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This was our third and least favourite cruise with Norweigan. Our first was last year on Jade to the Carribean. We got engaged on that cruise and everything about it was perfect. We booked this cruise with Cruise Next while we were on that cruise. After that we did the inaugural sailing on Bliss from Southampton to New York in April. We enjoyed this because sailing on a brand new ship was a great experience. The only thing we didn’t like was that cruise was the entertainment was a little limited. Embarkation from New York on the escape was very fast and much quicker than Miami and Southampton. However disembarkation was very slow. We were very disappointed with the entertainment. There were only 3 free mediocre shows and some comedy which were repeated over the 12 days. Completely different to Jade which had different types of shows every night and all were excellent. We had already seen Martin Brock on Bliss and if I’m honest, once was enough. This was the first cruise we travelled on with our daughter who is 12. She was not allowed to join the entourage club because she was 3 months too young and she didn’t want to join the club with the younger kids. The cruise was very busy (too busy) and I think we prefer the smaller ships in future. Food was ok but not as nice as Jade or Bliss. Our daughter is a bit fussy and asking for a plain ham sandwich seemed to be impossible. The menu’s didn’t seem to change much. Waiters were mostly very friendly but there were a couple that seemed like they didn’t want to be there. On one occasion we had to wait an hour for our main course and were not asked if we wanted a drink. On another occasion we asked what the soup was and the waitress didn’t know but kept asking what we wanted to order. And on another occasion I ordered chicken fajita wraps in O’sheans but didn’t get any wraps. I had to stand in line to try and get someone’s attention. The two girls with the blueberry muffins were fun and made us laugh.

Our least favourite cruise with NCL

Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by asacarter

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
This was our third and least favourite cruise with Norweigan.

Our first was last year on Jade to the Carribean. We got engaged on that cruise and everything about it was perfect. We booked this cruise with Cruise Next while we were on that cruise.

After that we did the inaugural sailing on Bliss from Southampton to New York in April. We enjoyed this because sailing on a brand new ship was a great experience. The only thing we didn’t like was that cruise was the entertainment was a little limited.

Embarkation from New York on the escape was very fast and much quicker than Miami and Southampton. However disembarkation was very slow.

We were very disappointed with the entertainment. There were only 3 free mediocre shows and some comedy which were repeated over the 12 days. Completely different to Jade which had different types of shows every night and all were excellent. We had already seen Martin Brock on Bliss and if I’m honest, once was enough.

This was the first cruise we travelled on with our daughter who is 12. She was not allowed to join the entourage club because she was 3 months too young and she didn’t want to join the club with the younger kids.

The cruise was very busy (too busy) and I think we prefer the smaller ships in future.

Food was ok but not as nice as Jade or Bliss. Our daughter is a bit fussy and asking for a plain ham sandwich seemed to be impossible. The menu’s didn’t seem to change much. Waiters were mostly very friendly but there were a couple that seemed like they didn’t want to be there. On one occasion we had to wait an hour for our main course and were not asked if we wanted a drink. On another occasion we asked what the soup was and the waitress didn’t know but kept asking what we wanted to order. And on another occasion I ordered chicken fajita wraps in O’sheans but didn’t get any wraps. I had to stand in line to try and get someone’s attention.

The two girls with the blueberry muffins were fun and made us laugh.
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Cabin Review

Mid-ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MA 14184
Our cabin was fantastic. Lots of room, amazing shower, good views from the balcony on the port side. There seemed to be a lot more movement on this ship compared to the Bliss which is the same class. Lying in bed we were rocked about all night. We didn’t get robes in the room when arrived so had to request them. The pillows on the bed were a bit small and uncomfortable.
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    We had some opportunities to stop and take photographs from a high altitude.

    We stopped at Megan’s bay for a couple of hours. We were not given beach chairs so had to sit on towels on the beach. There were toilet facilities and shower.
    The beach was not too busy and very beautiful.
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