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308 New York (Manhattan) to Bahamas Cruise Reviews

I've been on 4 cruises all with Norwegian. The Dawn was not what I expected compared to the Gem and Breakaway. The couch in our room was stained. The little touches like towel animals didnt happen even after we asked for them. ... Read More
I've been on 4 cruises all with Norwegian. The Dawn was not what I expected compared to the Gem and Breakaway. The couch in our room was stained. The little touches like towel animals didnt happen even after we asked for them. Everything was so crowded an tight. Never a table for meal times in the buffet. The employees at the restaurant wouldn't give us the empty table to accommodate our family of 11. We were told we had to sit separate even though we could see the available big table. We finally won that fight and ended up with the best waitress who remembered us all by name. On the other side the entertainment was great. The cruise director and his team are amazing. The woman in the jewelry story needs a raise. She has the best personality. No complaints about the food itself. But the drinks are on the weak side. We love to take pictures but they are pricey and the packages are not worth it. To sum it up its time to try another company. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
It was a last min cruise and I figured give Norwegian a try. I have cruised with another carrier many times and loved it. Had high hopes for this one. I was very disappointed. Most of the crew was unfriendly, kind of walked around like ... Read More
It was a last min cruise and I figured give Norwegian a try. I have cruised with another carrier many times and loved it. Had high hopes for this one. I was very disappointed. Most of the crew was unfriendly, kind of walked around like robots. The food was the worst part of the trip by far. The ships lay out is strange but since its an older smaller ship I guess that's how they built them then. Our room was good, the ship is clean. Our excursions were pretty good but no real order when time to disembark. They had us waiting in a construction zone in the Bahamas. A literal construction zone where they moved the fences for us to stand among reinforcing bar, bricks and holes. I have to say anything to do with the entertainment staff was great! I do not think I will cruise with them again, maybe if I got an incredible price and it was a much newer ship I may give a second chance other than that I wont. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was a family cruise that had been planned for some time and with much anticipation. When we boarded there was no one to greet us as we entered the ship...again no one. Numerous bars were not open during the daytime and then could not ... Read More
This was a family cruise that had been planned for some time and with much anticipation. When we boarded there was no one to greet us as we entered the ship...again no one. Numerous bars were not open during the daytime and then could not prepare your cocktail of choice. Our meals were mediocre at best, dress codes were ambiguous and not adhered to. Service was exceptionally slow regardless of situation...cocktails, dinner, questions. Areas of the stateroom carpet were soiled as were other areas of carpeting. There were no chairs available by the pool only lounges and some of those were broken. We would never travel on Norwegian again. Very disappointed in the experience. I’ve cruised on Princess, Cunard, Carnival, and Holland America so I do have an expectation - even with everyone trash talking Carnival - we had a fabulous cruise with no complaints. Over the years, all others cruises were great. This one was a terrible let down. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I have taken many cruises. This the worst cruise that I have taken in terms of dinning, service, and information provided. The cooking tasted terrible. The serivce at dinning room is absolutely terrible. The dinning room is almost empty ... Read More
I have taken many cruises. This the worst cruise that I have taken in terms of dinning, service, and information provided. The cooking tasted terrible. The serivce at dinning room is absolutely terrible. The dinning room is almost empty and you still have to wait to be seated and to be served. I could find any information on how to contact the restaurants. I was told that we could get shore excursion off the ship. There were no visible sign indicate this and we could not find the shore excursion offers off the ship. In fact, it seems that the off ship activities were poorly orgainized. It just seems that everything were poorly orgainized. This is also the first ship that you have register to get towl for up deck pool. Not sure why or if the registration is needed. This is actual a good ship with a lot of activities to offer. However, it did not perform up to par. Would not take this cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This is long, Bear with me because we are blown away at how unorganized this was. My husband had never cruised before and now he says he has no desire to again. We travel frequently and are late 20s, low maintenance and organized. In the ... Read More
This is long, Bear with me because we are blown away at how unorganized this was. My husband had never cruised before and now he says he has no desire to again. We travel frequently and are late 20s, low maintenance and organized. In the service industry so I’d say more patient than most. Which is why this review is crazy especially because we only got home a few hours ago and here I am! We were ‘double swiped’ into a room in addition to our room we were assigned even though the woman had our passports, she brought back cards with two different peoples names and assigned us, our info, and cc info to their room and refused to admit her fault and kept blaming the system and insisted it was fine. It’s kind of scary to me that she looked at our passports then handed us two totally different peoples cards and called us their names HOLDING OUR OPEN PASSPORTS!!! Please don’t apply to tsa!!! It wasn’t fine as per her supervisor. 1.5 hours later it was rectified and I was still told to confirm with guest services on board to make sure my cc info wasn’t on the other room... what?! It wasn’t in there but we were called back twice to guest services to confirm our room assisgment cause they just couldn’t figure it out. All this could’ve been avoided if she would’ve have read the paperwork she was handed and actually checked instead of being on autopilot. I firmly believe this cruise was over booked. We’re from ny and did not know the week we sailed was spring break in New England, so there were a lot of kids which is fine, irs a family cruise. However the pool and hot tubs say adults only and were constantly full of kids every day. We never once got in the pool because the boat was so crowded and if you go up to the pool deck after 8am you’re not getting a chair. They simply did not have enough chairs or space for every one on board. We sat elbow to elbow with people when they finally did show up after placing towels and books on chairs for hours earlier to hold chairs they did not use til after lunch. We stopped trying to use the gym and jogging track after day 3, no matter what time of day both packed, the jogging track full of kids running around or lounge chairs obstructing it. On the night if day 1 I asked about times of shows for the week and was told there was not a single time for any show available for the remainder of the week. we booked our specialty restaurants far in advance online and thank god cause we spoke to a dozen people who said they had the same package but were told there weren’t any more reservations for any restaurant on the ship. That is unacceptable. The food in the restaurants and dining room was great, as long as you’re ok with waiting over an hour to have a meal for 2. Minimum an hour for lunch in the dining room every day. If not then off to the buffet where there is no variety day to day, food is luke warm at best, if not cold, and kids are putting food from their plates back in the buffet trays. A few days the salad bar had shredded ice berg lettuce that I assumed was leftover