great job cleaning the room and taking care of any needs. The food was perfect, very presentable and tasted amazing, we never left unsatisfied. The bartenders gave fast and great service, my favorite bar on the ship was O'Sheehan's. The wings at O'Sheehan's were great! There were lots of activities to do on the ship, some of my favorite ones were bag toss, the ropes coarse, the dance classes, playing blackjack and bingo and also the magic shows. The themed parties at night were always a blast. I highly recommend cruising with NCL on the Norwegian Escape. Thank you NCL for such a great experience, will definitely be returning to you for future cruises. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
My 60th BDay cruise and I had a blast. This was a last minute decision and I'm so so glad I did. The price was right, I live in New York so its convenient. The Entertainment was great. They also have Celebrities on the ship. I went ... Read More
My 60th BDay cruise and I had a blast. This was a last minute decision and I'm so so glad I did. The price was right, I live in New York so its convenient. The Entertainment was great. They also have Celebrities on the ship. I went to a show to see the fabulous Sharon Wilkins. Matter of fact it was Dinner and a show, A 5 course dinner and a show for a very small fee. I absolutely loved it had a great time watching her singing and mingle in the audience it was up close and personal. I visited all the Specialty restaurants on the ship and enjoyed each and every one. My cabin steward Charlie was great he catered to my every want and need . What I want people to know is fill out those comment cards let the higher ups know you appreciate when all goes right on your vacation. I Did. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This will go down as one of the most "eventful" cruises I've ever taken. Had some time off and at the last minute (say less than 3 weeks) I decided to take a cruise. Didn't care where it was going to, or what port. ... Read More
This will go down as one of the most "eventful" cruises I've ever taken. Had some time off and at the last minute (say less than 3 weeks) I decided to take a cruise. Didn't care where it was going to, or what port. I just wanted to get away after a grueling Holiday (personal reasons). Going solo, I thought about getting a solo cabin. But, I just so happen to like nice cabins when I cruise....balcony? Check. No obstructions visually? Check. Easy to get to and from the "action"? Check. That's the kind of cabin I want! While looking at pricing on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, MSC, and Celebrity, I found a mini-suite cabin with a large balcony on the NCL Escape. And, it was nearly the same price as a regular balcony cabin. Plus, it was less expensive than all the other cruise lines I was looking at. I'm in! Going out of NYC to the Bahamas (as the Escape was) in February is a bit of a crap shoot, which is probably why the cruise was such a good deal. But, I've sailed out of NYC before (albeit to Bermuda instead of the Bahamas for this cruise). I knew the Atlantic could be a bit rough sailing, particularly in the winter. Flights booked, cabin booked, hotel booked (Sofitel in Mid-Town NYC). All systems go. Flying in and out of NYC is always an adventure. Using my Delta points, I flew in to LGA, but could only get reasonable flights out of EWR. No matter....I'm flexible. Flying into LGA was uneventful, and actually on time. I used goairlinkshuttle.com, which I arranged in advance, to get me to the hotel. Again, uneventful.....they were prompt, let me know where they were outside the airport. And, everything went off without a hitch. $20 + tip and away I went. This is all good. While it was cold, again I expected the weather. Got settled at the hotel (points used meaning it was a free stay for me). Was close enough to Times Square that I had the evening to hang out, walk around, people watch and get some excellent street food. Followed that up with couple of drinks at a dive bar (which are the best) headed back to the hotel for a good night's rest. Next a.m. (Sunday), I was up early. Walked to Starbucks, two coffees and one muffin later, I was back in the hotel room, repacking to leave. Called up an Uber about 9:00 a.m., headed to the hotel front door, Uber driver called twice saying he could not find me. I had texted him the name and the EXACT address of the hotel, but he could not find me. Getting ready to hail a taxi after about 20 minutes of this craziness, Uber showed up. Driver swore I was not at the entrance. I was, waiting, looking for his white Toyota Sienna (which is a big mini-van, and very hard to miss), which was nowhere to be found. I "harrumphed", got in the van, and off we went. Driver seemed confused as to where the cruise terminals were. Again, gave him the EXACT address, along with the large PIER 88 picture I had on my phone. We got there, but he should not be an Uber driver. He reported to Uber than he had to wait on me and they tacked on a $12 wait charge. Oh no...ain't happening. I logged a complaint, and within minutes the $12 charge was deducted. No tip and a bad review for the driver. But, I'm at the entrance of check-in. It's 9:45. All's good. Typical scene, particularly that early in the a.m. People disembarking, looking haggard, trying to find their rides, or lugging their bags to the parking lot. And, then there were us bright eyed, busy tailed folks, early, ready to embark. I'm Platinum Latitudes, so I got a seat in the Platinum, Platinum+ and Ambassador waiting area (right by the embarkation doors to the ship). Checked in, found a seat, it was about 10:15 a.m. I had fun talking to others in the area. All of us excited, talking about what we were going to do first, where we were from.....obviously, we sailed NCL quite a bit, so we all listed our ships, talked about our other cruises, etc. Before I knew it, we were announced to get ready to board. Time flew as it was now 10:45 a.m. By 10:50, we were walking the "plank" to get on the ship. I've sailed enough to know that the less luggage you have, the better the trip will be. Given the days of wearing suits, tuxes etc are long gone, I limit my clothing to the essentials....boxers, shorts, button down short sleeve shirts, a pair of dockers (if I have dinner in Le Bistro), a pair of jogging and swim trunks, some workout t-shirts, socks, shorty socks to use with tennis