I want to start by saying that before this cruise, we last cruised in November 2022, so right about 6 months between cruises. This cruise was definitely at full capacity. The Escape is a larger ship and you can immediately tell that every stateroom was sold out. As you walk along through the different venues it doesn’t seem very crowded but as soon as you go to the outdoor decks and pool area you are quickly reminded of just how many people are actually aboard. The kids splash zone was definitely another indication of the amount of people. Saying that, I never felt any of the restaurants to feel overcrowded, especially the specialty dining options. Getting a drink by the pool bar took some patience, not for a lack of service or the bartenders speed but just because of the sheer amount of people. Our stateroom was clean and everything was in working order, the common areas are very well kept and free of any garbage. The ports were all good, some I would even say were excellent. There is one area where I think NCL needs to change their policy. Children are charged full price at the specialty restaurants, yes they have the option to eat for free from the kids menu, but I have an 8 year old and there is only so much chicken tenders, fries and Mac and cheese she can eat. Besides, she likes good food. I understand there should be a charge if not eating off the kids menu but it shouldn’t be full price. As an example I bought an additional 2 meal specialty dining upgrade for $70.80 each for myself and my wife, that’s 2 full meals for each adult, the upgrade is only offered for the first two guests in the stateroom so I couldn’t purchase it for my daughter as she was the 3rd guest. I definitely would have, had it been an option. I was charged $75 for just my daughter to eat with us at Teppenyaki, 1 child, 1 meal. Besides that I don’t really have any other complaints. Good food, good drinks, smooth sailing.
Room was clean and everything was operational. I really don’t spend much time in the cabin unless I’m sleeping or showering.
Playa Mia is our to go to whenever we visit Cozumel. Beautiful beach, good food and drinks, staff are exceptional.
Mayan Ruins should definitely be on everyone’s bucket list, beautiful structures.
Private island developed and cared after by NCL. Lots to do, beach was amazing and so warm, splash pads for the kids.
This is definitely a poorer island, but we did the horseback riding on the beach. That excursion was worth every penny. My daughters favorite by far. Also have good food and drinks available for purchase.