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
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Sail Date: April 2018
Let me start by saying that we absolutely love Norwegian and the Escape has always been our ship of choice. This past cruise however was a bit disappointing. There were a few things that really stuck out to us and really prompted me to ... Read More
Let me start by saying that we absolutely love Norwegian and the Escape has always been our ship of choice. This past cruise however was a bit disappointing. There were a few things that really stuck out to us and really prompted me to write this review. I'll start with the good. Embarkation and Debarkation were a breeze. We arrived at the port at 11am and were on board by 11:15. At the end of the cruise we left our room at 9:00 and were in a taxi by 9:15.Our balcony cabin was beautiful and we had great service from our room steward. We did specialty dining at Teppanyaki, Cagneys and La Cucina and they were fabulous as always. No complaints there. The buffets were good and we ate at Taste and the Manhattan Room as well. All positive experiences. We saw some great comedy on the ship as well. Keith was absolutely hilarious and I would highly recommend checking out his show. We checked out Beau Tehana at the District a few nights and he was great. Very interactive and he played great music. Definitely check him out if you get a chance. Now to the not so great. We have always loved NCL for the entertainment. This cruise was the worst we've seen. Our Cruise Director Scott was boring and awkward. Not much of a personality. He wasn't visible and was always very odd He didn't host the main pool game or a lot of the other games in the Atrium. We only saw him once getting off/on at port which I found odd. He never engaged the audience and without King or Terry nobody would have participated in anything. We've cruised with several really great CD's and he didn't even compare. Tyler Gray was always our favorite and seems that ever since he left the Escape the entertainment has suffered. This cruise also didn't do a lot of the normal Norwegian games that everyone loves. There was no "Miss Norwegian" and the sexy legs was also underwhelming. We typically love sitting and watching Karaoke as well and both nights that we went there were no singers so we left within 10 minutes. Another issue we saw was the DJ. He really only played Latin music that nobody knew so the dance floor was always open. We only heard the Cupid Shuffle once and we didn't hear The Wobble the entire week. These two have always seemed to by main stays but they were definitely missing on this one. Even at the Glow Party when everyone was up and ready to party they played about 5 songs that everyone knew and then switched to Latin music and everyone cleared out, really disappointing. The 80's party was pretty average and Norwegians Night out as well. Nothing super memorable. Another thing to note if you plan on cruising the Escape is the pool chair situation. We had to get up to get chairs WELL before 8am or they were all gone. We did have an older crowd on this ship and they were up super early taking up all the good seats. NCL is also now tagging chairs with times and removing your belongings within 60mins. A little annoying when breakfast can easily take longer than this and then you're without a chair for the entire day. Overall we didn't have a horrible cruise but we definitely didn't have a memorable one. The Entertainment has definitely changed on this ship and it was well below our expectations of a NCL cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Everything went smoothly. The food was awesome. The ports were ok not great but we just really went to enjoy our friends and the ship. Tubing was so much fun. We did they speciality dining 4 times which were great. We loved the Le Bistro ... Read More
Everything went smoothly. The food was awesome. The ports were ok not great but we just really went to enjoy our friends and the ship. Tubing was so much fun. We did they speciality dining 4 times which were great. We loved the Le Bistro the best. Cagneys was so good the food was awesome. Teppanki was a great show. La Cucina was our least favorite. The pool was always crowded but we always got chairs. The casino was awesome. The boat was kept very cleaned. The staff was awesome!! Getting on & off the ship was very easy. The pictures were very pricey so I did not buy a lot. The shows were good. Loved the Skyline Bar the best. Had great entertainment every night! We ate breakfast most days at the buffet but did try the main dining rooms as well. O’sheehan’s was also a good spot for breakfast or a quick bite. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Went on a family vacay with 19 other family members. Cruise itself was just average, nothing really to write home about. However, was promised a $100 onboard credit from our cruise rep, never came thru. Neither did any of the other credits ... Read More
Went on a family vacay with 19 other family members. Cruise itself was just average, nothing really to write home about. However, was promised a $100 onboard credit from our cruise rep, never came thru. Neither did any of the other credits for the rest of our group *over $1200. Family member who arranged our cruise actually called from the cruise ship to try and get it taken care of, was told by the rep he was helping another customer, she would need to call him back. She let him know she was calling from the cruise ship, he said she would still need to call him back. Even the guest service person could not believe it! Other than that for such a large ship, could not believe there was only one adult pool. Staff got kind of tired at the end, but that is kind of to be expected. Nothing really to write home about. Recommend you buy the all you can drink package if you're going to take this Cruise. Drinks can get expensive after a while. Bar staff at the pool was incredible, always polite, always got everything right. Actually caught one waiter at our dinner table rolling his eyes at us one night when we kept asking for our water to be refilled (last night of the cruise), but most of the staff was over all friendly and went out of their way to help us, as one family member has mobility and hearing issues Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
After hearing from friends how great cruising is, husband and I elected to go on Norwegian's Escape to the Western Caribbean. To celebrate our 50th birthdays and 25th anniversary, we upgraded to (ok, booked) the Haven. It was the best ... Read More
After hearing from friends how great cruising is, husband and I elected to go on Norwegian's Escape to the Western Caribbean. To celebrate our 50th birthdays and 25th anniversary, we upgraded to (ok, booked) the Haven. It was the best choice of a wonderful week. I didn't have much time to plan for the trip, a significant problem for me since I'm normally obsessive about this sort of an event. Instead I just worried - I didn't book restaurants months in advance, I had no idea about the entertainment or excursions, tipping was a mystery. In the end, all I needed was my passport, regular clothes (you think you need all beautiful new stuff, but trust me you don't) and a bunch of small bills. Well, the bills were optional but that's just me. If you are in the Haven, you don't have to worry about booking in advance since they have seats set aside for pretty much everything. They bring you on & off whenever you are ready, so you don't have sweat the embarkation issue. The Haven restaurant was fabulous, so no need to book other restaurants, although we did. The stateroom was lovely, with plenty of space and storage. Loved every bit of it. They provide shampoo that doubles as body wash - it's nice if you aren't particular. You can also take the room phone with you anywhere on the ship, so that your partner can call you if you separate for activities. I didn't learn that one until too late. Kids: This was as good reminder to be thankful