12 Norwegian Escape Cruise Reviews for Spring Break Cruises to Bahamas from New York (Manhattan)

This was my family’s third Haven cruise and second one on the Escape. As a hard working mom, to me, it’s the ultimate REAL vacation. In addition to not moving hotel rooms, no cooking and not having to entertain your kids, you get ... Read More
This was my family’s third Haven cruise and second one on the Escape. As a hard working mom, to me, it’s the ultimate REAL vacation. In addition to not moving hotel rooms, no cooking and not having to entertain your kids, you get upgraded services and private decks, spa, pool and dining/bar. It’s one of my favorite vacations as I really get to relax and enjoy! The bartenders in the Haven are the best in the business.... true art! The ship has great dining options. Love Food Republic! People do not know what they are missing! Bayamo seafood is excellent, as is La Cucina and Cagney’s Steakhouse. The entertainment is always good, plenty of music, live show and comedians. Good for all ages, nice variety. The ropes course, video arcade and slides are favorites of my teen sons. They also enjoy the 24/7 room service option for late night pizzas and cookies. Thank you NCL! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was our 8th NCL cruise, but first time staying in The Haven. We choseThe Haven to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday. Usually we stay in a balcony, so this was a splurge for us. Unfortunately we are now spoiled! The Haven ... Read More
This was our 8th NCL cruise, but first time staying in The Haven. We choseThe Haven to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday. Usually we stay in a balcony, so this was a splurge for us. Unfortunately we are now spoiled! The Haven is worth every extra penny that it costs. Just to list a few perks of The Haven: - At embarkation, our concierge was waiting in a special lounge to escort us on to the ship. We were among the first to get on the ship. We were offered burger sliders for lunch as well as a special lunch in La Cucina. - Our butler brought snacks every afternoon: a plate of cookies for my son, finger sandwiches for me and something sweet for my husband. - The pool in The Haven can get a little loud and the hot tubs can be taken over by children. However, there is an adults only sun deck with a Jacuzzi that was absolutely perfect. An attendant regularly brought drinks and checked to see if there was anything we needed. We were going to buy Vibe passes, but are so glad we didn't. It would have been a waste as everything we needed was in The Haven. - THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO CHAIR HOGGING. My husband can't stand this and it's one of the main reasons we chose The Haven. The Haven was completely sold out for our sailing, so there were a lot of people. But always plenty of space wherever you wanted to sit. - The bartender in The Haven was phenomenal! He could make anything!! And he really tried to understand your tastes and mood, so he could make the perfect cocktail just for you. He was always very accommodating and patient with all the children wanting specialty drinks. He was a saint! - There was reserved seating in the theater for The Haven. My son showed up 5 minutes before The Choir of Man and was seated right away. - Unlimited free Pay Per View Movies in the room - You have a walky-talky phone that you can take with you anywhere on the ship, and anyone can just call your room to reach you. In hindsight, we probably didn't need the communication package because of this. - Disembarkation took less than 5 minutes. We were escorted by our concierge to a crew elevator from The Haven lounge that went directly to the gangway. Our concierge held the line so that we could walk directly off the ship. I could go on and on about The Haven. NCL works really hard to make this a special experience. I know everyone can't afford to stay there (I know we can't for every cruise!), but hopefully this gives some insight if you're considering The Haven. Now I want to give some opinions about the other parts of the ship. As I mentioned this was our 8th cruise with NCL. I have also sailed with Carnival twice. IMHO Carnival has a better kids program. My son is 12. On NCL, he is grouped with 10-12. He absolutely refused to go to the kids club based on these ages. Why would a middle schooler want to be with elementary aged children? NCL then groups 13-17 together. Again IMHO, 13 is way to young to be hanging around with a 17 year old. On Carnival, the age groupings are much more appropriate. They group 12-14 and then 15-17. These ages can come and go from the program as they please on Carnival. On NCL, a 12 year old can leave on their own only after staying 2 hours. My son has still stayed in contact with friends that he met on the Carnival ships in their youth programs from over a year ago. This is a big miss on NCL's part and they really should reconsider their age groupings. Another issue is the specialty dining. Because NCL is now offering so many dining packages, these specialty restaurants aren't really that special