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
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose this cruise because of the length of the cruise and the amount of destinations. The evening shows were excellent . The best we've seen at sea in a long time. They were new and refreshing as well as unique. There was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the length of the cruise and the amount of destinations. The evening shows were excellent . The best we've seen at sea in a long time. They were new and refreshing as well as unique. There was plenty of live music throughout the ship. The Cruise Director and his team were excellent they offered a variety of activities and movies. The dining was truly "my time dining" were had no difficulty being seated regardless of the time we chose. The Wait staff was pleasant and made sure that everything was to our liking. The bar servers in the Atrium area are excellent and very friendly. Our cabin was nice and our Steward was very pleasant and aimed to please. There was a wide variety of shore excursions offered. The embarkation and disembarkation went fairly smoothly. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this trip. It was wonderful. stewart Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
We love NCL , so always look for a 14 day cruise during the winter. Have cruised on many NCL ships and they keep getting better, some great additions not on the Breakaway, but love that ship also. Crew worked very hard because of the ... Read More
We love NCL , so always look for a 14 day cruise during the winter. Have cruised on many NCL ships and they keep getting better, some great additions not on the Breakaway, but love that ship also. Crew worked very hard because of the problems on the cruise before us. Entertainment was great always love dueling pianos, After Midnight was wonderful some talented performers. Food is excellent no matter what venue you choose to eat in. We don’t mind paying a surcharge at some of the restaurants well worth it. Service was good staff had to serve everything but didn’t really slow anything down. Great deck plans places to sit and relax all around the pool area. Can’t think of anything negative to say. Do get tired of people always finding something to complain about, from the time they get on the boat to the time they leave. Great time. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Dream cruise. The escape is my favorite cruise ship in service. It’s incredible for its versatility, I was able to do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted from playing full court basketball, to smoking cigarettes at the waves bar, to ... Read More
Dream cruise. The escape is my favorite cruise ship in service. It’s incredible for its versatility, I was able to do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted from playing full court basketball, to smoking cigarettes at the waves bar, to getting the best massages of my life at the Mandara after a long excursion. Alvin the cruise director was really nice and as a solo traveler I really appreciated him and the way he would party with us at spice later in the evening with other members of his great crew. The onboard entertainment was awesome, I really enjoyed the live pool band that would play around 3 pm, they really helped me relax and enjoy the time. I couldn’t have ever asked or dreamed for a better experience onboard this cruise ship and I would recommend it to all. It’s perfect for couples, family’s or anyone. The ship accomadates so much but the staff is just the greatest part about it, they always prvoided exceptional service from buffet to security to the amazing bartenders they all did the job at an A+ level. The excursions were excellent. Easiest excursion process I’ve ever had and couldn’t be happier. The food was really great from the buffet to cagneys to room service it was all great. Moderno, cagneys and the buffet were my favorites. Extremely clean ship, buffet was extremely sanitized at all times and I couldn’t be happier to see that honestly I was very impressed with the ultra cleanliness of the whole venue. Also some of the best views can be seen from the garden buffet. Very fair balanced ship price wise, lots for all to do. Bowling was fun, especially after throwing back 6-7 vodka sodas. Casino was very fun and well run as well. Entertainment was impressive. Room steward was perfect. Mandara Spa massages were excellent after a long excursion and usually discounted on shore days as well so it works out perfect. The ship accomadates smokers very well with the waves 17 bar being a nice place to enjoy a smoke if you do that. The deck 19/20 area of the ship forward along with deck 8 waterfront provide nice calm quiet at all times and some of the ships best views. Was able to be extremely active on the ship, the fitness center had everything I would ever need along with full size basketball court. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our second time on The Escape and we were not disappointed. Embarkation was a bit chaotic as the ship had a problem with gastroenteritis on the previous cruise to ours. We had to wait a while to get into our cabins and we were ... Read More
This was our second time on The Escape and we were not disappointed. Embarkation was a bit chaotic as the ship had a problem with gastroenteritis on the previous cruise to ours. We had to wait a while to get into our cabins and we were late leaving New York. Yes there was extensive sanitizing throughout the cruise and we were not able to serve ourselves in the Garden Café but this did not interfere with our enjoyment of the cruise. We thought the staff were very professional and still very friendly especially as they had an extra work load added to their already busy jobs due to the sanitizing process. The food on this cruise was exceptional. I love a curry and they had one on every day in the garden Cafe. The Speciality restaurants were great, we ate in Cagney's, Moderno, La Cucina, Le Bistro and Bayamo. The service in all was second to none. Our cabin was kept clean and tidy by our hard working steward Jerrry. Anything we needed he provided with a smile. We were amazed at how quickly he would have our cabin serviced, mostly by the time we came back from breakfast. The entertainment on the ship was great, we loved JR in the District, he was very entertaining. After Midnight in the main theatre was like watching a West End show! We loved the themed evenings in Spice H2O there was music for everyones taste. The rope course and crazy golf were also lots of fun. We took a couple of tours from the ship and enjoyed them very much. But our favourite thing to do was to watch the sun go down with a lovely glass of wine in Cellars wine bar on the Waterfront. We were entertained morning, noon and night. We were also made to feel special and well looked after. Dismebarkation was smooth until we got into the cruise terminal. The New York Manhattan cruise terminal cannot handle a ship of this size. All in all we really enjoyed our cruise and cannot wait to take our next one. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
