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Sail Date: April 2019
Sailed with NCL Escape on April 7,19 out of New York for the first time having done a few with NCL and other cruise lines before. It was one of our greatest sailings ever. We got a very nice large balcony cabin 8138, with two sunbathing ... Read More
Sailed with NCL Escape on April 7,19 out of New York for the first time having done a few with NCL and other cruise lines before. It was one of our greatest sailings ever. We got a very nice large balcony cabin 8138, with two sunbathing beds, tables and chairs. Our cabin steward was beyond awesome and friendly. At the restaurants, prior to making an order, the waitresses always asked about any food allergies you may have to have, and we really appreciate for doing that. I celebrated my Birthday during the sailing and must to say, that the attention of our cruise director Kivanc and his assistant Danielle made our sailing spectacular above and beyond all expectations. Thank you very much for everything! While I have been on other Norwegian ships and enjoyed them, I would probably do another cruise on the Escape. However couple things have to be improved: the variety of the night shows, and next cruise booking for Canadian guests (No Canadian dollar bookings on the CruiseNext Desk). I would like to thank Marthinus for all the help and support he provided. For the people who are planning to park their car at the port, be aware that the price per day is $40.00US. https://www.nycruise.com/manhattan-terminal/parking/ Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
Basically my Mom had the offer from Foxwoods Casino Promotion.. I took my two kids for my daughter 18 th Birthday and Graduation.. We had a great time.. it was something to do for all of us..My 10 yr old son definitely enjoyed meeting new ... Read More
Basically my Mom had the offer from Foxwoods Casino Promotion.. I took my two kids for my daughter 18 th Birthday and Graduation.. We had a great time.. it was something to do for all of us..My 10 yr old son definitely enjoyed meeting new friends at the Splash Academy. Food & Drinks Great!! Such a great idea to purchase the drink package. I can’t Rave anymore because it would go on and on.. Staff very friendly and helpful service.. Definitely looking forward to planning another trip soon. For this to be my first time omg not really anything bad to say... We did get sea sick but it didn’t stop us from enjoying ourselves!! The Cabin was very spacious and comfortable!! Our view was Awesome!! Again Great Time and definitely looking forward to another Epic Adventure with my Mom and Family!! Maybe Bermuda or Jamaica Islands. I love the Beaches. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
We have cruised NCL many times and have always found the ships and staff to be extremely attentive to our every needs. This cruise was so special: with our children and grandchildren to celebrate my retirement and also my ... Read More
We have cruised NCL many times and have always found the ships and staff to be extremely attentive to our every needs. This cruise was so special: with our children and grandchildren to celebrate my retirement and also my granddaughter's 6th birthday . Our first cruise with all 9 of us. The grandchildren (ages, 4, 4.5, 5.5) had a grand time in Spash Academy. They even put on a production in the large theater. The meals were terrific. We were invited to a special cocktail party with the Captain and Staff. Wonderful evening!! They heard about our celebrations and sent snacks, chocolate covered strawberries, Prosecco, Wine to our three cabins! They even decorated my granddaughter's cabin and my cabin by surprise for our celebrations! The staff, especially Kivanc Ucar, Hotel Director, Melroy Rebeiro, restaurant manager, and Danielle Reyes, hotel director secretary were so attentive to our every need. It was definitely a family cruise to remember forever! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
I have always been hesitant of taking a cruise, but I am so happy I finally did and I am glad I did so by traveling with the Norwegian family. Everyone on the boat seemed as if they were handpicked, from the people checking us in to the ... Read More
I have always been hesitant of taking a cruise, but I am so happy I finally did and I am glad I did so by traveling with the Norwegian family. Everyone on the boat seemed as if they were handpicked, from the people checking us in to the person taking care of our room to the bar tenders, waiters and captain, etc... super nice people always caring for us. The rooms were wonderful, comfortable beds and the food was fabulous from the buffet to the restaurants. So much to do on board, music and activities for all of all ages, my son loved the teen center, made friends that i feel will last a lifetime. Super elegant decor... The favorite part of my day was waking up and having my morning coffee on my balcony and looking out at the sea... breathtaking. I will definitely be back to spend time with our Norwegian family :) i do have one complaint which was the disembarkation... it took way too long and very unorganized, it stressed ever one out after such a stress free week. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
We had an AMAZING time! Everything was perfect. Jacky the cruise Director was awesome! He was very involved and had us laughing the entire time. All of the staff was so pleasant to be around. They always had a smile on their face and ... Read More
We had an AMAZING time! Everything was perfect. Jacky the cruise Director was awesome! He was very involved and had us laughing the entire time. All of the staff was so pleasant to be around. They always had a smile on their face and greeted us so cheerfully every time. They went above and beyond for us. I wouldn’t have changed a thing besides the final disembarkment process, that took FOREVER! All of the shows were so entertaining. Our favorite was Choir of Man and the Wine Lovers Musical. The comedians had great shows also. My husband and I did the Newlywed game and it was a blast. We had no idea that we would be famous because of it and everyone on the boat recognized us. Everyone on the boat was amazing. I felt like I was with family and I have been so sad since the day we got back because I miss it so much. Overall we are extremely happy with our experience and will definitely be back! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
We always cruise out of NYC, I cannot fly and the Port in NYC is fantastic. The pierside team was very helpful and the Port manager Kenny could not have been any more helpful. We arrived a little before 10:00 and were onboard by 11:00. ... Read More
We always cruise out of NYC, I cannot fly and the Port in NYC is fantastic. The pierside team was very helpful and the Port manager Kenny could not have been any more helpful. We arrived a little before 10:00 and were onboard by 11:00. This was our 7th cruise with NCL and 2nd on the Escape. We sailed one previous cruise with another line and were less than pleased almost to the point of not wanting to cruise again.      We sailed this past July and had a great time. We went to the CC meet and greet, and had the opportunity to meet some of the executive staff. We booked this trip, with 4 other families and there was a total of 15. We bid on the Haven upgrade and were successful. Since sailing in July and having made friends with the restaurant manager Mr. Melroy, we have stayed in contact and were happy to see him back. From day one he took care of the entire group. He was an absolute blessing for a large group.      This is our third NCL ship and by far the best, the Haven was as expected, nothing short of perfect. The concierge Adrian was spot on every time, the Butler Christopher took great care of us and the kids loved him. Dennis our room Stewart was also fantastic, always interested in our day and making sure we had a great time.  The haven family two bedroom worked perfect.  The kids had there own space and bathroom. Even with some of there friends watching a movie they were never under foot. Ample storage space for the Mrs's and my suit case fit perfect under the bed Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
This was my first time on a cruise and did not have any expectations to speak of. I had heard many pieces of advice from friends, but decided to go with the flow. The overall experience was terrific - everyone (with the exception of one ... Read More
