20 Miami to Bahamas Norwegian Escape Cruise Reviews

So for Christmas my boyfriend bought us cruise tickets and he decided to branch out and select a different cruise line. He has sailed on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity before several times. To say we had the best time is an ... Read More
So for Christmas my boyfriend bought us cruise tickets and he decided to branch out and select a different cruise line. He has sailed on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity before several times. To say we had the best time is an understatement. The staff was super friendly, there was ALWAYS fun events happening on the boat, and Tyler our cruise director and the rest of the crew's "fun" attitude made everything so worth it. The only bummer was that we couldn't dock in Jamaica due to the strong winds at the port, so we hated we could not go glass bottom kayaking. But that's why it is so important to schedule shore excursions through the cruise line. Our money was refunded and we used that credit in the casino on board. That day turned out to be the most fun of the whole trip. The food was slow in prep at some times and the service was bad at the dining hall because we had a girl who was being trained, but we took it easy on her. The drinks were DELICIOUS. The embarkation party was fun, and the crew wasn't afraid to get out and party with everyone on their time off. But my favorite part was the CRAZY fun parties that were held almost every night. For 80's night one of the crew members asked my boyfriend to come on stage and pretend to be part of a rock band. Next thing I know I look up and he's jumping around on stage in a blond wig pretending to be the drummer from Bon Jovi. Thank you Norweigan for an amazing trip! WE WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I went on a cruise with my family to the Bahamas St. Thomas and Tortola. . We went on Norwegian Cruise line, Escape. . It was excellent. Lots of good food and many nice restaurants. This cruise had something for everybody. Pools were ... Read More
I went on a cruise with my family to the Bahamas St. Thomas and Tortola. . We went on Norwegian Cruise line, Escape. . It was excellent. Lots of good food and many nice restaurants. This cruise had something for everybody. Pools were fun, nice promenade for quiet time. Mini golf,, basketball, gambling and shopping....plenty to keep us all busy. Our stops included Tortola, Bahamas and St. Thomas. One day, we took a day sail in St. Thomas. The catamarand is called "The Meow" and we had a great time. It is a private charter and very family friendly. The snorkeling was great and we had a delicious lunch. I highly recommend this excursion. Friendly people, most accommodating and knowledgeable. Swimming, snorkeling and lots of beach time. 12 passenger limit. Modern deck for sunbathing and space for sun protection. Great sunset possibilities too. A romantic sunset could be a lot of fun. Www.sailmeow.com Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We had an RCL cruise booked for this week however back in May we took a last minute cruise on the Norwegian Sky. We were so very impressed with the entertainment, the food, the service and the outstanding cruise director, that we decided ... Read More
We had an RCL cruise booked for this week however back in May we took a last minute cruise on the Norwegian Sky. We were so very impressed with the entertainment, the food, the service and the outstanding cruise director, that we decided right then and there to cancel the RCL cruise and book a 7 day on the Norwegian Escape. As great as the Sky was, that's how disappointing the Escape was. We didn't see the cruise director until the third day, he was almost invisible. The Escape had so-called "Broadway style" entertainment where you had to make reservations in advance and the shows were lackluster at best. There were no nightly shows with the cruise staff until, I believe, the last night and that was scheduled at 8pm, during the heart of the dinner hour. With regard to the smaller entertainment venues, we found the quality of the entertainment to be very amateurish. The food was fair. Breakfast was typical, but the first lunch offering was only fair. The afternoon buffet was a bit better. Dinner in the dining room was as you would expect and not very interesting. We had a package for 3 specialty restaurant dinners and there was nothing "specialty' about two of them (Le Bistro and La Cucina). I was also disappointed that the wine offerings by the glass were the same in both restaurants. We decided to go off the plan and try Cagney's Steak House which was a disaster. The service was horrible, the food was below dining room standards and the staff truly needs extensive training. The one exception was Bayamo by Jose Garces. From the minute we sat down, we knew this restaurant was special. From the proprietary wine list, to the service, to the food itself and the management team, you could tell immediately that there was extra care given to the training of the staff. When I questioned the manager, she confirmed that while she is a Norwegian employee, she did, in fact, have additional training by the Garces Group. This was quite evident and we enjoyed ourselves so much that we booked another visit for the last night of the cruise. We very much liked the layout of the cabin which made it feel roomier, and there was ample closet space. The service for the cabin was good, no issues there. My problem was that I found the walls to be paper thin and on two occasions I had to literally pound on the wall to get the family next door to stop screaming after midnight. Overall, we found the ship to be very crowded. On a ship that was built to carry so many passengers, you would think there would be larger common areas however this was not the case. Also, the casino was poorly laid out and took up far too much space. As excited as we were looking forward to this cruise, we have decided that it will be our last on Norwegian. Cruises are too expensive to chance a repeat of this experience. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We (My wife and I) thought we were getting a great deal to sail on a new ship. Just goes to show you get what you pay for. I'll begin with the good points which are few. The Norwegian Ship the Escape is a huge beautiful ship. She has ... Read More
We (My wife and I) thought we were getting a great deal to sail on a new ship. Just goes to show you get what you pay for. I'll begin with the good points which are few. The Norwegian Ship the Escape is a huge beautiful ship. She has the capacity for over 4200 passengers. The staterooms are kept spotlessly clean. The crew (except for the Disney Cruise Line) are the friendliest, most helpful we have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. Unfortunately I can not say the same about the cruise itself and its activities. As I said she can accommodate over 4200 passengers and our cruise was a total booking. The staterooms while clean, are claustrophobic. They're very small and we found it difficult to stay out of each others way. Don't expect to get anywhere near the pool or lounge chairs. The pool is small and was overcrowded every day. The surrounding lounge chairs, which cover two decks, are impossible to find empty. The ships rule of not saving the lounge chairs evidently are not enforced. That is just part of the problem. Each day at sea there are "D.J." lead activities which border on obscene. If you have ever watched the Spring Break T.V. shows, that is what we had to endure. The worse was the Sexy leg contest that ended with some contestants showing their "Junk" as the D.J. put it. It is definitely not for children of which there were many on board. The children's pool area was just a few feet away in full view of the kids. Even if it wasn't, the D.J. was loud enough to be heard several decks below and he would encourage the inappropriate activities. As if that wasn't bad enough, NCL allows 18 year olds to consume wine and beer as long as they produced a note from their parents. We were constantly dodging traffic cones and yellow caution tape that were used to block off puddles of vomit on deck. A lovely site and aroma in the 90 degree heat. Sort of made you glad not to find a lounge chair. The "Price included" restaurants were very nice and comfortable. But they all served the same menu each night. There is no variety unless you dine at one of the "for a fee" restaurants which we did a few nights. I highly recommend Food Republic. They were very reasonable and had a large variety from burgers to sushi. The low points of this cruise out weighed any high points and we will never sail NCL again. Like I said, you get what you pay for. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