from Mexican night the night before and was correct when I saw it was all brown and old. Never any protein for the salad bar, just basic lettuce and a handful of veggies. Not once could I find grilled chicken to put on a salad. Oh and the ‘dress code’ my husband wore khaki shorts and a polo shirt with boat shoes to the bistro and we were told he needed long pants or we have to sit outside by the art exhibit... he asked if he put jeans on instead of khaki/dressy shorts that is preferred and she said yes. Girls inside were wearing leggings with gym sweatshirts and were fine, just makes no sense. However we were happy to oblige with the art exhibit seating after witnessing kids putting their food from their plates BACK INTO THE BUFFET TRAYS!!! No other restaurant enforced this, he wore the khaki shorts the rest of the week. We were 2 hours late to Florida due to weather, fine that’s no ones fault things happen. But due to lack of communication we were held in the meetibgpoint for 3 hours (yes 3 hours!!) before being let off the boat! We got to Kennedy center, all the shows were over, we saw one exhibit and had nothing to do the rest of the time we were there... Great stirrup cay we arrive (we weren’t getting off so we could use the pool) were relaxing outside it’s nice and quiet and after an hour they announce the port was cancelled because the water was too rough for tender boats. It looked calm to me but I’m no captain, Howrver the other ship in port seemed to be fairing just fine... again I believe they were genuinely worried about not having enough space/excursions on their island with two over crowded ships of people. This is where it got scary... now that the port was cancelled and we were sailing to Nassau everyone who was getting off was frantically running up the stairs to get seats at the pool. People came running, diving, throwing things to claim seats, fighting over seats it was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before and I work in nyc and travel via train every day! It was a DANGEROUS scene. Arrive at Nassau at 2pm, too late for an excursion, another wasted day. Next day already in Port in Nassau they didn’t move our excursion any earlier (beach day at Atlantis). Meet up was at 1010am on the ‘outside Piier’ It was chaos. No organization, no direction. Everyone was lost. Although meetup was 1010an we didn’t even walk to buses til 11, and had to be herded in a group to be shown the beach. Not relaxed and using my $100 per person excursion til noon. A whopping 4 hours. Woo hoo. DO NOT pre book excursions on their site, they don’t list all the options, just the expensive ones, then you get on board and there so many more to choose from but youcneeded to cancel/alter 48 hours in advance, conveniently given the paperwork 24 hours in advance. We had the premium beverage package. But the tasting events during the day still had an additional (although reduced) fee to attend. Why would I pay for a martini tasting for little sips of each when I can just get full sizes of each one for nothing? Doesn’t make sense and limited what we could do during the day if we didn’t want to roast in the sun with no chance of getting in the pool. Even the mojito bar had a mojito flight, cost more to get... why?! Why would I pay for small glasses of each I’ll get a full sized of each and if I don’t like it you now throw it down the drain. Does this make sense? Disembarkation for people not using the luggage service we were just guessing where to go, trying each floor, because the pamphlet said nothing about it and actually guest services told us they would announce where to go at 815... good thing we found the already massive line 2 floors up. Thanks ncl for deliberately leaving guests in the dark and causing MORE chaos by just telling everyone to wait til it’s announced so we can all run up stairs with our luggage. All in all very disappointed with Norwegian and will bring our business back to royal, you get what you pay for. **bartenders, servers and our room steward were all nice and friendly and we enjoyed talking with them although sad we got no towel animals :( Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
After having been on a few cruises now, 4 in 4 years I have experienced a decent variety. The layout of this boat was odd. The running walking/jogging track was on the main outdoor deck with the pool, water slides, smoking section, and ... Read More
After having been on a few cruises now, 4 in 4 years I have experienced a decent variety. The layout of this boat was odd. The running walking/jogging track was on the main outdoor deck with the pool, water slides, smoking section, and kid pool and water play area. It was impossible to exercise there because people whom were just innocently walking were constantly in the way and when you were the innocent walker trying to get around the narrow walkway there was imminent danger of a trampling. This was the least environmentally friendly brand I have been with. They use single use plastic cups on the outside pool deck which blow in the wind and off the boat. The bathrooms use small single use shampoo and conditioner when other cruise lines large distributors in the bathroom alleviating the small plastic bottle waste. Staff were not quick to pick up empty items or cups which added to the litter. I watched some plates sit for several hours outside on the pool deck in the sun and this just had never been my experience. I was impressed by all other brands for cleanliness. This one. NO. The Great Stirrup Cay island is horrendous and Norwegian should be embarrassed to overtake this small island and turn it into a tourist dumping ground. Garbage bins over flowed. 3 cruise ships were parked at this small island, not a place to stand, or sit. Lines to long for food and drink and more disposable plastic garbage. This island disgusted me. It is the epitome of what makes human horrible in the world, overtaking something beautiful for money and ruining it. The staff on this boat must be short handed or treated poorly because this is the first cruise I have felt that the majority of the staff hated you for being there and that you were annoying them by asking for anything. Very poor customer service. My girlfriend bid on an upgrade to the Haven and thank God for that dining room and large suite with private chairs and deck or I would have jumped off and swam home. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Chose this cruise cause I heard they are supposed to be one of the best. The crew walked around with a chip on their shoulder and gave a lot of attitude when asked simple question. Almost like they did not want to have to help you. The ... Read More
Chose this cruise cause I heard they are supposed to be one of the best. The crew walked around with a chip on their shoulder and gave a lot of attitude when asked simple question. Almost like they did not want to have to help you. The lines for drinks were about a 15 minute wait because the bartenders will serve their couple favourites and make everyone else wait. The food was absolutely terrible, unless you like msg with everything then you might be okay. The person I was traveling with got food poisoning the third last day from the a la carte restaurants of all things. The buffet is located right above the rear engines so you will be feeling a large rumble while trying to eat at any part of it. I would not recommend this cruise to anyone I know and would definitely never take one from ncl again Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We chose ncl because they had a cruise in the dates we needed.. However we have sailed royal in the past. We have never had a crew argue with is about things we aren't happy with. We usually do a cash account and with doing so ncl ... Read More