This was my first time on a cruise and did not have any expectations to speak of. I had heard many pieces of advice from friends, but decided to go with the flow. The overall experience was terrific - everyone (with the exception of one worker ) was gracious and friendly. The dining room staff was very nice as were the servers in the buffet. The ship was very clean and the house keeping staff were wonderful. The food choices were good although the last day I did notice substitution's in my meal and the wait staff offered to exchange it but it was tasty the way it was made so I said no. Our suite served us with plenty of room and the beds as well as the sofa were comfortable. The balcony was larger than expected although we did not spend much time there it was a nice addition. We enjoyed shopping on Nassau, I did not care for the straw market , I felt they were pushy and it was overwhelming. I did enjoy food and browsing the shops the locals were very nice and helpful in suggesting cafes. I would definitely take another cruise and was very pleased with Carnival. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Anthem of the Seas 4/6/19-4/13/19 This was our first trip on Royal with 4 cruises with NCL and 4 cruises with CCL. I am 60 and DW is 52 and we live in northern Vermont. While my review will include comparisons with our other cruises I ... Read More
Anthem of the Seas 4/6/19-4/13/19 This was our first trip on Royal with 4 cruises with NCL and 4 cruises with CCL. I am 60 and DW is 52 and we live in northern Vermont. While my review will include comparisons with our other cruises I can say that hands down Anthem exceeded our expectations and is easily our favorite ship. When I compare Royal with other cruise lines I will make allowance for those things that are strictly Anthem, such as the shows. As some of you know I did have reservations about sailing on such a large ship after being stationed on an aircraft carrier in the Navy (and Anthem is bigger than that carrier) but I would say that I would sail on Anthem anytime the price is right. 4/6/19 Embarkation Day We left our hotel in Albany at 5:45 and boarded the Yankee Trails bus at 6:30 and the bus left on time at 7. There were no stops along the way to pick up extra passengers so we got to the port at 9:30 after a very relaxing ride. We waited for our luggage to be off-loaded and after the porters had it loaded we were cleared to leave the bus. We walked into the terminal at 9:50 and were checked in and sitting down in zone 8 by 10. Staff members came around handing out copies of the cruise compass and boarding started at 10:30. We started boarding at 11 and we were sitting in Two70 for lunch by 11:30. First impression of Anthem was definitely “WOW”. We made immediate use of our drink package and had two Royal Lemonades in hand by noon. Royal uses paper straws which can get soggy if you drink your drink too slowly. I had a Cuban pita pocket which had ham, pork, swiss cheese, pickles and mustard and DW had an avocado wrap with an avocado BLT salad. Food was tasty but my pita pocket was microwaved which made it a little chewy. Walked around Esplanade and stopped to by voom and surf for $19.99 a day (this package is needed for Facebook). Stopped at Brass and Bock Pub and Boleros for drinks in each venue. Cabins were ready at 1:30 so we went up and found our luggage already there. Our key cards were in the mail slot and we saw our cabin, 6142, for the first time. Nicely put together balcony cabin with lots of storage available (including two large storage areas over the head of the bed). We had the beds together but couldn’t visualize them being apart. Muster took place at 2:30 in the Royal Theater and went fairly well for muster drill. There are no life jackets in the cabin. After the drill we walked about for a bit and then went back to the cabin to freshen up for dinner. Our cabin steward was Ikomang. We were in the early seating in the Grande MDR and our wait team was Dominic, Bayyr and Maksim. We are assigned to a two top and it is close to the two top next to it, so we were able to converse with the couple at that table all week who are from Massachusetts and very nice. Bayyer offered to push the table together to make it a four top but there wasn’t that much separation and we decided to keep the tables as they were. I ordered the calamari and escargot, prime rib and crème bruelle. DW had mushroom soup, spaghetti Bolognese and chocolate cake. DW said it was the best spaghetti she’d ever had. I found the prime rib to be a little better than CCL’s, mostly because it was a thicker cut. DW mentioned to the waitstaff that she had a seafood allergy and couldn’t have iodized salt and from that point on one of the waiters would give her the next night’s menu at the conclusion of each meal so she could order it ahead of time, something neither NCL nor CCL did (yes, they would have if we had contacted special needs, but the waitstaff on each of those lines were each told the same thing and while they made sure to not let her order anything with seafood Royal took it a step further). Dinner took almost 2 hours but it was our fault, we were busy talking with our “table mates”. Walked around Esplanade after dinner then went to the Welcome Aboard show at 8:30. Dennis Charles is our CD and he told us that there were just over 4880 passengers with just under 900 kids. The comedian was okay (we enjoyed the next night’s adult show much better). We went to a show in Two70 that demonstrated all that venue had to offer and it was entertaining. We called it a night early and easily made the drink package worth it throughout the day and the drink waiters at the different venues did a good job of getting our drinks for us. A very good start to the cruise. General observations- the elevators have a plate in the floor with the day of the week that changes each day. The elevators have a button designated for the gangway so you didn’t have to remember what deck the gangway was on. For being such a large ship Anthem is easy to navigate and there are excellent maps to let you know where things are by the elevators. It’s hard to tell how large the ship is because sight lines are broken up so well. I was surprised to feel the ship moving because of the wind and waves, something I didn’t expect on a ship so large. The lights in the passageways dim and will brighten when motion is detected. A card needs to be put in the slot by the door to keep lights and AC on. The thermostat can’t be set lower than 68 degrees. Cabin has one standard plug by the bed, two in the vanity, two USB ports and one 220v plug. There is a low voltage plug in the bathroom for a shaver. 4/7/19 Sea Day I was up at 6 and had a nice shower. The shower is a bit smaller than what we have at home and of course the bathroom is cozy. I had to walk around a bit to find coffee because nothing was open until 7 except for Café Promenade, which is open 24 hours. It’s 41 degrees top side. Went to Windjammer when it opened and there are a good number of choices and lots of action stations. There are sinks at the entrance and you are expected to wash your hands before entering. Had some more coffee and grabbed a donut. Woke DW at 830 and went to the Solarium Bistro for breakfast. There is a nice buffet selection, including pre-made omelets and eggs benedict. We had a ten minute wait in line. Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle was at 10 in the Music Hall and we got there just as it was starting. Dennis said that he reads CC (and sometimes posts to correct misinformation, but he didn’t reveal his screen name) and a raffle was held for two backpacks with Royal stuff in them. There were light refreshments available and we had about 40-50 people there. We did a gift exchange and while I was talking to another couple from New England (who turned out to be two cabins from us) everyone split. Spent some time in the Solarium hot tubs and soaking pools. Went back to the cabin to change out of our wet things and then went to the Vet appreciation event in Two70. There were a good number of vets with wives there and even some none vets who showed up to show support. Dennis walked around the room to each vet and had them introduce themselves and tell where they’d been stationed. At the end of the event they played taps for those who never came home. The event lasted about an hour. Walked around a bit and made use of the Bionic Bar just for gins. We went to Brass and Bock and ordered a couple of Dublin Ice Teas. DW didn’t like hers so I took it back up to the bar and originally the bar tender said we had to wait ten minutes for another drink but once he understood that DW didn’t like the drink he took it and made her a screw driver. Went back to the cabin with a couple of drinks and enjoyed them on the balcony before getting ready for dinner, the first formal night. I ordered the shrimp cocktail (which are smaller than on CCL), duck l ’orange and cheesecake. DW had fruit plate, port shank, and carrot cake. Watched the captain introduce his officers on the Esplanade and chatted with HD Michael for a few minutes. We had reservations for The Gift this evening and thought it was an awesome show. Had few drinks in Boleros before heading to the adult comedy show in Royal Theater with Heath Harmison and he was hilarious. Back at the cabin we filled out the room service card for coffee to be delivered between 9 and 9:30 the next day. General observations- a sign at the Solarium Bistro advises that they have almond milk, soy milk and lactose free milk available on request (didn’t see this sign in other venues but don’t see why it wouldn’t be provided if asked for). The “do not disturb/please make up room” sign is magnetic and sticks on the door. At dinner we saw some shorts and some tuxes but more suits and business casual. 