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Service was top notch. Price was reasonable, timing worked with our schedule, beverage package was fantastic. Stateroom was a good size with lots of storage, and the bed was really comfy. Bathroom was compact; shower was small, but it ... Read More
Service was top notch. Price was reasonable, timing worked with our schedule, beverage package was fantastic. Stateroom was a good size with lots of storage, and the bed was really comfy. Bathroom was compact; shower was small, but it worked very well. Outside areas were roomy with lots of chairs; no scrounging around to find somewhere to sit! Overall atmosphere was great; lots of fun entertainment, but not total party atmosphere. Hallways were relatively quiet at night, something we’ve had negative experiences with in the past on a different line. Food was very good, but fell somewhat short of our expectations. Breakfast buffets were outstanding, with lots of variety, but the dining rooms not so much. The food was good, just not, well, special. Freestyle dining, however, is a really nice option. Ports of call were great; we did Key West and Freeport, and had plenty of time at both places. Boarding process was incredible; we arrived earlier than our allotted time and expected to have to wait quite a bit. We were pleasantly surprised to not only breeze through the initial boarding process, but to be welcomed aboard and immediately have access to our rooms! That blew us away. Disembarking was just as smooth. We opted to keep our bags with us, which we left in the stateroom while we had breakfast. After a short wait in line once we finished eating, we were off the boat and through customs. Very, very smooth process! Overall we were pleased and will book again with Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Nice cruise. Ship is older. Salad bar is limited, food in main dining room kind of repetitive but decent enough. My biggest complaint on the ship would be the poolside bartenders and the bar themselves....no stools to sit and get to know ... Read More
Nice cruise. Ship is older. Salad bar is limited, food in main dining room kind of repetitive but decent enough. My biggest complaint on the ship would be the poolside bartenders and the bar themselves....no stools to sit and get to know people like the other ships. The bartenders were no fun at all.The poolbar manager was miserable. Key west and Cuba both good. Cuba could depress u, it was decayingly beautiful, the Cuban people were wonderful. We took the old car tour and a evening nitelife tour...both good, both Non Royal Carribean excursions. Dont let them scare you into taking Royal Carribean tours....not necessary and when thru RC they are government tours and the Cuban people get paid less than if u book via internet on ur own then it is a private tour. Money exchange from American dollars into the CUC is so easy right in the terminal on the way out. Soom did take American dollars if you didnt have CUC. Cant speak to the food as I didnt try it. We did enjoy ice cubes in our mojitos and daquiris and that was not a problem. Overall enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I went on c.c. to check out this ship and a lot of bad things I had seen written about this ship and I was trying to change my cruise but it was too late, I just got off this ship Monday april 15th and we had A BLAST, my wife and I, this ... Read More
I went on c.c. to check out this ship and a lot of bad things I had seen written about this ship and I was trying to change my cruise but it was too late, I just got off this ship Monday april 15th and we had A BLAST, my wife and I, this is a smaller ship, but the biggest I have been on and it was real NICE,the crew was always sweeping mopping cleaning up trash and even cleaning the ceiling , food was good and everytime we ported they were cleaning the side of the boat ,we went to princess cay Island and they will take u to the island in a shuttle boat where there is a nice beach(no excursion necessary) and then went to Freeport which u do need an excursion if u want to go anywhere, but there is on the island little shop[ can shop at , at the port, cabins were great, entertainment was good and we wouid. go again, CRUISE DIRECTOR WAS '' AWESOME'' KYNDALL FIRE was her name, it was really hard getting off the ship Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Let me start by saying we are not fussy cruisers. My wife and I take most things in stride. If your looking for a brand new ship then cruise in a new ship. This one shows her age BUT....we had a great time. This was our 40th wedding ... Read More
Let me start by saying we are not fussy cruisers. My wife and I take most things in stride. If your looking for a brand new ship then cruise in a new ship. This one shows her age BUT....we had a great time. This was our 40th wedding anniversary and we were joined by my wife's twin sister and her husband doing their 38th anniversary (kids lol). We have cruised most ship from Oasis class down. We made diamond on our trip as well. Boarding was a breeze. We got to the port at 11:00am and were on the ship by 11:30. This was the fastest embark I've ever had. Then we had a nice lunch in the Windjammer and hit the pool and the hot tub before going back to our room for muster call. We ate at the included dinning only. The first night they wanted to split us up to 2 tables. They quickly straightened it out. While the menu is a bit repetitive we still found good food to try. The wait staff was truly outstanding. The vision class of ships have a great view from most public rooms. The smoke from the casino is very noticeable in near by rooms like Boleros. Being a non smoker this was a real downer. They need better ventilation in the casino. Finally a great shout out to Luni in guest services, Gener and Inyoman our wait staff and Martin in Windjammer. These and many others made this a great cruise for me! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We had an amazing time! Awesome cabin steward, room was very spacious although the sofa/bed where my son slept was not so comfortable--we didn't know until late in the week to ask the steward for something to help (our first cruise). ... Read More
We had an amazing time! Awesome cabin steward, room was very spacious although the sofa/bed where my son slept was not so comfortable--we didn't know until late in the week to ask the steward for something to help (our first cruise). Food was wonderful, private island was fun. Pool was too small and too crowded. There were actually 2 pools, one was designated for adults only and the child friendly pool was full of 4 and 5 year olds--no fun for my 14 year old. Good news is the water slides were fun and he LOVED the basketball court!! There was more than enough activities on board (we did not partake in some) and the shows were fantastic!!! My son loved the comedians--and most were family friendly! My biggest complaint is the awful dirty ashtray smell from the casino. It was gross and unavoidable. Not sure why they still allow smoking on board, kind of nerve wracking since we were in the middle of the ocean and God forbid there was a fire. We are excited for cruise # 2 next year! Beautiful ship!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We traveled on Anthem with our two sons (4 and 6) and my mom (71). We purchased The Key, and the original reason is because although my son has autism, RCI does not offer priority disembarking for ports of call. It was completely worth it ... Read More
