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Our cruise on the Escape was our first ever, and we're ready for more! We were lucky enough to get in on the Free at Sea offers so we had the unlimited beverage package and specialty dining package included. We also booked one of the Spa suites that gave us access to the Thermal Suite in the spa. For our dining package we chose to eat at Moderno, La Cucina and Teppanyaki - all 3 were excellent. We ate twice at O'Sheehans and it left a little to be desired - the service was a little slow and my salad was warm. We were really happy with the buffet. There were lots of options and it stays pretty much open all day in case you need a quick snack in between meals. I highly recommend the thermal suite package - it helped give our cruise that something special. The thermal loungers were a great place to relax at the end of a busy day and children aren't allowed in so it's one of the truly quiet spots on the ship. My husband and I were a little worried that we'd get bored on our days at sea, but we found plenty to keep us busy. The For the Record:The Brat Pack show was excellent. It had a phenomenal cast and was hands down one of our favorite experiences on the ship. The Levity comedy group and Howl at the Moon dueling pianos were also a good time. The ports on our trip were St. Thomas, Tortola and Nassau. Since this was our first cruise we didn't know what to expect at the ports and were a little disappointed with the variety of shopping - it was all either watches, jewelry or alcohol. We were really happy with our shore excursions though. In St. Thomas we did the Coral World Snuba. In Tortola we were scheduled for the Virgin Gorda Baths and Snorkel, but our guide cancelled because of the water around the baths being too choppy - they gave us the option to instead do some snorkeling and get some beach time elsewhere. It ended up still being a great excursion. We did some shopping at the Straw Market in Nassau and it was a really neat experience - just be ready to be badgered from all sides about buying things from the stalls. All of the staff on the ship were fantastic - very friendly and helpful. We're definitely looking forward to our next cruise!

Great Time on the Escape!

Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by AMills80

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2016
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Spa Balcony Stateroom
Our cruise on the Escape was our first ever, and we're ready for more! We were lucky enough to get in on the Free at Sea offers so we had the unlimited beverage package and specialty dining package included. We also booked one of the Spa suites that gave us access to the Thermal Suite in the spa. For our dining package we chose to eat at Moderno, La Cucina and Teppanyaki - all 3 were excellent. We ate twice at O'Sheehans and it left a little to be desired - the service was a little slow and my salad was warm. We were really happy with the buffet. There were lots of options and it stays pretty much open all day in case you need a quick snack in between meals.

I highly recommend the thermal suite package - it helped give our cruise that something special. The thermal loungers were a great place to relax at the end of a busy day and children aren't allowed in so it's one of the truly quiet spots on the ship.

My husband and I were a little worried that we'd get bored on our days at sea, but we found plenty to keep us busy. The For the Record:The Brat Pack show was excellent. It had a phenomenal cast and was hands down one of our favorite experiences on the ship. The Levity comedy group and Howl at the Moon dueling pianos were also a good time.

The ports on our trip were St. Thomas, Tortola and Nassau. Since this was our first cruise we didn't know what to expect at the ports and were a little disappointed with the variety of shopping - it was all either watches, jewelry or alcohol. We were really happy with our shore excursions though. In St. Thomas we did the Coral World Snuba. In Tortola we were scheduled for the Virgin Gorda Baths and Snorkel, but our guide cancelled because of the water around the baths being too choppy - they gave us the option to instead do some snorkeling and get some beach time elsewhere. It ended up still being a great excursion. We did some shopping at the Straw Market in Nassau and it was a really neat experience - just be ready to be badgered from all sides about buying things from the stalls.

All of the staff on the ship were fantastic - very friendly and helpful. We're definitely looking forward to our next cruise!
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Cabin Review

Spa Balcony Stateroom
Cabin B9 15740
With the Escape being such a new ship the room was in excellent condition. Our steward, Ronald, was amazing. He was very attentive and did a great job of keeping our room tidy and in order.
Deck 15 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Nassau
    My husband and I walked to the Straw Market for some shopping and were surprised just how much there was to see there. We didn't like how pushy the vendors were with trying to make a sale, but it was still a neat experience. After we did our shopping we walked around a bit for sightseeing and stopped to have some Conch Fritters.
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  • Snuba
    It was about a 20 minute ride to Coral World from the port. When we arrived our guides gave us a quick safety and training course and then had us in the water. Having never done any kind of diving it was scary for me when we got on the platform to go out into the water, but once I was in I was immediately in love. There were lots of fish and corals to see and the guides were great. Afterwards they allow you to walk around the park and look at sea turtles and iguanas (running wild all over!) or watch their sea lion show, There's also a beach nearby where you can take a swim.
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  • Virgin Gorda
    We were scheduled for Virgin Gordan baths and snorkeling, but our guide cancelled due to rough waters. They gave us the option of a refund or snorkeling elsewhere - we decided to go along and snorkel and weren't disappointed. We were first taken out of a reef in the middle of the water where we got a 30 min session in, then we were taken to the coast of Norman
    Island where we got more snorkel time in at some small sea caves. We finished up with some swim/snorkel time at a beach (Pirate's Bight) right near the caves.
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