4.8.19 Port Canaveral I slept in until 6:15! Went down to solarium and perused the library since I didn’t bring any casual reading material with me. There were books in several languages available (English, Spanish and German were the ones I noticed). I found a Reader’s Digest from December 1962 and took that to read. Of course I had more coffee at Café Promenade. Back at the cabin I put my suit in for next day cleaning for $15 (less than what I pay at home). Room service called a couple of minutes before delivering our coffee and he was surprised when I gave him a tip. I had ordered two coffee and two decaf coffee and the carafes easily held 8 cups. The milk that I had ordered was in a glass and the half and half was in individual packets (on CCL the half and half is in a small pitcher). We went up to Windjammer for breakfast at by the time we arrived some items were getting scarce both because it was busy and it was close to the time when they transitioned from breakfast to lunch. After eating breakfast we watched some of the belly flop contest (ouch!) before getting ready for our excursion. We met in the Royal Theater for our excursion which was transportation to Universal. We left the theater at 12:10 and were underway on the bus by 12:30. We arrived at Universal and had to go through a security check point before entering. We had purchased one park tickets online before the cruise and chose to visit Islands of Adventure. We wanted to visit Hogsmeade and Jurassic Park so we did those two areas first and then worked our way back to the entrance. We had plenty of time to walk around and see everything but we didn’t do any of the rides, and most of them seemed to have wait times of around 45 minutes. We got back to the bus area at 6:50 and it left when it got full which was by 7. Got back to the ship around 7:50. Changed into swim wear with cover ups and then grabbed a bite to eat at Windjammer. This was our first evening meal at a buffet on any of our cruises and while it was tasty we still prefer the MDR it did the trick this night. Wait staff does come around asking if you want drinks so we grabbed a couple which were the only ones we had this day on our drink package. Went to the Solarium and soaked in a hot tub for a bit but the bar was closing when we arrived (around 9) and the pools were already closed down. 4.9.19 Coco Cay Up at 6:15 again and down to Café Promenade for my coffee. I chose this morning to walk around the ship to take pictures and got most of decks 4 and 5. Stopped by Guest Services to have a couple of erroneous charges from day 1 at Boleros removed which was done quickly and efficiently. Once DW was up we went up to Windjammer for breakfast and had two Captain’s Calls (spiked coffee) since it was Cruise-Thirty. Pulled into the Cay a little earlier than scheduled and we got off the ship at 10. Loved being able to use the pier. It took about 40 minutes to get from our cabin to the clam shell area. They had transportation available to take us over to South Beach. We grabbed the clam shell in the back row that was closest to the bar and had a good view of the water. The water was chilly at first but because it was so shallow it warmed up quickly. We lounged, drank Coco Locos and waded the day away. While wading we saw many fish, including rays and sharks. At one point we were 15 to 20 feet away from a 4-5 foot shark. We left our clam shell around 3 pm and did some shopping at the straw market before heading back onto the ship. Made it back to the cabin around 4 to prepare for dinner. We didn’t eat anything on Coco Cay because we had eaten a large breakfast. At dinner I at escargot, beef with Yorkshire pudding, and chocolate cake. DW had the onion soup, fried chicken and pastry puff. Had a few drinks after dinner while waiting for the show. Comedian/ventriloquist Ron Lucas performed and I remember watching him years ago and he is still very funny. Grabbed a couple of drinks to take back to the cabin since we have to be up early tomorrow for our excursion. Despite liberal applications of sun screen we both got burnt on Coco Cay (next time we’ll use lotion instead of spray). General observations- The crew and other passengers are friendly and the crew is always cleaning. I spoke to the concierge for the clam shells on the Cay and he said that they live on the island for a month at a time and then have one week off (he lives in Nassau). 4.10.19 Nassau Up at 6 again but DW had to get up with me for our excursion. We went up to the Windjammer for breakfast (it opened at 6:30 this morning). There were very few people so breakfast went quickly. We went to the theater at 7:30 to meet up for our sea lion encounter. We were off the ship by 8 and met up with Blue Lagoon hosts to receive our wrist bands for our encounter. There didn’t seem to be much organization but the process went smoothly and quickly. The boat ride to Blue Lagoon took about 30 minutes and the tender crew pointed out the rich people’s mansions (Oprah, Michael Jordan, Beyonce’, etc.) as we passed by and danced with us to pass the time. We arrived at Blue Lagoon around 9 and we were split into groups for our encounter with one group doing the water portion and our group doing the dry portion first. We posed for photos with Charlotte, a 7 year old female, who was a real character. After that we proceeded along the dock to our underwater platform (we were required to wear life vests anyway) for our encounter with Roxie, a 5 year old female. After our encounter we grabbed a couple of drinks and enjoyed people watching before heading to the photo shop for our pictures. We decided to get all of our pictures on a flash drive for $154 and it included a video of our encounter with Roxie (and a release so we can get the photos printed). Since we hadn’t eaten too big of a breakfast we grabbed a buffet lunch for $22 each and then boarded the tender back to the ship. Did some shopping at the stores inside the secure area before heading to Solarium for more hot tub time. Went to the cabin at 4:15 to get dressed for dinner. I had shrimp cocktail again (ordered two this time), chicken parmigiana and tres leche. DW had Caesar salad, chicken parm and crème bruelle. The chicken was served with mashed potatoes and ratatouille which seemed a bit odd. Back to the cabin to change and then grabbed a seat in the Music Hall. As had become our habit we tried different drinks on the menu and really liked Metalliquor. We watched karaoke and family feud. For family feud they handed out tickets to pick people to play but many didn’t respond to their number when it was called. Called it a night early. General observations- They have lifeguards on duty at all pools including the shallow ones in Solarium. Ship’s officers seem to be always present walking around, we have seen the captain several times and have spoken to the HD a couple of times. Discovered a food station all the way aft on Windjammer with outdoor seating that doesn’t seem to be too busy. Photographers aren’t as aggressive as on CCL and casual shots when leaving the ship on the pier are limited in number. Received only three towel animals during the week. The seats in Royal Theater aren’t very comfortable. 