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We have completed 5 cruises in 2 years (2 RCI, 1 Carnival, 1 Disney and now NCL Escape). We were hoping the Escape and NCL would be the best time of our lives, but I hate to say that did not happen. Our main focus for this cruise was the kids, we booked this ship knowing it was new and it was a Nickelodeon ship....oh wait it WAS a Nickelodeon ship when we booked. When we got on board we quickly realized there were no characters and there were no decorations or themes for children. As you can imaging we were surprised to learn that Nickelodeon canceled the contract in June....no one told us. Even the stores had very items for kids to purchase, few collectibles and next to no toys...they were saving there hard earned money for this trip. Also, we were not too happy to find out that Margaretavill was changed from complimentary to a la carte (the place was empty most days); and what happened to Carlo's bakeshop? We were under the impression the bakeshop would be the cake boss...not on the Escape...its just a place that sells cupcakes and Gelato (Gelato was the best deal on the ship) There is no question, the ship is very nice and the staff were great. They did not have the energy that we had seen on our other cruises, however they had only been working together for a few weeks, I am sure it will only get better. The overall design and layout of the ship we found odd, the areas of excitement were either by the adult only pool or in the central region by the registration/ customer service desk. The mini put, which obviously is not the Teen Age Mutant Ninja turtles is already wearing out and won't last long...never did find the pizza shop that was originally to be located close to the mini put. The ropes course is awesome, a little intimidating, but hey my 8 year old daughter did it. The kids club and the staff were great, they had different themes every night and the complete kids staff got into character and really were just big kids, great job everyone - special thanks to Donut and Sprinkles :) . Restaurants, the buffet one of the best in our 5 cruises, as well as the complimentary restaurants. The speciality restraints, I would not do it again. Steak house and Teppanyaki were good, not great, Italian menu was not what were expecting....couldn't get basic Spaghetti and meatballs or fettuccine...mostly specialty sea food Italian mixes. We are not big on the seafood side of things. The dinner/show was good, menu was limited and terrible - heard many complaints about it. With respect to the pools, the play park for the kids is great, except the pool co-located is 5' deep and a little to deep for the 9 and younger crowd...they also made several comments that the salt content was so extreme they didn't want to go back in the pool. The depth would not be an issue if the ship supplied kids floatation devices....others cruises had them. The slides - simple put were awesome !!! Was hard to get the kids away from them. Entertainment - was good, not to the level of RCI - but they were good -great job Brad Pack. Overall the cruise was ok - we had a good time but not a great time. Kids were very disappointed as the things they were expecting to see just were not there. Our next cruise will likely be back with RCI and the Dreamworks, there is a difference.

NCL Escape; not the Escape we were expecting.

Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by TLEH

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2015
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-ship Balcony Stateroom
We have completed 5 cruises in 2 years (2 RCI, 1 Carnival, 1 Disney and now NCL Escape). We were hoping the Escape and NCL would be the best time of our lives, but I hate to say that did not happen. Our main focus for this cruise was the kids, we booked this ship knowing it was new and it was a Nickelodeon ship....oh wait it WAS a Nickelodeon ship when we booked.

When we got on board we quickly realized there were no characters and there were no decorations or themes for children. As you can imaging we were surprised to learn that Nickelodeon canceled the contract in June....no one told us. Even the stores had very items for kids to purchase, few collectibles and next to no toys...they were saving there hard earned money for this trip. Also, we were not too happy to find out that Margaretavill was changed from complimentary to a la carte (the place was empty most days); and what happened to Carlo's bakeshop? We were under the impression the bakeshop would be the cake boss...not on the Escape...its just a place that sells cupcakes and Gelato (Gelato was the best deal on the ship)

There is no question, the ship is very nice and the staff were great. They did not have the energy that we had seen on our other cruises, however they had only been working together for a few weeks, I am sure it will only get better. The overall design and layout of the ship we found odd, the areas of excitement were either by the adult only pool or in the central region by the registration/ customer service desk. The mini put, which obviously is not the Teen Age Mutant Ninja turtles is already wearing out and won't last long...never did find the pizza shop that was originally to be located close to the mini put. The ropes course is awesome, a little intimidating, but hey my 8 year old daughter did it.

The kids club and the staff were great, they had different themes every night and the complete kids staff got into character and really were just big kids, great job everyone - special thanks to Donut and Sprinkles :) .

Restaurants, the buffet one of the best in our 5 cruises, as well as the complimentary restaurants. The speciality restraints, I would not do it again. Steak house and Teppanyaki were good, not great, Italian menu was not what were expecting....couldn't get basic Spaghetti and meatballs or fettuccine...mostly specialty sea food Italian mixes. We are not big on the seafood side of things. The dinner/show was good, menu was limited and terrible - heard many complaints about it.

With respect to the pools, the play park for the kids is great, except the pool co-located is 5' deep and a little to deep for the 9 and younger crowd...they also made several comments that the salt content was so extreme they didn't want to go back in the pool. The depth would not be an issue if the ship supplied kids floatation devices....others cruises had them.

The slides - simple put were awesome !!! Was hard to get the kids away from them.

Entertainment - was good, not to the level of RCI - but they were good -great job Brad Pack.

Overall the cruise was ok - we had a good time but not a great time. Kids were very disappointed as the things they were expecting to see just were not there. Our next cruise will likely be back with RCI and the Dreamworks, there is a difference.
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Cabin Review

Mid-ship Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BB 14258
Cabin was good, size was ok, the balcony was a last minute add on which was a great deal. Kids loved the balcony and it gave mom and dad a little time away from them while they played in the room. Also makes showing the kids the ports easier, just get up and do it from the room.
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