We chose ncl because they had a cruise in the dates we needed.. However we have sailed royal in the past. We have never had a crew argue with is about things we aren't happy with. We usually do a cash account and with doing so ncl suspended our account 3 times on this cruise for owing money to them since they also did not allow us to remove automatic gratuities until the last day. So with them suspending the account we weren't able to buyanything on ship or get drinks with our ultimate drink package. They still charge you taxes on beverages as well. Boarding the ship took extremely roo long and getting off the ship was like being sent through a maze. This ship has no organization the ship itself made no sense . they do not enforce the adult only areas.... For such a large ship they only had one adults pool where there were always kids. Smoking on the ship is no where near a pool not even on the same deck. The pool when we did get in it was so crowded and sorry I got out immediately because I had a hand full of hair stuck to me. . the buffet food was aweful .. Just a horrible experience Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I will start off by saying that I have cruised Norwegian Gem and the Breakaway and never had a problem, it was delightful!! However, I just got off the Escape from the 7th to the 14th of April, and from the time I stepped on the ship there ... Read More
I will start off by saying that I have cruised Norwegian Gem and the Breakaway and never had a problem, it was delightful!! However, I just got off the Escape from the 7th to the 14th of April, and from the time I stepped on the ship there was a problem!!! I and my other 9 cousins and all the handicapped passengers waited 3 1/2 hours to get a wheelchair to get on the ship. Then I get to the balcony room that I thought was going to be so beautiful but it was not!! We had about 4 inches in between the closet and bed, which made getting into the closet every day quite difficult and painful to the legs and feet. Also, in my opinion and a lot of other people I spoke to the casino was not paying very much at all. In closing I just had heart surgery in December and this was supposed to be my very restful vacation, instead my blood pressure was through the roof and swollen feet with only 2 elevators on our floor which made for a lot of walking. I complained to guest services and they gave us dinner for 9 at one of their specialty restaurants which was nice but did not make up for what we went through. I have to say I will not ever take the Escape again, I think it is time to look into Royal Carribean. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I branched out from Royal to give Norwegian a try. I have cruised the last four with Royal and to say it bluntly I will never book with Norwegian. I am not a hard person to please in all reality just want to be able to relax and enjoy my ... Read More
I branched out from Royal to give Norwegian a try. I have cruised the last four with Royal and to say it bluntly I will never book with Norwegian. I am not a hard person to please in all reality just want to be able to relax and enjoy my vacation . This was anything but relaxing in fact this was a boring vacation and I could not wait to get off this ship. The positives I will say were our room steward and the embarkation process. The rest will not be put into the positive category. The beds were hard as a piece of plywood even with the "egg crate" on top. My four year old who can sleep pretty much anywhere said she did not get a "good sleep" and her body hurt. The bathroom was okay on the smaller side but it worked for a shower and a toilet. The balcony was very nice although we smelt cigarettes and pot being smoked almost every night. Which to each their own but I don't want my child smelling it. Maybe they needed it to fall asleep on those beds. We ventured out down to the main dining room after we got on the ship and the service was very good that time but after that the service went downhill with a few blips of good service here and there and some very nice waiters/waitresses that we left "hero" cards for because they deserved to be recognized. Things were often forgotten and took another 15-20 minutes to get and the meal was almost over by the time it came if it ever came, We asked for coffee with dessert each lunch and dinner and two out of three times we either never got it or had to ask a second a third time. The food was great the first few days then seemed to be "okay" and luke warm. The pools were nothing to be impressed with the main pool was small and the kids area was cramped . There was a waterside for the kids which was a nice amenity for the smaller children. My four year old daughter participated in the Splash Academy for kids she loved it for the first couple days then she didn't want to go anymore. That was probably more because she got to swim in the pool and thought she was going to be missing out if she was there and not with my sister-in-law and I. Speaking of my sister in law this was her 40th birthday gift and her first ever cruise I am sorry to say that she was not even impressed and as a first cruise you should always be excited and loving every minute of it. The boat itself was very noisy with the shuttering of the motors and rough waters (which I know is not the cruise lines fault) We could not go to Great Stirrup Cay which was a HUGE disappointment for us so instead of having the beach day where there are chairs and beaches they went straight to the Bahamas port. Our day out at the beach was about $120.00 between chair rental and taxi's. Which we probably would not have done if we did GSC. I had a hard time finding thinks for my daughter to do unless she was in the kids club or the pool or in the overpriced arcade.So we basically wandered around the shops and the atrium area and in our room. The TV channels were less then desired too the Guy Harvey Channel is great but it was all repeats after awhile. The favorite channels and movie channels had such long breaks between shows it was unreal to believe. Disembarkation was an ABSOULTE Nightmare.. no sense of order to anything .. People were ripping there color tags off and getting back in line and sneaking though while we waited our turns for the color tags we went and got the night before as we were instructed to. I guess to some it doesn't matter that there was a process to this. There were 5 customs agents open which didnt help matters for 4000 people trying to get off a ship. I wish this was a better experience I like having options when going out of NY / NJ area ports. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
The Norwegian Escape is a noisy, unstable ship. The ride of the ship was horrible. From the first minute we started off, I could feel way too much motion in the ship, much more so than any of the other Norwegian ships that I've been ... Read More
The Norwegian Escape is a noisy, unstable ship. The ride of the ship was horrible. From the first minute we started off, I could feel way too much motion in the ship, much more so than any of the other Norwegian ships that I've been on. There was also too much wind noise from the partitions dividing the balconies. At 7 a.m.each morning, I could hear the morning news through the wall from the cabin next to me. The walls were flimsy. When we pulled into port, my entire cabin shook from the thrusters attempting to position the ship at the dock. The telephone on the table was actually bouncing up and down while the thrusters were on. It was like having a jackhammer in the cabin. The entertainment was average at best. Reservations were required for some of the performances, which I never had to make before. Some of the performances sold out too fast because the room capacities were small. For several other activities in the Atrium of the ship, there weren't enough seats. The life jacket drill was a complete mess. Such disorganization! Instead of spreading the crowds of people out, too many people were crowded into one area of the ship. It was hot and congested. The elevators were jammed packed during this drill, and it took me a half hour just to go down two flights. The casino on board was a disappointment. It was way too small for the size of the ship. The only good thing about this ship was the food and drinks. I will never go on this ship again! Stay away! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Not what we expected. The good: Food is really good. Entertainment is amazing. The bad: Pool- very small pool, and not that clean. Casino - you will never win anything. Bars - If you tip you will get service, if you ... Read More