This cruise was the second half of my B2B on the Escape, the first was the 14 day Western Caribbean, 1/6 - 1/20;2019. I've already submitted my review for the first leg. Since I was on the previous sailing I was aware of the issues ... Read More
This cruise was the second half of my B2B on the Escape, the first was the 14 day Western Caribbean, 1/6 - 1/20;2019. I've already submitted my review for the first leg. Since I was on the previous sailing I was aware of the issues they had with the noro virus and I was prepared for the sanitary procedures that would be in effect at the start of this cruise (see my previous review for the details). For many, embarkation for this cruise was not as smooth as normal. The plan was to have all passengers disembark with the last group called at 9:30 AM so they would have time to do a thorough cleaning of the ship before passengers for this cruise could board. NCL even sent notices out not to come to the pier before 10 AM. Unfortunately the last passengers did not disembark until after 12:30. This caused a large backup in the cruise terminal which was never designed to hold 5000 passengers. Since I was B2B it didn't affect me since once the ship was cleared I was allowed to go directly to the boarding door (normally on a B2B in NYC you no longer have to get off the ship, they bring customs onboard to clear you for the next cruise, but because of the cleaning I had to disembark this time). I can understand the frustration of passengers waiting to board, but these things happen. Once onboard we were told that due to the extreme cleaning going on, cabins would not be ready at 2 PM as usual. Later in the afternoon we were allowed to drop off our carry on luggage, but many cabins were not ready until later in the evening, since I had the Ultimate Beverage Package, it didn't bother me! The ship was delayed in departing because the CDC was onboard and had to clear the ship before she could leave. Again many passengers were upset, but since I was aware of all going on I was fine and felt sorry for the crew that had been working so long and hard to get the ship ready. We arrived at our first stop, San Juan, a little late, scheduled for 3 PM but arrived around 4:15. Some excursions had to be cancelled. My plan was just to walk around the Old City and hang out at Senor Frog so I had no issues. I went snorkeling in St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Kitts and St. Lucia, all with NCL excursions and had a great adventure each time. The other ports I just walked around and stopped at local pubs. I did this cruise as a solo (my wife was with me the on the first leg but she had to get back to work, I'm retired). I was in an inside cabin, not the Studio. One of the great things about NCL is the solo travelers program they have. They meet every day around 5 PM and a member of the cruise director staff organizes group dinners and shows for the group. Even though I was traveling solo, there were other solo's who I already knew and met many new friends. We had a great time at dinner and shows together. I ate in the MDR, Cagney's, La Cucina, O'Sheehan's. Great meals and service. Overall I had a great experience. I never let the little things bother me. If I have an issue I bring it to the staff's attention and get it resolved. I did have some billing issues but it all got straightened out. I had such a good time, I'll be doing the same B2B on the Bliss next January! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
People. Listen up. 14-day cruises are it!! Nothing better than getting to the end of week one & guess what? You’ve got 7 more days to go!!! It’s an incredible way to celebrate life events (like 25 years of marriage)! And ... Read More
People. Listen up. 14-day cruises are it!! Nothing better than getting to the end of week one & guess what? You’ve got 7 more days to go!!! It’s an incredible way to celebrate life events (like 25 years of marriage)! And don’t chintz out. Book The Haven. You will never regret it. The food is amazing. The service is impeccable. The amenities are fabulous. The pool. The sun deck. Room service. You are treated like royalty. Priority embarkation & debarkation. Special escorts to shows by your concierge. Need something in your suite? Call your butler & he will provide it. Excursions. We did the Atlantis submarine in Barbados. It was thrilling!! We went down 142 feet & saw huge schools of fish & 2 sea turtles!! We also did the drive-thru volcano tour on St. Kitts. What a beautiful island & the road up to the volcano!! Wow!! We got to see bubbling sulfur coming out of the Earth. The best part was seeing The Pitons. Stunning peaks rising up from the island. They were just breathtaking!! I don’t think my husband & I will ever book anything but a 14-day or more cruise. It truly gives you time to unwind & destress & see the true beauty of the world we live in. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We wanted a Western Caribbean cruise. The two-week cruise out of New York was an excellent option. The staff was wonderful. Very attentive, cheerful and with two-weeks, we got to know several of the staff better. The ports were an ... Read More
We wanted a Western Caribbean cruise. The two-week cruise out of New York was an excellent option. The staff was wonderful. Very attentive, cheerful and with two-weeks, we got to know several of the staff better. The ports were an excellent itinerary, as Grand Cayman and Jamaica were two ports we were never at. There were several options for shore excursions at each port and we always found something we enjoyed doing. Our cabin steward, Lolitha, made sure to introduce herself the first day and was cheerful each day we saw her. Venus, one of the Assistant Matre-D's was attentive and often went out of her way to stop to talk to us. The cruise director, Alvin, and his assistant, Joey, entertaining the entire cruise. They did daily updates, as did the captain, to keep everyone informed of what was going on. We love cruising with Norwegian and will only continue to use Norwegian for upcoming cruises we want to take! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