shoes, a pair of tennis shoes, a pair of closed toe shoes (usually Sperry Boat Shoes), electric razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, the Bose Mini-Link speaker (for music sitting on my balcony either having cocktails or early a.m. coffee), iPad, iPhone, Bose Blue Tooth earbuds, Hero Camera, various cords and plugs to charge everything. THAT. IS. IT. So, I use this for all of my main packing.... https://www.awaytravel.com/luggage/bigger-carry-on/brick And, I use this for my shoes, electronics, tickets, passport, cords, plugs, any medicine, speaker, iPad, etc..... https://www.ebags.com/product/ebags/tls-professional-slim-laptop-backpack/249582?productid=10317756 As such, I have no checked baggage, and anything I need is with me at all times. There's a method to this madness. I never have to worry about a porter mislabeling my bag or breaking the zipper (both of which have happened to me. Neither is fun!). I don't have to wait for my luggage to be delivered to my cabin, as it's with me. And, I can just walk off at disembarkation without doing the "hunt for your bag among the 1,000s waiting at the pier. Both are easy to roll (backpack on top of the wheeled roll aboard). So, now I'm able to go straight to "HEADLINERS" area to get VIBE passes. Surprise was one of the things I experienced upon finding they had raised the price of the VIBE from $99/pp (which was the price the last time I bought them on a different ship) to $209/pp. Thought about not buying them, but I had quite a bit of OBC ($450) that I took the plunge. Was it worth it? NO! Will I buy the VIBE again? NO! I think NCL has priced themselves out of the VIBE private area with me. Time for my first "drink of the day". Scored one right outside of HEADLINERS at "5 0'Clock Somewhere" Bar. Ahhhhh.....delicious. Bartenders were very accommodating and quite fun to chat with. I'd stop there often during the cruise. First drink down. Time for some lunch. Experience tells me that there's no way I'm going to the Garden Cafe buffet. I know what that looks like at lunch on embarkation day. Instead, I headed to O'Sheehans. Yes, it was busy. But, I was seated within minutes. Ordered a burger and a beer, both delicious, and just as I was finishing, they announced the cabins were ready. Rolling my luggage to the cabin #8726, opened the door and SHAZAM, this cabin is great. And, the balcony is HUGE, fitting 2 loungers, 2 upright chairs, one small table, one larger table. Plus, I was just a few steps away from "THE DISTRICT" Brewhouse and "FOOD REPUBLIC". Having the drink package, there were no extra charges for anything I drank at THE DISTRICT. Plus, it had a great view with all the windows and couches overlooking the water. I had the dining package, too. But, FOOD REPUBLIC was not included. Still, I ate there a couple of times. Food was outstanding and in reality, I never spent more than $10 each time, came away full. Hitting the WaterFront, which is one of my favorite areas of the ship, there are chairs, couches, bars and even al fresco dining areas. I hit up the bars in and around The Waterfront. Yes, it was cold, but I kept moving (and drinking) so I didn't seem to mind it. Explored more and it was quickly time for the safety briefing. It went on without a hitch. And, something I'd never seen before, those who came late, didn't have their Sea Pass cards scanned (as the people doing the scanning were getting ready for the demo with the life preservers). Those who were tardee had to return the next day and do it again. I liked that. Why hold everyone else up, who also want to get on with their vacation, waiting on a few people? It's not like there weren't plenty of announcements all over the ship (including cabins). That out of the way, I was planning on going to the upper decks to see sailaway, but given how nice my balcony was, I grabbed a beer (actually two of them) from the DISTRICT and headed to the balcony. Sat there, music playing, watching sailaway. One of the best I've experienced. Plus, I had quick access to my own private bathroom in the process. Time for dinner....as a solo, I'm flexible. I have no problems eating alone. And, I do enjoy being seated with strangers, making new friends. Headed to SAVOR, one of the MDRs. I was seated with some interesting people. I enjoyed their company, just wouldn't want to sit with them again. Food was excellent. But, I bolted after desert, not wanting to stick around for any further idle conversation ("no....it's not you....it's me"). The rest of the time I just explored....having a drink here and a drink there. Peaking into this area, or another area. If you don't know, the ship is built around decks 6,7,8 as the hub. That's why it's known as 678 Ocean Place. From that point you can get to the casino, shopping, the HUGE video screen in the Atrium. You can get specialty coffees there, go to customer service, the excursion desk, "Cruise Next" desk. A lot of activities are centered around 678 Ocean Place. This is where it gets "interesting". By about 11:00 p.m. I was about ready to look at the inside of my eyelids for a while. Headed to the cabin, jumped into bed. But, was quickly awakened by the sound of bottles rattling around on the floor (received two bottles of bubbly from NCL and my TA). The ship was pitching, and before I could get awake enough to get my wits about me, I was literally thrown from my bed, onto the floor. I had a plate of chocolate covered strawberries that were hurled across the room, as well as my phone (which was plugged in, but was unplugged by the listing ship). Tried to stand up (sideways), got to my feet, headed to my balcony door, throwing the drapes open, and there was all of my balcony furniture doing a literal dance on the balcony. A minute later, a table and two chairs went flying out over the balcony glass wall and into the abyss. Jeez-Louise!!!!!!!! Threw on some shorts, a t-shirt and my Top-Siders, I went out to the hall of the cabin. People were holding onto the wall. I figured maybe going to the Atrium, I could see what was happening. Glass was on the floor, it was wet, there were some drinks spilled and a few chairs sliding around. Some people had fallen. I did my best to help them up and to see if they were hurt. Myself, another passenger who was a nurse was helping too. No one was really hurt, just scared. Headed to the casino as that was close, too. Helped some people up who had fallen. Again, no one was