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This was our 8th cruise on NCL. For our family, we think NCL gives great value, service and treats us to a great vacation every time. We have cruised on Princess (Golden, Carribbean, and Royal) and Royal Caribbean (Freedom and LIberty), and have enjoyed them all. We choose NCL Escape because we appreciate the casual atmosphere of NCL without sacrificing service and overall great ambience of a large cruise ship. Pre-cruise, we stayed at the Element Miami International Airport - we had a lovely stay. Ever since we missed the boat in 2008 (LONG STORY), we now ALWAYS fly in a day early and stay at a local hotel. There was a heated outdoor pool which was quite lovely. We ordered in Chinese takeaway for dinner and the fried rice came in a bucket like fried chicken! Breakfast included with hot breakfast sandwiches, fruit, cereal, coffee etc. There were not many restaurants nearby, so you would need to get a taxi or uber. I would stay at this hotel again. It was a great value - I would say it is similar to Hampton Suites or Best Western, but with a full kitchen. The Escape is quite a large ship, very similar in layout to the Getaway, which we also loved. We had a balcony cabin. The sofa gets bedding for 3rd person (comes out about 4 inches out from under the back cushion for more sleeping area), and the bunk bed comes out of the ceiling for the 4th person. Love the balcony. We don't go on it much, but do appreciate coming in and out of port. We ate in the MDR most meals and loved it. While I would agree that the food quality is not the same as when we first cruised in 2001, we always did find something delicious on the menu. The buffet is busy, but the food quality and selection was good. Kids club on Escape was exciting for my 8yo daughter. Performances were really well done. Swimming pool Pirate show was so nice - the kids all got really involved and had a memorable experience. Kids club area was very nicely done and counsellors were great. Family dance party was also SO MUCH FUN. DJ and dancers got everyone moving. So cute. Kids loved it. Don't miss it. Water slides - AMAZING. Kept kids busy. Escape is a great ship for a family vacation - not too stuffy, relaxing, enough for the kids to do, and was a wonderful vacation.

GREAT ESCAPE - Family

Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by Cruzin_mama

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2017
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Family Balcony Stateroom
This was our 8th cruise on NCL. For our family, we think NCL gives great value, service and treats us to a great vacation every time. We have cruised on Princess (Golden, Carribbean, and Royal) and Royal Caribbean (Freedom and LIberty), and have enjoyed them all. We choose NCL Escape because we appreciate the casual atmosphere of NCL without sacrificing service and overall great ambience of a large cruise ship.

Pre-cruise, we stayed at the Element Miami International Airport - we had a lovely stay.

Ever since we missed the boat in 2008 (LONG STORY), we now ALWAYS fly in a day early and stay at a local hotel. There was a heated outdoor pool which was quite lovely. We ordered in Chinese takeaway for dinner and the fried rice came in a bucket like fried chicken! Breakfast included with hot breakfast sandwiches, fruit, cereal, coffee etc. There were not many restaurants nearby, so you would need to get a taxi or uber. I would stay at this hotel again. It was a great value - I would say it is similar to Hampton Suites or Best Western, but with a full kitchen.

The Escape is quite a large ship, very similar in layout to the Getaway, which we also loved. We had a balcony cabin. The sofa gets bedding for 3rd person (comes out about 4 inches out from under the back cushion for more sleeping area), and the bunk bed comes out of the ceiling for the 4th person. Love the balcony. We don't go on it much, but do appreciate coming in and out of port.

We ate in the MDR most meals and loved it. While I would agree that the food quality is not the same as when we first cruised in 2001, we always did find something delicious on the menu. The buffet is busy, but the food quality and selection was good.

Kids club on Escape was exciting for my 8yo daughter. Performances were really well done. Swimming pool Pirate show was so nice - the kids all got really involved and had a memorable experience. Kids club area was very nicely done and counsellors were great.

Family dance party was also SO MUCH FUN. DJ and dancers got everyone moving. So cute. Kids loved it. Don't miss it.

Water slides - AMAZING. Kept kids busy.

Escape is a great ship for a family vacation - not too stuffy, relaxing, enough for the kids to do, and was a wonderful vacation.
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