The ship is huge and beautiful. The staff was friendly and attentive. The food and drinks were great. There were many amenities but the lines were so long that we didn't even participate in some. There are 2 pools but both were small. ... Read More
The ship is huge and beautiful. The staff was friendly and attentive. The food and drinks were great. There were many amenities but the lines were so long that we didn't even participate in some. There are 2 pools but both were small. One was taken over by the young adults and the other by young children. My mother who was celebrating her 70th birthday never was able to even get in one - not because of a physical disability but because there was no room. It was nearly impossible to find a beach chair anywhere except the Spice H2O deck but that area restricts children until after 7 pm. It was virtually impossible for all of us to enjoy the afternoon sun together as I have a 12 year old. There was too long of a wait to get a drink at any bar close to the pools. They offer a lot of shows but reservations should be made so you can get a seat. The comedy show was great! The rooms with a balcony were great. My advice is : don't book at spring break time, book early to get a deal on the drink package, get a chair outside early, go to the waterslides, etc when they open, go to the buffet early for breakfast and make reservations for dinner, read multiple reviews about excursions through NCL before booking (Seahorse Sail & Snorkel was not as advertised), eat a big meal before boarding (the wait to get your room is long and the dining is a mob scene) and don't bother with the seminars as they are merely a sales pitch We had a great time but would have been better if it was less crowded and if I knew then what I know now. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
I usually do not bother to write a review, however this trip deserves one. We chose the norweigian escape because it is the newest and one of the largest cruise ships, and it was going to stop in the Bahamas. I was going to Alantis! Yah! ... Read More
I usually do not bother to write a review, however this trip deserves one. We chose the norweigian escape because it is the newest and one of the largest cruise ships, and it was going to stop in the Bahamas. I was going to Alantis! Yah! I will say it was very large with a lot of activities and resturants. We had a room with a balcony which was very nice and housekeeping did an excellent job keeping the room clean with plenty of towels. All that being said we were had a disappointing trip. First, we had a package that included 4 complimentary meals at speciality restaurants, unlimited drink package and 250 minutes of free Internet . Upon arrival we checked to make sure all these were accurate. We were told it was all correct. Day 2 we were charged $125 for the Internet after 12 minutes of use. Even though we had the contract with us showing the Internet package we were still charged. The restaurants looked exegant and the staff was wonderful. The food lacked quite a bit. It was more cafeteria style. The food at The Savor was being brought out in stacked cover dishes such as at the hospital. The burger at Margaritavilla made me sick after about 15 minutes. I've been to several Margaritaville restaurants, now I think it will take a while to get over that burger. Apparently during the 4th night someone got ill. I'm very sorry for their misfortune. They went to within 100 miles of Pureto Rico to drop them off to a lifeboat. Due to this we did not get to go to the Bahamas. Our money for the excursion was refunded but no other consideration was made for the rest of the 4800 passengers.There was many things they could have done to make this misfortune up to the passengers. A slight refund, on board spending, maybe a little discount on another cruise but nothing was offered and many were counting on this excursion. Many complaints were heard that we should have gotten to stop in Pureto Rico at least. According to the navagation channel, it the captain slowed down from the 35 knots on the way there to 9 knots coming back just so we didnt get back early. Just 4 days on the ship. After a while that gets boring. We could see an island from the ship which was probably the Bahamas. If he had went at the same speed we probably could have made the stop with little delay. No one would answer anyone's questions or concerns. I looked forward to this cruise for months, spend a lot of money on it now I wish we had take our money and went some where else. The ship is big and nice but the trip was not enjoyable. I will not be returning to the Norwegian cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We have cruised with Norwegian several times in Alaska, Caribbean, and Europe. All of them as a Haven guest. We are fun loving people who like to dance, explore, and enjoy the people around us. We had high expectations as our ... Read More
We have cruised with Norwegian several times in Alaska, Caribbean, and Europe. All of them as a Haven guest. We are fun loving people who like to dance, explore, and enjoy the people around us. We had high expectations as our experiences aboard the Epic was excellent. However, this we very disappointing. The boarding, the shows, the dancing, the food, and the haven experience are fully reviewed below. Bottom line - This feels more like a floating mall with food quality falling purposely to push the customers to all the additional paid restaurants. The service is suffering because it is obviously understaffed. Everything is focused on shutting down the night life after 11:00. 1. The Haven boarding experience was disastrous. Typically they greet you, you have refreshments and they walk you to your cabin. There was nobody to greet us to explain the process, then we stood in line in the haven area with no refreshments for over an hour, they did not have our keys ready, the guests in the haven waiting area were all extremely upset, some people who waited over 2 hours, people checking in through the regular lines got on much faster. While this is a new ship, the process is the same for the Norwegian cruise lines. 