19 Norwegian Escape Cruise Reviews for Cruises for the Disabled Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

So....where to begin. We were so looking forward to this cruise, having been on just two cruises previously, we we excited about the prospects of a big, state of the art ship and beautiful tropical beaches. Our only reference point was ... Read More
So....where to begin. We were so looking forward to this cruise, having been on just two cruises previously, we we excited about the prospects of a big, state of the art ship and beautiful tropical beaches. Our only reference point was Princess Cruise Lines in Alaska and a Western Carribean cruise on NCL close to 20 years ago. After several weeks of pondering this review, I still cannot determine the target demographic for the theme of this boat. The ship is just entirely too big with a curious design. There were many features we looked forward too looking at the deck plans....the water slides, ropes course, pools. in reality, if there is anything more than a breeze, they shut down the ropes course. The water slides are packed, but the pool is the main tragedy. No one swims. The main pool is right up next to a big stage where "cruise director Tyler" emcees hypersexualized show after show to a hot, intoxicated audience. It is all so loud and unnecessary. The other areas of the ship were confusing. There is one small gift shop, surrounded by a high end camera store and jewelry/ watch store. Is a cruise ship really where you want to purchase a $3000 watch? The casino was nice, but a bit smoky, played a few hand of blackjack. The chandelier was pretty. They have the art auction rip off thing like other cruise ships. Did that once before. A small painting gets very expensive after framing and shipping. Next comes dining and entertainment. So a word to the wise.....book everything you can before you get onboard, or at minimum by day one. Apparently, there is no penalty for not showing up; but we were a bit miffed, learning that literally every show was booked by day 2 or beyond. Since you ships card isn't scanned until showtime, people just reserved everything. We saw one neat show the first night....then we were out of luck. We ate at the freestyle restaurants, but it doesn't matter which one you choose, because they all share the same menu. We didn't eat at any specialty restaurants because we couldn't get a table. We also miss a "formal" night, or a captain's dinner. Maybe something else NCL did away with. This morning buffet is a bit of a mess at prime time trying to compete for a place to sit. Cabin was fine. Unless you go all out for the captains suite, the rooms looked about the same. Storage is cramped and we were sleeping four. Can't expect much from 350 square feet. Nice "device" friendly room, but no drawers for clothes, just shelves. NCL really went downhill with service, primarily because you pay a flat fee - thus no incentive for staff to go the extra mile to assist. I don't know if other ships are doing this, but we adored the staff on Princess and NCL from years ago. I didn't even meet our steward. The ports / beaches were beautiful and the highlight of the cruise. Pay a cabbie to take you to a pretty beach and save hundreds avoiding the excursions. Word to the wise, bring your snorkeling gear - availability is variable from beach to beach. Also, if you chose an excursion....try doing it on your own. Booking it through the ship costs an extra $25 to $50 per person. Beware of some of the stoned locals on the USVI. One guy came up to me accusing me (an American) of stealing his land. Keep an eye on your belongings. Embarking and disembarking went smoothly. Despite the comments above, we had a great time as a family. As we we traveled with our teenage son and daughter and parents in their mid seventies. Perhaps this an overly harsh criticism, but between airfare and expenses...the experience should have been a bit nicer. Glad we went. Wouldn't choose NCL again. Not classy or elegant. Will save up next go round and choose something a bit higher end. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We wanted to experience NCL because of the ship not the itinerary. We enjoyed the whole experience. My granddaughter got me up to sing karaoke with her. I don't know what I sang, just followed the words on the screen. The shows ... Read More
We wanted to experience NCL because of the ship not the itinerary. We enjoyed the whole experience. My granddaughter got me up to sing karaoke with her. I don't know what I sang, just followed the words on the screen. The shows were excellent and the band was outstanding. As a musician myself I was blown away by the excellence of the musicians. I really enjoyed it. Our cabin was excellent. Plenty of room and we really enjoyed it. We will definitely choose NCL again in the future. We live in Orlando and the travel to Miami was a bit much for us. We would have rather sailed out of Port Canaveral. The food was excellent, we went to a few of the restaurants and enjoyed the food. We chose anytime dining and found it the best way to go. No rushing and hardly ever a wait for a table. We loved this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
The restaurants on this cruise were many but we ate dinner five times in MANHATEN ROOM The room had the atmosfere of a night club, The choices of food were so many We had a hard time choosing between the choices and so sometimes we had ... Read More
The restaurants on this cruise were many but we ate dinner five times in MANHATEN ROOM The room had the atmosfere of a night club, The choices of food were so many We had a hard time choosing between the choices and so sometimes we had two or three appitizers before main meal which was also delicous; They also had desserts that not only looked good but were delicous We ate the other two nights in Bistro Food was very good and service was great the waiters could not do enough for you. They brought us an aniversary cake and sang us a song.It was a wonderful experience. There were so many great shows to see it was hard to decide where to go first;We have never seen a show on a cruise ship as wonderful as After Midnight also The Frankie Valie Tribute show was terrific we saw it twice. We had a great time and are going to book this cruise again next year.We have been traveling on Norwegian since 1987 and this was the beat cruise we have ever been on Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was my first time cruising with Norwegian and it was a great cruise for the price! I have previously been on two Royal Caribbean cruises and loved them, but my mom is an avid knitter and found a group that was going on this cruise and ... Read More
This was my first time cruising with Norwegian and it was a great cruise for the price! I have previously been on two Royal Caribbean cruises and loved them, but my mom is an avid knitter and found a group that was going on this cruise and holding classes while we were at sea. Since there were so many people they got us all a great discount so I tagged along. My mother has a fused ankle so she was worried about how well she was going to be able to get around but the crew were very accommodating with bringing the wheelchair to our cabin and getting her where she needed to go in a timely manner, with the only exception being on disembarkation day we had to meet them at the elevators on the main deck. My favorite thing about Royal Caribbean has always been how wide of a variety of spectacular food they have, especially since I am a mildly picky eater, Norwegian didnt have nearly as much variety as RC and the food they did have was good but not spectacular. If you can eat anything it might not be as big of a deal to you but for picky eaters you will have to get used to eating the same things every day. The one food item that I did absolutely love was the Honey Creme Brulee! The shore excursions offered were decent! I ended up buying tickets to the Coral World Park and for the Turtle encounter in St. Thomas directly from the Aquarium since the cruise didn't offer the Turtle encounter. It was a great experience and I got amazing pictures! I also bought the Sting Ray Encounter in Nassau which was cool, and when I got to the island I was able to add on the Dolphin swim for a much cheaper price than was offered for the same experience on the ship! I would defiantly recommend the excursion to everyone I know! The redeeming part of this cruise were the passengers and crew! Tyler the Cruise Director was such a ball of energy and made every activity he attended a blast. The ship had great themes for every night! My personal favorite was 80's night at the Spice H20 bar. I made some great friends the very first night of the cruise and we all somehow managed to find each other every night to have a blast! It was an unforgettable experience! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this cruise ship because it was a new ship and had never sailed Norwegian before. The ship did provide many fun things for our teenagers to do, like the multi-level water slide and the teen gathering room. The mini-golf was fun ... Read More