Not what we expected. The good: Food is really good. Entertainment is amazing. The bad: Pool- very small pool, and not that clean. Casino - you will never win anything. Bars - If you tip you will get service, if you don’t, then, you may have to wait 20 minutes for a drink I standing at the bar. The islands - not enough time to explore. Rooms - small and that toilet... it’s tiny, yes, small toilets. If you are more than 220 pounds, then you will not feel comfortable on that toilet. It’s small... like really small. Service - you have to tip otherwise you will get the very basic service and you will not like it. Example: they can make your room but only make your bed. With a $5 tip you get your whole room done and fresh towels, and ice and extra stuff. So haven extra $$$ to tip. Nightlife - one! Yes one decent bar at night the “sky bar” that’s has a DJ. Bunch of teenagers dancing and that’s it, everyone sleeps at 1:00 am - no more life after that. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Honestly stay away from this company!!! Hideously over charged Wi-Fi services and they have a lot of hidden fees once you're on board. The water park on the roof deck was not open throughout the entire trip, i consider this as false ... Read More
Honestly stay away from this company!!! Hideously over charged Wi-Fi services and they have a lot of hidden fees once you're on board. The water park on the roof deck was not open throughout the entire trip, i consider this as false advertisement btw. We had chosen the free wife and $50 on board credit which was not given to us. They are claiming it was the third party's fault and asked us to contact them while there was absolutely no signals on the ship! What a joke. One MOST IMPORTANT THING: Their shore excursion programs are WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY OVER PRICED!! For example, play with stingray is $39 ticket per person at the door and Norwegian is charging $135 for the EXACT SAME activity. Swimming with Dolphins are $212 when you are at Blue Lagoon, and Norwegian was charging $$279. etc..... So please book your own tickets either on Expedia or at the activity center when you're landed. Overall experience was average. Also, this ship does not give people much time on land to enjoy the activities, most of the time will spend on the ship which leading you to spend more money in their casino.. I wouldn't book a trip with this company in the future. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We were on the famous “strong winds hit a cruise leaving New York city” that was on the news the first week of March. Many injuries endured by passengers and entertainers: bone fractures, sprains and wounds. My husband and I were ... Read More
We were on the famous “strong winds hit a cruise leaving New York city” that was on the news the first week of March. Many injuries endured by passengers and entertainers: bone fractures, sprains and wounds. My husband and I were in our room with our children when it happened and no one came to check to see if everyone was ok after the incident. I thought of older passengers, maybe alone in their cabin, and hoped they were ok. My daughter almost slid off her bunk bed when the ship tipped to the side. Things did not get any better after that frightful night. We ended up not stopping at Stirrup Cay, as planned in our itinerary, but going straight to Nassau to spend 2 days. When you pay for a trip that includes 3 stops and you only do 2, you would think there would be some kind of compensation, nope! In addition, when you have an ultimate beverage package, you need to pay taxes on drinks when at port. Therefore, since we were at a port in Nassau for two full days, we had to pay extra taxes on the drinks. If we had been at Stirrup Cay and then at sea to Nassau the next day, as planned, we would have saved paying taxes. Do you think we had some kind of compensation for this? Nope! Big disappointment not visiting a private island (the most interesting stop of the cruise) and big disappointment having to pay unforeseen taxes, which do add up in the end... We have reserved the same trip next March, in 2020, but we will most certainly cancel. Even if the strong winds were a surprise and not stopping at Stirrup Cay a security measure, there could have been some kind of compensation. A message of apology from Norwegian and a rebate on a future cruise would have been highly appreciated. A travel agent on vacation on the cruise told us not to expect anything... Shows: excellent, especially Choir of Man, saw it twice. Food: delicious Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
On Sunday, March 3rd, just hours after leaving New York, the Escape experienced a sudden unexpected wind gust causing the ship to tilt. I will first say that the crew and staff were remarkable in handling the situation at the time and ... Read More
On Sunday, March 3rd, just hours after leaving New York, the Escape experienced a sudden unexpected wind gust causing the ship to tilt. I will first say that the crew and staff were remarkable in handling the situation at the time and place where I was. I cannot comment on other areas of the ship although I did speak with other passengers that were not as impressed as I was. And while you cannot believe everything you see on the news; the pictures and news accounts made the event to be much more serious that what we were told. And seeing the ambulances lined up when we arrived at Port Canaveral makes me believe the situation was more serious than what we were told. By the way, I was in the District Brew House with a dozen or so others at the time. We all held on as the tables, chairs and stools were tossed against the outside wall. And while the bartender, Ravi, was noticeably shaken by the experience, he kept us all together until the ship was righted. So, my commendations to him. While I did not walk through the entire ship on Sunday night, I did see enough to realize that this was a serious and unusual event. On day three we arrived at Port Canaveral. I signed up for the excursion to the Kennedy Space Center. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent there. However, the actual time spent at the center was less than four hours. Referencing the visitor guide, the recommended time to visit all the exhibits is about nine hours. I needed to be very selective in choosing the exhibits I wanted to see and forgo the balance. My comment here is only about the excursion description and cost. The excursion description should somehow state that you will only have time to see half the center. The excursion cost is $112 (discounted). The actual cost of admission is $57. I would think that with some incredible buying power coupled with the volume of visitors that NCL brings to the center, NCL should be able to negotiate a “Half Day Pass” that would reduce the price of the excursion and reduce the expectations of visitors. On day four, (the first day the sun came out) we were informed that we would not be stopping at Great Stirrup Cay. The ship decided that tendering to and from the island would not be safe. I can only say that this was the first nice day of the trip and question that decision. And aren’t the life boats used for tendering? Shouldn’t they be safe to travel back and forth to the island? Additionally, I question why we spent two days in Nassau. I’m sure there are/were options that would offer a substitute for Stirrup Cay other than spending two days at the same location in Nassau. I am disappointed that I did not get to Stirrup Cay. Finally, I was very confused about the timing of things on Saturday night / Sunday morning. It was my understanding, and the itinerary states, that we would be arriving at NYC Terminal at 8AM. I was in the casino on Saturday night (before midnight) when they announced that we were entering US waters and that the casino would close in 30 Minutes. I stayed till it closed but thought I would have had until 3AM or 4AM to play. But that wasn’t the whole of it. One of the nice parts of cruising into New York City is the final hour. Passing the Trade Center, Downtown NYC, Statue of Liberty, Verrazano Bridge. I had no idea when this was going to happen. I woke up very early, but we were already docked. I guess we came in during the night. Just another disappointment! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Good - Very good room service (multiple times/day) - Good food (Ok options for vegetarians, not so great for vegans) - Good entertainment (Choir of man, Pianist JR, After Midnight, Staff talent show) *No extra fee. It does get ... Read More
