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Sail Date: September 2018
This was my first time on NCL's bigger ships. Because it was a New England and Canada cruise, the majority of the people were inside. It seemed very crowded to me. But I guess if the weather was nice, all those people would have been ... Read More
This was my first time on NCL's bigger ships. Because it was a New England and Canada cruise, the majority of the people were inside. It seemed very crowded to me. But I guess if the weather was nice, all those people would have been outside!! It was a nice ship. The only thing I did not care for was that the casino on deck 7 (I think) was open to decks 6 & 8 because of the beautiful light fixture and winding stairs. When standing on deck 6 by the Headliners Comedy Club I could smell the smoke from above. I personally would not have wanted to sit in the outside area of the specialty restaurant, Le Bistro bc of the smoke smell. Even though there were lots of people we never had to wait long to get a drink or to get something to eat. Getting on the ship took a little longer that I've experienced before. The last day we walked off with our suitcases. That went very fast. The rope course was awesome even though not all of it was open at the time. (the staff told me they were waiting on some replacement parts) I did try all the slides even though it was not warm weather. They were fun. The middle pool next to the kiddie area was heated. Not sure if the kiddie area was heated. That was nice on this cooler cruise. I was happy with the food. The Garden Cafe got old after a few days but I liked the option of going to O'Sheehans and Taste and Savor for breakfast and lunch. The waterfront was lovely. Again had it been warmer weather more people would have been outside. We enjoyed the quietness of the waterfront since most people were inside. We enjoyed the entertainment. The Howl at the Moon dueling pianos was fabulous. Thought the Brat pack was high energy but ok. Loved the tap dancing and singing of After Midnight. We thought the majority of the service was wonderful. The staff work hard and we were thankful for all they did. We did one shore excursion in Portland. It was nice. We took a bus to Kinnebunkport. The tour guide was very informative. We had about an hour to shop in Kinnebunkport and then drove by the Bush complex. It was a quaint town. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We first cruised on the QM2 in 2004, its inaugural year. Beautiful ship at that time, it still is, despite all the rust we see now, combined with a lot of wear and tear. We last sailed the QM2 just prior to the remastering and we like ... Read More
We first cruised on the QM2 in 2004, its inaugural year. Beautiful ship at that time, it still is, despite all the rust we see now, combined with a lot of wear and tear. We last sailed the QM2 just prior to the remastering and we like the changes to the Carinthia Lounge and Kings Court buffet. We do think that, overall, the standards, especially food quality, have slipped over the years. To put our comments into perspective, we are Platinum World Club members on our 9th Cunard cruise, but this was our 42nd cruise, including Princess (Platinum), Holland America (3-star Mariner), Disney (Gold Castaway) and 4 cruises with Celebrity (Classic level, I think). We remain flexible and reasonable, expecting that things do sometimes go wrong but that every effort is made by those involved to do what is necessary to mitigate the problems, which was not the case here. We were on the September 23-30 seven day voyage to New England and Canada from New York City to Quebec City. We were advised the day before embarkation that the ship would be late arriving in Brooklyn on its transatlantic voyage and to arrive two hours later than scheduled. Having already arranged for Cunard transfers from Newark, there was no flexibility to delay our arrival and we were at the ship shortly after 12 noon. Upon entry into the terminal, we were assigned boarding priority #5 due to Platinum status. We eventually waited until about 6 pm before being allowed to board. Throughout the entire wait, there was minimal information provided which was the most frustrating part. Any announcements were just garbled over the speakers. We repeatedly asked the terminal staff for more information and was first told that we would be allowed to board at 2 pm, then 3 pm, then 4 pm. Although water, tea and coffee were provided, there were only hot dogs and some pre-packaged pastries which went quickly due to the large group. We subsequently learned from fellow passengers that the ship had to change its normal route west from Southampton to avoid Tropical Storm Helene(or was it Joyce?) and then, due to a medical emergency, had to proceed towards Halifax far enough for the evacuation helicopter (with its limited flight range) to meet the ship. A number of other unfortunate events, including a turbine or other propulsion system failure, various issues with the US Customs and Border agents, and a scheduled quarterly Coast Guard inspection, all contributed to the extensive delays. We understand these things happen but the lack of information from the ship’s officers, combined with the failure to provide sufficient suitable refreshments (sandwiches and cakes from the ship?) while everyone waited patiently in the