We traveled on Anthem with our two sons (4 and 6) and my mom (71). We purchased The Key, and the original reason is because although my son has autism, RCI does not offer priority disembarking for ports of call. It was completely worth it to skip the lines getting on and off the ship. We had a special lunch at Jamie Oliver’s Italian which was just okay. Occasionally RCI would leave us treats like fruit or cookies in our stateroom, which was pleasant. And the day we disembarked, we had a fabulous special breakfast in the dining room. The VOOM internet service is the fastest at sea, which makes me feel sad for anyone using slower internet. Streaming was near impossible. I downloaded iQ app which took at least 15 minutes. If we didn’t get it with The Key I wouldn’t have paid for it. The Royal iQ app left quite a lot to be desired. It would have been nice to actually see menus for restaurants, give shop opening hours, and allow you to chat with guest services. The service set the experience apart from other vacations. Almost everyone was helpful and nice. Our dining room hostess, Elizabeth, was amazing. She really took the initiative to get to know us and our children. Every morning the boys looked forward to seeing her. Our housekeeper, Daisy, was also great. She set up the impossible pull out bed every afternoon. Adorable towel animals always accompanied our turn down service. And she always wanted to know how she could help make our stay great. We sent the boys to Adventure Ocean kids’ club, which they liked. At first they split the boys up according to age, but that made my older son with ASD uncomfortable, so the next time we asked if they could stay together and they said okay - and after that they had a wonderful time. The pools were nice and of course on a nice day you’d need to fight for a chair or encounter some children being wild or jerks. Nothing atypical. They were clean and of average size. I liked how they offer life vests for babies and little kids. The food was generally okay. Windjammer was basically cafeteria quality. Dining room was good - breakfast excellent, dinner just okay. You can get anything customized which was good for our picky children. We ate at Chops which was a disappointment, unfortunately. My steak was over cooked and the lobster bisque too salty. We were there 90 minutes and decided to skip dessert because it was taking so long. Izumi was really great, yummy ramen. The Dog House had excellent hot dogs. Jamie’s featured gummy calamari and only 4 shrimp in my pasta. The bread was good though. Everything is expensive if you want something more than what you get with your ticket. Shop prices exorbitant. $10-13 for alcoholic drinks, which were just okay. Cococay was beautiful. It’ll be better once they finish the new water park. We loved the pool. The lunch was better than on the ship. The only drawback was the super long walk, and once you get on the island there are very few paved paths, making it take forever to get anywhere, especially with little kids. The on board activities were fun. My husband and son did the iFly and enjoyed it. They liked the bumper cars and the games like table tennis and corn hole toss. We skipped roller skating after we met someone who broke her leg after someone crashed into her. We went to see “We Will Rock You” and the sound was mixed so badly our chests hurt from the bass. Combine that with rough waters and my seasickness was so bad we left 30 minutes in. The story was disappointing anyhow (not RCI’s fault) so we didn’t feel like we missed much. My younger son got a fever and we had to take him to the infirmary. It turned out to be an ear infection. What a smooth experience - I wish urgent care on land was so efficient. They saw us in triage, we waited 5 minutes more, saw the doctor, he checked our son out, and we had antibiotics. The entire encounter was less than 45 minutes. Unfortunately even with an ear infection, my son had to be quarantined to our cabin for 24 hours so we missed our excursion to Nassau. No problem, though. Our money was refunded. All in all, we had a very nice time. I’m not sure I’ll go again, just because of my seasickness. RCI runs a class act, fabulous service. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I choose this sailing just for a quick getaway with my hubby. This was my second time on this ship and the first for my husband. We were very surprised with the new terminal in Ft. Lauderdale very very nice and modern. The lunch options ... Read More
I choose this sailing just for a quick getaway with my hubby. This was my second time on this ship and the first for my husband. We were very surprised with the new terminal in Ft. Lauderdale very very nice and modern. The lunch options were good you have your pizza station, grill station in the back for meats, pasta station, other options and then salad. We decided not to go to the main dining room for dinner since it was such a short cruise and we just wanted to relax and not have to worry about getting all dressed up by a certain time and be rushed. The dinner wasn't the best in the buffet. The options were very limited and on some things I was a little disappointed but not a big deal. I guess I was okay with salads chicken and pizza. Of course in the main dining you have better options. The cakes on display were absolutely beautiful in the buffet. Unfortunately those were on display only. They do have a no sugar added section for deserts and you have several options which were not bad. I was very disappointed with the coffee shop because the deserts were always complimentary regardless if you need to purchase a drink or not. I was on this ship in November and it was free and now it's not. The breakfast at the Trellis was really good. The breakfast in the buffet was the usual stuff and as always the omelet station was super packed. We were very pleased with our inside cabin. Normally it would a real tiny cabin where we would easily run out of space but this cabin was really big and we got a corner cabin so it was even bigger. We loved it. Housekeeping was great they always do a great job, however my pillows did have boot marks on them and I couldn't find the attendant so we had to wait for the next day to get that changed. Also there was a very horrible smell throughout the lower decks of the ship which is always tough to breath that in. We loved our time in the solarium it's just so relaxing in there and that pool was so great. Loved that not too many people went in at night. The comedian was great we got to see him twice and he was great, original and kept it real the whole time. Love the fact that the casino is smoke free verses other cruise lines. This ship is not for bigger kids or teens. The camp on board is really for babies. The only thing that teens and bigger kids can do is play basketball and go in the pool. The camp that they do have for the older kids is extremely tiny so the kids actually don't even want to bother going there. The arcade is a joke. There's about 4 games that are from the 70's. This ship does not cater to kids it definitely caters to a much older crowd. All in all it was a great experience. I look forward to going back on with Celebrity on the OTHER ships and won't go back on the Infinity unless it gets revamped like the Summit is. