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Loved it, loved it, loved it. Wish I was there right now. Since there are so few reviews that address accessibility information for disabled people in wheelchairs and scooters, I think I will focus on that. As a person who uses a scooter, I found the experience to be fantastic. The embarkation was very quick and easy and they let me get on first so as not to get in the way of other folks getting on the boat, which was fantastic by me. The accessible room was very large, compared to a regular room and the special roll in shower had lots of grab bars which is important if you need a flat area to roll into, or in my case, bars to hold onto while you are standing to bathe. Please, if you are not disabled or are disabled and do not really need this kind of room, do not request it. There is a special place in H E double hockey sticks for people who park in disabled parking or take these kinds of rooms when they don't need them. There are only a scant few on each boat so please leave them for those who truly need it. The elevators are never fast enough on any boat so you will have to wait. Abled bodied people should take the Norwegian Stair Challenge, where you never take the elevator (advanced), take the stairs every other time (intermediate) or take the stairs when it is only one or two floors (beginner). It will speed things up for you abled bodied people and my husband LOST four pounds on the cruise doing the advanced version. All three of our ports docked and did not tenders, so that was easy. In St. Thomas we used Mr. Gumbs taxi and after pre-arranging it, we just asked around using his name and they called him to come get us. I was able to roll into the open air trolley! In Tortola, we disembarked, went down to the market, and hired a private taxi at the stand there for one hour $55.00 and he gave us a tour and left us at Myetts restaurant which was wheelchair accessible and had a great view of the beach. We spent a nice hour or two there, then he came back and got us. The whole thing was $90 when it was all said in done and of course we tipped him well on top of that. In Nassau, we disembarked (with 5 other ships - yikes) and went 10 minutes to the right to Junkanoo beach which is free. We bought fried snapper and Bahamian beers and enjoyed the beach. A great cheap excursion! The boat was very accessible and everyone bent over backwards for us. The food was amazing and I am a picky foodie. I could not believe how great the service was and how personable everyone was. The pool was a sea of humanity. Do the math- 5,200 people/1 pool = hot mess. I would never get in a pool anyway in such a crowded place, because, yuck. I will say I heard they had a lift if you did want to do that, and I personally saw the lift in the spa whirlpool. Feel free to ask me any questions as I know what a pain it is planning a trip as a disabled person. Lots to do, lots to eat and drink, great entertainment, you will love it if you have the right attitude! Go up one deck from the pool and you will find quieter lounge chairs outside the Vibe lounge that are free. Vibe is totally worth it if you happen to get there fast enough to get in. If not, don't sweat it, just go to Vibe and sit outside the doors for a similar, free experience.

Wish I was there; accessiblilty info included for disabled travellers.

Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by YESMELISSA

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2016
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Aft-facing Balcony Stateroom
Loved it, loved it, loved it. Wish I was there right now.

Since there are so few reviews that address accessibility information for disabled people in wheelchairs and scooters, I think I will focus on that.

As a person who uses a scooter, I found the experience to be fantastic. The embarkation was very quick and easy and they let me get on first so as not to get in the way of other folks getting on the boat, which was fantastic by me. The accessible room was very large, compared to a regular room and the special roll in shower had lots of grab bars which is important if you need a flat area to roll into, or in my case, bars to hold onto while you are standing to bathe. Please, if you are not disabled or are disabled and do not really need this kind of room, do not request it. There is a special place in H E double hockey sticks for people who park in disabled parking or take these kinds of rooms when they don't need them. There are only a scant few on each boat so please leave them for those who truly need it.

The elevators are never fast enough on any boat so you will have to wait. Abled bodied people should take the Norwegian Stair Challenge, where you never take the elevator (advanced), take the stairs every other time (intermediate) or take the stairs when it is only one or two floors (beginner). It will speed things up for you abled bodied people and my husband LOST four pounds on the cruise doing the advanced version.

All three of our ports docked and did not tenders, so that was easy. In St. Thomas we used Mr. Gumbs taxi and after pre-arranging it, we just asked around using his name and they called him to come get us. I was able to roll into the open air trolley! In Tortola, we disembarked, went down to the market, and hired a private taxi at the stand there for one hour $55.00 and he gave us a tour and left us at Myetts restaurant which was wheelchair accessible and had a great view of the beach. We spent a nice hour or two there, then he came back and got us. The whole thing was $90 when it was all said in done and of course we tipped him well on top of that. In Nassau, we disembarked (with 5 other ships - yikes) and went 10 minutes to the right to Junkanoo beach which is free. We bought fried snapper and Bahamian beers and enjoyed the beach. A great cheap excursion!

The boat was very accessible and everyone bent over backwards for us. The food was amazing and I am a picky foodie. I could not believe how great the service was and how personable everyone was.

The pool was a sea of humanity. Do the math- 5,200 people/1 pool = hot mess. I would never get in a pool anyway in such a crowded place, because, yuck. I will say I heard they had a lift if you did want to do that, and I personally saw the lift in the spa whirlpool.

Feel free to ask me any questions as I know what a pain it is planning a trip as a disabled person. Lots to do, lots to eat and drink, great entertainment, you will love it if you have the right attitude! Go up one deck from the pool and you will find quieter lounge chairs outside the Vibe lounge that are free. Vibe is totally worth it if you happen to get there fast enough to get in. If not, don't sweat it, just go to Vibe and sit outside the doors for a similar, free experience.
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Cabin Review

Aft-facing Balcony Stateroom
Cabin B1 10286
Accessible cabin with a roll in shower, grab bars, and lots of things that are helpful for disabled folks like a sharps container if you need one. The room is very wide for large wheelchair and I think the balcony is double sized. These are for disabled people who actually need these things to function so don't take this room unless you really need it. Lots of storage space and just lovely.
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