4.11.19 Sea Day Up early again and after grabbing coffee walked around decks 14, 15 and 16 taking pictures. After waking DW up we went to breakfast at Windjammer and then lounged around the pool deck, Solarium hot tub, etc. Our reservation for Northstar was at 1 so we went to that. It takes you up 300 feet above the water and from one side of the ship to the other (they get more people through that way versus taking the arm out all the way). Dropped the camera off at the cabin then went to We Will Rock You and what an awesome show! Then we went back to get ready for the second formal night. Luggage tags were in the cabin waiting for us for disembarkation day, a stark reminder that we weren’t going to be on the ship much longer. Had more photos taken before heading to dinner. I had caprese salad, lobster with rice and veggies, and molten cake. Asked for peanut butter on the side but they said they didn’t have it (had I known this I would have grabbed a couple packs of peanut butter from WJ). DW had the Caesar salad, grilled chicken breast and molten cake. The waiters did a parade. Desert was a little delayed and the ice cream was partly melted (and the cake was cooked too much so no “molten”). Did some shopping and then went to Two70 for Spectra’s Cabaret. My review- I actually dozed off a couple of times and DW and I agreed that the show took third place of the three main shows (The Gift and WWRY are a toss-up for first and second because we enjoyed both shows for different reasons). Stayed in Two70 for the show Red which is a dance party. Left there and caught the late night comedian, Steve Caouette, who was hilarious. General observations- many people have the Wow band and many have said that they have broken and needed to be replaced. When someone with a band ordered a drink they had to remove it in order to have it scanned. Johnny Rockets wasn’t open for breakfast on any day that I saw although I may have missed it. I had read on Cruise Critic that it was table service, you ordered your food and it was delivered to your table, but the signs indicated that you placed your order and picked it up at the counter. 4.12.19 Sea Day Up at 7 today (wow, I slept in!). The photo gallery (which has screens to view your pictures after scanning your cabin key) was closed and the casino was also closed (it opens at 8). After the casino opened I obtained a voucher from the cashier for $100 charged to my cabin for a $5 charge. I played the slots for 10 minutes which cost me $30 and I earned 10 points (you earn a cruise with 2,400 points). After DW woke up we went to Two70 for some spiked coffee (Cruise-Thirty) and watched the towel folding demonstration. Windjammer for lunch. We went to bingo and decided to play. They draw receipts to give out door prizes and I won a t-shirt and a bingo fish. We were one number away from winning the free cruise. Freshened up for dinner where I had coconut shrimp, New York strip, and apple pie a la mode. I forgot to note what DW had. The New York strip comes with a gravy that gives it a pot roast flavor so if you like your meat plain make sure that you tell them no gravy. Went back to the cabin and finished packing and put our luggage in the hall, then went to the farewell show in the theater. Quest was held in Two70 and this was followed by virtual fireworks. Our Quest team took third place and we agreed that Royal Quest was the second raciest we had attended, with NCL being the raciest and CCL the third. The virtual fireworks were pretty cool. 4.13.19 Disembarkation Day Up at 5:30 and last coffee at café promenade to go over the final bill. The drinks on the drink package were not reflected on the final bill although they did show up on the invoice displayed on the cabin TV. We are assigned zone 23 with our time for disembarkation between 8 and 8:30. We had our last breakfast in Windjammer and it wasn’t too crowded, surprisingly. Waiting areas for disembarkation are the theater and Two70 and the gangway is located mid-ship. Disembarkation started at 7:40 and our zone was called at 7:50 (up through zone 27). We hit the gangway at 8:05 after we used the restroom one last time. There is a machine in the terminal that takes your picture and compares it with what’s on file and as long as all is okay you don’t see a CBP officer. Closing thoughts- I know at one point that we ate at the Dog Shack but can’t remember exactly when, but the Coney Island I had and the Brat that DW had were very tasty. We definitely got our money’s worth with the drink package, even with only having one drink each on the day we were in Port Canaveral. When events let out of the theater there is a crowd of people waiting to use the elevators, etc. but this is to be expected. In comparing Royal to Carnival there are some minor differences. As I mentioned Anthem is far and away better than any other ship we’ve sailed due to her age (just turned 4), size, shows, etc. We found the activities (trivia, karaoke, family feud, Quest, etc.) to be comparable between all of the lines we sailed. The waiters did “dance” three nights but it was half-hearted and not really well done. The linens (towels, bedding) are comparable to CCL and NCL. CCL and NCL both have body wash in the shower, Royal uses bar soap. The food and service on Royal are a little better on Anthem then they were on CCL or NCL. Royal really impressed DW with how they handled her allergies and this made her feel special. We were favorably impressed with Royal and will definitely sail with them again whenever price and itinerary match up, but I am willing to spend a little more to sail with Royal. How much more? That remains to be seen. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We were a group of eight, but knew 40 people on this sailing ranging from Elementary school to adults and grandparents. Everyone had an amazing time. We were in adjoining rooms 11286 and 11288. Room 11288 was larger with an angled ... Read More
We were a group of eight, but knew 40 people on this sailing ranging from Elementary school to adults and grandparents. Everyone had an amazing time. We were in adjoining rooms 11286 and 11288. Room 11288 was larger with an angled balcony. I believe it is considered a hump room. It was set up for our children with the couch in the front and their beds in the back. I much preferred that set up, to the king bed in the front of the room of 11288 because it made the room feel smaller than necessary. By my measurements room 11288 has about 5 extra inches in width. The balconies can be partially connected, but there is still some portion blocked. But having both of them was really a nice feature. Our dining staff were exemplary and went out of their way to assist with our allergies. At no time did it feel like I inconvenienced them, and they always took my concerns and needs very seriously. I do wish they had better dessert options for dairy allergies, but I know the chef tried to come up with items. It would have been nice if they had dairy free desserts. Overall the food was good, and the service impeccable. We did the ifly and the north star. Both were really fun. Our ifly instructor was incredibly calming and funny. He helped us go beyond the basics for those that had done it before, which was really appreciated. For those in our party that were afraid, he helped them overcome their fears and succeed in creating amazing memories. We took RC excursions to NASA. They used a company with yellow shirts, although the man on our bus said we could ask any guide with a yellow shirt questions in the park, when I tried to do so, a woman with the company said I did not pay for her tour guide services, merely to ride on their bus when I asked what the best attraction for children would be. I had no idea that there were two different tour options, but that was not a pleasant response. She had not begun any tour as I would not have asked that of someone giving a tour, since we were all congregating around the main entrance I figured a question on where to go was appropriate. So be forewarned that they don't give advice. Coco cay was lovely. It is a long walk on the pier, so wear comfortable shoes. The beach is beautiful and there are plenty of chairs. The pool is fantasy. I loved the white chairs in the water, as well as the swim up bar. There are plenty of chairs with umbrellas to use. The shops have decent souvenirs. Be mindful of the trees as they are planted in cement and I unwittingly stubbed my toe on one. The Atlantis is huge. It really helps if you know where you are going. Please look for a map before going to really understand the resort layout. They have dole whips which are great, near the kids pool play space. Because of height requirements I would recommend going with children who really exceed the limits. The rides are a lot of fun, but I saw kids who were too small denied access to the slides quite miserable. Please make sure to look at the height and weight of your child to not disappoint them. I have to speak about the shows on board. While the acting, singing, stagework, anamatronics, musicians, lighting all did an excellent and amazing job, the overall stories of the shows were confusing at best, and disturbing at worse. If you have a dying family member, skip the gift. The story was terrible. We sat next to someone who saw it 10 times and still could not figure it out. It was just a terrible plot and unnecessarily sad. Spectra's Cabaret was very loud, please bring ear plugs to save your hearing. The TVs were cool, and the stage work was excellent. I enjoyed the music and the showmanship. The bumper cars were a huge, huge hit with my family. I wish we got towel animals daily, but only received two. What we did get were interesting, a frog and a dog. My in laws got a peacock. The one issue with the ship is that the elevators were always going out of order in the aft section of the ship. I spoke with maintenance in person after we were stuck inside the elevator. From speaking to numerous other guests, our experience was not isolated. The elevators would stop on floors and not open doors until someone outside of the elevator would push for the elevator. Sometimes, even when you had a floor pushed and the elevator was going in that direction, it would stop and change directions missing your floor, or not taking you to a higher level floor. The forward elevators seemed to work properly, but with a room in the aft section it made traveling slightly difficult. Overall the ship was great, the staff excellent, and the weather wonderful. We already miss being on board. We were sad to see no April 2020 ships from NJ, except a transatlantic ship which does not fulfill our spring break needs. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