Good - Very good room service (multiple times/day) - Good food (Ok options for vegetarians, not so great for vegans) - Good entertainment (Choir of man, Pianist JR, After Midnight, Staff talent show) *No extra fee. It does get repetitive though. - Fun activities (Treasure puzzle/Escape room: Escape the Big Top, Rope Course, Mini golf) *No extra fee - Nice wine tasting events *Extra Fee - Friendly staff onboard - Beautiful port in Nassau, enjoyed visiting Blue Lagoon Island Not so good - Nothing is free onboard for example: o For those who do not have the drinking package:  Cheapest wine glass with gratuity $12US/glass  Cheapest beer with gratuity $11US/glass  Bottle of wine min $35US  Carbonated water $6US… o Darts / Pool / Air hockey: $1.10US/person/game - Some specialty restaurants are NOT included in the specialty restaurant package, or they are for an ADDITIONAL cost - SMOKING onboard at the open area of the Casino lingers on ALL main entertainment decks - It was a fight to fill a plate at the Garden Buffet & to find a place to sit - From NY in early March, water was extremely rough (especially on the 1st day) - Loud toilet flush sounds (especially at night, neighbors’ toilets included) - We read that the Escape’s capacity was around 4300 passengers but there were approximately 5200 passengers + crew members, VERY overcrowded. Elevators and sundeck were OFTEN full. We used the stairs most of the time. - Not easy to find quiet spaces. Lots of kids/teenagers during Spring break Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Let me start my rant with the staff was very good and fun to be around. The ship (in my opinion) is built very strong. After enduring the major list from a major blast of wind was able to be righted much to my surprise and she didn’t ... Read More
Let me start my rant with the staff was very good and fun to be around. The ship (in my opinion) is built very strong. After enduring the major list from a major blast of wind was able to be righted much to my surprise and she didn’t seem to take much damage for i feel was an unrecoverable port side list. NCL did not handle this to my satisfaction in that we didn’t receive any Comp or even and apology. In conjunction with that, that ship MUST be outfitted with life jackets in every state room for safety reasons. Heck even the unsinkable Titanic sank! Bed bugs seem to have been lingering and food poisoning from the restaurant “savor” didn’t make a fun trip. Missing there private island was also a real bummer, but that seems to be stand issues for NCL! I understand weather can not be controlled however the way passengers are accommodated is entirely in the hands of the crew/captain and more importantly the company. This was our very first cruise and our very last! Thank you Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
First day out we encountered severe wind gusts up to 115 MPH which caused our ship to tilt to a 45 degree angle. Scary yes, but even more alarming the lack of an acceptable explanation from the ship's captain. Injuries were ... Read More
First day out we encountered severe wind gusts up to 115 MPH which caused our ship to tilt to a 45 degree angle. Scary yes, but even more alarming the lack of an acceptable explanation from the ship's captain. Injuries were sustained, property destroyed and or broken, and the only explanation "we encountered a severe wind gust". It was like explain nothing and hope no-one asks as the captain's approach. Passengers had to wait till the first port call to hear the details of our experience from outside reporting venues. Lack of communications in a situation such as ours only fires up anxiety and fear; this being the only area our captain was successful at... Aside from that the buffet meals were nothing more than truck stop quality; big disappointment. The bars were not consistent in the quality of drinks offered; some were spot on, some were poor. The same can be said of the wait staff. My TV was non functional for three days. After repeated calls a tech arrived only to find the problem was a loose wire. On a positive note the ship was presented in a clean state and offered a nice variety of activities, the ship was easy to navigate because of posting, and embarking and disembarking the ship was easily done. My gut feeling though is - never again on the cruise ship Escape. The ship needs a new captain, new hotel manager, and the existing chef to step up to the plate a tad more. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We have cruised over 20 times at least 10 with NCL. The Escape is beautiful, but service is very erratic and not consistent. Waited 14 hours to get room cleaned after after emergency on ship. I needed to use a food tray to push all the ... Read More
We have cruised over 20 times at least 10 with NCL. The Escape is beautiful, but service is very erratic and not consistent. Waited 14 hours to get room cleaned after after emergency on ship. I needed to use a food tray to push all the broken glass to the side so we could walk to bathroom and get out of our cabin. Evacuation details posted on inside state room door has wrong information. They have no safety vest in the room. They are now stored elsewhere. When we followed directions crew told us to turn around and go in opposite direction which added ten minutes time to get to our station. This was brought up to staff and has not been addressed. Restaurant service staff is poor and slow. Did not bring what was ordered, , also we needed to keep asking staff for our order and for beverages. Food temperatures were consistently cold and under the required 160 degree safe food standards. We waited over an hour after we were seated and order was placed for our food to be served. Other people we talked with waited even longer. The premium restaurants had great food and great staff. Entertainment was excellent . Everything now has additional charges.It would be much better if they included everything and be upfront like other cruised do. We sailed out of NYC March 3, 2019. We still have not received a call from NCL regarding the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We only chose this cruise because we did not want to fly to Florida this year. We have been on about 15 cruises, this is the first and last one on Norwegian. The ship was beautiful BUT it had very few "quiet" places that you ... Read More
We only chose this cruise because we did not want to fly to Florida this year. We have been on about 15 cruises, this is the first and last one on Norwegian. The ship was beautiful BUT it had very few "quiet" places that you could sit and have a conversation or read a book. The Atrium on deck 6 is where most of the activities took place, was a zoo. This is also where the guest services, excursions, internet café, etc also was located. Most everything took place in this Atrium on 6, including movies, games, presentations. They need to come up with a new game, The Old and New Newlywed Game has been around for 20 years. The library had about 9 tables for 4 each, no comfortable chairs. The cabin was nice, we had a room with a balcony, the room steward was excellent, no complaints there. We did give him a good tip, he went over and above. We ate most of our meals in the dining rooms, including breakfast and lunch because the buffet was crazy. The meals in the dining room were mediocre with a lot of duplication of menus. I think they don't put a lot of effort into the meals in the dining room because they really push the restaurants where you have to pay extra. The entertainment was OK, nothing great. The best show was a magician doing card tricks which was very good, but he only did one show. The shows were repeated so after seeing them once and they were not great why bother seeing it again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Review of NCL Escape, 2/24/19-3/3/19- Bahama cruise from NYC. Embarkation was smooth and without incident. Upon arrival, our balcony cabin (14814) was neat and well appointed. Beds were comfortable but the other 2 persons in ... Read More
