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
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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
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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
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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
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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