Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by drcarp4
- Sail Date: June 2018
- Destination: Bermuda
- Cabin Type: Oceanview Stateroom with Large Picture Window
This was our first cruise to Bermuda and 4th cruise on Norwegian. The weather was great overall. The seas were calm for the most part. A little motion on the trip back to New York.
Embarkation in New York was fast and seamless. We arrived around 11:00 and as soon as we checked in and got our cards we boarded immediately. NCL personnel were all pleasant and helpful. It probably took less than an hour.
We got under way on time and sailed past The Statue of Liberty and then under the bridge.
Muster was probably the most unpleasant part of the cruise. So many people packed inside the ship. The temperature rose rapidly due to all the body heat.
The rooms were ready a little later than usual. Maybe by 3:00 but that wasn't a biggy because we got to have a couple more celebratory drinks.
We had Dinner that night in the Manhattan Room. It was very good. Dining overall was very good. We ate at three Specialty Restaurants, including Pinchos Tapas, Maderno, and Le Bistro. We ate breakfast at Savor, O' Sheehan's and The Buffet. We preferred Savor and O' Sheehan's due to the lack of crowds that the Buffett had and we enjoyed being waited on.
Bermuda was great! Very clean, and never felt threatened or harassed. We booked one shore excursion our self on the Bermuda Triangle Twilight Cruise. It was fun and lasted about 1.5 hours. We went out over a ship that had been sunk in the channel about 125 years ago. We were in a glass bottom boat so we got to see lots of fish and corral. The crew were very knowledgeable about the history of Bermuda.
We took the ferry to Hamilton on the first night in port and enjoyed a couple of drinks in an Irish Pub with some chicken wings and watched the Goombay Dancers go down the main street. Catching the ferry back to the ship, I advise that you get in line early.
We took the Norwegian supplied ferry to St. George on another day and enjoyed looking at the old buildings and had lunch at a local pub. $$$ but good.
We shopped in the local shopping area at the Royal Naval Shipyard and my Wife got a good deal on some Pandora bracelets. We also went to the National Museum of Bermuda and spent a couple of hours there. If you like history I highly recommend it.
On the last day we went to Snorkel Beach and just chilled out until it was time to get back on the ship.
Went down a couple of water slides on the ship. That was fun. Also spent some time in the Spa Thermal Suite. Great place to get rid of sore muscles and chill out.
Disembarkation wasn't too bad. We had a transfer to the airport. The only problem with that is we had to wait a pretty good while on about 5 people. I think we left a couple.
Overall a great trip!