anymore. They were loud and crowded and service was about the same as the main dining room. In Moderno, we actually left before the end of our meal because of a loud large party with young children literally running around the dining room. This didn't use to be the case years ago in these specialty restaurants. They used to be special, quiet places to go and have an intimate evening. I think the maître d' could do a better job of managing the restaurant in these cases. We did one excursion through NCL to the Orlando Eye and wax museum. Generally, excursions through the boat are crowded and overpriced. I can honestly say that I have never had an excellent shore excursion experience booked through the ship. You're better off doing your research on Trip Advisor and finding something perfect for you. That being said, sometimes the logistics require you to book through the ship (Port Canaveral / Orlando is one example). Special Tips: - Don't miss Food Republic, especially if you like sushi. I think this place is underrated because there is an up-charge, but it is excellent. We saw more crew staff eating here than anywhere else on the ship. There's a reason why. - If you don't already know, please book your dining and entertainment reservations before you get on the boat. Again, people complain that everything is booked and unavailable. "Your failure to plan is not my problem." - Consider the port that your boat sails from. I love the sailings from New York because the boat is packed with people from New York. I just love all the bold, lively personalities. I've also done sailings from Miami, for example. The "personality" of the boat is very different. Same for New Orleans and LA. I love NCL and will stick with this line. There are so many special touches that people don't notice or appreciate - like the singing muffin ladies in the morning. I love the freestyle cruising to be able to do what I want when I want. I love the different areas of the ship. But these are big ships, they carry a lot of people. Make sure you consider that before you book. One final note: a lot of people complain about the nickel and diming on NCL. I don't agree. When you pay the cruise fare with NCL you get a great value. Do your research - their prices are very comparable, if not better, for what you get. Now this is part of freestyle cruising: when you get on the boat, you can spend as much or as little as you like. You do what you want when you want. People expect to pay a value priced cruise fare and then be given the world in return. Yes - you have to pay to bowl. Yes - you have to pay to paint. But there is plenty of food, on a beautiful ship. There is always live music and something fun (and free) to do. NCL let's you decide how much you want to pay and what you want to do, and when you want to do it. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. THANK YOU NCL and all of your FABULOUS CREW MEMBERS for making our family vacation truly exceptional!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My daughter and family booked the cruise first, We wanted to join them and got an excellent price with free gratuities through our travel agency. My grand daughter has severe food allergies and my daughter and all were extremely ... Read More
My daughter and family booked the cruise first, We wanted to join them and got an excellent price with free gratuities through our travel agency. My grand daughter has severe food allergies and my daughter and all were extremely worried about this at first. However we appreciated the concern and compassionate attention we received regarding this very serious condition. They assured us that the ship has a separate kitchen and all of her foods were prepared in a nut and sesame free environment. Since we are Platinum members we especially enjoy the perks we receive with that level.I think NCL does a fantastic job in the entertainment department as well. We typically cruise to relax, and found the Escape a bit crowded compared to the Jade class ships. We missed the lido area toward the back, Even though H2O is there, it is not as convenient to Garden cafe for early morning breakfast which we really enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Introduction: Myself (22), my brother (19), and both of my parents went together on a 7 day Florida and Bahamas cruise from New York in Mid-March. We originally booked an Aft-facing Haven Suite but upgraded a few days prior to the cruise ... Read More
