Sail Date: April 2018
Brother told us we would really enjoy it (he had been on NCL cruises already) & we decided to give it a try. Well, we loved it. We had so much fun ! The food was fantastic & this ship is beautiful. Day 1 was chaotic because ... Read More
Brother told us we would really enjoy it (he had been on NCL cruises already) & we decided to give it a try. Well, we loved it. We had so much fun ! The food was fantastic & this ship is beautiful. Day 1 was chaotic because we had to stand on line for four hours before finally getting on the ship. But once we got on the ship, it was great ! The ship is beautiful. The bars & shows were terrific & the staff was so nice everywhere we ate & drank. The service was outstanding. Our cabin was very nice & everything was so clean. Bermuda is so pretty. Disembarkation went smoothly when we got back to NY, not like the way it went on the day we left NY. We went to the Karaoke Bar almost everynight, it was so much fun & the DJ's in the bars played great dancing music. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
I booked with Norwegian Escape ship which is just 3 years old. Brand new and very upgraded with hitech systems and touchscreens on the walls that you can choose and schedule your day with activities and shows. Also they have a very ... Read More
I booked with Norwegian Escape ship which is just 3 years old. Brand new and very upgraded with hitech systems and touchscreens on the walls that you can choose and schedule your day with activities and shows. Also they have a very convenient app that you can download on phone and watch what's going on on ship every moment as well as keep in track charges on your account. All the ship is considered very luxurious and clean. Activities for everyone and amazing food. In general very good vey for money. The stuff very friendly, you almost feel like they 're your family. I definitely recommend this cruise to everyone!!! Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
Last year cruised on the Gem out of New York and had a great cruise. Almost every night there was some kind of dance party going on in the spinnaker lounge, a big lounge with a large dance floor in the forward part of the ship. There is ... Read More
Last year cruised on the Gem out of New York and had a great cruise. Almost every night there was some kind of dance party going on in the spinnaker lounge, a big lounge with a large dance floor in the forward part of the ship. There is no such area on the Escape, in forward part of ship just have haven rooms. On Gem every morning had a free Zumba like wake up to day at the pool area, where there was actually room for quite a few people near stage area, which was run by cruise director staff. No such area or program on Escape. There is the h2o outdoor area that had a few things scheduled, but when the weather didn't cooperate there was no indoor area to fall back on. The shows in the theater were very good, but two of the shows were done for 5 nights. Not very happy with the idea of having to pay for other shows and higher quality meals. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
We have tried to visit Bermuda previously but because of the weather our cruises were diverted, so this was 3rd time lucky. We decided to take advantage of cruising out of New York to add a long awaited trip prior to our cruise. We flew ... Read More
We have tried to visit Bermuda previously but because of the weather our cruises were diverted, so this was 3rd time lucky. We decided to take advantage of cruising out of New York to add a long awaited trip prior to our cruise. We flew into Toronto for 2 nights to explore this wonderful city, we then took the Via Rail to Niagara and stayed for 2 nights here. The falls were magnificent the City pretty dismal. We then flew from Buffalo to New York where we again stayed for 2 nights, taking in the sights and a show called Escape to Margaritaville. We were only a few blocks from the port so took a stroll down to check in. We could not find the 18 storey ship, after a bit of a search we discovered that it was delayed, never understood why, especially since the ship had no passengers coming to NY. There was a mass of people everywhere, it was suggested we return in 2 hours, since our cases where taken from us, we were able to find a nice bar in the sun. We returned to the ship a couple of times and eventually we checked in. We stayed in the Haven, our cabin on deck 14 was fabulous, the haven started on deck 17 and was as beautiful as ever, we would have our breakfast either in the Haven by the pool or the Haven restaurant, lunch, if we managed it, in the Haven restaurant and dinner either in the Haven or in one of the speciality restaurants. The Haven restaurant was tranquil, service perfect the menu varied but the same all week but food very good. Cagneys steakhouse was crazy busy but after a 40 minutes after our booked time we sat to wonderful service and great steaks. La Cucina and La Bistro restaurants were both very comfortable and food excellent. We didn't try the other restaurants on this trip or the buffet. The pool deck was wonderful but like all other areas of this ship very crowded. There are some really great water slides and a huge adventure ropes course for the young and adventurous. The shows were top notch, entertainment overall brilliant, comedians brilliant but didn't vary their set much, or at all. Our favourite bar was the District Brew House particularly because of the crazy pianist Beau Tahana. We finished our evenings in the casino, all staff fab, and as a bonus we actually ended up not in minus. The skyline bar was just off the casino, it was great to see and hear the dancing and energy rather than being tucked away behind doors where it would not have been so well attended. The weather wasn't the best so we weren't able to take advantage of the wonderful boardwalks. We love the bigger ships, the dining options, entertainment variety of things to do are vastly increased but the trade off is the crowds all wanting to see the comedians, duelling pianos, restaurants or anything else, can make it a little overwhelming this is where the Haven lives up to its name. The cruise was for 7 nights, to Bermuda and back, so a good few sea days, which I have to admit I now actually look forward to. We docked at the Royal Navy Dockyards in Bermuda, quite a nice area on its own. A neat little beach, dolphin show, restaurants, museum and shops. Regular free NCL ferry to St Georges, watch the timings, and regular ferries and buses to Hamilton and local pink sand beaches. Disembarkation was well organized. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
