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The cruise was fun. This was my first solo cruise, so I was a little apprehensive about traveling alone. But I never felt alone. There was always somewhere that I could be around people when I wanted, or somewhere I could find a quiet corner when I did not. The ship is large, and it feels it. It took me a few days before I realized there was an entire public deck that I had missed when touring. It was easy to navigate and rarely seemed as crowded as it was. The only time it really showed was after muster and during embarkation/debarkation. Embarkation was fast and easy. A lot of walking, but it is a big ship and a big dock. Hint...there was a cruiseline free refreshment station just past the pay snack stand. I admit I did not spend much time on the pool deck. It was crowded and noisy when I did go there. Kids were always in the hot tubs, and the pool itself is very very small. Hint...there are other hot tubs and lounge chairs upstairs on deck 19 (only front 1 elevator goes there) or in Spice H2O on 17 aft. The spa pass was worth it to me. It was a nice relaxing area and there was never a crowd. Loved having access to uncrowded pools of water. To get to the spa, you walk through the gym. And while I mostly did just walk through, the gym is well equipped and expansive with more capabilities than expected. They have a good variety of classes available and a very friendly staff. The food was very good. I ate most breakfasts and dinners at Taste since they almost always had a single table readily available. I had one wait during the whole cruise and it was maybe 5 minutes. The pastries were the best that I ever had on a cruise. I would book this cruise again just to get the croissants. Only disappointing item in the main dining room/buffet was the scrambled eggs. They were a bit runny and tasteless, but that is not necessarily a bad thing when dealing with so many diverse diets. I will say I was not happy with O'Sheehans. I had a breakfast and a late night snack there. Both times, the service was just as good as the rest of the ship, but the food was not quite up to NCL standards. There is music everywhere. There are bars and clubs scattered around the ship where there are a few different groups playing. Most of it was quite enjoyable. The 80s and 90s parties were fun, but Glow was seriously overrated. I spent a lot of time listening to JR play piano in the Brewhouse, but sorry...he is leaving Escape later this month to go to Getaway. There is always something going on in the Atrium. That is the center of ship life. All of the information desks are there, along with the big screen. Sometimes it was games shows; sometimes it was trivia; and sometimes it was music. This is also where there were late night movies. It can fill up, but there were only a couple of times when I saw more people than seats. The shows were good and bad, but mostly good. Choir of Man was really good. Recognizable songs done in a slightly different way with fun audience interaction. I admit I was one of the people who walked out of After Midnight. While the concept was good and the performers were great, it was not cohesive enough and not my kind of thing. I went to the Supper club for both Uptown and The Rocketman Experience. The shows were fabulous. The food was OK. Plan on having to go find a snack since you get no choice of food. There were a lot of comedians. I mean a lot of comedians. They had them in the comedy club; they had them in the main theater; they were everywhere. I do not like comedians, so this was not a good thing. Howl at the Mood dueling pianos was fun (I do like music), but there was way too much emphasis on stand up comedy. As to the ports, I will admit this was not my favorite itinerary. My skin is too fair to be a beach babe. I did the airboats in FL, and it was fun but a little too much time at the preserve. Great Stirrup Cay was really nice. A perfect beach day compressed into one locale. Nassau was fun. It is a tourist trap and makes no bones about it. I did the land and sea tour. The host on the boat made that part fun. It was a nice way to see the area. The land portion was not as good. We stopped at the fort and saw the steps (which have been paved so they are just a set of outside stairs) and ended at Atlantis for a quick casino/mall trip. Leaving the ship was sad, but really easy. We started to disembark a hour early. I walked off with my bags and it was simple. All ramps except one escalator. Customs was simple. Half an hour from boat to curb. Port personnel were really good about directing everyone and there were no issues as long as you paid attention. I would suggest you arrange to be picked up away from the port if you can. While it is really easy for us walking off, it is a bit difficult for those driving in. If you need to get picked up at the port by a private car, expect to be directed to the lower level at pier 88 baggage drop off. That is where they have an area set up for quick pickups. But there is nowhere for someone to stop and wait for you. Overall...it was a fun trip. Not the trip of a lifetime, but a good solid relaxing vacation.

A cruise is what you make of it, and I made it fun.

Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by Eeshmeesh1

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2019
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Mid-ship Inside Stateroom
The cruise was fun. This was my first solo cruise, so I was a little apprehensive about traveling alone. But I never felt alone. There was always somewhere that I could be around people when I wanted, or somewhere I could find a quiet corner when I did not. The ship is large, and it feels it. It took me a few days before I realized there was an entire public deck that I had missed when touring. It was easy to navigate and rarely seemed as crowded as it was. The only time it really showed was after muster and during embarkation/debarkation.

Embarkation was fast and easy. A lot of walking, but it is a big ship and a big dock. Hint...there was a cruiseline free refreshment station just past the pay snack stand.

I admit I did not spend much time on the pool deck. It was crowded and noisy when I did go there. Kids were always in the hot tubs, and the pool itself is very very small. Hint...there are other hot tubs and lounge chairs upstairs on deck 19 (only front 1 elevator goes there) or in Spice H2O on 17 aft.