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We picked this cruise because DW, niece and nephew had never been on a cruise and we wanted to make sure everyone would be ok locked in on the water. Embarkation went very smooth in spite of us being late (or maybe because of it, the ... Read More
We picked this cruise because DW, niece and nephew had never been on a cruise and we wanted to make sure everyone would be ok locked in on the water. Embarkation went very smooth in spite of us being late (or maybe because of it, the world may never know) we had 11:30-12:00 check in but didn't arrive till about 1:00 and walked right on. Well after going through security and all of course. Guy's burgers were real good and the kids liked the hotdogs from the deli. Lido buffet seemed to be lacking in my opinion. Oh the food was good just seemed to be less verity than what I remember from my last Carnival Fantasy cruise. This could be from 1) my failing memory, 2) there really is less verity or 3) a combination of the two. We had anytime dining in the Golden Olympian and it was great. No lines, no waiting either night. Sorry if I offended anyone wearing my jeans on elegant night but we had decided while we were packing that we would eat on Lido that night but DW decided otherwise on the night of. Good thing it was cool the morning we left home or I wouldn't have had any long pants. DW did keep saying "I just don't understand the allure and all the hype of cruising" but as we were sitting discussing what we were having for dinner last night she said "too bad we can't just go to lido and pick up something, I miss that ship" so I think she is hooked. I see more cruises in our future! We only saw the America Rocks show which was pretty good, but if you go to the Venetian Palace to see a show, try to avoid the back seats on deck 3. The overhang from deck 4 will block part of your view and you may not be able to see the entire performance. Not sure about deck 4. The kids, 5 and 13, loved the kids clubs and didn't want to leave. Even the very shy 13 year old made friends. Now the 5 yo can make friends with a signpost so we knew that wasn't going to be a problem. Most people say not to take a 3 day weekend cruise, it's just a party cruise with a bunch of rowdy drunks, but I didn't see a lot of that, just pax having a good time and mostly respectful and polite to each other. Overall great cruise I just don't think I will do another short one. Just to much work (packing, driving, unpacking, etc) for the amount of relaxation time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We travelled as a family of 3 - Mom, Dad and our 7yr old daughter. We chose Mariner as the itinerary worked for us and we’ve cruised Royal previously. We were also looking forward to the newer amenities offered since the ship’s recent ... Read More
We travelled as a family of 3 - Mom, Dad and our 7yr old daughter. We chose Mariner as the itinerary worked for us and we’ve cruised Royal previously. We were also looking forward to the newer amenities offered since the ship’s recent revamp. Embarkation: Dead easy. We booked a Jr Suite so we were swept up to the Suite lounge once we arrived at around 1:30pm. Once our docs were checked we were onboard in less than 15 minutes. Fantastic. Cabin: Our 10th floor Jr suite - Rm 1694 - was at the very back of the ship (stern for ship folks..) with an awesome view from our balcony. This was our third time in a Jr suite but our first rear balcony and we loved it! As others have described, the room was very spacious; certainly spacious enough for the 3 of us. The pull out sofa which was made up nightly was perfect for our daughter but I imagine it would not work for a child over 10, maybe 12 years old. The bathtub was great and necessary for our daughter who still likes to take baths. It was also good for our showers. The balcony was huge... a respite from the busyness of the ship. My favorite place. Dining: We ate at Windjammer buffet, the main dining room (5th floor), Chops Grille and the Promenade. Windjammer was fine. Lots of variety and we were only challenged with finding seats on the 3rd morning. Otherwise the buffet seating was more than adequate. The food was decent enough - not great, not bad. We enjoyed it. We only ate dinner in the MDR once and it was just okay. The service was excellent but the food was average. My husband liked his steak but my short rib wasn’t very good. My daughter isn't a foodie so no real opinion from her. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Almost 20 years ago we went on our first and only cruise until now, a Norwegian ship out of NYC. The ships were smaller then than they are today and we were much younger than the average guest. It was okay, our young daughter loved it, but ... Read More
Almost 20 years ago we went on our first and only cruise until now, a Norwegian ship out of NYC. The ships were smaller then than they are today and we were much younger than the average guest. It was okay, our young daughter loved it, but we were mostly bored and had no interest in cruising again until recently. Now, empty-nesters in our early 50s/late 40s, we began looking at cruising again as a way to see more of the world. We first booked a very port-intensive European cruise with NCL that is still 2 months in the future as I write this. We were telling our friends about this and on a whim the 4 of us decided to book a cruise on the Escape just a few weeks before sailing. The port in NY is very convenient for us to drive to, so it is perfect for a quick getaway. We booked side-by-side spa balcony rooms on the 15th floor. We all loved our rooms and our balconies, and the location was perfect! Overall, we really enjoyed the cruise and wouldn’t hesitate to book it again. It was a great way to get away to warm sunshine from the cold New England weather! The food was excellent! We made reservations for 3 specialty restaurants (Tepanyaki, Bayamo, Cagneys). Loved them all but the food in the complimentary restaurants was just as good. We never made reservations for these and were always seated immediately. The only restaurant we didn’t care for was O’Sheehans. We had lunch there twice. The food was just