This was the first part of a B2B on the Escape. I had a fabulous time despite an outbreak of the noro virus during the second week of the cruise. Embarkation was a breeze. I got there early and was in boarding group 1. I found the ship to ... Read More
This was the first part of a B2B on the Escape. I had a fabulous time despite an outbreak of the noro virus during the second week of the cruise. Embarkation was a breeze. I got there early and was in boarding group 1. I found the ship to be very clean as I boarded. I was in a mini suite with my wife. The cabin was well maintained and very roomy. The larger bathroom and European style shower were great. We ate in both the MDR as well as Cagney's, Le Bistro, La Cucina, and Teppanyaki. The food was excellent as well as the service. The After Midnight show featuring Melba Moore was fantastic. We skipped the Brat Pack since we've recently seen it. The comedians in the Levity Comedy group were excellent. I went to many of the bars but my favorites were the 5 O'clock Somewhere (outside) with Chips Ahoy as the bartender, he's a riot. I also enjoyed sitting at the Waves Pool Bar during the day and the District Brew House in the evening. JR on the piano in the District was fabulous. In Port Canaveral I went over to Coco Beach and the Coco Beach pier, we had to skip Great Stirrup Cay because it was unsafe to tender even though the weather was sunny. Some people felt we could have gone but I trust the Captain who said it wasn't safe and the forecast for the afternoon was for even stronger winds. In Ocho Rios we took an NCL excursion to tour the area and enjoyed it. In Harvest Caye I took the NCL snorkeling excursion, great crew on the catamaran and great leader in the water. in Grand Cayman I took the NCL swing with dolphins excursion, it was amazing getting to touch the dolphins and swim belly to belly with them. In Harvest Caye I went snorkeling again. In Costa Maya I just hung out on the ship and in the plaza off the pier. In Cozumel we did the Jose Cuervo Tequila Experience and learned a new way to enjoy tequila. Now a little about the noro virus outbreak. After the first week NCL started there sanitation procedures due to some passengers and crew coming down with gastrointestinal issues. These procedures included continuous cleaning of all walls, handrails and elevators. Some passengers complained about the odor from the chemicals used. In the buffet, all guests were required to wash hands with soap and water before entering. There were no condiments or silverware on the tables, it was handed to you from one of the attendants. All food had to be served, no self service, including coffee. In the restaurants, they replaced the normal menus with paper copies. The spa was closed and those that paid were given refunds. In the casino if you were playing table games, they sprayed your hands before you could play. In the cabins coffee machines and ice buckets were removed for sanitizing and returned on request. Door to public bathrooms were kept open so hands did not have to be used to open and close. There were constant announcements by the captain and cruise director as to why this was done and all passengers were reminded to make sure they washed their hands. Many passengers were upset. As for myself, I appreciate all the hard work done bye crew. They were working extrememly hard and long hours to stem the spread of the virus. This is a contact virus that is only spread by improper hygiene. I did not let these issues stop me from having a great 2 weeks and applaud NCL for their efforts. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
The Escape is a big ship! However, since I have sailed on her sister ship the Breakaway 4 times, I had no trouble finding my way around. The ship was very well kept and clean. I have issues with the choice of furniture in some of the ... Read More
The Escape is a big ship! However, since I have sailed on her sister ship the Breakaway 4 times, I had no trouble finding my way around. The ship was very well kept and clean. I have issues with the choice of furniture in some of the lounges and pubic areas. It may look nice, but it is really, really uncomfortable. Also, some of the seating was low to the floor, which made it difficult for those of us with old bones to get up. I had a balcony cabin and I enjoyed the extra width on the balcony as compared to the Breakaway. The layout of the cabin was a bit awkward with the closet right next to the bed. Drawer space was minimal, although there were shelves in the closet. Cabin layouts on the Jewel class ships are much better. The bathroom was adequate and I really appreciated the glass shower doors. Also, there was always hot water during my entire shower. A night light in the bathroom would be nice. I loved my in-room coffee pot. My cabin stewardess, Kaden, was excellent. I didn't frequent the buffet very often because of the crowds. The staff, however, were very helpful. For breakfast and lunch, I loved O'Sheehan's. The food was served in a minimal amount of time and was always hot. I loved everything I tried. Great food! I only ate in the Manhattan Room once as I find it very noisy. When I wasn't eating at one of the specialty restaurants, I ate at Savor. I ate at La Cucina twice and the food was great, but I was really hungry for lasagna and that wasn't on the Italian restaurant's menu! I had dinner at Le Bistro twice and Cagney's twice and all my meals were excellent. Entertainment on this ship was superb, as I have found on all my NCL cruises. The singing and dancing in the two stage shows, the Brat Pack and After Midnight, was excellent. The venue that I really enjoyed was the Supper Club. As the name implies, the shows included dinner. Some of the shows were free while others had a charge. The area was small and intimate and you were right next to the stage. I paid to see the Choir of Man and Melba Moore's show. Both of these shows were absolutely wonderful! If you go on this ship, they are a must see. I found the crew on this ship to be very attentive and hardworking. As stated above, my cabin stewardess was the best. I did not go on this cruise for the ports as I have been to them many times. I would love to see some different ports in the future. Harvest Caye was a great addition to the Western Caribbean itinerary. We did miss our stop at Great Stirrup Cay as it was too rough to tender to the island. In conclusion, this was a great cruise on a great ship. I have mentioned some things I would change, but overall it was 5 stars! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
