Sail Date: October 2018
I wanted to sail on one of the new big ships and the Escape fit this bill. With outside dining and beautifully designed rooms it was wonderful. The food is a big improvement over some of the smaller ships. This trip went to Bermuda and ... Read More
I wanted to sail on one of the new big ships and the Escape fit this bill. With outside dining and beautifully designed rooms it was wonderful. The food is a big improvement over some of the smaller ships. This trip went to Bermuda and we were there for parts of three days. So it was a more restful itinerary than others where you are in a different port every day. Bermuda was beautiful with pink sand beaches and lovely people. No hustle no hassle compared to some Caribbean Islands. You can rent scooters and travel the island. St Georges is a UNESCO site and is a charming seaside village that you can walk around and see forts and visit lovely beaches. The weather rained a little but cleared up most of the time. I would visit Bermuda again and spend more time. Hats off to NCL for a great ship and a wonderful itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Ive sailed with NCL 6 times, and I was somewhat disappointed in this cruise. The food was really lacking in taste and temperature in the specialty restaurants, buffet and O'Sheehans. Main dining rooms were good with the exception ... Read More
Ive sailed with NCL 6 times, and I was somewhat disappointed in this cruise. The food was really lacking in taste and temperature in the specialty restaurants, buffet and O'Sheehans. Main dining rooms were good with the exception of the uncomfortable chairs in Taste and Saver. The Choir of Man MEAL was down right awful and am disappointed I attended. The vegetables were not even cooked. Beef was terrible and so was dessert. The show however, was pretty good. Service was top notch throughout the cruise but it does not reverse or outweigh the negatives. The magic show in the theater was ok, I have seen better and worse fly on entertainment on NCL. The magic show was ok in the Supper Club, the meal was great however. La Cucina was nice even though I do prefer the old menu from a few week ago. Margaritaville, while great was costly for lunch. Smoking next to the pool on the top deck, not behind a barrier was uncalled for. I couldn't even walk past there or use the jogging track. What I was most disappointed in however was the maintenance of the ship. For being 3 years old, it did not hold up well at all. Menus covered in pen marks, lounge chairs falling apart, flooring worn out and cut up on the stairs (starboard side, near an upper deck) really took away from the experience. I was on the Getaway in September and that ship has faired far better. Like I said, overall the cruise was good but I'm glad this was my 4th NCL cruise of the year- this cruise would have left a lot to be desired. I will be back but I hope the quality of food improves and ships are maintained a little bit better. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
This is my 4th time sailing with Norwegian, this is by far the prettiest boat I’ve been on. I went with my husband it was our first time traveling to Bermuda. Our cabin was gorgeous and bigger than i expected we booked an ocean view in ... Read More
This is my 4th time sailing with Norwegian, this is by far the prettiest boat I’ve been on. I went with my husband it was our first time traveling to Bermuda. Our cabin was gorgeous and bigger than i expected we booked an ocean view in the 5th floor, we had lots of space for us two even got a separate little livin room area with a sofa and 2nd tv! Plenty of restaurants and things to do on the boat if your okay with paying extra which kinda sucks. We skipped out on a few activities due to all the extra costs. Many shows are reservations only so I suggest reserving shows and dinner in advance online to save yourself time and the possibility of shows being full which they do. Tip plan your days as soon as you get the freestyle, many events overlap so pick what you really want to do and set your timers to avoid disappointment. Really big boat lots of people things get full quick. Unfortunately this trip was cut short and we arrived to Bermuda at 6pm instead of the usual 8am which really messed up some plans, and only gave us one full day of exploring. Bermuda is gorgeous, though it was windy and rained on a off, the sun peaked out every so often. Horseshoe bay is definitely a must see just don’t book through Norwegian take the 7 dollar mini bus right at the end of the pier. Made the mistake of paying 90 with Norwegian for 2 hrs at the beach than 14 roundtrip for however long i wanted. The Bermuda Triangle Cruise was lots of fun also. If you walk up the pier past the bone fish bar there’s an little spot with benches and free WiFi. Number one thing on this boat is The staff. They are amazing I have never had as many friendly and welcoming staff on a boat. Savor dinning room is a must ask to be seated with Santiago he is the funniest most caring guy you’ll meet. He treated us and all his guest like family. Really took care of us and went above and beyond. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We went on this cruise as a big group of 16 — each couple had their own room. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly — the crew seemed to have everything figured out there. The rooms were great — bigger and nicer than ... Read More