We chose this cruise ship because it was a new ship and had never sailed Norwegian before. The ship did provide many fun things for our teenagers to do, like the multi-level water slide and the teen gathering room. The mini-golf was fun as well. There was not enough time at the ports of call especially Tortola and Nassau. Although at Nassau, the pier was extremely long for someone with walking difficulties. It would be helpful if assistance would be provided to be able to get to shore using a small shuttle vehicle or assisted wheelchair. The food was only OK, however, for any of the top dinner choices you had to pay extra. We feel that the higher quality food and better menu options, i.e., lobster and steak, were only offered if you paid extra. We felt like the better food was provided to those who paid extra, those who didn't pay extra had the inferior quality or "leftover" food. For the most part the entertainment was very good but hard to make reservations as most were marked as sold out. The best entertainment was "For the Record - The Brat Pack" and "Frankie Vallie & the Four Seasons Tribute". Both of these were excellent - the best we've ever seen on a cruise - high energy, great singing and loads of fun. There were just too many passengers to get around. Even to get on an elevator it took several attempts to find one not packed. Being one of the passengers who required a scooter, it was very hard to get around, especially through the hallways toward the outside of the ship and through the doorway. Getting around is very important, but was difficult on this ship. Only one swimming pool and always packed so unable to use it much??? Why is there only one swimming pool??? It was extremely crowded and not really usable for true swimming time. The cabin was very nice, but seemed small for an upgraded room. Our room steward, Jocelyn, was fabulous. She was always very pleasant, helpful and caring. She assisted our friend who has lost her luggage by taking care of the laundry promptly, so that at least the few items our friend had was cleaned and returned to her room promptly. Overall, our main disappointment was in the quality of food. We've been on many cruises and this one rates extremely low for the food options provided as "complimentary" for the "average" passengers. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise for my parents 35th anniversary. We've all sailed on NCL in the past and my sister has also sailed on RCI. This was a big change for us as we are used to sailing on smaller ships. The crew went above an beyond ... Read More
We chose this cruise for my parents 35th anniversary. We've all sailed on NCL in the past and my sister has also sailed on RCI. This was a big change for us as we are used to sailing on smaller ships. The crew went above an beyond adapting their rooms for them to be deaf friendly. They were able to get my sister the scripts for the shows and when they had a few mix ups one of the officers gave my sister a crew phone for any other needs that came up. They also had expedited check in to make sure their check ins went smoothly. We were able to join them so we weren't split up. 678 Ocean Place and the Manhattan Room were way too noisy. We noticed that the acoustics throughout the ship were a lot louder than other ships we've been on. While there are more elevators we felt as though there should have been another set. The waits were often way too long on port days. Even though the ship is larger it didn't feel like there was more to do on this ship vs others we have been on. We also missed the private/homey feel of the smaller ships during some activities. Customer Service and Shore Excursions: This was the worst idea to have it in the middle of the 678. You couldn't hear a damn thing while trying to do anything. It was annoying for the crew members as well as guests. Dining: We were very disappointed in the food this time around. Not that the food was entirely bad we...we're talking about variety. The main dining rooms had the exact same menus and they didn't offer very much for a picky eater or those who like to have their red meat cooked well. My sister and I would eat salad and whatever app we could find that we liked, so we could eat with the family and then we would venture out to find something at the pub or the buffet. Crepes are also served in the evening and the line gets pretty long. This was a must every night once we asked when they served served them. Specialty Dining: We chose the 3 dinner package. What we didn't know was that the Iron Chef's restaurant was an addition charge on top of the price. It was also one of the worst meals we had. Cagney's menu changed a lot. We loved it in the past but the selection seemed a lot smaller. We would 100% go to the Brazilian Steak House every night on our next cruise. It was amazing. Even though the meats aren't cooked well they brought out plates with pieces cooked longer. Entertainment: We weren't fond of having to book the shows in advance but it worked out. It beat showing up an hour earlier like we did in the past. It just didn't leave us with a lot of flexibility in out dinner times etc. We went to see After Midnight, For the Record, the tribute show at the Supper Club and a few of the comedy shows. Loved the comedy shows. Activities: My husband and sister loved the water slides, ropes course and the plank. Unfortunately, the plank was closed a lot of the time but they were still able to get some good pictures on it. Photo Desk: The people were extremely rude to my mother and sister. Ports and Excursions: Other than in the Mediterranean, this was our first time booking excursions through the ship and we thought it was unorganized in comparison. We were used to meeting in the theater and being brought out by a worker. This time it was more of a free for all and lots of people were getting lost, angry and confused. We loved all ports but felt like the Bahamas has gotten really run down and the safety alerts in the Freestyle Daily was a surprise. We loved the Helmet and Sea Trek Dive in St. Maarten. My husband, sister and dad loved zip lining in St. Thomas. My father in-law and his girlfriend thought the St. John excursion was amazing. The Virgin Gorda was gorgeous and we are so happy that we booked the 1st excursion out. It was nice and private for the 1st half. The Spa: Is a must. We only booked a day pass when we were in Tortola, to get the most out of our time there. AMAZING. The heated pool alone with the waterfall was worth it. We would book it for the week the next time. The heated lounge chairs were so so relaxing. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
First time on Norwegian and certainly the last. We strayed from RCCL and learned out lesson. We had a lovely time as ANY cruise is a good cruise; however, NCL can't hold a candle to RCCL!! The food was mediocre at best, the choices ... Read More
