1. Home
  2. Cruise Reviews
  3. Norwegian Escape
This was my very FIRST cruise! So needless to say I was full of anxiety especially after reading all the negative reviews. I was really afraid that it was going to be so crowded on the ship that we couldn't do anything. IT WASNT! Embarking was so quick! We were on the ship within 15 minutes of arriving in Miami! When I first walked on board, I was mesmerized at how HUGE and Beautiful this ship was!! Our rooms weren't quite ready yet so we went ahead to have some lunch at the Garden Cafe. My first taste of cruise food was DELIGHTFUL!!! I couldn't believe all of the options~! Everything was relish! After eating, we headed to guest services to find out how to log-in to wireless, as I was a bit leery about not being able to get in contact with my kids at home once we left. We purchased the unlimited internet package with our on-board credit. I was perfectly at ease when I realized I could FaceTime my kids ANYTIME on the ship and at all the ports! It was cool letting them see the ship and scenery too by phone! The connection is a bit slow but definitely served the purpose. We got a balcony suite. I LOVED our room! lots of closet space, cabinet space and the bathroom was way more roomy than i expected.One of the things that really stood out about this cruise that i didn't expect was how extraordinarily comfortable these beds were!!!! OMG!!! I didn't want to get out of bed in the morning!! LOL!! The bed and pillows made me feel like I was sleeping on a big ball of cotton! I tried to think of ways to take the bed home...but...it just wasn't feasible. The view from our balcony was intoxicating!. I sat on the balcony every morning with a fresh cup of coffee and just soaked up the view! There a coffee maker in your room with cream and sugar, and 2 cups. We had a stateroom right next to my brother and sister so we could just chat on our balconies :) There are enough plug-ins to use your phone chargers and a fan if you like. there is also a hidden blow dryer under the cabinet that i found helpful. When we left our room, we would just stick my library card in the card slot next to the door to keep the air conditioning running otherwise it turns off when you leave. It will also turn off as long as you have your balcony door open (thats just common sense). I don't know who took care of our room because no one ever introduced themselves. I do know they were very courteous in the hallways. Whomever cleaned our room ever night did a wonderful job! Everything was always so neat and smelt fresh! They really keep this ship CLEAN!! One thing i thought helped a lot in finding your way around was the little fish on the carpet. They swim in the direction to the front of the ship! Our first night was awesome. It didn't take long for them to get our luggage to our rooms and we got quite comfortable. We had booked Teppanyaki for dinner and that place was the BOMB!!! I ordered the lobster....BEST lobster EVER!! Warning... Do NOT order the ice cream for dessert. It seriously looks like a piece of crap(for lack of a better word) on the plate. You will know if someone else orders it! The chefs were so fun and entertaining! They had us singing and even made us a mickey mouse with the rice! the second night, we tried our hand at the casino. We found out that you win BIG on the first few nights and you start losing towards the end of the cruise! Thats the way it was with my niece and us. We won $400 at roulette the first time we played and we were smart enough to walk away with it. About the fourth day of the cruise we tried roulette again and lost $100. At least we still went home with $300 extra. the casino does smell of cigarettes really bad but i was fine wit it. Ive never been a smoker but its never bothered me. Its not like smoke was everywhere like in some bars I've been to. You could just really smell it bad. But like i said, didn't bother me. We loved the deck parties at night at H20. Lots of dancing and fun under the moon! the big screen was really cool. We especially like 80's night! Lots of good music! We got the drink package with our cruise. Unlike a lot of the reviews that complain about it being hard or slow to get drinks, we never experienced this. The staff was wonderful. They always were quick about getting us drinks. We never had to wait long at all. The movement on the ship was very noticeable. I got motion sickness and a very bad headache. BUT..... SEABIRDS saved me. I got them for $11 in the gift shop and about 30 minutes of putting them on, I was perfectly fine. I had to wear them the whole cruise but it was worth it not to be sick. I must note that i get sick really easy so the movement might not be a thing for most people. We didn't hear any noise from other cabins while we were in ours. It was perfectly quiet. I know Im jumping around but Ive never been a good writer anyway...lol...just trying to cover as much as possible. It was weird that we didn't see many kids on the ship at all. But they were still in school where we live. We got to experience most things the ship had to offer. the ropes course was exciting (i took pics while my sister and brother did it)! They laughed so hard having a ton of fun on it. We played mini golf. We did the waterslides. The one with the float is the most fun to me. My sister in law got stuck on the other one. When they dropped her, her t-shirt got stuck on the slide and she was hung for a minute, which scared the crap out of her....lol! We never got in the pool because it really was way too crowded for that. The pool was just too small. The hot tubs were always in use as well. I found that if you wanted to enjoy those things, get up really early, say around 6:30 and you will have them all to yourself. We took some line dancing classes! It was hilarious! As for the shows, we only seen the Brat Pack which was very entertaining, the comedy show with Phil which had us all laughing and "after midnight" which was a musical filled with lots of good singing and dancing. I think our favorite show was the crews talent show. They did a lot of cultural things. As for the facilities on the ship, I didn't use the spa but i wanted to. The gym was cool. We worked out a couple of days then gave up the fight against all the calories! LOL! I gained 5 pounds on this cruise!! Overall the food was amazing. We ate at the Garden cafe most of the time. there is this one guy who stands in the entrance greeting you with the "Washy Washy song" and hand sanitizer. You'll never forget him or his smile! The elevators were a bit crowded every now and then but nothing to complain about. One night we had an emergency on the ship and they had to fly a helicopter to the ship to airlift someone with a medical emergency. That was cool to watch. That night the ship rocked like crazy but it did make me sleep good :) The arcade is too much fun and the bowling is pretty neat as well. The ports were all so beautiful. I loved this cruise so much! Disembarking was as smooth and quick as embarking. It will be hard for the next cruise to compare to this one! Ive been sad since we left the ship...lol!

