Sail Date: April 2018
We chose this cruise based upon the ship. We wanted to sail on the Escape. It is beautiful and well cared for. The ship was spotless. Loved the layout of the ship with easy access to everything on board. The thermal spa pass is ... Read More
We chose this cruise based upon the ship. We wanted to sail on the Escape. It is beautiful and well cared for. The ship was spotless. Loved the layout of the ship with easy access to everything on board. The thermal spa pass is also highly recommended, I have never been more relaxed. Grand Cayman was beautiful and had a wonderful time. Nassau and Ocho Rios were just o.k., would have been better off staying on the ship and enjoying the Haven. The staff in the Haven are unbelievably attentive and professional. Can't wait to sail again, sorry to see Escape go to NYC. We bid on an upgrade for the Haven and our bid was accepted. Hats off to NCL, the bidding process made the anticipation of our upcoming cruise so much fun. We checked everyday. We likely would not have ever booked the Haven without the bidding process. WOW! Now will not sail any other way. Bid away my friends, so worth it! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Everyone was so nice, felt like family. Shout out to our housekeeper Josefa, very friendly and was always pleasant to talk with. I loved this cruise and will be saving up to take my children and grandchildren in the future. there will be ... Read More
Everyone was so nice, felt like family. Shout out to our housekeeper Josefa, very friendly and was always pleasant to talk with. I loved this cruise and will be saving up to take my children and grandchildren in the future. there will be 11 of us. Also shout out to Iesha at the Bamboo Beach Club, she made our trip to the beach so much fun by playing games. This trip was the best I've taken. Thank you Norwegian family for taking great care of us. The glass boat was also nice, the 4X4 excursion was ok too,but they need to work on having dependable vehicles before sending them out. *The food was good *The shows were excellent *The staff was wonderful *The Bands were on target *The disc jockey on the 17th floor was off the chain I hear you will be having a larger ship in the future, I would love to go on it. Thanks again. Loved everything!!! Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
Background info: I have been on 1 Disney cruise, 1 Royal Caribbean, and this is my third Norwegian cruise. All have been Caribbean except one Alaska cruise. We have been sailing Norwegian mostly due to the great comped rooms we get ... Read More
Background info: I have been on 1 Disney cruise, 1 Royal Caribbean, and this is my third Norwegian cruise. All have been Caribbean except one Alaska cruise. We have been sailing Norwegian mostly due to the great comped rooms we get from the casino, hard to beat that price! We (me, hubby and 13 year old daughter) are not hard to please people, we roll with the punches and expect that things will not be 100% perfect. We also do not generally use the specialty dining. We have sailed the Getaway, and since the Escape is a sister ship I was expecting my likes and dislikes to be similar. I booked this ship primarily due to the abundance of kids activities available and the Grand Cayman stop. This was my daughters 7th grade spring break and there weren’t lots of kids on board. On to the review. Embarkation: We arrived from Fort Lauderdale around 11:40am. The line moved very quickly. Once inside we waited for about 10 minutes to check in. This went smoothly, no issues. We were sent to the big waiting room and no waiting, on the ship we went. This went so smoothly, no chaos or crowded room to wait in. Headed to the buffet, of course it was crowded as typical. Rooms were ready around 2:00. Ship layout: I read that some people did not like the layout of the ship. It didn’t bother me much, however we did not like that you cannot walk outside from the front to the back of the ship on any deck. We missed this. Also, I don’t believe you can go to the very front of the ship, it looked like it was for staff only. Also there is no real jogging track. Technically there is a small one but it is not usable, it is in between rows of chairs and is the only walkway on that deck, therefore it’s full of people walking to and from. Bad design here. I saw someone jogging by, leaping over chairs and dodging people, yikes! Now for the casino and smoke, it was the same as the Getaway. The smoke does travel around Deck 7 and 8 in the open areas. Bad design here. As with the Getaway, terrible location of guest services. They do many activities in the Atrium area (movies, games, Q&A speeches, singing, kids activities) and it is a challenge to be at guest services, onboard credit, and shore excursion desks and actually hear the person. I did this once. The coffee café and another bar are there as well. Some activities should be moved to the theater where there is more room, most times there was not enough seating for everyone. It was nice to sit at O’Sheehans and look down below at the Atrium when activities were going on though. We found elevators to be just fine, no waiting very long. Rooms: We had a regular balcony room, yes the balcony was tiny but we made due with it. The room was big enough for the 3 of us, lots of storage. The bathroom was a nice size and had a good amount of storage as well. I like having a real shower door instead of a curtain. The TV channels were poor, there was a movie channel with not current movies, 3 different BBC type channels, a TV show channel, Guy Harvey channel, the usual Norwegian channels. It seemed like the Getaway had better movies. Our room steward was good, we got towel animals every night except the first night. Again, we aren’t hard to please as long as we have towels when we need them. We always re-use them a couple times before trading them in for new. Just leave them on the floor when you want new ones. I brought along these magnetic hooks for the wall, this helped a lot with hanging bathing suits, towels, notices, anything else. This time I brought those Dollar Store battery tea lights so I didn’t need to leave the bathroom light on. Dining and food: I like the freestyle dining concept. We made some reservations ahead but didn’t always use them since we either weren’t hungry or doing other things. We ate at Manhatten Room twice, Taste, and buffet. We liked Manhattan Room best due to the entertainment they have there. I was happy with the food and service. Food was always warm and the wait staff was always pleasant and friendly. The bread was never warm though. We were usually done in 1 hour, we also don't eat early, typically around 8:00. The chocolate lava cake was really good as usual in the dining rooms. Our waitress got us the lava cake one night when it wasn’t on the menu. Use your hero cards for things like this, it helps the staff! My hubby still thinks that Royal has better dining room food, I think it’s a tossup. We were pleased again with the buffet. We ate there for every breakfast, lunch and 2 dinners (for Prime Rib). Always something that was good. Hubby was very happy to always have a good selection of Indian food. If he goes more than a couple days with no Indian food he isn’t happy. We found the desserts at the buffet to be mostly subpar with a few exceptions. I don’t know why the apple pie is never good, bummer. So I usually grabbed an ice cream cone, they have soft serve machines and scooped hard ice cream. I didn’t care for the scooped ice cream except the sorbets. Buffet was usually crowded but that is true of all cruises I think. But there was always somewhere to sit. People