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Norwegian Escape Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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July Bermuda Getaway

Norwegian Escape Cruise Review by billslowsky

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2019
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Mid-ship Balcony Stateroom

I took this cruise as a last minute solo trip leaving from NYC as I could get a fare with no surcharge and no plane flight required.

The NCL site jerked me around on price a few times and "my" representative wasn't helpful at all. He promised to call me back after the fare doubled if there was something better (he didn't although fares dropped even lower).

I arrived at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal at 1:00 pm and was in my room before 2:00. Nice balcony on Deck 13, nice view.

A little rainy on the way down but still nice enough. Booked ship activities right away - don't wait - and was able to get seats for show, comedy club, and the escape room without any problems. Some on-deck activities like the ropes course were not open due to the weather until we got closer to Bermuda.

The ship was clean, a lot more families with kids since it's July, fewer scooters, fewer foreign travelers. Not complaining. I ate dinner most nights in the buffet. Even though some of the theme nights were not my favorite types of food, those counters had impressive varieties. People stacked sushi like the morning hogs stack waffles, bacon, etc.

No drink package included on the cheap fare so I went with the soda package and supplemented with occasional alcohol. If you think beer and wine prices are bad, try soda. An a la carte purchase of a pepsi - probably 6 ounces - is $4 with gratuity.

Enjoyed Choir of Men, comedians, didn't think much of After Midnight, Escape Room was not great but worth trying. Cruise Director and his assistant were very very good.

The passengers turned out for the nightly game shows. The appeal of a koozie for public embarrassment remains strong.

Bermuda weather was great, a little rain day one but not to keep you from doing anything. On the return leg the pool was overcrowded - char hogs and simply an inadequately small pool itself. Wait times for the waterslide were unreasonably long at about 30 minutes each.

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Cabin Review

Mid-ship Balcony Stateroom
Cabin BB 13770

Room is a little narrow but a good location near elevators and stairs.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Took the NCL free ferry over, watched the daily dunking re-enactment, walked to Tobacco Bay. Returned on the public (pay) ferry. Don't limit yourself to the NCL ferry, you aren't there that long.

Free wifi by the town square.

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