for my own. The kids on the ship were adorable. When they were a pain, I gave thanks that they weren't mine. But the tween and teen boys being distant and hiding behind phones when with their grandparents was just sad, and the toddler pooping in the hot tub was disconcerting. I do think that the Haven should have a few hours set aside for adults only in the pool & have one hot tub dedicated to adults only. That said, there were a couple of staff members who came and talked to the unruly kids. We picked our time based on when we thought we would be least likely to have a lot of kids. I can't imagine what it's like other weeks of the year. Honestly, though, it wasn't terrible. Restaurants: The Haven was my favorite. People complain that the menu doesn't change, but there is plenty of selection to try something different every night. The things I liked best weren't the ones I expected (or ordered first). Do go for variety the first few days to get an idea of the range. Every meal was excellent. I am a fan. That said, all the restaurants overcooked the seafood and under cooked the meat for my taste (medium rare was deep red and very soft in the middle). Bayamo seemed mainly focused on lobster and crab, which I think is why there was an upcharge. Neither of which is a huge draw for me and I didn't care much for the meal, though the bread was amazing. Note: you can have meals delivered to your room (not sure if this is a Haven-only thing), or the dessert you were too full to eat at the restaurant. You can also ask for appetizers from any of the restaurants for the mid-day snack when you return from whatever you are doing during the day. Warning: void the Supper Club at all cost! The music was great but the meal was my biggest regret of the cruise - because it was terrible, on the first night, and took away all other (all better) options. Note #2: there are crepes at the back of the main dining hall after about 6:30 every evening. I heard they were great but never tried them. Ship: It wasn't too terribly crowded for us, especially the last day when we elected to stay onboard instead of going into Nassau. I did the ropes course, bocce ball, mini-golf and hung out a bit in the main pool on a sailing day. I was surprised it wasn't more crowded, given the number of people on board and the limited options. I also played Bingo - I did it, so you don't have to. If you do play, don't be late. There were only 3 games for prizes. The cards came in sets for $40, $50 or $70 (all sets provided cards for all 3 games). Pots were $500, $700 and $1,088 for our 3 games, but all were split among multiple people. The big winner got $200. Seems like a bad deal, especially for families who likely paid close to the jackpot amount for their cards. Save it for a time when you don't have better options. We did the Cruise Critic Meet & Greet and the slot pull. We weren't feeling terribly social, so not so great for us, but I can see why others would like it. A slot pull would be a blast with a group you know well. Hard to really get to know anyone in this setting. Tip: waiting for the elevator could be long, but walking on the ship was easy and the stairs aren't bad. The elevator buttons are very responsive, so push the close buttons when you are ready to go. It was much faster that way. Entertainment: We loved the big shows and the dueling pianos (though ego there, which was kind of odd). The best entertainment on the trip was the Escape Room. We really loved that and felt like we got to know some folks a bit. We had a dating couple, a newlywed couple, a family with two brilliant young girls and wow, I guess that makes us the old people. Hmmm. It was really fun, though, even though we came in second by about 2 minutes. ARGH! As previously said, skip Bingo and the Supper Club. We gambled a little bit, but would rather do that when there aren't so many other great options. Spa: We loved the spa pass, though it was expensive and difficult to get there enough to make the cost worthwhile. The pedicure was the most expensive and the highest quality I have ever had. I was turned off by the negative commentary and constant sales pitches that happened during the pedicure and in the spa in general, though. I was there to relax, not get work done. It was really excessive. Excursions: Having planned nothing in advance, it all went great. The ship pulled in to every port earlier than anticipated. It was fun to watch the arrivals and docking. We also brought binoculars. The early arrival was most noteworthy for the day when we tendered, as they offered an early bird option for those who were ready. You can monitor where the ship is from the TV in the room. That's pretty much all we used the TV for during the cruise. Jamaica, Falmouth: We went to Turtle Falls. It was amazing. This is a place where you can literally go into the waterfalls. There was no one there but our little group of five, arranged by one member who had gone previously. We paid $35/each for a small bus (think minivan) to take us there, and it was $20 to get in. It was so worth it. It was like being in a dystopian paradise (there is an old condo complex that is falling into ruins). We heard stories about Dunns Falls, where it's so crowded people have to hold hands to walk up. We were the only ones at our place and we walked up *through* the falls. Amazing. Bring water shoes and wear a bathing suit. I think you could just book one of the drivers in the port if you don't have this already in place. Grand Caymen - Seems chaotic but go with the flow. Hop on the shuttle down to the beaches; don't worry, it's safe. We got a late start and there were many ships in port, but we still were easily able to get a lounger at Royal Palms. It was the exact opposite of Turtle River Falls, in that it was packed, but just as beautiful. You can pay $2 to get in to Royal Palms and $35 for two loungers and an umbrella. Or you can walk down a ways and find a bit of sand to lay down your own towel for free. Use caution once a taxi drops you back off at the port. There are two areas to get back onto different ships. We went to the wrong one initially. Costa Maya - Seven Mile Beach was similar to Grand Caymen in that that water was beautiful and the sandy beach was narrow. You can drop wherever you like with a towel. Not as good walking on the beach here, but the port seemed like a happening place. It's quite a distance to get to the cabs and the lines were long. You literally have to leave the gates of the port to get a cab, but it's safe and tons of other people are doing it too. Do not try to walk yourself to the beach - much too far. We went to the very end, at Nohoch Kay. Water was as warm as a bathtub and shallow for an extended period. No waves. We got a massage here, though I understand it was more expensive than other areas on the beach. You might want to ask around if you are interested. The food was excellent. Drivers here were not locals, so you should have an idea of where you are going. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
I first heard of the "studio" cabins when looking at the Norwegian Epic. I didn't take that Cruise but did schedule a "studio" cruise on the Escape. While booking a Studio cabin does not give you the same rate as ... Read More
