Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by Cruisin_Husker
- Sail Date: April 2018
- Destination: Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Inside Stateroom
Embarkation / disembarkation: a. Both were flawless and the fastest we have experienced. We arrived to the terminal around 11:30 and didn't have to wait in line or sit in a waiting area at all (the ship was not filled to capacity). We were at the buffet within 20 minutes of arriving at the terminal. The disembarkation was just as fast--we did the self-assist early disembarkation which was called about 15 minutes early and was outside the terminal 15 minutes later.
Ship: a. the breakaway class ships (getaway and breakaway) and the breakaway plus class (escape & bliss) are some of the best laid out and easy to navigate ships sailing in my opinion. all of the dining and entertainment are on decks 6-8 and each floor goes all the way through with only a forward and aft staircase / elevators, so it's very easy to navigate. Everything else, like the garden buffet is on deck 16. Couple notes about the ship:
Cabins: a. We had one cabin on deck 13 fwd, inside. It was nice and quiet and no motion. I would recommend a deck closer to decks 6-8 because you'll spend most of your time on those decks. We had another cabin on deck 12 aft balcony cabin. Fantastic cabin. the bathrooms and showers are large and some of the best at sea. The balcony cabins have usb ports in the lights next to the bed. (the inside cabins did not have them). Both have 3 outlets which is rare so you may not need to bring your power strip.
tv: d lousy. The channel selection is terrible (ncl only has cnbc, msnbc, and fox news for networks along with a movie channel, a favorites channel, a "sports 24 channel, and some other proprietary channels. the remote and tv itself are also lousy. Ncl spends literally a billion building a ship and then puts a $75 tv sole brand tv in each cabin. I have had problems with the remote controlling the tv on nearly every cruise. The onscreen ability to make reservations and check your account is the one bright spot.
Entertainment: b. some of the best at sea but you can't always get in to what you want. Make your reservations early--especially for the comedy shows.
after midnight: a. A fantastic high energy show based on the cotton club in the 1930s harlem.
brat pack: b. a musical based on the breakfast club brat pack. If you like 80s music, this is your show. The performers do a great job and give it their all. it is long--a full 90 minutes!
sean joyce comedy hypnosis: a. a hilarious entertaining show where 20 or so members of the audience is hypnotized.
jackie fabulous: a comedian in the headliners. We went to the family show and she was really funny in a clean comedy act.
keith bender: a the other comedian in the headliners. Also a very funny comedian.
mdr: b. overall the food in the main dining room (mdr) was very good each night (we ate there 4 of the 6 nights). i asked the waiter each night for his/her recommendation and it was usually spot on.
modurno: a brazilian steakhouse. The salad bar is reason enough to go but the meats, in particular the fillets and strip sirloin, were excellent.
le bistro: a. French. This was the highlight of our dining experience on the trip. The food quality and service were fantastic!
garden buffet: b. generally a good selection and food was fresh and hot and it opened on time every morning and afternoon which isn't always the case on some cruises we have been on.
Fitness: a. The gym on the escape is one of the best at sea. all the equipment is modern and well maintained. There are a lot of treadmills and rarely were full.
Shore excursions: we did not do any so i can't comment. In the past we have gone to the blue hole in ocho rios which i highly recommend!
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