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Norwegian Escape

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
4.0
1,858 reviews
Why Choose Norwegian Escape?

Pro

Exceptional dining, entertainment, bar and club options abound.

Con

A la carte fees and cover charges add up quickly

Bottom Line

There's something for everyone on Escape, but you might pay extra for it.


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: June 2018
This was a family reunion trip planned by parents 1 year in advance. We live in Westchester and the cruise departed from NYC, so you could not beat the convenience. No planes! When we embarked, we were able to eat immediately and the ... Read More
This was a family reunion trip planned by parents 1 year in advance. We live in Westchester and the cruise departed from NYC, so you could not beat the convenience. No planes! When we embarked, we were able to eat immediately and the depart from NYC party on deck was fun. The kids immediately wanted to get in the pool to go on the kid friendly water slides. The kiddie area with the water fun games was a good place to feel comfortable that the kids were not going to get hurt. The pool was nice and warm and very clean. The all inclusive drink package was nice in that you did not think about the cost of every drink. The food at Cagney’s and Tepinyaki were one of the best restaurant experiences I have ever had. The room attendant and all of the staff were incredibly friendly. I was put in a good mood everyday. The Splash academy was also something that made the trip feel like a real vacation as it gave us time to relax away from the kids. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
My wife and I love cruising to Bermuda, its an excellent way to experience the island and gives lots of flexibility to explore and get on and off the ship on your own terms. It also substantially reduces the daily expenses as Bermuda is ... Read More
My wife and I love cruising to Bermuda, its an excellent way to experience the island and gives lots of flexibility to explore and get on and off the ship on your own terms. It also substantially reduces the daily expenses as Bermuda is rather expensive for tourists. One notable change since the last time we cruised to Bermuda is that NCL has procured their own Ferry providing free service to St. George from the Dockyard. This provided an extra cost savings which was enjoyable, but also seemed to push a greater number of cruise guests to the town, and Tabacco Bay than we previously experienced on an October trip to the island. We chose the Escape because it was a newer ship, a larger vessel than we had cruised on before. We've experienced Bermuda on the Dawn out of Boston, and cruised many other times on the smaller class of ships. After cruising on the Escape, there was a clear difference in the cruise experience as the crew to guest ratio was a bit lower which definitely impacted service. Bar service was normal, with quick and attentive bar tenders, but the sheer volume of people made for less enjoyable experiences in specialty dining and entertainment venues. Main dining rooms proved to be staffed well, and produced a good pace of service. The Maderno Brazilian Steak House had excellent and quick service, but some of the meat was slightly over cooked, which is not out of the ordinary for the style of restaurant. Bayamo produced slightly overcooked seafood, and some of the prawns that I had were quite fishy in taste but the rest of the meal was good. La Cucina was good, but the food wasn't stellar - it just met expectations though the service was less attentive later in the dining experience than in the first half. The overall meal times for some of the specialty restaurants seemed to be extensive (2-2.5 Hours in length). This wasn't bad, but certainly could have been faster. We loved the District Brewhouse for entertainment, specifically Beau Tahana, who was amusing and fun to experience. We also enjoyed the dining at Food Republic. The service and food there was fantastic, we ate there three times because each time we went, we saw other menu items we wanted to try on another visit. One of the primary differences of this ship and its size was the impact it had on our choice of entertainment. We had high expectations for Howl at the Moon in the comedy club, but once we seated ourselves prior to the show, the entire room filled with more guests, standing to exceed capacity. Our seats were in the back, so the standing patrons blocked our view of the show - we promptly left and went to the District Brew House. Additionally, the experience of having to reserve your seats for the shows was a bit ridiculous. All the show times filled up with reservations, but you can always get in because some people never show - this was something we found out about halfway through the trip and would have been nice to know that you can always go standby for the shows. On other ships, it was always first come first serve to shows, a format that we enjoyed better than this ship. We went to Choir of Man, which was excellent. Absolutely one of the best shows we've seen while cruising NCL - if you get a chance to see their show while they're in the US touring 32 states, you should. The pool deck experience for days when the ship was at sea was crazy busy. The pool size for the volume of people on the ship was definitely not sufficient, and the deck chairs were always 100% reserved. We tended to avoid the pool deck as it seemed over crowded on most of the sea days. Our balcony stateroom on the ship was better than the staterooms on some of the smaller ships, simply because the bathroom was laid out better and provided more room so as not to make it seem like a closet with a toilet and shower. Our stateroom steward was excellent, very friendly, always prompt and courteous. We've never had a bad stateroom experience on our cruises, so this was no different and upheld the high quality standard we've come to expect. The only negative that we have for the stateroom experience is generally that the mattress could have been a little softer - but overall we did get good sleep in the room. We enjoyed the cruise, and especially Bermuda, but the lower quality of service at restaurants, lower food quality, and the crowded / fully booked entertainment options knocked this rating down from Very Good to Average. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