Everything excellent . Driving to port saves on cost. The ship was clean, staff friendly. I cruise a lot and carnival suits me fine. The food was great. Cabin was great (interior to save money. I usually cruise 2 times a year. I just like ... Read More
Everything excellent . Driving to port saves on cost. The ship was clean, staff friendly. I cruise a lot and carnival suits me fine. The food was great. Cabin was great (interior to save money. I usually cruise 2 times a year. I just like the casual atmosphere of carnival. I do this cruise at least one time each year When I want to splurge I go on RCCL. Not stuffy but more elegant in some ways than carnival is. I really don’t see that much difference in the cruise lines. Go to enjoy and you will. Try to find a cruise line you like and stick with that line.. the more you cruise on the same line the more. “Perks” you get. Don,t be timid haggling about the price and extras. Sometime it works and you get more at a lower fare. ENJOY. Your cruise, eat dance and be merry. You, Ha e earned every second of it. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
Love NCL. Family loves to travel in the Haven. Beautiful ship. Fantastic staff. From the moment we arrived at the pier every employee had a smile and was eager to get our vacation under way. We were on the ship in less than 45 ... Read More
Love NCL. Family loves to travel in the Haven. Beautiful ship. Fantastic staff. From the moment we arrived at the pier every employee had a smile and was eager to get our vacation under way. We were on the ship in less than 45 minutes. We were in a 2 bedroom villa, room was beautiful, clean. Chris our butler helped us unpack right away and we were off having a drink and lunch before 1:00pm! The shows were great especially Choir of man! Unbelievable talent. After Midnight was very good also. Plenty of activities if you want, plenty of quite also. Therma Spa was nice and relaxing. Gym had plenty of equipment. Slides are fun... Howl at the moon wasn’t as good as it has been in the past. Cagneys was a bit disappointing. Moderno, Margaritaville,Food Republic & Tempanaki all excellent.... Our staff at the Haven I cannot compliment enough. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
we booked the escape a week and a half before the cruise and we did not know what to expect. Some of our friends loved the ship others hated it. SURPRISE we loved it. SO much to do on this ship much more than its sister ship breakaway. We ... Read More
we booked the escape a week and a half before the cruise and we did not know what to expect. Some of our friends loved the ship others hated it. SURPRISE we loved it. SO much to do on this ship much more than its sister ship breakaway. We love dancing and every night we danced from 7 till 11 without stopping. There are 4 bands on the ship all great they took turns playing. They were all great but we especially loved the Funky Duo and the Classic Tones. There was all kinds of music we love Latin dancing and we were not disappointed. There were two shows you had to reserve ahead of time the Choir of Men which was excellent so much fun and After Midnight which was also great. There are comedians in Levity make sure to reserve the shows as soon as you get on the ship so you don't have to wait in stand by lines.There are the dueling pianos on every other nights instead of the comedians. Then there is the Supper Club ;presenting different fun acts most of the time it is free so again sign up the first day if you think you might be interested. We actually just showed up before the shows started and sat in the back and just watched the shows. So much to do on this ship. Only disadvantages were the H2O which is outside and in bad weather was pushed into a smaller area inside and the fact that the Atrium not a humongous space was used for many acitiviies lots of noise and kids when the material is adult material. Food was very good. We love the fact that O'Sheehan's Bar and Grill is open till 4AM. Overall a wonderful experience Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
I just came back from the March 31st sailing from NY to the Bahamas and had a wonderful time on the beautiful Escape. I booked just a week in advance for a guarantee balcony (last minute deal) and lucked out with the aft balcony 12908, ... Read More
I just came back from the March 31st sailing from NY to the Bahamas and had a wonderful time on the beautiful Escape. I booked just a week in advance for a guarantee balcony (last minute deal) and lucked out with the aft balcony 12908, next to a Haven cabin. My new Platinum status came with all sort of perks that make me feel like a VIP. I arrived at the terminal at 10:38 and was able to check in immediately as Group 1 and boarded the ship by 11 am. After lunch, I went to the Supper Club and made the show reservations. I also went to CruiseNext desk to book the Behind the Scenes tour (very informative) for Platinum members which took place at 9:15 am the very next day. I saw 2 separate Supper Club shows (Comedian/Magician and Rocketman) and had 2 separate dinner menus. I also booked the Escape to the Big Top which is very challenging. One 1 out of the 10 teams was able to solve the puzzle with a minute left on the clock. I loved the Choir of Men show, saw it twice, enjoyed the choreography of After Midnight and it was fun to listen to Dueling Pianos (come early to grab seats). I then went to the Comedy Club to make the reservations for my 2 free specialty dinners (remember to grab the coupons to bring to dinner). Had a free bottle of wine with the Le Bistro dinner. The cabin was ready by 1:30 and had the free sparkling wine and water as my Platinum perks. Chocolate covered strawberries were delivered later that afternoon. I also received petit fours when we were in Nassau. I had fun on the water rides and the ropes course. Played Bocce for the very first time. Food at the buffet was decent too. We ate there for both the Seafood Night and the Oriental Night. Also had 2 types of wings at O'Sheehans. Had a great server Danilo at the Savor who was very attentive and serve our food promptly with no long waits in between. The game shows at the Atrium is always crowded so come early if you want a seat. The audience participation was wonderful so the shows were fun to watch. I stayed on the ship when we arrived at Port Canaveral to enjoy the activities onboard since I've been to the Kenneday Space Center. We didn't dock at Great Stirrup Cay due to high wind and arrived at Nassau instead by 1 pm. I signed up for the Atlantis Beach break and had a great time touring the resort, seeing the Big Dig aquarium and enjoying the waves at Atlantis Beach (paid $20 for a beach umbrella so bring some cash). On the next day, we paid $30/person for the 2.5 hour taxi tour around the island. We went to Fort Fincastle, Queen's Staircase, Fort and Beach Montague (calm beach) and instead of Atlantis, saw Cabbage Beach (beautiful but very high waves) instead. Afterwards, we walked around town for some shopping and also did the 15 minute walk to Junkanoo Beach (rocky in certain spots so need water shoes). On the final morning, we had a leisurely breakfast at Savor. Then played ping pong until our tag color was called. We had the Red tag and it took an hour to finally leave the ship and clear customs (lined up at 10 and exited by 11) . I think the aft exit might have a shorter wait since they don't have as much distance to walk. All in all, it was a great cruise and I would love to come back to the Escape again. Bought more CruiseNext certificates to apply toward future cruises. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We stayed in the owners loft suite which includes access to the Royal Genie. Are gratuities were included. All food and drink was included in our fare. When we got to the terminal we were quickly escorted around the rest of the ... Read More