hurt badly, but had fallen and perhaps had a sprain or a bump on the head. This went on for about an hour. The Captain and CD were on the intercom constantly and calmly, telling the passengers what was going on. Crew were everywhere, helping whomever, wherever they were needed....doing so professionally and calmly. Finally, by midnight, the Captain gave the "all clear" announcement. Found out the next day, we were hit by a sudden and unexpected ~125 MPH wind. The ship actually listed about 15º. That doesn't sound like much, until you get thrown from your bed, or try to walk. It didn't just list and stop. It kept listing back and forth. Went back to the cabin....tried to sleep, but did so only fitfully. Next day, there was quite a mess in my cabin. Went to breakfast at the Garden Cafe. It looked like nothing had happened. The only way you would have known, was from each passenger's own account of what they experienced. Went back to my cabin, and my steward had it looking like nothing was amiss, including replacing the balcony furniture that flew away. I can't say enough good about NCL and NCL's crew. They were "on top" of everything. They did everything within their power to make certain passengers were safe, or to help those who were scared or injured. Not sure I can top the review so far. The weather stayed cold. Even when we hit Port Canaveral, it was chilly. I had been to Canaveral many times before. So, I decided to stay on the ship. Got a massage (again, having to use up my OBC). Yes, it was overpriced. But, it's about the same price you'd pay at any resort. And, it was a good massage. Ate at the Garden Cafe for lunch....no crowd. The produce was fresh and tasty. Plus, I had a burger which was very good, regardless of having it in the Buffett. It was just plain tasty. We missed Grand Stirrup Cay, because it was still windy and we couldn't tender ashore. Another good day just hanging out on the ship. But, it was finally warm enough to spend Tim in the VIBE (remember that ticket?). Wasn't a lot of people there. And, I was there during what should have been a peak time. I'm thinking NCL has over thought what passes to the VIBE were worth. To me, it's worth the original $99, not a penny more. So, won't be doing that again. I found Spice H20 as an "adults" area, to be a lot more fun, particularly with the water grotto and the wealth of loungers, and its own bar. Last stop was Nassau. Had a $50 voucher from NCL for an excursion. Hadn't taken one yet. So, I took a bus tour (that cost $49.95) of Nassau. I've been there before. So, it's typical. You have your downtown area where you find the typical shops....Diamonds International, Ron Jon, etc. The tour bus took us to a rum factory (not a big rum drinker, but enjoyed the tour) and Atlantis (pretty posh on the inside but you're restricted where you can go). That's it for the excursions. Not much to tell, mostly because of the weather. Not NCL's fault, though. ENTERTAINMENT......I'll say this up front. I've never seen a show on ANY NCL cruise that I didn't thoroughly enjoy. Highlight of this one was Choir of Man. I went the last night of the cruise. No reservations. Walked right in and sat down about 12 rows back, a shade left of center....great seats, and every seat was filled within 10 minutes of me sitting down. I got there 15 minutes before the show. I can't say enough good about it. IT WAS OUTSTANDING. Hard to describe except to say it's based on a group of men in an English Pub who prefer singing and dancing rather than talking about sports. And, boy could they sing and dance. BTW, there was no charge for this show. Every night I ended up at HEADLINERS, usually late (as in after 11:00 p.m.) seeing either the comedian (good) or the dueling piano playing (great fun). When the weather warmed up, I spent a lot of time on the WaterFront, having cocktails while reading a book. Loved doing that, while just watching the water go by. Every once in a while someone I had met earlier would join me and we'd just have a great time chatting. THE PASSENGERS....I made some great new friends on this cruise. I actually met a fine lady, who we're kind of sort of "seeing each other". A little tough because of distance. But, we aren't expecting anything, so we aren't disappointed. Everyone else was wonderful. NCL passengers just have the same "vibe" I do. Ages ranged from 20s to probably 80s, and everything in between (where I fall). It seems like every cruise, there is someone or a couple of someones who are ill-tempered. Not this cruise. DINING....in addition to the drinks perk, I had the specialty dining perk (3 dinners for the perk, 2 dinners from NCL for being Platinum Latitudes, and one from AMEX for using my card to book the cruise). From my first meal at O'Sheehans (casual pub food) to my last meal at Food Republic, I only had one meal I could complain about. That was a specialty dinner at Le Bistro. I had scallops which were overcooked and way too salty. In fairness, they offered me another dinner as compensation, but I already had all the Specialty Dinners I could use. The MDR (Savor) and Garden Cafe were never less than "good". I also ate at Cagney's (2x) for a filet and prime rib. Both were wonderful. LaCucina did good Italian (Get the Osso Bucco.....it is divine). Teppanyaki (very similar to an Hibachi Grill restaurant where the chef cooks your food in front of you) was great. Ordered scallops again, and they were world's better than those I had at Le Bistro. Even breakfast every a.m. in the Garden Cafe was good. I only had fruit and yoghurt, but it was still very fresh and good. SERVICE....from the wait staff, to my room steward, to every bartender and restaurant server I encountered, everyone greeted me with a smile....many by addressing me by my name. Even customer service personnel (which are probably the most harassed staff on any ship) were kind and helpful. I think NCL must have upgraded their internet. It was quite fast (for a cruise ship) for me. I was getting 20+mbps both up and down loads...which is quite good. No complaints there. I smelled smoke in the casino the first night (the night of the storm). After that, it was a faint smell, but not overwhelming. Even the smoking lounge (cigar lounge?) kept the smoke well contained from getting out into the surrounding areas. All-in-all, a great cruise, even with the storm. I spent more time on the ship with this cruise than any other cruise I've ever taken. I got a chance to see the crew more, and interface with them more. They try so hard to make sure I was happy. That's what really made this cruise. I'll sail Escape, again! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We ended up choosing this particular cruise so we could enjoy the best of two worlds. The ship, and the port destinations. Being that this was our first cruise, and one of the biggest ships in the industry, we had to allow ourselves ... Read More