I first heard of the "studio" cabins when looking at the Norwegian Epic. I didn't take that Cruise but did schedule a "studio" cruise on the Escape. While booking a Studio cabin does not give you the same rate as someone sharing a cabin with a partner, it does allow you to save money from purchasing a double cabin for yourself. What you get is a very small cabin that is located in a "keycard only" accessible area of the ship that includes a lounge for relaxing and enjoying coffee, juice, pastries, etc.. You also get a "solo" cruise manager which meets with you each evening to help schedule dinner and entertainment for that evening. I absolutely love the solo concept. NCL clearly seems dedicated to the solo traveller. Unfortunately, as of now, this dedication only extends to the newer larger ships. Hopefully when the new Leonardo class launches in 2022, they will also include solo travellers as there are issues on the current larger ships which I will relate below. Dining: You can't complain here. There are plenty of dining options, although most of them are at an upcharge. The main dining room, the O'Sheehan's Pub and the Garden Buffet are still complimentary and provide 24/7 coverage. Overall, these venues are what I expect to find on any cruise. The Garden Cafe Buffet is a step above what I have found on some other lines. But your best options for Breakfast and Dinner still lie with the main dining room or the Pub. If you get the Ultimate Dining package, the world, is as they say your oyster. I had dinner at Cagney's (Steakhouse), Teppanyaki (Hibachi Grill aka Benihana), and Moderno (Brazilian Rodizio aka Texas De Brazil). All three were outstanding. The only thing missing from Teppanyaki was the onion volcano for obvious reasons (open flames and ships don't mix). Another great feature of Escape is the "Waterfront" which extends around nearly 2/3 of the ship and consists of a nice promenade to walk around the deck and relax in comfortable seating. This "Waterfront" also allows seaside dining for several restaurants and bars, and a sunset meal at Moderno was sublime. The only thing I found a little disappointing was Margaritaville At Sea. Originally designed as a "free" dining option (like guy's burger joint for Carnival), this venue was then moved to al a carte shortly after introduction which seemed not too popular. And now has a "weird" cover charge that for 14.95 allows you to choose an appetizer, main dish and dessert. This wouldn't be too shabby as a nice casual dinner, but it is only open from 12:00pm to 5pm. When you add the 20% mandatory gratuity, you're looking at nearly 20 bucks for lunch. NCL needs to really rethink it's MAS concept because the space was criminally under utilized. When it was free, it was hopelessly swamped. Now it's a ghost town. It's a shame, because the food is good, but it just doesn't have a good fit in it's current configuration. Cabin: They are extremely small but comfortable. I actually loved the modern layout and led color lighting. Some have complained about shower size, and true, it's not huge. But I weigh over 300 lbs, and was still able wash adequately. If you've ever showered in a motorhome, then you know what you're getting. Having the toilet and showers in separate "closets" takes a little getting used to, but I had no real problems with the bathroom. The only issue I had with the cabin is that your keycard is required to be inserted near the door to operate the lights and outlets. So if you don't leave your room shortly after you remove your card, it's literally lights out. This also prevents you from being able to leave your room and charge your phone/tablet while away from your cabin as all wall outlets turn off when you leave the room as well. Entertainment: The entertainment that I went to was fantastic. The Cotton Club show was amazing and the comedians were very funny. SPA: The Thermal Suite is by far one of the highlights of the cruise. Yes it costs extra, but the thermal suite gives one a fantastic quiet area where you can read, relax in a comfortable and restful setting. The thermal suite has a HUGE whirlpool, a hot tub, a salt room, snow room, steam room and two types of saunas, not to mention heated tile lounges and more typical lounges for relaxation. I can't say enough about the difference it makes to have a nice place to retreat on a ship of this size. Pools and Deck space: Another disappointment. There is only ONE adult only pool and it is on the main deck and shares space with the kid's pool and splash zone. This makes the main sun deck a very noisy and crowded space. The ropes course, and basketball courts also take up deck space. If you are a dedicated sun worshiper, it might be worth getting on as early as possible and purchasing a Vibe Beach Club pass in Headliners Comedy club. These sell out quickly, however. For the rest of us there are always places that one can find a place to sit, but deck space is still crowded and finding a peaceful area usually means a hefty walk to the bar or hot tub. Shore Excursions: Both the Dunns River Falls and Mayan Ruins excursions in Jamaica and Costa Maya were well worth the spend. My only issue with the Mayan excursion was that we got back fairly late and had to hurry back to the ship. I would have liked us to have a less hectic return to the ship. SHIP. Here's the biggest problem I had with the ship. It's size. While the ship never felt overcrowded, a 19 deck 4200 passenger passenger ship does have challeges when trying to get from the entertainment and dining decks (6,7,8) and Sun Decks (16,17,18). Earlier ship designs put the entertainment areas right below the sun deck so that all public areas were close together. But that takes away from valuable balcony space. So now ships are placing their casinos, dining, drinking, and shopping venues low in the ship which used to have the non-balcony cabins. In the Escape, this is a 10 deck hike. Elevators are vital on this ship. This is the only time the ship felt crowded. No one like waiting forever for an elevator to arrive at your floor only to see it already filled to the gills with people going down to the casino or up to the sun decks. The elevators need to be bigger and more of them. Overall, I had a great time on the cruise. NCL is fantastic for the solo traveller. They will continue to get my business. Hopefully they will look at addressing the challenges that arise when you put more and more passenger decks between venues. I also hope they still keep the solo traveller in mind when they decide to downsize their ships in the early 20's. In the meantime, I am already booked for a follow up cruise on the Bliss in 2019 and the Encore in 2020. This should show how much I believe in the future of NCL. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
I cannot compliment the staff service enough on this cruise. They were extremely attentive and friendly and it was the saving grace for the cruise. We appreciated the staff giving out wet towels, flavored water, jello and ices at the ... Read More
I cannot compliment the staff service enough on this cruise. They were extremely attentive and friendly and it was the saving grace for the cruise. We appreciated the staff giving out wet towels, flavored water, jello and ices at the various ports of call during embarkation. it was a nice cooling touch! the itinerary was good, we had the $50 per port credit. the shore excursions were good, however, I did think they were a little pricey. activities-there is ONE SMALL pool. forget about even getting your feet wet. the rope course is closed a lot due to windy weather (replace it with a pool!); mini golf ok, H2o deck underused except for dancing at night, can't rate the slide as couldn't get on it. a lot of the entertainment is held in the atrium, they need to rethink this. it's way too small for the more popular shows/games. the movies (again held in the atrium) are older. the musicians are fair, the comedians are good, the after midnight show is good, brat pack is all over the place, supper club entertainment is good and escape from the big top is challenging. there are only 3 non related ship channels on your in room tv. there is a lot of gaming on the ship, every time you turn around they are selling raffle tickets, bingo cards, deal or no deal cards, lotto tickets in the casino - you get the idea. Food - good variety, selection changed daily. dining rooms nice. However, if you have a gluten allergy, plan on ONLY eating in the dining room and ordering 24 hours in advance for your meals (good luck getting a supervisor to take your order in under 40 minutes). not their fault-it's just they are busy. Buffet should have a station having a few different allergy offers. Elevators were very slow and out of a bank of 8, I think we got on the same 2 the whole week. A decent ship with a nice itinerary, good food and an excellent staff. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