We stayed in the owners loft suite which includes access to the Royal Genie. Are gratuities were included. All food and drink was included in our fare. When we got to the terminal we were quickly escorted around the rest of the people in line to an expedited Lane. Our royal Genie Wendy ensured we got on the ship quickly. During the entire cruise Wendy took care of everything that we needed. She saved us seats at all the shows we attended so that we could walk right in. We called her when we needed food and it was promptly delivered to our suite. Wendy took care of making all restaurant reservations. She also provided recommendations when we were looking for something to do. Wendy was great and made sure things like food arrived to our stateroom on time as well as our laundry. Wendy has a can do attitude coupled with a strong desire to give you a great vacation. Our are Loft attendant Brian was excellent. At least two times or more a day he cleaned the suite and made sure everything was in top-notch condition. Both Brian and Wendy were very pleasant to be around and you could tell they took a genuine interest in people. The specialty restaurants food was top-notch. We especially likes how unique and delicious Wonderland was. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
The ship itself was very clean and nice after the rehab last year. Always something going on. The at sea days are never my favorite...decks always packed and almost all chairs reserved by 8am. The staff does not enforce the “no reserving ... Read More
The ship itself was very clean and nice after the rehab last year. Always something going on. The at sea days are never my favorite...decks always packed and almost all chairs reserved by 8am. The staff does not enforce the “no reserving seats” rule. Other passengers just moved the towels off the reserved seats and took them which was pretty awesome when the people that held them showed up a few hours later. The food in Windjammer was surprisingly very good. Lots of selections. The main dining room was pretty average. There weren’t long lines for the waterslides or other activities. The sky pad was closed since someone was injured on it a few cruises prior. We aren’t drinkers but did get the soda package. Definitely cheaper to purchase prior to cruise. It would be nice if they had more soda machines throughout the boat. Can get soda at the bars but lines are usually long and better for Royal to sell alcohol at the bars anyways. Also purchased the Internet package prior to cruise. Not worth it in my opinion. Did not work well at all in most areas on the boat. Coco Cay is incredible even though it’s not entirely complete. The beach and water is purely amazing. The oasis pool was awesome too. Nassau is nothing spectacular. This time around we paid for a day pass to an all inclusive resort which let us have access to private beach and pool. Overall nice boat and good cruise! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
Our first NCL cruise was on the Pride of America and I was really disappointed in the ship, the tiny staterooms, and the food. The ports made it worthwhile - but it left a bad taste in my mouth regarding NCL. However, my experience on the ... Read More
Our first NCL cruise was on the Pride of America and I was really disappointed in the ship, the tiny staterooms, and the food. The ports made it worthwhile - but it left a bad taste in my mouth regarding NCL. However, my experience on the ESCAPE left me wanting more..... Let me start by saying that we were able to upgrade to a Haven spa suite from a large balcony stateroom. The Haven really does make for an incredible experience. Dining:The Haven restaurant was wonderful and the food was always hot with excellent flavors and presentation. The hostess knew us by name and always tried to get us a window seat as she knew that we preferred one. The waitstaff in the haven went out of their way to be accommodating. We never wanted for anything, in fact one night I was hungry for french onion soup and they went to the Bistro to get it for us. The only drawback is that the menu does not change, but with other dining venues available it is not a huge problem. We didn't really use our butler because we just didn't need to. One morning we did get a room service breakfast (price included in the haven and it was hot and delicious) The concierge and his assistant went out of their way to help us, we had to reschedule Cagneys 3 times and they did it gladly. Cagneys was one of the best meals that we have ever had on a cruise ship. We were not impressed with Teppanyaki, the food was tasteless. The table show was only adequate. We have had much better Japanese experience on land. Personally, I wouldn't waste my time or money. Food Republic was ok, but very expensive for what you got. The bill adds up very quickly and several times we had to ask where our food was because it never came. Moderno was quite good and the salad bar was especially nice. La Cucina was ordinary and nothing really special. We did not eat at the buffet so I cannot speak to that. Stateroom: Haven spa suite - very nice room, plenty of space and amazing shower. the balcony was very small, but with access to the Haven sun deck it was not really a problem. Activities: Plenty of shows and other activities, we did not even come close to sampling all that there was available. Cons: due to the beverage package being offered as a promotion for many that booked the cruise, by evening there were a lot of tipsy people. Also, the smoke in the atrium area is horrible from the casino. I am highly sensitive to smoke and it was a real problem for me, I wasn't able to shop without it wafting in the shops and the headliner club just wreaked of smoke because of its proximity to the casino. Bottom Line: It was a great cruise and I can't wait to go again. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
When we first booked our cruise this early in the year i was leary of terrible weather. Much to my suprise we were blessed with perfect temperatures. Overall an awesome cruise. Definitely recommend getting the drink package.From the ... Read More
When we first booked our cruise this early in the year i was leary of terrible weather. Much to my suprise we were blessed with perfect temperatures. Overall an awesome cruise. Definitely recommend getting the drink package.From the Pussers painkillers to all the top shelf alcohol you cant go wrong.The food was delicious with so many choices and no structured dining format it made a more relaxing vacation. The entire cruise staff were warm welcoming and accommodating, especially Garfield from the Savor restaurant I give him Two thumbs up. Garfield has a great outgoing personality so much so that you feel like your talking to a friend when hes around. Another amazing experience was with Boris and SJ and the experienced staff in the art gallery. Our cabin was maintained by Jerome who was awesome very pleasant and attentive to all our concerns. I would recommend NCL to my friends and anyone looking for an amazing cruise Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
A fun and relaxing cruise. There is so much to do each day that I missed some activities...so much to do, so little time. I liked reading on deck with drink in hand. Never had an issue finding a place to lounge on deck or by the pool. ... Read More