We went on this cruise as a big group of 16 — each couple had their own room. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly — the crew seemed to have everything figured out there. The rooms were great — bigger and nicer than the Princess ship we had been on the year before, and the air conditioning worked well. The bathroom was pretty spacious as well. The ship itself was beautiful and well kept up. The entertainment was so-so, there were a decent amount of choices, but things got booked up so fast that we weren’t able to see a couple shows that we were hoping to. We loved the slides and zip line area, and my one year old LOVED the kid zip line area, so we did that every day. We also enjoyed the Bocce area, ball court, and mini-golf. The food was my big problem. It was not very good, and didn’t have very much variety. The Princess ship had AMAZING food, and each restaurant had different options. On the Norwegian Escape, most of the restaurants had the same menus as each other every night, and the buffet food was just meh. Then on the day we got to Bermuda, I got food poisoning from one of the restaurants the night before (Shrimp Alfredo is what did it, I believe), and I was not able to leave my room for an entire day — therefore I missed out on an entire day on Bermuda. Luckily and unluckily I was able to send my husband and toddler on the island to enjoy themselves. I proceeded to sleep/throw up/ etc all day, and when my husband got back that night, we went to the cruise desk and reported my sickness. In hindsight, we should have reported it earlier, but I did not think about it. But since we hadn’t reported it earlier, they didn’t believe us. They said that they could investigate it with the Dr, but by that point, a lot of my symptoms had gone. I just thought that I’d have to pay the ridiculous dr fee if we called, so that’s why we didn’t earlier. The maid for our room was very friendly and helpful, and the service staff at the help desk was friendly, just not overly helpful. We did have a couple other issues, like an unexplained charge on our account and the texting on-board app not working, and they refunded us our money for both. Unfortunately the food poisoning experience left a sour taste in my mouth (literally also), and I will not be going on another Norwegian Cruise because of it. It’s not worth it to me to be sick and miss out on half of the island days. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Took this cruise with relatives visiting from abroad. Stayed in 2 bdrm haven suite. Everything with haven was good except the disembarking upon return which needed some direction from crew. The food & service in the haven was much ... Read More
Took this cruise with relatives visiting from abroad. Stayed in 2 bdrm haven suite. Everything with haven was good except the disembarking upon return which needed some direction from crew. The food & service in the haven was much better than the rest of the ship including the specialty restaurants, we went to 4, were all not very good. Service in all other places out of haven was below average. I recall at least a handful of instances that staff was outright rude instead if accommodating. Shows were also not good, so bad that many people left. I've been on princess, royal carribean, and Holland America cruises. Beyond the haven, this felt inferior in every way. I'm hoping the other lines offer something like haven because I would definitely pay the extra. Just would like other better dining options, a couple of good shows and staff in the general area to be not rude!!! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Norwegian Escape looked a little dated inside of the room but ultimately the ship was great! My husband I and decided to explore on our own this time instead of doing excursions and it was so relaxing. I was a little worried since ... Read More
Norwegian Escape looked a little dated inside of the room but ultimately the ship was great! My husband I and decided to explore on our own this time instead of doing excursions and it was so relaxing. I was a little worried since this was our second time to Bermuda but fourth time cruising with Norwegian. But if you have somewhat of an idea before hand, then exploration will take up your whole day in a good way. Great food, great party people, and just an all around great atmosphere. This was a really awesome trip. The service on board was pretty great (of course when you have the beverage package bartenders start remembering your names). The music/live entertainment at the Skyline Bar next to the casino was great! The live entertainment in the atrium was great! The crowd participation was great! I am definitely looking forward to the next one. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
The ship was ENORMOUS with a HUGE variety of activities to choose from each and every day whether at sea, or in port. The entire staff was MORE than accommodating and super helpful! Our balcony cabin was quite spacious for us 2 ... Read More
