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Norwegian Escape - Eastern Caribbean from Miami Sat - Miami, Florida Sun - At Sea Mon - At Sea Tue - St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands Wed - Tortola, British Virgin Islands Thu - At Sea Fri - Nassau, Bahamas Sat - Miami, Florida The Escape is the newest NCL ship featuring the latest in food venues, bars, and entertainment tailored to the contemporary cruiser. There are a lot of Cruise Critic threads that grumble about how the Escape does not embrace the “good old days of cruising”. To us, that is a good thing. The Escape embraces the best of Freestyle Cursing. This was our second cruise on the Escape (we had previously been on its inaugural voyage out of Miami in November). And we would not hesitate to book a cruise on her again. Embarkation This was the second voyage to leave at the new 7:00 pm departure time, so passengers had all the way to 5:00 pm to check-in and board. We always want to maximize our cruise time, so we arrived at the terminal via taxi around 10:30 a.m. There was no waiting for a curbside porter, at security, or at main check-in. We were booked in a Havens, so we used the Havens check-in facility in Terminal C. They were not using the additional waiting room across the hall, so all of the early Teraminal C Havens guest everyone were crammed in the tiny check-in area, which did not have enough seats for everyone to sit. There were some light refreshments available (Coffee, Tea, Juice, Cookies, Canapés) Check-in was quick and efficient. We got our key cards in and envelope with our concierge’s name, but no contact information. On prior cruises, we got an introductory letter with additional information on contacting the concierge desk, etc. We were escorted onboard around 11:20 a.m. General boarding had already started, so there was a crowd at the ship’s security podiums and all the way up the gangway. The Escape was using only one main gangway from both Terminal B and C to embark passengers. The ship was tied up such that the Terminal B gangway was beyond the bow of the ship and could not be used. I never got a good explanation on why they were not using two gangways as we have seen on prior trips on the Getaway and Epic. Once onboard, we were taken via private elevator up to the Havens Lounge where the Concierge was giving periodic orientation talks. A Spa representative helped us makes some Spa reservations and the Concierge staff helped us book additional shows and change dining reservations. The Havens restaurant did not open until noon, so the restaurant staff was serving rum punch, sodas, sliders and fries to in the lounge. We ventured off to drop off our handcarry bags before lunch. Havens Lounge and Courtyard The courtyard and Havens facilities were beautiful. A small private pool, two hot tubs, a sauna, and two private spa treatment rooms on Deck 17. Deck 19 had both indoor and outdoor loungers going to the bow of the ship. There was on additional outdoor hot tub that was cantilevered out over the side of the ship. Because of the heat, humidity, strong winds, and periodic passing rain showers, the ship kept the sun roof over the courtyard closed a lot of the time. Some wanted the roof open. We were happy to sit in air conditioned sunshine during the day. The Havens has a two level lounge with a private bar. The bar is never busy, and the lounges provide a nice place to sit and have a drink. The concierge staff have their desk in the lounge and they are always busy making reservations and assisting guests. H7 Havens Forward Facing Penthouse Suite 10706 We were really happy with the room. It cost less than the Havens Courtyard Balcony rooms, but provided a lot more space with a separate living room/dining room area, bed room, and master bathroom. There was a tremendous amount of storage in the room. Two walls of closets, huge drawer space and cabinets under the forward facing porthole, and cabinets in the living room. Deck 10 is high enough to see over the bow of the ship (probably would have been better to be at least one deck higher). On the evening we left Tortola, there was an emergency evacuation of an ill patient. At 2:00 am, the crew prepared for and supported an U.S. Coast Guard helicopter airlift of a passenger and his wife. The crew was well prepared and rehearsed. The crew prepared the airlift point on the bow and fire crews setup fire hoses and extinguishers in the event of a helicopter crash. Too much excitement as we watched it unfold just outside our window. The bathroom had a separate toilet, rainfall shower, and large soaking tub. There were twin vessel basins and a small dressing table. Lots of counter space, well lit, with lots of mirrors. The living room had a small coffee bar area. The Escape has switched to the [cheaper] Nespresso machine with espresso, regular coffee, and decaf pods. There were an assortment of teas. Our butler kept a full set of dishes and silverware in the bar along with a full set of glassware. The living room felt a little small, but provided a separate space to sit and relax and a large flat screen TV. Restaurants We had a 4-night Specialty Dining Package, 2 Platinum meals, and an Onboard Dining Credit as perks on the cruise. More food than we could eat. We actually forfeited some of our meals since we at in the Havens Restaurant on two nights. Havens Restaurant: The Havens menus on the Escape are much improved over other ships and we are anxiously awaiting their deployment across the fleet. The restaurant feels a bit undersized and the understaffed. It always felt busy with the maitre d barking orders at the staff. They would better off with a dedicated busboys team to clear and reset tables and bar staff so that the waiters could devote their