so-so and the service was terribly slow. We ate breakfast in the buffet a couple of times, and went there for snacks in between meals. The food was good, but it was always crowded and noisy so we preferred the other restaurants . We were more interested in relaxing than entertainment and spent a lot of time talking on our balcony with drinks, watching the water. So relaxing! My husband and I enjoyed the spa several times. I would definitely book the spa again for a cruise like this one (lots of sea days out of a port where it was cool) but probably not for more port intensive cruises and probably not in warmer weather either. We were often in bed pretty early by choice, but my husband and I had fun watching some of the shows in the atrium and really enjoyed the musicians who played in the Tobacco Road bar and the Brewhouse. The dueling piano show was outstanding. I sat and watched them for 4+ hours one night and wouldn’t hesitate to go again! Choir of Men was fantastic! A definite don’t miss! The only disappointment was the comedy show, because we never got to see one. But that was our fault. We didn’t have reservations and when we did decide to watch one spur of the moment, the standby line was way too long, so we didn’t wait. My two main suggestions: More chairs in the atrium. Or else hold those events in a place with more capacity. We would have enjoyed more of the shows there, but could never get a seat, so we’d watch until we got tired of standing and then move on. Second, I wish there was a third bank of elevators. It got annoying waiting for elevators sometimes. Finally, we didn’t get to the private island which I understand happens frequently. This was disappointing because that was the ONE highlight of our trip 20 years ago and we were really looking forward to it. Such is life. We adapted and still had fun. Overall, very happy we booked this cruise and really looking forward to our next! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Great first cruise! Disappointed about service in some standard dining and in Bayamo. Overall good but some polish needed. O'sheahan needs work. Wifi is spotty at best. Cagneys and Le Bistro are top notch. Bayamo is ok, can't ... Read More
Great first cruise! Disappointed about service in some standard dining and in Bayamo. Overall good but some polish needed. O'sheahan needs work. Wifi is spotty at best. Cagneys and Le Bistro are top notch. Bayamo is ok, can't understand why the extra charge. Food not as good as the other specialty restaurants. Teppanyaki was lots of fun, but service was off. Watched chef argue with service staff. He was right, but shouldn't have too. Thermal suite was well worth the cost. Cabin steward, Kindick Mustafa, was spot on. Bartenders were outstanding, had old school standards! Activities were fun. Entertainment was fantastic. Howl at the moon was great, did it twice. Choir of man was the best. Must do! Also, Deal or no deal in the Atrium was a great time, plus might make some money. Our first cruise was awesome, some room for improvement, but nevertheless will consider another cruise in the future. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise because of the extra "Free at Sea" perks and my friend had been on this cruise two years ago. The entertainment was excellent. We saw "The Choir of Man," a magician, and "Howl At the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the extra "Free at Sea" perks and my friend had been on this cruise two years ago. The entertainment was excellent. We saw "The Choir of Man," a magician, and "Howl At the Moon." We also did the Wine Lovers luncheon, which was fantastic and definitely worth the extra fee. We sampled six wines, while dining on a fabulous fancy lunch. Norwegian's Freestyle Dining is perfect! Dine when and where you choose. One of our dinners was in the Supper Club, which required reservations, but was complimentary, and the menu was fixed. The entertainment was very good-. As a part of the speciality dining package (one of the Free at Sea perks), we selected Cagney's Steakhouse, La Cucina, and Teppanyaki, and the food at each was excellent. One dinner was in the Manhattan Room (a main dining room) and was fantastic! Breakfast and lunch were at the main dining rooms Taste, Savor, which were also excellent. Disembarkation was a nightmare! It took about two hours to get off the ship. We selected the last group to leave the ship, thinking that others would be off. BIG MISTAKE! Most the others were still getting off and the line was winding through the Manhattan Room FOREVER! I highly recommend selecting one of the first groups, even if you don't have an early flight! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
The Escape was fun and easy to maneuver. The staff was very kind. The food was great. I especially enjoyed Moderno Churrasco, all you can eat meat. The garlic steak was my favorite but all was tasty and cooked to perfection. I always ... Read More
The Escape was fun and easy to maneuver. The staff was very kind. The food was great. I especially enjoyed Moderno Churrasco, all you can eat meat. The garlic steak was my favorite but all was tasty and cooked to perfection. I always love the pineapple at the end. Taste and Savor were great places to dine with the family for dinner. We didn’t wait long to get a seat any night. O’Sheehans was a great place to get wings, burgers and fajitas. The buffet was clean and had many food options. Lots of chairs for all on the pool deck. We were able to trade in pool towels often. Drinks were great from the bar. Everyone seemed to love the hot tubs. Fun Minature golf. Kids loved it. They also loved to arcade. The casino was very smoky though. There must have been a lot of smokers on the boat. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
It was my first time going on a cruise, and it has been a great experience overall. Cleanliness: The ship is very clean. I found staffs cleaning public area at least once every hour. The stewards would clean your room as requested by ... Read More