Introduction: Myself (22), my brother (19), and both of my parents went together on a 7 day Florida and Bahamas cruise from New York in Mid-March. We originally booked an Aft-facing Haven Suite but upgraded a few days prior to the cruise to a Haven 2-bedroom family villa, which was well worth it! We have cruised NCL in the past (Getaway) and had such a blast so we chose to return. Embarkation: We chose to drive to the terminal from Maryland the day of the cruise (I-95 traffic was a breeze on a Sunday morning) and we parked on the pier next to the ship (~$200 and well worth it!). Our car was parked less than 100 feet from the side of the ship and you really cannot get any closer. You absolutely pay for the convenience. We go tlost trying to find the inside of the terminal from the parking deck (they need more signage) but we found it eventually. The porters saw our priority embarkation tags and whisked our luggage away quickly. The terminal just opened and the line to security was full, but moved very quickly. We did not notice or see any signs for Haven guests at this point (there was apparently priority security screening for us but we missed it). After security, we found the line for the Haven and we were taken to their private check-in room. A little tight on the inside with lots of furniture stacked up on the walls but it was quiet, comfy, and they had good food. Within an hour of entering the terminal, we were boarding the ship as one of the first guests. As soon as you board, they take you to the Haven where they give a welcome speech and provide cocktails and sliders (they looked SO good!). Lunch was offered in both the Haven restaurant and La Cucina. We chose to go there since we did not have a reservation on the other nights and the italian lunch was delicious. Stateroom: Our stateroom was ready very early in the day and it was truly perfect. The parents loved the king size bed and luxury shower. Their favorite part was all of the jets in it, equating it to a "car wash". Myself and my brother stayed in the separate bedroom, which was comfy and the perfect size for both of us. We appreciated that there were two separate beds (one pull-down) for us. The living area was perfect with the most comfy couch ever, private dining area, and tea/coffee nook. We loved all of the furnishings in the room and our Butler, Henry, made our cruise. My only criticism is that the balcony is very small and I wish it was a little larger but it was not a big deal. Dining: We ate in the Haven restaurant most nights and we thoroughly enjoyed the service. We quickly noticed that the menu does not change and I wish they offered just one or two appetizers, entrees, and desserts every night that would rotate. We enjoyed every meal in the Haven. On the first night, we ate at The Supper Club and watched a magic show by the same guy who was on The Worlds Best. Did not care for the food at all since it was a pre-fixed menu. The salad dressing had an odd taste to it but the dessert was very good. Good dinner show. We also ate in Cagneys and Moderno (loved both of them on the Getaway so we had to return). Moderno was delicious again, will always come back. Cagneys on the other hand was a disappointment. I enjoyed my seafood plate as it had a good variety and seemed very fresh. My father chose to get their signature Porterhouse and claimed it was the worst cut of steak of his life, simply too tough to eat and you had to use a chainsaw to cut it. Our server was very understanding and did her best to accommodate us but this was simply the one "off" meal we had. The desserts at Cagneys were probably the best though, we loved their creme brulee. Our third specialty dining experience was Bayamo, which was a complete RIP OFF. They take the specialty dining plan but they add a surcharge to it, which is fine since it is a special specialty restaurant. However, once you sit down a lot of the menu items have an additional surcharge to it. Even the lobster has a $15-$30 surcharge (couldn't remember the exact number). All of the seafood presented on the menu we could get in the Haven for no surcharge and down in Bayamo, they charge you left and right. Plus, their menu was not that appealing, simply too basic with subpar fish options (including fish and chips). We explained this to the Maitre D and he understood, refunding our specialty dining reservation and giving us a free bottle of wine. Instead, we went to Le Bistro (which we also went to on the Getaway and we absolutely loved but wanted to try something different). It was delicious as always with sophisticated french food and fantastic service. My only gripe with NCL's dining is that you cannot get lobster anywhere on the ship but Bayamo. Too bad cruise ships are doing away with lobster night. We also frequented O'Sheehans, a favorite of ours from the Getaway. The wings tasted even better this time and the loaded nachos (even though you can tell they used fake cheese lol) were so delicious, I had to get them every time. Service was great every time and the venue is always so much fun. We loved going here in the afternoon for a mid-afternoon snack. Favorite complimentary option! Entertainment: The magic show on night one was okay. Entertaining but the tricks were very basic. The trivia throughout was so much fun and we liked to go to their special trivia contests they would have on specific topics (like Airlines of the world, Harry Potter, etc.). We chose to see "Choir of Man" and we were absolutely blown away. I believe it was their last show on the Escape but I really hope they return. The show was very interactive with the audience (they gave away free beer haha) and they delivered a showstopping performance. I cannot speak more highly of them and Choir of Man has to be