entire attention on the guests. Food turnaround was also a bit slow at times, so they would benefit with a few more assistant cooks to keep the food moving. Despite being busy, the food was excellent. There is an outside seating looking out over the pool deck where we had breakfast twice. While the ship is underway, the seating area can be a bit windy, but it was really nice to eat outside. Le Bistro: Le Bistro use to be one of our favorite restaurants. The new menu really doesn’t work for us. The lovely double cut lamb chops are now lamb loin chunks. (We actually were in the galley watching the cooks take lovely lamb chops, cutting out the loin, and tossing the rest of the meat). After being totally underwhelmed, we cancelled our second reservation and booked elsewhere. The Bistro outside seating, to us, is unusable because of the smell of cigarette smoke, cascading down from the casino. Cagney’s: Cagney’s steakhouse provided its normal great food and great service. We had a whole steamed lobster and a filet steak as our two entrees. We watched a gentlemen at the next table take on the 39 oz Tomahawk Rib Eye and he almost finished it. It looked like a magnificent piece of meat, but far too much for any one person to eat. Bayamo: The food was just o.k. We sat down at 9:00 for dinner, the restaurant was mostly empty, and the galley service was still painfully slow. The wait staff was rudely inattentive, choosing to chat with a couple who had been their every night for dinner. This experience was probably a one-off, but it was very disappointing. Pincho Tapas Bar: Wonderful small plates and great service. We ate at Pinchos for lunch twice. We sat at the bar once, talking with the cooks as they prepared our food. And once outside on the Waterfront. While there is not a large selection of foods, everything we tried was wonderful. We used one of our SDP meals there and tried a whole bunch of different dishes (for a $7 upcharge). Food Republic: Another wonderful collection of small plates that we shared. We ate at Food Republic twice for lunch. The service was super fast, the food was great, and we enjoyed everything we tried (from sushi, to noodle soups, to tacos, to frozen desserts). The iPad ordering system was fast and efficient (and good since it had pictures of all of the food). Touch the picture of the food you want, swipe your room key, and it was delivered in a matter of minutes. The wait staff was super friendly and efficient. O’Sheehans : O’Sheehan’s was always busy. We had lunch on the Atrium balcony rail watching a movie on the big screen. The food was o.k. Gone is our beloved chicken pot pie. In its place is a Shepard’s Pied which was just o.k. The waiters were always so busy, we just walked over to the bar and got our own drinks. Garden Cafe: We never ate a meal at the buffet. We periodically stopped for some ice cream and afternoon snacks. From what we saw, the buffet was expansive, catering to a wide range of tastes. We ate at the buffet on our prior Escape cruise, but not this one. Supper Club Complimentary: We had a complimentary dinner at the Supper Club while watching the Oh What a Night show. It was the same fixed three course meal that they use to charge $30 for when the For The Record show was there. It was o.k., but not great. Supper Club Cabaret: We had the five course cabaret dinner at the Supper Club (which was paid entertainment) while After Midnight lead singer, Brenda Braxton, preformed. The five course meal is more upscale and we enjoyed it a lot more than the complimentary meal at the Supper Club. In Room Dining: We took advantage of white tablecloth breakfast service on port days. Our butler showed up right on time to serve us a wonderful breakfast. Definitely a must-do if you are in a suite on any ship. One night, we were running late for a show while eating in the Havens Restaurant. We told the waiter that we would be skipping dessert so that we could make the show. Our waiter sent us off to the show while he arranged for out butler to deliver our desserts to our room. We would have never thought of that. And greatly appreciated our after-show snack. Entertainment The Escape is suffering from a lack of entertainment focus. After the cancellation of the Million Dollar Quartet 4 months into the 5 year contract, they still do not have long term, permanent entertainment. Oh What a Night was oh what a disappointment with old, sweaty, out of pitch guys dancing around the stage trying to mix music and light comedy. Aftermidnight: This was the second time we saw this show on the Escape. It continues to be 1 1/2 hours of mediocre singing and dancing to a non-existent plot from a music genre that does not resonate with us. Not really impressed that NCL chose this show to be one of their two main theater shows. For The Record: NCL did a GREAT job with the re-install of the show in the big theater. Don’t really think that it was necessary to maintain the mini-stages (and they should get rid of them in the long run). Again, a very lose plot that threads through a half dozen John Hughes movies from the 1980’s. The music was fun. The actors were all high energy and trying to keep the audience engaged throughout the show. Thermal Suite The thermal suite on the Escape is the best in the fleet. It brings back the big ocean view windows in the saunas that we loved on the Epic (the saunas were interior rooms on the Getaway and Breakaway). The Escape also greatly increased the number of loungers and hot stone chairs available, wrapping all the way across the bow of the ship. While there were a lot of people, it never felt crowded and there were never any fights over loungers that you sometimes see on a busy sea day on the other mega ships. We made a point of getting to the spa each day.