Review of NCL Escape, 2/24/19-3/3/19- Bahama cruise from NYC. Embarkation was smooth and without incident. Upon arrival, our balcony cabin (14814) was neat and well appointed. Beds were comfortable but the other 2 persons in my party complained that they were uncomfortable. We were immediately met our cabin steward, Jocelyn and requested a third balcony chair which she immediately provided. She was extremely pleasant, and we shared that the three of us were college roommates 45 years ago and this was a reunion of sorts. The next day after breakfast, we found a dozen roses in our cabin telling us how touched she was by our lasting friendship. I honestly have never been more impressed by a cabin stewards’ thoughtfulness. She is an asset to NCL. Since I am a member of Cruise Critic, we attended the Meet and Mingle on the first ‘at sea’ cruise day. It was held in The District Brewhouse. This event was well planned and attended by several officers and staff representatives who made it a point to meet us and encourage our feedback. A half dozen chocolate covered strawberries were delivered to our cabin that evening. They were complements of The Hotel Director, Deepak Punia. This was a very nice touch and we felt welcomed indeed. For the most part, at least the first 5 days of the cruise, breakfast, lunch and dinners served in Taste, The Manahatten Room and O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill were on point. Staff was pleasant and attentive, food was good (not great) and cooked to order. However, on day 5, there were clearly several staff changes and it all went downhill from there. Not a single meal, in any of the previously mentioned venues were served correctly. In addition, we were told by our waiter in The Taste Dining Room at breakfast to 'hurry up and order', he was rude and had no idea what he was doing. Furthermore, our food sat out in the dining room, ignored by all staff and was eventually served cold. Food in the other venues were either served wrongly ordered or cold. Tenders to Great Stirrup Cay were on time but crowded, the same applied to the Island, we were unable to get even two chairs together and found the beach jam packed with people as was the water with people bumping into people the entire time. It was a far from pleasant experience. The barbecue was self serve and was mediocre. As for the crowds on the ship, all venues were always crowded, noise levels high everywhere, even in dining rooms where they were almost unbearable, especially at dinner. We usually ended up almost shouting to be heard at every meal. All the elevators were usually packed, and many times people just pushed their way on. The layout of the ship also was problematic in that Guest Services was located directly across from an open stage and either there was loud music playing or a game-show was being hosted. I also want to mention that the Guest Services staff were barley polite, never smiled and were always late when their desk was supposed to be staffed. When they did emerge from a back room, they were moody and far from professional. This was rather shocking. As for the Casino, there were rarely people winning and the general complaint by the people we spoke to was that very few people won any money at all, most lost. Also, it was smoky and crowded and we were often unable to obtain a drink despite having free casino drink cards. Casino beverage staff was a rare sight. I do want to give a shout out to the Maitre’D at The Manhattan Room, Mr. Griffith Abad, who exceeded our expectations nightly by giving us a window table six out of seven nights. Another breath of fresh air was Mr. Gerald Castillo who made us all smile and feel welcome daily. Since I did not attend any of the shows, I cannot make a comment. We did not experience any of the specialty restaurants. Debarkation also was smooth, and we were off the ship and through Customs in less than 15 minutes. Overall, the large ship experience was far worse than I expected, I had higher hopes for Norwegian as I am a Gold card holder. It is highly unlikely I will sail with them again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We sailed to Florida and the Bahamas aboard the Norwegian Escape February 17-24. The purpose for choosing this itinerary was to go to Great Stirrup Cay. Florida and Nassau were bonus stops; the pinnacle of our trip was to be GSC, our only ... Read More
We sailed to Florida and the Bahamas aboard the Norwegian Escape February 17-24. The purpose for choosing this itinerary was to go to Great Stirrup Cay. Florida and Nassau were bonus stops; the pinnacle of our trip was to be GSC, our only reason for choosing this particular cruise. GSC was canceled due to high winds, even though it didn’t seem that windy. Norwegian didn’t offer any reimbursement for the lost port or a voucher to put towards another cruise to actually visit GSC. However, losing a port was not the only negative aspect of the cruise. After the announcement that GSC was canceled, guests were literally running to the pool decks to “claim” their chair. They left towels on the chairs all day to claim them, even though they were never in the chair. There were signs all over stating that unattended towels would be removed after one hour. This did not happen, so we were unable to find an available chair for four hours. Had the deck attendants done their job, this would not have happened. The day after GSC was canceled, we were scheduled to be in Nassau. We did not book a shore excursion to a more tropical beach location because we were expecting to have that in GSC. So, earlier in the morning of our Nassau port, we stopped at Guest Services to inquire about shore excursions since nobody was at the Shore Excursions desk. Guest Services told us all shore excursions were fully booked. I wanted to double check with Shore Excursions when they opened, so I called Guest Services at 8:00 AM to get in touch with Shore Excursions, but they said they were not answering their phone. I asked if they could simply walk the 20 feet to their desk and inquire about shore excursions or ask them to answer their phone. I was told they could not do that. When my husband went to the Shore Excursions desk, he was told there was available excursions, even though we were told a half hour earlier from Guest Services that everything was booked. Since my goal was to sit on a tropical beach and knowing Nassau wouldn’t offer that, we paid an additional $160 to visit Blue Lagoon Island. This is an additional expense we should not have had to incur if we had gone to GSC. Additionally, our room steward hardly came to our room. There were many nights he didn’t show up at all. We had to leave notes for him for things we needed because we never saw him; those notes went unseen for a while because he didn’t come to the room daily. His version of making up the room was just pulling the covers up on the bed and emptying the trash. The bed was never fully made after the initial day. The floor remained dirty all week. There were two occasions when our toilet didn’t flush. The fitness center was lacking, as well. The first elliptical machine I tried had no sound, the second machine had no display therefore couldn’t operate, the third machine was stuck on only one channel to watch. Halfway through my workout watching a channel I couldn’t change, the machine quit altogether. Events aboard the ship were held in areas that could not handle the sheer amount of people. When events were held in the Atrium, there was never enough seating. People were sitting 2 per chair, sitting on the floor, or had to stand. This made for an unenjoyable time, which was unfortunate considering we were only off the ship for 1.5 days. Service in the restaurants was very hit or miss. Some days we had fabulous servers; other days the server never came back to fill water glasses or check on the meals. Twice, my meal was forgotten altogether. I had much higher expectations for Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Everything, I mean everything, about being on this ship was completely disorganized and inefficient. Staff seemed overwhelmed and answers to questions changed depending who you asked. The food in all the dining room is the same and the ... Read More