It was my first time going on a cruise, and it has been a great experience overall. Cleanliness: The ship is very clean. I found staffs cleaning public area at least once every hour. The stewards would clean your room as requested by simply pressing a button by your stateroom door. We had ours cleaned twice a day. I also looked forward to the towel animal on our bed every night. Shore Excursions: I was hesitated to get the shore excursions at first, thinking that it would be cheaper for me to arrange my own itinerary, but I'm glad that I added them. NCL prepared all the transportation, so there was nothing to worry about during vacation. For Port Canaveral, we chose Kennedy Space Center. We read reviews that it is not enough time to visit everything, but we found that it worked out fine if you researched on what you want to see beforehand. My husband and I downloaded the Kennedy Space Center app ahead of time, so we already knew which part we wanted to visit and got to see everything we planned. Our second stop was Great Stirrup Cay, but our ship could not stop there due to high winds. Nevertheless, NCL refunded us for our shore excursion immediately without delay. The captain also notified the passengers promptly, sent out an updated agenda in less than one hour, and stopped for an extra day at Nassau. For Nassau, we chose Aquaventure. They were not many people on the weekday, and you definitely have time to go on all the slides. It is also a plus that the staffs greeted all passengers with towels to clean our hands and refreshing drinks by the ship every time when we came back from shore. Food: The food were simply amazing. I'd highly recommend getting the speciality dining package to try a variety of food, just be prepared that the waiting time can be lengthy at times. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I have always cruised NCL and wanted to treat my daughter and grandson to an awesome experience. Prior to this The largest NCL ship I had traveled on was the Breakaway, The Escape is just a larger version of the BA. Unfortunately, as ... Read More
I have always cruised NCL and wanted to treat my daughter and grandson to an awesome experience. Prior to this The largest NCL ship I had traveled on was the Breakaway, The Escape is just a larger version of the BA. Unfortunately, as with all NCL ships the pool areas are still small and seating in those areas is difficult. In addition, the "casino Smoke" situation is the same if not worse. I still love NCL for all its' other attributes. Fantastic food, best crew and staff on the ocean, entertainment, and always lively and fun. The itinerary for this cruise is my least favorite but it worked for the time my grandson was able to miss school. Port Canaveral had a new excursion listed this time called ICON Park. I highly recommend this trip. Perfect day off the ship, not rushed, and relatively reasonable. In Nassau we did Blue Lagoon Island which I have done many times before. It keeps getting bigger and better. Absolutely excellent excursion and something for everyone. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I chose this cruise because it was an easy ride to New York port. Also it was going to the Bahamas. We had a great time. I don’t know why I see a lot of negative reviews. We had a mini suite with balcony. It was not very big, but ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was an easy ride to New York port. Also it was going to the Bahamas. We had a great time. I don’t know why I see a lot of negative reviews. We had a mini suite with balcony. It was not very big, but no cabins are. We did not hear any noises from other cabins. The food was very good, but service a bit slow. Being a large ship, it was sometimes crowded in areas but no where to what I expected, so not too bad. Pool is a bit small. We were able to see all the shows we wanted to see without a problem. We sometimes had to wait for an elevator, but we made a game out of it. It is what you make it. Either you go to have fun and do so, or you let little things ruin it. I would do this cruise again. If you want perfection, I don’t know what vacation would fit. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We had excellent service from Alam’s dining room service team and Adi’s attention to keeping our room neat and complete with fresh towels and always cute towel animals. Hong’s personality always kept us laughing as we sampled his ... Read More
We had excellent service from Alam’s dining room service team and Adi’s attention to keeping our room neat and complete with fresh towels and always cute towel animals. Hong’s personality always kept us laughing as we sampled his creative after dinner shots. How do the serving staff get up on the tables and dance? We were completely entertained. The shore excursions were well suited for a 4 day cruise. Our day at Princess Cays was just as we remembered. The beach volleyball is always my husbands favorite part of the trip. Unfortunately, one of our group was pushed into a sea urchin by a wave while he was snorkeling. The lifeguard was very helpful getting him help quickly. The lines for the shuttles back to the boat always move too slow and get extremely hot and uncomfortable due to making sure they’re “loaded to capacity.” The unlimited bubble cards weren’t accepted at the bars on the island even though the bar was staffed by ship employees? Minimal areas for improvement. Thank you for thinking of everything to make our short cruise enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Cruised 3/30 to 4/6 from Cape Liberty NJ on the Anthem of the Seas. Ports of call were Port Canaveral Florida, Cocoa Cay and Nassau. Booked a Grand Suite (Cabin #8236) and was very much looking forward to the trip. This was our 9th ... Read More
Cruised 3/30 to 4/6 from Cape Liberty NJ on the Anthem of the Seas. Ports of call were Port Canaveral Florida, Cocoa Cay and Nassau. Booked a Grand Suite (Cabin #8236) and was very much looking forward to the trip. This was our 9th cruise overall and 4th on Royal Caribbean. Let's start with embarkation at Port Liberty. Organized and efficient but the Teal Sweater Brigade know nothing about cruise status. What I mean by that is when you book a cruise in a Suite or pay to be a Key guest or are just a frequent RC cruiser, there are certain perks... shorter security line, quicker check in, etc. Teal Sweater Brigade continually dumps people in the general line without even asking to see their cabin or cruise status. Not a major inconvenience, but I had to tell them we could go in the shorter security line. Then when we got through security, we were placed in the general check-in line. I pointed out to the Teal Sweater talking to me that we were in a Suite and could go to the Suite check-in line. It seemed like this was new information to her. Again - not a huge inconvenience, just a bit annoying that I had to keep pointing this out. Once on board, we were able to go to Coastal Kitchen for a quick bite of lunch while we waited for our cabin to be ready. Coastal Kitchen was fantastic and the wait staff was just tremendous the entire time we were on board. Shortly after 1pm we went down to our cabin and it was prepared and ready for a week's vacation. The location of this cabin is perfect. Right off the rear elevator stack - convenient to everything. And being on deck 8 was great because you could easily use the stairs to go up or down when the elevators were busy. Let me address the title of my review now. On all of our past cruises we had a fantastic time and were treated like royalty. The staff on the ships couldn't do enough for us and anticipated our needs like they were mind readers. This time out the staff was good. Not great or outstanding but solidly competent and did a really good job of taking care of us. But it just wasn't the usual level of excellence. It could have been the crew, they might have been new to the ship or maybe the cruise line is making cuts that are starting to