Great Sailing on the New Norwegian Escape

Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by BirdTravels

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2016
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: The Haven Forward-facing Penthouse with Balcony
Norwegian Escape - Eastern Caribbean from Miami

Sat - Miami, Florida

Sun - At Sea

Mon - At Sea

Tue - St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Wed - Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Thu - At Sea

Fri - Nassau, Bahamas

Sat - Miami, Florida

The Escape is the newest NCL ship featuring the latest in food venues, bars, and entertainment tailored to the contemporary cruiser. There are a lot of Cruise Critic threads that grumble about how the Escape does not embrace the “good old days of cruising”. To us, that is a good thing. The Escape embraces the best of Freestyle Cursing. This was our second cruise on the Escape (we had previously been on its inaugural voyage out of Miami in November). And we would not hesitate to book a cruise on her again.

Embarkation

This was the second voyage to leave at the new 7:00 pm departure time, so passengers had all the way to 5:00 pm to check-in and board. We always want to maximize our cruise time, so we arrived at the terminal via taxi around 10:30 a.m. There was no waiting for a curbside porter, at security, or at main check-in.

We were booked in a Havens, so we used the Havens check-in facility in Terminal C. They were not using the additional waiting room across the hall, so all of the early Teraminal C Havens guest everyone were crammed in the tiny check-in area, which did not have enough seats for everyone to sit. There were some light refreshments available (Coffee, Tea, Juice, Cookies, Canapés)

Check-in was quick and efficient. We got our key cards in and envelope with our concierge’s name, but no contact information. On prior cruises, we got an introductory letter with additional information on contacting the concierge desk, etc.

We were escorted onboard around 11:20 a.m. General boarding had already started, so there was a crowd at the ship’s security podiums and all the way up the gangway. The Escape was using only one main gangway from both Terminal B and C to embark passengers. The ship was tied up such that the Terminal B gangway was beyond the bow of the ship and could not be used. I never got a good explanation on why they were not using two gangways as we have seen on prior trips on the Getaway and Epic.

Once onboard, we were taken via private elevator up to the Havens Lounge where the Concierge was giving periodic orientation talks. A Spa representative helped us makes some Spa reservations and the Concierge staff helped us book additional shows and change dining reservations. The Havens restaurant did not open until noon, so the restaurant staff was serving rum punch, sodas, sliders and fries to in the lounge. We ventured off to drop off our handcarry bags before lunch.

Havens Lounge and Courtyard

The courtyard and Havens facilities were beautiful. A small private pool, two hot tubs, a sauna, and two private spa treatment rooms on Deck 17. Deck 19 had both indoor and outdoor loungers going to the bow of the ship. There was on additional outdoor hot tub that was cantilevered out over the side of the ship.

Because of the heat, humidity, strong winds, and periodic passing rain showers, the ship kept the sun roof over the courtyard closed a lot of the time. Some wanted the roof open. We were happy to sit in air conditioned sunshine during the day.

The Havens has a two level lounge with a private bar. The bar is never busy, and the lounges provide a nice place to sit and have a drink. The concierge staff have their desk in the lounge and they are always busy making reservations and assisting guests.