The spa pass was worth it to me. It was a nice relaxing area and there was never a crowd. Loved having access to uncrowded pools of water. To get to the spa, you walk through the gym. And while I mostly did just walk through, the gym is well equipped and expansive with more capabilities than expected. They have a good variety of classes available and a very friendly staff.

The food was very good. I ate most breakfasts and dinners at Taste since they almost always had a single table readily available. I had one wait during the whole cruise and it was maybe 5 minutes. The pastries were the best that I ever had on a cruise. I would book this cruise again just to get the croissants. Only disappointing item in the main dining room/buffet was the scrambled eggs. They were a bit runny and tasteless, but that is not necessarily a bad thing when dealing with so many diverse diets. I will say I was not happy with O'Sheehans. I had a breakfast and a late night snack there. Both times, the service was just as good as the rest of the ship, but the food was not quite up to NCL standards.

There is music everywhere. There are bars and clubs scattered around the ship where there are a few different groups playing. Most of it was quite enjoyable. The 80s and 90s parties were fun, but Glow was seriously overrated. I spent a lot of time listening to JR play piano in the Brewhouse, but sorry...he is leaving Escape later this month to go to Getaway.

There is always something going on in the Atrium. That is the center of ship life. All of the information desks are there, along with the big screen. Sometimes it was games shows; sometimes it was trivia; and sometimes it was music. This is also where there were late night movies. It can fill up, but there were only a couple of times when I saw more people than seats.

The shows were good and bad, but mostly good. Choir of Man was really good. Recognizable songs done in a slightly different way with fun audience interaction. I admit I was one of the people who walked out of After Midnight. While the concept was good and the performers were great, it was not cohesive enough and not my kind of thing. I went to the Supper club for both Uptown and The Rocketman Experience. The shows were fabulous. The food was OK. Plan on having to go find a snack since you get no choice of food. There were a lot of comedians. I mean a lot of comedians. They had them in the comedy club; they had them in the main theater; they were everywhere. I do not like comedians, so this was not a good thing. Howl at the Mood dueling pianos was fun (I do like music), but there was way too much emphasis on stand up comedy.

As to the ports, I will admit this was not my favorite itinerary. My skin is too fair to be a beach babe. I did the airboats in FL, and it was fun but a little too much time at the preserve. Great Stirrup Cay was really nice. A perfect beach day compressed into one locale. Nassau was fun. It is a tourist trap and makes no bones about it. I did the land and sea tour. The host on the boat made that part fun. It was a nice way to see the area. The land portion was not as good. We stopped at the fort and saw the steps (which have been paved so they are just a set of outside stairs) and ended at Atlantis for a quick casino/mall trip.

Leaving the ship was sad, but really easy. We started to disembark a hour early. I walked off with my bags and it was simple. All ramps except one escalator. Customs was simple. Half an hour from boat to curb. Port personnel were really good about directing everyone and there were no issues as long as you paid attention. I would suggest you arrange to be picked up away from the port if you can. While it is really easy for us walking off, it is a bit difficult for those driving in. If you need to get picked up at the port by a private car, expect to be directed to the lower level at pier 88 baggage drop off. That is where they have an area set up for quick pickups. But there is nowhere for someone to stop and wait for you.

Overall...it was a fun trip. Not the trip of a lifetime, but a good solid relaxing vacation.
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Cabin Review

Mid-ship Inside Stateroom
Cabin IB 12653
The location was perfect with easy access to both sets of elevators. It is small. That is to be expected, but it was also a little odd. There are no drawers in the room, so storage was a bit strange. There are a lot of shelves in the closet, but they were very shallow. You could not put a packing cube on them. Luckily there were a lot of hangers and a single huge top shelf in the closet (I am tall so that worked OK). There are a couple other cubbies and a cabinet, but those shelves are also small and odd shaped. The bathroom was very large with lots of shelving. Storage there made up for the rest of the room. Shower stall was large enough for my extra fluffy personage.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Great Stirrup Cay
    Great Stirrup Cay was a perfect beach day. I did the boat tour around the local islands where they showed us the sealife. Then went and played in the waves for a while. There is a buffet available. I did not explore much of the island, but what I did see was exactly what I picture when thinking of the Bahamas.
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  • Island Tour
    Did the Land and Sea excursion. The sea portion was a lot of fun. Our guide was funny and personable. There was rum punch included. We saw lots of the island and port. The land portion was nice, but not very interesting. We drove through town and the driver pointed out a couple of things. We stopped at the fort for 20 minutes. Five of which were taken up by trying to get into the public restroom. Then a quick walk to the Queens Staircase, which has been paved and bricked so it is just a set of outdoor stairs. Then back to the van for a drive to Atlantis. We stopped there for half an hour and you could either meet back at the pickup point or choose to get off the tour there. If you missed it, they assumed you were staying. It was a nice overview of Nassau for my first stop there, but it could have been so much better.
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  • Airboat Tour
    The airboat ride was fun. Saw lots of alligators and birds. This was the first part of the tour before we went to a local preserve/zoo/history center. While the center was interesting, we were there for too long. We could have easily toured that location in 2 hours, but we were there for 4. There was food and souvenirs available for purchase, but they were extremely limited. I would like to have had a few minutes during my first time in FL to get a magnet and a sandwich.
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