show. Hard to say. For example... there's always been a language barrier but the crew were always well versed in their specific area of expertise. I may not be able to ask a waiter about the casino, but the waiter knew all of the foods, what allergies were and the different types of liquor that were available. I must have asked a dozen waiters in different restaurants for a Bacardi Oakheart and Coke. The short version is an Oak and Coke. Not one understood what I wanted and delivered some interesting drinks in its place, but none of them were Bacardi Oakheart and Coke. This was somewhat confusing because it was on this same ship three years ago when we sailed to New England and Canada (awesome cruise by the way if you ever get the chance) that they told me I could order it by calling it an Oak and Coke. Not a big deal, but it made ordering drinks a little difficult. My wife wanted a glass of Cabernet by Robert Mondavi. Tried unsuccessfully to order it by name and literally had to point to the wine in the menu. I would think that the language of one's job would be taught to them by the other staff and by RC. Again, it could've been just this crew or maybe RC is cutting corners. Not sure. All of the food was excellent but they did make a small change since we sailed with them last time. On the Anthem of the Seas, you would rotate through the four dining rooms (Grande, Chic, Silk and American Icon) with varied menus. Now they all serve the same food and you can sit wherever you like. We use the MyTime dining, so the only place we couldn't eat was Grande because that was for the fixed meal times. We also made use of the Windjammer Cafe and the food was quite good. I will say the bus staff was a little slow at cleaning tables. Often there were many (9 or 10) tables within eye sight that remained dirty for upwards of 30 minutes. Things didn't work like this in the past. It's possible RC cut back on the bus staff or they just weren't good at their jobs. Everything else was wonderful. Our cabin attendant Agus was great. Took very good care of us and kept our cabin spotless. Only two towel animals during the cruise which disappointed me because I really get a kick out of those. We sailed to Alaska on the Radiance a few years back and our cabin steward did such a good job, we kept all of the towel animals in our room for the whole cruise. We had an entire menagerie by the end of the week. Ports of call were very good. Port Canaveral was excellent because we got to go to Kennedy Space Center. We had done this excursion before when we cruised on the Crown Princess but I would never miss a chance to go to Kennedy. Great tour and always educational. Second port of call was Cocoa Cay, Royal Caribbean's private island. What's not to like. Sun drenched beaches, blue skies, 85 degree weather, alcohol, food and water. We had an awesome time that day. The Suite guests do get to go to a VIP area and enjoy an upscale BBQ. So rather than hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken and ribs, we were able to have lobster tails, steak and corn on the cob. Very nice touch! And our final port of call was Nassau. I'd never been there before and it was every bit as beautiful as I imagined. We had a lovely time walking through town and checking out the shopping and bars. Overall a great time. Then two days at sea to get home. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
It was a gift from our children for our 50th anniversary.. easy on we were on the 13th floor right under the pool. First night was terrible, they were doing repairs above us and were moving things around all night. Did not get any sleep.. ... Read More
It was a gift from our children for our 50th anniversary.. easy on we were on the 13th floor right under the pool. First night was terrible, they were doing repairs above us and were moving things around all night. Did not get any sleep.. called guest services and was told I could get another room.. it was three days when I got another room .they told us they shampooed the rug and it had to dry. Happy we changed room. My tour was cancelled and one show cancelled.. we got a different tour and they corrected show.. after that everything went well. Our cabin workers were great Johnaton and Rosnet.. dining room was very nice and our waiter Jhonny and I Nengah were great. The workers in the dining rooms are hard working and do a great job. Entertainment was great all around. Shows very entertaining and games fun. Service was excellent Ports are good. Cape Canaveral very interesting. NASA. Coco bay awesome.. Bahamas junkaroo beach very rocky... long walk tho beach. Lots of shopping. Debarking easy.. been on royal Caribbean before and debarking was terrible. A lot better this time. Over all it was a very nice trip. Would go again but different ports. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was our 11th Royal Caribbean cruise and second time on Anthem, we did not travel with children and we are both 55 years old. I was not a fan of the entertainment on the ship, boring And just mediocre (the shows) Heath Harrison the ... Read More
This was our 11th Royal Caribbean cruise and second time on Anthem, we did not travel with children and we are both 55 years old. I was not a fan of the entertainment on the ship, boring And just mediocre (the shows) Heath Harrison the comedian, Three Tenors and Ron Lucas the ventriloquist were all VERY good. The crew were friendly pretty much through out the ship.We did Wonderland restaurant which I recommend, the food was very good you won’t come away hungry that’s for sure. We also did Chops which was also good but their meat is more like choice cut rather then prime cut. We have had better quality before. The wait staff was excellent though . My time dinning was not well organized even though we had 6;00 reservations everyday. They seemed like they didn’t know where to seat people. The food quality has come down a lot from prior cruises in my opinion.We did a lot of the activities bumper cars, I-Fly, North Star and enjoyed them , it was to windy to do rock climbing wall and didn’t get to use the run/walking track or flow rider do the high winds. There are plenty of places to relax on the ship,if your looking to go to the pool area /solarium get there early. We were in room 8 262, with a balcony, I was very happy with the room although at bit noisy at times, structural sounds , popping and vibrations at night. We rented a cabana bed at cococay , it was so worth it, It came with 4 water bottles,lunch and 2 floating mats. In Nassau we did Blue lagoon and dolphin encounter, everything went smooth and was very well organized. We did see a lot of glasses plates etc, start piling up on promenade and windjammer about day 3, not enough staff to keep up I guess. All in all it was a decent cruise, but I think we will venture out side of royal Caribbean and look at other cruise lines. Also we did not use the drink package this time, to expensive . But we also had a good amount of on board credit we used for drinks. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I wanted something short but not too short since this was our first cruise with my 10 & 12 yr old kids. 4 nights and 5 days cruise was great! Stayed at Holiday Inn night before embarkation. Walking distance to shops and ... Read More
