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Norwegian Escape Review

4.0 / 5.0
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2856 reviews
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Great cruise but a few wrinkles

Review for Norwegian Escape to the Mediterranean
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stuffnva
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: May 2022
Cabin: Mid-ship Balcony Stateroom

We had booked the Greek Isles for October 2020, but Covid intervened, and the cruise was cancelled. We rebooked for May 2022, and all was a go. Embarkation was very easy because we had Covid tests before travelling to Rome. Better to have the test and not need it than the reverse. The ship was only 40% full because NCL is gradually ramping up, but their entire fleet is now sailing. The ship was spotless. I observed staff taking exceptional precautions to keep things clean. The buffet is open, and staff ensures everyone entering washes their hands at the numerous washing stations. This was out 10th NCL cruise, and I can say that they exceeded our expectations. The only thing I found offensive is the cruise director's announcements were so loud as to approach the threshold of pain. I asked guest services to convey that, but nothing was done. Other than that, we received conflicting information about Covid protocols in the ports we visited, but I can't fault NCL as the situation was constantly changing. The food in the MDR was so good that we only use 3 of 5 the specialty dining certificates we were issued. We hung out at the atrium bar and the bartenders quickly got to know us and our drink preferences. The cruise was to the Greek Isles with only one sea day. I kind of wished there had been another sea day in the middle but that was not a real issue. Overall, the Escape is a wonderful ship, and we would definitely cruise it again.

Cabin Review

Mid-ship Balcony Stateroom

Spotless. Typical NCL cabin near the aft section.

Port Reviews

Naples

Be aware that Pompeii on you own requires that you pay 16 Euro admission fee. Signs in Pompeii will direct you to the wrong exit. Follow signs to the left instead.

Taormina (Messina)

Mt. Etna tour is worth the time.

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