Everything, I mean everything, about being on this ship was completely disorganized and inefficient. Staff seemed overwhelmed and answers to questions changed depending who you asked. The food in all the dining room is the same and the meat was all very poor quality. The entertainment was extremely low budget and it showed. The room service costs money but on Carnival its free. Laundry service was extremely expensive but on Carnival there were quarter machines. None of the "adults only" zones on board were enforced by staff. I saw no improvement in any area on this cruise line VS. any other cruise line I have been on and I would not cruise Norwegian again. Cabins bigger on Carnival too. We were charged for things we were not told were extra and given attitude when we requested refunds. The DJs only played random Spanish music............ The DJs only played random Spanish music........... Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Let me start off by saying that I didn't want to compare these two ships as every cruise line is different in their own ways, but the Norwegian Escape left my wife and I with a bad taste in our mouths after having a wonderful time on ... Read More
Let me start off by saying that I didn't want to compare these two ships as every cruise line is different in their own ways, but the Norwegian Escape left my wife and I with a bad taste in our mouths after having a wonderful time on Royal Caribbeans Anthem the year prior. The two boats are easily comparable as both were launched in 2015 and hold roughly the same amount of passengers, but the differences between the two are vast. I'll start from the beginning. My wife and I were on Royal Caribbeans Anthem in February of 2018 and we absolutely loved the ship. The experience itself seemed to check every box for what a cruise should be. When deciding on what cruise line to choose from, we were told you couldn't go wrong with Royal Caribbean or Norwegian. Last February we choose the Anthem, and for our second cruise February 2019, which would be for our honeymoon we choose the Escape. Embarkation Starting with the embarkation at pier 88 in NYC, we arrived around 930am which was our scheduled time. Little did we know, we wouldn't be boarding the ship until at least 3 hours later as Norwegian staff crammed as many people into the pier as possible. People were laying on the floor and sitting where they could making the place an absolute mess. Not the greatest first impression to say the least. When we boarded the Anthem the year prior, we were stepping foot onto the ship in about 30 minutes from their pier in Bayonne NJ. In this aspect Royal Caribbean has mastered the embarkation process. Buffet (Garden Cafe) Eventually we boarded the ship and decided to grab something to eat at the buffet which is called the Garden Cafe. We found it strange and alarming that Norwegian staff wasn't telling guests to wash their hands before before entering the buffet as this is a quick way germs and viruses are spread. Mind you about two cruises prior, the escape had a norovirus outbreak which caused many staff and guests to become sick. What is this cruise line thinking? On the anthem the staff ropes off the area to walk straight into the buffet, forcing guests to wash their hands in a line of sinks. So now we enter the buffet and its an another absolute mess. Walking around you were constantly being bumped and elbowed by guests while trying to keep your plate in your hands. I understand that plenty of guests had just boarded the ship and all wanted to eat just like we did, but this was a daily occurrence at the buffet no matter what time you went. The layout just wasn't made to hold a medium to large amount of people at the same time. The food quality was also sub par, with the best choices being hamburgers and hot dogs on most days. On Royals Anthem we visited the buffet quite often as there was plenty of food to choose from, and the layout never made you feel crowded or overwhelmed. Spa Balcony Stateroom After leaving the buffet it was announced that our room was ready so we started to head to our cabin. While walking down the hallway we noticed some other rooms had been decorated for special occasions with balloons and signs for birthdays and such. Naturally we were excited to see what Norwegian had set up in our room for our honeymoon. To our amazement when we opened our door there was no sign that my wife and I were celebrating our special occasion at all. What we found was a piece of paper that stated we would receive a cake at dinner to celebrate our special occasion. We didn't ask for anything to be set up in our room, but it's the little things that cruise lines do to go out of their way that can be truly special and show how above and beyond they would go for their guests. In this moment Norwegian had dropped the ball again. On the bright side our stateroom attendant was very polite and courteous. Ship Design/Layout Now for the layout of the ship, as many other reviewers have mentioned it's very cookie cutter and not aesthetically pleasing. The sight lines are awful, blocked by zig-zagging decks and walls. There's not much about the ship that wowed us. It's like Norwegian tried to cram as many restaurants into the ship as possible which unfortunately comes at the cost of passenger comfortability. Everywhere you went there was a crowd of people. The only way I can explain it is, no matter where you looked it seemed as if a show just let out and people didn't know where to go. The design of the ship forces crowds of people to be bottle necked into small areas and walkways. While on the Anthem the ship was at full capacity, but you would rarely feel that way as the layout and design of the ship helps control the flow of guests to not make it feel crowded. On the escape you absolutely knew that the ship was at its fullest capacity as you struggled to fight the crowds in every area. Numerous guests we had talked to stated that this was their first cruise and would probably be their last due to this and we had to assure them that there are other ships and cruise lines out there that don't feel the way the escape feels. Other guests even apologized to us that we were celebrating our honeymoon on the ship as they felt just as overwhelmed and uncomfortable as we did. Also be aware there is 1 laughably tiny outdoor pool on this ship that can fit roughly 30 of the 4000 people aboard. We found found it quite strange considering this is a cold weather ship sailing from New York in February. There are 0 indoor pools, just a large heated indoor spa jacuzzi which is located in the Thermal Spa. Compare this to the Anthems 2 large indoor pools and 1 large outdoor pool. Drink package After purchasing the highest drink package you would assume that every drink you order will be free. Well not on Norwegian where bottled Norwegian water will be an upcharge of $3 or more. Also you better get used to the sub-par potted coffee at the buffet because if you want any espresso drink on the ship you'll be paying extra for it. Norwegian cruise lines really couldn't include water and espresso in the drink package? On the Anthem bottled water is of course free with the drink package, along with espresso drinks and the like. In fact the Anthem actually has a Starbucks on its main floor that is 100% free with its drink package. Also if you'd like to play pool, darts, bowling, better swipe that room key because its all an upcharge to your account. Norwegian trying to nickel and dime you were common words heard around the ship from other guests. Speaking of room keys, Norwegian requires you to carry it around at all times in order to swipe for drinks/food or to enter/exit the ship and stateroom. Royal Caribbean gives you a rubber bracelet that replaces you room key so no need to keep anything in your pockets as this bracelet will do all the above. Casino The only gripe I had with the casino is that its spread out across a bunch of rooms which makes it lose that tight table gambling vibe. Rarely would you hear people cheering at the roulette or craps tables. Instead of the casino being its own entity, slot machines are spread across hallways making it look like Norwegian wanted