2. The Shows: Boring. Our reviews below. "After Midnight" It was a documentary of an evening at the Harlem Cotton Club back in the 20'/30's in its hay day. They had talented people but it was not entertaining. I was as choreographer and dancer in my hay day. It is a shame to waste all the costumes and talent on something that is not entertaining. If feel asleep after the first hour. The only saving grace was one routine by a single women "Don't advertise your man". My wife thought it would of been ok, if the show was only 50 mins long. 1 and half hours was too long. "Million Dollar Quartet" It was a documentary of Sun records with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, ????. The people who impersonated the stars were very talented. This again was not entertaining. If it wasn't for the Jerry Lee Lewis character, I would of went to sleep. This was another show which would of benefited from a 50 minute length instead of 1 and half hours. "Brat Pack" We canceled after the first 2 disappointing shows. The shows aboard the Nowegian Epic are entertaining and great "Blue Man Group" & "Cirque du Soleil" 3. Dancing - My favorite activity - Disappointing. I dance to everything Disco, Swing, Caribbean, Country, big Band, Latin, even house music. There was no dance club at all. "The Manhattan room" This is an elegant room which is used for drop-in dining. It has a great dance floor with an beautiful dance floor. Unfortunately 2/3 of the dance floor is covered with tables. The 3 person band was not playing dance music. They are excellent musicians who were into playing their own music. The varied the speed of the music which makes it difficult to dance. They play for 45 mins and take 15 to 30 mins breaks. Not appropriate for a night of dancing. "Outside by the pool" - Daytime - this was ok, but the pool area was packed. The area was too small for this size ship. Great dance music on the first day. "Atrium" - They would 2 or 3 piece bands playing music but they occupied the entire dance floor. The said you could dance up there with them but please be careful of the cables which run to the speakers at the front the dance floor. Dismal. "H2O Spice" Back of the ship outside. At night they would have a rave like party with music. However, it was house music which they focus on putting your hand in the air and jumping. The music switches constantly like a person with ADHD who can't decide which song to choose. It was hot and sweaty. This is great if you are a teen or 20 something. When the ship was underway on the second day, the exhaust from the ship was terrible. 4. The food - The standard food was ok and uninspired. It suffered from sitting around. The food was much better during the old days of giving you an set dining time with multiple choices of great; Appetizers, Soup, Salad, Entrees, dessert. It seems like they purposely push you to: "If you want a good meal, you now have to pay additional to go to one of their specialty restaurants.". Cagney - Took too long between courses - Slow service but food was good. Teppanyaki was excellent and the cooks were entertaining. The Manhattan room - free but the meal was ok but they offered several up charges for your entre:i.e. Prime rib at a cost of $20. 5. The Haven - This is really disappointing. The changes were disappointing for all returning haven guests. We paid for a haven experience but received much less. a. Boarding experience was disastrous as explained previously b. They would not serve you food on the private pool deck. c. The haven staff was gone by 11:00 pm. The bar closed at 11:00, the concierge closed at 8:00 PM, the dining closed 9:30. This upset many of the haven guests. d. The private dining room was always overbooked and you had to wait 30-45 mins. this never happened on the Epic. e. We had a haven room but it was not in the haven. We were on deck 12 at the front of the ship. The have was on deck 17 and 18. It took 128 steps from our room to the elevator then we had to go up 5 floors. We did not expect this. I would not book the haven unless it was in the haven area. f. There was never staff around to help with towels and drinks. Previously they had all kinds of snacks, candy, water, and service. g. The outside haven area is boring. It was great on the Epic. You could overlook the pool and see what was going on. You had private elevators down to the pool area. h. The have obviously over extended the haven service to other rooms in the ship. This has negatively affected the service level of the haven experience. 6. The late night dining experience is dismal and a complete failure. Everything is shutdown except for O'Shehans and room service. O'Shehans has several food items and a couple of desserts. However it seems purposely understaffed. The tables are always filled with dirty dishes. The servers will tell you it will take 30 mins for soda and get your order taken and another hour for food. After dancing late night you would like to get something to eat with your friends. They make this a terrible experience. They need to have an open bar and grill with burgers, fries, hot dogs, pizza, and ice cream. They should have several areas with easy access ice cream machines. There seems to be an increase of pay as you go items, restaurant, video arcade, candle pins, ski ball, and casino machines. On a lighter note - If you are first time cruise person, you may enjoy this boat with water slides, a nice ropes course, buffet dining, drop in dining and beautiful ship. Experienced Haven guests will not like this. Several of the Haven guests all felt the same way. one was embarrassed because they brought their extended family to try the new ship. There was one incident which was also a black eye for Norwegian. A young man was sitting at a bar with a friend on the ship. Another man approached him and punched him in the face. The young man had to get stitches. The good news: they threw the other man off the ship at the next port. The bad news: they gave the young man a doctors bill for $1,800 and told him he could not get off the ship unless he paid the bill. He obviously could not pay this bill. Any other business in the US would of been glad to take care of this bill since it happened on their property. They even had video footage of the whole incident which showed the young man was minding his own business when this happened. Shame on Norwegian!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
I've cruised 6x prior to this cruise, all on Disney. We were hesitant to try another line since we enjoy DCL so much (and we don't even have kids!), but when I saw this quick little 3-night sailing on Norwegian's new ship, I ... Read More
I've cruised 6x prior to this cruise, all on Disney. We were hesitant to try another line since we enjoy DCL so much (and we don't even have kids!), but when I saw this quick little 3-night sailing on Norwegian's new ship, I thought it would be a good way to try out a new line. Let me tell you, even 3 nights was too long on this ship. Service was just abhorrent. I get it, it's a new ship, there will be kinks to work out. I can understand that. I expected it. But this was just too much. Since everybody has the ultimate beverage package, the bars were always mobbed. We'd wait 15+ minutes to be served as the bartender served others who arrived after us and didn't even acknowledge our presence. All the free dining venues were slow, drinks would arrive after the food, our server completely disappeared at O'Sheehan's, etc. I felt a lot of the staff did not speak English very well. I know most of them are not native English speakers, but it seemed like they weren't even trying. The only good service we got was at Moderno, which, surprise surprise! was an upcharge. Which brings me to my next point... The nickel and diming: I'm happy to pay a cover charge for a premium experience onboard a ship if it's the exception to the norm. But on this ship, the upcharges were everywhere. Want to see a show? Get a cupcake? Have prime rib at dinner? None of this is free on the Escape. More restaurants cost extra on this ship than are free. When I go on a cruise, I assume my meals are included. On the Escape, you were basically strong armed into paying extra if you wanted edible food in a reasonable amount of time. The ship itself: The Escape was only a couple weeks old when we sailed and still had that "new ship smell". It was beautiful. However, NCL did not really compensate for all the extra staterooms they added to this ship. The public areas are basically a copy of its smaller sister ships, the Breakaway and Getaway, just with hundreds more people added. So basically, there were people EVERYWHERE and nowhere to escape. Two tiny pools that were always crowded - no adults only pool or quiet area. No quick food near the pool either - had to go to Margaritaville or the buffet. Basically, we spent most of this cruise on our balcony because it was the only place to get away from people (and even then, it wasn't quiet, as our neighbors were very loud). Combined with all the extra charges, I don't see us going on another NCL cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