terminal, was a rather unpleasant situation. Later in the week, after many apologies, a bottle of wine was offered by Cunard as compensation. Now back to the cruise. Overall, the ports were not terribly exciting. Rockland, Maine is an industrial and fishing town. This was a maiden call but I would have preferred to go back to Bar Harbour. In Corner Brook, not much there so we hired a car and drove to Gros Morne National Park but the weather and 90 knot winds delayed the arrival so the time in port was considerable shortened. Sept-Iles was definitely not exciting as one of the tours being offered was a visit of an aluminum manufacturing plant. Quebec City is always exciting like the first time we went years ago. We dined in Britannia MDR. We cruise to eat food such as rack of lamb and filet mignon which we don’t normally eat at home or in our hometown. None of these were offered on this cruise to those of us in Britannia MDR. The US Choice steaks were rather tough, and most meats like veal were not the best quality. We were seated on deck 3 nearest to the main entrance, at a distance furthest from the kitchen. As a result, the food was often delivered just barely lukewarm and multiple requests for hot food and hot plates were just not met to our expectations without us becoming a nuisance, so we just accepted it. All of the above to say that a cruise is always a nice way to spend a week or more, but under these circumstances, this is one cruise we could have done without. The crew, as always, tried very hard and are to be commended for their efforts. I do think that Cunard has always marketed themselves as that ultimately luxury cruising experience, thus passengers arrive with high expectations which are often not met, unless you are in the Grills. More needs to be done to improve the Cunard experience so I will end with saying that the four star rating I have given is very generous. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
Always wanted to see this area in the fall. Should have waited until October, no colors. Embarkation and disembarkation were great. The ship was clean, beautifully decorated and well appointed. Our cabin, a balcony on Deck 12, was laid ... Read More
Always wanted to see this area in the fall. Should have waited until October, no colors. Embarkation and disembarkation were great. The ship was clean, beautifully decorated and well appointed. Our cabin, a balcony on Deck 12, was laid out very well, the beds comfy, the bathroom a wonderful surprise (roomy and a great shower). The entertainment was top notch and by far the best we have ever seen at see. Service was perfect, the entire staff was welcoming and willing to go the extra mile to make our vacation the best it could be. Ports were what we expected, missed Bar Harbor due to weather, but the rest were great. Rain followed us the entire trip and made some of the excursions uncomfortable. We realize this wasn't NCL's fault and they did the best they could. The food was our only complaint. Food temperature was usually luke warm to cold. Sheehan's had the only consistantly hot food we received. We did not eat at any of the specialty dining options, and in talking to others felt the complimentary dining may have suffered because of the vast array of options. There were two of us and we might go again, but would go later in the season and might check out other lines options. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I like the free style cruises. Norwegian Escape (built in 2015) is excellent ship. It has much more space for guests everywhere than Breakaway. Cons: Cabin at aft (#12864) was very comfortable, but had a lot of mechanical vibration ... Read More
I like the free style cruises. Norwegian Escape (built in 2015) is excellent ship. It has much more space for guests everywhere than Breakaway. Cons: Cabin at aft (#12864) was very comfortable, but had a lot of mechanical vibration in low-frequency (up to 30 Hz) diapason. Sometimes was not possible to sleep because of vibration. Show has an excellent actors, but too cheap scenarios. Service phone (#00) number at night time does not answer and has no message box. Port and Shore excursions are good, but expensive. Read forums, explore the Internet and find the same excursions by municipal transport. Pros: Variety and quality of foods are the best in all restaurant and Dining Rooms. But go to Garden Cafe and enjoy any time. Entertainment (exclude show in the Theater) is very good. I can recommend Choir of Man in the Superclub, I can recommend the great guitarist (Orly Penate), which often playing in Brewhouse or at Tobacco Road. In the Brewhouse Manny (the Piano Man) was fun and engaging, and the bar staff was also excellent. Captain Giovanni Cutugno is very experienced and responsible person. Guest Services were excellent. Thanks to Deepak Punia (Hotel Director). Our Steward (Felix) is the best. Anton (Norwegian Escape Art Gallery consultant) is very knowledgeable. Zdravko Kojakovich (Food and Beverage Director) and Prejith Poovaoadathil (Executive Chef) care about the best and very tasty foods for guests. Mustafa Kalkan (Asst. Maitre 'D) is ready to help you any time. Forget about diet! :))) Finally, me and my wife are looking for the next cruise on Norwegian Escape with the same Staff. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Introduction We previously sailed on the Escape in 2016. When we saw the fall colors itinerary on this ship, we decide to book the Escape again. We have traveled on several cruise lines, but have the most cruises on NCL and MSC. ... Read More
