5 Norwegian Escape Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Bahamas

Review October 27, 2019 NCL Escape Day 1 Sunday, October 27 arrived at pier in NYC around 12:10 because we were told via VM check in only between Noon and 3 due to coast guard inspection. Apparently we were the only ones told because at ... Read More
Review October 27, 2019 NCL Escape Day 1 Sunday, October 27 arrived at pier in NYC around 12:10 because we were told via VM check in only between Noon and 3 due to coast guard inspection. Apparently we were the only ones told because at Haven check in we were checked in and immediately online to board ship. However, no Haven staff to bring us on board and we had to find our way on. When we got on ship it was already packed with people already having lunch. Haven restaurant already packed we had to sit at table outside the Haven Restaurant which was just fine. Our room was ready about 1:30. Haven Courtyard Penthouse 17128. Dinner was at LeBistro and was good as usual. (We had the dinner package for three meals and I made all dinner reservations online after final payment was made).We had the dinner promo (3), the Beverage Package, and Unlimited WiFi. I put our phones on Airplane Mode for the entire trip and used FB messenger to contact people. We prepaid the gratuities, however, tipped where called for. Our room steward was Rommel and did an adequate job. When I asked if I could have a lounge chair on our balcony in ten minutes he arrived with a helper with a lounge! (We gave him a little something when we first met him and a little something when we left. Our butler was Fernando we gave him something when we met him and something when we left. We never asked for anything special from him. He dropped off some fruit and little snacks in the afternoon.Patrick was our concierge and we gave him something when we left. Day 2 Monday, October 28 at sea Breakfast and Dinner at Haven Restaurant...always good....Lunch at Buffet.....just ok. Day 3 Tuesday, October 29 Port Canaveral.....stayed onboard and went up on Deck 19 sunbathing. Weather was gorgeous. Saw a show at the Supper Club.....priority seating due to Haven.....four young men singing songs from 50’s...very entertaining! They served a steak (or fish) dinner during the show...we opted out of that.....instead had dinner at the Haven restaurant. Day 4 Wednesday, October 30....breakfast early at the Haven Restaurant. Great Stirrup Cay. Weather again gorgeous! priority disembarking because of Haven. When we got on island saw another NCL ship was already there the Norwegian Sun. Note: very rocky in the water ...... recommend those water shoes....I got a nice gash on my heel.....be sure to also pack some bandaids and antibiotic ointment....luckily I always do. Lunch at the buffet. Dinner at LaCucina......excellent. And a little time and money at the Casino. Day 5 Thursday, October 31 Nassau, Bahamas. Breakfast at the Haven Restaurant, Lunch at Buffet and Dinner at the Haven Restaurant......didn’t get off the ship....relaxed....and relaxed some more. Left Nassau around 610pm. Lots of passengers and crew in Halloween costumes. Ship rocking all night.....feeling the motion of the ocean. More time at casino. Day6 Friday......@ sea......breakfast at Haven restaurant......toilets not flushing on our Haven Deck 17...... oh boy! Fixed quickly. Seas a little choppy. Lunch at buffet. Dinner at Haven restaurant. Day7 Saturday ...... @sea........breakfast at Haven restaurant.......relaxed....lunch at buffet......decide to get a jump on things and packed so we could enjoy our last night. Dinner at Cagneys....so good.......my husband had lobster tails and I had salmon.....casino for a little while and called it a night. Day8 Sunday.....had coffee and a muffin in our cabin as we were going to be walking off with priority disembarking ...... left our cabin 715am.......passports not needed to be shown since they had facial recognition screens set up. Walked across the street got in a yellow taxi and we were in our house 800am....(we live in Astoria, Queens). The taxi cost us $45 (a little more than usual) because the driver had to avoid certain routes due to the NY Marathon! Can’t wait for October 2020 on the Encore!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose this cruise because we love the itinerary and wanted to try the Norwegian Escape. We have done two cruises on the Dawn and six on the Gem. There were almost twice as many passengers aboard than what we were used to. Things moved ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we love the itinerary and wanted to try the Norwegian Escape. We have done two cruises on the Dawn and six on the Gem. There were almost twice as many passengers aboard than what we were used to. Things moved along at the NYC terminal very quickly to our surprise. It was a bit intimidating doing the muster drill in the atrium due to the crowds and it was quite warm. There was an adjustment period the first day because of the pool and restaurants being on different decks than we were used to. By the next morning we began our love affair with the Escape. Three main complementary dining rooms and a very nice area on deck 17 is call Spice H20 which is great for reading on the loungers and relatively quiet. There is also a huge movie screen that shows films under the stars on a few nights. The food was superior to the other Norwegian ships we've cruised with previously. Every member of the crew was friendly and greeted us with a smile. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My 60th BDay cruise and I had a blast. This was a last minute decision and I'm so so glad I did. The price was right, I live in New York so its convenient. The Entertainment was great. They also have Celebrities on the ship. I went ... Read More