RT from NYC, easy to get to ship via train & cab. First time on this size ship for my husband and I but also traveled with my sister who took her family on the Escape in July. Expected long lines boarding but were surprised how ... Read More
RT from NYC, easy to get to ship via train & cab. First time on this size ship for my husband and I but also traveled with my sister who took her family on the Escape in July. Expected long lines boarding but were surprised how organized NCL was with embarkation process very efficient and quick! Enjoyed lunch in the Manhattan dining room, great service and food. Exploring the ship was easy because we had my sister as our guide. Really enjoyed the entertainment/shows especially The Choir of Man, The Brat Pack, Dueling pianos and JR. We picked this cruise because of the ports (we always do the eastern Caribbean) We took s few ship shore excursions and we’re very pleased with them. Well organized and very professional guides. Our favorite was the tour of Mayan Ruins in Cozumel. Can’t say enough about the ships staff, everyone always has a smile and makes you feel very welcome. We will definitely sail again on NCL. Disembarkation was extremely slow, long lines and difficult finding luggage. Suggest walk off option if you can. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Two weeks; good itinerary; wonderful amenities; very modern features including elevators; interesting indoor activities in the atrium. Outstanding food regardless of which restaurant we ate in (however we did not eat in all of the ... Read More
Two weeks; good itinerary; wonderful amenities; very modern features including elevators; interesting indoor activities in the atrium. Outstanding food regardless of which restaurant we ate in (however we did not eat in all of the restaurants). All of the entertainment was first class especially the show put on by the Choir of Man (which was extra). After Midnight was first rate and the other show called the Brat Pack had good music but the story was hard to follow. The excursions were very good; Unfortunately, the bicycle tour of 7.5 miles on Grand Cayman was rained on quite a bit but we all persevered and finished it in spite of the bad weather; The Jamaican bobsled was fun as was the ski lift/sky ride that took us to the top of the mountain where the bobsled ride began. Offroad buggy ride in Cozumel was challenging but not scary; had to hold on tight on certain roads. Cleanliness was super important to everyone and the staff made sure that all guests used hand sanitizer or washed their hands prior to entering a restaurant. Buffet food was particularly good when considering that it is prepared in very large quantities. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
This cruise experience was absolutely amazing. We had a very good time. The food was tremendous at every single complimentary restaurant. The buffet had so many different options. The shows offered were also very entertaining and well put ... Read More
This cruise experience was absolutely amazing. We had a very good time. The food was tremendous at every single complimentary restaurant. The buffet had so many different options. The shows offered were also very entertaining and well put together. The crew on board was so outgoing and fun. They all made this first time experience far better. Shout out to the washy-washy guy. I didn’t meet a single staff member that was rude or lazy. The activities onboard such as the water slides were thrilling and fun for the whole family. The private island Norwegian has is also very relaxing and beautiful. The cruise is for people of all ages. Seniors, couples, large families, new borns. The cabin was very modern and had a beautiful view through the balcony. It was a bit small like you would expect but it was still really nice. Overall we had an amazing experience with NCL and definetly look forward to sailing with them again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We read reviews and watched dozens of YouTube videos trying to decide the who, what, when, where and why of cruising. We chose NCL Escape...boy did we make the right choice!! The ship and service....it's very big, very clean, ... Read More
We read reviews and watched dozens of YouTube videos trying to decide the who, what, when, where and why of cruising. We chose NCL Escape...boy did we make the right choice!! The ship and service....it's very big, very clean, very modern and stunning. Everywhere you look -- restaurants, bars, shops, an art gallery (yeah, an art gallery) and entertainment. The crew was friendly and helpful. We did not encounter a single crew member who didn't great us with a smile. They all work very hard to make sure the passengers are enjoying themselves. Senior staff everywhere introducing themselves and asking if you need anything. We hit the ropes course, the water slides, the mini golf and the pool - all fun. The shops were a favorite destination for wife and daughter - although I may have made a minor purchase of two. Casino is in the middle of the ship and seemed busy when at sea. I noticed lots of comments about smoke in other reviews. It seems way overblown...you can smoke if you are playing in the casino - some people did. When you walk through you can pick up a mild smell of smoke. The reviews saying the whole ship stinks or you can't walk thru 678 Ocean Place where all the decks come together near the casino without being choked by smoke did not match our experience. Smoke? Yeah, a little, but not even a minor annoyance on this cruise (I hate the smell of smoke). I never noticed smoke anywhere else on the ship. It was a non issue for us on this cruise. Shore excursions....did a beach day at Cocoa Beach in Cape Canaveral. Real easy. They pick you up on a bus at the terminal and drop you at a store/restaurant/rental shop two blocks from the beach. You can rent chairs and umbrellas at the store or from a concession stand on the beach (a little cheaper at the store, but you have to carry the stuff to the beach). Spent 