generally weren’t rude or pushy so that was good. One thing I still don’t like is the buffet layout. It’s like this never ending square. I prefer the buffets that are in a big room so to speak so you can see everything. Some things are only in 1 spot, like the waffle/pancakes and the afternoon crepes while some are on both “sides”. So you must circle around until you find them, frustrating. Pool: As expected they are small and inadequate. Since there weren’t many kids it wasn’t too bad in the family pool. The drop slides were fun and fast, my daughter finally weighed enough to do those so she did those a million times. The tube slide was awesome, there were lights and colors in there and we did that so many times as well. Lines weren’t bad at all. On sea day a lot of people were drinking quite a bit by the adult pool so we steered clear and sat in the shade more toward the kids pool area. The music is loud and we aren’t noise people. On the sea day we went to the pool around 1:00pm and there were a few chairs in the shade for us. Staff came around with cookies one day. There were a couple waiters circulating the pool area taking drink orders. Here is what I don’t get. There are 2 big screens at the pool yet they don’t show any movies there, only info about the ports and announcements about not hogging chairs. This seems wasted to me, it would be nice to have something there. Maybe I just missed it? Drinks: We took the UBP this time and got our money’s worth between our few drinks a day plus my daughter’s virgin strawberry daiquiris. I tend to like martini’s and the fruity drinks. My hubby loved the Moscow Mule with the candied ginger in it. One weird thing happened: one time at the Atrium bar I was charged for a virgin strawberry daiquiri. I went to guest service and he said smoothies aren’t covered. I said this wasn’t a smoothie I just didn’t want alcohol in my drink. He said well I can request to have it removed but I don’t know if it will be. It ended up getting removed. Kids Stuff: We didn’t do the teen club since she didn’t want to and I thought just turning 13 she was a bit young given the older teens in there. She loved the ropes course and did it twice with no lines. I remember on the Getaway there were long lines for this but there were also a lot more kids on board. We also played mini golf. We like the atrium shows and games and attended the ice carving, cupcake decorating, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Sing It If You Know It, Deal or No Deal, Just Dance, Bingo and others. I thought bingo was very pricy ($40) and they only play 3 games, I need to remember this and not do it again. Service: We were very happy with the service most people we encountered was upbeat and friendly. We love washy washy and this time wakey wakey with the coffee lady. Bartenders, waiters, room steward, all were talkative and happy. A lot of them remembered our names, I have no idea how. We gave our room steward extra $$ at the end. And I tipped the bartenders and drink waiters a few times as well, they were busting their butts. We also did the cruise critic meet and greet at the District Brew House, it was great! They kept passing out free beer samples, unfortunately we aren’t really beer people but it was nice. Met some great folks. Shows: We didn’t actually attend any theater shows this time, they just didn’t peak my interest like Burn the Floor did on the Getaway. After booking Brat pack online, I saw on the ship that it is rated PG16, so we cancelled, wish we knew that earlier. We did the Escape room and did pretty poorly but it was fun. Didn’t book early enough for the Magic and Illusion show. We skipped the Glow party this time, not really our scene. I also didn’t see a Farewell show which I usually like. Howl at the Moon was fun, we watched for a bit. This cruise we felt so tired at the end of the day so we turned in earlier then last time. Maybe because it was hotter on the islands then when we went in November? Just felt worn out. Ports: Nassau: We went to Melia resort for the day. We hopped on the #10 jitney, and had to wait for more people to get on before he would leave. We were almost ready to get off but then he decided to take off. The ocean felt cold so we spent most of the time in the pools testing our new Olympus Tough underwater camera. The pools are really nice and felt refreshing. We got a free Starbucks with our admission, this was nice. We didn’t get any food, ate when we got back on the ship. Ocho Rios: The port area is tiny and kind of congested with all the tour buses inside the gate. It looks like Carnival got the better of the ports to dock at right near the shopping area. We took Peat Taylor tours to the Blue Hole. It was fabulous! A guide helped our group of 6 navigate the rocks. There were several spots to jump in and the rope swing as well, it was really fun and glad we did this. We had them drop us off at the shopping area after the Blue Hole. I was pleasantly surprised that we didn’t encounter aggressive vendors, at most some ladies asking if we wanted braids. We did smell ganga a few times while in Jamaica, and some guys were selling brownies on the road on our ride up to Blue Hole. Our driver told us it was not illegal but was illegal to smoke in public. We walked back to the pier, no problems at all we felt safe. Kind of wish we did more in Jamaica. Grand Cayman: We booked Acquarius Sea Tours online to do the stingray sandbar, snorkel stop and starfish beach. So the night before Grand Cayman the tender reservations were available to book on the TV. We got Tender group #1. I made us all get up early, eat at the buffet and on the tender seamlessly by 8:00. After arriving at the port, we followed the instructions from Acquarius and walked to the Carnival port. Once again they got the nicer port area. Here is where we had confusion. The tour says meet by the info kiosk at 8:45. Well, there are no signs for Acquarius like with the other vendors and we asked several people and got sent in different directions. The lady inside the visitor center directed us to the white tents where other non-Carnival excursions meet. The blue tents are for Carnival. There was still no sign but another vendor confirmed this is where Acquarius meets. A sign like other vendors had would have been helpful. I was also getting the stink eye from the family for making them get up so early for nothing. The tender process really was quick, no waiting. They were 10 minutes late so we were a little nervous, another vendor from Moby Dick tours actually called him for us and no worries he was on the way. Captain Mario apologized for being late and informed us that it would choppy out there except for Starfish beach and we could cancel if we wanted. That was a nice heads up but we forged ahead and so glad that we did. We took a van to his boat and went to the snorkel stop first to the Secret Garden. It was about 10 feet of clear warm water. As soon as we put our head in we saw all kinds of blue, yellow, white fish and 3-4 stingrays. We loved it! It was choppy, yes, but no matter. We then went to starfish beach and got to hold the most amazing red starfish. Acquarius was very clear about keeping them in the water, don’t pull them out. We loved this stop too. There is also a lovely beach with soft sand as well. On to stingray sandbar. This is a busy place, we had to wait for another boat to leave. Our guides were great and gave instructions for taking a picture with them and ensuring their safety. It was choppy here too with some waves. And the best part, Acquarius takes pictures the whole time and loads them into Dropbox FOR FREE! Highlight of our trip for sure. Disembark: We had an 11:00am flight out of Miami so we did self-assist disembark. It was very smooth and quick, not like our Getaway experience at all. Customs was fast and on to the airport via Lyft. Conclusion: We had a great cruise overall. The staff is what makes this ship so wonderful in my opinion. Loved the service! We turned in a few vacation hero cards to recognize great service. Bon Voyage! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