I wanted something short but not too short since this was our first cruise with my 10 & 12 yr old kids. 4 nights and 5 days cruise was great! Stayed at Holiday Inn night before embarkation. Walking distance to shops and restaurants. Uber over to the port and it was easy. Embarkation: I set for 11:30 am check-in. We were there around 11 and on the ship by 11:30 am. I did online check in before I arrived and made embarkation very quick. Hardly any wait. Deluxe drink package (including alcohols): online purchase offers a few different deals from time to time. I got mine about two weeks before embarkation and got 20% off each person. I think one of the reviews mentioned to buy it before getting on the ship but not really. I think they were offering 30% off on the ship. Deluxe drink package is perfect for someone who drinks. Also, includes bottled water and pops. By the way, no IPA beer. LIttle bumped! You can get your drink as soon as you get on the boat. Just show your printed seasail pass until you get your seapass at 1 pm. Nassau: We didn't do any excursion. Hung out at the ship most of the time and went out for a short time to hang out in the city for a bit. Not a lot of people on the ship so it was nice. Grabbed our lunch and sat by the pool table. Coco Cay: Ship docks. I did not know that. Perfect Day at Coco Cay was not open but still a lot to do. My drinks were included since I had the deluxe drink package. We did snorkeling. You pick up your gear and just jump in the water whenever. You can get in the water as many time as you would like. Buffet lunch was served and pretty good for what it was. Entertainments, activities, and service: Service was awesome. Everyone was so nice and friendly. Entertainments were just OK. Activities were nice. Plenty to do but sky pad was close the whole time. Disembarkation: We carried our own bag. We did not want to get stuck in the crowd and wait to get out so we decided to grab a quick breakfast from the promenade cafe and went. It was around 7:30 am. Disembarkation was quick too. I think we could have taken our time a bit. Got the Uber and waited for about 15 minutes and we were on our way to the airport. By the way, if you go end of the terminal there is an area where you get picked up by Uber or Lyft. Cabin: We had inside stateroom. It was small but we were barely in there. Kids slept on the bunk bed and they loved it! A few notes: I saw one of the reviews mentioning to bring outlet since there are not too many. True. But don't. They don't let you use them. You can just ask your room attendance for one. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Embarkation was much better than prior cruises. No line. We arrived about an hour after embarkation began. Getting off the ship (we carried our own luggage) was also very easy. Although had to ride up elevator to find an elevator that was ... Read More
Embarkation was much better than prior cruises. No line. We arrived about an hour after embarkation began. Getting off the ship (we carried our own luggage) was also very easy. Although had to ride up elevator to find an elevator that was not packed. Booked this last minute so could not choose room. If you keep your balcony open, I do not recommend mid ship. Middle of night crew begins power washing decks below. We were on 10th floor and I was awakened by the powerwashing. I did ask customer service supervisor to put in request to start powerwashing after 5 am, the supervisor asked me to call them in middle of night when I hear noise. I told the supervisor that it was not reasonable to ask me to get up and deal with noice in middle of night. Next night the noise started after 5 am but subsequent nights started at 3 am. Everything else about the ship and crew was fantastic. At the spa was treated like a vip. At dinner was able to get window seating almost every night (without even asking). Ship design was ok. Didn’t like enclosed table area at buffet. Sister ship has open air back seating. The thermal spa was fantastic. Always able to get hot stone seat. Loved the ice room. Fitness classes were great but few were scheduled for shore days. Weekly class pass was definitely worth it. Was surprised that smoking was not a big issue. Most passengers smoked in only designated areas. NCL enforcement definitely making a difference. Room was regular balcony. Surprised that bathroom was big. Compared to older ships bathroom was huge even though this was not a mini suit. Food was fantastic. My husband is vegan but no sodium, no white flour and no oil. Was able to preorder dinner. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We picked the NCL Escape from NYC to Bahamas because of the departure location and timing alone. Destination was secondary for us. We were blessed with really good weather. We were pleasantly surprised by most of our experience on this ... Read More
We picked the NCL Escape from NYC to Bahamas because of the departure location and timing alone. Destination was secondary for us. We were blessed with really good weather. We were pleasantly surprised by most of our experience on this 7-day cruise. The ship's design was attractive and sophisticated (we had wondered if it would be over the top or tacky.). And it was also squeaky clean! We had no idea that it's completely normal for a ship to be washed every night and painted every day. We spent zero time lounging on the pool decks. By far, the Waterfront was our favorite place to spend time. Easy to get a seat (though we were only 3 ppl) in all but the most glorious weather. We recommend early dinners to get window-seats at Savor and Taste (slight preference for Taste, where the service seemed a little happier and more responsive). And yes, you can order two appetizers and two desserts if you want. Garden Cafe has loads of window seats, and if you head toward the forward end, there's some outdoor seating. Another dining tip if you like fresh air and breezes: get your breakfast at the buffet and walk it up to margaritaville for lots of open seating. We even brought breakfast down to the Waterfront a couple of times (yes, 8 flights down!). Splash Academy: a couple of early short stints by our 11 year old daughter were not successful. (The Entourage takeover entailed over a dozen boys avidly playing video games while the tiny number of girls just sat and watched them. The adults didn't really engage them for the first 30 minutes.) Fortunately she tried Splash again on the last day of the cruise and had a much better time — she made a friend and didn't want to return to the room, even at 1030pm. The unlimited spa pass was amazing. Highly recommended. The gym is nice, but then I discovered a secret place to walk or run — outside on Deck 7. It doesn't wrap around like Deck 8 (waterfront) but there is almost no one there! Find the ship's sunny side and go for it. I much preferred that to the tiny running track on 17. Final tip: If you have full mobility, ***take the stairs***! You'll be amazed how much easier they become after just one week. We regularly climbed 30+ flights a day. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was my family’s third Haven cruise and second one on the Escape. As a hard working mom, to me, it’s the ultimate REAL vacation. In addition to not moving hotel rooms, no cooking and not having to entertain your kids, you get ... Read More