This was our first time cruising with NCL and we enjoyed it very much. I think the best part was even though there were over 4,000 people on board we found a way to avoid the masses and that was very important to us. This was achieved a ... Read More
This was our first time cruising with NCL and we enjoyed it very much. I think the best part was even though there were over 4,000 people on board we found a way to avoid the masses and that was very important to us. This was achieved a few different ways and we are thankful that this ship had these options. 1) free style dinning- love it - not once did we run into a massive group that was devouring food like they would never eat again. We had three speciality dinners that were all excellent and the other nights we ate at one of the main restaurants latter in the eveining and the food and the service was great. 2) our cabin - a wonderful large balcony made escaping a bit more easy and prior to sunset and before dinner we would grab some cocktails and some snacks and we would enjoy the tranquility . #3 - I am leaving this for last but make no doubt about it this was the best feature on this entire ship and that was the Thermal Suite. The cost was $200 per person and worth every penny we paid. Because of the cost this kept a lot of people away...perfect. Then when inside this Oasis everything was perfect. Floor to ceiling windows everywere including the lockers rooms. Heated, stone lounges so confrontable and relaxing, The pool with the waterfall and all the jacuzzi jets in it was pure bliss. Then 2 dry sauna's one incredible steam room and the icing on the cake...literally was the frozen room. The experiance was amazing and we were there every day . They also have a salt suite that was good - not sure how that works but was good. Our room steward was very attentive as was all the help we came in contact with. This ship also had GREAT entertainment! The two shows we saw were top notch and the musicians on board were very talented . I guess the only thing that was was weak were the excursions and we have found the finding something to do on your own is always a better way to go. Beautiful ship, great service and lots of ways to enjoy this fantastic ship without the rest of the crowd. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
I Chose the Norwegian Escape from recommendations from others. My husband and 14 year old son had the greatest time on this ship. The family suite fit perfectly for the 3 of us. The staff was wonderful and the food was excellent. Between ... Read More
I Chose the Norwegian Escape from recommendations from others. My husband and 14 year old son had the greatest time on this ship. The family suite fit perfectly for the 3 of us. The staff was wonderful and the food was excellent. Between the Specialty restaurants and dining rooms I couldn't have asked for anything better. The ride was smooth and I was afraid of the ship rocking. I didn't feel a thing. The shows and entertainment kept my family and I very busy when we were at sea. My son loved the basketball court at the top of the ship. The shore excursion to a resort in Jamaica was amazing between the ride there and time spent on the resort we had a blast. Thank you to the staff at La Cusina who helped me and my husband celebrate our 20th anniversary with great dessert and food with laughter and fun. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Staff was great. But seemed less abundant than smaller ships. Entertainment was awesome as usual! Really use the touch screens to book shows. I showed up to most 30 minutes prior and was let in when the show showed sold out. Food was good ... Read More
Staff was great. But seemed less abundant than smaller ships. Entertainment was awesome as usual! Really use the touch screens to book shows. I showed up to most 30 minutes prior and was let in when the show showed sold out. Food was good but note the supper club never changed the menu. But changes the performers. We booked excursions outside of NCL, and they were great. Room designed to use every last inch.8th floor was awesome and quiet. Also were you can purchase great gelato. Didnt have the white party but have an fun neon party for family then 18+. The atrium was used alot more than on my past cruises. Shows that were in in the theaters in the past were held here. Not a bad thing as people stopped and watched. But do get there early if you want a seat. We also found a Starbucks on board, towards the end of the cruise at the atrium. Uber xl was about $40usd to mia from port. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We picked this cruise because of the destinations. Great ship. Wonderful crew. Just too many people to enjoy the pool area. Food was very good at buffet and Taste. We had the dining package as one of our perks. We dined at Carney’s, ... Read More
We picked this cruise because of the destinations. Great ship. Wonderful crew. Just too many people to enjoy the pool area. Food was very good at buffet and Taste. We had the dining package as one of our perks. We dined at Carney’s, La Cuinia, and Moderno and good was wonderful. We stayed in a mid-ship mini suite with a balcony and it had plenty of room with a nice sized bathroom with a shower no tub Would have liked drawer space for clothes not just cubbyholes. Liked excursion to Dunn’s fall and dolphin encounter in Jamaica. However we had a family with that decided to do there own thing and we ended up two hours late back so I was unable to spend time in port area shopping. Turtle farm in caymans was interesting but not something I would do again. We had scheduled a beach getaway Costa maya Mexico however we decided not to go due to seaweed and bug warnings. So we spent day in port and had a nice time. The zoo in Nassau was very sad. I felt sorry for the animals there. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
I have always cruised with Norwegian and have never had any major issues. This time there was a lot of unfortunate incidents. I think I will stick with the smaller ships like the Jewel and Pearl. There is just too many people on these big ... Read More
I have always cruised with Norwegian and have never had any major issues. This time there was a lot of unfortunate incidents. I think I will stick with the smaller ships like the Jewel and Pearl. There is just too many people on these big ships to be able to enjoy yourself. If you do not reserve the specialty dining long before the cruise, you will not bet a reservation. You also have to reserve any shows that you want to see or your waiting on standby to see if you might just be able to get in. This is hard when your traveling in a group of 13 people. Some of the people in my group were told that the fee's for the gratuities were not paid which each of the 3 cabins had paid when the cruise was booked. The staff seemed overwhelmed as this was happening to a lot of people. The embarkation and disembarkation did go smooth which was nice. Waiting for an elevator on one of these big ships was unreal. People would run to get in front on you on the elevator. There was a lot of rude people on this cruise which I understand is no fault of yours. I will continue using Norwegian as I have never tried any other cruise line but do enjoy the smaller ships. I worked hard to become a gold member but I sure did not feel like a gold member on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We chose this cruise because my sister and brother in law recommended it. They have been on 24 previous cruises and made all the arrangements for ten of us. This was without a doubt the best vacation we have ever been on!!! The ship, the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because my sister and brother in law recommended it. They have been on 24 previous cruises and made all the arrangements for ten of us. This was without a doubt the best vacation we have ever been on!!! The ship, the staff, the entertainment, and the drinks could not have been better. We are already talking about our next one. There was nothing better than relaxing poolside. We had such a great time getting to meet other people from all around and also talking with the staff. The specialty dining was first class, the food onboard the Escape is fabulous. This experience was one that me and my family will never forget and cannot stop talking about. We are recruiting more family members and friends to join us when we book our next cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line for the summer of 2020, hopefully we can sail on the newest ship of that time the Encore. Totally recommend a Norwegian Cruise to anyone looking to have the best family vacation ever!!! Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