My best friend wanted to go to Jamaica. The cost of a hotel was the same as the cruise and we would be able to see more places on a cruise.. We both got the mini-suites for ourselves and our husbands. I Highly recommend the upgrade to a ... Read More
My best friend wanted to go to Jamaica. The cost of a hotel was the same as the cruise and we would be able to see more places on a cruise.. We both got the mini-suites for ourselves and our husbands. I Highly recommend the upgrade to a mini suite. The ship was very clean and dining was amazing. So many restaurants to choose from. We hung out on the 19th deck at the "Vibe Bar" and had a blast. Met lots of fun people and the bartenders were a hoot! We went on three excursions and were able to see so much of each port, which was very enjoyable. There was a special price for the spa we took advantage of, which was really nice. We were surprised though that the facility was not included with our treatments, so we couldn't use the pool, spa, or steam room before our treatments. That's an extra charge. Other than that, the cruise was smooth, fun and worth the trip. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
The ship is beautiful, love the shows, the cafe is average but the Manhattan restaurat was great. Great service, I never foun d the bakery (I think it needs to have a better sing). Our houseking Elbert was great, plesent and always on ... Read More
The ship is beautiful, love the shows, the cafe is average but the Manhattan restaurat was great. Great service, I never foun d the bakery (I think it needs to have a better sing). Our houseking Elbert was great, plesent and always on point. But I think the people before me smoke in the room. The room was clean but you could still smell it on the pillows and the bed. I don't smoke and dont like to get the funk. The entretainment staff was great nice job, had some good LOL's. Hanna the shoping guide do a great job, but when you go to the ports check on the company www site if posible for the item you are getting. I found mine cheaper on the USA www site then what I paid on Grand Cayman, and yes I contact them the minute I got home. This make you think, buyers be ware. DI International Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
This is our first cruise so we didn't know what to expect. We were very pleased with the service the food the accommodations and the entertainment. We got the dinner package and we got the drink package. The drink package was nice to ... Read More
This is our first cruise so we didn't know what to expect. We were very pleased with the service the food the accommodations and the entertainment. We got the dinner package and we got the drink package. The drink package was nice to the top shelf Liquors and any kind of drinks you wanted to. There was one nice bar which is called the District which had about 15 different tapped beers. That was my favorite place. But it closes at midnight. We didn't do much in the casino maybe spend 20 bucks gambling. We spent a lot of time on Deck 17 by the poolside space just lounging and signing. We spent a lot of time in the spa area the thermal spa and the ice cave we're pretty cool and after that we are relaxed. When are the late fifties early sixties so The Nightlife really didn't entice us to stay up late. But we didn't take advantage of some of the shore excursions and our favorite was Georgetown Grand Cayman. I heard that this was the last Caribbean cruise the Escape was going to perform so in the future they will be coming out of New York to Bermuda. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
We sailed on the escape april 14-20, 2018, 6 night out of miami with stops in nassau, grand cayman, and ocho rios. Here's my review: Embarkation / disembarkation: a. Both were flawless and the fastest we have experienced. We ... Read More
We sailed on the escape april 14-20, 2018, 6 night out of miami with stops in nassau, grand cayman, and ocho rios. Here's my review: Embarkation / disembarkation: a. Both were flawless and the fastest we have experienced. We arrived to the terminal around 11:30 and didn't have to wait in line or sit in a waiting area at all (the ship was not filled to capacity). We were at the buffet within 20 minutes of arriving at the terminal. The disembarkation was just as fast--we did the self-assist early disembarkation which was called about 15 minutes early and was outside the terminal 15 minutes later. Ship: a. the breakaway class ships (getaway and breakaway) and the breakaway plus class (escape & bliss) are some of the best laid out and easy to navigate ships sailing in my opinion. all of the dining and entertainment are on decks 6-8 and each floor goes all the way through with only a forward and aft staircase / elevators, so it's very easy to navigate. Everything else, like the garden buffet is on deck 16. Couple notes about the ship: Cabins: a. We had one cabin on deck 13 fwd, inside. It was nice and quiet and no motion. I would recommend a deck closer to decks 6-8 because you'll spend most of your time on those decks. We had another cabin on deck 12 aft balcony cabin. Fantastic cabin. the bathrooms and showers are large and some of the best at sea. The balcony cabins have usb ports in the lights next to the bed. (the inside cabins did not have them). Both have 3 outlets which is rare so you may not need to bring your power strip. tv: d lousy. The channel selection is terrible (ncl only has cnbc, msnbc, and fox news for networks along with a movie channel, a favorites channel, a "sports 24 channel, and some other proprietary channels. the remote and tv itself are also lousy. Ncl spends literally a billion building a ship and then puts a $75 tv sole brand tv in each cabin. I have had problems with the remote controlling the tv on nearly every cruise. The onscreen ability to make reservations and check your account is the one bright spot. Entertainment: b. some of the best at sea but you can't always get in to what you want. Make your reservations early--especially for the comedy shows. after midnight: a. A fantastic high energy show based on the cotton club in the 1930s harlem. brat pack: b. a musical based on the breakfast club brat pack. If you like 80s music, this is your show. The performers do a great job and give it their all. it is long--a full 90 minutes! sean joyce comedy hypnosis: a. a hilarious entertaining show where 20 or so members of the audience is hypnotized. jackie fabulous: a comedian in the headliners. We went to the family show and she was really funny in a clean comedy act. keith bender: a the other comedian in the headliners. Also a very funny comedian. DINING: mdr: b. overall the food in the main dining room (mdr) was very good each night (we ate there 4 of the 6 nights). i asked the waiter each night for his/her recommendation and it was usually spot on. modurno: a brazilian steakhouse. The salad bar is reason enough to go but the meats, in particular the fillets and strip sirloin, were excellent. le bistro: a. French. This was the highlight of our dining experience on the trip. The food quality and service were fantastic! garden buffet: b. generally a good selection and food was fresh and hot and it opened on time every morning and afternoon which isn't always the case on some cruises we have been on. Fitness: a. The gym on the escape is one of the best at sea. all the equipment is modern and well maintained. There are a lot of treadmills and rarely were full. Shore excursions: we did not do any so i can't comment. In the past we have gone to the blue hole in ocho rios which i highly recommend! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
