Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by betterbeclean18
- Sail Date: June 2018
- Destination: Bermuda
- Cabin Type: Balcony Stateroom
Stateroom attendant was very nice and accommodating. Loved having service twice a day. Towel animals made us smile. Our balcony stateroom was excellent. Very comfortable.
Food was delicious all over the ship with few exceptions. We did not feel the need to visit specialty restaurants except for one, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, which we really enjoyed.
It is uncomfortable as a passenger to see so much food waste, so I think the buffet offerings could be scaled back a bit.
Staff was very pleasant, some more outgoing than others, but only because they seemed more confident about their use of English.
Loved the entertainment. Favorites: “After Midnight,” dinner entertainment in the Manhattan Dining Room including the motown soul singers/dancers, Latin band that did pop like Santana and Eagles (especially guitar player for “Hotel California”--amazing). We also liked the "Brat Pack" and the magician on the final night. Weren’t able to get into the Escape Room because hadn’t booked that right away on board or in advance. Game shows such as Newlywed Show and Dance Off were hilarious to see on the TV (didn’t catch live). Suggestion for the "Brat Pack"-- it really isn’t appropriate for children. The ship should just make it 18 plus.
Don’t really understand how the ultimate drink package could be worth it for anyone who drinks less than 10 drinks a day, so we didn’t go with that, but the soda package is a good deal. Had a drink here and there. They were fine. Bar service was really quick and efficient. Drinks with dinner consistently took a while to come, whether iced tea/lemonade, soda, or alcohol, so order those right away.
Manhattan Room was such a nice dining venue. Loved the others as well. It was great to have the flexibility to eat when we wanted, just the two of us.
Too many smoking areas on board. Also, the location of these smoking areas means that smoke flows into nonsmoking areas, which is off-putting. I don’t want to be around any smoke.
When embarking, just be sure not to have your cell phone out in the terminal and to have your passport ready and open to the page as you near the front of the line. They should have signs to indicate this but they don't.
Long lines for disembarking, especially for those of us carrying luggage, but they moved fairly quickly. Just be prepared to walk in a long line.
We didn't do any shore excursions offered by the ship. We visited Horseshoe Bay Beach via passenger van, $7 per person, available at the pier, then used similar transport back. Very easy. Beautiful beach. We also took the local ferry, very close to the pier, to go to Hamilton and back. Took the Norwegian ferry over to St. George. All well worth visits. We aren't really snorkelers or adventurers and didn't want to do museums, etc. on this visit but there are so many options. Bermuda can be a bit pricey so we mostly returned to the ship for dinner and just did lunch onshore.
Overall, really enjoyable, plenty to do for everyone, loved the cruise. I would travel again on this ship.