EMBARKATION: What a nightmare that is. The ship spans two terminals, which is why you need to check you e-docs again right before you board. We spanned in Miami, Terminal B & C. Keep in mind parking is at Terminal C. Knowing ... Read More
EMBARKATION: What a nightmare that is. The ship spans two terminals, which is why you need to check you e-docs again right before you board. We spanned in Miami, Terminal B & C. Keep in mind parking is at Terminal C. Knowing which terminal to go to wasn’t clear to everyone, the lines were long (noon) and the heat was beating down. While there was a desk with a NCL rep, he said nothing. The baggage handlers were directing traffic, and it took me a while to actually find a handler who would take my bag and I was waving a $5 bill to get someone’s attention just to place it on the cart I was standing right next to. Once we make it into the terminal, another long, long line. There is a priority room, I guess for NCL Elite and another line for Latitude members. But all lines were moving extremely slow. MUSTER: no one had to stand outside and we did not need to listen to multiple languages, although we did wait a long time for everyone to show up. This specific cruise had a very high urban composition. SHIP: Of course it is shiny and new but there was clearly a lack of air conditioner, especially in the elevators. There are two sets of elevators but they are the smallest elevators I’ve ever seen on ship, so I would give the elevators a D. Very hard to get an empty one going in your directions. NCL seems to include a free package of your choice for a while now for balconies and above. So it seems like the entire ship had the Ultimate Beverage Package that the bartenders could not keep up with. Getting a drink was extremely difficult. The multiple lines streaming out of each bar seemed to be 5 to 10 deep. It was horrible, but they didn’t seem to mind giving you multiple drinks at once. The price fix for a UBP Drink is now $15.00. Don’t forget if you start ordering drinks as soon as you board you pay the tax until you on your way out to sea. For simple questions, the staff never seemed to know the answers. ROOM: We booked a mini-suite spa a long time ago, included was the ultimate beverage package and the thermal spa. The mini suite was way smaller than I expected, the photo makes it look way bigger. The bathroom however, was huge, double faucet sink, walk in double door spa shower (numerous jets including overhead shower). Great water pressure and hot, hot, hot water. Shower gel and a combo shampoo conditioner in on wall dispenser. Lotion and more shampoo on sink counter. We had three in the room, they separated the bed into two singles and the couch was made into a bed at the beginning of the cruise. It was a very hard couch, so we requested and received the second night a thin egg crate, which helped. The refrigerator was filled up with mini bar items. The flat screen TV had few stations and although you would assume the remote was new, it was very difficult to change the channels. Press, press, press and nothing would happen, then all of a sudden it would skip 5 channels. What I really liked, they had the push button for make up the room or do not disturb. These must be connected to the stateroom attendants, because you do not see them lingering in the hallways at all. POOL: None of the hot tubs are hot. Those using seemed to enjoy the slides. Some hottubs were clearly marked Adults, but children were in them and the staff standing right there, did not ask them to leave. We even asked that deckhand where the adult hot tubs were and he didn’t know to tell us about h20 spice, the adult only exclusive area. FITNESS & SPA: The fitness center was nice, smaller than I’ve seen on other ships, you must walk through to get to the salon and spa. Thermal spa was included with our suite (or you can pay $40 per day). The warm tile lounges lined a large window, so passengers were treating them like regular lounges and “hogging” them with towels/shoes, etc. These lounges are part of the spa treatment, and “were” to be used by passengers only if you were lying on them. Because they were mostly being used by a pair of shoes, or magazine, I found that extremely annoying. The staff kept telling us, that there was a sign, stating these rules, plus you were to limit use to 30 minutes. I never found that sign, nor did I see “housekeeping, removing left items as the staff said they were expected to do. So good luck on that one. Also we were in the spa women’s locker room, also ceiling to floor windows and sure enough, along comes a window washer (MALE) on his slider. Two women were completely naked drying off. Someone reports it to the front check in, and the staff come running in to pull the shade down. FOOD : I would say the food is better on NCL than RCI. I really do like the concept of separate complimentary dining venues (even though I thought it odd they all have the same menu). We always went around 5:30 and got a window seat. It sort of felt like you were in a specialty restaurant atmosphere. The typical MDR experience on other ships I find to be so loud and chaotic so I did like this. Sometimes we had to rush to get to a 7 pm show and just returned later for our dessert. The Garden Café buffet was nice as well, many choices and the food was decent. I didn’t care for their breakfast, so would opt for the Taste or Savor where there were cooked to order options. We wanted to try and book the Italian specialty but it was sold out the whole time. Of course we saw plenty of empty seats whenever we passed by. ENTERTAINMENT: DH-68; Me 60, DD 32. Before even leaving I was leery of the entertainment onboard. And mind you, my DD and I go to Broadway plays on a regular basis and love the theater. We wished one of the shows, had more currently music and themes. Both complimentary shows were set in the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. And if you want something more recent like the 80s you can pay for the Brat Pack. UGH. With such high caliber shows on Royal, we were disappointment with the selection on NCL. Let me say, these folks were very talented and some of the best singing I’ve ever heard from cruise singers and dancers. But the music just wasn’t our type. There are so many musicals to choose from, I have no idea why NCL chose these three shows with old decades old music to have on the same ship. We did purchase and really enjoy the Wine Lovers Musical in the Supper Club. Again, very talented singers, fun, upbeat, and you get to drink wine. We saw two African American comedians plus the host in the comedy theater, BOOK THESE quickly as they sell out and the venue is small. The host was my favorite Gina Brillon as she wasn't raunchy as the two headliners. ATTRIUM: I felt the need to point out that the atrium was the center for much entertainment. Trivia and other cruise director games and such; dancing, music and of all things this is where they played their daily MOVIE. It was nice having the trivia questions up on the screen in case you didn’t understand the accent of the staff asking the questions. The down side of this location, was this is also the location of guest services (by the way this line never let up and was lengthy always), but the noise level was crazy and you couldn’t even be heard by guest services when speaking with them due to the activity. DISEMBARKATION: Aside from it being pouring in Miami when we disembarked, it went way better than embarkation. As odd as I thought that the attendant did not distribute luggage tags the last day, I now realized how great it was that we went to select our own luggage tags from guest services. I want to choose what time I disembark, I hate most lines, select that for you. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