this to be a cash grab for anyone who walked by. Shows/Musical Performances While on the ship we attended 3 shows at the theater. The Choir of Man, After Midnight, and a card magicians act. The Choir of Man and After Midnight were both okay at best, nothing to really get excited about as the shows drag along till you'e wondering when it'll end. Both shows lacked a storyline and were more cabaret style song performances. The theater itself was not visually pleasing and looked like a run of the mill movie theater. Being a musician for 20 plus years, I will say that the live band for After Midnight was excellent. The card magician was very entertaining as he keep you interested and laughing throughout his performance. Apart from the theater, every single night there were live performances in almost every bar on the ship. Now normally I wouldn't complain about this, but most of these musicians lacked talent to the point they were laughable to watch. It's like Norwegian didn't care about talent and just wanted every room to be filled with live noise. Aside from that, other reviews mentioned a common problem which is that the volume of these performers was headache inducing making you not able to tolerate being in the same area or room for too long of a time. Spa To my wife and I, the only saving grace for this ship was the thermal spa. The thermal spa, which you need to purchase a spa package or day pass for, is absolutely essential to get away from this crowded ship. We spent most of our time in this area as this was the only place where we could relax and not feel like choosing the Escape was a terrible decision. The rooms in the Thermal Spa include a salt room, sauna, solarium, steam room, and snow room. All of these roooms are relaxing in their own way. The Thermal Spa has comfortable lounge chairs/heated stone seats with an amazing view out the front of the ship. Again, this was the only place in the ship to actually get away from the rest of the ship. Sit down dining/Up charge restaurants While the buffet food on the Anthem was much better than the Escape, The Escapes sit down food was better than the Anthems. The complimentary sit down dining in the Manhattan room on the Escape offered delicious meals and the staff at all these restaurants were excellent. The food at the up charge restaurants on the Escape was also fantastic. We ate at Cagneys, Moderno, and Teppanyaki. I can't attest to the up charge restaurants on the Anthem as we didn't visit any. Ports As other reviews from different departures have mentioned, it's become a common event that the Escape frequently skips over stopping at their private island, The Great Stirrup Cay. This comes as a great disappointment as this should be one of the most relaxing stops on the trip. Without this stop, guests lose a beach day and are stuck on a crowded boat gazing out at the water they wish they could be swimming in. We were notified that we would not be stopping at this island around 930am, yet we could not get to another port until 7pm, losing an entire beach day. Remember leaving out of New York, this stop is imperative to enjoying a beach vacation in February. Losing this stop effectively hurts the enjoyment of this vacation as it's only 1 of 2 tropical ports you stop at. Reading other reviews it seems there's some kind of connection between the Escape almost NEVER stopping a this location. On the other hand, Royal Caribbean is actually currently building a dock at their private island (Coco Cay) to prevent the tendering process and therefore any disappointment of not being able to stop there. Cleanliness Referring back to how Norwegian staff allowed guests into the buffet without washing their hands, I ended up catching some sort of cold/sinus infection on the the 3rd day of the cruise. Whether or not this is related to such, by the end of the cruise you heard plenty of coughing and hacking from other guests. While walking around the ship glasses and plates on the floor and in the corners was a common sight. As a previous reviewer mentioned, on royals ships the staff would all chip together to get a task done. Plenty of times I watched as Norwegian staff would carelessly walk by a mess that needed to be cleaned up. Service of staff Whats even more frustrating than a crowded ship is staff that can't even answer the simplest of questions. Multiple times we asked a crew member a question only to be diverted to another crew member who also didn't have an answer. Sometimes the staff members actually didn't seem to have enough language in order to be able to help and communicate with us. The day before disembarkation, my wife and I approached a staff member standing next to the luggage tags and asked a simple question about which tag to use. The staff member simply looked at us in confusion and proceeded to point at the guest services line which was 20 people long. Every time we called guest services from out stateroom, we were on hold for 10 minutes with not one single person answering the phone. On the Anthem, Royal Caribbeans staff would rarely not be able to answer a question, and if they couldn't they would go out of their way to find you an answer. There were plenty of times on the Anthem that you would see multiple staff members standing around with a sign in their hand saying, "How can I help you?" Overall our experience with Norwegian cruise lines was abysmal. My wife and I absolutely did not feel as we were on vacation, let alone our honeymoon. This is not the way we wanted to spend such a special occasion surrounded by crowds, mess, noise, and confusion. To top it all an incapable, inexperienced crew that doesn't seem to care about making your trip special and unforgettable. It is unknown if we will sail Norwegian cruise lines in the future, but I can guarantee you we will not step foot on the disaster you call a ship, the Escape. If this was our first cruise, we certainly would never sail on a cruise ship again. Fortunately for us, we have experienced Royal Caribbeans Anthem, and know the wonderful experience quality cruising can bring. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Well let’s start that myself and my wife had no choice but to book a cruise to stop the bleeding ,so to speak on gift cards that my brother gave to my daughter for her wedding that he was totally misled and told they done expire and no ... Read More
Well let’s start that myself and my wife had no choice but to book a cruise to stop the bleeding ,so to speak on gift cards that my brother gave to my daughter for her wedding that he was totally misled and told they done expire and no fees are charged to card .Well after 3 plus years each 500.00 gift card was worth 390.00. So much for no fees and cards expired 04/22. Started off with a bad taste already in my mouth, and this being my second cruise with Norwegian.1st one also out of Manhattan for convenience .Well my whole issue is comparison, I’ve been on 4 Royal Caribbean Cruises and let me tell you NCL can’t come close in any shape or form. This was a 3yr old ship compared to my last cruise less than 2 yrs ago on Royal Caribbean on a same size ship that was 6yrs old and let’s start by ambiance no comparison RC so much more elegant. Food so much more quality and diversity in regular main dining rooms. Entertainment can’t even match RC true Broadway style shows,excellent Comedians much more activity based on RC. family feud, Scavengerhunt, Quest, Belly flop contest, Horse racing poolside.etc. As far as internet I got free package 250 minutes a joke cost 125.00. You have to login and logout to stop clock on;y for email social media etc. couldn’t access my home cameras needed high speed package over 200.00 plus cost. RC cost me 130.00 unlimited for the week full access to anything on my phone. Unlimited drink package free 700.00 cost plus I paid 140.00 gratuity changes fine. RC was 530.00 for 7 days on Oasis Of the Seas. If Nowreigian were less expensive than I would say you get what you pay for, but at the minimum they are same price for cabins if not more. This is why when you compare hands down wouldn’t go on NCL again convenience or not out of my city NY.. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019

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