Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by MDFlyer
- Sail Date: April 2018
- Destination: Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom
From the smooth embarkation to the quick disembarkation, and everything in between, a truly nice trip.
We would have preferred the original, Eastern Caribbean literary but understood the need for the change due to the hurricanes.
Really enjoyed our Scuba Diving in the Grand Caymans, through Cayman Diving, AKA Divers Down. They arranged a refresher dive for my son and I as we had not dove in awhile.
Hotel Director Deepak Punia and his Secretary Sharry really went above and beyond to make sure we were enjoying our cruise.
I recommend going on the Cruise Critic Board above, finding your Roll Call and correspond with your fellow cruisers. Attend the Meet and Mingle, and if one isn't organized take the step and get one going. NCL makes it easy and fun. A great way to meet fellow cruisers and a lot of the ships officers. Time well spent!
We did the Drink package and the 3 night specialty dining. Kind of fun trying out new drinks without having to worry about the cost. If the bar is busy a few tips go a long way in being remembered by the bartender...
Cagneys was our favorite. Followed by Le bristro and La Cacinas. All very good.
Our first time visiting Jamaica. We took the Shuttle to Montego Bay, Doctors Cave Beach. Very nice beach. Pay as you go kind of thing. The Entrance is kind of a store front where you pay to get in, rent chairs, umbrellas. Once in, a waitress is assigned to you and gets you food and drinks all day. Very relaxing. If you venture outside entrance, on the street outside, like we did, prepare yourself to be approached by very aggressive vendors.... In less then a block I could have bought weed three times. Port area very nice. We bought some nice hand made crafts from local craftsperson's, reasonably priced.
Spent the day in Costa Maya at the Tropicante Bar/Restaurant/Beach Resort. Again, a pay as you go kind of place. Laid back, inexpensive, more authentic then the port area. To save time and money, go to the taxi stand right outside the gate.
While on board attend the Glow Party. Ususally Thursday night at Spice H2O. Fun for all ages.
Summarizing, in my opinion, the Escape is a great ship if you don't a specific style of cruise, (ie luxury, family, etc) The way I look at it is that NCL is building ships which try to offer something for all age groups. So if you want a quiet, luxurious experience, or
a totally family oriented cruise I would suggest another line. If you are like us and are "go with the flow" kind of people, I think you will enjoy it as well. We keep coming back!
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