First time on Norwegian and certainly the last. We strayed from RCCL and learned out lesson. We had a lovely time as ANY cruise is a good cruise; however, NCL can't hold a candle to RCCL!! The food was mediocre at best, the choices in the main dining were far from traditional, there were NO bar waiters to be found anywhere. If you wanted a cocktail you were on your own to find it! For a ship of this magnitude to only have 1 small pool, is short of reckless and irresponsible! Overall design and layout of the ship was poor and compartmentalized. The entertainment was poor and not up to the same standards as RCCL, Carnival or Princess. NCL majorly screwed up our embarkation with respect to my husbands mobility issues and wheelchair. They made to attempt to offer restitution for all the trouble he had to through. Sorry, won't be returning to NCL! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was my very FIRST cruise! So needless to say I was full of anxiety especially after reading all the negative reviews. I was really afraid that it was going to be so crowded on the ship that we couldn't do anything. IT WASNT! ... Read More
This was my very FIRST cruise! So needless to say I was full of anxiety especially after reading all the negative reviews. I was really afraid that it was going to be so crowded on the ship that we couldn't do anything. IT WASNT! Embarking was so quick! We were on the ship within 15 minutes of arriving in Miami! When I first walked on board, I was mesmerized at how HUGE and Beautiful this ship was!! Our rooms weren't quite ready yet so we went ahead to have some lunch at the Garden Cafe. My first taste of cruise food was DELIGHTFUL!!! I couldn't believe all of the options~! Everything was relish! After eating, we headed to guest services to find out how to log-in to wireless, as I was a bit leery about not being able to get in contact with my kids at home once we left. We purchased the unlimited internet package with our on-board credit. I was perfectly at ease when I realized I could FaceTime my kids ANYTIME on the ship and at all the ports! It was cool letting them see the ship and scenery too by phone! The connection is a bit slow but definitely served the purpose. We got a balcony suite. I LOVED our room! lots of closet space, cabinet space and the bathroom was way more roomy than i expected.One of the things that really stood out about this cruise that i didn't expect was how extraordinarily comfortable these beds were!!!! OMG!!! I didn't want to get out of bed in the morning!! LOL!! The bed and pillows made me feel like I was sleeping on a big ball of cotton! I tried to think of ways to take the bed home...but...it just wasn't feasible. The view from our balcony was intoxicating!. I sat on the balcony every morning with a fresh cup of coffee and just soaked up the view! There a coffee maker in your room with cream and sugar, and 2 cups. We had a stateroom right next to my brother and sister so we could just chat on our balconies :) There are enough plug-ins to use your phone chargers and a fan if you like. there is also a hidden blow dryer under the cabinet that i found helpful. When we left our room, we would just stick my library card in the card slot next to the door to keep the air conditioning running otherwise it turns off when you leave. It will also turn off as long as you have your balcony door open (thats just common sense). I don't know who took care of our room because no one ever introduced themselves. I do know they were very courteous in the hallways. Whomever cleaned our room ever night did a wonderful job! Everything was always so neat and smelt fresh! They really keep this ship CLEAN!! One thing i thought helped a lot in finding your way around was the little fish on the carpet. They swim in the direction to the front of the ship! Our first night was awesome. It didn't take long for them to get our luggage to our rooms and we got quite comfortable. We had booked Teppanyaki for dinner and that place was the BOMB!!! I ordered the lobster....BEST lobster EVER!! Warning... Do NOT order the ice cream for dessert. It seriously looks like a piece of crap(for lack of a better word) on the plate. You will know if someone else orders it! The chefs were so fun and entertaining! They had us singing and even made us a mickey mouse with the rice! the second night, we tried our hand at the casino. We found out that you win BIG on the first few nights and you start losing towards the end of the cruise! Thats the way it was with my niece and us. We won $400 at roulette the first time we played and we were smart enough to walk away with it. About the fourth day of the cruise we tried roulette again and lost $100. At least we still went home with $300 extra. the casino does smell of cigarettes really bad but i was fine wit it. Ive never been a smoker but its never bothered me. Its not like smoke was everywhere like in some bars I've been to. You could just really smell it bad. But like i said, didn't bother me. We loved the deck parties at night at H20. Lots of dancing and fun under the moon! the big screen was really cool. We especially like 80's night! Lots of good music! We got the drink package with our cruise. Unlike a lot of the reviews that complain about it being hard or slow to get drinks, we never experienced this. The staff was wonderful. They always were quick about getting us drinks. We never had to wait long at all. The movement on the ship was very noticeable. I got motion sickness and a very bad headache. BUT..... SEABIRDS saved me. I got them for $11 in the gift shop and about 30 minutes of putting them on, I was perfectly fine. I had to wear them the whole cruise but it was worth it not to be sick. I must note that i get sick really easy so the movement might not be a thing for most people. We didn't hear any noise from other cabins while we were in ours. It was perfectly quiet. I know Im jumping around but Ive never been a good writer anyway...lol...just trying to cover as much as possible. It was weird that we didn't see many kids on the ship at all. But they were still in school where we live. We got to experience most things the ship had to offer. the ropes course was exciting (i took pics while my sister and brother did it)! They laughed so hard having a ton of fun on it. We played mini golf. We did the waterslides. The one with the float is the most fun to me. My sister in law got stuck on the other one. When they dropped her, her t-shirt got stuck on the slide and she was hung for a minute, which scared the crap out of her....lol! We never got in the pool because it really was way too crowded for that. The pool was just too small. The hot tubs were always in use as well. I found that if you wanted to enjoy those things, get up really early, say around 6:30 and you will have them all to yourself. We took some line dancing classes! It was hilarious! As for the shows, we only seen the Brat Pack which was very entertaining, the comedy show with Phil which had us all laughing and "after midnight" which was a musical filled with lots of good singing and dancing. I think our favorite show was the crews talent show. They did a lot of cultural things. As for the facilities on the ship, I didn't use the spa but i wanted to. The gym was cool. We worked out a couple of days then gave up the fight against all the calories! LOL! I gained 5 pounds on this cruise!! Overall the food was amazing. We ate at the Garden cafe most of the time. there is this one guy who stands in the entrance greeting you with the "Washy Washy song" and hand sanitizer. You'll never forget him or his smile! The elevators were a bit crowded every now and then but nothing to complain about. One night we had an emergency on the ship and they had to fly a helicopter to the ship to airlift someone with a medical emergency. That was cool to watch. That night the ship rocked like crazy but it did make me sleep good :) The arcade is too much fun and the bowling is pretty neat as well. The ports were all so beautiful. I loved this cruise so much! Disembarking was as smooth and quick as embarking. It will be hard for the next cruise to compare to this one! Ive been sad since we left the ship...lol! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