Introduction We previously sailed on the Escape in 2016. When we saw the fall colors itinerary on this ship, we decide to book the Escape again. We have traveled on several cruise lines, but have the most cruises on NCL and MSC. Embarkation We arrived at the port by 10 a.m. Our flight arrived early, and we decided to go to the port early. This was a good idea. They opened security a few minutes after our arrival. We were given boarding number 1 as Platinum members. We waited about an hour, and then our number was called. The process was quick and we were dining at O'Sheehan's by 11:30 a.m. Our luggage arrived by 1:30 p.m. Overall one of our better embarkation experiences. Room We previously stayed in the Haven on our last Escape cruise, but with just two folks and the ever escalating Haven prices, we were fine with a balcony. Curiously, we got four emails from NCL asking us to bid for an upgrade. As the minimum bid for a Haven upgrade was $1,000 per person, we passed. This was another good idea. The room was fine with a bed, couch, small bathroom and balcony. We never use the butler or concierge anyway so no loss on that front. Our room steward was very good. Prompt room make up and turn down. Dining This is were NCL really shines. We dined twice at Le Bistro, twice at La Cucina and once at Cagney's, Taste and the Manhattan room. All the meals were good. Le Bistro and La Cucina were particularly excellent. A side note on these venues. We are not snobs, but do like to dress consistently with the venue. These are beautiful dining rooms, yet half the folks show up in jeans and tee shirts. Le Bistro now even calls you in advance to remind patrons not to wear shorts. Freestyle appears to be taken to the nth degree by folks going casual even in fine dining restaurants. Entertainment This is a problem on all the new NCL ships. Every since they went to Broadway shows, you basically have only two or three nights in the theater. We saw the Brat Pack, After Midnight and a Magic show on the last night. The later two were very good, but the Brat Pack was disappointing. The rest of the days, we congregated in the atrium which had some music acts. The problem is the atrium's acoustics are terrible. It was not built for musical performances and seating is limited. The comedy shows were all reserved by the first day. There are alternative shows in the dinner theater for a fee, but known of them seem particularly worth the fee. There are few enrichment activities on board, unless you count towel folding and bingo as enrichment. Onboard Experience NCL is geared to sell things 24/7. Art auctions, bingo, fee shows, tee shirts, drink packages and Cruise next rewards Ad nauseum. About four of the T.V. channels are devoted to sales. We don't experience anywhere near this level of sales pitches on any other cruise line. We attended the Lattitudes Party. After the crew introduction, exclamations of how much they loved us and one drink per person, we were told basically to get the hell out of the room because they had to set up for another event. Total time 30 minutes start to finish. Shore Excursions Another hit and miss area. Our tour to Bar Harbor was cancelled due to the inability to tender. Our Nova Scotia tour, booked through NCL, reminded us of the Peterman Reality Tour from Seinfeld. The tour guide was fixated on tales of woe including: 911, a Swiss Air plane crash and the Titanic which she connected to Nova Scotia's involvement. Interesting stories, but a bit much for folks on vacation. After driving about one hour to Peggy's Cove, we started our return and the bus promptly broke down. We waited about an hour for a replacement bus. This bus arrives, but the air conditioning and sound system is out. We made it back to the next stop the Titanic Cemetery. At this point, many folks are hot and are few looking sick. The tour company indicates a third bus is coming. At this point, about thirty of us revolt and tell the driver we are not going on a third bus, many of us have dinner reservations and we want to return to port. The company relents and returns one bus to the port and one to continue the tour. The next day I go to shore excursion desk to express my issues with the tour. The gentleman, after hearing my story, launches into a defense of NCL. Basically, he asserts that NCL has no responsibility for tours that it sponsors through its web-site. I attempt to explain the law of agency to the employee, and the concept of customer service, but this falls on deaf ears. After much debate, he agrees to a 30% reduction of my fee. However, we still never acknowledges NCL's roll and responsibility in this matter as promoters of these tours. Service With the exception of the above incident, service was good. Waiters, the room steward and others we encountered were all friendly and competent. Value for money It is clear since Mr. Del Rio was named CEO, the emphasis at NCL is drive revenue and reduce costs wherever possible. As a NYSE listed company, I certainly understand quarterly margin pressure, but you can take this concept too far and it impacts the customer experience. I recently priced Alaska cruises for next year. NCL's price on the Joy for a balcony for two was more than the cruise I booked on Holland for four in a 500 to 700 sq. ft. Neptune Suite. The pricing increases on NCL has been relentless the past few years, and it is very noticeable when you compare pricing with other cruise lines. My wife is about to turn Platinum Plus on NCL and I am one cruise away, but even with status, I doubt we will be back at NCL anytime soon unless the value for money proposition changes. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Just got off the Escape. I should say this was a 7 day cruise to Maine and Canada out of NYC. The Escape is about 3 years old and was a BIG ship by Norwegian standards. We had 4300 passengers, and I guess if there was a theme here it ... Read More