3 hours on the beach everyone had a nice time; simple bus ride from same place back to terminal. Did the snorkeling at Great Stirrup Caye which was lots of fun. Wife, daughter and I rented the equipment on the island and gave it a shot. Takes a little getting used to, but not difficult once you get the hang of it. TONS of fish to see a short distance from the beach. You will know where to go because there will be 30 other people already there checking the fish out. Did the airboat ride in the Everglades which was a trip highlight. Again, its a bus at the terminal and a 30 minute ride to the Everglades. The airboat was an interesting contraption, but we saw lots of alligators, birds and other swamp critters. They gave us an option to get off at Bayside(?) Market in downtown Miami on the way back rather than go back to the ship. It's a huge outdoor shopping/dining/entertainment venue. We chose to get off and then wandered around for a few hours. Took a $10 cab ride over the bridge back to the terminal and were on-board well before the 6pm departure time. You will need your room key and a picture ID every time you get off the boat...they scan it when you get off and then, more importantly, they scan it to make sure you got back ON. They take your picture at embarkation so they match that picture to you every time you board to make sure you didn't switch out with someone during a port call. The entertainment...it's everywhere on the ship and there is something for everyone. The theater shows are well choreographed and the casts/musicians very talented. We saw Brat Pack, After Midnight and the magician in the Escape Theater. We saw Choir of Man in the Supper Club. We saw Howl at the Moon three times (open seating in a bar, so you come and go as you please) We passed on the comedians only because there were other things we wanted to do, but we could have attended a show. We saw everything we wanted to see. Everyone has different tastes so "I love/hate it" is very subjective. I don't know how often the musical talent changes on-board so individual reviews of acts that may be gone are also kinda worthless, but I am sure NCL will have talented musicians all around the ship. I don't think they did this special for us! Plan ahead and book the shows you can in advance and then grab other things to see on board. There are screens in the elevator lobbies that tell you what is playing each night and what ticket availability is left for each show. It takes about 2 minutes each morning to plan your day/night. In addition to shows you need to book, there are musical acts and other forms of entertainment throughout the ship all day and night. If you are bored you must have missed the ship and are still sitting in the terminal. The food....ate most dinners in the main dining rooms. Great service, beautiful rooms, prompt service, delicious food. Portions are a little smaller than I normally see (less waste plus you have probably been eating all day) but you can always order two appetizers or a second entree to split if you are really hungry. You won't be disappointed. My kids favorite place on the ship was the Manhattan Room. It's a great place for dinner. Breakfast and snacks in buffet very good and more choices than you will have appetite. It gets crowded from 930ish to around 11am. If you go at 8am you can find a seat anywhere...if you wait too long you may have to wander for a minute to find a table, but they change over quickly. We always found a table for 4. Head towards the back when arriving; the crowds thin out. People tend to stop immediately upon entering. The food stations repeat throughout so you can get the same items at 3 or 4 different places. We ate once in Cagney's; it was tremendous. Visited O'Sheehan's many times, which is more of a location on the ship than a separate restaurant/bar. You can't walk the length of Deck 7 without going through O'Sheehans. Tobacco Road and 5 O'Clock Somewhere where my favorite bars. Music every night, fun bartenders and great drinks. Never set foot in Margaritaville. It never seemed to have anyone in the restaurant. I don't get the theory in charging me $14 for a cheeseburger that I can eat for free directly underneath in the buffet. Seems we weren't the only ones thinking that because the place is usually empty. The cabin...we had a balcony. The cabin steward did a great job each day. The balcony was nice in the ports and at sea to watch the ocean. Sailing was smooth and sleep was easy. We noted only a little instability on first night in the rougher water off the Northeast coast but it was nothing major. None of us ever felt ill...just a weird sensation to have the floor moving around a little as you walk. Never even noticed it later on the trip. I didn't see anyone "seasick." Embarkation and Disembarkation....pretty straightforward. Some waiting in the terminal in NYC to get on (arrived around 9am and they began boarding around 1130) Longest wait was for Customs at the end (but NCL doesn't control that). We chose to leave unassisted with our own bags in an early group. We were off the ship and thru Customs by 830am. The ship was very punctual...hit every arrival and departure time almost on the nose. Check the departure and all aboard times at each port call. Get back....they may not leave you, but they might! This was our first cruise and it exceeded our hopes and expectations. Our experience indicates that this is a top cruise line and a great ship. I wish I could find something to complain about, but we had a great time and are looking forward to doing it again. We met lots of people who were also having a great time so it wasn't just us. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We have been talking about taking a cruise, so we finally did, Our "Honeymoon" finally after 12 and a half years LOL!!! Its was a smooth embarkation process getting into the ship at the NYC Pier, we got lunch at the Garden cafe ... Read More