We have been on NCL Escape before and absolutely love this ship. All staff/officers make us feel like family. We have developed such a wonderful relationship with so many of them. They treat us so special. Our cabin had a family balcony. ... Read More
We have been on NCL Escape before and absolutely love this ship. All staff/officers make us feel like family. We have developed such a wonderful relationship with so many of them. They treat us so special. Our cabin had a family balcony. It was so big. It had a lounge chair which we used to take naps or just enjoy the quiet time by reading or just relaxing on this wonderful large balcony. We enjoyed the Taste for breakfast as well as several dinners. The Taste always had superb food and service. Cagney's was one of two restaurants we also had dinner and it was fabulous. Our waiter, Ramesh, was outstanding. Also, had dinner at La Cuncina and it wads great ad well. The Garden Cafe was our go to for lunches and it was wonderful with such a large variety of different choices. Love the salad bar. All the entertainment on the ship is first class. Enjoyed all of it, including After Midnight, Brat Pack, comedy shows, music in the atrium, trivia, etc. Sorry to see the Escape going to New York, since we love it so much and was so convenient for us living within one hour of port of Miami. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2018
Really nice cruise that with just a few tweaks (suggestions to NCL at end) would've been even better. Smooth as silk transport, 11am in Miami, easy transfer to pier, then onboard by 1pm. Directly we headed for the crowded buffet, ... Read More
Really nice cruise that with just a few tweaks (suggestions to NCL at end) would've been even better. Smooth as silk transport, 11am in Miami, easy transfer to pier, then onboard by 1pm. Directly we headed for the crowded buffet, delicious and comprehensively appointed: basil pasta, salad, turkey parmesan, bratwurst, steak and a chocolate desert. And that was just my load. We explored the pool area on 16 (next to dining area) but it was loud with lousy music and crowds like it’s Coney Island beach. Not our speed to put it mildly. (Later saw an octogenarian reading a book poolside while a racket of bad music accompanied a male sexiest leg competition. My heart went out to him, poor devil. His wife likely forced him there.) But soon we were looking over the aqua-green water on a sunny Miami day on the stateroom balcony. The buzzkill muster was predictably painful but likely the necessary response to the hubris of “unsinkable” Titanic a century ago. Thirty minutes of people crammed and overheated and listening to long monologue by disembodied speakers saying perfectly obvious things like “don’t throw anything overboard”. I don’t recall Royal Caribbean (RCL) being quite so overbearing. But oh the glorious insouciance of having unlimited food and drink at your beckon call. Limited only by our body and not wallet, we imbibed in dinners at 1 and 7, with plenty of beers and bloody mary’s in between. If we’d paid for these, it probably would’ve run us at least $80, still well under what we would’ve paid in a package ($170 a day). Luckily we had a “free at sea” deal although tips of $230 make it not really free. The food is good, better than RCL, but no Catholic priest on board to offer Easter mass alas. The TV didn’t work which was annoying. Called service desk and they rebooted and it worked for awhile and we were able to watch Final Four game. After Final Four game TV frozen again. “At Sea” days mean little space to lay out on ship in the sun. The balcony is the “cruise saver” on those days. Workout on elliptical overlooking the ocean - awesome fitness center not overly crowded at all. It’s “elevator roulette” where you hit a button and hope that when it arrives it’s not already full. Nice dinner at the Manhattan room, inspired by 1930s NYC. Great jazz band offered music. Good steak dinner and Neapolitan Easter soup. Two cute little European girls did pirouettes on the dance floor. Monday: Did the free continental breakfast in room. Room service: that’s what I’m talking about! Back on ship after a jog in Jamaica had tasty lunch of basil pasta and seasoned chicken. Added slice of pizza because I could. Then beer o’clock, or rather mixed drink o’clock. Winsome outdoor seating areas on 8; comfortable outdoor couches no less. Dinner at Savor restaurant overlooking ocean. Delicious food expedited due to our having a show at 7:30. “After Midnight” it was called, a series of dance/song numbers set in 1920’s jazz club. Lots of swinging brass music. Good show. Tuesday: The ship has arrived at Grand Cayman, thus making Cayman grand again. Around 10:30 we caught a tender and then headed on 5-minute walk to Eden Point. My wife watched as I went into the water amid a half dozen intimidatingly large fish, each maybe 2’ by 6’. She was not eager to mix it up with ‘em - the water was clear and you could see them swarming the entrance steps. I slipped in and saw it was really nice, like an undersea Japanese garden with picturesque coral “castles” and fish I’d never seen before. Slightly waving sea fans dotted the sandy bottom at regular intervals and a brain corral was perfectly round, like a brown bowling ball. It all seemed very neat and tidy, with coral looking like leafless bonsai trees. Very zen fish exuded the otherworldly calm that fish often do. I climbed out to tell my wife to come in as the water was fine. She demurred and soon after a guy exited the water in a hurry saying there was a shark. At this point even I thought we should just take a cab to a seemingly more official and safer spot to snorkel, Smith’s Cove. So we walk back and talk to the taxi person and she says a really good spot is where we just were (!) and that there’s a friendly nurse shark that frequents there. So we headed back, no longer scared of Casper the Friendly Shark, and I snorkeled. Another fine and well-services dinner at Taste or Savor. Wednesday: 10am elliptical workout to make up for dietary (mortal) sins. Water the color of tanzanite; the shore sounds visual tambourines. The ship wakes’ horizontal fireworks of whites and blue-greens. We walk to the new-built port in Mexico. The obligatory shopping area was attractive, at least for Potemkin villages. By 12:30 we shuttled to the small 10-block town, sparse of buildings. We landed at an overcrowded beach, guided by hawker waiting new arrivals like New York locals guiding incoming Irish immigrants in the 1800s. We decide to walk down the beach looking for something better and find a hotel renting loungers in the shade: Caballo blanco at Costa Maya, Muhaula. Walked the beach strip and bought 5 cigar set for $15. Tons of beach massages going on, plied by mostly heavyset Mexican women, perhaps hefty to give the impression of strength to unknot those knots. All told about 3 hours in our paradise cabana. Just stunning natural beauty. Mexico Quintana Roo, is just otherworldly. Has to have my favorite beaches on earth, not just sand but lots of tropical plants. And I’m a sucker for the thatched umbrellas atop palm trees. Every port seems to have has 4-5 people missing at sail. On a ship of 5,000 I guess that’s not unexpected, but you must really be three sheets to the