my favorite show ever. Service: Service was impecable throughout the cruise. Our butler, Henry, made every request possible and truly went above and beyond to make our cruise special. Our stateroom steward Erlito was also very very nice and always so happy. Once we communicated our preferred turndown times with him, he made it work. Fantastic job! Also, the host at the Haven, Made, did a fantastic job and always made us feel special. She was always cheerful and knew us by name very quickly. All of the staff in the Haven were fantastic and made us feel special. It is very easy to get wrapped up in the Haven and I have to say, the staff on the rest of the ship, from the entertainment staff to dining staff, were fantastic as well. It is always interesting to get to know each one and they truly do work very hard so we can enjoy our cruise. Service on NCL exceeds our expectations again. Ports: The cruise stopped in Port Canaveral, Great Stirrup Cay, and Nassau. We have been to all of these ports except great stirrup cay (their private island). We arrived to Port Canaveral (1pm) on a wet, foggy day and we had no shore excursion planned as there really isn't much to do except go to Cocoa Beach (a tourist trap) or Kennedy Space Center (a must-see, already did it). Instead, my brother and I grabbed an Uber and went to the mall nearby to watch Madea's Family Funeral at the movie theater. Uber was about $20 each way and it was only 15 minutes from the port. The mall itself is run-down but when the ship is in port (hopefully a Tuesday), it is $5 movies at the movie theater, a bargain! Highly recommend doing if you just want to get off on the ship on your own. The ship left at 9 or 10pm and we were back by 5pm. Thankfully, we were the first cruise to be able to tender to Great Stirrup Cay in a while. The tender process was very easy and the island was beautiful. The water was a little cold but the sun was definitely shining (my father got really bad sunburn). Everything about the private island was good. Pretty generic in my opinion but it was a fun day in the sun. Lastly, we arrived in Nassau. We have been to Nassau previously and we were aware of the high crime around the port so we believed a ship-sponsored tour was a must. We went to the Atlantis waterpark (did the same excursion on the Getaway and loved it) on a cloudy day. We arrived very soon and walked with our tour guide through the property (it's massive!). We quickly grabbed a lounger by one of the pools and went on the waterslides (no line at first so go quickly). Once the lines got long we chilled in the rapid river. Always so much fun and we enjoyed it. It did rain two times throughout the day (torrential downpours for 15-30 minutes) which helped keep the lines down and may have made some people sad but hey, you're at a waterpark, getting wet in the rain is okay. It wasn't that bad! Haven: If you want personalized service with your own private area of the ship, the Haven is for you. The area itself was nice as the lounge and bar were never busy and the restaurant was just the right size. Our favorite part was the courtyard with loungers on the main deck and above. The roof does retract and stayed closed most of the cruise so we could swim all seven days. My only gripe is that there were way too many young kids (expected for a spring break cruise though). I wish they had adults-only hours in the courtyard, particularly in the afternoon (i.e. 2-4pm when kids sleep). Overall, we loved staying in the Haven as it was very quiet and relaxing. We do think our experience would have been completely different if we stayed in our original aft-facing haven suite outside the Haven (which means you would have to walk from one end of the ship to the other just to get inside the Haven). Ship Layout: Very similar to the Getaway but slightly larger. We did notice there was a lot of wasted space throughout. For instance, the wine venue on Deck 8 was almost always not open and never had people in it. I wish they could make the venue something new. Also, I was not a fan of the lounge/bar in the casino, which seemed to be the only place on the ship where they had live music late at night. It was simply too dark and way too smoky. I think the ship layout flows well as everything is pretty much up top or on decks 6, 7, and 8 but the venues themselves need work. Overall: I would recommend the Haven if your ship has many days at sea. It was very relaxing and the perfect spot to relax. The cruise itinerary itself was okay, not too exciting, but we would do it again just for the ship. NCL does a great job with the little touches (i.e. damp towels when you return to the ship and a live DJ) and they maintain their ships very well. We will absolutely cruise NCL again and we will probably start building loyalty with them. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
For starters, I had my worries about this trip. This was my first cruise with Norwegian and I had previously read a lot of poor reviews about Escape. I was truly surprised about how incredible this trip turned out to be for my spring ... Read More