Our first cruise . So disappointed in the entire experience. We waited four hours at the NYC terminal, three of which was standing outside in the cold. Not sure what happened at the dock as there was no explanation and no apology for this ... Read More
Our first cruise . So disappointed in the entire experience. We waited four hours at the NYC terminal, three of which was standing outside in the cold. Not sure what happened at the dock as there was no explanation and no apology for this unacceptable inconvenience. The worst part was seeing the hundreds of senior citizens standing for hours, with no attempt from anyone from the cruise ship making accommodations for them. Pitiful! The most amazing part was no one in line seemed at all angry about the situation. They were completely complacent, calm and for the most part jovial. Eager to get on board and start their adventure, even if it meant killing 240 minutes of their precious vacation time. When we finally got on board it was a frenzied race to get to a bar and get a drink. Every bar onboard was over packed with people, we couldn’t get close to a drink of water let alone alcohol. The ship should have served champagne in glasses as we boarded after putting us through that ridiculous ordeal. We waited 4 hours but there were people behind us that surely waited at least five hours. The ship is very crowded 4900 passengers, which means if you want to do something on board like eat, or see a show you have to make reservations immediately! We didn’t have a chance to eat at any decent hour or partake in a number of activities (There weren’t that many we were interested in) as everything booked up quickly. The activities they have on board are basically organized for you to purchase something from the art auction, or the onboard shopping (a joke) or at the spa. There were no intellectually stimulating activities except a program called 30,000 years of art history. It was interesting but it was merely a ploy to get you to buy the sofa art on display in the middle of the thoroughfare. If you are not a smoker do not go on this ship! They say there is no smoking onboard except in a designated area in the casino. Well the casino is in the open three floor atria area where many of the high end dining restaurants are. The smoke just wafts down to the non smoking area and it ruined that entire area of the ship. We had dinner at Le Bistro and was unpleasantly surrounded with cigarette smoke as we were sat at the outside tables. The food is generally ok. We did have two nice meals at the Italian restaurant but Le Bistro was a great disappointment. Breakfasts were the best meals of the day. We ate at all of the Complimentary restaurants at one time or another and the food was not bad given the nature of the high capacity feeding that goes on throughout the day. I commend them on their ability to be consistent and to deliver meals very efficiently. Which leads me to the staff. What wonderful hardworking, friendly people. They really did go out of their way for everyone. We left cash tips everywhere we dined and drank. The best spot on the boat hands down was the District.! Except for that first day it was the least crowded of all of the bars. Loved the atmosphere and the entertainment. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
This is my 10th cruise - my 8th Norwegian sailing and my 2nd Norwegian Escape sailing! I guess you could say I’m passionate about cruising and especially with Norwegian Cruise Line. I live in Montana so always need to fly to my ... Read More
This is my 10th cruise - my 8th Norwegian sailing and my 2nd Norwegian Escape sailing! I guess you could say I’m passionate about cruising and especially with Norwegian Cruise Line. I live in Montana so always need to fly to my embarkation port to sail. New York City is the least expensive along with Seattle … however, I’m a warm water, sunshine and sand type of cruiser so I most often go out of New York City. This was no exception. I most always fly into Newark Liberty International Airport because it is the easiest and most often the least expensive to fly into and arrange for travel into Manhattan for either accommodations and/or arrival at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. This trip, I chose to stay at the Newark Courtyard Downtown! They have a “FREE” airport shuttle and the service was exceptional. It also includes a little Bistro for dining and drinks and was very reasonably priced and delicious. I did not venture out of the hotel as I was ready to call it a day after settling in. I took an Uber to the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on Sunday around 12:30 pm and the cost was around $42 (not too bad). It was the first time for the Norwegian Escape to arrive in the Manhattan Cruise Terminal and for whatever reason, it was late checking in passengers. I was fine with it, but as you can imagine, several hundreds/thousands of people were not happy. It didn’t dampen my cruise at all. The cruise line did credit all of our accounts $23 which could have been used towards gratuities or purchases and though I didn’t ask Guest Services, I believe they were being generous and compensating for our inconvenience. I thought this was very nice. Many people wanted more because they were a bit inconvenienced. I think this is why I’m passionate about