A pefect cruise for us and our two teenagers followed by a second trip with just us (sans kids). The Escape is a gorgeous ship and we signed up for use of the spa facilities which we really enjoyed. The Norwegian Escape is an amazing ... Read More
A pefect cruise for us and our two teenagers followed by a second trip with just us (sans kids). The Escape is a gorgeous ship and we signed up for use of the spa facilities which we really enjoyed. The Norwegian Escape is an amazing ship with an equally amazing crew. It was fun seeing Mr. Washy-Washy at breakfast. :-) Don't forget the evening crepe bar in the Garden Cafe - I think it's open around 9:30 pm. Dang, there is a minimum word count here so I can't leave a brief review - grrr! Ok, here is a bit from someone else's review that we agree with: Everyone is friendly and accommodating. They feature Guy Harvey on the hull of the ship and his art is also featured as well as his research channel so be prepared to learn about our oceans. The onboard activities keep you busy. The excursions offer you a wide array of options for things to do. You only need be bored if you want to. We've only ever cruised with NCL and have nothing but great things to say about them. The ship feels new and clean. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
the boat was beautiful, rooms were huge compared to others I've been on. was unhappy with cutomer service though.. had 3 unexpected things go wrong that they wouldn't or couldn't fix. 1. the Jamaica excursion was ... Read More
the boat was beautiful, rooms were huge compared to others I've been on. was unhappy with cutomer service though.. had 3 unexpected things go wrong that they wouldn't or couldn't fix. 1. the Jamaica excursion was falsely advertised. It said Dunns river falls and glass bottom kayak tour. when we arrived it was not glass bottom, which was the ENTIRE reason we booked that excursion. I told customer service I was unhappy and she told me that no one else had complained. (so you think I'm lying since no one else complained??) Turns out after some bickering that the vrey last sentence in the long description of the tour says 'we no longer use glass bottom boats ' To me this is still false advertising because the title still says in bold lettering 'glass bottom' as well as my receipt. if you can go back and edit the last sentence in the description you could edit the title as well so that people like myself that don't want to hold up the line reading every sentence don't get kanoodled. 2. This is between the customer service and my travel agent, but we chose to have the extra 50.00 off of the excursions. I specifically asked my t.a. if I could use my 150.00 all on 1 excursion or if it had to be 50.00 off of 3. She told me they would just give me 150.00 credit on my bill at the end, that it wouldn't matter. WRONG..has to be 3 excursions booked through the ship, so i was shorted 50.00 credit as i onlt took 2 excursions... once again customer service had their hands tied, nothing they could do, no manager higher on duty to speak with me. Wouldn't you think that with a mix up such as this that they would find some way of giving on board credit to make a new customer happy? nope.. too bad, so sad. guess once again i didn't read the fine print. 3. I applied for the Norwegian credit card for another 100.00 on board credit. I was emailed the offer 2 days before sail date and decided why not, love cruising, it's our anniversary, we'll get the card and splurge a little. once again nope, no card in hand, no charges and No onboard credit, but if i fill it out a second time right now I'll get 25.00 credit and can charge without the card in hand, then just cancel the first card when i get home. what the what?? Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
BACKGROUND On November 11, 2015, we were on the inaugural voyage of the Escape from Miami after her christening. A short, 3-day Bahamas cruise. The Escape was new and shiny with that “new ship smell”. We thought it would be fitting ... Read More
BACKGROUND On November 11, 2015, we were on the inaugural voyage of the Escape from Miami after her christening. A short, 3-day Bahamas cruise. The Escape was new and shiny with that “new ship smell”. We thought it would be fitting to be on the final voyage of the Norwegian Escape from Miami as she moves home ports to New York. She is currently scheduled to remain in New York until her return in November 2019. Our live post from this cruise can be found at https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2624246 Miami, Florida Nassau, Bahamas At Sea Ocho Rios, Jamaica George Town, Grand Cayman At Sea Miami, Florida CHECK-IN AND EMBARKATION We showed up at the Port of Miami at 10:15. NCL uses both Terminal B and C (based on odd and even deck numbers) for check-in. We walked right up to Security and there was the pile of abandon water bottles. There were no lines at the Haven check-in counter and very short lines at main check-in. Haven guests were escorted to a separate waiting area in the terminal. At 11:00 am, an escort came to bring us to the ship. At the same time, the port agents called for priority boarding of Ambassador, Platinum Plus, and Platinum guests. We headed to the Haven lounge while the race for Vibe passes started with priority and general boarders. In the Haven lounge, the concierge, David Contreras, gave a short welcome speech and we were on our own to explore our new home for the week. Waiters served rum punch, sliders, and fries as a pre-lunch snack. We previously sailed with David on the Epic on an Iberian Peninsula cruise, and he always takes excellent care of his guests. STATEROOM Haven Courtyard Penthouse with Balcony (H5) Accessible Stateroom 18126. When NCL does a media tour of its new ships, they always show off the H5 Accessible. Extra large room, large door, open floor space, large dining table, large bathroom and no ledges to stub your toes. Hidden away in the Haven complex, our room was a few steps from the Deck 18 entrance and a few steps from the Deck 18 Haven lounge and restaurant. The phrase “ship within a ship” doesn’t start to describe the papering you receive as a Haven guest on the Escape. Haven Lounge. A great place to relax and have a drink. Private bar with the best bartenders on the ship. The concierge staff takes care of all of your needs on the ship. As the entertainment schedules changed from pre-book to cruise date, the concierge staff was a lifesaver as we re-planned our entertainment and dining. This included booking shows (After Midnight, For the Record: The Brat Pack, Supper Club Fly Boys, Headliners Comedy), Activities (Canvas by U, Escape the Big Top), and dining. The concierge team also Haven Courtyard. 