H7 Havens Forward Facing Penthouse Suite 10706

We were really happy with the room. It cost less than the Havens Courtyard Balcony rooms, but provided a lot more space with a separate living room/dining room area, bed room, and master bathroom. There was a tremendous amount of storage in the room. Two walls of closets, huge drawer space and cabinets under the forward facing porthole, and cabinets in the living room. Deck 10 is high enough to see over the bow of the ship (probably would have been better to be at least one deck higher).

On the evening we left Tortola, there was an emergency evacuation of an ill patient. At 2:00 am, the crew prepared for and supported an U.S. Coast Guard helicopter airlift of a passenger and his wife. The crew was well prepared and rehearsed. The crew prepared the airlift point on the bow and fire crews setup fire hoses and extinguishers in the event of a helicopter crash. Too much excitement as we watched it unfold just outside our window.

The bathroom had a separate toilet, rainfall shower, and large soaking tub. There were twin vessel basins and a small dressing table. Lots of counter space, well lit, with lots of mirrors.

The living room had a small coffee bar area. The Escape has switched to the [cheaper] Nespresso machine with espresso, regular coffee, and decaf pods. There were an assortment of teas. Our butler kept a full set of dishes and silverware in the bar along with a full set of glassware. The living room felt a little small, but provided a separate space to sit and relax and a large flat screen TV.

Restaurants

We had a 4-night Specialty Dining Package, 2 Platinum meals, and an Onboard Dining Credit as perks on the cruise. More food than we could eat. We actually forfeited some of our meals since we at in the Havens Restaurant on two nights.

Havens Restaurant: The Havens menus on the Escape are much improved over other ships and we are anxiously awaiting their deployment across the fleet. The restaurant feels a bit undersized and the understaffed. It always felt busy with the maitre d barking orders at the staff. They would better off with a dedicated busboys team to clear and reset tables and bar staff so that the waiters could devote their entire attention on the guests. Food turnaround was also a bit slow at times, so they would benefit with a few more assistant cooks to keep the food moving. Despite being busy, the food was excellent. There is an outside seating looking out over the pool deck where we had breakfast twice. While the ship is underway, the seating area can be a bit windy, but it was really nice to eat outside.

Le Bistro: Le Bistro use to be one of our favorite restaurants. The new menu really doesn’t work for us. The lovely double cut lamb chops are now lamb loin chunks. (We actually were in the galley watching the cooks take lovely lamb chops, cutting out the loin, and tossing the rest of the meat). After being totally underwhelmed, we cancelled our second reservation and booked elsewhere. The Bistro outside seating, to us, is unusable because of the smell of cigarette smoke, cascading down from the casino.

Cagney’s: Cagney’s steakhouse provided its normal great food and great service. We had a whole steamed lobster and a filet steak as our two entrees. We watched a gentlemen at the next table take on the 39 oz Tomahawk Rib Eye and he almost finished it. It looked like a magnificent piece of meat, but far too much for any one person to eat.

Bayamo: The food was just o.k. We sat down at 9:00 for dinner, the restaurant was mostly empty, and the galley service was still painfully slow. The wait staff was rudely inattentive, choosing to chat with a couple who had been their every night for dinner. This experience was probably a one-off, but it was very disappointing.

Pincho Tapas Bar: Wonderful small plates and great service. We ate at Pinchos for lunch twice. We sat at the bar once, talking with the cooks as they prepared our food. And once outside on the Waterfront. While there is not a large selection of foods, everything we tried was wonderful. We used one of our SDP meals there and tried a whole bunch of different dishes (for a $7 upcharge).

Food Republic: Another wonderful collection of small plates that we shared. We ate at Food Republic twice for lunch. The service was super fast, the food was great, and we enjoyed everything we tried (from sushi, to noodle soups, to tacos, to frozen desserts). The iPad ordering system was fast and efficient (and good since it had pictures of all of the food). Touch the picture of the food you want, swipe your room key, and it was delivered in a matter of minutes. The wait staff was super friendly and efficient.

O’Sheehans : O’Sheehan’s was always busy. We had lunch on the Atrium balcony rail watching a movie on the big screen. The food was o.k. Gone is our beloved chicken pot pie. In its place is a Shepard’s Pied which was just o.k. The waiters were always so busy, we just walked over to the bar and got our own drinks.

Garden Cafe: We never ate a meal at the buffet. We periodically stopped for some ice cream and afternoon snacks. From what we saw, the buffet was expansive, catering to a wide range of tastes. We ate at the buffet on our prior Escape cruise, but not this one.