wind to miss the boat, literally. We sailed without them, 7 minutes later than scheduled, yesterday. Thursday: The dream of the Caribbean - except it’s no dream - is the sunshine so steady you can be spendthrift with it. Elliptical followed by lunch, then 2:30 to District Craft brewhouse and comfy leather chairs to collapse into. 20+ different kinds of craft beer give or take! Saw decent ‘80s music show at 7:30. Great music, especially “Turning Japanese”, “In Your Eyes”, Melt With You” and others. Impressive lights display as well. Friday: Last day of cruising. We’re off to Nassau in the Bahamas, arrival by noon.We interrupted the sun coverage for a needed lunch: jerk pork chops, salad and red velvet cake for dessert for me. Yum. Best week of food I’ve ever experienced in my life. Come 2pm we were back out and decided to go on the water slide rides. I did the one where you get sent down a tube nearly ninety degrees, a roller-coaster-like free fall. Adrenalin producer. Disembarkation was so easy and painless as not to be believed. Suggestions for NCL; big difference makers: —Designated quiet area sundeck —No cigarettes in humidor cigar lounge and bigger cigar lounge. —More comfy chairs on cabin balcony Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
The Escape is a fairly new ship and is very nice and has a luxurious feel. This is nicest part of the cruise. There is no dought that this ship is way over crowded. There is major lack of deck and pool space on this ship. When building ... Read More
The Escape is a fairly new ship and is very nice and has a luxurious feel. This is nicest part of the cruise. There is no dought that this ship is way over crowded. There is major lack of deck and pool space on this ship. When building these ships they have taken away pool and deck space to add special features like water slides and rope courses. Those added features are nice but in the process used up to much space that should have been used for another pool. The ropes course is billed as the largest on the sea. It also takes up a large amount of deck space. This is suppose to be an added feature for the boat. However the days at sea when you would like to use these features it was closed because its to windy on deck. So on days when the decks are the most crowded you can’t use it. 4200+ passengers onboard and one adult pool and one kids pool. The food was what I would consider average at best considering our previous cruising experience. The free style dinning is a nice concept, but almost impossible to make reservations for a party of four weeks in advance of the cruise. If you wait until you are on the cruise to make your reservations you will be eating after 9 pm every night. The specialty restaurants on board had better food than the main dinning room however it was not as good as the main dinning room of other cruise lines like Royal and Disney. There maintenance staff needs help. During the third day on board our toilets in our stateroom stopped working for more than 36 hours. What ever was wrong affected 50 staterooms. Not a fun when you have to run up three decks every time you need to go to the bathroom. This is where there customer service completely missed the mark. There was no help from them at all. No sorry for the inconvenience or compensation of any type. After it was over all we received was a note reminding us not to flush anything but toilet paper. This but a major damper on our cruise. Overall customer service was lacking. NCL adopted service fees instead of tipping. I understand the reason behind this but it seems the staff is not interested in doing anything to please you or help you. In our previous cruises our room attendant would introduce themselves the first day and check with us everyday if we needed anything. We went this cruise and never even met our room attendant. Bar service was very slow and the drinks were not made constantly. The way a drink was made from one bartender tasted completely different when made by a different bartender. Many of the wait staff in general seemed to strugle with the English language. I have done 7 other cruises and never had so much trouble ordering food or drinks. With a ship this big the problems even extended to the shore exersions. To many people packed into one group. We did a sail and snorkel on a cateraman that normal held 75 people. They put 92 of us onboard. Then when we were ready to snorkel they did not have enough mask and fins for everyone. After complaining to NCL again they did nothing. We tried NCL hearing it was very nice and a step above many of the other cruise lines. We found this not to be the case. It is several steps below other cruise lines. My family will not cruise with them again. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Long time planned trip with family from around the US. The Escape met all my expectations for our first cruise and avoided most of the "bad" parts I read in other reviews. Escape is a Mega ship 5000+ passengers and crew but other ... Read More
Long time planned trip with family from around the US. The Escape met all my expectations for our first cruise and avoided most of the "bad" parts I read in other reviews. Escape is a Mega ship 5000+ passengers and crew but other than a few popular events it didn't seem crowded at all, the ONE Pool was swarmed at all times but we're not pool people so... Embarking - Fairly quick and painless, much less hectic than I expected Cabin - 13910 aft balcony - seemed fine to me, but this was our first so nothing really to compare it to - Room steward Eddie was fantastic and everyone liked the view vs. the side balcony's Food - Buffet is a buffet...was good although crowded at times, once we learned it wrapped around the entire deck was a lot easier finding seats forward and aft. Did three specialty dinners, Cagney's Steak was ok, La Cucina was great, Tappanaki(sp) was fun but waay too much oil and butter lol, smelled like garlic for a day. Got the unlimited beverage package, well worth it for us, once I got recognized for tipping a few extra dollars had unending STRONG drinks lol. Hanging up top at the Waves bar was especially nice 4 Stops, Jamaica with a river tubing excursion was fun but check your trip as we passed a few closer river tubing runs on the 1 1/2 hour drive to ours, stopped for jerk chicken at Scotchies on the way back, was good! Next was Grand Caymen and Costa Maya - Just shopped around there, then lastly Bahamas, one of my favorite ports although the stores got repetitive but by far the cheapest shopping On board activities were many and the few we did were fun, bingo, the Brat Pack show and a few others, wife really enjoyed the Brat Pack (80s show) Wifi package I bought was wasted, used about 10 of 100 minutes as we had a $10 per port package from our carrier that worked a lot better! Only really used Norwegians internet it the last day to check into our flight while at the last port. The iConcierge app was pretty much useless, messages were sporadic when they came at all and everyone has to buy the app 3.99 then another 9.99 for the week in order to message them - Wont use it again I dont think... Disembark was quick, got up early had breakfast, said goodbyes and got off with the last group, it dumps you into a warehouse with color coded areas to find your bags, or you can carry your own off, we didn't have any problems with it, then a short line to customs and off to the airport ( ugh another story) Overall was a fun experience we'd done land based resorts before but this has us thinking about another cruise Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
I had never cruised before setting sail with Norwegian Escape. I had heard plenty of stories and had an idea of what to expect, but this experience was more amazing than I ever could have imagined! We were absolutely blown away with every ... Read More
