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A loosely associated group of 28 sailed on this cruise. My husband and I were on 6 prior cruises and would not have chosen NCL, a mega ship, or this time of year to sail if not for our group. What one does for one’s friends! What a pleasant surprise! My top priority is the quality of the food. Ever been on a cruise with terrible coffee or boring food selections? I have. I have to say food was better than most of our prior cruises and adequately interesting and varied. This is saying something because we did not participate in specialty dining. It was truly awesome. Two slightly negative observations. While the buffet was adequate it did not come close to my favorite (Oceania) nor my worst either (surprisingly Celebrity). Lunch in the main dining rooms is the same each day. Luckily we only went twice so while it was a surprise, it was not a big deal. I missed outdoor dining options, but the quality and variety more than made up for it. H The ship is managed very efficiently. Elevators are a crush only in times like after muster drill or shows. You have to wait but not more than on any other line I’ve been on. Heck one cruise we walked because the elevator was such a pain (but it was a smaller ship.) Dining is very pleasant. While I’ve had open seating before, I’ve never had the flexibility for a table of two. Freestyle cruising is different on NCL and nice in its own way. I have met more people with other dining styles, but liked the NCL way as well. Just a note. To make a tour, we were served dinner in 45 minutes (with wine but no dessert). Excellent! Wish I had gotten that waiters name! He was a hero! We had a drink package but I have to say drinks were priced pretty reasonably. The District for beer was excellent. The pool bars were eh, with typically weak drinks. We found Mixx the first day and loved that bar with excellent cocktails and competent bartenders. If you meet I Ketut Ariadi there, he is the best. Tell him Roger Federer says Hi! (He may remember) The cruise critic meet and greet was awesome. The best of any cruise line. While officers are normally friendly and responsive. I’ve not met more on another cruise, even of longer duration, and more helpful. I don’t know why we got strawberries in our stateroom from the manager, but we did! Unfortunately, others in guest services are not so knowledgeable. I talked to the desk and others I found along the way. They were pretty clueless or just answered with nonsense. Thank goodness we talked to the manager of guest services and she answered our questions and concerns. Embarkation and disembarkation was all very organized and painless. We carried our bags off the ship so I cant comment on how it works if you are trying to find your bags or disembarking later in the morning. The pool situation is pretty dismal unless seriously crowded conditions don’t bother you. If I were to do it again I’d eat later and go to the pool during dinner hours, but that would mean missing our time at Mixx! There are quiet parts of the ship — with shade, but no real shade and quiet next to the pool. Depends on what you want. Sun a plenty if you want that near pool yet relatively quiet. Entertainment was very good. Broadway quality shows and we loved all of what we saw. See Choir of Man if you can. We saw that, After Midnight and Unplugged. We missed dueling pianos. I have to say that the ship is a party boat with loud contemporary music blasting everywhere, even on the “view from the bridge” channel. Not really my style but I expected it, so just went with the flow, searching out the quiet places on ship. Can’t say enough good things about the crew, — pleasant, trying their best and working hard! Overall I was really impressed with the ship, crew and experience. I am planning another cruise with them! We only did one shore excursion, the rum swizzle sunset cruise that we really enjoyed others in our group tried most of the other tours and I only heard great things. Of course, the weather was with us, so that probably helps but even so, I would do more tours if I went again as they were highly enjoyed.

Unexpected Surprise

Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by Brodybny

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2019
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom
A loosely associated group of 28 sailed on this cruise. My husband and I were on 6 prior cruises and would not have chosen NCL, a mega ship, or this time of year to sail if not for our group. What one does for one’s friends!

What a pleasant surprise! My top priority is the quality of the food. Ever been on a cruise with terrible coffee or boring food selections? I have. I have to say food was better than most of our prior cruises and adequately interesting and varied. This is saying something because we did not participate in specialty dining. It was truly awesome. Two slightly negative observations. While the buffet was adequate it did not come close to my favorite (Oceania) nor my worst either (surprisingly Celebrity). Lunch in the main dining rooms is the same each day. Luckily we only went twice so while it was a surprise, it was not a big deal. I missed outdoor dining options, but the quality and variety more than made up for it. H

The ship is managed very efficiently. Elevators are a crush only in times like after muster drill or shows. You have to wait but not more than on any other line I’ve been on. Heck one cruise we walked because the elevator was such a pain (but it was a smaller ship.)

Dining is very pleasant. While I’ve had open seating before, I’ve never had the flexibility for a table of two. Freestyle cruising is different on NCL and nice in its own way. I have met more people with other dining styles, but liked the NCL way as well. Just a note. To make a tour, we were served dinner in 45 minutes (with wine but no dessert). Excellent! Wish I had gotten that waiters name! He was a hero!

We had a drink package but I have to say drinks were priced pretty reasonably. The District for beer was excellent. The pool bars were eh, with typically weak drinks. We found Mixx the first day and loved that bar with excellent cocktails and competent bartenders. If you meet I Ketut Ariadi there, he is the best. Tell him Roger Federer says Hi! (He may remember)

The cruise critic meet and greet was awesome. The best of any cruise line. While officers are normally friendly and responsive. I’ve not met more on another cruise, even of longer duration, and more helpful. I don’t know why we got strawberries in our stateroom from the manager, but we did! Unfortunately, others in guest services are not so knowledgeable. I talked to the desk and others I found along the way. They were pretty clueless or just answered with nonsense. Thank goodness we talked to the manager of guest services and she answered our questions and concerns.

Embarkation and disembarkation was all very organized and painless. We carried our bags off the ship so I cant comment on how it works if you are trying to find your bags or disembarking later in the morning.

The pool situation is pretty dismal unless seriously crowded conditions don’t bother you. If I were to do it again I’d eat later and go to the pool during dinner hours, but that would mean missing our time at Mixx! There are quiet parts of the ship — with shade, but no real shade and quiet next to the pool. Depends on what you want. Sun a plenty if you want that near pool yet relatively quiet.

Entertainment was very good. Broadway quality shows and we loved all of what we saw. See Choir of Man if you can. We saw that, After Midnight and Unplugged. We missed dueling pianos.

I have to say that the ship is a party boat with loud contemporary music blasting everywhere, even on the “view from the bridge” channel. Not really my style but I expected it, so just went with the flow, searching out the quiet places on ship.

Can’t say enough good things about the crew, — pleasant, trying their best and working hard!

Overall I was really impressed with the ship, crew and experience. I am planning another cruise with them!

We only did one shore excursion, the rum swizzle sunset cruise that we really enjoyed others in our group tried most of the other tours and I only heard great things. Of course, the weather was with us, so that probably helps but even so, I would do more tours if I went again as they were highly enjoyed.
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Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BF 11144
The balcony cabin was small but adequate. I missed a small table in the room, with only a small stool as an option. Soaps, towels, sheets are nice. Balcony chairs were better than most but very noisy to move around. All in all, good for a less than 2 week cruise. PS we saw a mini suite which only had a bigger shower and maybe a foot longer in living space. Not much difference to a regular balcony room.
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