My husband and I were on the 3-day sailing of the Escape on November 11th, which was the U.S. public inaugural sailing. We booked in February 2015 when the sailing was supposed to go to GSC and have one sea day. In July, NCL changed the ... Read More
My husband and I were on the 3-day sailing of the Escape on November 11th, which was the U.S. public inaugural sailing. We booked in February 2015 when the sailing was supposed to go to GSC and have one sea day. In July, NCL changed the itinerary to Nassau + one sea day. I seriously considered canceling, because we've gone to Nassau plenty, but my husband convinced me not to and I'm glad he did. Going in, we knew that this was the second sailing after the TA so there would be kinks and not everything would be perfect. I think that helped our view of the Escape and the trip itself. Embarkation: Really easy! We arrived at the port at 11:30 a.m. and were on the ship by noon. We are Silver Latitudes members, but were put in the Gold/Platinum checkin line, which may explain the fast checkin. Overall, we were very impressed with the ship. We've sailed the Epic and the Sky (as well as other lines), and knew the Escape was an improvement on the Breakaway and Getaway, which were improvements on the Epic. Layout: We very much liked the layout of the Escape. There were some similarities to the Epic, so we found it easy enough to navigate. I'm still glad those fish on the carpet point forward, though! Stateroom: We were in a balcony on deck 12 aft. Enjoyed the location and the room was spacious for two of us (but held four people). We have not sailed the Breakaway/Getaway, but have read the balconies on those ships are quite small. Our balcony (angled) was quite comfortable, and it looked like a lounge chair could have also fit, along with the two chairs/table. Would have been tight, but it looks like one would have fit. Margaritaville: Was complimentary when we sailed, but we waited 1 1/2 hours one day and 2 hours another day to eat there, so I can see why the have changed it to an a la carte menu. The food was good, and once we were seated, service was good as well. But the wait...you had definitely had to plan if you wanted to eat there! And perhaps grab a snack while you waited. MDRs: We've found the food on our NCL cruises good to very good, so dine in the complimentary venues. We have yet to dine in a specialty venue because the complimentary food has met our needs. Therefore, we dined in each of the MDRs (a different one each night) as well as O'Sheehan's, Margaritaville and the Garden Cafe. Food is subjective, but we found it to be very good in all venues, despite menu changes and fewer menu choices in the MDR. Spice H20/the Grotto: Favorite part of the ship, particularly the grotto. So happy it's adults only. That policy was not enforced on our Epic cruise earlier this year, but we were glad to see it enforced on the Escape. The Waterfront: This was our second favorite area on the ship. We enjoyed walking around pretty much the entire ship and loved the views from the aft. Running track: My husband is a runner and ran on the ship each day. He didn't like the placement of this track (around the slides) in comparison to the placement of the track on the Epic (in a more out-of-the-way area). Also, the track "closed" around 8 a.m. each day, as deck chairs would be placed around it, but he got up to run early. Service: This was a 3-day cruise with a large group of about 900 on our sailing. Nearly everyone seemed to have the UBP, so on our sea day, the pool bars in particular were out of many of the popular mixes - Baileys, pina colada mix, mango mix. Also, bars were very, very busy, so bartenders rarely acknowledged who arrived first, second, third and so on. Instead, people just shouted out orders at random, therefore making bar waits 15-20 minutes at times. We saw one or two people walking the decks taking orders, but they would be stopped by the same groups each time and never would get to others. That is the only place service lacked on that cruise. Million Dollar Quartet: Thoroughly enjoyed it, even my husband! We did not see After Midnight or the Supper Club, since we only had three days. Disembarkation: As fast as embarkation. Perhaps it helped that it was a short cruise, but we walked off the ship at 8:45 and were through customs by 9:05. We sail again in January on a 7 day and are looking forward to checking out all the places we missed on this cruise! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
So much expectation and such a bad experience! Everything badly overcrowded, not enough common areas for this number of passengers. We had ultimate food package but in 1 hour after getting to the ship, we couldn't make restaurant ... Read More
So much expectation and such a bad experience! Everything badly overcrowded, not enough common areas for this number of passengers. We had ultimate food package but in 1 hour after getting to the ship, we couldn't make restaurant reservations, everything was booked! As a result, we couldn't have dinner on 2nd night, on 1st and 3rd nights we had dinners in restaurants we didn't want and on time we didn't like. Except buffet nothing was available even for lunch. Even on deck restaurant we were offered 1.5 hr wait. Pool size is a joke for this ship; elevators you have to wait forever; even getting a drink was a challenge. We cruised on NCL Sky and Pearl several times before and used to love this cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
My husband and I love cruising but haven't been able to go in the past 5 years because our kids were too little and our oldest daughter, who is now 6 years old, has cerebral palsy and we were too scared to bring her on a ship. We got ... Read More
My husband and I love cruising but haven't been able to go in the past 5 years because our kids were too little and our oldest daughter, who is now 6 years old, has cerebral palsy and we were too scared to bring her on a ship. We got to go on our last cruise with Royal when she was 1, but we left her at home with my parents. We were tired of seeing our friends get to go on cruises without us so we finally bit the bullet and booked the Escape for our family of 5. We also traveled with two other groups of friends. We were excited to say the least! Unfortunately NCL fell flat on just about everything. We were expecting there to be a few growing pains since the ship was brand new, but there was no reason for the awfulness that we encountered. Overall this huge ship just feels small. There isn't anything grand about it. Nothing feels "big". The decor was nice but nothing to write home about. CHILDCARE: The Escape boasts that they have child care for 1 year olds, "the first in their fleet!" What they don't tell you is that it costs an additional $20 per session, and the sessions only last 1hr & 50min. Not even a full 2hrs! There were only a couple sessions per day. This information was never relayed to us at any point until we were signing her up for the child care on the ship. I couldn't find it anywhere on their website either. The only reason we booked this ship at all was because they had child care for that age group so I didn't mind paying a full ticket for a baby who wouldn't even be eating any food. They also limit the number of babies in the 1 year olds room to 10, so you have to book the times you would like the babysitting in advance to insure they have availability. I had no freakin' clue what we were going to be doing that night, let alone two days later. They said they limit the number of babies to keep the ratio of babies to caretakers at 2 to 1. Which is nice in theory, but entirely unnecessary. 