travel - I truly know how to go with the flow. Once through security and checked in with key card in hand, I was able to directly board the ship. And, they were ready for us! I was able to go straight to my cabin which was a solo “studio” cabin designed specifically for solo travelers. Upon arrival I received a bottle of champagne, as I’m a Lattitudes Member (repeat cruiser), and a complimentary bottle of water. I will tell you that throughout the cruise I received a total of five different deliveries of either exquisitely decorated chocolate covered strawberries and/or pleasurable and beautifully designed chocolates. They just kept coming. This was truly a lovely and heartfelt touch. A huge shout out to the Hotel Director, Deepak Punia; our Solo Host, Aris Milicevic; Recreational Supervisor, Jing Perucho; Assistant Financial Account, Emmanuel Mugariri for the beautiful gesture of chocolates and chocolate covered strawberries - thank you, truly, from the bottom of my heart! Another BIG SHOUT OUT to Prejith Sukamaran, Executive Chef, for the tasty food and awesome presentation at every meal! WOW! Unsurpassed food and service on this cruise! I had the awesome opportunity to meet Prejith at the Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle and he truly goes above and beyond ensuring the food in every venue is palatable and beautifully presented! Thank you, Prejith! And, a HUGE SHOUT OUT to the Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle Gathering! It was above and beyond my expectations! I had the opportunity to meet so many passionate cruisers and staff!!! Thank YOU! Because I am a solo traveler most often, I chose to join the Solo Travelers Group Gatherings, hosted by Aris Milicevic, who was so warm and welcoming to all of us. Throughout the cruise our group continued to grow and grow. As a group, he arranged our dining, entertainment and made the cruise so much FUN! Thank you, Aris, for all you are and all you do! I also decided to take a painting class on this cruise with Vo, and it was so much FUN! Thank you, Vo, for bringing out the artist within! Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos was incredible as well as the comedy acts at Headliners! This is the first time I’ve enjoyed these two venues on a cruise and I will not miss these venues again! I laughed until I had tears running down my cheeks! FABULOUS! The Broadway Entertainment was impeccable!!!! I had the opportunity to enjoy the amazing “After Midnight” and “For The Record: The Brat Pack” musicals! Oh My Goodness - a MUST SEE for anyone who loves music, dancing and drama! And, I decided to place myself in a performing position when I entered the “Dance Clash” … a Norwegian Cruise Line alternative to “Dancing with the Stars”. I was selected and given an amazing dance partner from the activities team! Guess what? We WON! I was shocked! And, oh did we have FUN!!! Honestly, he was an amazing dance partner! And, it’s really all about having fun and being a little wild and crazy while dancing! It truly was a highlight on my cruise. It’s kinda funny because people came up to me every day after that event to say they clapped and shouted for me and thought I did GREAT! I became a celebrity overnight! Haha! We spent about three days in Bermuda and I choose to bring my own snorkel gear (new fins and mask) and walked to Snorkel Park and played in the water. It’s a $5 entry fee to the park and $10 for the chair. The temperature was about 72 degrees and it was very windy and the water was a bit cool and I still had a BLAST! The following day I took a free ferry provided by Norwegian to St. George and spent a little time in St. George. The ferry ride was beautiful and St. George is a darling place - so quaint! I didn’t do any paid excursions this cruise and most likely will on my next cruise to Bermuda. Disembarkation was a breeze as usual after enjoying a really lovely breakfast at Savor. Another solo traveler and I shared an Uber to Newark Liberty International Airport which ended up only costing $33 each and that was great! Lots of time to spare before flying back home! Thank you, Cruise Critic, for this wonderful venue, for the awesome roll call for this particular cruise, and for the truly enjoyable Meet and Mingle for our roll call! You're the BEST!!! Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
Our 12th cruise with NCL and they did not disappoint! My husband and I went on the beautiful Escape out of New York to Bermuda. Embarkation was poor and unusually delayed due the ship being late; we are Platinum and our typical embarkation ... Read More
Our 12th cruise with NCL and they did not disappoint! My husband and I went on the beautiful Escape out of New York to Bermuda. Embarkation was poor and unusually delayed due the ship being late; we are Platinum and our typical embarkation time from arrival time on the pier to our cabin is 20 minutes. Once we were on the ship, everything was great-Service, the entertainment, our cabin. Our cabin attendant, Christian, couldn't do enough for us. Meals were delicious; if you can't find something to eat on this ship, there is something wrong with you! So many choices whether it was the Garden Café, the Specialty Dining (La Cucina (we ate there twice-absolutely delicious and fantastic service; Le Bistro-again delicious and very good service); O'Sheehan's-always open and good for a midnight snack after a show. The entertainment was terrific-"For the Record;" "After Midnight;" shows in the Atrium and the Escape's version of Dancing with the Stars was absolutely hysterical and so entertaining! Disembarkation was very smooth and much more enjoyable than embarkation. A lot of the crew said good-bye to everyone as we left the ship-nice touch!! We've already booked another cruise with friends on NCL in October and can't wait! Read Less
Norwegian Escape Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Service 3.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0

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