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The new huge ship was just that, newer and bigger than the other Norwegian Ships we had been on. The newness was very nice, the bigness was not necessarily a plus. The set up and location of the restaurants, theatres, pool, hot tubs are the same as other NCL ships. There was a nice boardwalk where you could walk, buy gelato or baked goods, get a drink and just relax in comfortable chairs. I really enjoyed that area for some peace and quiet. The main atrium area was not very grand at all, however, they held many shows there that would normally be held in the theatre on other ships, smaller space and more people, meant the area was often too packed to get a seat and in some cases no standing room. The theatre was nice, however only on one deck, so seats were not on enough of an angle to see over those in front of you. The newer specialized lighting and other effects were very good. There were also several other small clubs for comedy and other acts each night. Because all of the venue are smaller and the number of people is much larger, make reservations for everything you can to ensure yourself a spot, most activities and shows are packed. The shopping area was okay, but generally expensive. Lots of space allocated to the Art Gallery and the Casino. The main difference from other NCL ships, besides the newness, was that there were a LOT more people and venues are divided into many small ones rather than less large ones. Except for the pool area, on an at sea day, all lounges were saved by 9am. While the number of complimentary dining choices remained the same, there were MANY other restaurants, bars and clubs to choose from. The restaurants were new and beautiful and the food was excellent as usual. Still love Norwegian, loved the NEWness of the new ship, it seemed the main point of the huge size was simply to fit on more people, while they did generally spread them out well. My son, LOVED it, the Entourage Teen club was amazing, they did numerous great events, he made many friends and can't wait to return with friends from home. It would have been nice to have a club for single parents, who had not thought about the fact their young teen would be off with new friends every night....lol. Just a note from the rating section, I marked embarkation as poor because as latitude members we were suppose to be able to avoid the line, and while we booked an appointment to do so, we did not receive the service. Did not do ship shore excursions.

Single mom and her teen son do the Western Caribbean!

Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by Face2Face

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2017
  • Destination: Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-ship Inside Stateroom
The new huge ship was just that, newer and bigger than the other Norwegian Ships we had been on. The newness was very nice, the bigness was not necessarily a plus. The set up and location of the restaurants, theatres, pool, hot tubs are the same as other NCL ships. There was a nice boardwalk where you could walk, buy gelato or baked goods, get a drink and just relax in comfortable chairs. I really enjoyed that area for some peace and quiet. The main atrium area was not very grand at all, however, they held many shows there that would normally be held in the theatre on other ships, smaller space and more people, meant the area was often too packed to get a seat and in some cases no standing room. The theatre was nice, however only on one deck, so seats were not on enough of an angle to see over those in front of you. The newer specialized lighting and other effects were very good. There were also several other small clubs for comedy and other acts each night. Because all of the venue are smaller and the number of people is much larger, make reservations for everything you can to ensure yourself a spot, most activities and shows are packed. The shopping area was okay, but generally expensive. Lots of space allocated to the Art Gallery and the Casino. The main difference from other NCL ships, besides the newness, was that there were a LOT more people and venues are divided into many small ones rather than less large ones. Except for the pool area, on an at sea day, all lounges were saved by 9am. While the number of complimentary dining choices remained the same, there were MANY other restaurants, bars and clubs to choose from. The restaurants were new and beautiful and the food was excellent as usual. Still love Norwegian, loved the NEWness of the new ship, it seemed the main point of the huge size was simply to fit on more people, while they did generally spread them out well. My son, LOVED it, the Entourage Teen club was amazing, they did numerous great events, he made many friends and can't wait to return with friends from home. It would have been nice to have a club for single parents, who had not thought about the fact their young teen would be off with new friends every night....lol.

Just a note from the rating section, I marked embarkation as poor because as latitude members we were suppose to be able to avoid the line, and while we booked an appointment to do so, we did not receive the service. Did not do ship shore excursions.
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Cabin Review

Mid-ship Inside Stateroom
Cabin IB 14675
Inside cabin, no windows. Room was tiny as expected, but not too cramped, enough room to move around, dress, sleep or watch a movie. Very new and clean, nice colors and decor. Beds were very comfortable. Bathroom was very clean and large enough. Room was right beside elevators, which led to most of the complimentary restaurants, and the boardwalk. However, the noise was sometimes an issue. Interesting new system to save energy, the key card runs the room, you enter it in a slot when you come in and it turns on all power for the room, then turns it all off when you remove it. Only down side is you cannot charge anything if you are not in the room. (or at least leave one key in the room)
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