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Leaving out of NYC is the best since we are just a 50min train ride away from GCS and 1 10 min cab ride to the pier. The money saved on transportation is just a start. Boarding is easy and once aboard your cruise begins. Norwegians Freestyle cruising is the only way to go. With Freestyle cruising you do what you want when you want with no set times for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The shows are performed at different times so you can work around them with the many other activities onboard. We had and always get the free drink package upgrade which is a must even if you don't drink alcoholic drinks. You can get soda water, soda, or limited juices that normally would cost you per drink. However we drink the hard stuff and with this package you can get anything up to a $15 value for free! The slides on the Escape were awesome. I rode the big tube one a dozen times and the one that drops you was fantastic I did that one 10 times. The first time being the scariest. I loved how they play a short music excerpt right before the gun goes off that drops the floor out from under your feet as gravity pulls you down and the ride is over in less than 3 seconds! Adrenaline rush like you cannot believe! The pools are fun and just big enough as well. I also enjoyed the ropes course several times. 3 stories on this ship with 3 zip lines one of which curves out over the side of the ship right over the water. However I was a little disappointed that the cameras were not functioning as I usually purchase one from either the zip line or the plank that walks out over the side of the ship. We enjoyed the new brew house with craft beers as we love our IPA's etc. However with it being the only bar that does serve craft beers with the best upfront location and all the views from the windows it was disappointing to us and all when they announced we all had to vacate for a private party. No fair since we paid to be there as well. This needs to be though out better on Norwegians side! Anyhow I could go on and on as all was great like usual...my opinion book one and try it you will love it!

Excellent Cruise #4 with Norwegian Already have 2 More Booked!

Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by steve202li

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom
Leaving out of NYC is the best since we are just a 50min train ride away from GCS and 1 10 min cab ride to the pier. The money saved on transportation is just a start. Boarding is easy and once aboard your cruise begins. Norwegians Freestyle cruising is the only way to go. With Freestyle cruising you do what you want when you want with no set times for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The shows are performed at different times so you can work around them with the many other activities onboard.

We had and always get the free drink package upgrade which is a must even if you don't drink alcoholic drinks. You can get soda water, soda, or limited juices that normally would cost you per drink. However we drink the hard stuff and with this package you can get anything up to a $15 value for free!

The slides on the Escape were awesome. I rode the big tube one a dozen times and the one that drops you was fantastic I did that one 10 times. The first time being the scariest. I loved how they play a short music excerpt right before the gun goes off that drops the floor out from under your feet as gravity pulls you down and the ride is over in less than 3 seconds! Adrenaline rush like you cannot believe! The pools are fun and just big enough as well.

I also enjoyed the ropes course several times. 3 stories on this ship with 3 zip lines one of which curves out over the side of the ship right over the water. However I was a little disappointed that the cameras were not functioning as I usually purchase one from either the zip line or the plank that walks out over the side of the ship.

We enjoyed the new brew house with craft beers as we love our IPA's etc. However with it being the only bar that does serve craft beers with the best upfront location and all the views from the windows it was disappointing to us and all when they announced we all had to vacate for a private party. No fair since we paid to be there as well. This needs to be though out better on Norwegians side!

Anyhow I could go on and on as all was great like usual...my opinion book one and try it you will love it!
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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BF 11308
Nice cabin with all you need to relax, sleep, clean up, enjoy baclony views and feel like home!
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