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Well, that was a lot of fun. First time Cruise for my wife and I. Midwest 50+ couple without the kids for the first time in 20 years. We thought we would try the Escape for our first cruise. Ports were in locations we had not experienced and the ship looked fantastic. I read everything I could find before the cruise and appreciate all the tips. Let's start with the Balcony stateroom. Nice decor and the perfect size for just the two of us. Kade was our Steward and did an magnificent job for us. His towel animals were very creative! While the Port side was recommended, I think I would have preferred the starboard side to see more of the passing islands. There was also a constant electrical whine emminating from below that was a little annoying when sitting on the balcony for any length of time. They are constantly cleaning on board, which I appreciate. They do not cut corners on the amount of crew to service you for the week. . The Food: Overall, very impressive with one exception. LaCucina could be described as Chef Boy R D. Same color too. Our order of preference was Le Bistro, The Manhattan Room, Savor, Bayamo, Cagneys, Taste and LaCucina. Two of the top three overall experiences and food quality came from the complimentary restaurants. Bayamo and Cagneys were average and the bottom two...well they were at the bottom. Most of the breakfasts and lunches we had were at the buffett where the food quality was better than I expected. We didn't take advantage of shore excursions other than walking around the different ports. We enjoyed the friendliness of Jamaica and the cleanliness of the Grand Caymans. Nassau was a first experience for us and it was ok. Costa Maya was a stop where we quickly came back on board. I left my phone in the safe all week and really didn't miss it. Misc: We have done numerous all inclusives in Mexico. On a ship traveling to different ports is more appealing especially with the outstanding food choices. I like to tip. However, there was little difference in the quality of service between tipping or not tipping, unlike the all inclusives. You get to know the staff a little better at the all inclusives because you see the same people everyday. On the Escape, the staff is "business friendly or business professional." It was a lot of fun to meet people from all over the world. Both passengers and staff. Yes this is a big ship. But you really only noticed it on at Sea Days. Even on those days you could find a place for a little peace and quiet. We only went to one show, The Brat Pack. It was ok. Make sure you get a drink at the bar ahead of time. It shuts down just before the show begins. We missed out. Cigar smokers...There is the Humidor where you are outnumbered by cigarette smokers and H2O starboard side next to the bar. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza in Miami the night before the cruise. That was a nice experience and the bed was super comfortable. People were friendly and there is a nice seafood bar/restaurant right next door. We will cruise again. Wondering if we should try a smaller ship so we have something to compare...but not sure we want to give up all of the things to do that the Escape provided us. It was a lot of fun.

First Time Cruise...There will be more!

Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by WHO0TER

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2018
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-ship Balcony Stateroom
Well, that was a lot of fun. First time Cruise for my wife and I. Midwest 50+ couple without the kids for the first time in 20 years. We thought we would try the Escape for our first cruise. Ports were in locations we had not experienced and the ship looked fantastic. I read everything I could find before the cruise and appreciate all the tips.

Let's start with the Balcony stateroom. Nice decor and the perfect size for just the two of us. Kade was our Steward and did an magnificent job for us. His towel animals were very creative! While the Port side was recommended, I think I would have preferred the starboard side to see more of the passing islands. There was also a constant electrical whine emminating from below that was a little annoying when sitting on the balcony for any length of time. They are constantly cleaning on board, which I appreciate. They do not cut corners on the amount of crew to service you for the week. .

The Food: Overall, very impressive with one exception. LaCucina could be described as Chef Boy R D. Same color too. Our order of preference was Le Bistro, The Manhattan Room, Savor, Bayamo, Cagneys, Taste and LaCucina. Two of the top three overall experiences and food quality came from the complimentary restaurants. Bayamo and Cagneys were average and the bottom two...well they were at the bottom. Most of the breakfasts and lunches we had were at the buffett where the food quality was better than I expected.

We didn't take advantage of shore excursions other than walking around the different ports. We enjoyed the friendliness of Jamaica and the cleanliness of the Grand Caymans. Nassau was a first experience for us and it was ok. Costa Maya was a stop where we quickly came back on board. I left my phone in the safe all week and really didn't miss it.

Misc: We have done numerous all inclusives in Mexico. On a ship traveling to different ports is more appealing especially with the outstanding food choices. I like to tip. However, there was little difference in the quality of service between tipping or not tipping, unlike the all inclusives. You get to know the staff a little better at the all inclusives because you see the same people everyday. On the Escape, the staff is "business friendly or business professional." It was a lot of fun to meet people from all over the world. Both passengers and staff.

Yes this is a big ship. But you really only noticed it on at Sea Days. Even on those days you could find a place for a little peace and quiet. We only went to one show, The Brat Pack. It was ok. Make sure you get a drink at the bar ahead of time. It shuts down just before the show begins. We missed out.

Cigar smokers...There is the Humidor where you are outnumbered by cigarette smokers and H2O starboard side next to the bar.

We stayed at the Crowne Plaza in Miami the night before the cruise. That was a nice experience and the bed was super comfortable. People were friendly and there is a nice seafood bar/restaurant right next door.

We will cruise again. Wondering if we should try a smaller ship so we have something to compare...but not sure we want to give up all of the things to do that the Escape provided us. It was a lot of fun.
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Cabin Review

Mid-ship Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BA 11148
Nice size for the two of us. The shower was nice. The bed was ok but there was a lot of tossing and turning as it bothered our hips and lower back.
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