I had never cruised before setting sail with Norwegian Escape. I had heard plenty of stories and had an idea of what to expect, but this experience was more amazing than I ever could have imagined! We were absolutely blown away with every new meal, drink, excursion and activity! The excursions were fairly priced and easy to navigate. As first time cruisers we were a little nervous about the process of getting on/off the ship, but between the cruise directors daily announcements, our Freestyle brochure, and easy to follow signs we had no trouble at all! Every ticket we needed for the excursions were brought to our rooms and we had reminders every morning of where to be at what time! The entire staff was courteous, friendly and helpful! We made friends with a hand full of bartenders, Oodesh, Gilbert and Christian, who were all funny and amazing with a shaker! We were taken great care of in every dinning hall, which were mind blowing on there own. The food, the atmosphere and the service was incredible. The entertainment was diverse and fun, every step you took there was a new activity going on to fit the needs of every guest on board. If we never had to leave, we wouldn't have! We considered hiding in our closets!! Thank you Norwegian Escape! We have a new, amazing way to travel!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
This trip was a high school senior break trip for my daughter and her friend. The two girls, myself and the friend's mother stayed together in a Large Balcony room (Room 9726). I was initially a little worried about the space with ... Read More
This trip was a high school senior break trip for my daughter and her friend. The two girls, myself and the friend's mother stayed together in a Large Balcony room (Room 9726). I was initially a little worried about the space with 4 women in one room, but since I had purchased some magnetic hooks to hang additional items on the wall and a shoe storage holder for miscellaneous bathroom products, we seemed to make it work with no issues. This was a Western Caribbean cruise and my opinion is that a balcony room or higher was the only way to go. Our Large Balcony room had a table, 2 chairs and a lounge chair- with no obstructions to the view. We used it often! The cruise director was great on this ship- he had a bunch of very fun events planned that the girls (and parents) had a great time at. Food was good in the main dining rooms. We chose the specialty dining package as one of our free perks- Cagney's Steak House was our favorite! I would not have paid money for the upgraded dining experience but was happy getting it for free. We also chose the Ultimate Beverage Package as our second free perk- ended up being a very valuable choice to have that since drinks averaged $10+ per drink. I think this perk is overpriced if you purchase it, however was totally worth it getting it for free. The bartenders were great at all of the bars. Tons of activities on board this ship- nobody was ever bored! We did excursions in Jamaica (Kayaking and Dunn's River Falls - great! Bring water shoes), Grand Cayman (Catamaran and Stingray City- fantastic!), Costa Maya (snorkeling was cancelled but still had a great time in port), Bahamas (picked up another snorkeling excursion since the other one in Costa Maya was cancelled. Was great!). Embarkment and Disembarkment all went smoothly at all times. Will cruise on this ship again for sure! :) Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2018
Our cruise was great! Only downer was we went during spring break and there happened to be a senior trip on board too. Which is fine but, there were a lot of drunk 18 year olds that were not fun to dance near during the theme nights. I ... Read More
Our cruise was great! Only downer was we went during spring break and there happened to be a senior trip on board too. Which is fine but, there were a lot of drunk 18 year olds that were not fun to dance near during the theme nights. I wish there were more activities that target 30 year olds. There were a lot of activities but we never seemed to find anyone around our age range. Also, we went on the Dunn river falls with bamboo beach club excursion. It was a lot of fun except it just felt PACKED at the falls and very very rushed. We kept getting told to keep moving so we didn’t get an opportunity to really take any nice photos in front of the falls together. The service was outstanding and ship was always super clean and easy to navigate. At one point my Apple Watch fell out of my beach bag on the ship. It took the security team only a day and a half to track it down. They made me super happy and I was impressed how on top of it they were. I was happy to end the trip on a happy note! The shows were ALL super amazing. Our favorite being Brat Pack and Company Men. The pool was nice to have the ledge to sit on. Drinks were pricey- only regret was not getting the drink package. The library was one of our favorite spots! I had a allergic reaction to my sunscreen and couldn’t go in the sun so it was fun to be able to play card and board games and meet others. The books in there all looked brand new too! Everywhere we ate the food was exceptional! Our favorite was garden cafe of course and Food Republic. Ronin (washy washy guy) always made us smile and laugh as well as our room steward Chotbal was amazing! Working in the hospitality industry too I was quite impressed with all the environmentally friendly features they had onboard too. Like the electricity turns off in the room when you leave, the rooms don’t have trash bags, the stewards use paper bags to dispose trash, you need a key card to turn on the lights and outlets in the room, you have the option to reuse towels, and they don’t use plastic travel size bottles for shower things. They actually have soap dispensers in the shower which was really cool. Overall the cruise was fantastic. We hope to go again soon! Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2018
First vacation in a few years with the family. We have parents which are mid 50’s and 2 young adults, 23 and 25. Embarkation was easy but they separate you by terminal even if traveling together in a family. Parents were in the haven and ... Read More
First vacation in a few years with the family. We have parents which are mid 50’s and 2 young adults, 23 and 25. Embarkation was easy but they separate you by terminal even if traveling together in a family. Parents were in the haven and had expedited check in while I and my sister took about 25 mins to get onboard. No big deal. Ship was beautiful always clean and staff was friendly. We stayed in a mini-suite and enjoyed the double sink and nice shower. Room was big, sat on the balcony a few times and beds were soft. Saw our house keeper maybe 3 times during the whole cruise but always made the bed and gave us towels when needed. Haven for the parents was incredible. Amazing service, always a friendly smile and the staff always tries to help with accommodations. If you are on the fence if you should upgrade to it or not, do it. Bed was big and comfortable, has own tanning area, pool always had kids but hot tubs were nice. Food was tasty but we did feel they were trying to nickel and dime you over everything. We got sick of buffet by the 4th day. We did have the food package which gave us 3 meals in specialty. Le Bistro was good and tasty. Moderno was unreal. Amazing best meal on the ship during the week. We used the last for the dinner show. AVOID AT ALL COSTS. NOT WORTH THE PRICE/TIME. We were disappointed by the entertainment. After Midnight had no structure or story at all. If I didn’t know the background before and went in blind, would have never knew it was supposed to be acts that were performed at the Cotton Club-4/10. Brat Pack were amazing, great movie references, great soundtrack and actors were good at their job-9/10. Howl at the moon were good every night we went. Saw the comedians once in the big show room but nothing too extraordinary that we haven’t seen before. Other than that there wasn’t much more to do on the ship at night besides the late night staples of karaoke, DJ party (not in a club but a lounge turned into a club area) or gambling. Ports were Okay. Jamaica we stayed on the boat. We’ve all done Dunns river falls and if we wanted to do it again, it was a 1.5 hour bus ride each way. Grand Cayman we did snorkeling and Sting Ray excursion. Don’t do it through the ship, save yourself 50% by booking it right as you walk off. Mexico we did Beach Excursion which was an all inclusive with pool, drinks, beach and chairs. Nice day but be away there are vendors trying to sell you everything and anything even while relaxing. Bahamas we did Blue Lagoon which was wonderful. Whole clear beach with decent food and pricy drinks. Floats and tubes are free. We got there after Carnival did so at the end of the day all of the carnival people went back and we had the beach area 50% less full for about 1.5 hours. Overall I would give the whole experience 3.5 out of 5. Not the best cruise but not the worst. Would sail with NCL again but more likely in the Haven only if so. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Overall the Escape was very nice, and the crew is extremely dedicated to customer satisfaction. The buffet food was very good and there was a lot of choice in what to eat at each meal. Breakfast was our favorite. Getting on and off the ... Read More