fist of all, the reservation was a scam, the guy call us to sell us a cruise, we reserved 4 cabins, all of 4 where in diferent floor, on in the 9 floor at front the other rooms were on floors 13 and 14 , in the back of the ship, the ... Read More
fist of all, the reservation was a scam, the guy call us to sell us a cruise, we reserved 4 cabins, all of 4 where in diferent floor, on in the 9 floor at front the other rooms were on floors 13 and 14 , in the back of the ship, the fourth one was in a floor 18, was Haven suite. we explained the guy that we were traveling with one handicap person and two kids, one 3 years old and the other 5, but any way we were bucked all over the ship. The ship was so unconfortable, so packed, so crowded, the pools were full all the time, the pools were so small, even the one in the Haven courtyard was so small that looked so funny. The halls were so narrow that was unconfortable to walk, we had to walk all off the ship to go one cabin to other. No a nice cruise to repeat. NCL customer service is terrible, rude , in general , was a bad experience, before, during and after the cruise. This was my 15th cruise , 4th with NCL and the last one with NCL. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Loved it, loved it, loved it. Wish I was there right now. Since there are so few reviews that address accessibility information for disabled people in wheelchairs and scooters, I think I will focus on that. As a person who uses ... Read More
Loved it, loved it, loved it. Wish I was there right now. Since there are so few reviews that address accessibility information for disabled people in wheelchairs and scooters, I think I will focus on that. As a person who uses a scooter, I found the experience to be fantastic. The embarkation was very quick and easy and they let me get on first so as not to get in the way of other folks getting on the boat, which was fantastic by me. The accessible room was very large, compared to a regular room and the special roll in shower had lots of grab bars which is important if you need a flat area to roll into, or in my case, bars to hold onto while you are standing to bathe. Please, if you are not disabled or are disabled and do not really need this kind of room, do not request it. There is a special place in H E double hockey sticks for people who park in disabled parking or take these kinds of rooms when they don't need them. There are only a scant few on each boat so please leave them for those who truly need it. The elevators are never fast enough on any boat so you will have to wait. Abled bodied people should take the Norwegian Stair Challenge, where you never take the elevator (advanced), take the stairs every other time (intermediate) or take the stairs when it is only one or two floors (beginner). It will speed things up for you abled bodied people and my husband LOST four pounds on the cruise doing the advanced version. All three of our ports docked and did not tenders, so that was easy. In St. Thomas we used Mr. Gumbs taxi and after pre-arranging it, we just asked around using his name and they called him to come get us. I was able to roll into the open air trolley! In Tortola, we disembarked, went down to the market, and hired a private taxi at the stand there for one hour $55.00 and he gave us a tour and left us at Myetts restaurant which was wheelchair accessible and had a great view of the beach. We spent a nice hour or two there, then he came back and got us. The whole thing was $90 when it was all said in done and of course we tipped him well on top of that. In Nassau, we disembarked (with 5 other ships - yikes) and went 10 minutes to the right to Junkanoo beach which is free. We bought fried snapper and Bahamian beers and enjoyed the beach. A great cheap excursion! The boat was very accessible and everyone bent over backwards for us. The food was amazing and I am a picky foodie. I could not believe how great the service was and how personable everyone was. The pool was a sea of humanity. Do the math- 5,200 people/1 pool = hot mess. I would never get in a pool anyway in such a crowded place, because, yuck. I will say I heard they had a lift if you did want to do that, and I personally saw the lift in the spa whirlpool. Feel free to ask me any questions as I know what a pain it is planning a trip as a disabled person. Lots to do, lots to eat and drink, great entertainment, you will love it if you have the right attitude! Go up one deck from the pool and you will find quieter lounge chairs outside the Vibe lounge that are free. Vibe is totally worth it if you happen to get there fast enough to get in. If not, don't sweat it, just go to Vibe and sit outside the doors for a similar, free experience. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We booked our room in the Haven a year in advance.....hubby uses a mobility scooter and the thought was he wouldn't have to travel far to a deck chair, bar, or restaurant if he wasn't feeling up to fighting crowds and distance. ... Read More
We booked our room in the Haven a year in advance.....hubby uses a mobility scooter and the thought was he wouldn't have to travel far to a deck chair, bar, or restaurant if he wasn't feeling up to fighting crowds and distance. Two weeks ahead of trip we got a call that we either had to change our date or down grade as someone wanted the Haven rooms. As we couldn't change our date we agreed to down grade. The scooter didn't fit in doorway of our new room without a lot of maneuvering....that was a daily annoying thing. The room was VERY small even though it was called a mini suite. The hallways were nearly always crowded with service/maid carts so it was hard to get the scooter through....very, very narrow halls. Storage in the room was disappointing. The only good thing was we were able to keep our Haven "perks"....free drinks, free specialty dining, free gratuities and onboard credits and got a refund of some of our already paid room. Entertainment wasn't that great. I had read some good reviews....but here again, shows were cancelled....rescheduled and then cancelled again...all before we even boarded. Some folks even had their specialty dining reservations cancelled for private events. Half way through the cruise they brought on more folks to entertain us....but without getting advance reservations you didn't get an opportunity to go to the shows. All in all.....I won't be excited to go on the Escape again. We wanted to see the big ship....with the first Margarittaville at sea...it wasn't that great and certainly didn't live up to its name. The food was pretty good in the speciality spots, even in the buffet and that was surprising given the size of the ship and number of passengers. Bars were plentiful and not too crowded....with the all you can drink package, that was good. There were not as many bands playing in different venues.....we usually like to settle in a spot for a few drinks and listen to the music but the opportunities for that were usually not available. Service and cabin staff were wonderful....always smiling and helpful and officers seemed visible more than I recall on our previous cruises. Seems like folks were bending their ears about problems most of the time.....We had help from friendly staff member who took pity on us with scooter and the long lines...he helped us take a "back door" to get off so it wasn't painful at all. But if we had been in the regular line the wait would not have been too pleasant. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Let me start by saying that I read reviews before the cruise that had me worried. Don't believe them! This was my 9th cruise and it was the best I have ever had. Ill start at the beginning. Getting on only took 10 minutes. They let ... Read More