We have been talking about taking a cruise, so we finally did, Our "Honeymoon" finally after 12 and a half years LOL!!! Its was a smooth embarkation process getting into the ship at the NYC Pier, we got lunch at the Garden cafe when we got in since our room was not ready until 130 pm, pretty nice size and comfort in our stateroom, we took a nap and got ready for the night entertainment. We did the magic shows with Ben Nemzer, comedy with Flip Schultz and Spencer James, After Midnite and the Brat pack among the "Broadway" quality shows that we got to enjoy. New Years eve at the H2O, I felt like I was back at Times Square, that was a lot of fun!! We did shore excursions in Orlando, Disney Springs and the Icon 360, in Miami I got to see my brother and a close friend and even got to meet Elvis Crespo, he sings "Suavemente", the only spanish song that my wife will dance with me! Next day we were in Great Stirrup Cay, my wife enjoyed the ocean while I got a nice tan, the following day Nassau Bahamas, we took a ferry to Paradise Island and enjoy a great time at Atlantis casino. There is also plenty to do in the ship, from classes, playing music and movies at the Atrium, plenty to eat, the buffet, Taste, Manhattan, Moderno (my fav!!) O'Sheehan's and boy did I ate! I also walked a lot all over the place from aft to forward and back! The Escape is a gorgeous ship! So many great memories, we are already looking forward to our next cruise, Spain and Italy here we come!!! Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2018
I have two boys they love waterslides this was one of the reasons why we choose Escape. Overall trip was great, delicious food on the ship, and a lot of entertaining, everyday there was something for everyone. We loved the shows on the ... Read More
I have two boys they love waterslides this was one of the reasons why we choose Escape. Overall trip was great, delicious food on the ship, and a lot of entertaining, everyday there was something for everyone. We loved the shows on the ship too, there was live music in different areas, stand up comedy and beautiful performances. The art director was friendly and had many activities planned, many fun things to watch. This cruise was full and there were many families together that created lines on the elevators... problem solved it.. took the stairs helped me with digesting. Ohhh another problem with the elevators, was with the children that were going up and down alone (parents fault) Dinning was an amazing experience I did not have the same thing twice. Loved staying on the private island, Great Stir up Key I wish I stayed longer there. I cant wait to go back... sooner if I will find a good deal. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We left out of ny. We took the metro in, then caught a cab from grand central station, around $13. Allow extra time for traffic. Wasn't sure if we had to check our carry on luggage or could have just brought it with us and skipped ... Read More
We left out of ny. We took the metro in, then caught a cab from grand central station, around $13. Allow extra time for traffic. Wasn't sure if we had to check our carry on luggage or could have just brought it with us and skipped that part of the line. Took almost 45 minutes just to do that. The staff was exceptional. Friendly and helpful. The food was great. Top notch entertainment and activities. We enjoyed the variety of dining options. We did the glass bottom boat tour in Nassau Bahamas. This was a good value and the guide was funny. A few areas needed improvement. The theater seating was very uncomfortable. The mini golf course was terrible. The embarking process was tedious. Long lines to drop off luggage then long lines to get your key card. We chose early self assist to disembark, and that was fantastic. Overall, it was great for a first cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
The cruise was a gift to my wife on her 50th birthday given by my two lovely sisters and my father. The staff, crew, all entertainment personnel, housekeeping staff, and the rest of all crew members were polite, courteous, and helpful at ... Read More
The cruise was a gift to my wife on her 50th birthday given by my two lovely sisters and my father. The staff, crew, all entertainment personnel, housekeeping staff, and the rest of all crew members were polite, courteous, and helpful at all times. My family and I were treated like royalty! As our first cruise for all of us as a family, we experienced a lot of fun, and happiness. Never a dull moment! We were all amazed of the excellent customer service! We enjoyed all of the shows and the food was excellent! There was always something to do on this ship. As our first cruise, we felt like being in a mini city of its own. Everything was aboard on this great ship. From the cabin, to dinner, entertainment, casinos, shopping, arcades, pools, spas, bars, basketball courts, music, Karaoke, comedy shows, and variety shows. We enjoyed the Choir of Man, the Brat Pack, Kyle Marlett's Magic & Comedy, and especially the Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos. When we were waiting for shows, we sat in the Atrium for a few drinks and laughter. Both the woman and the man in the atrium made entertainment more fun! We did miss our internet, which could and should be sold a very cheaper price. We also had the beverage package which was very expensive, yet worth it! We loved our trip and created many beautiful memories! We will definitely sail again with Norwegian! Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2018
Love the PROFESSIONAL NEW YORK BROADWAY type entertainment and freestyle format. Shows were For the Record Brat Pack, After Midnight and Wine Lovers which are as high quality as it gets but maybe even better because of supper club and ... Read More
Love the PROFESSIONAL NEW YORK BROADWAY type entertainment and freestyle format. Shows were For the Record Brat Pack, After Midnight and Wine Lovers which are as high quality as it gets but maybe even better because of supper club and theater venue. which allows for close up seating. ( Almost ) EVERY venue/ bar/ restaurant had very high quality entertainment with dancing, singing, humor etc, . You just go from one to the other with the entertainment guide. All the staff are friendly and efficient. Fun to meet all the staff from all over the world and they are happy to tell you about their homeland. Four Restaurants to choose from and optional dress up or not so everyone gets to do what they want. FUN dining times! No worries or cares. Don't even need to carry your purse for a week on board. Truly a VACATION!!!!!! Shore excursions were good but some were cancelled which was not helpful. Tender port transfer was not smooth but beach on Great Stirrup Cay was lovely. Swimming , snorkeling, food and beverages and some shopping. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Great clean ship with water slides, ropes curse, pools, hot tubs, theater, music, and more. The Caribbean islands were all amazing ports with many things to do. Ship was always clean, lots of quality entertainment and the food was very ... Read More
