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So I was a little weary about this cruise just by reading some of the most recent reviews but I decided to go in with an open mind. NYC is the port my family and I travel out of the most. Out of this port we have been on the Gem, Breakaway, and now the Escape. We sailed to Bermuda in 2013 on the Breakaway for her inaugural season. We really enjoyed the Breakaway and thought that we were going to really enjoy the Escape as it was a sister ship to the Breakaway. When I learned that we were going on the Escape I started doing my research on the ship. I noticed that it was the first of the Breakaway Plus class. I was pretty excited as I have been following the Bliss and Joy which are also breakaway plus ships. Unfortunately what I failed to realize is that the Escape holds almost 400 more people than the Breakaway. This paired with the higher than usual drunk New Yorkers that seemed to love to try and fight people from Jersey, (as someone from Mass I don't understand the feud) made the cruise a little bit frustrating. By the end of the cruise it seemed that people were generally less relaxed than when they got on. The atmosphere was pretty tense the morning of disembarkation; seemed like people just wanted to get off. We were a group of 5 split between 3 Family Oceanview Staterooms. We all put in bids to upgrade from inside to Oceanview at $50pp per stateroom and they were accepted. Couple in one room had one room stew and myself and another couple had a different stew for our two rooms. Our room stew Kutut was honestly the best room stew we have ever had on NCL. He anticipated our needs before we even had to ask him and was just generally a pleasant person to have a quick chat with throughout the cruise. The food seriously ranged throughout the cruise. On sea days the food was usually rushed and seemed as if the quality was lacking. The people in the Garden Cafe had some trouble keeping up with the sheer amount of people that the restaurant sees during high traffic times. People clearing tables were on top of their game and there was ample amount of staff for that and getting new forks and napkins and such. We dined in the Manhattan room the first Sea Day evening and the last night we were in Bermuda. Same situation here. Since people were out and about on Bermuda there was less demand from the Kitchen Staff so the quality of meals went up pretty good. O'Sheehans didn't seem to serve Mozzarella sticks. This is just a personal snack that I would have loved to have. They served them on the Breakaway so I am not sure what makes the escape different. All in all I would say that I was underwhelmed with the food on the ship throughout the week. Embarkation was an absolute breeze. We got to the port around 11:30 and we went through TSA, Customs and the Check In area right away. We were on the ship by Noonish. Our cruise director was Alvin. We have never had him as a cruise director. At first he is a little annoying but he grew on us by the end of the cruise. The Cruise Director staff was pretty good for the most part. Another thing about this ship is how poorly planned the Gym was on board. Way too small of a room to try and work out. Not enough machines and equipment for the amount of demand the gym has. Good luck trying to work some of that food from the Garden Cafe off. Everything went pretty smoothly throughout the cruise and didn't seem to have a problem. The shuffle board equipment was all pretty banged up and in need of serious repair but that was whatever. Slides and ropes course are truly the coolest thing about the ship. I did the ropes course on the Breakaway when we were in port. I did them this time on a Sea day. Long story short, next time I will wait until we are in port to do the ropes course. The only thing that was the worst part of the cruise was the sheer amount of people. It was like we were packed in like sardines. You could not move around comfortably throughout the ship. Thankfully were were docked in Bermuda for three days so it thinned out the herd a little. Bermuda is absolutely beautiful this time of year and its my favorite place in the world so there was nothing stopping me from enjoying the vacation. We will most likely cruise on NCL again but definitely will be shopping around next time instead of going right to NCL.

Too High of a Capacity

Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by Psherry14

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2019
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Family Oceanview Stateroom with Large Picture Window
So I was a little weary about this cruise just by reading some of the most recent reviews but I decided to go in with an open mind. NYC is the port my family and I travel out of the most. Out of this port we have been on the Gem, Breakaway, and now the Escape. We sailed to Bermuda in 2013 on the Breakaway for her inaugural season. We really enjoyed the Breakaway and thought that we were going to really enjoy the Escape as it was a sister ship to the Breakaway. When I learned that we were going on the Escape I started doing my research on the ship. I noticed that it was the first of the Breakaway Plus class. I was pretty excited as I have been following the Bliss and Joy which are also breakaway plus ships.

Unfortunately what I failed to realize is that the Escape holds almost 400 more people than the Breakaway. This paired with the higher than usual drunk New Yorkers that seemed to love to try and fight people from Jersey, (as someone from Mass I don't understand the feud) made the cruise a little bit frustrating. By the end of the cruise it seemed that people were generally less relaxed than when they got on. The atmosphere was pretty tense the morning of disembarkation; seemed like people just wanted to get off.

We were a group of 5 split between 3 Family Oceanview Staterooms. We all put in bids to upgrade from inside to Oceanview at $50pp per stateroom and they were accepted. Couple in one room had one room stew and myself and another couple had a different stew for our two rooms. Our room stew Kutut was honestly the best room stew we have ever had on NCL. He anticipated our needs before we even had to ask him and was just generally a pleasant person to have a quick chat with throughout the cruise.

The food seriously ranged throughout the cruise. On sea days the food was usually rushed and seemed as if the quality was lacking. The people in the Garden Cafe had some trouble keeping up with the sheer amount of people that the restaurant sees during high traffic times. People clearing tables were on top of their game and there was ample amount of staff for that and getting new forks and napkins and such. We dined in the Manhattan room the first Sea Day evening and the last night we were in Bermuda. Same situation here. Since people were out and about on Bermuda there was less demand from the Kitchen Staff so the quality of meals went up pretty good. O'Sheehans didn't seem to serve Mozzarella sticks. This is just a personal snack that I would have loved to have. They served them on the Breakaway so I am not sure what makes the escape different. All in all I would say that I was underwhelmed with the food on the ship throughout the week.

Embarkation was an absolute breeze. We got to the port around 11:30 and we went through TSA, Customs and the Check In area right away. We were on the ship by Noonish.

Our cruise director was Alvin. We have never had him as a cruise director. At first he is a little annoying but he grew on us by the end of the cruise. The Cruise Director staff was pretty good for the most part.

Another thing about this ship is how poorly planned the Gym was on board. Way too small of a room to try and work out. Not enough machines and equipment for the amount of demand the gym has. Good luck trying to work some of that food from the Garden Cafe off.

Everything went pretty smoothly throughout the cruise and didn't seem to have a problem. The shuffle board equipment was all pretty banged up and in need of serious repair but that was whatever. Slides and ropes course are truly the coolest thing about the ship. I did the ropes course on the Breakaway when we were in port. I did them this time on a Sea day. Long story short, next time I will wait until we are in port to do the ropes course. The only thing that was the worst part of the cruise was the sheer amount of people. It was like we were packed in like sardines. You could not move around comfortably throughout the ship. Thankfully were were docked in Bermuda for three days so it thinned out the herd a little.

Bermuda is absolutely beautiful this time of year and its my favorite place in the world so there was nothing stopping me from enjoying the vacation. We will most likely cruise on NCL again but definitely will be shopping around next time instead of going right to NCL.
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