Let me start by saying that I read reviews before the cruise that had me worried. Don't believe them! This was my 9th cruise and it was the best I have ever had. Ill start at the beginning. Getting on only took 10 minutes. They let people on early. So we were on board by 1130 am. The ship is new and beautiful. Kind of a Vegas kinda feel. Great vibe. I have a disability. This ship is VERY accessible. Every part of the ship is accessible. I had a cabin #I2912. Aft with large balcony. I had 4 chairs on my deck and could have put 6. It was awesome. Spent more time on this deck than any of my previous cruises. I rented a wheelchair from Special Needs at Sea. Great investment. It was waiting in my cabin when I arrived. Being at the back of the ship, we had an unrestricted view. It was so quiet it was unbelievable. It also is a short trip to the elevators which dropped you right in the middle of all the dining options and casino. Check the deck plans. Its the perfect place to be. Speaking of dining options. We could not have been happier with the food. I did the 3 meal package, Ill do a quick rundown of where we ate. Cagneys. 10 out of 10. As soon as you board, go to the headliner cafe and set up all your reservations that you couldn't get online. We went to Cagneys twice. La Cucina. 9 out of 10. The steak there was amazing. Also recommend the shrimp risotto. Food Republic. 10 out of 10. Best sliders I have ever had and the menu is varied and interesting. Sushi fans will love it. Margaritaville. 9 out of 10. Order the nachos and keep in mind it will feed 6 people. Great burgers too and its cheap. Its ala carte pricing. O'Sheehans. Amazing prime rib and just great food on the menu. Open 24/7. Chocolate Cheesecake was something you need to enjoy. Wow. All the dining rooms. Manhatten room, Savor, and Taste all very good. You don't need to eat at the upcharge places. These are all excellent options and beautiful rooms with great service. Didn't eat at La Bistro. Did on a different NCL cruise and didn't like it. We had so many places to eat we didn't get to try Teppanyaki, Moderno, Bayamo. Cant wait to go back to try them as well. Bake shop and Gelato shop was awesome too. Only open though limited hours. The comedy show was really good. We also went to the Million dollar quartet. Not our cup of tea, and we were having so much fun in the casino we missed the other 2 shows. The theater sound was really good and was very nice. The Humidor cigar lounge was nice. You can buy Cubans at Little Denmark in Tortola. The Waterfront dining aspect was really nice. Having your meal outside on a beautiful night is hard to beat. You will pay 18% gratuity every time you make a purchase on board. And several places do charge a la carte prices. But they are reasonable. And you can avoid those places if you are on a budget. Pools. Busy. Always. There are little places to escape all over this ship. If you want loud, you can have it. If you want to have a quiet drink, try outside at the 5 o'clock somewhere bar. I could go on for hours. This ships food, service, cabins (lots of space for things) and things to do were very well designed. The only thing I saw that was dumb was putting a running/jogging track next to the pool. That was not a good idea. And being a foodie I kind of hoped for better lobster on board. Most places had the cold water lobsters. Just ok. But how spoiled are you if you are whining about your lobster tails. Spa was awesome too. Had two massages. Pricey. But well done. And stop by the Mondavi wine shop and ask for Larry. Great guy and great service. Even getting off the ship was no stress. Again. Highly recommend this ship. You won't be disappointed. And thanks to Silas the cruise director and Maneesh our cabin steward who went out of their way to make our trip perfect. It was a great... Escape. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
First of all let me say that we have been on many different cruise lines, from big to small and cheap to luxurious. This was such a surprise. Last year we were on the Oasis of the Seas and it was fabulous. I feel Norwegian squeezed as many ... Read More
First of all let me say that we have been on many different cruise lines, from big to small and cheap to luxurious. This was such a surprise. Last year we were on the Oasis of the Seas and it was fabulous. I feel Norwegian squeezed as many rooms on this ship as possible and sacrificed open public space. I had the feeling of a very small ship and there were always tons of people everywhere, no room for a quiet moment. My biggest complaint is about the charges- I have never seen anything like it. We felt forced to eat in specialty restaurants as the food was terrible in the complimentary dining rooms. Even room service had a charge. Beverage package didn't include water or coffee at a coffee shop. Even a show- the supper club charged. Also the music was the same throughout the ship- loud- drums and bass. Even while we were eating dinner the music was too loud to hear. No soft dinner music at all. We were with a group and there was no place for us to meet. It just was my least favorite cruise experience I have ever had. The entertainment was good, but I do not think it is a pretty ship. Also I think the service is not as good with the freestyle dining as you do not get to know the people. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We just returned from a week on the Norwegian Escape. There were 21 in our party. The oldest was 74 and there were 11 kids from 2 to 16. Everyone enjoyed themselves. I am going to try to be comprehensive and fair, while giving a ... Read More
We just returned from a week on the Norwegian Escape. There were 21 in our party. The oldest was 74 and there were 11 kids from 2 to 16. Everyone enjoyed themselves. I am going to try to be comprehensive and fair, while giving a balance of the good and the “needs improvement.” The best feature by far is the food. OH MY GOD! The food is phenomenal. Our whole party had the ultimate food packages. We ate at just about every specialty restaurant on the boat (There are about 10 of them). Some of the best food I have ever eaten. The Italian restaurant’s tiramisu was the best I have ever had. The Brazilian Steakhouse was amazing. The ribeye at the “regular” steakhouse was perfect. The food at the three “standard” restaurants was excellent too. We only went to the buffet for breakfast and lunch, but the food there was great too. Real whipped cream is rare in the Caribbean, but was plentiful for waffles at breakfast – Mmm. The only slightly subpar meal we had was at the French restaurant. It was not bad, but was not up to the standards of the other restaurants. The biggest problem with the cruise was the “structure” of the ship. It was a very full cruise – about 4500 guests. In the past we have often cruised Carnival. They have a large theater for shows, gatherings, games, etc. That is apparently not the Norwegian style. Everything on Norwegian is small and intimate. There is a theater, but it is arranged like a movie theater not a “gathering” room. The Atrium is where all of the events take place. They have Bingo, Deal or No Deal, Not so Newlywed Game, live music, WiiU dance for kids, and more amusing things. Lots of people, especially families, love these things. The problem…the Atrium seats about 50 people. They brought in folding chairs at times, but it was a madhouse. People were fighting over chairs. They need a much larger gathering space. Although they have a 5 slides, a small water park, a small kids pool, and a medium adults pool, the pool area felt small as well. To cram all the things in one place, they lost seating area. There were maybe 150 seats around the pools – not enough for a day at sea for 4500. There is nowhere for parents to sit around the kids area and watch their kids. The pools were not heated and were a little chilly – probably warmer or at least more refreshing if you don’t cruise in December. The slides themselves were fantastic