3 to 1, or even 4 to 1, would have been perfectly manageable. Paying for the childcare pissed me off to no end and set the tone for the whole cruise. The child care for our 3 year old was okay, he loved it while he was there! the problem is that it only lasts 3 hours and then you need to pick them up for a 2 hour break! So as soon as you are getting settled in somewhere it's time to go pick up the kids again! The real kicker came when we had the baby and our older kids in the child care at the "same" time. We had to pick up our 2 older kids at 12:00pm for their 2 hour break, but the babies child care went till 12:20. So we either had to pick the baby up early and lose out on 20 minutes of child care that we had payed for, or walk around for 20 minutes with our other 2 kids which defeats the whole purpose of having the baby in the child care to begin with. At the very least they should make all the child care hours the same. The staggered times were just stupid, whoever came up with that did not think it through at all. Child care for our 6 year old daughter who has cerebral palsy, is wheelchair bound, and is completely non-verbal was way below the standard that I would expect from such a huge company. We've been spoiled by Disney I guess who will bend over backwards to accommodate for any special need. The childcare at my local Gym is better than what NCL provided for her. They offered her zero accommodations and told us that they did mostly high energy games, and played loud music so she wouldn't be able to participate since they offer absolutely no one on one help, no acceptations. I asked if she could be put in the same class as her younger brother since he at least would play with her and help push her around, but I was denied. When I dropped her off and pushed her through the gate that goes into the kids section they just left her there until I pointed out that they will at the very least need to push her chair into the kids room. The girl who I was talking to was not happy that she would need to assist my daughter even in this minor way, we were an obvious inconvenience to her. I would never recommend NCL to anyone with a child with any disability. FOOD & DINNING: The buffet was average cruise food. The one thing that was absolutely awful was the scrambled eggs for breakfast. They were the consistency of soggy oatmeal and tasted even worse than they looked. We dinned at the Churrascaria restaurant which was pretty good and we were fine with paying the additional $25/head. Just make sure you make reservations! All of the other pay restaurants were booked so we didn't get to try them. We went to TASTE for breakfast one morning and wish we had stuck to the buffet with the soggy eggs! We waited over an hour to get our food. The server brought us only one set of silverware for both my husband and I, I couldn't get anyones attention so I got up and went to the server station myself to get what I needed. No one even noticed. We were never offered any water and our server wasn't anywhere to be found to ask for some, so we had to choke down our breakfast that took an hour to get to us. I guess the food was hiding in a hot box in the back because the mint garnish on my waffles had shriveled up to a crisp and had turned black. On our last night we went to FOOD REPUBLIC. It's a shame we didn't find it earlier! It was amazing! The service was great & the food was fantastic. If you decide to give the Escape a go, this restaurant is a must. We would have gone here for every single meal and gladly paid the extra $$. The whole ship seemed understaffed, but none as much as the bars on the ship. My average wait time for a drink was around 20-30 min. This was the resounding experience from everyone I talked to on the ship as well. They ran out of tequila by day two. SHOWS: We saw the million dollar quartet. It was okay but I fell asleep half way though. The acoustics in the theatre were pretty awful, that or the sound guy needs to find a different job. We had reservations to see after midnight but had heard such horrible things about it from every single person that had seen it that we opted to go to the comedy club instead. The comedy club at Headliners was great. We didn't make reservations but were able to get in by waiting in the standby line. The show was hilarious! I was in tears I was laughing so hard. Landry, the headlining act single handedly saved this cruise for me and is the only reason I'm not giving a one star rating. The ropes corse would have been cooler if 2 out of the three zip lines hadn't been closed. I have much more to say but i think you get the gist, everyone we talked to, young and old, with and without kids, were all saying the same thing. That they will never go on NCL after this trip. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This was the 3-night US inaugural cruise on the Escape out of Miami. Glitches and growing pains were expected. Overall, it was a great cruise. We had a lot of fun, and saw a lot of old friends (crew) on this ship. We had some issues ... Read More
This was the 3-night US inaugural cruise on the Escape out of Miami. Glitches and growing pains were expected. Overall, it was a great cruise. We had a lot of fun, and saw a lot of old friends (crew) on this ship. We had some issues that we never had before on NCL ... crazy wait times, lack of service both in the MDR and O'Sheehans ... and just overall the staff did not seem happy. I'm not used to that, and I hope it was just because it is a new ship, and people are not used to working together yet. We arrived at the port at 10:45am. We parked and walked right over to the terminal, where a baggage handler immediately took our bag from us. We went into Terminal C - no lines for security! We walked in, and went to the main room where we filled out our health questionnaire. There was a line for check in at that point, but since we were priority, we bypassed that line and became first in line. Check in was painless. We sat and waited a short time to board. We were in cabin 11134. This is a category BC balcony, port side. The balcony is much larger than those tiny postage-stamp ones on the Getaway and Breakaway. Kudos to NCL for listening to their customers! The cabin itself appeared to be narrower than those on the 'away ships, but perhaps that was just my perception. We enjoyed our cabin, and had no issues at all. We went to the Supper Club on night one of our cruise. This was a dinner show that we paid extra for ($70.78 for 2). The show was good. The food left a lot to be desired. I really enjoyed the appetizer, but the meal itself ... I couldn't eat it. I'm not a picky eater ... it was just ... yucky. Sorry to say. Dessert was good though. The show itself is long, it ran about an hour and a half. Just be aware of that if you are one that doesn't like to sit that long. We had seats in the front row right by the stage. Really could not have asked for better seats, and all of the actors were outstanding. Night two, we saw Million Dollar Quartet. I highly recommend this show. It was just amazing ... and while all of the actors did an outstanding job, Jerry Lee Lewis was just ... AMAZING. That actor is truly talented. Kudos to NCL for such a fabulous show! Night three we saw After Midnight. It was ok. My husband thought it was fantastic. All of the tap dancers were phenomenal though. I wouldn't see it again, but I'm glad I did have a chance to see the show. Other than the meal at the Supper Club, we had no issues with food. Everything was good. I did get the lobster one night in the MDR for the $19.99 charge (plus 18% gratuity - gratuity for what?!). If you enjoy lobster, skip this. The lobster was previously frozen, and you can tell. It was slightly mushy and lacked flavor. I wouldn't waste money on this again. I had the steak frites twice - very good both times. My husband had the Salmon twice (he likes salmon) and said it was delicious. We also went to Food Republic and had three sushi rolls, plus the sliders ... all were