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I was travelling solo with a group from a German cruise website. This was my first (and likely last) NCL cruise. I decided to go on this cruise to meet some people I am chatting with on the cruise website and to find out if the big 3000+ passenger ships in general and NCL would be an alternative to choose from in the future. I have been on many cruises before with the biggest ship so far being the Celebrity Solstice. Escape is NCLs newbuilt which is to be doing Carribean Cruises out of Miami once she reaches the other side of the Atlantic. The 2 days from Hamburg to Southampton were the inaugural cruise. It is really a big ship with 20 decks and some 4200 passengers. There are lots of activities like ropes course, water slides, bars, restaurants, trivia, art auctions and so on. Shows at the Escape Theater were great, Howl at the Moon was fun, too. Dining experiences were mixed (I only ate at included restaurants) ranging from good service and good food to poor service and mediocre food. The bar menu doesn´t have alcohol free cocktails and you only get alcohol free cocktails from some of the bars. I had to search the ship for a Virgin Colada. My inside stateroom was designed for 4 persons. Storage space was fine for just one person on a 2 days cruise and a following 2 days in London but I doubt I would like to do a week with 2 or more people in this room. Way too little storage space in there. The interior design is a little bit too dark for my taste. The bathroom was great and includes a clothes line in the shower. My favorite venues were the Waterfront (outside restaurant area) were you can sit and enjoy the sea view even when the restaurants are closed) and 678 Ocean Place which is the stylish Atrium. I do not go on waterslides or ropes courses but met some kids who loved both. The spa is run by Elemis and gave me a great but overpriced massage and a hard sell talk afterwards telling nonsense about all the people who don´t by their products being not healthy. Fitness Center is equipped well and was never crowded on this cruise. Both embarkation and disembarkation had long lines and the terminal in Southampton seemed to be overcrowded with all the people disembarking and looking to find their transfers. Overall I found out that the ship is too big for me and I would enjoy better restaurant service. The best on it are Waterfront, the shows and the idea of the Studio staterooms.

This ship is too big for me

Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by AntjeG

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2015
  • Destination: Nowhere
I was travelling solo with a group from a German cruise website. This was my first (and likely last) NCL cruise. I decided to go on this cruise to meet some people I am chatting with on the cruise website and to find out if the big 3000+ passenger ships in general and NCL would be an alternative to choose from in the future. I have been on many cruises before with the biggest ship so far being the Celebrity Solstice.

Escape is NCLs newbuilt which is to be doing Carribean Cruises out of Miami once she reaches the other side of the Atlantic. The 2 days from Hamburg to Southampton were the inaugural cruise.

It is really a big ship with 20 decks and some 4200 passengers.

There are lots of activities like ropes course, water slides, bars, restaurants, trivia, art auctions and so on. Shows at the Escape Theater were great, Howl at the Moon was fun, too.

Dining experiences were mixed (I only ate at included restaurants) ranging from good service and good food to poor service and mediocre food.

The bar menu doesn´t have alcohol free cocktails and you only get alcohol free cocktails from some of the bars. I had to search the ship for a Virgin Colada.

My inside stateroom was designed for 4 persons. Storage space was fine for just one person on a 2 days cruise and a following 2 days in London but I doubt I would like to do a week with 2 or more people in this room. Way too little storage space in there. The interior design is a little bit too dark for my taste. The bathroom was great and includes a clothes line in the shower.

My favorite venues were the Waterfront (outside restaurant area) were you can sit and enjoy the sea view even when the restaurants are closed) and 678 Ocean Place which is the stylish Atrium.

I do not go on waterslides or ropes courses but met some kids who loved both.

The spa is run by Elemis and gave me a great but overpriced massage and a hard sell talk afterwards telling nonsense about all the people who don´t by their products being not healthy.

Fitness Center is equipped well and was never crowded on this cruise.

Both embarkation and disembarkation had long lines and the terminal in Southampton seemed to be overcrowded with all the people disembarking and looking to find their transfers.

Overall I found out that the ship is too big for me and I would enjoy better restaurant service. The best on it are Waterfront, the shows and the idea of the Studio staterooms.
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