We ended up choosing this particular cruise so we could enjoy the best of two worlds. The ship, and the port destinations. Being that this was our first cruise, and one of the biggest ships in the industry, we had to allow ourselves enough time to enjoy both things. The staff on the Norwegian Escape were the best and truly made you feel welcomed and taken care of. Our first night was an interesting one for everyone. Around midnight, we were woken up from our stateroom from a big gust of wind that tilted the ship and sent things flying. This incident lasted about 3-4 minutes, but it seemed like a lot longer. We were thankfully in our bed when the incident happened. Unfortunately a lot of people were still around the ship and were injured. Again the staff did a fantastic job taking care of the situation. When we woke up the next day, the ship was cleaned up and everything was back the way it was originally. This particular storm made national news and I am grateful to have experienced such an experience, but the way the staff handled the situation, it was like an everyday experience for them. They were amazing and on top of everything. We had a few pieces of broken glass in our room which we were able to clean up a bit, but as soon as they could, they were there to clean it up for us. As our cruise continued on its path to our next port, we continued to enjoy everything the ship had to offer. There is so much on this ship to experience, and take in. The comedy shows were our favorite, and there was always plenty to see from them. They have it all planned out so that particular shows have different material. Next we enjoyed the Broadway shows After Midnight, Choir of Man, and Company of Men. Choir of Man was our favorite and enjoyed the pub style show with free beer before the show starts. The shows were included in our travel fare, and were amazing. I would highly recommend taking in all the shows they have to offer. Overall the ports and the trip was great. It was unfortunate that we couldn't enjoy Great Stir Up Cay, but we did get to enjoy two wonderful nights in Nassau, Bahamas. We used day one for swimming, and day two for shopping. Had we been there for only one day, this would of been difficult to accomplish. On the ship there is so much to take in. There is a rope course, several water slides, a miniature putt putt course, and several pools and hot tubs. If you are thinking of a cruise, and not sure what to choose, The Norwegian Escape will certainly give you an amazing cruise and vacation. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Although we have cruised quite a few times before, we finally convinced our daughter and her husband to join us for this one. It was a totally different experience, but it was even more fun than our other cruises. EMBARKATION- I have ... Read More
Although we have cruised quite a few times before, we finally convinced our daughter and her husband to join us for this one. It was a totally different experience, but it was even more fun than our other cruises. EMBARKATION- I have some mobility issues and so requested wheelchair assistance at the pier. The wheelchair waiting area was just inside the terminal at Pier 88 in NYC, It was great to wait in the holding area and not to have to stand in long queues. We arrived at 9:30 and were on board by 11:30. We went straight to the dining room for lunch because the kids were hungry. Although it rained much of the afternoon, it cleared up enough for a fun SailAway. The band played some fun and upbeat songs and we enjoyed sailing past the statue of liberty. We continued to have a great time the rest of the week.Here are some of my thoughts in general: DINING: Specialty restaurants were all very good.We particularly enjoyed Teppanyaki and Moderno. O'Sheehan's service was a little bit lacking, as was the MDR. The first time at O'Sheehan's the waiter refused to order kids meals for our very picky 4 year old.He also brought multiples of several dishes. We had a huge table full of food; it was almost comical.The second time we ate at O'Sheehan's, they did go get a kids' meal for the little one, but we could see two staff members arguing about it. No matter, the food showed up and the kid was happy. In the MDR, food was slow to come and at our first dinner there, we were shown to a table, but no waiter seemed to have been assigned. We flagged down an officer and it was quickly rectified, but only after several nearby tables were seated after we were and had ordered and been served drinks and bread while we still waited. We also are STILL unhappy about no lobster in the MDR. Food service was the just a little lacking overall, but not enough to make us unhappy. After all, there is no need to stress, we were on vacation. PORTS: We didn't take this cruise for the ports. We didn't even get off the ship in Port Canaveral. There is almost nothing to do there that is worth the money. We did enjoy the uncrowded pool deck, though. The buffet didn't seem prepared for the throngs trying to grab a bite before heading out, though. GREAT STIRRUP Cay: This was the highlight of our trip. We rented a small cabana and it was worth every penny. The wait staff was very attentive and brought us everything we wanted. We loved having a place where we could be in or out of the sun and loved seeing the coconut palms dripping with fruit right next to us. One of the island resident staff even showed the kids how to get coconut water out of one and let them try it. It made their day. NASSUA: we did the Blue Lagoon Island excursion and also loved that. SPLASH ACADEMY: We couldn't keep the kids out of Splash. They had so much fun. The staff were exceptional. The circus show they put on the last day was so cute and you could tell how much fun the kids were having. SHIP: The ship is beautiful and we had a wonderful week. I have never seen a friendlier staff. The hotel director, Deepak, was one of the most hands-on I have seen. His secretary, Charry, made special efforts to make sure we were happy all week. (Hint: make sure you go to the Meet and Mingle! In fact, this was also the best meet and mingle I have attended. They held it in the District Brew House and all of the senior staff attended. Free beer samples and food samples from Food Republic were accompanied by entertainment in the form of a musical duo.) We loved the Escape and can't wait to go on her again! Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2019
