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This was our first ever cruise and the Escape just happened to be the ship on the itinerary we chose out of NYC. Airfares at that time of year (it was school vacation) were outrageously priced so we sailed out of NYC which is only a 2 hour ride from home. The ship and crew exceeded our expectations! I was somewhat concerned about sickness with all the children on board the ship as I was traveling with my 30 year old daughter who is afflicted with Cystic Fibrosis so we try to avoid germs as much as possible. The ship was impeccably clean and the crew did a great job ensuring that passengers washed their hands before entering the buffet, shops and the restaurants. There were so many activities and so much entertainment to name in one review but there was something for everyone, every day, every hour! Embarkation was exactly what we expected based on the description from one of the NCL representatives over the phone. The best advice she had for us was to keep an open mind at the terminal because it will feel overwhelming and chaotic. She also said once you board the ship it will be like everyone just disappeared and you will wonder where everyone went. She was 100% right! We did self-assist disembarkation with zero problems. We were off the ship and in Grand Central by 8AM. We had a balcony stateroom on deck 12 fairly close to the elevators mid ship. The room was plenty big for two of us and I believe it could have accommodated three. We found that there was so much to do on the Escape that we were really only in the room to go to sleep. Our stateroom attendant Haj was very attentive and did a wonderful job having our room made up early morning and left us a cute folded animal towel every night. We met the director of food and beverage one day at Spice H20 and he sent a bottle of wine and chocolate covered strawberries to our stateroom which was very nice! The cruise director and his staff were absolutely wonderful, welcoming, friendly and entertaining. There were so many fun activities that they hosted including all the game shows, bingo, dance battles, we went to alot of those activities and went to Choir of Man which was phenomenal. There was something to do on the Escape every hour, every day! We had specialty dining but found it difficult to get reservations. We did try to reserve before embarkation but they were unavailable and then once we were on the ship we had the same experience. One of the crew members was very helpful with getting us into Cagneys however so we were able to experience the ships signature steak house. We did dine at Savor twice, which was delicious! The Atrium Cafe always had a variety of delicious selections to please many palates! Overall we had a perfect vacation and will definitely be cruising again!

Beautiful Ship and Amazing Crew!

Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by ballzeeshelby

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2019
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Mid-ship Balcony Stateroom
This was our first ever cruise and the Escape just happened to be the ship on the itinerary we chose out of NYC. Airfares at that time of year (it was school vacation) were outrageously priced so we sailed out of NYC which is only a 2 hour ride from home. The ship and crew exceeded our expectations! I was somewhat concerned about sickness with all the children on board the ship as I was traveling with my 30 year old daughter who is afflicted with Cystic Fibrosis so we try to avoid germs as much as possible. The ship was impeccably clean and the crew did a great job ensuring that passengers washed their hands before entering the buffet, shops and the restaurants. There were so many activities and so much entertainment to name in one review but there was something for everyone, every day, every hour!

Embarkation was exactly what we expected based on the description from one of the NCL representatives over the phone. The best advice she had for us was to keep an open mind at the terminal because it will feel overwhelming and chaotic. She also said once you board the ship it will be like everyone just disappeared and you will wonder where everyone went. She was 100% right! We did self-assist disembarkation with zero problems. We were off the ship and in Grand Central by 8AM.

We had a balcony stateroom on deck 12 fairly close to the elevators mid ship. The room was plenty big for two of us and I believe it could have accommodated three. We found that there was so much to do on the Escape that we were really only in the room to go to sleep. Our stateroom attendant Haj was very attentive and did a wonderful job having our room made up early morning and left us a cute folded animal towel every night. We met the director of food and beverage one day at Spice H20 and he sent a bottle of wine and chocolate covered strawberries to our stateroom which was very nice!

The cruise director and his staff were absolutely wonderful, welcoming, friendly and entertaining. There were so many fun activities that they hosted including all the game shows, bingo, dance battles, we went to alot of those activities and went to Choir of Man which was phenomenal. There was something to do on the Escape every hour, every day!

We had specialty dining but found it difficult to get reservations. We did try to reserve before embarkation but they were unavailable and then once we were on the ship we had the same experience. One of the crew members was very helpful with getting us into Cagneys however so we were able to experience the ships signature steak house. We did dine at Savor twice, which was delicious! The Atrium Cafe always had a variety of delicious selections to please many palates!

Overall we had a perfect vacation and will definitely be cruising again!
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Cabin Review

Mid-ship Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BA 12246
Exceeded our expectations. Plenty of room and storage!
Deck 15 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

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