Time of my life!!!

Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by Juliepann

15 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2016
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Aft-facing Balcony Stateroom
This was my very FIRST cruise! So needless to say I was full of anxiety especially after reading all the negative reviews. I was really afraid that it was going to be so crowded on the ship that we couldn't do anything. IT WASNT! Embarking was so quick! We were on the ship within 15 minutes of arriving in Miami! When I first walked on board, I was mesmerized at how HUGE and Beautiful this ship was!! Our rooms weren't quite ready yet so we went ahead to have some lunch at the Garden Cafe. My first taste of cruise food was DELIGHTFUL!!! I couldn't believe all of the options~! Everything was relish! After eating, we headed to guest services to find out how to log-in to wireless, as I was a bit leery about not being able to get in contact with my kids at home once we left. We purchased the unlimited internet package with our on-board credit. I was perfectly at ease when I realized I could FaceTime my kids ANYTIME on the ship and at all the ports! It was cool letting them see the ship and scenery too by phone! The connection is a bit slow but definitely served the purpose.

We got a balcony suite. I LOVED our room! lots of closet space, cabinet space and the bathroom was way more roomy than i expected.One of the things that really stood out about this cruise that i didn't expect was how extraordinarily comfortable these beds were!!!! OMG!!! I didn't want to get out of bed in the morning!! LOL!! The bed and pillows made me feel like I was sleeping on a big ball of cotton! I tried to think of ways to take the bed home...but...it just wasn't feasible. The view from our balcony was intoxicating!. I sat on the balcony every morning with a fresh cup of coffee and just soaked up the view! There a coffee maker in your room with cream and sugar, and 2 cups. We had a stateroom right next to my brother and sister so we could just chat on our balconies :) There are enough plug-ins to use your phone chargers and a fan if you like. there is also a hidden blow dryer under the cabinet that i found helpful. When we left our room, we would just stick my library card in the card slot next to the door to keep the air conditioning running otherwise it turns off when you leave. It will also turn off as long as you have your balcony door open (thats just common sense).

I don't know who took care of our room because no one ever introduced themselves. I do know they were very courteous in the hallways. Whomever cleaned our room ever night did a wonderful job! Everything was always so neat and smelt fresh! They really keep this ship CLEAN!! One thing i thought helped a lot in finding your way around was the little fish on the carpet. They swim in the direction to the front of the ship!

Our first night was awesome. It didn't take long for them to get our luggage to our rooms and we got quite comfortable. We had booked Teppanyaki for dinner and that place was the BOMB!!! I ordered the lobster....BEST lobster EVER!! Warning... Do NOT order the ice cream for dessert. It seriously looks like a piece of crap(for lack of a better word) on the plate. You will know if someone else orders it! The chefs were so fun and entertaining! They had us singing and even made us a mickey mouse with the rice! the second night, we tried our hand at the casino. We found out that you win BIG on the first few nights and you start losing towards the end of the cruise! Thats the way it was with my niece and us. We won $400 at roulette the first time we played and we were smart enough to walk away with it. About the fourth day of the cruise we tried roulette again and lost $100. At least we still went home with $300 extra. the casino does smell of cigarettes really bad but i was fine wit it. Ive never been a smoker but its never bothered me. Its not like smoke was everywhere like in some bars I've been to. You could just really smell it bad. But like i said, didn't bother me.

