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We are regular cruisers who have done most of the major cruise lines. In our opinion this ship is right up there with the best of them. With a little attention by management, this could be the king, or queen, of the sea! PROS: - Excellent entertainment. Comedians and theatre presentations were extremely well done. Don't miss the dueling pianos. Rhonda was incredible and really got the crowd involved. - Multiple music and dance options every night. All first rate. However most end at mid-night. - Best drink offering. Multiple speciality bars from wine to mojito to bourbon. Jennylyn at the wine bar made our trip! - Good control of smoke. Even the casino is better then most. No worries with cigar smoke. - Top notch speciality restaurants. Our favorite was Cagney's, followed by La Cucina - Lots of activities, not just the endless trivia and bingo games on other ships. Simple things like origami were a big hit. -The gym has everything you could need to keep in shape, all clean and in good working order. - Staff that genuinely works to make connections. Many knew our names after one meeting. - Beautiful mid-ship area with outdoor dining options, seating and bars. Deck 8. - Extremely clean ship. Constantly worked by the crew. - Well engineered cabins with impressive bathroom and storage space.. Our room steward was excellent! Thanks Joe! - Huge ship that still feels small and personal due to the multiple smaller restaurants and bars. Most areas did not feel crowded (other than the atrium and pool deck) CONS: - Classic nickel and diming by Norwegian. Many drinks fall just above the $15 drink package maximum (and after paying nearly a $1,000!!). Come on! That being said, there are some pretty awesome bartenders/mixologists on board! - Wait staff is among the poorest trained that we have ever seen. Attention to detail is low, and caring is subpar....this is a management issue. Especially noticeable at the supper club. - No true adult only area. Very hard to get a spot in a hot tub. Teens can, and do, run wild around the ship. Royal Caribbean does this better then anyone else in setting aside an area for adults. - "The Haven" for high rollers sucks up a lot of the top deck space, so deck chairs are at huge premium. Kudo's to Norwegian for trying to control chair holding, but more needs to be done as at any given time 70% of chairs are vacant, but occupied with towels. -The atrium area used for the games and events got extremely crowded, we often had to skip them because there was no where to sit or stand and see the show. DOs: - Arrive early and bring your swim-suit. - Book everything you can (dining, excursions & entertainment) well before arrival as many venues fill-up early. For those that can only be booked on the ship, do it right away at the box office or on the electronic screens around the ship. These slots will be gone before the end of day #1. But go ahead and do standby for shows and activities, most of the time you will get in. - Try to carry your own bags off the ship. Getting off the ship and through customs this way takes 10 minutes max. - Try the painting class and the escape room. Hard to leave either without a huge smile. - Relax when things don't go perfectly...you are on vacation!!

A Few Steps Away From Perfection!

Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by tjmiles9

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2018
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom
We are regular cruisers who have done most of the major cruise lines. In our opinion this ship is right up there with the best of them. With a little attention by management, this could be the king, or queen, of the sea!

PROS:

- Excellent entertainment. Comedians and theatre presentations were extremely well done. Don't miss the dueling pianos. Rhonda was incredible and really got the crowd involved.

- Multiple music and dance options every night. All first rate. However most end at mid-night.

- Best drink offering. Multiple speciality bars from wine to mojito to bourbon. Jennylyn at the wine bar made our trip!

- Good control of smoke. Even the casino is better then most. No worries with cigar smoke.

- Top notch speciality restaurants. Our favorite was Cagney's, followed by La Cucina

- Lots of activities, not just the endless trivia and bingo games on other ships. Simple things like origami were a big hit.

-The gym has everything you could need to keep in shape, all clean and in good working order.

- Staff that genuinely works to make connections. Many knew our names after one meeting.

- Beautiful mid-ship area with outdoor dining options, seating and bars. Deck 8.

- Extremely clean ship. Constantly worked by the crew.

- Well engineered cabins with impressive bathroom and storage space.. Our room steward was excellent! Thanks Joe!

- Huge ship that still feels small and personal due to the multiple smaller restaurants and bars. Most areas did not feel crowded (other than the atrium and pool deck)

CONS:

- Classic nickel and diming by Norwegian. Many drinks fall just above the $15 drink package maximum (and after paying nearly a $1,000!!). Come on! That being said, there are some pretty awesome bartenders/mixologists on board!

- Wait staff is among the poorest trained that we have ever seen. Attention to detail is low, and caring is subpar....this is a management issue. Especially noticeable at the supper club.

- No true adult only area. Very hard to get a spot in a hot tub. Teens can, and do, run wild around the ship. Royal Caribbean does this better then anyone else in setting aside an area for adults.

- "The Haven" for high rollers sucks up a lot of the top deck space, so deck chairs are at huge premium. Kudo's to Norwegian for trying to control chair holding, but more needs to be done as at any given time 70% of chairs are vacant, but occupied with towels.

-The atrium area used for the games and events got extremely crowded, we often had to skip them because there was no where to sit or stand and see the show.

DOs:

- Arrive early and bring your swim-suit.

- Book everything you can (dining, excursions & entertainment) well before arrival as many venues fill-up early. For those that can only be booked on the ship, do it right away at the box office or on the electronic screens around the ship. These slots will be gone before the end of day #1. But go ahead and do standby for shows and activities, most of the time you will get in.

- Try to carry your own bags off the ship. Getting off the ship and through customs this way takes 10 minutes max.

- Try the painting class and the escape room. Hard to leave either without a huge smile.

- Relax when things don't go perfectly...you are on vacation!!
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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BD 11842
Very nice, but small balconies with excellent dividers. I would not recommend going any lower on the ship with a balcony as your view will be obstructed by the life boats.
Deck 15 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

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