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Let me start by saying that I read reviews before the cruise that had me worried. Don't believe them! This was my 9th cruise and it was the best I have ever had. Ill start at the beginning. Getting on only took 10 minutes. They let people on early. So we were on board by 1130 am. The ship is new and beautiful. Kind of a Vegas kinda feel. Great vibe. I have a disability. This ship is VERY accessible. Every part of the ship is accessible. I had a cabin #I2912. Aft with large balcony. I had 4 chairs on my deck and could have put 6. It was awesome. Spent more time on this deck than any of my previous cruises. I rented a wheelchair from Special Needs at Sea. Great investment. It was waiting in my cabin when I arrived. Being at the back of the ship, we had an unrestricted view. It was so quiet it was unbelievable. It also is a short trip to the elevators which dropped you right in the middle of all the dining options and casino. Check the deck plans. Its the perfect place to be. Speaking of dining options. We could not have been happier with the food. I did the 3 meal package, Ill do a quick rundown of where we ate. Cagneys. 10 out of 10. As soon as you board, go to the headliner cafe and set up all your reservations that you couldn't get online. We went to Cagneys twice. La Cucina. 9 out of 10. The steak there was amazing. Also recommend the shrimp risotto. Food Republic. 10 out of 10. Best sliders I have ever had and the menu is varied and interesting. Sushi fans will love it. Margaritaville. 9 out of 10. Order the nachos and keep in mind it will feed 6 people. Great burgers too and its cheap. Its ala carte pricing. O'Sheehans. Amazing prime rib and just great food on the menu. Open 24/7. Chocolate Cheesecake was something you need to enjoy. Wow. All the dining rooms. Manhatten room, Savor, and Taste all very good. You don't need to eat at the upcharge places. These are all excellent options and beautiful rooms with great service. Didn't eat at La Bistro. Did on a different NCL cruise and didn't like it. We had so many places to eat we didn't get to try Teppanyaki, Moderno, Bayamo. Cant wait to go back to try them as well. Bake shop and Gelato shop was awesome too. Only open though limited hours. The comedy show was really good. We also went to the Million dollar quartet. Not our cup of tea, and we were having so much fun in the casino we missed the other 2 shows. The theater sound was really good and was very nice. The Humidor cigar lounge was nice. You can buy Cubans at Little Denmark in Tortola. The Waterfront dining aspect was really nice. Having your meal outside on a beautiful night is hard to beat. You will pay 18% gratuity every time you make a purchase on board. And several places do charge a la carte prices. But they are reasonable. And you can avoid those places if you are on a budget. Pools. Busy. Always. There are little places to escape all over this ship. If you want loud, you can have it. If you want to have a quiet drink, try outside at the 5 o'clock somewhere bar. I could go on for hours. This ships food, service, cabins (lots of space for things) and things to do were very well designed. The only thing I saw that was dumb was putting a running/jogging track next to the pool. That was not a good idea. And being a foodie I kind of hoped for better lobster on board. Most places had the cold water lobsters. Just ok. But how spoiled are you if you are whining about your lobster tails. Spa was awesome too. Had two massages. Pricey. But well done. And stop by the Mondavi wine shop and ask for Larry. Great guy and great service. Even getting off the ship was no stress. Again. Highly recommend this ship. You won't be disappointed. And thanks to Silas the cruise director and Maneesh our cabin steward who went out of their way to make our trip perfect. It was a great... Escape.

The Escape was just that; a wonderful Escape from reality!

Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by moonon95

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2016
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Aft-facing Balcony Stateroom
Let me start by saying that I read reviews before the cruise that had me worried. Don't believe them! This was my 9th cruise and it was the best I have ever had.

Ill start at the beginning. Getting on only took 10 minutes. They let people on early. So we were on board by 1130 am. The ship is new and beautiful. Kind of a Vegas kinda feel. Great vibe.

I have a disability. This ship is VERY accessible. Every part of the ship is accessible. I had a cabin #I2912. Aft with large balcony. I had 4 chairs on my deck and could have put 6. It was awesome. Spent more time on this deck than any of my previous cruises. I rented a wheelchair from Special Needs at Sea. Great investment. It was waiting in my cabin when I arrived.

Being at the back of the ship, we had an unrestricted view. It was so quiet it was unbelievable. It also is a short trip to the elevators which dropped you right in the middle of all the dining options and casino. Check the deck plans. Its the perfect place to be.

Speaking of dining options. We could not have been happier with the food. I did the 3 meal package, Ill do a quick rundown of where we ate.

Cagneys. 10 out of 10. As soon as you board, go to the headliner cafe and set up all your reservations that you couldn't get online. We went to Cagneys twice.

La Cucina. 9 out of 10. The steak there was amazing. Also recommend the shrimp risotto.

Food Republic. 10 out of 10. Best sliders I have ever had and the menu is varied and interesting. Sushi fans will love it.

Margaritaville. 9 out of 10. Order the nachos and keep in mind it will feed 6 people. Great burgers too and its cheap. Its ala carte pricing.

O'Sheehans. Amazing prime rib and just great food on the menu. Open 24/7. Chocolate Cheesecake was something you need to enjoy. Wow.

All the dining rooms. Manhatten room, Savor, and Taste all very good. You don't need to eat at the upcharge places. These are all excellent options and beautiful rooms with great service.

Didn't eat at La Bistro. Did on a different NCL cruise and didn't like it.

We had so many places to eat we didn't get to try Teppanyaki, Moderno, Bayamo. Cant wait to go back to try them as well.

Bake shop and Gelato shop was awesome too. Only open though limited hours.

The comedy show was really good. We also went to the Million dollar quartet. Not our cup of tea, and we were having so much fun in the casino we missed the other 2 shows. The theater sound was really good and was very nice.

The Humidor cigar lounge was nice. You can buy Cubans at Little Denmark in Tortola.

The Waterfront dining aspect was really nice. Having your meal outside on a beautiful night is hard to beat.

You will pay 18% gratuity every time you make a purchase on board. And several places do charge a la carte prices. But they are reasonable. And you can avoid those places if you are on a budget.

Pools. Busy. Always.

There are little places to escape all over this ship. If you want loud, you can have it. If you want to have a quiet drink, try outside at the 5 o'clock somewhere bar.

I could go on for hours. This ships food, service, cabins (lots of space for things) and things to do were very well designed. The only thing I saw that was dumb was putting a running/jogging track next to the pool. That was not a good idea. And being a foodie I kind of hoped for better lobster on board. Most places had the cold water lobsters. Just ok. But how spoiled are you if you are whining about your lobster tails.

Spa was awesome too. Had two massages. Pricey. But well done.

And stop by the Mondavi wine shop and ask for Larry. Great guy and great service.

Even getting off the ship was no stress. Again. Highly recommend this ship. You won't be disappointed. And thanks to Silas the cruise director and Maneesh our cabin steward who went out of their way to make our trip perfect. It was a great... Escape.
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