Just got off the Escape. I should say this was a 7 day cruise to Maine and Canada out of NYC. The Escape is about 3 years old and was a BIG ship by Norwegian standards. We had 4300 passengers, and I guess if there was a theme here it was massive crowds everywhere. We have been on Allure of the Seas, which is bigger, but this one felt much more crowded, the most crowded I have ever been on out of 25 cruises. Long lines to get on the ship too. We waited 90 minutes to get our room key, but lines after us were even longer. So let me talk about the crowds first. Getting food at the buffet and finding seating wasn’t bad, and getting a seat in the main dinning room wasn’t bad, but the hallways, especially near the buffet was just packed with people. The Atrium, which I’ll talk more about later, gets so packed that everyday they need to add hundreds of folding chairs to contain all the people, and finding a seat there can be impossible. Then there were the elevators. Instead of 3 banks of 6 elevators each, like you would expect on a ship this size, this one has 2 banks of 8 elevators. You often have to wait for elevator after elevator to find one that WASN’T packed full of people. And here is another weird thing about the elevators. So lets say you are on the 8th floor, but want to go to the 18th floor. So the elevators are in a bank of 8, with most only going to the 17 or 16th floor, and only maybe one goes to the 18th floor. (They say the floors serviced above each elevator) So you press the “up” button which connects to all 8 elevators. Lets say an elevator comes but it only goes to the 16th floor, so you press the “up” button again, and maybe it only goes to the 16th floor, so you have to press the “up” button again and again and eventually you get the 18th floor elevator. This has to be the most stupid design I have ever seen. STUPID STUPID. So let me describe the ship more. Its a new ship, so you expect an grand multistory atrium, with grand stairways and those fancy glass elevators. NOPE none of these are in the Escape. The atrium is a single story, but it does have a hole in the top where people at O’sheehan's can look down. And note that the atrium on the Escape is the main stage here entertainment like game shows and bands play. There is never enough seating, so they bring in hundreds of folding chairs and there still isn’t enough seating. It makes the place more look like a Sunday bingo parlor than a billion dollar cruise ship. Very cheap looking. Overall the ship has 23 bars (I think) and many extra charge restaurants. There is this room called “5 O-Clock Somewhere” that LOOKS like a bar, but its really a room where they hold jewelry and watch sales. Headliners is another used for comedy shows, and also, wait for it, art auctions. Overall this ship is very plain. No notable paintings or sculptures. On the back of the staircases are just mirrors. There is no theme, like on most ships, that I could see. I should note that the nicest part of this ship were on top. The ropes course, the pool, a grotto, and miniature golf, but as I said, this was a cruise to colder climates so we didn’t get to use these things. The ropes course was open but it was cold and windy, so you need to be very brave. There was no covered pool on this ship, so maybe not the best choice for cold weather. So the room. We were in a mini suite and it was big by cruise standards. It was maybe a foot wider and a few feet longer than typical for a balcony. Plenty of storage, with room between the couch and the closet. There was maybe 2 feet between the end of the bed and wall, which is really good. And the bathroom was roomy. A double sink and a shower that must have been 6 feet wide. The shower had 6 water jets you could control in groups. Very nice. Bath gel was on the wall, as was shampoo/conditioner combination. I DEFINITELY like separate shampoo and conditioner much better. No DO NOT DISTURB door hanger here, the room had Do Not Disturb and Make Up the Room lights which can be switched on. You need to put your ship card in a slot to power the room, like in European hotels. Food: The only cost restaurant we went to was Food Republic so I will start there. Its a la carte and ordered with a tablet at your table. We ordered a California Roll which cost about $8.50 after taxes and gratuity. The menu was mainly sushi rolls and small snacks. My wife asked if they had any “Tempura” but they didn’t know what that was. The California Roll was OK, maybe halfway between a good Japanese restaurant and grocery store sushi. I’d give it 6 or 7 out of 10. Next the buffet. For breakfast, the