The ship was ENORMOUS with a HUGE variety of activities to choose from each and every day whether at sea, or in port. The entire staff was MORE than accommodating and super helpful! Our balcony cabin was quite spacious for us 2 throughout the entire trip. Our room steward Casanito was on top of his game and we NEVER had to ask for our room to be made up. He was always one step ahead and always provided us whatever we needed when asked. He, as well as ALL of the staff were FILLED with knowledge and tips as to what we 'MUST SEE & DO' both onboard and in port! ALL of the shows were beyond amazing, but the 2 that left a lasting impression were, Choir of Man, and Off The Record. Choir of Man, was DEFINITELY a Broadway level show, with the music, and interaction with the crowd! Well worth the money to me! Off The Record was just as good as I am an 80's baby, ALL of the music and flashbacks to the movies that i grew up with were right up my alley and we loved EVERY MINUTE OF IT! The incredible variety of dining choices on board surely fulfilled the palate of each member of my 40 person group that traveled together. We never left hungry and were very excited to grab a midnight snack from the buffet each night! This was our first cruise ever and to visit one island (Bermuda) for 3 days, was absolutely lovely. It was the perfect amount of time to explore the island and not be bored! Above all else, my boyfriend of 6 years, proposed to me in front of out friends at dinner at Teppanyaki on 10/1/18!! It was absolutely a DREAM COME TRUE!! I couldn't have asked for a more perfect proposal and the many congratulations/well wishes we received from the crew and staff onboard The Norwegian Escape! We can't wait to start saving and to plan for our next cruise!! Thank you to every memeber of the team that made our first cruise experience, quite an unforgettable trip that we still reminisce about on a weekly basis!! WE LOVE NORWEGIAN!! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
My best friend and I booked this cruise super last minute. We toyed with the idea of going on a cruise for sometime, however, hadn't actually booked anything till maybe a month before our embarkation date. As a first time cruiser- I ... Read More
My best friend and I booked this cruise super last minute. We toyed with the idea of going on a cruise for sometime, however, hadn't actually booked anything till maybe a month before our embarkation date. As a first time cruiser- I had my hesitations, not going to lie! I was afraid of being sea sick and stuck on a boat with thousands of people and kids and norovirus! Now looking back, I cannot believe I questioned going on a cruise at all! Overall, this was truly an epic trip. I cannot wait to cruise again on the Escape for Halloween 2019! Dining- I did not get the specialty dining package- somewhat of a regret, however the dining that is included is perfectly adequate for the average person. My favorite dessert was the honey creme brûlée at Savor. The molten lava cake was also a hit. Service- Exceptional! From our steward to the entire crew, we experienced excellent service. Everyone went out of their way to make this trip a great experience. Special shout out to Mandi our cruise director! Entertainment- Loved the nightly themed parties. Loved Mandi the cruise director. Loved the shows. Take me back! Shore excursions- Only did the cave/aquarium/zoo excursion- but it was definitely worth it. Our tour guide driving to the caves was resourceful, and our tour guide at the excursion itself was a riot. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Embarkation - I live in Manhattan, and within walking distance on the cruise terminal. I left my apartment at 11:30am and was on the ship by 12:30pm. The staterooms were ready at 1:30pm. Cruise - Thanks to Angie (Gigi1068) for ... Read More
Embarkation - I live in Manhattan, and within walking distance on the cruise terminal. I left my apartment at 11:30am and was on the ship by 12:30pm. The staterooms were ready at 1:30pm. Cruise - Thanks to Angie (Gigi1068) for organizing the Meet & Mingle! She is so lovely and the M&M was such a fun time! I also really enjoyed the Slot Pull afterwards! Cruise Director, Mandy Jones, was EVERYTHING! I absolutely love her! Seriously, I can’t imagine the cruise without her. The staff on this ship is exemplary! Everyone is so friendly! Le Bistro, La Cucina, Teppanyaki and Manhattan Room were the highlights of my dining experiences. Although, I did enjoy the Garden Café & O’Sheehan’s many times as well. The UBP is fantastic! Bermuda is gorgeous! I took a shuttle to Horseshoe Bay, toured the National Museum of Bermuda, and swam with the dolphins at Dolphin Quest! I met so many wonderful people on the cruise everywhere I went. I can’t wait to cruise again! In fact, I’ll be back on the Escape in March. Disembarkation - I chose to self-assist. It was so easy and I was off the ship very quickly. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
NCL provided a very positive experiences. Food was excellent & service was impeccable. Professional & friendly staff made it an excellent choice. We had a balcony cabin and we found it provided plenty of room for two people. ... Read More
NCL provided a very positive experiences. Food was excellent & service was impeccable. Professional & friendly staff made it an excellent choice. We had a balcony cabin and we found it provided plenty of room for two people. There was a variety of entertainment & plenty of activities to do. We loved the layout of the ship. We didn't do any specialty restaurants because the buffets and the Manhattan provided everything we were hoping for. We love Bermuda hence the Escape provided the perfect experience. We wish the stay there could have been a bit longer. On board shops provided everything we needed. Self assist disembarkation fit our need perfectly to catch an early transportation home. Plenty of quiet corners around the ship for rest and relaxation. We went for meals right when the restaurants opened hence no waiting lines. Soft drinks were expensive, over $4 for a can of pop. Over all, a wonderful experience! 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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