Supper Club Complimentary: We had a complimentary dinner at the Supper Club while watching the Oh What a Night show. It was the same fixed three course meal that they use to charge $30 for when the For The Record show was there. It was o.k., but not great.

Supper Club Cabaret: We had the five course cabaret dinner at the Supper Club (which was paid entertainment) while After Midnight lead singer, Brenda Braxton, preformed. The five course meal is more upscale and we enjoyed it a lot more than the complimentary meal at the Supper Club.

In Room Dining: We took advantage of white tablecloth breakfast service on port days. Our butler showed up right on time to serve us a wonderful breakfast. Definitely a must-do if you are in a suite on any ship. One night, we were running late for a show while eating in the Havens Restaurant. We told the waiter that we would be skipping dessert so that we could make the show. Our waiter sent us off to the show while he arranged for out butler to deliver our desserts to our room. We would have never thought of that. And greatly appreciated our after-show snack.

Entertainment

The Escape is suffering from a lack of entertainment focus. After the cancellation of the Million Dollar Quartet 4 months into the 5 year contract, they still do not have long term, permanent entertainment. Oh What a Night was oh what a disappointment with old, sweaty, out of pitch guys dancing around the stage trying to mix music and light comedy.

Aftermidnight: This was the second time we saw this show on the Escape. It continues to be 1 1/2 hours of mediocre singing and dancing to a non-existent plot from a music genre that does not resonate with us. Not really impressed that NCL chose this show to be one of their two main theater shows.

For The Record: NCL did a GREAT job with the re-install of the show in the big theater. Don’t really think that it was necessary to maintain the mini-stages (and they should get rid of them in the long run). Again, a very lose plot that threads through a half dozen John Hughes movies from the 1980’s. The music was fun. The actors were all high energy and trying to keep the audience engaged throughout the show.

Thermal Suite

The thermal suite on the Escape is the best in the fleet. It brings back the big ocean view windows in the saunas that we loved on the Epic (the saunas were interior rooms on the Getaway and Breakaway). The Escape also greatly increased the number of loungers and hot stone chairs available, wrapping all the way across the bow of the ship. While there were a lot of people, it never felt crowded and there were never any fights over loungers that you sometimes see on a busy sea day on the other mega ships. We made a point of getting to the spa each day.
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Cabin Review

The Haven Forward-facing Penthouse with Balcony
Cabin H7 10706
We were really happy with the room. It cost less than the Havens Courtyard Balcony rooms, but provided a lot more space with a separate living room/dining room area, bed room, and master bathroom. There was a tremendous amount of storage in the room. Two walls of closets, huge drawer space and cabinets under the forward facing porthole, and cabinets in the living room. Deck 10 is high enough to see over the bow of the ship (probably would have been better to be at least one deck higher).

On the evening we left Tortola, there was an emergency evacuation of an ill patient. At 2:00 am, the crew prepared for and supported an U.S. Coast Guard helicopter airlift of a passenger and his wife. The crew was well prepared and rehearsed. The crew prepared the airlift point on the bow and fire crews setup fire hoses and extinguishers in the event of a helicopter crash. Too much excitement as we watched it unfold just outside our window.

The bathroom had a separate toilet, rainfall shower, and large soaking tub. There were twin vessel basins and a small dressing table. Lots of counter space, well lit, with lots of mirrors.

The living room had a small coffee bar area. The Escape has switched to the [cheaper] Nespresso machine with espresso, regular coffee, and decaf pods. There were an assortment of teas. Our butler kept a full set of dishes and silverware in the bar along with a full set of glassware. The living room felt a little small, but provided a separate space to sit and relax and a large flat screen TV.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Seaworld Explorer
    Been to Nassau a lot? Not a good enough swimmer to jump off the back of a snorkel boat? Like to see fish without getting your feet wet? Take the Seaworld Explorer shore excursion to see the sea life in Nassau. Full disclosure, the Seaworld Explorer is a modified glass bottom boat.

    After making the obligatory “hike” down the Nassau pier, you board a transfer boat that will take you out to the Explorer. As you sail through the harbor, the ships’ crew provide an narrated tour of the harbor, it’s history, and a tour of the mansions along the harbor owned by the rich and famous.