and fun. Something for every age – even thrill seeking adults. The tube slide was the most popular. But even better than the waterslides was the ropes course. A two story ropes course with 2 zip lines. My teens spent hours on the ropes course. Plus there was a baby-safe mini-ropes course. My 2 year old LOVED that one. We also had the unlimited drinks package. I found the drinks to be excellent and maybe even a little too alcoholic! Many of the bars had their own specialty drinks as well, and they were mostly very tasty. The cabins were a solid good. They are bigger than Carnival cruise cabins, but they are still small – and we had balcony rooms. My stroller is a standard size (a city mini), but could not fit through the door. This made transferring a sleeping 2 year old into bed harder than it should have been. You have to keep your room card in a slot to keep the electricity on in your room. Therefore, you can’t charge your electronics while you are out – which was unfortunate. Then we discovered a piece of paper could be wedged into the slot instead of a card. But this means the cabin steward will think you are in (there is a light outside the cabin that turns on when the card is in the slot) and will not make up your cabin. A no win situation. Did I mention how great the food was? We found all of the people very nice. We prepaid our tips, and most people do, so they are not hustling for tips as much. Yet they still bent over backwards to be nice. There is a teens club that my kids loved. There are separate clubs for 3-5, 6-9, and 10-12 year olds. There is even babysitting for a fee (we never used it). The younger kids in our group didn’t love the kids club so much – it’s all indoors in one room per age group and got too crowded. No scavenger hunts like we’ve seen other places. It is VERY secure – kids are essentially on lock down. The teens area is completely separate, much larger, and kids come and go at will. It is a new ship, and my wife says she has never seen public bathrooms so clean. They are obsessive with germs. Multiple staff people stand at every entrance to the buffet with hand sanitizer. Plus there are fixed sanitizer stations EVERYWHERE. Plus the bathrooms have paper towel dispensers JUST TO USE TO OPEN THE DOORS. They have hand driers to wash hands and dry them, but towel dispensers only at the doors with instructions to use them on the door handles. The entertainment options were great. There were two comics with a total of three sets each. There was karaoke at least once a day. Multiple piano bars plus dueling pianos many nights. One hiccup – my fourteen year old is a huge sports fan. The only place to watch sports with sound is the adults only bar. He was not happy about that at all. Overall, we had a great time. Even with 20+ people in our party, we had trouble finding each other – probably a good thing. There was always something to see, do, or eat, and it was usually funny, fun, and delicious. I would certainly cruise Norwegian again. 4 ½ stars. They lose the half on the small Atrium. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
I read the reviews prior to sailing last week and frankly I was very concerned that I had made a mistake going so early on the Escape. A combination of the low percentage that folks said they had a good trip and the harsh comments really ... Read More
I read the reviews prior to sailing last week and frankly I was very concerned that I had made a mistake going so early on the Escape. A combination of the low percentage that folks said they had a good trip and the harsh comments really had me going prior to getting on board. So for those having a great deal of concerns let me share the following. I am going to mix the pros and cons here...so bear with me. 1. New Ship - What I mean by this is that these early trips are going to be a fairly full ship. This means longer lines and more of the ship is going to be utilized. Plan ahead if you can. Book your restaurants, entertainment, and excursions in as much advance as you can. The NCL application up to 2 days prior to sailing does a great job of this. The ship itself is beautiful and excellent (Bristol) condition. With the introduction of the unlimited food plans you will find very early in the cruise that many of the premium restaurants say they are booked. This is true the second and third days, but as the week goes people forget their reservation and I found that restaurants that said they had no vacancy did indeed have openings if you just approached them. Ex. My parents and I walked right into La Cucina who said they had no openings, but was probably only 25% full at 6:30 pm. We got right in. I found Food Republic to be a great add and I never saw Margharitaville all that crowded. I think the ala carte of both these restaurants had kept some folks from frequenting these, but both are good options if you are willing to pay a little. All food was as good as I have experienced. Entertainment was also very good. I believe the Excursions where average for the ports visited. 2. Handicapped Travelers - My parents traveled with me on this trip. Both are slowing down and needed scooters to get around. Getting from a Taxi into the port security is frankly a nightmare (not NCL's fault). The Miami terminal port personnel are not helpful to the handicapped. Wheel chair access starts by getting into the terminal. The problem is getting your family from the taxi curb which is pretty far from the entry into the building. Once you are in the building an NCL steward when they become available will wheel chair you through Latitudes registration and up to one of the restaurants. You may have to wait either just before security or just after for a wheel chair assistance. Depending on how many need assistance...patience is needed. Generally the rooms are not ready before early afternoon. So it helps if you have another traveler to go to the room to secure your scooter/wheel chair if that is an option. For special needs cases they will deliver the scooter just past the security check point. During the week the crew was very helpful. We were able to also rent a wheel chair onboard for days like St. Thomas where the open air taxis could transport the wheel chair to downtown so my parents could shop. There was a minor extra charge for the wheel chair rental, but it was a life saver. We would have not been able to get the scooters into downtown St. Thomas. In the other ports the scooters worked fine getting into Tortola and Nassau. Torola was a nice alternative to St. Martin that I also like as a port. Finally...the handicap rooms are fantastic if you can secure one. My parents had a rear facing balcony room on the 15th deck that was really nice. Both of their scooters fit in the room with them. The balcony was wide enough with a big door that they could even use that space. These are well laid out rooms with plenty of space for special accommodations. It made the trip very manageable for them! 3. The Vessel - If you are familiar with Getaway and Breakaway you will find this to be a very familiar and good experience. The layout is Breakaway class familiar and there are some different amenities, but overall nothing too different to cause merit to write a book about. The new ropes course is awesome, but eliminates the climbing wall. The Thermal Spa is really something. A few more hot tubs and common space on top is nice. I have only one criticism of the ship. The trip between Miami and St. Thomas was rough. Maybe the weather and time of year, but this ship is not as smooth as I have experienced on the Getaway. A long time boater I was not over concerned, but when the captain kicked up the speeds at night it could be a rougher ride than some will like. I don't know if they are still "trimming out" the boat or what, but I heard the same comments from friends who sailed a few weeks earlier. After day two things seemed to get smoother. Especially after we made the turn at St. Thomas. 