I purchased this cruise as an anniversary gift for my wife. This was our first cruise; we had talked about going but had never been. The cruise was amazing! It had surpassed all of my expectations! All staff from every department on the ... Read More
I purchased this cruise as an anniversary gift for my wife. This was our first cruise; we had talked about going but had never been. The cruise was amazing! It had surpassed all of my expectations! All staff from every department on the ship were kind, polite, approachable and took great pride in their jobs. We loved the activities and the activities staff were so much fun as they led, engaged and joined in the activities. The food in all the areas we visited was prepared well and delicious. The bar tenders were excellent, providing super service and even remembering our names along with the drinks we preferred. My experience was wonderful. The ship was beautiful. I enjoyed being on the ship and the ocean more than the excursions. I hope to go again in the near future, definitely with Norwegian and hopefully again on the Escape. Best experience I have ever had! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We left from NY and went to Florida, Bahamas and Nassau. The ship had so much to do for my teenage kids and us. Paradise Island and Atlantis were amazing. Had so much food, fancy and casual and was available at any hour. . The shows on ... Read More
We left from NY and went to Florida, Bahamas and Nassau. The ship had so much to do for my teenage kids and us. Paradise Island and Atlantis were amazing. Had so much food, fancy and casual and was available at any hour. . The shows on board were great, games all the time, friendly staff, rope courses, pool, hot tubs, water slides and up beat people everywhere. Our favorite show was the Chior of Men. The director Alvin was halarious and Issac from the entertainment team was great. We also enjoyed the Deal or no deal game and Bingo. We had a couple rainy days but there was still so much to do it didn't matter. This was my families first vacation and cruise it was perfect for us. We surprised our kids on Christmas with this trip. Even though they had to wait a couple months to go it was well worth the wait. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We'd never been on a cruise, we had a date, we didn't want to fly to the ship, this cruise fit all the requirements. The destination was almost secondary. We got really lucky! Everyone on the ship was incredibly nice and ... Read More
We'd never been on a cruise, we had a date, we didn't want to fly to the ship, this cruise fit all the requirements. The destination was almost secondary. We got really lucky! Everyone on the ship was incredibly nice and friendly and helpful. Our cabins were small but very comfortable. Food was great. We ate at the buffet, in a dining room and at the dinner theater and it was all good. My 8 year old grandson loved the ice cream on demand. Beverage packages were expensive and questionably worth it. If you know you'll want to drink a lot of soda then you should probably get it. If you know you'll want more than a couple of alcoholic drinks you should get the drink package. Individual drinks are expensive. As I said - we were never bored. The 8 year old absolutely loved the kids' program, Splash Academy. My 17 year old granddaughter checked in at the teen program, met some kids from her home state and we pretty much never saw them again. She had "the best time ever." We saw 5 different shows, played countless games of trivia, watched people learn to line dance, hit the casino, shopped, went to the beach, wandered through Nassau, and I'm sure there's more I'm forgetting. I have to mention one of the entertainment crew, Isaak. He was unbelievable. Kids loved him, adults loved him, he was just unbelievably great. Nothing rattled him, even when the drunk passenger tried to kick him in the head. (And kudos to the crew for the way that was handled.) Everything we asked for we got, every question was answered, it was like they were one step ahead of us. My daughter, son in law and grandson were in one cabin directly across from my granddaughter and I. Their steward, Mane, met my grandson and they hit it off. He asked for a special towel animal once and he got something great every night. Great Stirrup Cay was great. You're there with 4000 people, and it's obviously crowded, but it doesn't really feel crowded. It's no worse than any other beach and there's food, entertainment, and people who'll deliver drinks to you. Nassau's just OK, we were over it fairly quickly. As far as whether we'd go on another cruise? We made reservations for another while we were still on the boat. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2019
Only our second time on NCL but absolutely loved, loved this cruise!! We did a 7 day cruise out of NY to the Bahamas Both embarkation and disembarkation were handled quickly, efficiently and without stress. Our accessible ... Read More