2-level courtyard with soft, padded loungers to sit back and enjoy the cruise. A retractable roof allows the warm sunshine in, but keeps out the wind and rain while at sea. The courtyard has a small pool, two hot tubs, sauna, and private massage rooms. Haven Sundeck. The Haven has a private sundeck, inches away from the Vibe. Soft, padded loungers, canopy shades, and beautiful forward-facing views as you sail. The wait staff will bring drinks and food as you relax and the cold, aromatic towels keep you cool and refreshed. DINING Haven Restaurant: On embarkation day, Haven guests are offered a complimentary meal at Margaritaville, so the restaurant was only partly full. The food is always wonderful and the service great. Our only complaint is that the menu is always the same (for years). We at breakfast at the restaurant daily, two lunches, and one dinner. Moderno. Moderno Brazilian Steakhouse was one of our platinum dinners. The salad bar is wonderful with a high-end selection of cheeses, meats, salads, and soups. And there is a never-ending line of Pasadores carving meats tableside. The service was outstanding with our waiter and the maitre d working as a team, checking in with us throughout our meal. Bayamo. Having recently ended their relationship with Iron Chef Jose Garces, the menu of Bayamo has been overhauled to include many of the favorites from the “new” Ocean Blue menu (which underwent an overhaul when NCL ended their relationship with Iron Chef Geoffrey Zacharian). Service was great. And we enjoyed the new menu items. The one downside has always been that there is no physical separation between the Sugarcane Mojito bar and the restaurant. And there are always a few guests that have had one too many Mojitos and have forgotten how to use their “inside voices”. Pincho Tapas. We used our Specialty Dining Package credit to have all-you-can-eat tapas for lunch sitting outside on the Waterfront. The food is the best on the ship. A wonderful collection of small plates prepared to perfection. Although NCL ended their relationship with Jose Garces, the menu of Pinchos has remained relatively unchanged. Although often overlooked, this is a not-to-miss restaurant. Cagney. Cageny’s Steakhouse is always a treat. This was our second Platinum meal. The food at Cagney’s is always top quality, prepared to perfection. The service was great. La Cucina. While the food is similar to any good Italian restaurant at home, we always enjoy a dinner at La Cucina Ristorante. The ossobuco is always at the top of our list for dinner here. Food Republic. Another great place for lunch. Since they ended to relationship with Pubbelly Boys, the menu has gone under an overhaul. Favorites are still there and the international small plate foods are wonderful. The restaurant is only open for 1.5 hours for lunch on sea days, and it fills up fast. Get there before opening and get your orders placed quickly for faster service. You order everything on a tabletop iPad and swipe your room key to pay. All very fast and efficient. FAVORITE ACTIVITIES Canvas by U. Aspiring artists show up for a lesson in acrylic painting. The cruise director’s staff provide step-by-step instruction on painting a masterpiece in 1 hour. Always great fun. Escape the Big Top. Complimentary escape room adventure where a deranged magician has made you invisible, locking you in the Supper Club, you spend 45 minutes with your team to solve a series of puzzles to escape. On our cruise, they had 10 groups of 10 people. This is a very popular activity, so book a session at the Box Office on embarkation day. After Midnight and For the Record: The Brat Pack were great theater shows. Extremely high energy from opening to close. And variety of entertainment all over the ship was great from live music in all of the bars to a quiet movie at night. SERVICE Superior Guest Services. Our last two cruises have been on Royal Caribbean and by far, the service and crew on the Escape were far superior. Every crew member you encountered greeted you with a smile and acknowledgement. The crew of the Escape when out of their way to make you feel welcome, part of their family, and helped create wonderful cruise memories. Wifi. This was our 4th voyage on the Escape and on our 3 prior trips, I would have said that the Wi-Fi on the Escape was the worst in the fleet to the point of being unusable. But with the new tiered plan and increased bandwidth off the ship, we were impressed with the consistency of the connection (no more dropped connections that required re-logon) and the speed of the internet. Well worth the cost of upgrade to an unlimited plan. PORT & SHORE EXCURSIONS Nassau Glass Bottom Boat. We booked this excursion as much to do sightseeing of Nassau harbor as to see the Caribbean sea life. Lots of time shopping after the tour. Ocho Rios Bamboo Beach VIP. Since we were one of the first groups on the beach, this was a great beach day. We were broken into groups of 16 guests and assigned a hostess that picked us up on the dock and stayed with us throughout the day. She served the unlimited drinks on the beach and lunch (3 appetizers, jerk chicken and lobster lunch, and rum cake and ice cream dessert). The VIP section had padded loungers (vs. the chairs on the non-VIP beach). The one downside is that the water is rocky. You need water shoes. But the water was clear and warm and you can run between food and the water throughout the day. Grand Cayman Atlantis Submarine. The sub ride was a great experience. Taking you to depths of 75-110 feet. There were a lot of small fish. We expected to see larger fish and sea life at depth. DISEMBARKATION Easy and painless. Stateroom to Airport: 7:50 left stateroom 8:05 self walk-off, through customs and at curb 8:10 taxi to airport $27 flat rate, no waiting 8:45 at gate at MIA including checking bags at the check in counter SUMMARY This was a wonderful cruise. We’ll miss the Escape in Miami. And anxiously await her return. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
I went with a group of friends!The ship was amazing, lots to do and see, the food was excellent and enjoy the comedy shows and lots of other entertainment there was a singer in the Brewery that was awesome!! He put on a great show, and the ... Read More
I went with a group of friends!The ship was amazing, lots to do and see, the food was excellent and enjoy the comedy shows and lots of other entertainment there was a singer in the Brewery that was awesome!! He put on a great show, and the couple who did the Beatles tribute did a fantastic job as well. The food at Savor was yummy and we went to the Food Republic and had some of the best shushi i have ever had and the cost was more than reasonable and the wait staff was amazing we had a friend in our group food allergies and they gave her special attention to make sure that her food was handled properly! The Garden Cafe had great food for breakfast and lunch and I am sure for dinner, but we didn't eat dinner there. I will be back to cruise with Norwegian!! Thanks to the crew on the Escape, hope you are enjoying New York!! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
6 days was just right for the cruise. The NCL Escape has so many things to do for adults and kids. We were there when it was mainly adults and had a great time. Cagney’s steak house would be my only complaint. The filet was so so and the ... Read More
6 days was just right for the cruise. The NCL Escape has so many things to do for adults and kids. We were there when it was mainly adults and had a great time. Cagney’s steak house would be my only complaint. The filet was so so and the bar tender poured a martini in a regular glass. Unusual. The service could be improved. The Teppanyaki restaurant was great. Food was excellent, service was excellent, drinks were always on time. Cook was very personal and had a great vibe with his table. I recommend the drink package, it makes everything so convenient if you plan on cocktailing it. Well worth it. There is so many things to do on this vessel that waiting in line any where was never a problem. The staff was remarkable. They go above and beyond to make sure your vacation will be a memorable one. Washy washy. ( you’ll know what I mean when you take this cruise. ) Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