    Once you get to the Explorer, you transfer onto the explorer and descend into the glass bottom viewing area. Large glass viewing windows line both sides of the ship’s bottom and you take a seat. You’re now about 5’-10’ under water with views all around the ship. (You really don’t want to be much deeper because you start to lose light). The captain cruises over three different reef areas and a narrator in the underwater enclosure points out fish and sea life of interest, including some large sharks and turtles. The fish swarm around the viewing windows of the ship (well,,,, the crew is throwing food overboard so that the fish come to the ship). In any case, you get to see your share of fish. If you have ever snorkeled around Nassau, you know that the water has a fair amount of silt and the fish, while pretty, are not the very bright, flashy fish you see along the reefs in other parts of the world.

    It’s a fun trip for the kids and still leaves a lot of shopping time before returning to the ship.
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  • Discover St. Thomas & Magens Bay
    The excursion starts with a scenic drive in open air safari buses on Skyline Drive up through the hills and over to Megans Bay. It is nearly impossible to hear any of the narration over the sounds of the motor, wind, and creaky bus,,, so just take in the beauty of the US Virgin Islands. The bus makes a couple of photo stops along the way to take pictures of Charlotte Amalie (only glimpses of our ship because we were tied up in the first berth on the pier). ShoreEx Tip: Views from the right side of the bus are better for this part of the trip.

    The excursion was well planned. We got to Megans Bay early, before it got crowded. The bus driver set a departure time a little over 2 hours from the time we got dropped off. We quickly got into the crystal clear water. The bay has a lot of turtle grass, but no rocks, so there were only schools of small fish. We did see a sea turtle swimming along the beach. The beach and water was beautiful. Two hours was enough time to enjoy the bay (although more time would have been even more enjoyable). There is a bar on the beach serving drinks and snacks, but for a 2 hour stop, we didn’t think it was necessary.

    ShoreEx Tip: Since the second part of the tour is walking through the downtown area, you should bring a complete set of dry clothes with you, otherwise you will be in a wet swimsuit for the rest of the day (which may not be totally appreciated when sitting side-by-side with dry passengers on the bench seats on the safari bus). There are showers at the beach, but they have brackish water that smells of sulfur. You’ll get a little cleaner,,,, but not fresh water clean.

    The tour continues back toward the city where you are dropped off at Blackbeard’s Castle. From there, you progress downhill through a series of old manor homes from the 1600 to 1800s, and museums (including the pirate museum with life size statues of all of the famous pirates – arrrrggg) at your own pace. This part of the tour has steep steps and uneven pavement, so folks with mobility issues need to take care before booking this tour.

    At the bottom of the hill, you get to the city center for a quick meal or shopping. You’re on your own getting back to the ship. Large “taxi” safari buses pick up folks along the street until they are full. They charge $4/person to get back to the dock.
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  • Tortola By Land & Sea
    Normally, when you read a title “Land & Sea” you expect a harbor cruise looking at the city from the water, followed by an inland bus tour. Not in Tortola! From the dock, we boarded the C. Breeze for our British Virgin Island tour. And we toured multiple islands!!!

    After leaving the harbor, we made a high speed run for about 15 minutes straight away from Tortola. In the middle of open water, the boat slowed and stopped as our guide provided us with the history and culture of the Virgin Islands and its ownership over time. We had a 360 degree view of dozens of island all around us, mostly uninhabited, each with a story from the past.

    After a second high speed run, we were along side the island of St. John, surrounded by other small and large island. The captain made a slow pass along the caves and coves on the island both to provide superior views, but also to allow the rum punch to flow freely.

    We then did a final high speed run back to Tortola, arriving at the small Sopher’s Hole port and shopping area. ShoreEx Tip: there is a small [single seat] public bathroom at the port. If you need to “go” and didn’t use the facilities on the boat, then hurry down to the end of the row of shops.

    The Land portions of the tour is conducted in open air safari buses. While the speakers are good, it is pretty hard to hear the narration over the wind and motor noise. Just sit back and enjoy the scenery of Tortola. As the tour continues up into the hills, there are several photo stops to take pictures of the Virgin Islands and the city below (and a few glimpses of our ship at the dock). We made a final stop at a ridge top open air bar with spectacular views and an opportunity to get a tropical drink. ShoreEx Tip: Left side of the bus is better for photos and views.

    Note: The pier at Tortola has recently been extended so that large ships, like the Escape, can dock (formerly a tender port). They have also opened up a bunch of little shops on the dock for those last minute souvenirs.
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