We loved the deck parties at night at H20. Lots of dancing and fun under the moon! the big screen was really cool. We especially like 80's night! Lots of good music! We got the drink package with our cruise. Unlike a lot of the reviews that complain about it being hard or slow to get drinks, we never experienced this. The staff was wonderful. They always were quick about getting us drinks. We never had to wait long at all. The movement on the ship was very noticeable. I got motion sickness and a very bad headache. BUT..... SEABIRDS saved me. I got them for $11 in the gift shop and about 30 minutes of putting them on, I was perfectly fine. I had to wear them the whole cruise but it was worth it not to be sick. I must note that i get sick really easy so the movement might not be a thing for most people.

We didn't hear any noise from other cabins while we were in ours. It was perfectly quiet. I know Im jumping around but Ive never been a good writer anyway...lol...just trying to cover as much as possible. It was weird that we didn't see many kids on the ship at all. But they were still in school where we live. We got to experience most things the ship had to offer. the ropes course was exciting (i took pics while my sister and brother did it)! They laughed so hard having a ton of fun on it. We played mini golf. We did the waterslides. The one with the float is the most fun to me. My sister in law got stuck on the other one. When they dropped her, her t-shirt got stuck on the slide and she was hung for a minute, which scared the crap out of her....lol! We never got in the pool because it really was way too crowded for that. The pool was just too small. The hot tubs were always in use as well. I found that if you wanted to enjoy those things, get up really early, say around 6:30 and you will have them all to yourself. We took some line dancing classes! It was hilarious!

As for the shows, we only seen the Brat Pack which was very entertaining, the comedy show with Phil which had us all laughing and "after midnight" which was a musical filled with lots of good singing and dancing. I think our favorite show was the crews talent show. They did a lot of cultural things. As for the facilities on the ship, I didn't use the spa but i wanted to. The gym was cool. We worked out a couple of days then gave up the fight against all the calories! LOL! I gained 5 pounds on this cruise!! Overall the food was amazing. We ate at the Garden cafe most of the time. there is this one guy who stands in the entrance greeting you with the "Washy Washy song" and hand sanitizer. You'll never forget him or his smile! The elevators were a bit crowded every now and then but nothing to complain about.

One night we had an emergency on the ship and they had to fly a helicopter to the ship to airlift someone with a medical emergency. That was cool to watch. That night the ship rocked like crazy but it did make me sleep good :) The arcade is too much fun and the bowling is pretty neat as well. The ports were all so beautiful. I loved this cruise so much! Disembarking was as smooth and quick as embarking. It will be hard for the next cruise to compare to this one! Ive been sad since we left the ship...lol!
Juliepann’s Full Rating Summary
Enrichment Activities
Value For Money
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Cabin
Fitness & Recreation
Shore Excursions
Service
Free Price Drop Alerts
Get Norwegian Escape price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email

Cabin Review

Aft-facing Balcony Stateroom
Cabin B1 1548
Nice, Spacey comfortable with a bed from HEAVEN!! I wanted to take the bed and pillows home with me.
Deck 15 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Nassau
    Nassau was my favorite port and only for one reason! Tiki Bikini Hut beach! Its a short walk from the ship and for $40 per person you get a chair, umbrella, unlimited alcoholic drinks, lots of food, watersports (kayaking, paddles boats etc) all day! The guy there named Byron is so nice and helpful!
    View All 5,861 Nassau Cruise Port Reviews
    View Cruise Critic's Nassau Cruise Port Review
  • Island Tour
    Sunny was the BOMB!! He picked us up promptly at the port and for $40 per person, he dropped us off to shop for a couple of hours, and he picked us up to take us to the top of the mountain!! The views were BEAUTIFUL!!! The ride was so fun because he played music and everyone was engaged in singing and laughing! After the mountaintop, we were taken to Megans Bay! Ive never seen a more beautiful beach!! We spent a couple of hours at the beach and then were taken back to the ship! Great trip!
    View All 263 Island Tour Reviews
  • Tortola
    We shopped around and my husband bought a nice watch. We ended up going back to the ship early to do some waterslides before everyone got back on board.
    View All 1,375 Tortola Cruise Port Reviews
    View Cruise Critic's Tortola Cruise Port Review