For starters, I had my worries about this trip. This was my first cruise with Norwegian and I had previously read a lot of poor reviews about Escape. I was truly surprised about how incredible this trip turned out to be for my spring break. Checking in was fast and organized, considering the fluctuation of people boarding. I shared a balcony room and it was spacious. We were assigned a cabin steward and he was excellent! The entire cruise staff was FANTASTIC! I am not exaggerating! They were on point every single moment of the trip. Every dining room, restaurant, and bar, the staff was amazing. Very friendly and always helpful. I’m not sure what it was like for other escape cruises, but our entire ship loved “washy washy.” Everytime we entered a dining room, we were given hand sanitizer and the staff would sing “don’t forget washy washy.” It was hysterical and I am grateful that the staff was working hard to ensure everything was clean at all times. I have booked every single show on the ship and they were excellent. The choir of man blew me away!!! As a young adult on spring break, some of the parties were very funny, but I wasn’t expecting anything extravagant. They had activities all day long from karaoke, deal or no deal, pool games... you make it. The food was incredible! Every single dining room, buffet, and restaurant was amazing! My advice, pay for everything ahead of time. I had paid for gratuities and charges I’m advanve, which left me to not worry so much about spending and being charged onboard. Keep in mind, it is cheaper when you pay the gratuities and fees in advance. Great stirrup was beautiful and I did the Atlantis excursion. The weather was good in the Bahamas. It was cold on some nights throughout the ship considering it’s March. Overall, incredible time. I am very pleased with NCL. Most importantly, they did make us all feel like family. I met a lot of people my age (early 20’s) and a lot of people who are a little older. We all enjoyed it together. It was a family friendly trip but it was nice to see that they organized karaoke nights and party nights based on themes and age groups. Out of almost 5,000 people who went on this cruise, there is bound to be a handful who are unhappy with their trip, and that’s okay! But I would like to show my appreciation to NCL and their beautiful and incredible staff. They truly work very hard to give each of us a fun and relaxing vacation. I will definitely continue to be apart of the NCL family. Thank you for making my first cruise incredible. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Enjoyed this class cabin with just the three of us last time so booked it again, this time with our high school senior granddaughter. The cruise was for her spring break and part of her graduation present. We arrived to NewYork a couple of ... Read More
Enjoyed this class cabin with just the three of us last time so booked it again, this time with our high school senior granddaughter. The cruise was for her spring break and part of her graduation present. We arrived to NewYork a couple of days early and visited the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the 9/11 memorial and museum, took a horse and carriage ride through Central Park with NYC Horse Carriage Rides, and saw a Broadway Show (Waitress). We stayed pre-cruise at the Holiday Inn Express on 48th St., just a few short blocks from the cruise port. Booked early enough and received a good rate, and added bonus of breakfast each morning and being able to walk to the port for embarkation. Our Statue of Liberty tickets were purchased early and we were able to climb the stairs to the crown. Our time at Ellis Island was sandwiched between the stair climb, and the 9/11 memorial and museum, and would probably have been better if we had more time. We spent three hours, but could have spent much longer at the 9/11 museum if we had a longer stay. Saturday afternoon was spent allowing our granddaughter to shop New York City style, and purchasing tickets for our show on Saturday evening at the TKTS booth (great seats at a great price). It was an easy 2-3 block walk from the hotel to the port. We arrived at the port on Sunday morning around 10:45 and dropped our bags with the porter. We were sent inside the terminal, and not seeing The Haven check-in area we asked where it was located. We were instructed to “go this way” pointing to the regular check-in line. We had to reiterate that we were booked in The Haven. Finally we were shown the appropriate direction to go. Check-in was quick and we barely had time to grab some juice and coffee, and our concierge was there to escort us to The Haven lounge for a briefing. We then could choose to dine in The Haven restaurant, La Cucina, or Margaritaville while awaiting our stateroom being readied. Our cabin was ready a little before 1pm, and by then luggage was already beginning to arrive. Choir of Man show showcased some very good talent. After Midnight, a jazz show was very good. Uptown, a complimentary dinner show was also very good. The dinner served was a “no choice” meal of a nice mixed green salad, tasty beef