4. The Crew - Heard a lot of criticism about the new crew. We never had an issue. Guests throwing their weight around about being a Platinum member that could not force a restaurant reservation when they were full is not the crews fault. That is the members fault for poor planning. I saw some crew I knew from my Getaway travels and overall everyone did everything they could to make it a great trip for my parents and me. As is always the case on these ships...there was always something to do. The activities directors made sure of it! 5. Solo Travelers - I am a single solo traveler that happened to invite my parents to join this last trip. My point here is that I frequent the Studios. If you are single, widowed, or whatever this is a great program. The Studio room sounds small, but everybody I showed said they could not believe how well laid out the room is and liked what they heard regarding the rates. I found nobody I met that has said they would not stay in such a room because of the size. More often the hang up is that it is interior space. If you are on a budget and can accept being in an interior room this is for you. The Studio Lounge on the Escape is the best one yet all on one level. They did drop the bartender / bar however, but never saw that utilized all that often. The rest is all there. This program for solo travelers is like nothing else I have found in the industry. The rates are up a little compared to my prior years experience, but I still think the rates are reasonable compared to having to pay double occupancy in other rooms or on other lines. Note: This is not the love boat and please don't go into it expecting a "love connection" as the reason you are picking the Studios. You will make many long term friends going solo in the Studios. If you find a love connection...then good for you. Just don't book expecting this to be a "singles" scene. Folks are there for many different reasons and all are looking to make friends and have fun. I think you get what I am saying. Hopefully this is a helpful review. Please don't be swayed by the other reviews saying they will never go NCL again. I have to say...I think they are being a bit dramatic. Either way we all have our own experiences and mine was a good one. Looking forward to my next trip next spring on the NCL Epic in Europe! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Every hour of every day we had what seemed like endless choices of activities, restaurants, lounges and family fun areas from which to choose. We were traveling with a large group that consisted of Parrot Heads (Jimmy Buffett fans) who ... Read More
Every hour of every day we had what seemed like endless choices of activities, restaurants, lounges and family fun areas from which to choose. We were traveling with a large group that consisted of Parrot Heads (Jimmy Buffett fans) who were looking forward to the first Margaritaville at Sea, a collection of high school friends that were all turning 50, and two families that brought kids of various ages. In short, we had a group of two dozen people, ranging in age from 3 to 65 years old. The bigger kids and adults enjoyed the ropes course equally. The younger kids loved having their your own pool/play area and the parents loved having it near the exit to the water slides and not far from the main pool so that we could all hang out together. We were especially impressed with the wide variety of lounges. On any given day you could find a couple of us in the wine bar, others at the 5 o'clock Somewhere Bar, several at the brew pub and at least two at the whiskey bar. There was no shortage of outstanding places to drink.Dining choices were equally as impressive, but I won't go into detail. Suffice it to say we loved them as well. Wheelchair access was outstanding both on the ship and in all of the ports we visited (with the possible exception of Tortola, which was still being developed as a cruise port.) The only drawbacks were trying to find lounge chairs at the pool without getting up early in the morning and finding a consistent place to meet up with others. For those who like a smaller, more intimate ship, this is definitely not it. But for our group it's the best ship ever! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
My BF and I sailed on the NCL Escape the end of November of 2015. This was our 3rd time on NCL: NCL Pride (Hawaii) and NCL Dawn (West Caribbean). I tend to get a little sea sick even with the patch so I thought being on a bigger ship ... Read More
My BF and I sailed on the NCL Escape the end of November of 2015. This was our 3rd time on NCL: NCL Pride (Hawaii) and NCL Dawn (West Caribbean). I tend to get a little sea sick even with the patch so I thought being on a bigger ship would help my sea sickness. We took a taxi from the airport in lieu of the shuttle. It was $24 one-way but if you pay cash, it is discounted to around $22. The port was crazy when we arrived around noon. There were people disembarking as well and there were cars and taxis everywhere. Luckilly, there were police officers directing traffic, as well as they could, but it was madness. Once we checked in, we had to wait in a huge waiting room for approximately an hour. There were a lot of big groups travelling together. This gave us a taste of what was to come. The ship is new and huge. However, the layout of the ship was odd and it felt crowded. We seem to have to wait in line for everything. We were in a balcony stateroom and it was very similar to the other NCL ships we cruised on. The bathroom did feel a bit bigger. However, the closet was located right next to the bed. There was about a foot between the bed and the closet. I found that to bit inconvenient. Also, trying to find the stateroom was a big confusing. Because of the size of the ship, the staterooms seem to go on forever. If you don't know where you are going, it can be a bit exhausting. We received the Ulitimate Dining package as a part of our cruise so we decided to try Margaritaville in lieu of the buffet for lunch. However, we wanted to make sure that it was included in our dining package. When we asked the server, she seemed a bit confused. Another server came and we explained the same question and she had to verify with a manager. When she finally returned, she informed us that it was included but we could only go to one A-La-Carte restaurant per day. We had reserved the Hibachi that night so we told her that. She then went back to the manager and came back and informed us that with the Ultimate Dining, that was not the case. Very confused. The food was good. The key lime pie was delicious. My BF loves key lime pie and he said it was one of the best he has ever had. We tried all of the A-La-Carte restaurants and really enjoyed all of them. We just felt that the same restaurants were nicer in the NCL Dawn. The ship in general did not seem very luxurious as the other ships we traveled on. Unfortunately for us, there was a huge group of 30 people who seem to follow us to every restaurant we dined in on the cruise. They were extremely loud and obnoxious and very hard to ignore. This made our dinner experience a big downer. I would hope that the restaurants would try to manage their reservations better and not seat huge groups next to groups of two people who are trying to have a quiet or romantic dinner. One thing this showed us is bigger ship means bigger groups. The pool area was small and located right next to the water park which was full of kids. In order to get to the buffet for lunch, you had to walk past the water park. We tried to book the adults only pool but was told that it was completely booked for the week. On the NCL Dawn, there was a small adults only pool which we spent most of our time. In addition, there was constant activity at the pool. Some of the activity was a bit risque and being that there were children everywhere, I felt it was inappropriate. However, for those looking for more action, there was a great deal of it on the Escape. The singer Pit Bull the god-father of the Escape so be prepared to hear