My Husband Made all the Plans, I just showed up. He asked me questions, but my career has had me so busy i can't think, i just needed to get away. I Knew we booked an ocean view, caribbean 6 day. Upon Arrival, i was aghast, the ... Read More
My Husband Made all the Plans, I just showed up. He asked me questions, but my career has had me so busy i can't think, i just needed to get away. I Knew we booked an ocean view, caribbean 6 day. Upon Arrival, i was aghast, the ship was beautiful, i wanted more than anything to be in one of those beautiful balcony rooms, and said "maybe?" to my surprise, he already upgraded us, WOW This experience has set the Bar high, I do not think i will ever cruise without this luxury. Big Room, excellent service, The evening room clean & towel animal, having our private coffee and balcony--what a way to relax and unwind. OH WAIT, I am not even close to the BEST, our first day, we tour the ships SPA, and MY GOSH, SOLD! Buy the upgrade right now, do not hesitate, this is so worth it. We spent a min of 3 hours a day here, Salt Bath, Sauna, Not so Hot Sauna, AromaTherapy Steam Room, Snow Room, Rain Shower, Stone Body Shaped heated Beds, facing the front of the ship, best view of anywhere, plus your own private pool, with HydroMassage, and a jacuzzi too, little extra's, private locker room, and robes. If you need to Chill, This is your Place for Sure. I am NOT DONE YET, THE SPA TREATMENTS, Mani/Pedi Christine is an Angel-better than anything ever experienced at home, My Hair Blowout by Sheva, I felt as if i was in London getting my hair finished for the Runway, My Skin is challenging it is dry and tiny pores, but Angelique had no problems and was able to without pain, extract milia that people can never get. I had 7 acupuncture appointment for my Chronic Shoulder, and a solution remedy to come home with, told I am acidic/(at home we cant get it fixed), I am much Better, Dr Yi 4th Generation Chinese Acupuncturist is amazing. The Itinerary On this ship kept us so busy, we had a Blast at all the Game Shows, Sing A Longs, Movies, Bingo, Comedy Shows, Dance Evenings, Art Gallery and the Auctions, plus plus plus. Excursions: we signed up for every island, and they were fantastic, ontime, so polite, and helpful, educated us with the lingo, and history, i felt as if i was part of a family. Now about the food: I loved the "Free Style", this was my FAVORITE, we ate in every place that was part of the package, they were all amazing and fantastic. Walk up and in, never had to wait. One Night we chose to sit with another couple in the Manhattan Room for an experience, WE had a BLAST, laughed all night, great time. and there is a dance floor to enjoy while you eat, with live music. This was the Best Experience of My Life! I STRONGLY RECOMMEND everyone to go, and enjoy!!!! . Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We had a Haven Deluxe Spa Suite, and it was beautiful. The balcony was long and narrow but large enough for two lounge chairs and two straight back chairs. Our butler, Jefferson, was very accommodating as well as our room steward ... Read More
We had a Haven Deluxe Spa Suite, and it was beautiful. The balcony was long and narrow but large enough for two lounge chairs and two straight back chairs. Our butler, Jefferson, was very accommodating as well as our room steward Edwin. Food was great. Had a hot stone massage that was heavenly. And free access to the spa all week. The Haven Sun deck was perfect for lounging. Drinks were served when requested. Entertainment was very good. Especially enjoyed Orly, the guitarist and singer. Food in the Haven Restaurant was delicious and we enjoyed sitting in the outdoor dining area. We always stay in the Haven because of all of the amenities. The service is outstanding and you get away from all of the crowds. We love the Breakaway class ships. The waterfront is so nice and eating out on the waterfront is always fun. We ate at Bayamo's, Cagneys,and Le Bistro and they were all delicious Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
From time we departed everything was excellent e,g the staff, food, entertainment, the facilities clean. Anything we needed was in our figure tip. This was my first in the Caribbean and definitely we going to do again. The sailings ... Read More
From time we departed everything was excellent e,g the staff, food, entertainment, the facilities clean. Anything we needed was in our figure tip. This was my first in the Caribbean and definitely we going to do again. The sailings was so smooth we didn’t know feel we were at sea. They had so much to do alll day and night. The shows were very nice, the live musician either at the pool or dinner night were great. The Restaurant services and the buffet guys were wonderful. Every question you had at customer service counters were very helpful. The daily schedule to do things were delivered in your cabin the night before. I did talk to parents with young children they loved it so much things for the kids to do. Some kids didn’t want to leave the ship when to land. Places we visited we were well informed. Cheers! See you soon! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Well, that was a lot of fun. First time Cruise for my wife and I. Midwest 50+ couple without the kids for the first time in 20 years. We thought we would try the Escape for our first cruise. Ports were in locations we had not ... Read More
Well, that was a lot of fun. First time Cruise for my wife and I. Midwest 50+ couple without the kids for the first time in 20 years. We thought we would try the Escape for our first cruise. Ports were in locations we had not experienced and the ship looked fantastic. I read everything I could find before the cruise and appreciate all the tips. Let's start with the Balcony stateroom. Nice decor and the perfect size for just the two of us. Kade was our Steward and did an magnificent job for us. His towel animals were very creative! While the Port side was recommended, I think I would have preferred the starboard side to see more of the passing islands. There was also a constant electrical whine emminating from below that was a little annoying when sitting on the balcony for any length of time. They are constantly cleaning on board, which I appreciate. They do not cut corners on the amount of crew to service you for the week. . The Food: Overall, very impressive with one exception. LaCucina could be described as Chef Boy R D. Same color too. Our order of preference was Le Bistro, The Manhattan Room, Savor, Bayamo, Cagneys, Taste and LaCucina. Two of the top three overall experiences and food quality came from the complimentary restaurants. Bayamo and Cagneys were average and the bottom two...well they were at the bottom. Most of the breakfasts and lunches we had were at the buffett where the food quality was better than I expected. We didn't take advantage of shore excursions other than walking around the different ports. We enjoyed the friendliness of Jamaica and the cleanliness of the Grand Caymans. Nassau was a first experience for us and it was ok. Costa Maya was a stop where we quickly came back on board. I left my phone in the safe all week and really didn't miss it. Misc: We have done numerous all inclusives in Mexico. On a ship traveling to different ports is more appealing especially with the outstanding food choices. I like to tip. However, there was little difference in the quality of service between tipping or not tipping, unlike the all inclusives. You get to know the staff a little better at the all inclusives because you see the same people everyday. On the Escape, the staff is "business friendly or business professional." It was a lot of fun to meet people from all over the world. Both passengers and staff. Yes this is a big ship. But you really only noticed it on at Sea Days. Even on those days you could find a place for a little peace and quiet. We only went to one show, The Brat Pack. It was ok. Make sure you get a drink at the bar ahead of time. It shuts down just before the show begins. We missed out. Cigar smokers...There is the Humidor where you are outnumbered by cigarette smokers and H2O starboard side next to the bar. