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Norwegian Escape

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
4.0
1,673 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: 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 4 ... 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
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
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
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