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14 Night Caribbean Cruise from New York (Manhattan)

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Norwegian Escape

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
4.0
2,039 reviews
Why Choose Norwegian Escape?

Pros

Exceptional dining, entertainment, bar and club options abound.

Cons

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

1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
We almost exclusively sail with NCL and wanted an easy trip, so decide to sail from the states and not Europe. I would recommend this trip to those that want to have a relaxed trip and just do basic sight-seeing. Enjoyed our time on the ... Read More
We almost exclusively sail with NCL and wanted an easy trip, so decide to sail from the states and not Europe. I would recommend this trip to those that want to have a relaxed trip and just do basic sight-seeing. Enjoyed our time on the ship, but ports were a bit boring compared to what you see in Europe. The embarkation process at NY Terminal was the worst I have experienced, EVER! Rude porters. We waited in line to check in for over 1.5 hours, I have never waited more than 20-30 minutes to get on a cruise ship from the time we've arrived at the port to walking on the ship. I'll never sail out of NY again, even though it was breathtaking & emotional sailing by the Freedom Tower and Statue of Liberty. Be sure to get on deck for this. Debarkation in NY was easy, as we didn't have to deal with anyone at the port and went straight to our bus for a NCL Tour of NYC that dropped us at LGA. This tour was a highlight of the trip since we had not ever toured the city, highly recommend! The ship is really beautiful and this was one of the friendliest crews we've encountered on any cruise. The majority of the passengers seemed to be having an excellent time. We dined mostly at the Buffet so we could eat quickly, we prefer to spend time doing activities instead of waiting on food to be delivered. (thank you Washy-Washy girls for keeping us all healthy and shame on those that don't wash their hands - you know who you are). The bar service was excellent at every venue and the UBP is a must for us as a double rum and coke is around $22 so my bill would have been expensive. Due to the size of the ship, they have a lot of bars to choose from, unfortunately none of them are very large so they stay full and it is often difficult to find one seat, let alone two. The Five O'Clock somewhere bar seemed to be used for selling things or seminars and I didn't like the atmosphere so never went there. Margaritaville ($14.95 charge) was also empty the entire sailing, so both of these spaces could have been put to better use. Headliners Bar is home to Dueling Pianos, which we enjoyed and also the comedy shows. We couldn't attend the comedy shows since they are reserved seats and the venue is very small, so book those shows at the earliest possible moment. The Choir of Man was excellent and I heard only great comments from other passengers, best show on the ship, so be sure to make reservations. There is a small fee, but worth it. You'll want to arrive early with your entire party to be seated, they served Beef Wellington that was just OK. I did not care for the two main stage shows - After Midnight and For the Record, the quality of the shows on other NCL Ships has been far superior to these two. The talent was there, but did not care for writing of the shows, endless tap dancing in A.M. and the extremely loud music in FtR (but the cast was really cute), I think that show is rated PG-13. If you didn't like the movies - The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, then don't go see For the Record. - I loved the movies, but not this show. I'm a fan of NCL freestyle cruising, but it is hard to do on the large ships because you do need reservations for most of the shows - some can be booked prior to sailing, the rest can be booked from your stateroom TV or the various monitors around the ship. We will be back on NCL soon, but have decide to stick with the smaller ships after experiencing Escape and Epic because you have more freedom to decide last minute what you want to do. Also, the wait for elevators is often long and for some reason much of the crowd on this trip had no manners and just pushed into the elevators in front of those of us that had been waiting for some time. Many passengers commented on the rude behavior. Because of the number of floors, elevators are frequently needed on this ship, except between floors 6-8 where much of the dining and entertainment take place. At embarkation time and after the muster drill, I would recommend walking up one floor on stairs to catch the elevator - or get on an elevator going down and ride it back up so at least you were able to get on. These two times the elevators are EXTREMELY busy. The weather was very cool so very few people in the pool, can't imagine 4000 pax trying to fit into the small pool. The ropes course was a lot of fun, part of it was closed due to high winds and it was also open for very limited hours due to weather. We booked all excursions through NCL - Best of Portland and Kennebunkport - saw a lighthouse, ate a lobster roll (that was very bland), and saw the Bush compound. Bar Harbor was 86'd because of weather we couldn't tender so had an extra day at sea. St John - did hop on, hop off which was a bit boring and nothing really to see. Halifax - best port and trip - Peggy's Cove and Titanic Cemetery - got to see a lot of the countryside and the coast, great time and would recommend that excursion. The NYC trip at the end that dropped us at LGA was great - we got to walk around Central Park, Rockefeller Plaza, didn't get to go by the Freedom Tour and Trade Center site because heads of state were at the U.N. laughing at Bozo, but we toured for quite a while, then dropped us around 1:30 to catch our flight (wouldn't book this unless you have a later flight so you have time to get through security! Also, no good food options at LGA once you go through security, so eat first!) All in all - a great time, no need to go back to these ports, ever. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
I had gone on cruises before, but never to these ports nor on this shop. I thought it would be a different experience and it was. The accommodations, food, drinks , dining and entertaining were good. I along with some other senior citizens ... Read More
I had gone on cruises before, but never to these ports nor on this shop. I thought it would be a different experience and it was. The accommodations, food, drinks , dining and entertaining were good. I along with some other senior citizens were concerned that there was not a quiet place, unless we missed it, that we could sit without constant noise. I thought the drink package , complimentary dinners and shows were an excellent idea , it allowed me to project my onboard spending. I especially like the idea that the gratituities for the ship employees were automatically deducted from the designated onboard credit card because often times when left to be paid in cash it diesn’t happen. I would prefer external doors opened automatic, I’m a little OCD, touching the sensor was somewhat trying for me, but I managed, probably used a container of sanitizer a day. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
I love cruising. I choose Norwegian just to see what it’s like after being on other ships. I LOVED every moment. The suite was huge, the restaurants were fabulous, the staff was courteous, well mannered and always smiling. My massage ... Read More
I love cruising. I choose Norwegian just to see what it’s like after being on other ships. I LOVED every moment. The suite was huge, the restaurants were fabulous, the staff was courteous, well mannered and always smiling. My massage was relaxing. I also enjoyed the sauna and the hot tubs. The shore excursions were enjoyable. Onboard activities were the best. I never danced so much in decades. The broadway shows were spectacular. The on board shopping was great especially the sales on the last day at sea. There was also a talent show featuring the staff, boy do they have talent. I especially enjoyed the way the crew welcomed us onboard when we were embarking from Canada. It was like a welcome home party with hot chocolate, warm washcloths for our faces and a soul train dance line with the crew. Norwegian will certainly be my cruise ship from now on. Read Less
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