My 60th BDay cruise and I had a blast. This was a last minute decision and I'm so so glad I did. The price was right, I live in New York so its convenient. The Entertainment was great. They also have Celebrities on the ship. I went to a show to see the fabulous Sharon Wilkins. Matter of fact it was Dinner and a show, A 5 course dinner and a show for a very small fee. I absolutely loved it had a great time watching her singing and mingle in the audience it was up close and personal. I visited all the Specialty restaurants on the ship and enjoyed each and every one. My cabin steward Charlie was great he catered to my every want and need . What I want people to know is fill out those comment cards let the higher ups know you appreciate when all goes right on your vacation. I Did. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Let me start by saying I love to travel, especially to Caribbean islands. I particularly love vacations filled with nature, adventure and exploring new places. I've traveled quite a bit over the years, so I know that a big part of ... Read More
Let me start by saying I love to travel, especially to Caribbean islands. I particularly love vacations filled with nature, adventure and exploring new places. I've traveled quite a bit over the years, so I know that a big part of traveling is keeping things in stride and going with the flow. With this cruise vacation, however, my patience was tested even before getting on the ship. First the long line to drop off luggage, then the REALLY long line to go through security, then the line to check in, and finish that off with a line to get your picture taken and pretend you're having fun while still bundled in winter coats. Once on the boat my main complaints how smokey it is. The design of the ship is just terrible. They put the casino (where they allow smoking) in an open area around a 3-level atrium. And on these 3 levels are most things you'd want to enjoy on the ship--restaurants, comedy club, lounges, shopping, theatre, etc. The smoke is not contained at all, but wafts throughout these 3 floors. Complaint #2: The Garden Cafe. The very first morning of our cruise we went down to breakfast at 10:15 am (an unusually busy time, maybe?) and I just wanted to cry. The place was packed. The three of us waited a long time to get our food, but then walked around and around the place and could not find a place to sit. I was prepared to eat standing up, but then couldn't find any utensils to eat with (I later learned they're kept on the tables). People without any food were saving tables all over--a problem we also experienced with pool chairs, seating in the lounges, the theatre, you name it. This was one crowded ship. Another thing...I was thinking such a big cruise ship would have plenty of variety and I would be able to find enough things to eat. I normally eat a diet of mainly vegetables with a little meat. At breakfast there was not a vegetable to be found, unless you count the tablespoon of spinach in my omelet. It was pretty much a buffet of meat and sugar. On the positive side, the entertainment was really nice. "After Midnight" was absolutely awesome! Wow, what talent. I left wanting to see what else those performers might be able to do. "The Brat Pack" was OK. The staff talent show at the end was cute. The comedians were on board were great--Spencer James and Flip Shultz, as was Ben Nemzer, the magician/comedian. The Adele tribute artist (Chelsea something) was great. One suggestion for Norwegian: quit shining those strobe lights into the eyes of audience members! It happened at every show we saw in the theater. The overall vibe of the ship just wasn't for me. Maybe it was because this cruise spanned over New Year's, but there were so many drunk people everywhere. Surprising, since it seems it would be awfully expensive to get drunk on that ship! Also, I felt nickel-and-dimed. Extra $ for internet service, extra to use a Norwegian app that lets you text others on the ship while out at sea, extra for some of the entertainment and restaurants, $6 for a bottle of water from the bar, and so on. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I chose this cruise because a group of local people were traveling together. How pleased I was with the total package. The choice of 3 specialty restaurants and the beverage package made the trip fun and less stressful. I loved my choices ... Read More
I chose this cruise because a group of local people were traveling together. How pleased I was with the total package. The choice of 3 specialty restaurants and the beverage package made the trip fun and less stressful. I loved my choices for dinning and it as great not to billed for drink. All the food from the buffet to the best steakhouse was excellent. Family members had been on this ship earlier in the year and had only great things to say. I had been on the Breakaway last year and loved both ships. I think I prefer the freestyle cruising now that I travel with friends and now that I'm a senior, dressing up just isn't that important. Travel agents make sure cruiser know about preplanning shows and restaurants. The staff was very helpful. The ports were fun and easy to visit. The private island is always my favorite stop. This was no exception. The weather was great. The water was warm. Best possible fun in the sun experience. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Norwegian Escape Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Service 3.0 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.7

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