Overall the Escape was very nice, and the crew is extremely dedicated to customer satisfaction. The buffet food was very good and there was a lot of choice in what to eat at each meal. Breakfast was our favorite. Getting on and off the ship for ports and excursions was very smooth. The housekeeping staff (Jimmy) did a fabulous job and always addressed us by name, including our 15 year old son. We really enjoyed the sports area with bowling, skee ball, darts, etc. The only downside to the Escape is that there are only two pools for over 4000 cruisers. One is an adults only pool most of the time and that excluded our 15 year old and the other was full of toddlers. None of us ever got in a pool the entire week. We'd go out early to sit by the pool - before 9 a.m., but all chairs were already taken or being saved. A lady on one of the excursions told us that you had to be at the pool by 5:30 on sea days to get a chair, and she was one of those people who was doing that. Not us! No way! Fortunately, there were only two sea days. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2018
This was our second Norwegian Cruise and it lived up to all of our expectations the first one set for us. Since this cruise was for our wedding we splurged and booked in the Haven, which I highly recommend if you want to be truly spoiled! ... Read More
This was our second Norwegian Cruise and it lived up to all of our expectations the first one set for us. Since this cruise was for our wedding we splurged and booked in the Haven, which I highly recommend if you want to be truly spoiled! Everything was seamless getting onto the ship. Checking-in in the separate Haven area and getting on the ship before everyone else truly made you feel special. The rest of our party (21 of us total) were in various room ranging from Oceanviews to balcony spa suites. Everyone had an easy time getting on board. It was great being able to stop by the room even before it was officially ready to drop off my wedding dress, love it but didn't really want to cart it around for a few hours :) The ship is huge, but you find your way around easily once you familiarize yourself with some of the larger landmarks. We spent a lot of time a SpiceH20, and the brew house. The service and the staff were as accommodating as ever. They make you feel like family. We spent so much time at the Brew house on deck 8 that our favorite server came to check on the wedding ceremony! I was running a few minutes late...waiting for an elevator...so she got to part-take it a test run down the aisle. Yes, the family still jokes about and there are pictures somewhere! The bartender at Prime Meridian went over to Moderno to grab a basket of the delicious cheesy rolls just as they were closing the restaurant for my best friend because she wanted some. The server at Cagney's brought me an additional appetizer when I found I didn't 100% enjoy the original one I picked. The manager in the Manhattan room knew the bottles of wine our crew enjoyed, the manager in Savor took a self with a bunch of us and brought us a round of Champagne to celebrate the occasion, who else does that??? I think of my favorite things was the night before the wedding we were at the brew house listening to the talented piano entertainer and he decided he wanted to do a dance off. And what does my best friend to? Yells that I'm getting married the next day and I'm a dancer (classically trained in ballet...not exotic which she also clarified). Needless to say I won! So much fun that night and definitely created some fantastic memories. I will admit, we did not see any of the shows on board, but the excursions we did were amazing. This was our wedding cruise we tried not to have too many things planned, and allow plenty of time to relax on a true vacation. The Dining experiences were fantastic oddly enough (maybe?) we enjoyed the food in the main dining rooms over a couple of the specialty dining options we did. Horseback riding in Jamaica, the Turtle Farm in Grand Caymans, and just exploring the port in the Bahamas, this was the wedding vacation of our wildest dreams. To speak directly to the staff in the Haven - AMAZING. the bartenders knew our drinks, the staff up on the pool deck were always willing to joke around with us. The food in the Haven restaurant was to DIE for. I could have eaten that Brie Cheeseburger for lunch every single day. Our room steward was fantastic, our butler Lea was so incredibly she made sure everything was perfect and stress free the day of the wedding, she helped us out so much when we needed anything at all. This ship is, again, huge so of course it can feel crowded some times we didn't spend a lot of time on the main pool deck - if you're old enough I would recommend getting a pass to Vibe and enjoy some solid adult time. The spa was amazing, did a couples massage and a facial the day before the wedding, it definitely helped me relax a ton! The staff was knowledgeable and didn't push the expected amount of up-sells, the ladies who did my best friend and I's mani/pedis on day 2 was a blast from the past - same girls who did our nails 3 years prior on the Epic for my best friend's wedding! And they remembered us!!! Incredible. All in all, was everything 100% perfect, no of course not, little things here and there like anything you would expect when on a ship with 4000+ guests and 1700+ staff. You just can't let the little stuff get you down otherwise you'll never be fully satisfied. We loved this experience so much and cannot wait for our next cruise!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We were nervous at first going on a large passenger boat. Friends had selected it but were pleasantly surprised. We never except getting on the boat the large amount of people on it. That being said we did not choose NCL excursions so can ... Read More
We were nervous at first going on a large passenger boat. Friends had selected it but were pleasantly surprised. We never except getting on the boat the large amount of people on it. That being said we did not choose NCL excursions so can not comment on them. Our room was 15756 Spa balcony. The spa was wonderful. We loved the walk in jaccuzi. And with the exception of the last sea day, was never crowded. We didn't see our room steward much and only one day did he not bring us ice in the afternoon. The room was nice no drawers, though. The hints of bringing magnet hooks is a good one. We did not. The pool can be very crowded but we only laid out one time (Not a sun worshiper) that would be a big drawback for anyone looking for pools. Overall it was a great experience with great old and new friends. Read Less
Norwegian Escape Ratings
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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 4.1
Value For Money 4.0 3.7

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