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The service was excellent, the food was excellent, and we loved having 2 1/2 days at Bermuda vs the usual 8 hour port call. I would easily give this cruise 4 or maybe 5 stars if not for one thing. The number of elevators on the Escape is completely inadequate for the number of passengers. This may sound like a minor gripe, but it is a serious problem. You can easily wait 10 minutes or more at non-peak times before an already packed elevator stops with barely enough room for you to cram yourself in. At peak times such as embarkation and disembarkation, it gets worse. Much worse. I was travelling with someone with limited mobility, so taking the stairs was simply not an option. Even if you are healthy enough for the stairs, do you really want to run up and down 10+ floors of stairs multiple times a day? This is not how I envisioned my vacation, nor will I spend a vacation this way again. This was my 4th cruise. The previous 3 were on Carnival. I hoped Norwegian would be a more upscale experience than Carnival, and in some ways it was. The cabin bathrooms were far superior to Carnival. Also we did not wait a minute before being seated in any of the dining rooms for a meal. Also kudos to Norwegian for the kids activities. Our 11 year old wanted to be at the kids club pretty much 24 hours a day. Not really sure what they were doing in there, but I don't really care either. If everyone in your party is young and healthy, you could have a great time on the Escape. But do not book this boat if you have anyone who doesn't want to run stairs like a high school track star.

Nice boat with one MAJOR flaw

Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by Grouchysmurf

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
The service was excellent, the food was excellent, and we loved having 2 1/2 days at Bermuda vs the usual 8 hour port call. I would easily give this cruise 4 or maybe 5 stars if not for one thing.

The number of elevators on the Escape is completely inadequate for the number of passengers. This may sound like a minor gripe, but it is a serious problem. You can easily wait 10 minutes or more at non-peak times before an already packed elevator stops with barely enough room for you to cram yourself in. At peak times such as embarkation and disembarkation, it gets worse. Much worse.

I was travelling with someone with limited mobility, so taking the stairs was simply not an option. Even if you are healthy enough for the stairs, do you really want to run up and down 10+ floors of stairs multiple times a day? This is not how I envisioned my vacation, nor will I spend a vacation this way again.

This was my 4th cruise. The previous 3 were on Carnival. I hoped Norwegian would be a more upscale experience than Carnival, and in some ways it was. The cabin bathrooms were far superior to Carnival. Also we did not wait a minute before being seated in any of the dining rooms for a meal. Also kudos to Norwegian for the kids activities. Our 11 year old wanted to be at the kids club pretty much 24 hours a day. Not really sure what they were doing in there, but I don't really care either.

If everyone in your party is young and healthy, you could have a great time on the Escape. But do not book this boat if you have anyone who doesn't want to run stairs like a high school track star.
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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MX 10198
The cabin was on par with mini-suites I've had in the past with Carnival, but with one major plus. The cabin bathroom was much nicer than I expected. It had a full size shower with glass doors, multiple water jets, and good water pressure. Showers were enjoyable, not a daily chore. Definitely +1 to Norwegian for the bathroom.

The bed was the typical 2 singles pushed together for a "king". The view was great from this cabin, completely unobstructed. Another nice plus was the drop down Pullman bed in addition to the fold out couch. If your family gets along like a cult, or you really like to fight, you could do 4 in this room. But I wouldn't.
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