Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by endowebber
- Sail Date: December 2018
- Destination: Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom
Left from and returned to Manhattan. Ship holds 4500 passengers. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. Cabin was average. The problem with this size ship is that in exchange for having more people, the venues decrease .
Entertainment: The size of the theater is half that of smaller boats with one level only. It cannot accommodate even one quarter of the passengers at one time. Smaller boats have bigger theaters. As a result, you MUST reserve time and day for any and all entertainment on board. In addition there were only two musical production shows for an entire 12 day cruise which were repeated over and over so everyone could see it. There was one so so magician for two of the same shows. And they put a comedy act in the main theater to fill in. The comedy acts were usually in the smaller lounge and they were repeated numerous times with the same material. And as stated before, you needed reservations or you had to wait on line to get in if someone did not show up. There were two supper club shows which they charged extra for or you could not go in. And the supper club show held only a small number of passengers.
Dining venues: There are three free dining areas. Manhattan, Savor and Taste. Manhattan is the larger of the three and has music for an hour and only open for dinner. The other two are smaller and no music. Service at all three was terrible for all meals, breakfast , lunch and dinner. Waiters were not experienced, mixed up orders, went back and forth bringing only one item at a time. They worked harder not smarter. Very slow service. Food was mediocre. Of course for more money, they had many more dining venues which charged more money and additional service charges when you have already paid for your meals.
It seems that all in all the bigger boats provide room for more people, less service, less entertainment and less venues for entertainment. Fewer pools, smaller theater.smaller gym .
But for more money you can now get better food, entertainment, drink packages, can get excursions etc. in addition to casino, and a spa which they charge more money to get in with heated chairs and sauna, steam room etc.
it seems to me the cruise industry will put themselves out of business soon charging for everything which should be included in the fare.. They certainly have lost me as a cruise customer on these larger ships.
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