a LOT of his music. In St. Thomas, we tried the Paradise Point Tramway. We went early around 9 a.m. to beat the crowd. It cost $21/adult. There is a restaurant/bar and few gift shops. The view is beautiful. You can see the entire island. The WIFI is free and the ticket is good for the whole day so we went back to the ship for lunch and then brought our tablets that afternoon. It was much busier when we went back in the afternoon. There is also a K-Mart not too far from the port. We went there to get some ginger ale for me. I tried to buy the beverage package because of my sea sickness but was told that you have to buy it on the first day for the entire cruise and everyone in your party has to buy as well. For one soda I would have paid on the ship, I was able to buy a 12 pack. Tortola was not very memorable. The port area was under construction. We walked the majority of the main town and there was not much to see. There is a straw market which sells the usual souveniers. Other than that, there was not much to do. In Nassau, we did a half day excursion to Atlantis, which was one of the reasons we booked this itinerary. There was so much hype about how great Atlantis was so we decided to go see for ourselves. We did not do the water park. We did go to the Dig which was interesting. The resort is beautiful but knowing how expensive it is to stay there, I would not pay the money. The crew seems very friendly and very willing to go-out-of-their way to please the patrons. I saw several buffet room staff assist the elderly and the disabled with their food and get them drinks and so forth. We did go see one show about Elvis and enjoyed it. The theater is very nice and has comfortable chairs. As for my sea sickness, I still became a little sea sick. So we have decided that being on a big ship did not help. In fact, we both decided that we enjoyed cruising on the NCL Dawn much more. The Escape is more for families with children and large parties travelling together. While waiting for one of the restaurants for dinner, I heard one cruiser say that he was disappointed with the main lobby. He said it was not as grand as some of the other ships. That was the overall feel of the ship. It was new but did not feel or look like a flag ship like the Royal Caribbean's Oasis. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Had a great time on NCL Escape. Was not ready to get off the ship after 7 nights. Will definitely sail on this ship again. Group of 6 for this voyage. Everyone had a great time. Enjoyed the theater shows and comedy shows. Best meal was ... Read More
Had a great time on NCL Escape. Was not ready to get off the ship after 7 nights. Will definitely sail on this ship again. Group of 6 for this voyage. Everyone had a great time. Enjoyed the theater shows and comedy shows. Best meal was at Cagney's Steak House, Steaks and Seafood cooked to perfection. Fisherman's Platter was fabulous. Coffee and dessert ended a great meal. Manhattan Dining Room was slow with serving the food. Seems the Specialty Restaurants and Savor Dining Room have the best dining room staff. Best Margarita at the It's 5 o'clock some bar. Loved the Water Front area. 678 Ocean Place is where a lot of the dining venues and entertainment happens. We only had reservation on one night for Specialty Restaurants. We walked up to the restaurant and never had over a 15 minute wait for a table. I love freestyle dining. Handicap Balcony Room was spacious, and had room to turn around my mobility scooter and electrical outlet to plug in mobility scooter near the door. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Group of 15 with the following demographic: 28-45 Years of Age Multiple Ethnicities Straight & Gay Let's start with the positive, the ship is beautiful with all details accounted for down to the salt and pepper ... Read More
Group of 15 with the following demographic: 28-45 Years of Age Multiple Ethnicities Straight & Gay Let's start with the positive, the ship is beautiful with all details accounted for down to the salt and pepper shakers at the restaurants. Also, the water slides where very nice and lots of fun when they were open. The adventure course was pretty cool too. Night Life: THERE IS NOT ONE INDOOR CLUB! They have an open sun deck in the back of the ship that is only open weather permitting. It's windy and interesting the first night but you get over it pretty quickly. Then there's the Skyline...the second in line "club wise". Fully open smack next to the casino...feels like part of the casino. The bartenders were literally ALL very rude and just not happy to be there. There was only one bartender that is usually in the pool bar and would go to the Skyline to back up that was super nice and full of energy. He was always happy, dancing, and made excellent drinks. His name is Clarense Bennett from Honduras and the only one that would always wear a straw hat. Then the worst part, since the Skyline is so open, the teenagers would constantly crash the party (we did the best we could with the so so music). All of them in mass groups doing the nae nae and cupid shuffle amidst the drunken old men. Super inappropriate and unsupervised. Many times my drinks would disappear and while I thought the bartender was just cleaning the bar too fast, I saw one of the young ones with sheer talent stealing one of my friends drink...pure stealth. Only the last night after a complaint did the security guard go in and kick them out. The Service: For some reason the person in charge of my stateroom was all attitude with mediocre cleaning. I called daily for proper cleaning and one day the guy gave me his schedule and basically insinuated with his tone he would come and make up the room as a favor. The housekeeping manager was very nice and the last couple of days everything was up to par. The couple a few doors down with a different person had a good experience and I haven't asked the rest of the group so maybe it was just mine. The Spa: It was nice...nice but after sailing in the NCL EPIC, I was expecting the same or more. The pool was smaller and the overall set up was not as impressive. The snow room was super cool, that was my best memory from the space. The attendants in the front can use a training on proper "spa" service...again, the ladies at the EPIC were also very nice and professional. The Gym: You have everything you need but very tight..although the ship is bigger, the gym is smaller than the one in the EPIC. The view from the cardio area, very nice as usual. Brace yourself to bump sweaty arms in the weights area. The Restaurants: The only 2 restaurants that I can say were excellent and worth the expense were Food Republic and Le Bistro in second place. The rest were OK, noting to die for. The H2O Sundeck Area: Light and low low music...good place to get sun while taking a nap. The Main Pool Area: I like my pool area with a DJ and drinks. Most of the time there was a live singer with unbrushed hair. I consider the pool to be small for the size of the ship and there are not enough Jacuzzis. Speaking of jacuzzis, full of children all day. Packs of 10 snorkeling under the bubbles....for hours. Children EVERYWHERE except their kiddie area. Thank goodness for the area upstairs that's enclosed. I don't remember the name but you have to pay extra to be allowed in and it's adults only. I recommend the drink Pain Killer! In conclusion, if you're looking for a fun lively ship with a night life and modern music, this is not it. This ship is meant to relax, gain 10 pounds (all you can do is eat) and play bingo. I kissed the floor when I finally got off the ship (so was my entire group). After this experience I don't want to think of a cruise but when I do, my eyes are shifting over to another line...my heart can't bear another ESCAPE experience. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Norwegian Escape Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Service 3.0 4.1
Value For Money 4.0 3.7

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