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Norwegian Escape

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
4.0
1,870 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: July 2018
As a first time cruiser, my family of 8 and I enjoyed this cruise thoroughly. The cruise had many activities for all age groups. The cruise had excellent food choices and tremendous amount of variety of food. The cleanliness of the ship ... Read More
As a first time cruiser, my family of 8 and I enjoyed this cruise thoroughly. The cruise had many activities for all age groups. The cruise had excellent food choices and tremendous amount of variety of food. The cleanliness of the ship was outstanding. The crew was so friendly, attentive, always came by to say hello during meal times. The amenities of the ship were excellent and extremely clean. The buffet had a huge variety of food options - you coul even personalize your meals if you like. The cruise also provide a late night snack bar - which would start after 9:30 p.m. and had great tasty food, such as fried chicken, chips and salsa, crepes, etc. The cruise also had great entertainment on the ship. There were numerous game shows - such as Deal or No Deal with audience members - that one prizes up to $1300. The cruise also had theaters, a steakhouse, sushi restaurant, italian restaurant, and many more, a gelato store and lots of activities for people of all ages to participate in. We were sailing during the world cup of soccer time zone an the ship streamed the games live and that was a great perk on top of all the other activities available. The staterooms were very clean, the stateroom stewards made the room dtwi ce a day, even if not marked on the door. They also paid attention to details, and were always available and very helpful. Overall it was an excellent experience. I just wish we had an extra day at the port of Bermuda to explore. Other than that, the cruise was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend it ! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We love Norwegian Cruise Lines and this was our fourth cruise. The ship is just to big with too many passengers for the space aboard. Finding an place to sit or lounge is hit and miss. As with any other cruise line there is a problem with ... Read More
We love Norwegian Cruise Lines and this was our fourth cruise. The ship is just to big with too many passengers for the space aboard. Finding an place to sit or lounge is hit and miss. As with any other cruise line there is a problem with people placing stake and not being there. I did see a great attempt at the pool to mark lounge chairs that had towels on them. Wait staff was fabulous and supervision was always checking to see that you are happy. Tobacco Road only had one bartender the entire cruise. District Brew house was our favorite and Vinnie was the BEST! The Cellars is marked up about 300% but with the Beverage package that was not a big deal. We stayed in cabin 13788 a mini suite. The only difference between this and a balcony is the shower and sink. Nothing special in the bathroom like a spa suite. Book the balcony and save! I'm very pleased that there are sharp containers in the cabins. Being Diabetic this was a big help. But I ask why you cannot find sugar free ice cream anywhere including Dolce Gelato. Norwegian always has sugar free deserts but that's it. The ship really needs to provide more shade as not everyone is a sun God. The people in the connecting cabin kept us awake until 3am with constant fighting and slamming the cabin door. I can honestly say that we could not wait to get off that ship. Will we continue to sail on Norwegian, yes! in fact we only have one more sail day to reach Silver status. I blame this all on the Norwegian Gem! To date, it was the best ship we have ever been on across the cruise lines we have taken. Every show was booked and we did not see any of shows. Any tickets that were available were to late or conflicted with dinner reservations. I'm always upset when I see reviews like this posted as the crew will go out of their way for you. I can tell you that the 5 of us will not sail on the Escape again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
We just got back from the cruise today and had a great time. Bermuda was beautiful, and the ship staff were all very attentive, helpful, and fun. Our cabin steward was very nice and provided excellent service. Embarkation wasn't ... Read More
We just got back from the cruise today and had a great time. Bermuda was beautiful, and the ship staff were all very attentive, helpful, and fun. Our cabin steward was very nice and provided excellent service. Embarkation wasn't too bad. We had the 11-11:30 time block, which is probably more crowded than earlier ones so there was a bit of a line to get your photos taken and ID cards from NCL, though it wasn't a big deal. Disembarkation was long; they said there were high tides which delayed everyone from disembarking so more people were getting off the ship in less time. I'm not sure if they could have pushed everyone back accordingly, though I guess they are on a tight timeframe since they have new passengers boarding today. It took a while, but once we were off the ship, it was pretty quick to get through Customs. In the big scheme of things, this wasn't really a big deal. Dining - Our package included 3 specialty restaurants. Of the 3 we did, the hibachi (Teppanyaki) and Brazilian (Moderno Churrascaria) ones were really excellent - the food and service were both amazing. These two restaurants are also an experience since the chef cooks the food in front of you at the hibachi place and the different waiters cut the meat at your table at the Brazilian place. We also liked the steakhouse (Cagney's), just not as much as the other two. - We also did the 3 main restaurants for dinner - Savor, Taste, and Manhattan Room. They all have similar (or the same) menus; Savor and Taste look very similar to each other - they are right across from each other, too; Manhattan Room is more upscale looking and is in the back of the boat so has nice views if you're sitting towards the back. The service at all 3 was excellent, and the food was really good, too. - The buffet (Garden Buffet) was consistently good. There is a lot of seating and food/beverage stations at the buffet. It seems like people sit and get food/drinks at the stations near the entrances so these are naturally more crowded. I recommend walking around a bit and you'll likely find more/better tables to sit at and less lines to get food/drinks (e.g., omelets, etc.). Entertainment We just saw the 2 main shows - "After Midnight" (about 1-hour) and "For the Record - The Brat Pack" (about 1.5-hours). We liked "For the Record - The Brat Pack" a lot more. However, this is likely a matter of preference based on how old you are and the type of music you like. The ropes course with zip-lining and slides were closed on and off during the cruise based on the weather/winds. My advice is if you want to do either/both of these and you see it is open, just do it right away since the weather may force it to be closed at a later time. Both were a lot of fun. It can get very windy on the ropes course so they're closing it for safety reasons. The Splash Academy is great for kids so parents can have some time to themselves. They do a great show on the last day in the theater where all the kids participate. Bermuda The first day, we went to Horse Shoe Bay Beach, which is beautiful. There are a bunch of taxis once you get off the ship and walk right down the pier. The prices are listed and are very reasonable. The second and third days, we went to the beach that is in the Royal Navy Dockyard (where the ship is docked). It is a short walk from the ship. It is a man-made beach so there's really no waves, but it's still the ocean and is really good for snorkeling and for little kids or anyone for that matter. There is a $5 admission fee which I believe is free for those under 5 and senior citizens. We also booked an excursion directly with the tour operator - they have a small office right when you get off the pier where you can book various excursions (we did Captain Kirk's Glass Bottom Boat and Snorkeling Tour - it was awesome). The best thing about this cruise is that you are in Bermuda for almost 3 full days so you can enjoy Bermuda and not have to worry about when to get back to the ship. Random notes: - For a ship this size with so many passengers, it would have been nice to have a third elevator bank. We had a stroller sometimes so we had to take the elevator; otherwise, it's not too bad/long taking the stairs if the elevator is not there right away. Overall, not a huge deal, though. - I understand why they don't give out plastic straws anymore, but they should look into paper straws or something similar. A lot of the bar drinks are kind of meant to be drank with straws. - It may have been just me, but the automatic soap dispensers in the bathrooms seemed to not work right away - I think you have to put your hand underneath and waive your hand slightly (rather than putting your hand there and doing nothing). - A lot of the daily events (newlywed game, dance lessons, etc.) took place in the Atrium. On past cruises I've been on, events like this draw a large crowd and thus take place in the theater where there is a lot more space. Overall, it was a great trip and we would definitely cruise with NCL again! Read Less
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