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Never cruises on NCL- the upgraded dining and beverage package sold the 8 of us. Cruises out of NYC to Bermuda- ship is very nice- all bars, restaurants casino etc are centrally located between 2 Decks which is very convenient. Wvhad a mini suite on Deck 14, our kids had outside cabins with balconies-rooms were very nice-beds we’re very comfortable.Embarkation was very smooth took about an hour from entrance to terminal to first drink at the bar at H2O- in the adult pool area. Disembarkation was a nightmare- Not enough elevators, and after waiting a 1/2 hour and still not getting an empty elevator- we jumped our 50#luggage down 7 flights of stairs to the area to leave the boat...TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE! NCL you could do better! Two things that you need...the upgraded dining package and the upgraded beverage package. We had a 4 nite dining upgrade, which offered a number if good restaurants like Cagneys, Moderna, La Cucina and Tappenyaki. Food was generally good to very good in these places..One nite we ate in the Manhattan Room which is part of the NCL regular dining package. Slow service, very small portions,bland food...eat at any other venue than the dining rooms- a waste of time! The beverage package is excellent-unlimited alcoholic drinks with a naxcost of $15 per drink- inclusive if all frozen drinks like pinas and mudslides. If a liquor is more than $15, you pay the difference(I like Hendricks Gin) which cost me $1.00- in a weeks cruise that was the only liquor I paid extra for(Tito’s,Bombay-Tanqueray,Veefeater etc) were no charge.The barstaff is excellent-look for Lilli or Vinny by the Adult pool- H2O- great servers, drop them some extra cash- you won’t be sorry or thirsty!(Tell them Greg from the 6/24 cruise sent you) Entertainment was so-so.. the adult comedian at 11pm provided a few laughs- the Howling at the Moon was disappointing- expected it would be more fun. Bars are plentiful- each offers something special including a brew pub with 24 bees on tap-Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville and many others all over. Casino was large and didn’t seem over smoky-The staff from the housekeeping to the dining and pool areas are very friendly and helpful. The ship is large and very stable! Some negatives that NCL should address- they have a kiddie pool and a adult pool- enforce those rules! We saw many kids under 10 inand around the pool including the Adult Jacuzzis- every day we saw little tykes sitting in the hot tubs with little kids- which shut out adults who wanted to use them. Changeup the music at the pool- mist mornings there was no music until 11- and you’d get an hour if Jimmy Buffett tunes- then a band till 2- than 2 hours of Hip Hop- Urban and Latino music! The average age at the adult pool was about 45-55, certainly not the demographics for Hip Hop- no 60’s,70’s,80’s or 90’s tunes at all during our week.The scene was the same at the White Hot-fayglo party on Fri nite 1030pm fir adults only... tons of kids between 12-18-even though thee was a similar party at 830 for them- again no enforcement from NCL. The music they played was over 1 hour straight of Techno songs- again the average age of the crowd was similar to the adult pool..we had 6 young adults with us26-31 and they were bored stiff by the choice of music - again no songs from the 60’s to 2000’s... bad move NCL

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Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by bella52

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2018
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
Never cruises on NCL- the upgraded dining and beverage package sold the 8 of us. Cruises out of NYC to Bermuda- ship is very nice- all bars, restaurants casino etc are centrally located between 2 Decks which is very convenient. Wvhad a mini suite on Deck 14, our kids had outside cabins with balconies-rooms were very nice-beds we’re very comfortable.Embarkation was very smooth took about an hour from entrance to terminal to first drink at the bar at H2O- in the adult pool area. Disembarkation was a nightmare- Not enough elevators, and after waiting a 1/2 hour and still not getting an empty elevator- we jumped our 50#luggage down 7 flights of stairs to the area to leave the boat...TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE! NCL you could do better! Two things that you need...the upgraded dining package and the upgraded beverage package. We had a 4 nite dining upgrade, which offered a number if good restaurants like Cagneys, Moderna, La Cucina and Tappenyaki. Food was generally good to very good in these places..One nite we ate in the Manhattan Room which is part of the NCL regular dining package. Slow service, very small portions,bland food...eat at any other venue than the dining rooms- a waste of time! The beverage package is excellent-unlimited alcoholic drinks with a naxcost of $15 per drink- inclusive if all frozen drinks like pinas and mudslides. If a liquor is more than $15, you pay the difference(I like Hendricks Gin) which cost me $1.00- in a weeks cruise that was the only liquor I paid extra for(Tito’s,Bombay-Tanqueray,Veefeater etc) were no charge.The barstaff is excellent-look for Lilli or Vinny by the Adult pool- H2O- great servers, drop them some extra cash- you won’t be sorry or thirsty!(Tell them Greg from the 6/24 cruise sent you) Entertainment was so-so.. the adult comedian at 11pm provided a few laughs- the Howling at the Moon was disappointing- expected it would be more fun. Bars are plentiful- each offers something special including a brew pub with 24 bees on tap-Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville and many others all over. Casino was large and didn’t seem over smoky-The staff from the housekeeping to the dining and pool areas are very friendly and helpful. The ship is large and very stable! Some negatives that NCL should address- they have a kiddie pool and a adult pool- enforce those rules! We saw many kids under 10 inand around the pool including the Adult Jacuzzis- every day we saw little tykes sitting in the hot tubs with little kids- which shut out adults who wanted to use them. Changeup the music at the pool- mist mornings there was no music until 11- and you’d get an hour if Jimmy Buffett tunes- then a band till 2- than 2 hours of Hip Hop- Urban and Latino music! The average age at the adult pool was about 45-55, certainly not the demographics for Hip Hop- no 60’s,70’s,80’s or 90’s tunes at all during our week.The scene was the same at the White Hot-fayglo party on Fri nite 1030pm fir adults only... tons of kids between 12-18-even though thee was a similar party at 830 for them- again no enforcement from NCL. The music they played was over 1 hour straight of Techno songs- again the average age of the crowd was similar to the adult pool..we had 6 young adults with us26-31 and they were bored stiff by the choice of music - again no songs from the 60’s to 2000’s... bad move NCL
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Smoke sized balcony- nice sized shower- comfy bed. Negative on TV very limited channel selection- and no weather channel- everyday was a guess as to whether it wud rain or be sunny. On 3 successive days my room safe would not open resulting in loss time awaiting a tech to come repair it
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