Great clean ship with water slides, ropes curse, pools, hot tubs, theater, music, and more. The Caribbean islands were all amazing ports with many things to do. Ship was always clean, lots of quality entertainment and the food was very good. I highly recommend this cruise. Luckily sometimes it goes on sale too. I like to get off at the ports take a taxi and go to the beach to swim and snorkel . Every Island was great but my very favorite was St., Kitts. Embark and disembark were so very easy each time. Husband, daughter, son in law and grandson all had a great time. We would go it again if the opportunity came up. I loved After Midnight and the Rat Pack shows. They were both very impressive with the quality of the entertainment. The bar music was always amazing too. I especially loved the piano man in the bar each night. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Service, food and entertainment were fabulous. Always smiling face, delicious taste,and a increadible talent on board an exquisite ship!!! Bravo, crew of the NCL Escape!!! From Howl at the moon with Ben Michaels, Rob and Marty, the ... Read More
Service, food and entertainment were fabulous. Always smiling face, delicious taste,and a increadible talent on board an exquisite ship!!! Bravo, crew of the NCL Escape!!! From Howl at the moon with Ben Michaels, Rob and Marty, the levity comedy with Flip Schultz , the iconic singing of Sharon Wilkins, to the Choir of Man performance , And After midnight and Bratpack Musicals, to the for cuisine, bars featuring almost 100 brews, specialty cocktails from around the world, and incredible customer service throughout the vessel, the NFL Escape was an experience for the ages.... and special needs friendly!!! The ports were warm, friendly, and our NCL excursions were well done.. A lifetime of family memories in just 12 days. And the thermal spa... a must!!! The ultimate in comfort, relaxation and enjoyment. Loved the sauna, salt water pool, steam room, and more!!! Thank you, to the crew of the Norwegian Escape!!! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We could not have asked for a better experience on a cruise. Had no issues during embarkation. Our balcony cabin was great and our room steward John was great. Lots to do including the Broadway quality stage shows, the comedy shows and ... Read More
We could not have asked for a better experience on a cruise. Had no issues during embarkation. Our balcony cabin was great and our room steward John was great. Lots to do including the Broadway quality stage shows, the comedy shows and parties. The movies, trivia and game shows in the atrium were so much fun. Poolside action, the exercise classes and the competitions the zip lines and water slides. The meal options from complementary to specialty restaurant dining. We opted not to get a drink package and it worked for us just fine. The shore excursions were a bit expensive so we only did one with the ship in St. Lucia the catamaran snorkeling tour which was great!! The other ports we explored on our own with no issues. The service on this ship was great including Rowan in the Garden cafe singing “Washie Washie so guests would remember to always wash their hands. Then the fabulous Golden Octaves band whose lead singer sang every note to perfection and provided us with beautiful memories. The wonderful “Party Hype Crew” including Alvin the Cruise Director, Rasheeda and Joey they kept our energy levels up. Renee and Natasha in the Dufree shops who provided excellent customer service even though we didn’t win any of the many raffles. This cruise offered great value for our money and we enjoyed every single bit of it. Thank you and see you next time! Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2018
The cruise that wasn't suppose to be. Our original booking was an 11 day Caribbean cruise on the Breakaway leaving March 23 out of NY. Problem Breakaway isn't returning to NY in 2019. Offered replacement on the Escape ... Read More
The cruise that wasn't suppose to be. Our original booking was an 11 day Caribbean cruise on the Breakaway leaving March 23 out of NY. Problem Breakaway isn't returning to NY in 2019. Offered replacement on the Escape was Bahamas which we had just done. This cruise was to be for our 35th Anniversary on March 24th 2019 so we wanted something more then a 7 day that we had just done. There go 12 day Southern on the ESCAPE December 9th 2018. After many Itinerary changes we set sail on what is now my second favorite NCL ship, sorry ESCAPE DAWN still has my heart. Embarkation and disembarkation were the smoothest we have had on NCL. No problems on either end of the cruise even though we left late to try and avoid a major storm and returned early due to our 3rd medical emergency of the trip. The ship was great. Very easy to get around on. Lots of options for what ever you had in mind. Only exception is if you're a smoker such as my wife. Smoking areas are getting smaller and fewer on all ships. Our cabin 15756 was awesome, plenty of storage and the deck is one of the best secrets on this type of ship. Our cabin is the last of the Spa balcony and the next cabin is a mini suite. The ship juts out further for the mini suits and therefore our balcony goes from a regular balcony room to the mini suits and is angled out giving us a much larger balcony. With a large overhang above us we are able to enjoy our balcony rain or shine. Only draw back with the balcony is they took away the outside light. Dining, NCL has me a believer in specialty restaurants as we have found comp dining to have bad service. NOT the case on the Escape. Taste Savor and the Manhatten Room all had good food with good service. Taste having the best. The garden Cafe I was disappointed with very hard to get around and find things food was poor. Here is my WARNING stay far away from the early riser breakfast at Margaritville. Worst food I ever had on any ship. Here is what I thought of the specialty restaurants we went to. Teppanyaki is good the show and food are both OK, land base restaurants of this type are better but they have less restrictions. I give this a 3.5 out of 5 Bayamo seafood restaurant extremely disappointing. Selection was very bad food was poor price was extreme Bayamo gets a 2 out of 5 LA CUCINA food and service was very good 4 out of 5 LE BRISTRO was everything I have come to expect from a great French restaurant, great food and service. 