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza in Miami the night before the cruise. That was a nice experience and the bed was super comfortable. People were friendly and there is a nice seafood bar/restaurant right next door. We will cruise again. Wondering if we should try a smaller ship so we have something to compare...but not sure we want to give up all of the things to do that the Escape provided us. It was a lot of fun. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
The Escape is a great ship. The crew is top notch and could not be better. My first time in the studio and it was an excellent experience. Soooo quiet! Fun lighting! And, all the food and drink you could want at any hour... that ... Read More
The Escape is a great ship. The crew is top notch and could not be better. My first time in the studio and it was an excellent experience. Soooo quiet! Fun lighting! And, all the food and drink you could want at any hour... that lounge is a convenient place. Everything is so well thought out that there was more than enough room for all your belongings. The dining was very good as well. I love the convenience of the free style cruising. I took out the spa package just in case I missed having a window in my stateroom. That was a good decision as I used all of the amenities, spa pool, saunas, salt room and steam room. I was not brave enough to use the "ice" room. I'll leave that for you to report on..... On the downside I personally felt that the entertainment could have been better with the exception of the Headliners Comedy Club. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Like the Escape very much. 5th time on her. Like the variety of restaurants available, the attentive staff, good to great food., the nice Supper Club with entertainment and set dinner for free. Don’t like that they don’t change the ... Read More
Like the Escape very much. 5th time on her. Like the variety of restaurants available, the attentive staff, good to great food., the nice Supper Club with entertainment and set dinner for free. Don’t like that they don’t change the shows very often and no extravaganza shows like on Carnival. Also like the casino, and the casino likes me very much! The Caribbean is always so beautiful with beaches and snorkeling, etc. Our favorite excursions on this trip were the lazy rafting down the Martha Brae River in Falmouth, Jamaica. Also the Seahorse Sail and Snorkel in Nassau. Must have been a magical day for snorkeling, because we saw thousands of fish of all colors and lovely coral. Can’t wait to go again on NCL this September in Europe. The Baltic 9-night cruise on the Breakaway with lots of cruising friends. We had Cabin 9700, big forward room but 175 steps from Forward elevator. Ocean view but couldn’t see the ocean! There are no Forward elevators on this ship....I think they took them out to accommodate the Studios for singles. So what they call the Forward elevators are really Mid-Ship! The Aft elevators are really Aft, though. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
Our 6th NCL and 3rd Escape Cruise did not disappoint! This is a big, beautiful, clean well run ship. From the smooth embarkation to the quick disembarkation, and everything in between, a truly nice trip. We would have preferred ... Read More
Our 6th NCL and 3rd Escape Cruise did not disappoint! This is a big, beautiful, clean well run ship. From the smooth embarkation to the quick disembarkation, and everything in between, a truly nice trip. We would have preferred the original, Eastern Caribbean literary but understood the need for the change due to the hurricanes. Really enjoyed our Scuba Diving in the Grand Caymans, through Cayman Diving, AKA Divers Down. They arranged a refresher dive for my son and I as we had not dove in awhile. Hotel Director Deepak Punia and his Secretary Sharry really went above and beyond to make sure we were enjoying our cruise. I recommend going on the Cruise Critic Board above, finding your Roll Call and correspond with your fellow cruisers. Attend the Meet and Mingle, and if one isn't organized take the step and get one going. NCL makes it easy and fun. A great way to meet fellow cruisers and a lot of the ships officers. Time well spent! We did the Drink package and the 3 night specialty dining. Kind of fun trying out new drinks without having to worry about the cost. If the bar is busy a few tips go a long way in being remembered by the bartender... Cagneys was our favorite. Followed by Le bristro and La Cacinas. All very good. Our first time visiting Jamaica. We took the Shuttle to Montego Bay, Doctors Cave Beach. Very nice beach. Pay as you go kind of thing. The Entrance is kind of a store front where you pay to get in, rent chairs, umbrellas. Once in, a waitress is assigned to you and gets you food and drinks all day. Very relaxing. If you venture outside entrance, on the street outside, like we did, prepare yourself to be approached by very aggressive vendors.... In less then a block I could have bought weed three times. Port area very nice. We bought some nice hand made crafts from local craftsperson's, reasonably priced. Spent the day in Costa Maya at the Tropicante Bar/Restaurant/Beach Resort. Again, a pay as you go kind of place. Laid back, inexpensive, more authentic then the port area. To save time and money, go to the taxi stand right outside the gate. While on board attend the Glow Party. Ususally Thursday night at Spice H2O. Fun for all ages. Summarizing, in my opinion, the Escape is a great ship if you don't a specific style of cruise, (ie luxury, family, etc) The way I look at it is that NCL is building ships which try to offer something for all age groups. So if you want a quiet, luxurious experience, or a totally family oriented cruise I would suggest another line. If you are like us and are "go with the flow" kind of people, I think you will enjoy it as well. We keep coming back! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
The Escape is a great cruise ship. We traveled in the Haven this time and found the experience top notch in most areas. The staff were quite amazing and we met some great people. The downfall was the number of children staying in the Haven ... Read More