tenderloin with chimichuri sauce, and over cooked rice. Mexican chocolate cake was the dessert, not worth the calories. Breakfast every day in The Haven was always great. An expansive buffet of ready to eat items while waiting for your cooked order was perfect-fruit, yogurt, meats, pastries and rolls. Fresh squeezed juices (added cost) and French press coffee were available also. Dinners in The Haven were also good with meat and seafood dishes, and even a vegetarian option. The menu remained the same for each meal. The specialty restaurants all were good options. We enjoyed Cagney’s, a great steakhouse, Moderno, a good salad bar and more varieties and amounts of meat than anyone can eat, and Le Bistro, a typical French restaurant. We used our included dining package to visit the specialty restaurants, so the only added cost for us was an added tip. As Haven guests, we were afforded priority embarkation, disembarkation, tendering at Great Stirrup Cay, and a select seating area in the theater. Our concierge, David was excellent. He deftly managed all of our last minute show and dinner reservations and was our escort to all shows and was an ever-present friendly face whenever we visited The Haven lounge. Our butler, Jefferson was awesome. He managed our in-cabin dining and pretty much delivered anything we asked for. Jefferson was responsible for bringing snacks every afternoon, and kept wondering what we would like. We finally had him bring banana cake and chocolate covered strawberries. In addition, he always brought a couple of other “surprise” snacks too. Our shore excursion in Port Canaveral was the Kennedy Space Center. We had taken this tour approximately 35 years ago. We were a little disappointed because the time allowed for this excursion was not nearly long enough for an in-depth educational experience. We had never been to NCL’s private island and as I understand, it is a frequent “miss” due to weather conditions. It is a fairly crowded beach day, with no separate area for Haven Guests. We spent about 2 hours there, then returned to the ship. There was a bbq lunch served on the island that we didn’t try as we had 5pm dinner reservations. The Nassau stop allowed us to take the water taxi to Paradise Island for our newly turned 18 year old’s visit to the casino. For $8 round-trip, we took the 20 minute ride to Paradise Island. Be advised you will have to wait for the water taxi to completely fill before departing both ways,so plan on some additional time when returning to the ship. There is a short approximately 5 block walk to reach the Atlantis casino from the water taxi arrival point. There are some high end specialty shops along the walk and more once you arrive to the Atlantis. Also you will find a Starbucks and Ben and Jerry’s along the walk. Know that all shops along the way are cashless, only accepting credit or debit cards. Disembarkation following our return to New York went smoothly. The Escape was the only ship in port on our return. As Haven guests, we were afforded priority disembarkation and were escorted off the ship by our concierge. The sea of luggage made it look impossible to find our bags, however there were people there asking what color luggage tags and pointing people in the right direction. The crowds were well controlled and passing through customs went very smoothly. From the time our key cards were scanned out, to exiting customs only 15-20 minutes had passed. There was a sea of taxis across the street waiting to ferry passengers. We were approached by an individual offering to take us to the airport for $65. We finally settled on $60, and were quickly delivered to LaGuardia. We would have required two taxis but fit the four of us and all of our luggage comfortably in his SUV, saving us some cash. We enjoyed his banter along our trip to the airport, and saw some different views of New York. We enjoyed this entire trip immensely and would definitely return and recommend it to others. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My boyfriend and went on the cruise over spring break. This cruise was awesome! They had a lot of complementary food options including a buffet, 3 restaurants, and a bar and grill. You got to choose when you wanted to each instead of being ... Read More
My boyfriend and went on the cruise over spring break. This cruise was awesome! They had a lot of complementary food options including a buffet, 3 restaurants, and a bar and grill. You got to choose when you wanted to each instead of being assigned a time, which was nice so you could go to as many activities that you wanted. The servers were hard to understand at times but the crew diversity is really cool. The bartenders were fairly polite and they even began to remember your name and orders. The water was too rough to dock at Great Stirrup Cay so we had to skip it but we got to spend 2 days at Nassau instead so that was cool. The entertainment was amazing! We went to dueling pianos 3 out of the 4 days they performed. Choir of man was super fun and completely different than any show I have ever seen. The beverage package is a must because beers are around $8 and cocktail averaged about $11 per drink. Overall, it was my first cruise and loved it! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We got home on Sunday and had a wonderful trip! I can confirm first hand that the rumours are true. The Escape is a beautiful ship with a warm and friendly staff. We had one dud server, but instead of dwelling on it, we filled out many ... Read More