excellent! Margaritaville was excellent, and the BEST service on the entire ship was here. Seriously. The wait times were expected, but the staff was on the ball and did everything right. We ate here twice, and it was worth the wait. Now for the issues. On Day Two of the cruise, we went to the MDR for breakfast. I ordered the lox and bagel, bacon, and home fries. My husband ordered an omelet, home fries, and orange juice. The only thing ever delivered to our table was my lox and bagel. We sat there for 30 minutes after my lox and bagel arrived (half of a frozen lender's bagel with lox on it. Don't bother!). The rest of the meal and drinks never came. At that point, we walked out and went to O'Sheehans. We waited for a few minutes and were seated fairly quickly. Unfortunately from there, it was just downhill. Placed our order, and 55 minutes later we were served. It was just bad. People were walking out left and right. Those who were never served, and those who waited a long time for their food only to get the wrong order. People were not happy! We went to the pool deck after that, and all you heard was people complaining and grumbling about the service. No one staffed at the bars - no waiters walking around the pool deck - food taking too long to be served, etc., etc. It was a common theme, unfortunately. It seemed to me like the ship was short-staffed. Of course, I do not know if they were or not ... but it appeared that way ... and this crew did not seem happy. Not at all what I am used to from NCL. The menus in the MDR have changed. There are not as many options to choose from (but they did add surcharge items to the menu, go figure), and no soups at all on the dinner menu. As we were disembarking, I noticed there are two charges on my bill on 11/13/15 for $5.40 each for "Onboard Entertainment - Tickets". I have no idea what that is for. The only show we saw on 11/13 was After Midnight, and that was complimentary. We did not have any drinks in the show, so I really am clueless what those charges are for. I sent an email to NCL regarding the charges. If I do not hear back from them, I will have American Express remove the two charges. We are sailing again in March on the Escape. The trip was booked over a year ago. We are bringing 8 other cabins of people with us, many that are new to NCL. I really hope the glitches are worked out by then. It's embarrassing to basically talk people into spending over $3,000 on a cruise on a line they wouldn't normally sail, and then have bad service. I'm really nervous about that, but hopefully, they will get it together by then. If not for the included UBP, I would have a hard time not suggesting to everyone that we try a different cruise line. I hope NCL takes that seriously ... we cruise with them a lot, and that speaks volumes coming from me! Oh - several times we talked about going to a specialty restaurant ,,, but since they made them a la carte, we said "no" each time. Paying a flat fee was one thing ... spending $100 on a meal on a cruise ship that caters to 4,000 people is just ... foolish. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
As a disclaimer, I have been on 6 cruises all on Royal Caribbean, and this was my first time on another line. My wife has cruised on Royal and Carnival. I'm not sure if it is NCL or just them working the bugs out of a brand new ... Read More
As a disclaimer, I have been on 6 cruises all on Royal Caribbean, and this was my first time on another line. My wife has cruised on Royal and Carnival. I'm not sure if it is NCL or just them working the bugs out of a brand new ship, but the whole cruise was just a bit "off." The only high point of the cruise was the food. We ate at Cagneys, Le Bistro, and Teppenyaki. I had lunch at the Garden Café and in the main dining room, Taste. I food the food at each venue to be excellent. It was my first experience with "Freestyle" or whatever you wish to call it, dining. I can see the upside in being able to go when you want, but I missed having table mates to share the experience with. Also, many menus were ala carte. I absolutely hated seeing prices on a cruise ship menu. Part of what I love about cruise vacations is NOT seeing prices on a menu :). Now I've done specialty venues on RCI, and I understand the "cover charge." I'm fine with that, pay it or not. But this cruise seemed to have almost everything with an "extra" charge. Dinner show? Extra charge. Room service? Extra charge. Adult pool? Extra charge. Let me tell you about the service. Terrible. The worst, period. They were understaffed and those that were there were not helpful. Embarkation was annoying. We arrived early and found the line to be short. However, with only about 5 parties in front of us, we waited almost 30 minutes. Once at the desk, it was apparent that this was our agent's first day ever. And maybe the first time ever using a computer. Each step in the process required her to walk over to another agent to ask how to do it. It took forever and was frustrating. Once on board, we went up to Margaritiaville. 1.5 hour wait. But tables were empty? We found this theme throughout. Eventually we were told that they did not have enough staff to open them all. So I walked up to the pool bar instead. There were maybe 5 people seated, and one bartender. I sat there 10 minutes as he brushed passed me making orders for the waitresses. Now I get it that it's busy and understaffed, but a polite, "I'll be with you in just a minute, Sir" or something would have been nice. So after 10 minutes, I left. Continuing on service, I was often given conflicting (and wrong) answers to basic questions. I get it, the ship is new, but I was also never given a "I don't know, but let me find out." Our first night at Cagney's Steakhouse, we arrived for our 5:30 reservation at 5:25 (I know, early, but everything else was "full" even though it was half empty throughout). The staff was having a meeting in plain sight at the end of the restaurant. No one came to greet us, or the others waiting. Again, not a big deal on it's own, but it was just the theme of everything being "off." After the dinner, we saw that there was no line for gratuity included on the check (most other bills we saw had a gratuity included and then a line for additional tip), so we asked the manager if there was a tip included. He responded with, "You can leave an additional tip for outstanding service." Yes, but was the tip already included. "That is up to you sir." No, I get that but was the tip included already? "I think so." Wait, you think so, or it is? We don't want to stiff the server. "Yes, the tip is already included." So we asked the server as well. The server tells us she overheard what the manager was telling us, but the tip is most definitely not included. The ship was pretty, and had a new car smell, but it lacked large public gathering areas. Everything was broken up. To me it felt the smallest of any ship I have cruised on, but some may prefer that. The pool was small, the premier water slides were broken, (or as my wife kept saying, if it's brand new, it's not broken; it's just not finished). There was no true adult or quiet pool (just a grotto). 2 of the 3 zip lines were not functioning. 2 of the rooms at the spa were broken. The speakers in our cabin didn't work. Far, far, far to little elevator space. I could go on. The cabin was nice; we had a standard balcony. We enjoyed the dueling pianos. Disembarking was pretty smooth. My kids loved the kids program, but this was their first cruise. Overall, I don't think I'll ever come back to NCL. I felt nickeled and dimed and underwhelmed. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Being my first time I was very impressed with all the activities on board and since I am so new at this cruising is a very enjoyable and fun experience. This vacation was I feel one of the best I have had in a long time and was really a ... Read More