Only our second time on NCL but absolutely loved, loved this cruise!! We did a 7 day cruise out of NY to the Bahamas Both embarkation and disembarkation were handled quickly, efficiently and without stress. Our accessible stateroom was spacious, very clean and our stateroom attendant was just fabulous. The food throughout the ship, from the Café, the main dining rooms, to the specialty restaurants was all excellent. I was a bit surprised, though, that in the specialty restaurants so service was not as good as in the main dining rooms. Great selection of food throughout the 29 venues for dining. Loved the onboard entertainment, especially "Choir of Men", which we saw twice, and "Howl at the Moon", the latter which are dueling pianos and an all request show. The staff on board were professional and helpful. We did only one excursion as a couple, which was in the Port Canaveral and included the Orlando Eye, Sea Life and Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. This excursion included a one hour drive each way and 4 hours on sight. We felt that the 4 hours on site was too much and suggested that the excursion be reduced by at least 1 hour, as the venues don't take that long to go through. I also did "Swimming with the Pigs" in the cruise lines private island in the Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay. Though I enjoyed this excursion, it was less swimming around and more feeding the pigs. But, a good time anyway. I wish there had been more accessible tours available, especially in Nassau, as we did not book any tour there and just did things on our own. Loved the fact also that there were many large accessible restrooms placed in public areas throughout the ship, as my husband is in a wheelchair and there were quite handy. I am planning our next cruise and highly recommend NCL and this ship. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
This was our second time cruising on the Escape. We absolutlely love this ship and it's crew. Everyone goes above and beyond to make sure you are enjoying your cruise. We went during winter break it was interesting it seem Every ... Read More
This was our second time cruising on the Escape. We absolutlely love this ship and it's crew. Everyone goes above and beyond to make sure you are enjoying your cruise. We went during winter break it was interesting it seem Every one had the same idea to arrive early. Embarkation day was crowded but once on board it was amazing. First day was awesome met a lot of nice people. We had an amazing Meet & Greet it was a nice turn out. We met in District Brew House this was the best Meet & Greet we've been to. We got to meet several Senior Officers. The nice thing they had business cards and they said if we needed anything give them a call. I actually became quite friendly with some. Each time they saw us throughout the cruise they'd stop and talk with us. We were not able to go to Great Stir up Cay due to weather conditions. We spent the whole day in the Spa, it was phenomenal. The Spa is definitely a nice oasis. It was never crowded the Thermal Pool was so relaxing. We spent time in the Sauna and the Salt Room. We winded up overnighting in Nassau. We saw the best show at sea The Choir of Man. This show was awesome, get there early the cast invites the audience on stage to talk to them and have a Pint of beer with them. The cast is so talented I love how interactive this show is. After Midnight is a great show too. Our favorite band was the Golden Octaves we could listen to them all night. The cruise staff definitely organized a lot of great games. Spice H2O had great late night parties and the DJ in the Skyline Lounge was great. Our favorite bartenders were Sherman in Skyline Bar. Also Garden Cafe Bar was great. The bar in between Cagney's & Moderno was great too. Deck 8 the District Brew House is a great place to hang out and the 5 O"clock somewhere outside bar was nice to hang out too. Dining: we enjoyed Breakfast in O'sheehans a few times. We also had dinner in O'Sheehans. We had breakfast once in Savor. We had an amazing dinner in Teppanyaki. I am allergic to shellfish so our chef Romel cooked my food first. He took great care of me. We also had dinner in Cagney's which was also great. We had dinner in Moderno you have to ask them to cook your meat a little longer if you're not use to medium rare. We had dinner in Taste restaurant twice and both times we had excellent service eith our waiter Emmanuel. Escape did not disappoint, I loved this cruise and would cruise again on her. Thank You to Senior Officers Deepak and Jose 'Papi for always stopping to talk to us. Thank You chef Romel in Teppanyaki for an amazing experience. Thank You Emmanuel in Taste for your eccellent service. Our cabin steward Eugene was amazing. Thank Escape Crew Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise because it fit our vacation schedule. It was out first ever cruise and it was a wonderful experience! Our balcony rooms were lovely and spacious. The food and drinks (drink package) were outstanding and so was the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it fit our vacation schedule. It was out first ever cruise and it was a wonderful experience! Our balcony rooms were lovely and spacious. The food and drinks (drink package) were outstanding and so was the entertainment and service. We LOVED the Manhattan, O'Sheehan's, Le Bistro, Bayamo, and Teppanyaki. The shows were outstanding! We saw Choir of Men, Company of Men, After Midnight, Howl at the Moon and the comedy magician Greg Gleason. We enjoyed the music of the various bands and solo performers. We went standby for a couple of shows which was no problem to get in. The buffet was also excellent. The ship was so clean and hand washing at all eateries was required. We took a behind the scenes tour which included the kitchen and it was remarkably clean. We did the scuba excursion in Nassau and had a wonderful time. The ropes course, game area, basketball court and tube slides were all enjoyed. The staff was friendly and attentive and clearly very-trained. If we could change one thing, the pool was just a little small for the size of the ship. There was a kiddie pool and adult pool, leaving no good in-between for young teenagers. That being said: it was the most fun we remember having together in a long time and look forward to our next Norwegian cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