We got home on Sunday and had a wonderful trip! I can confirm first hand that the rumours are true. The Escape is a beautiful ship with a warm and friendly staff. We had one dud server, but instead of dwelling on it, we filled out many hero cards about the great ones. The good vibes started when we got word the Thursday before that our bid for an upgrade was accepted. We went from family balcony to mini-suite. I got the spa pass for the last 3 days of the trip and spent many hours on the heated tile beds. Ahhhhhhh..... The food was the best I have had in 12 years of cruising (mostly NCL and MSC). We rarely hit the buffet because my hubby has a mobility issue, but Taste, Savor and especially the Manhattan dining rooms were wonderful experiences. We often got 2 appetizers each and if we were too full for dessert, hit the midnight buffet for a "sweetie" before turning in. My 16 year old took a few days to warm up to the Entourage program, but we hardly saw him the last 3 days of the cruise. As far as accommodating my hubby's mobility issue (CP), the access desk made very few promises, but delivered on them in spades! Boarding and disembarking were smooth as silk with wheelchair service and priority boarding. Remind me to take him with me EVERYtime I travel to bypass the long lines. :) Hubby was very happy to remain on the ship while my son and I took in the ports. No Great Stirrup Cay this trip, and the buzz on the ship is that the stop is more miss than hit at this time of year. NCL returned $32 in port fees pp which almost covered my spa pass. The greatest testament came from my son and hubby who are both first timers. Both want to know when we are going to do it again. Literally again. Same ship. Same itinerary. What nubes! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My 9 year-old son and I travelled on the Escape from New York to Nassau on march 2019. We were just the 2 of us for a week full of activities and adventures... Did not go as expected. FYI, it costed us 2300$ for the cruise and an extra ... Read More
My 9 year-old son and I travelled on the Escape from New York to Nassau on march 2019. We were just the 2 of us for a week full of activities and adventures... Did not go as expected. FYI, it costed us 2300$ for the cruise and an extra 1000$ for all other fee, and I did not have a drop of alcohol or eat in a restaurant. (extra is for parking in NY pier, Shore excursions - kennedy space center and blue lagoon island- bingo, and souvenirs - 2 stuffed animals) First we had a live remake of the Titanic on our first night. Our ship was tilted on a 25 degree angle for 15 minutes. People screaming and running, injured passengers and everything in our stateroom was on the floor (glasses, bottles...) The other nights it was better, but still it was rocking A LOT and furnitures on the balcony kept on shifting and making a lot of noise (preventing us from sleeping). Then the ship was OVERBOOKED. It was our spring break, so we were expecting a lot of kids and people everywhere, and we were perfectly fine with it. But when you have a ship family-oriented of a capacity of more thant 4500 passengers, and there is 1 pool for kids with a capacity of 43.... What about waiting in line for 1 hour to get in a pool? Awful. Same thing with the waterslides, ping pong, bocce ball, mini golf, rope course... We had to wait for every activity, every day. An overbooked ship means a lot of people to feed as well. 15-20 minutes of running around at the buffet to get a table. And we were just 2! Can't imagine the family of 5-6 people trying to get seated. Same thing for a la carte restaurant, 30-45 minutes waiting to get in. Food was excellent though and service very good. Being on our first cruise, we had a balcony stateroom and very happy about it. Super clean and confortable, nothing to say. Except for the sound insulation... I mean we could hear the neighbours talk. So that prevented us from sleeping, again. Did not sleep a lot that week, I got home more tired than I was before leaving for the cruise. Because of the temperature we did not stop at Great Stirrup Cay, and we ended up spending a day and a half in Nassau instead. Port Canaveral and Nassau were great, nothing wrong with that. Easy to get off and on the ship. Entertainment.... honestly, almost everything cost money. My son wanted to play bingo. It was written that there was a fee, but I was fine with it, until I discovered that it costed 39USD to play 3 games of bingo. I mean WHAT??? Did not last an hour... and of course nobody won the jackpot. This is theft honestly. Then if you want to play other games, you still need to pay. There was a theater but no movie for children at all. And shows were not kid-oriented neither. It is not a disney cruise, but when you have a ship with waterslides, we expect to have at least a little more for kids during the day and early evening. Honestly I think that it was not price-worthy at all. We had the fear of our lives and could not enjoy all the activities and amenities on the ship because of the crowd. I do not recommend sailing with NCL on spring break at all. 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