I will start by saying that I was very hesitant to go on the NCL Escape after reading all of the terrible reviews on here. I would have cancelled had there been an alternative for the week I was able to go. I am SO GLAD that I went ... Read More
I will start by saying that I was very hesitant to go on the NCL Escape after reading all of the terrible reviews on here. I would have cancelled had there been an alternative for the week I was able to go. I am SO GLAD that I went anyway!! We had an amazing time and the ship far exceeded my expectations. This was my 7th cruise, but my first with NCL. I've also traveled pretty frequently and usually stay in 4-5 star all-inclusive resorts (just to give you an idea of what I'm used to). Here are my thoughts: EMBARKATION- very easy, quick, and efficient. Our "arrival time" was for 1pm, but we were on the ship by around 11:45. No issues whatsoever. CABIN- we had an inside cabin, which was TINY but comfortable for 2 people. It would have been way too small for 3 people. The bathroom was a good size and the shower was excellent. Beds were very comfortable. No real channels on the TV other than news. This was disappointing since I like to watch TV at night as I fall asleep. The cabin was SO CLEAN it felt like we were the first people to ever use it. FOOD- we did not go to any of the specialty restaurants as there was no reason to spend more money, the food was excellent in all of the included ones. We ate at Taste, Savor, Manhattan Club, O'Sheehans, and the buffet. All were excellent. The menus at the first 3 are the same, and the atmosphere is nearly identical in Taste/Savor. The buffet had more options that I've ever seen on any ship OR in any resort. If you think you've seen everything on it, keep walking and you'll notice that there is much more. We didn't realize that until the 2nd day. We always found a place to sit, no matter what time we were there. There were only 2 of us so it was easy. If there were 3 or more, that would have been more challenging. I never felt rushed or crowded as there was lots of space for all. ENTERTAINMENT- We saw After Midnight (very good) and the Brat Pack (excellent). Be sure to pre-book your (free) tickets to these shows! We met people who couldn't get in because they didn't book in advance. Howl at the Moon was so much fun- definitely go in there. We never made reservations but we were able to get in every time we wanted because people are constantly coming and going. The game shows were all fun as well, but again, with more than 2 people it would be nearly impossible to find seats in the Atrium. These really should take place in a larger venue. There was always so much to do on board, that I always felt like I was missing out because there were so many things going on and it was impossible to be everywhere! OUTDOOR AREAS- there were 2 pools, 1 was for kids only (but adults did go in there) and the other was adults only. There were SO MANY lounge chairs, almost too many as it made it difficult to walk and access them. We didn't go in the pool, but we did use the hot tubs and the grotto in Spice H2O (very nice area of the ship). We always found lounge chairs somewhere on deck, but sometimes had to move them to be together. Once again, with more than 2 people, finding chairs and space to sit together would be very difficult and frustrating. The ropes course was super fun and despite the wind up there, I felt safe. The waterslides were fun, too. I didn't travel with kids this time, but they would have had a blast- SO much to do. DISEMBARKATION- again, very easy and efficient. OTHER- the service on this ship was excellent. Every officer, crew member, etc went out of their way to greet us, ask us about our cruise, help us, etc. With the exception on 1 bartender (who wouldn't make a drink because it wasn't on the menu even though he had all the ingredients) everyone else was wonderful. I am prone to seasickness, but I very rarely, like maybe once or twice, felt this ship move. It felt like we were still for almost the entire time. Smoothest ship I've ever been on. Didn't even need my motion sickness meds! This ship does require you to pay extra for quite a bit, but it's all optional. I chose not to pay for any of the extras, had a wonderful, relaxing time, and they owed ME money when I got off the ship as I didn't use all my on-board credit. SUMMARY- If you are traveling alone or with 1 other person, don't hesitate to book this cruise!!! If you're traveling with a small group who plans to spend the entire time together, you may want to look into a different ship. That being said, it amazes me what people will complain about. It's a CRUISE...it's a VACATION, and it will be what you make it to be. If you go with the intent to have a great time and let little things go, then you will have a great vacation, wherever you are. :-) Read Less
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