The Escape is a great cruise ship. We traveled in the Haven this time and found the experience top notch in most areas. The staff were quite amazing and we met some great people. The downfall was the number of children staying in the Haven paired with the lack of parental oversight. When we ate at the Haven restaurant the children were literally allowed the jump from chair to chair, yell, run around, etc. The meals were loud and not what I at all expected- we had to plan our meals around the times the multiple families with their wild children ate or avoid the haven all together. The pool in the haven is quite small and there are no times where children were excluded from that area as well- they were equally not held in check making the experience of sitting my the pool miserable. We were also talked into purchasing the transportation from the ship to the airport with the belief it was a seamless process and we would not have to 'wait' in the long lines those who opted for a taxi had. This could not have been further from the truth- we ended up paying for both the bus and a taxi when we stood in the sun for several minutes only to be told the next two buses were already full. I will never do that again! Overall my experience was a good one- wish they had a haven trip limited to adults or a time when the pool and restaurant were without children. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We went on the NCL Escape April 7-14 2018. We were disappointed that our itinerary was changed due to the hurricanes of 2017, especially because other ships were able to go that week. The ship is stunning and we had no bad experiences, it ... Read More
We went on the NCL Escape April 7-14 2018. We were disappointed that our itinerary was changed due to the hurricanes of 2017, especially because other ships were able to go that week. The ship is stunning and we had no bad experiences, it was just our first time on one of the larger ships and we felt it was very crowded. The ropes course was an unexpected highlight of the trip. I was also able to get on the slides one day after coming back to the ship early and those were pretty fun as well. The shows (especially Brat Pack, as I’m a huge fan of the breakfast club) were the best I’ve ever seen on a cruise ship. The service in the restaurants was not the best, but we had a group of 8 people so we mostly understood. We ate in the main dining room for breakfast once and did not do it again, as it took over an hour to get our food. Overall, a fun experience and we feel the pros outweighed the cons, although we may stick to the smaller ships in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
From senior staff on down every member of the crew works tirelessly to make your vacation the best ever. I have cruised on the Escape multiple times and it gets better each time. A big plus is The Waterfront. It is delightful to be ... Read More
From senior staff on down every member of the crew works tirelessly to make your vacation the best ever. I have cruised on the Escape multiple times and it gets better each time. A big plus is The Waterfront. It is delightful to be out on the deck dining, drinking or just relaxing in the comfy outdoor furniture. I particularly like the Supper Club and each of the acts featured. The itinerary on my cruises has been Caribbean. Good news that new ports are planned. How exciting to be traveling to Bermuda in the future. The solo cabins and more importantly the solo travelers program are a huge plus. No one should hesitate to travel solo. There are excellent rates for all types of cabins if an interior location is not for you. The shore excursions booked through the ship have a big bonus. The ship will never leave anyone behind that is on one of their tours. Every person I have seen in the gym raves about the state of the art equipment. I only pass through the gym on my way to the thermal suite. Gazing at the water from one of those heated beds is my high point. Service is excellent particularly at the fabulous outdoor bars. My only suggestion is to keep children out of the specialty restaurants (or keep them in a separate area - too bad some parents have no idea how to teach manners) Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
To attend a wedding. I rated some categories low, mostly because of constant loud music, smokey atmosphere on a non-smoking ship, and many rude foul-mouthed passengers. Children behaved better than many of the adults. Our cabin ... Read More
To attend a wedding. I rated some categories low, mostly because of constant loud music, smokey atmosphere on a non-smoking ship, and many rude foul-mouthed passengers. Children behaved better than many of the adults. Our cabin steward, Alex, was terrific keeping our room pristine. Food in the specialty restaurants was wonderful and the dueling pianos were fun. Service was attentive but not annoying. We wanted to see the show, "After Midnight" but it was up only the first two nights and we did not know that. Fun playing trivia and swimming in the very back pool with grown ups. The yoga teacher did a great job and I worked out some kinks from the insane Dunn's Falls trek up the rocks. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Decided to kick start the summer with a relaxing cruise and getaway. The ship, staff and cabin were all great. A little disappointed in Jamaica and the over aggressive peddlers. Only issue with the cruise itself was the food often was ... Read More
Decided to kick start the summer with a relaxing cruise and getaway. The ship, staff and cabin were all great. A little disappointed in Jamaica and the over aggressive peddlers. Only issue with the cruise itself was the food often was like being at a Luby’s Cafeteria. The VIP dining helped but even there saw the same food a few times. The cabin was great as the balcony allowed us to have private outside space and leaving door open was wonderful. Did not care for the deck chair hogs who claimed chairs each morning at 0700 laying towels, clips and books on them. I sat there one morning for hours with no one returning or crew removing the towels as other guests searched for loungers to sit on. The crew was delightful to interact with and were helpful. The entertainment at the District Pub in the evening was fun and enjoyable. It was a best kept secret as it wasn’t crowded. Overall rate this cruise a 4.5 Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We wanted to take a once in a lifetime type family vacation and the Escaoe delivered. We took our 3 kids ages 9,7,5. So many things to do on the ship, we didn’t even get off at two of the ports. Buffet is complimentary along with 4 ... Read More
We wanted to take a once in a lifetime type family vacation and the Escaoe delivered. We took our 3 kids ages 9,7,5. So many things to do on the ship, we didn’t even get off at two of the ports. Buffet is complimentary along with 4 other sit down restaurants. We ate at the buffet every meal except one one because it was super easy with the kids. If you are traveling with children here’s what you’ll want to know. Splash academy has free daycare until10:30pm with lots of group activities. The guppies nursery is there too for children under 3 I believe is the age limit . The super fast free fall drop slide called the aqua loop has a minimum 48” and 100lb. Weight limit but 40” requirement on the other aqua racer slide . There are 2 other water slides that my small 5 your old girl had no issues going down . Also the ropes course is awesome but does have a 48” minimum also need closed toe shoes and shorts (pretty strict) for this . They do have a course for the smaller children too but will need an adult accompanying . Also if first cruise the middle of ship on lower decks is really smooth riding. If you book a family room with picture window there is a bunk bed that comes down from cieling . You’ll have to ask them to lower it . We had them leave it down for entire trip. Our family of 5 fit fine in the room. We stayed in room 5776 on starboard side. Read the free newsletter they send out every morning and bring a highlighter to select programs/ games etc. that you want to catch because there are a ton, you won’t make them all.Have fun !!! Read Less
Norwegian Escape Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Service 3.0 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.7

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