A fun and relaxing cruise. There is so much to do each day that I missed some activities...so much to do, so little time. I liked reading on deck with drink in hand. Never had an issue finding a place to lounge on deck or by the pool. I heard the ship was full but it really didn’t seem that way. I never felt crowded, other than after the safety drill. Never waited for a reservation for restaurants or shows. I ate at all the specialty restaurants. Actually liked lacucina and tappenayke the best! Cagney’s rib steak was fatty with lots of fiber running through it. It was also raw in the middle (I asked for med-rare). The mature D offered to bring me something else and apologized. But I declined and went for the dessert. Bayamo was good, had the lobster, but service was slow. Apps and dessert were excellent! The main dining rooms were also very good! Loved breakfast at taste and savor! I would get a window table have a leisurely breakfast and read my book. Oh! Margaritaville was awesome! Great fish tacos! Traditional key lime pie! Also it was inexpensive! It was getting windy and I must have looked cold. The restaurant manager came over with a soft blue blanket and wrapped it around me. I was so impressed by this!! Excursions: did blue lagoon in Nassau. It was very nice but 5 ships were in port! It was a madhouse getting to the boat!! Very disorganized!! I left the island early to avoid the rush back to the ship. GSC was just wonderful. Lots of room and plenty of lounge chairs. That was very organized! Port Canaveral I didn’t get off the ship. Nothing to do there that interests me and the stay too short to do Disney or universal. They should have 12 hrs at the port. Service was impeccable! A little issue with customer service removing a double charge, but the hotel director corrected it immediately. Everyone is so friendly. My housekeeper was magical! The room was always clean, made up and bed turned down at night, and I never saw her! But left her a nice tip. I had a balcony near the aft elevators...great location! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because we love the itinerary and wanted to try the Norwegian Escape. We have done two cruises on the Dawn and six on the Gem. There were almost twice as many passengers aboard than what we were used to. Things moved ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we love the itinerary and wanted to try the Norwegian Escape. We have done two cruises on the Dawn and six on the Gem. There were almost twice as many passengers aboard than what we were used to. Things moved along at the NYC terminal very quickly to our surprise. It was a bit intimidating doing the muster drill in the atrium due to the crowds and it was quite warm. There was an adjustment period the first day because of the pool and restaurants being on different decks than we were used to. By the next morning we began our love affair with the Escape. Three main complementary dining rooms and a very nice area on deck 17 is call Spice H20 which is great for reading on the loungers and relatively quiet. There is also a huge movie screen that shows films under the stars on a few nights. The food was superior to the other Norwegian ships we've cruised with previously. Every member of the crew was friendly and greeted us with a smile. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
My daughter and family booked the cruise first, We wanted to join them and got an excellent price with free gratuities through our travel agency. My grand daughter has severe food allergies and my daughter and all were extremely ... Read More
My daughter and family booked the cruise first, We wanted to join them and got an excellent price with free gratuities through our travel agency. My grand daughter has severe food allergies and my daughter and all were extremely worried about this at first. However we appreciated the concern and compassionate attention we received regarding this very serious condition. They assured us that the ship has a separate kitchen and all of her foods were prepared in a nut and sesame free environment. Since we are Platinum members we especially enjoy the perks we receive with that level.I think NCL does a fantastic job in the entertainment department as well. We typically cruise to relax, and found the Escape a bit crowded compared to the Jade class ships. We missed the lido area toward the back, Even though H2O is there, it is not as convenient to Garden cafe for early morning breakfast which we really enjoy. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
Love NCL this is my 3rd cruise in 3 years NCL never dissappoints. Ship was splendid, food was fabulous and the service was impeccable. Our balconey room was comfortable and clean. Only complaint is there are not many areas for smokers, ... Read More
Love NCL this is my 3rd cruise in 3 years NCL never dissappoints. Ship was splendid, food was fabulous and the service was impeccable. Our balconey room was comfortable and clean. Only complaint is there are not many areas for smokers, heard many customer complaints. Main dining room service and food was great loved le Bistro was however dissappointed with Bayamo, after waiting all week to celebrate the cruise final night, food delivered to the table was not what was described on the menu. We paid upcharge ahead of time only to have them refund to my onboard acct then they charge you again when dining, we were not informed of this. Took 3 excursion booked on ship, the trip to cocoa beach was terrible, NCL just handles the transfer but it is nothing but a tourist trap. Nassau Blue Lagoon was over crowded with 4 ships in port, it was crowded, no chairs, ran out of food and drink which was included, NCL island was great but tender transfer a little difficult. I always travel NCL and always will, I feel you get 5 star treatment, great service food and entertainment. We loved the Escape and will travel on this ship again if given the opportunity. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
This was our 8th NCL cruise, but first time staying in The Haven. We choseThe Haven to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday. Usually we stay in a balcony, so this was a splurge for us. Unfortunately we are now spoiled! The Haven ... Read More
This was our 8th NCL cruise, but first time staying in The Haven. We choseThe Haven to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday. Usually we stay in a balcony, so this was a splurge for us. Unfortunately we are now spoiled! The Haven is worth every extra penny that it costs. Just to list a few perks of The Haven: - At embarkation, our concierge was waiting in a special lounge to escort us on to the ship. We were among the first to get on the ship. We were offered burger sliders for lunch as well as a special lunch in La Cucina. - Our butler brought snacks every afternoon: a plate of cookies for my son, finger sandwiches for me and something sweet for my husband. - The pool in The Haven can get a little loud and the hot tubs can be taken over by children. However, there is an adults only sun deck with a Jacuzzi that was absolutely perfect. An attendant regularly brought drinks and checked to see if there was anything we needed. We were going to buy Vibe passes, but are so glad we didn't. It would have been a waste as everything we needed was in The Haven. - THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO CHAIR HOGGING. My husband can't stand this and it's one of the main reasons we chose The Haven. The Haven was completely sold out for our sailing, so there were a lot of people. But always plenty of space wherever you wanted to sit. - The bartender in The Haven was phenomenal! He could make anything!! And he really tried to understand your tastes and mood, so he could make the perfect cocktail just for you. He was always very accommodating and patient with all the children wanting specialty drinks. He was a saint! - There was reserved seating in the theater for The Haven. My son showed up 5 minutes before The Choir of Man and was seated right away. - Unlimited free Pay Per View Movies in the room - You have a walky-talky phone that you can take with you anywhere on the ship, and anyone can just call your room to reach you. In hindsight, we probably didn't need the communication package because of this. - Disembarkation took less than 5 minutes. We were escorted by our concierge to a crew elevator from The Haven lounge that went directly to the gangway. Our concierge held the line so that we could walk directly off the ship. I could go on and on about The Haven. NCL works really hard to make this a special experience. I know everyone can't afford to stay there (I know we can't for every cruise!), but hopefully this gives some insight if you're considering The Haven. Now I want to give some opinions about the other parts of the ship. As I mentioned this was our 8th cruise with NCL. I have also sailed with Carnival twice. IMHO Carnival has a better kids program. My son is 12. On NCL, he is grouped with 10-12. He absolutely refused to go to the kids club based on these ages. Why would a middle schooler want to be with elementary aged children? NCL then groups 13-17 together. Again IMHO, 13 is way to young to be hanging around with a 17 year old. On Carnival, the age groupings are much more appropriate. They group 12-14 and then 15-17. These ages can come and go from the program as they please on Carnival. On NCL, a 12 year old can leave on their own only after staying 2 hours. My son has still stayed in contact with friends that he met on the Carnival ships in their youth programs from over a year ago. This is a big miss on NCL's part and they really should reconsider their age groupings. Another issue is the specialty dining. Because NCL is now offering so many dining packages, these specialty restaurants aren't really that special anymore. They were loud and crowded and service was about the same as the main dining room. In Moderno, we actually left before the end of our meal because of a loud large party with young children literally running around the dining