Being my first time I was very impressed with all the activities on board and since I am so new at this cruising is a very enjoyable and fun experience. This vacation was I feel one of the best I have had in a long time and was really a luxury for me. I usually go on fishing and hunting trips so I did not have to do anything except be pampered and spoiled by you, relax, rest and really just enjoy and experience luxurious living and vacation like the "rich and famous." The staff and all employees were always so pleasant, kind and professional oh and helpful. The cruise Director and others kept us informed and were given a sheet daily with all activities. Thank you again for the best vacation and my retirement celebration is actually what it was for me a time to cherish and remember for the rest of my life. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We did the 3-night inaugural cruise from Miami to the Bahamas on November 11, 2015. We had a standard BC balcony cabin. All in all this was a great cruise. Both embarkation and disembarkation were perhaps the easiest I have ever had. ... Read More
We did the 3-night inaugural cruise from Miami to the Bahamas on November 11, 2015. We had a standard BC balcony cabin. All in all this was a great cruise. Both embarkation and disembarkation were perhaps the easiest I have ever had. We arrived at the port around 11am. The lines for check in were long, but since we are Platinum, we were able to bypass them. We quickly check in and were given boarding group number 4. Once on board, we headed to Margaritaville for lunch. I have been to several land based Margaritaville restaurants. The food is always so-so, but this was much better. service was outstanding, and the food was piled high and tasted good! We had breakfast mostly in O'Sheehan's, and it was good as usual. There were some service issues, both here and in the MDRs. I'm not sure if the ship was short staffed .... but I have bene on many, man NCL's cruises, and never had the wait times that we had here. Not just waiting for food, but also service issues - like someone taking your drink order, or your food order. Hopefully, those issues have been resolved by now. We didn't get off the ship in Nassau. Been there too many times, and really just wanted to enjoy the ship. We are returning to the ship with family in the spring, and this was our "check out" time. The pool deck is laid out much better than the 'away ships. While I was really looking forward to the Grotto, it was just way too crowded in there. We saw all three shows. Million Dollar Quartet was simply amazing. Incredible! do not miss it! After Midnight was a little slow for me, but my husband really enjoy it. I thought the tap dancers were phenomenal. The Supper Club show was very good, but the food left a lot to be desired. I'm not a picky eater, but left most of my meal. It was just ... bad. All in all, a great cruise. I am hopeful that the service issues have been worked out. The crew did not seem happy, but that could also be the stress of a new ship showing. I am looking forward to our spring cruise, and will do another review when we return. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
The food was excellent in the complimentary restaurants. I dined at the buffet, main dining room Taste, O'Sheehan's and Margaritaville. The only food I paid for was in the "supper club" and it was average there. ... Read More
The food was excellent in the complimentary restaurants. I dined at the buffet, main dining room Taste, O'Sheehan's and Margaritaville. The only food I paid for was in the "supper club" and it was average there. Entertainment was excellent. After Midnight, the Cotton Club musical had an amazing cast of singers and dancers. Maybe 20 minutes too long, but great just the same. The Million Dollar Quartet was beyond great. The "Brat Pack" in the supper club was good fun and the cast was very talented. That's all I could get to in 3 days. There is also comedy, karaoke, dueling pianos. The room (balcony) is a little tight and storage not great. Our cabin steward did a great job of keeping the room spotless and stocked with towels and turned twice a day. The area I must give them low marks on is bar and dining waitstaff which is too bad. Be prepared to wait a long time to be served at bars. I did not see any waitstaff walking around to alleviate the lines at the bars. The time spent waiting for the food at O'Sheehans (breakfast) was excessive. They were overwhelmed at Margaritaville. Our drinks came about the same time as the food...and that took a long time. So, either they need a new system of doing things or more people. The buffet was well maintained and kept clean with tables at the ready. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We sailed on the NCL Escape for our 15th anniversary. All was as expected from NCL. New ship met some expectations, exceeded others. The crew is still finding it's 'sea-legs' on the Escape. Bar service was very slow. ... Read More
We sailed on the NCL Escape for our 15th anniversary. All was as expected from NCL. New ship met some expectations, exceeded others. The crew is still finding it's 'sea-legs' on the Escape. Bar service was very slow. Waiters hard to locate around pool decks. Million Dollar Quarter, After Midnight and the Supper Club all OUTSTANDING shows! Be sure to make reservations early as the theatre is smaller than expected. Disappointed that the vegetarian offering in the Supper Club was the same tasteless offering as the main dining. For the pricing we expected a menu offering exclusive to the Supper Club. We had enjoyed an out of this world eggplant parm in the Illusionarium on the Getaway last year and had hoped for a similar offering. NOT available, but hope that will change. Margaritaville has veggie burger options and several fish offerings. Other dining locations have substandard vegetarian and lackluster fish options. Please/please improve fish and vegetarian menu options! LeBistro was a disappointment for our anniversary dinner. It used to have an outstanding swordfish offered. The sea bass and sole were disappointments. Will not waste time or money next time. The rope course with two operational zip lines were awesome! Two of the water slides (tubes) were never open. Hopefully that will change. We will be sailing again in January on the Escape. Hope to find that the crew hits it's stride. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This was my third Cruise and my girlfriends first cruise, we were in the haven. I love the haven amenities, the courtyard was beautiful and the spa suite was awesome. We attended the Brat Pack show and the Million Dollar Quartet show, ... Read More
This was my third Cruise and my girlfriends first cruise, we were in the haven. I love the haven amenities, the courtyard was beautiful and the spa suite was awesome. We attended the Brat Pack show and the Million Dollar Quartet show, both were great we have no complaints but definitely prefer the Brat Pack show. It was a unique experience because everybody got along well on the ship, you could say hi and talk to a random stranger and have a great conversation. There was a lot of drinking but that added to the fun lol. Every night there was a party at h2o definitely more of an adult type thing. I didn't do a lot of free venues but I love the Italian and steak house places. No complaints about the food whatsoever, the drinks were great and the staff as always is top notch. I read the negative reviews before the cruise, but you gotta read between the lines when you read those. Most are nitpicky type reviews. If you're open minded and willing to have a great time then you will love the Norwegian escape. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Norwegian Escape Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Service 3.0 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.7

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