4 out of 5 MODERNO if you have never experienced a Brazilian Steakhouse this is a MUST. Great food very service the grilled pineapple is to die for.4.5 out of 5 CAGNEY'S it is NCL's very best of the best 5 out of 5 THE CHOIR OF MAN food is good the entertainment is great the beer is cold and keeps on flowing. For entertainment we didn't do a lot. CHOIR OF MAN was great, went to the art auctions and lectures they were good. Spent a lot of time in the Thermal suite which is AWESOME. Alvin the cruise director which we saw with The Not so New Newlywed Game we found rude insulting and not funny. Felt bad for the couples that were on stage. Alvin hands down worst cruise director we have had on any ship. Service overall was good. Wait staff in the restaurants was very good. Bar service in the casino was fair Crew was helpful and attentive. Our cabin steward was fair, we have had much better on our other NCL ships. Ports were very easy to get on and off the ship. Excursions are good a little on the high price side but still good One final comment here for wasn't sure where to but it. I remember on all my other NCL ships you could get your picture taken in the restaurants and then later decide if you wanted to keep the picture or even have it in your picture book which is our preferred way to keep our memories of the cruise. Here you had to decide to keep it or not then and there at the end of your meal. I am not sure if this is the new fleet wide or not but would like to see it go back to the photo shop so you have options. In closing we loved the cruise and I would do it again Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Seriously, I am tired of reading about so many complaints that I decided to leave my own for the first time. I think some people need to get a life. So many cruisers take the time to complain, but never take the time to say something ... Read More
Seriously, I am tired of reading about so many complaints that I decided to leave my own for the first time. I think some people need to get a life. So many cruisers take the time to complain, but never take the time to say something nice. All they do is moan, moan, and complain. This was our 12th cruise with NCL and we had a great time. The cruise is what you make it. Could we find a few egative things to say, yes? But we choose not to do that and we choose to concentrate on the positive. The entertainment was Broadway quality, the food was amazing, and our room steward was fantastic. She did an amazing job keeping our room clean and was so kind. In fact, we found every worker on the cruise kind and hard working. One of the persons who complained about this itinerary said that we had a canceled stop due to a medical emergency. This is absolutely untrue. Every single stop we made was on time. If this complainer is talking about Puerto Rico, that was canceled months before the cruise took off due to the devastation of the hurricane. There was also complaints about no seafood. Really!? There was seafood on the buffet every single night and day. Honestly, I am not sure what people are looking for, but perhaps they should win the lottery and buy their own freaking yacht and then they can boss around their hired help. This cruise was a lot of fun. The staff was amazing, the food was great, the service and the restaurants and specialty restaurants was awesome, the entertainment was great, and every time we passed an employee they smiled and said hello. We would absolutely do this cruise again and this itinerary. No matter how great something in life is, one can always find something negative to complain about. Perhaps, we should all look at the positive side of life more often. I would love to see the reviews from Norwegian Cruise line staff about how horrible sometimes the passengers are. I’m sure they would not be good at all as we see how horrible sometimes passengers treat the staff with abrupt rudeness, loudness and total disregard of respect. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Chose NCL Escape for many reasons, newer ship, good pricing, departure port and favorable experiences on my last 13 NCL cruises. My total cruise history including this cruise now stands at 31. Ninety minutes after leaving my apartment my ... Read More
Chose NCL Escape for many reasons, newer ship, good pricing, departure port and favorable experiences on my last 13 NCL cruises. My total cruise history including this cruise now stands at 31. Ninety minutes after leaving my apartment my 73 year old younger brother and I were onboard the Escape. That time included a ride to the train station, two trains and one taxi ride to get it to the pier from Penn Station. The food was really good, I ate in specialty restaurants eight of the twelve nights and i enjoyed each and every one of them. I please to see that NCL is now offering so many options in their complimantary dining venues. O'Sheenan's and the buffet had nightly specials that were always so tempting. Did have a prime rib at O'Sheenan's that was really good and my bother raved about it. Wanted to try the seafood basket but had specialty restaurant reservation on the nights that it was available at O'Sheenan's. The buffet always had something to my liking, the desserts seem to have gotten to be a lot better. The chicken tenders with the mustard sauce and the pretzel bread were things that I alway had if they were available. Breakfast was great too, ate more fresh fruits in twelve days than I think I had in the last twelve months. Didn't go to any of the shows, at my age I find them loud and i enjoy the peace and quite on deck. Did watch a movie one night out on the back deck and really enjoyed that. Every morning I would partake in the daily activities in the Atrium, Sudoku and Trivia things that I really enjoy doing. In the afternoon is was quiet time on the confortable chairs on the Waterfront or a game of two or three of cribbage with my brother. Having been to all these islands so many times over the years I don't do excursion any more. Usually just hangout in the shopping areas alongside the ports when we are in port. These things might not be excititng to most but I enjoy what I do and that's what crusing is all about, just doing your own thing or little or nothing at all. Read Less
Norwegian Escape Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Service 3.0 4.1
Value For Money 4.0 3.7

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