room. This didn't use to be the case years ago in these specialty restaurants. They used to be special, quiet places to go and have an intimate evening. I think the maître d' could do a better job of managing the restaurant in these cases. We did one excursion through NCL to the Orlando Eye and wax museum. Generally, excursions through the boat are crowded and overpriced. I can honestly say that I have never had an excellent shore excursion experience booked through the ship. You're better off doing your research on Trip Advisor and finding something perfect for you. That being said, sometimes the logistics require you to book through the ship (Port Canaveral / Orlando is one example). Special Tips: - Don't miss Food Republic, especially if you like sushi. I think this place is underrated because there is an up-charge, but it is excellent. We saw more crew staff eating here than anywhere else on the ship. There's a reason why. - If you don't already know, please book your dining and entertainment reservations before you get on the boat. Again, people complain that everything is booked and unavailable. "Your failure to plan is not my problem." - Consider the port that your boat sails from. I love the sailings from New York because the boat is packed with people from New York. I just love all the bold, lively personalities. I've also done sailings from Miami, for example. The "personality" of the boat is very different. Same for New Orleans and LA. I love NCL and will stick with this line. There are so many special touches that people don't notice or appreciate - like the singing muffin ladies in the morning. I love the freestyle cruising to be able to do what I want when I want. I love the different areas of the ship. But these are big ships, they carry a lot of people. Make sure you consider that before you book. One final note: a lot of people complain about the nickel and diming on NCL. I don't agree. When you pay the cruise fare with NCL you get a great value. Do your research - their prices are very comparable, if not better, for what you get. Now this is part of freestyle cruising: when you get on the boat, you can spend as much or as little as you like. You do what you want when you want. People expect to pay a value priced cruise fare and then be given the world in return. Yes - you have to pay to bowl. Yes - you have to pay to paint. But there is plenty of food, on a beautiful ship. There is always live music and something fun (and free) to do. NCL let's you decide how much you want to pay and what you want to do, and when you want to do it. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. THANK YOU NCL and all of your FABULOUS CREW MEMBERS for making our family vacation truly exceptional!!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This was our 3rd time sailing on the Norwegian Escape! We live in New York, so leaving from Manhattan is a breeze! The embarkment went quick and smoothly. Our cabin was located on the 12th floor. We usually take an ocean front facing ... Read More
This was our 3rd time sailing on the Norwegian Escape! We live in New York, so leaving from Manhattan is a breeze! The embarkment went quick and smoothly. Our cabin was located on the 12th floor. We usually take an ocean front facing cabin. Not only does it have a huge window seat, it has extra storage. We began our trip by going to the Meet & Greet. It was in the District Brew House...one of my favorite bars on the ship. The waiters came around with appetizers and samples of craft beer. The officers mingled with us as we were entertained by a singer. The Escape has phenomenal shows and many dining options.we love eating in the Manhattan Room because it has entertainment during dinner. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable as always! This time we traveled with 2 other couples. Although we hit some rough seas, that didn’t stop us from havilng a blast on the ship. In Port Canaveral, we went on an excursion to Daytona Racetrack. It was really interesting! Not too much walking. Most was on a tram. We really enjoyed Great Stirrup Caye. The weather was great..the food was delicious, and the DJ had a Ms. Norwegian contest. Considering the number of people there..there was ample seating. Our 3rd port was Nassau. We spent the day at Breezes on a day pass. We ate three of our dinners in specialty restaurants. ( Cagneys, Modernos and Bistro.) once again...great food and impeccable service! I can’t wait to sail on her again! Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
We choose this cruise because our cruise friends booked it and we decided to go with them. in all we were 10 people. From start to finished it was a very good cruise, We arrived at the Port by 10.15 am and check in took all but 15 min ( I ... Read More
We choose this cruise because our cruise friends booked it and we decided to go with them. in all we were 10 people. From start to finished it was a very good cruise, We arrived at the Port by 10.15 am and check in took all but 15 min ( I did provide a CC on line before getting to the Port so that saved time) We were on Board by 11;00 am very fast and organized boarding. We all had lunch at Savor (10 of us) and service was quick and friendly and the menu and food did not disappoint. By 1: 20 pm the Cabins were ready for us and we went to our Cabin Mini Suite 15798 to drop of our carry on and to get ready for Muster Drill at 2;30 pm . Muster Drill was well organized and went smooth ( it helps if guest would show up on time and listen to the instructions giving ) We sailed away a little after 3:00 pm and we got lucky with the weather for March ( NCL does not control the weather or the seas lol ) The service provided by our room Steward was great. we never had to ask for anything.He made sure we had everything that we needed on a daily basis. I can honestly say out of all the cruises we have been on this was the best, from the food to the drinks to the service to the Entertainment and having great friends on board everything was awesome. NCL should be proud of their crew and the service they provide to their guest, I would like to add that if you find that the crew was not overly friendly, you may want to check to see if you treated them with respect and in a friendly matter . sometimes the problem lies with us. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go to the Bahamas and Coco Cay. This was one of the best cruises I have ever been on. The Captain was very informational, the Cruise Director Dennis Charles was fantastic, and the ship and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go to the Bahamas and Coco Cay. This was one of the best cruises I have ever been on. The Captain was very informational, the Cruise Director Dennis Charles was fantastic, and the ship and it's activities were all top notch. Unfortunately, we had to make a detour on the way to Port Canaveral for a sick individual who had to be helicoptered off the ship at 2:30 am which caused us to be late getting in to PC. The 4 hour difference caused many excursions to be cancelled, but a life was saved. Coco Cay was great, we rented a Beach Lounger and were shuttled to the location which was away from all the hustle and bustle of the island. We had our own bar which was not busy. The shuttle took us for lunch to the eating area and the choices were many and the service was pretty good for the crowd that was there. Next we went to Atlantis and took a tour called Essential Nassau, this was more of a shopping trip then an actual tour of the island. We went to the Rum Cake Factory, the distillery, Atlantis. We did see a bit of the island but spent most of the time shopping. The shows were great especially "We Will Rock You". Two70 is absolutely fantastic, good show Spectre and many activities and learning opportunities here. The Captain and Cruise Director had a question and answer session and we really learned a lot about the ship and how things operate on the ship. The casino was hopping, a man won $50,000 on a slot machine the first night of the cruise and there were several other $4,000 and $5,000 winners too. Last formal night we had lobster that was delicious. Our servers Terry and Antonius did a good job of keeping with our table of ten. We could always find something good to eat in the Main Dining Room. Breakfast was had at the Wind Jammer and we could always find a seat. Lunch was at many different places on the ship and we tried them all. The massage at the SPA was one of the best I have ever had. We rode on the Northstar, a ten minute ride up and down. This is an amazing ship and even though this was my 19th cruise I have to say it was right at the top. Will be going on Harmony OTS in November and will see how that compares. Read Less

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