This was our first ever cruise and the Escape just happened to be the ship on the itinerary we chose out of NYC. Airfares at that time of year (it was school vacation) were outrageously priced so we sailed out of NYC which is only a 2 hour ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise and the Escape just happened to be the ship on the itinerary we chose out of NYC. Airfares at that time of year (it was school vacation) were outrageously priced so we sailed out of NYC which is only a 2 hour ride from home. The ship and crew exceeded our expectations! I was somewhat concerned about sickness with all the children on board the ship as I was traveling with my 30 year old daughter who is afflicted with Cystic Fibrosis so we try to avoid germs as much as possible. The ship was impeccably clean and the crew did a great job ensuring that passengers washed their hands before entering the buffet, shops and the restaurants. There were so many activities and so much entertainment to name in one review but there was something for everyone, every day, every hour! Embarkation was exactly what we expected based on the description from one of the NCL representatives over the phone. The best advice she had for us was to keep an open mind at the terminal because it will feel overwhelming and chaotic. She also said once you board the ship it will be like everyone just disappeared and you will wonder where everyone went. She was 100% right! We did self-assist disembarkation with zero problems. We were off the ship and in Grand Central by 8AM. We had a balcony stateroom on deck 12 fairly close to the elevators mid ship. The room was plenty big for two of us and I believe it could have accommodated three. We found that there was so much to do on the Escape that we were really only in the room to go to sleep. Our stateroom attendant Haj was very attentive and did a wonderful job having our room made up early morning and left us a cute folded animal towel every night. We met the director of food and beverage one day at Spice H20 and he sent a bottle of wine and chocolate covered strawberries to our stateroom which was very nice! The cruise director and his staff were absolutely wonderful, welcoming, friendly and entertaining. There were so many fun activities that they hosted including all the game shows, bingo, dance battles, we went to alot of those activities and went to Choir of Man which was phenomenal. There was something to do on the Escape every hour, every day! We had specialty dining but found it difficult to get reservations. We did try to reserve before embarkation but they were unavailable and then once we were on the ship we had the same experience. One of the crew members was very helpful with getting us into Cagneys however so we were able to experience the ships signature steak house. We did dine at Savor twice, which was delicious! The Atrium Cafe always had a variety of delicious selections to please many palates! Overall we had a perfect vacation and will definitely be cruising again! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
I feel compelled to write this cruise review to counter some of the negative reviews. A cruise is what you make it and you have to have patience. I had booked a Spa Mini Suite and bid on a Haven Spa suite. I was fortunate to get the ... Read More
I feel compelled to write this cruise review to counter some of the negative reviews. A cruise is what you make it and you have to have patience. I had booked a Spa Mini Suite and bid on a Haven Spa suite. I was fortunate to get the upgrade. It will be hard not cruising in a Haven suite - you do get pampered. Embarkation just isn’t a pleasant event under any circumstances. It is practicularly challenging for big ships. Port of NY definitely struggles with the 4,000 + passengers trying to board in a short window. We fortunately were afforded the Haven line which expedited the process. The general line was long.... :( Once you board the ship the crowds disperse and you can begin your vacation. The first day we had champagne in our cabin and explored the boat before our dinner reservation at Cagney’s. Cagney’s has never disappointed us! There are only two elevator banks - but there were a lot of elevators at both. The first day it felt like we waited for elevators a lot but was okay the rest of the week. We planned to either spend blocks of time at Decks 6/7/8 or 16/17/18. We’d use the stairs when possible. For us the trip was about the ship - we did not focus on shore excursions. We spent a small chunk of time at the casino playing slots each day. I’m cheap and refuse to feed the machine more than $20 per day! It was a comfortable area spread out over a good sized area. It was a bit smokey but if you wandered a bit you could find an area that was comfortable. My favorite bars were Tabacco Road and Mojito Bar. The ship was so large with so many options we didn’t really frequent any one place as we have on other sailings. The biggest down fall was number of children. It was a school vacation week (which is why I could travel). According to crew members, there were over 1500 children. The only negative I have about this is that often kids were allowed in places posted as adult only. (At least I thought they were adult only.) The Thermal Spa was my peaceful place away from the large crowds and many kids! I spent a couple hours every day at the Spa to engerize myself for the rest of the day. Most of our dining was at sit down restaurants. I always assume 1 hour for breakfast or lunch and at least 90 minutes for dinner. I think it’s important to have realistic expectations. (Back to my comment it’s important to be patient.). We ate at Taste, The Main Dining Room, Cagney’s, Le Bistro, Tepanyaki, Haven Restaurant, Margaritaville (least favorite), O’Sheehan’s and the Garden Cafe. Solid entertainment. Our favorites were Choir of Man (must see), Howl at the Moon - dueling piano bar and JR in The District Brew House. It was an enjoyable trip and we would sail the ship again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Leaving out of NYC is the best since we are just a 50min train ride away from GCS and 1 10 min cab ride to the pier. The money saved on transportation is just a start. Boarding is easy and once aboard your cruise begins. Norwegians ... Read More
Leaving out of NYC is the best since we are just a 50min train ride away from GCS and 1 10 min cab ride to the pier. The money saved on transportation is just a start. Boarding is easy and once aboard your cruise begins. Norwegians Freestyle cruising is the only way to go. With Freestyle cruising you do what you want when you want with no set times for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The shows are performed at different times so you can work around them with the many other activities onboard. We had and always get the free drink package upgrade which is a must even if you don't drink alcoholic drinks. You can get soda water, soda, or limited juices that normally would cost you per drink. However we drink the hard stuff and with this package you can get anything up to a $15 value for free! The slides on the Escape were awesome. I rode the big tube one a dozen times and the one that drops you was fantastic I did that one 10 times. The first time being the scariest. I loved how they play a short music excerpt right before the gun goes off that drops the floor out from under your feet as gravity pulls you down and the ride is over in less than 3 seconds! Adrenaline rush like you cannot believe! The pools are fun and just big enough as well. I also enjoyed the ropes course several times. 