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Norwegian Escape Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Some disappointments for a Brand New Ship

Review for Norwegian Escape to Transatlantic
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cllucas44
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Oct 2015
Cabin: Balcony Stateroom
Near the rope walls.

This was our third transatlantic and third Norwegian cruise. We had always liked the flexibility of Norwegian in the past and decided to bring the grand kids along this time.

Weather was cold for 6 days so we could not use the rope wall, slides etc. When the weather warmed all of the outside things were still not opened. One real disappointment; on other Transatlantic cruises we got these nice certificates with our names saying we crossed the Atlantic. This time we got one generic one that said "Escape Inaugural Cruise". Whee.

The most disappointing part of this cruise was the ship itself. This is by far the largest ship we have been on yet it FEELS like the smallest. Nearly every public area (even outside) is chopped into several smaller one. The pool area seems tiny. And there is no grand stair way or lobby on any level. The Atrium holds about 300-400 people max so where are the other 3900 supposed to sit for all the fun ship activities? Main hot tub was out of commission as was another on the upper deck forward (19) and the two on the main pool hold 6 people so the other 4188 people have to go somewhere else.

Cabin Review

Balcony Stateroom

Cabin BE

We knew our usual balcony suite would be close quarters but were not prepared for nearly zero storage. NO Drawers, but instead very shallow tiny shelves and configured with no space between bed and closet that is weirdly not full length so your long things will drag on the bottom. Challenging for four people and the kids just made do with living out of their suitcases, stowed on the closet shelf and under the 'counter top'. Balcony: small. This room is a huge HIKE from the elevators, they are not so much fore and aft as middle fore and middle aft.

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Southampton

No excursions.

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