This was my family’s third Haven cruise and second one on the Escape. As a hard working mom, to me, it’s the ultimate REAL vacation. In addition to not moving hotel rooms, no cooking and not having to entertain your kids, you get upgraded services and private decks, spa, pool and dining/bar. It’s one of my favorite vacations as I really get to relax and enjoy! The bartenders in the Haven are the best in the business.... true art! The ship has great dining options. Love Food Republic! People do not know what they are missing! Bayamo seafood is excellent, as is La Cucina and Cagney’s Steakhouse. The entertainment is always good, plenty of music, live show and comedians. Good for all ages, nice variety. The ropes course, video arcade and slides are favorites of my teen sons. They also enjoy the 24/7 room service option for late night pizzas and cookies. Thank you NCL! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
The cruise was fun. This was my first solo cruise, so I was a little apprehensive about traveling alone. But I never felt alone. There was always somewhere that I could be around people when I wanted, or somewhere I could find a quiet ... Read More
The cruise was fun. This was my first solo cruise, so I was a little apprehensive about traveling alone. But I never felt alone. There was always somewhere that I could be around people when I wanted, or somewhere I could find a quiet corner when I did not. The ship is large, and it feels it. It took me a few days before I realized there was an entire public deck that I had missed when touring. It was easy to navigate and rarely seemed as crowded as it was. The only time it really showed was after muster and during embarkation/debarkation. Embarkation was fast and easy. A lot of walking, but it is a big ship and a big dock. Hint...there was a cruiseline free refreshment station just past the pay snack stand. I admit I did not spend much time on the pool deck. It was crowded and noisy when I did go there. Kids were always in the hot tubs, and the pool itself is very very small. Hint...there are other hot tubs and lounge chairs upstairs on deck 19 (only front 1 elevator goes there) or in Spice H2O on 17 aft. The spa pass was worth it to me. It was a nice relaxing area and there was never a crowd. Loved having access to uncrowded pools of water. To get to the spa, you walk through the gym. And while I mostly did just walk through, the gym is well equipped and expansive with more capabilities than expected. They have a good variety of classes available and a very friendly staff. The food was very good. I ate most breakfasts and dinners at Taste since they almost always had a single table readily available. I had one wait during the whole cruise and it was maybe 5 minutes. The pastries were the best that I ever had on a cruise. I would book this cruise again just to get the croissants. Only disappointing item in the main dining room/buffet was the scrambled eggs. They were a bit runny and tasteless, but that is not necessarily a bad thing when dealing with so many diverse diets. I will say I was not happy with O'Sheehans. I had a breakfast and a late night snack there. Both times, the service was just as good as the rest of the ship, but the food was not quite up to NCL standards. There is music everywhere. There are bars and clubs scattered around the ship where there are a few different groups playing. Most of it was quite enjoyable. The 80s and 90s parties were fun, but Glow was seriously overrated. I spent a lot of time listening to JR play piano in the Brewhouse, but sorry...he is leaving Escape later this month to go to Getaway. There is always something going on in the Atrium. That is the center of ship life. All of the information desks are there, along with the big screen. Sometimes it was games shows; sometimes it was trivia; and sometimes it was music. This is also where there were late night movies. It can fill up, but there were only a couple of times when I saw more people than seats. The shows were good and bad, but mostly good. Choir of Man was really good. Recognizable songs done in a slightly different way with fun audience interaction. I admit I was one of the people who walked out of After Midnight. While the concept was good and the performers were great, it was not cohesive enough and not my kind of thing. I went to the Supper club for both Uptown and The Rocketman Experience. The shows were fabulous. The food was OK. Plan on having to go find a snack since you get no choice of food. There were a lot of comedians. I mean a lot of comedians. They had them in the comedy club; they had them in the main theater; they were everywhere. I do not like comedians, so this was not a good thing. Howl at the Mood dueling pianos was fun (I do like music), but there was way too much emphasis on stand up comedy. As to the ports, I will admit this was not my favorite itinerary. My skin is too fair to be a beach babe. I did the airboats in FL, and it was fun but a little too much time at the preserve. Great Stirrup Cay was really nice. A perfect beach day compressed into one locale. Nassau was fun. It is a tourist trap and makes no bones about it. I did the land and sea tour. The host on the boat made that part fun. It was a nice way to see the area. The land portion was not as good. We stopped at the fort and saw the steps (which have been paved so they are just a set of outside stairs) and ended at Atlantis for a quick casino/mall trip. Leaving the ship was sad, but really easy. We started to disembark a hour early. I walked off with my bags and it was simple. All ramps except one escalator. Customs was simple. Half an hour from boat to curb. Port personnel were really good about directing everyone and there were no issues as long as you paid attention. I would suggest you arrange to be picked up away from the port if you can. While it is really easy for us walking off, it is a bit difficult for those driving in. If you need to get picked up at the port by a private car, expect to be directed to the lower level at pier 88 baggage drop off. That is where they have an area set up for quick pickups. But there is nowhere for someone to stop and wait for you. Overall...it was a fun trip. Not the trip of a lifetime, but a good solid relaxing vacation. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019

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