only thing missing for me was smoked salmon. Eggs were good, and there was an omelet station. Seats were available and lines weren’t bad, BUT here is the negative. The buffet runs about 1/3 the length of the ship, and different things are in different locations. Want a toasted bagel, ham and eggs, and be prepared for some walking. Lots of walking. For lunch, the buffet wasn’t great in my opinion. They had pizza, burgers, salads, hot dogs, but only two different sandwiches each day, and two soups, which were usually very strange. They had an Asian section, but it was mostly Indian and not Chinese or Japanese. No sushi except one night for dinner. The pizza and sandwiches were fine, but nothing special. For dinner, the buffet was better than lunch, certainly fine but nothing you would say WOW over. Mostly baked fish, chicken, pork meals with hamburgs, pizza, pasta, salads, and a few odd-and-ends. There is no stir fry, no request pizzas or sandwiches. You won’t starve to death, but not much beyond typical fare. If its expensive, like crab, or scallops or lobster, nope, not here. For the dinning rooms, the Escape has three, Taste, Savor and the Manhattan Room. All have the same food, but for dinner, the Manhattan room has a singer, band and dance floor. This is a nice touch but note the singer leaves about 7pm, so for later dinner, no music. We had breakfast and dinner in the dinning rooms. Both were good. You can get smoked salmon on bagel for breakfast. Portions are a bit small, but you can order two so not a big deal. You can get omelettes (as long as its some combination of ham, cheese, mushrooms and spinach), pastries, fruit, etc. For dinner, the meals were good, but nothing expensive or exotic. As usual, I ordered two appetizers and an entree. On ALL cruises up to this point, they would ALWAYS bring one appetizer, then when finished they would bring the second. NOT this cruise. I mostly got both at once. Service was excellent but they also seemed short staffed. Dinners had shrimp, but lobster, scallops, and many other choices weren’t offered. They did have salmon. O’sheehan's was the third free venue, open 24 hours a day. We only had lunch there. They had bar food which was fine. I had the “buffalo chicken wings” which looked great, but had absolutely no “heat” at all. Rubin was good, soups weren’t bad. All the food was fine, but nothing that strayed too far from normal. For entertainment, we went to “For the Record” and “After Midnight” and a comedy show. All were good, but also ALL required reservations by the first day, or they would be sold-out. The theater was only one level, believe it or not on such a large ship. No balcony at all. Just regular theater seats that made it hard for the waiters to get to you if you wanted a drink. The stage had microLED displays around it, cutting edge and pretty cool. Most of the other entertainment was the usual Deal or No Deal, Bingo, Trivia, and stuff like that. We didn’t see even one “enrichment talk.” My wife likes those. So overall, a good cruise, certainly nothing special on the food side, service was excellent, but the ship was pretty blah for a new ship. It did have a two-lane bowling ally, with small balls, but it cost $6 and few used it. Very few photos were taken, and only two photo areas were set up in the atrium. We never saw anyone getting their pictures taken. Pictures were $25, and almost never saw anyone else in the photo store. You could see photos on a touch screen or in binders they had for each room. Mark my words, in the next refurb in 2020, I bet the photo gallery is history. With phone cameras everywhere, do we really need $25 photos? Customers have voted NO. Oh almost forgot, the gym. Pretty large and also never more than 5 or 6 other people in it. This was an older crowed. Not the exercise type I guess. After this cruise, the wife and I decided, no more LARGE cruises. The crowds have become too large, and having to make reservations for everything not why we go on cruises. Apparently “Freestyle” doesn’t apply to entertainment, only to food. The Escape is not a ship I’m dying to go on again. Maybe for a Caribbean cruise, but not likely otherwise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Booked through a casino corporation for our third NCL cruise and it appears the cruise line is going downhill consistently. In fact the casino is the only facility/attraction/entertainment on board we can recommend. The entertainment is ... Read More
Booked through a casino corporation for our third NCL cruise and it appears the cruise line is going downhill consistently. In fact the casino is the only facility/attraction/entertainment on board we can recommend. The entertainment is tedious, repetitious, and well below reasonable standards. Sing, dance, sing, dance,; rinse and repeat. In the past other ships we have been on have had decent bands throughout the ship during both the evening and night hours, the NCL Escape had as far as we could tell, two bands and one singer who sang in spanish to recorded music and all three were marginal. Are there was also a DJ in the Skyliners bar who played nothing but rap music at ear splitting volume attracting a certain clientele and behavior we were uncomfortable with. We paid an additional fee to eat six nights in specialty restaurants but honestly we can only say one of those meals was what we