Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by ajmal13
- Sail Date: May 2019
- Destination: Bermuda
- Cabin Type: Family Mini-Suite with Balcony
to preface everything we did, our last 5-7 cruises were on the Gem so I'm using that as the baseline to compare .....the GEM was so enjoyable and so pleasant........the ESCAPE was way too big....whoever made the decision that there should be only TWO elevator banks for 4,200 people should be demoted to swabbing the poop deck....horrible decision......unfortunately our cabin was located middeck....about 1/8 mile from the nearest elevator bank...seemed like a 1/4 of a mile after awhile.....that trek grew tiresome...
the disembarkation methodology was great...one of the fastest ever and most comfortable (we could sit down while waiting to leave)....the embarkation was more than adequate provided you got there by 9:30.....
the most unfair, unjust thing was the passage fee we were charged....what I object to the most is that we didn't have the option to reject all the "free" perks and thus get a lower fare.....by not having the option to get a lower fare, I feel that we were "taken to the cleaners"......we were paying for everyone's drinks et. al. by being forced to pay the same price whether one took the drink package or, for that matter, the part of any other package........no option to forego the "free" stuff for a lower fare....the cruise on the GEM last year cost $2,800...this year the cost was $3,600.....WOW!!!!....I only agreed to go because my wife really wanted to go....but never again!!!!!!...not at this price!!!
….the balcony on the ESCAPE was much too small...the GEM spoiled us....service was great (ESCAPE) and the staff were very friendly....didn't do any excursions…..St. George's walk-about was great....loved The White Horse Inn....If we can't go on a smaller ship, on whatever line, we've been on our last cruise.....we will never again sail on a ship with more than 2,000 people.....bring back the GEM to NYC!!!!!
...the GEM spoiled us....we'd like to say see you again next year, but not on this ship....or any one of this size like it....the food in the garden café was ok.....nothing great....however we loved the desserts there.... the dining in the specialty restaurants was above average...Le Bristo was the best....loved the freestyle dining.....
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