3 stories on this ship with 3 zip lines one of which curves out over the side of the ship right over the water. However I was a little disappointed that the cameras were not functioning as I usually purchase one from either the zip line or the plank that walks out over the side of the ship. We enjoyed the new brew house with craft beers as we love our IPA's etc. However with it being the only bar that does serve craft beers with the best upfront location and all the views from the windows it was disappointing to us and all when they announced we all had to vacate for a private party. No fair since we paid to be there as well. This needs to be though out better on Norwegians side! Anyhow I could go on and on as all was great like usual...my opinion book one and try it you will love it! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We picked this cruise because of the time frame and the itinerary. We had not been to these ports before and will not pick this itinerary again. Ports were okay but just not for us. We loved all the special attention we received in ... Read More
We picked this cruise because of the time frame and the itinerary. We had not been to these ports before and will not pick this itinerary again. Ports were okay but just not for us. We loved all the special attention we received in the dining rooms casino and shops which was probably due to our haven status. The staff were super great. The ship was large but noticed that smokers filled the 678 Ocean Place with smoke for the entire cruise. A better ventilation system is needed. Our room was spacious and we loved the balcony........spent most of our time there instead of the haven courtyard. NCL freestyle cruising suited us to just do nothing and sometimes do a little of something (see a show, bingo or sunbathing) We are now planning our next cruise and hope it is on the Escape. Did I mention that I loved the shops on board? Loved the "Life is Good" store the best. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose Escape at this time as we are tired of flying and airports delays. Escape from NY let us have a relaxed embarkation and short ride home after. The balcony room on 10th floor was right near elevators. Right size for the clean and ... Read More
We chose Escape at this time as we are tired of flying and airports delays. Escape from NY let us have a relaxed embarkation and short ride home after. The balcony room on 10th floor was right near elevators. Right size for the clean and well stocked room. The entertainments and activities were good. Some better when others, but overall, we enjoyed all we attended. We love the thermal spa: the service was worth every penny. Due to the weather conditions, we missed some of our booked shore excursions, but chose not to go on others and just walked around ports. We have the special diet requirements (kosher food.) The list of dishes offered was extensive, but it would recommended to update it on a daily basis as a few times the food wasn't available at the time we placed the order. The assistants of Matre'D who took care of us were knowledgeable about our special food requirements and knew how to handle it. We didn't travel with children as it was a vacation for two of us only. We are planning our next cruise already. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
*port of departure -NYC *14 Night Best restaurants Bayamo- Moderno Le bistro Food Republic One suggestion to all servers...slow down the service.. don't rush the courses....bring drinks when poured. ... Read More
*port of departure -NYC *14 Night Best restaurants Bayamo- Moderno Le bistro Food Republic One suggestion to all servers...slow down the service.. don't rush the courses....bring drinks when poured. Cagneys....disappointment. Service disjointed....food COLD....sides brought 10 minutes after steak. Baked potato AWFUL. Why was the delicious truffles chicken taken off menu. ? Buffet good as usual....amazing how they serve so many. People WASH YOUR HANDS and stop arguing with those given the job of making that happen!! Comedy show in Headliners was funny the first time so went back to the adult show another night at 11. Same material with a few f bombs throw in. Disappointed I was surprised at the prices of shore excursions. This was my 21th cruise onNCL 25TH OVER all. cozumel had some great choices but sooo expensive. Jamaica we hired a driver Harvey Inside the port gate. He was awesone. VIBE The private beach club on deck 19 made the trip for me. $179 for the 2 weeks. ...it was behind a locked door that opened with a key card. Private bar with food service... comfortable loungers and cabanas a misting shower hot tub rest rooms. Chair side service for food and drinks. We Rented scooters on Grand Cayman. Took us about 5 hours to do the island including a lunch stop. Roads were very nice for the most part. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Picked cruise because RT from NYC was easy. Did not think I'd like big ship that holds 5,000, but wrong! Loved the ship! So many choices aboard-restaurants, activities, shows-loved so many options for two week cruise. Loved swimming ... Read More
Picked cruise because RT from NYC was easy. Did not think I'd like big ship that holds 5,000, but wrong! Loved the ship! So many choices aboard-restaurants, activities, shows-loved so many options for two week cruise. Loved swimming laps in outdoor 6" deep adult pool that had quiet times when hardly anyone was in it (between 8-9am for example) Loved whisper quiet balcony on deck 14 forward. Loved smooth trip-could not feel turbulence and enver used medication for motion. Loved food-excellent everywhere we ate. Loved 30 beers on tap in onboard brew house. Loved staff friendliness! The excursions-we selected two-were worth it. The botanical gardens in Ochos Rios were beautiful. The eco-boat in Belize was interesting, and the guide was entertaining. After Midnight best show I ever saw at sea. The spa was excellent and I went every day. The ship was kept immaculate. There was always a place to sit at the buffet. 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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