would call good the rest were simply average and the one night we spent in the complementary restaurant was simply terrible both in terms of the food and the service. We were unable to visit one port because the winds were too high for the tenders and were forced to spend another boring day at sea. We understand you can’t control the wind but certainly you can be prepared to offer additional on board activities and make sure that people know about those activities; apparently NCL does not agree because that was a completely wasted day. How hard is it to prepare for an almost certain eventuality like a closed port? This is a huge company with a large number of chips, they should have done a better job and been better prepared. The staff was generally friendly but the language differences were almost insurmountable in many cases, especially with those in guest service positions which is baffling. Shore excursions were pretty average in both selection and choice. Next time we'll look beyond NCL and urge you to as well. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
I just finished sailing this past week. I have never been on a ship that big, but found it enjoyable. Things I took and did not need (took from other suggestions since been a while cruising) No need to bring: extra outlet, have plenty of ... Read More
I just finished sailing this past week. I have never been on a ship that big, but found it enjoyable. Things I took and did not need (took from other suggestions since been a while cruising) No need to bring: extra outlet, have plenty of outlets and usb plug on each side of your bed, bungee ties for balcony door-the door sets and locks at any spot you want to open, does not "free swing" so no need. I took two water bottles, but never used them, personal preference. The bed was a bit firm for me can ask your room steward for a crate foam top and will put on your bed. Bring the magnet hooks, it will stick to your walls, great for hats, jackets, sweaters. Cagney's was awesome! Teppanyaki's which was very good. LaCucina was good. Garden cafe buffet was ok, but ate every night at either Taste, Savor and Manhattan which is sit down and asked for "Non-Share" quiet dining instead of rat race in cafe. Go see The Brat Pack!! Awesome! From the Breakfast club movie, great singing and play was very good. Choir men is good too! After-midnight was ok for me. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Horrible customer service for six hour boarding. No attempt to provide customers any relief. No credit offered. Elderly people had to lie on concrete floors for hours. No food offered. No chairs. No communication until 5 pm when Cunard rep ... Read More
Horrible customer service for six hour boarding. No attempt to provide customers any relief. No credit offered. Elderly people had to lie on concrete floors for hours. No food offered. No chairs. No communication until 5 pm when Cunard rep announced it would be another hour or more before checking could commence; this was followed by 1000 people groaning and booing Sheets dirty in stateroom No wine steward in brittania Wines offered have average markup of 500 percent The wine delivered to our stateroom was awful. Vinio rates the wine as in the lowest 2 per cent of wines in the Loire valley and with average retail price of $6. Cunard sure seems to be really cheap these days with the diamond class free welcome gift Food in brittania. Over cooked. Steak full of grizzle and inferior cut. Must be from a discount butcher toss away as certainly not quality. Dry. Tough. Desert chocolate cake gooey and awful. Waiters shakes at best. No pisitive communication with guests Purser desk staff rude and curt 12th floor outdoor restaurant closed for entire cruise even sunny windless days in port. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Enjoyed this cruise especially the cooler weather. First time on a ship this large, wasn’t as difficult to navigate and deal with the crowds as I thought. Enjoy all our excursions to Portland, Bar Harbour, my favorite, St. John and ... Read More
Enjoyed this cruise especially the cooler weather. First time on a ship this large, wasn’t as difficult to navigate and deal with the crowds as I thought. Enjoy all our excursions to Portland, Bar Harbour, my favorite, St. John and Halifax. I would not recommend the Hop on Hop off in Halifax. We had to walk most of the route as the busses were so crowded we could not get a seat. We finally were so tired we waited and when the fifth bus pulled up we were able to get on. The tendering in Bar Harbor went smoothly really didn’t have to wit long. Got in our rooms about 1:30-2:00. Our luggage was there before leaving port at 4:00. The ship was very clean, only got to see one show, After Midnight, but it was fantastic high energy musical. Dinner in the dining room was very enjoyable. The buffet was your typical buffet. Nothing super special. Wish they had somewhere to pick up some food at night, only choices were room service or sitting down in O’Sheehans, the sports bar. Had a balcony cabin, loved the shower with a door and no curtain to deal with. Plenty of space to put items in the bathroom and enough closet space for my husband and I. Loved having a coffee pot in the room for morning caffeine fix. Overall we had a great time. Read Less

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