Let me start by saying I love to travel, especially to Caribbean islands. I particularly love vacations filled with nature, adventure and exploring new places. I've traveled quite a bit over the years, so I know that a big part of ... Read More
Let me start by saying I love to travel, especially to Caribbean islands. I particularly love vacations filled with nature, adventure and exploring new places. I've traveled quite a bit over the years, so I know that a big part of traveling is keeping things in stride and going with the flow. With this cruise vacation, however, my patience was tested even before getting on the ship. First the long line to drop off luggage, then the REALLY long line to go through security, then the line to check in, and finish that off with a line to get your picture taken and pretend you're having fun while still bundled in winter coats. Once on the boat my main complaints how smokey it is. The design of the ship is just terrible. They put the casino (where they allow smoking) in an open area around a 3-level atrium. And on these 3 levels are most things you'd want to enjoy on the ship--restaurants, comedy club, lounges, shopping, theatre, etc. The smoke is not contained at all, but wafts throughout these 3 floors. Complaint #2: The Garden Cafe. The very first morning of our cruise we went down to breakfast at 10:15 am (an unusually busy time, maybe?) and I just wanted to cry. The place was packed. The three of us waited a long time to get our food, but then walked around and around the place and could not find a place to sit. I was prepared to eat standing up, but then couldn't find any utensils to eat with (I later learned they're kept on the tables). People without any food were saving tables all over--a problem we also experienced with pool chairs, seating in the lounges, the theatre, you name it. This was one crowded ship. Another thing...I was thinking such a big cruise ship would have plenty of variety and I would be able to find enough things to eat. I normally eat a diet of mainly vegetables with a little meat. At breakfast there was not a vegetable to be found, unless you count the tablespoon of spinach in my omelet. It was pretty much a buffet of meat and sugar. On the positive side, the entertainment was really nice. "After Midnight" was absolutely awesome! Wow, what talent. I left wanting to see what else those performers might be able to do. "The Brat Pack" was OK. The staff talent show at the end was cute. The comedians were on board were great--Spencer James and Flip Shultz, as was Ben Nemzer, the magician/comedian. The Adele tribute artist (Chelsea something) was great. One suggestion for Norwegian: quit shining those strobe lights into the eyes of audience members! It happened at every show we saw in the theater. The overall vibe of the ship just wasn't for me. Maybe it was because this cruise spanned over New Year's, but there were so many drunk people everywhere. Surprising, since it seems it would be awfully expensive to get drunk on that ship! Also, I felt nickel-and-dimed. Extra $ for internet service, extra to use a Norwegian app that lets you text others on the ship while out at sea, extra for some of the entertainment and restaurants, $6 for a bottle of water from the bar, and so on. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This cruise experience was absolutely amazing. We had a very good time. The food was tremendous at every single complimentary restaurant. The buffet had so many different options. The shows offered were also very entertaining and well put ... Read More
This cruise experience was absolutely amazing. We had a very good time. The food was tremendous at every single complimentary restaurant. The buffet had so many different options. The shows offered were also very entertaining and well put together. The crew on board was so outgoing and fun. They all made this first time experience far better. Shout out to the washy-washy guy. I didn’t meet a single staff member that was rude or lazy. The activities onboard such as the water slides were thrilling and fun for the whole family. The private island Norwegian has is also very relaxing and beautiful. The cruise is for people of all ages. Seniors, couples, large families, new borns. The cabin was very modern and had a beautiful view through the balcony. It was a bit small like you would expect but it was still really nice. Overall we had an amazing experience with NCL and definetly look forward to sailing with them again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
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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