61 Norwegian Escape Cruise Reviews for Spring Break Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

What I liked All inclusive internet Pick your tag and time to get off the ship Bar Tenders (most lol) Best cabin upgrade i've ever had on a ship Dude singing have a happy day at the food court SHORTS AND POLO TO ... Read More
What I liked All inclusive internet Pick your tag and time to get off the ship Bar Tenders (most lol) Best cabin upgrade i've ever had on a ship Dude singing have a happy day at the food court SHORTS AND POLO TO DINNER What I did not like No wide open areas on ship felt closed in Pool the size of a bath tub - with drunk fools and know I was not one this time lol NO BURGER BAR OUT DOORS Over priced drinks A Room so tight you bumped into the the bed trying to get to the closet or walk past it Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
My wife and I cruise a lot with more than 20 cruises under our belt. For no particular reason, we had never cruised on NCL before. We had the opportunity to sail on the Escape as part of a travel agent conference we attended. It proved to ... Read More
My wife and I cruise a lot with more than 20 cruises under our belt. For no particular reason, we had never cruised on NCL before. We had the opportunity to sail on the Escape as part of a travel agent conference we attended. It proved to be a very enjoyable experience. Embarkation - We easily found the NCL rep upon landing at Miami airport. We were directed to a shuttle and were immediately whisked away to the cruise port. Our documents were checked and we received our room keys quite promptly. Very impressed until we found there was a holding area prior to boarding the ship. Still, we've had worse. 1 hour to board the ship after arriving at the port will not set any records but, on the other hand, was not terrible. Boarding the Ship - This was an odd experience. The gangway took us to the 4th deck of the ship. We then had to walk along deck for about 100 feet and entered the ship via a maintenance door. We then passed through a crew area before finally arriving at an entrance to a hallway just off of the atrium. There was no formal greeting of passengers other than someone stating lunch was being served on the 16th deck. Cabin - Knowing that we would be at a conference during the day, we decided that an inside cabin would suffice. My oh my, this was definitely the smallest on any ship we've sailed. It was so small that it was impossible to walk on either side of the bed. The common area between the bed and the bathroom door was barely large enough for two people to stand. The desk was about 18 inches deep. There was virtually no shelving available to unload suitcases. I would NEVER book this category again. On a positive note, our room steward Kreshna was excellent. Our cabin was cleaned twice a day and the bed turned down at night. Dining - Meals in the main dining room were very good, as good as if not better than most of their competitors. Unlike Carnival who served salmon nearly every night, NCL offered a broad variety of fish... salmon, tilapia, sea bass, etc... a very good assortment. Other offerings were good. Presentation was basic, portions on the small side. The Food Republic offered one of the best meals we've had at sea. An a la carte menu allowed selection of a great array of delicacies. This one is not to be missed. Cagney's on other hand was a major disappointment. Service was terrible with our server and wine steward being nearly invisible. The a la carte pricing made it a very expensive option. My prime rib was not allowed to rest properly and was delivered swimming in a pool of red juices... not the most visually appetizing. No one checked on our dinner, nor were our wine glasses replenished. Save your money an go elsewhere. Service - Although staff were generally quite friendly, there were simply not enough of them. Very few servers were available in the public areas to offer drinks. NCL would do much better to hire more serving staff. As it was, acquiring a drink pretty much meant having to go to the bar and hope you could attract the attention of a bartender. Beverages - In a word... very pricey. $10.95 for an 8 oz drink served in a plastic throw away cup. (Think Dixie cup). Drinks were very weak with minimal flavour... mostly ice. They were so off putting that we stayed away from mixed beverages and drank wine or cider. Entertainment - Bid cudos for this category. After Midnight and The Brat Pack were phenomenal, very entertaining shows by very talented casts. The comedians were both very funny - Frank Townshend and Bill Palisol, although their sets were a bit repetitious over the week. We absolutely loved Howl at the Moon - three gifted and funny dueling pianists There were a good number of lounge acts playing. We particularly enjoyed Maya (pianist) and the guitarist. Members of After Midnight also had solo shows during the week. Don't be put off by the need to prebook. The majority of shows had seats available. Shore Excursions - We did not do any ship excursions, however the highlight of the week was visiting the Baths at Virgin Gorda. Rather than take a ship's tour at nearly $120, we opted to walk to the local ferry and go there for $38. The only difference? Being picked up at the ship instead of walking 10 minutes and a rum punch. Go for the private experience. Summary - I think this ship offers good value. It is not a luxurious ship by any means but if you are looking for good quality entertainment, decent food and a strong 'vibe', the Escape would be a good choice. Would I go again... yes, for a fun in the sun holiday, but not in an inside cabin. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We went on a cruise of the Caribbean and it was wonderful. Our ship was the Norwegian Escape. Huge and lots of things to do. This was our 1st cruise and we weren't sure how it would be compared to All Inclusive Resorts and it was a ... Read More
We went on a cruise of the Caribbean and it was wonderful. Our ship was the Norwegian Escape. Huge and lots of things to do. This was our 1st cruise and we weren't sure how it would be compared to All Inclusive Resorts and it was a great trip, lots of fun, lots of laughs and entertainment. The ship had things for the whole family to do. The Entertainment Staff (Evan) and Cruise Director Andre went above and beyond to keep everyone laughing and having a good time. Food was really good. Loved that you can eat at the time you want instead of having assigned eating times for the week. Many different restaurants to keep the food a nice variety for the week. We did the drink package and that was well worth it. Drinks were good no matter what we ordered. We generally change it up with our drinks while on vacation. Cabin was large enough for the 4 of us. We had not issues with storage or space to move around. We did have a balcony room and it was well worth it. We slept with the door cracked at night and it was so peaceful listening to the ocean. We slept so good! The transition on and off the ship was very smooth and they gave you lots of information to direct you what to do, helpful if it's your 1st cruise like it was for us. They had kids clubs, this would be the only down fall in our opinion with the fact that the age limits are so strict that our two girls would have been split up the whole time. We wanted to even have our older (14 years old) daughter go with our younger (12 years old) daughter to her club level and they do not allow it. Beyond the clubs they have a lot for the kids to do, mini gold, ropes course, arcade, so we just had check in times with the girls when they went off without us. We went during Spring Break so at times it felt crowded however anywhere you go during a holiday time like that will be busy! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We have cruised many times on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Celebrity. We like new, big ships and wanted to try Norwegian. Pros: Nice new ship Embarkation and disembarkation was smooth and easy. Specialty ... Read More
We have cruised many times on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Celebrity. We like new, big ships and wanted to try Norwegian. Pros: Nice new ship Embarkation and disembarkation was smooth and easy. Specialty restaurants were very good. We tried the Steakhouse, Italian, and Teppanyaki (be sure to make reservations in advance). Food was good in the main dining room and buffets. The ropes course was really cool (glad we did it the first day because lines were LONG later in the week). Sports court was nice. Mini suite bathroom was very roomy with a double sink and full size shower. Nice itinerary/great ports (St. Thomas, Tortola, and Nassau) Tortola was beautiful. We did the catamaran sail and snorkel to the Baths at Virgin Gorda and we LOVED it. Cons: Main pool area was not big enough for the ship. Hard to find empty lounge chairs. Everyone gets up early and "holds" chairs. In our opinion, this was not as family friendly as some other lines like Royal Caribbean and Carnival. My 9 year old didn't like the kids club very much. He LOVED the kids clubs on RCL and Carnival. Staff on the ship wasn't overly friendly. Entertainment and shows were were just ok. Seemed like everyone had the unlimited drink package so there were always lines at the bars and very limited waiter service at the pool. No one is walking around asking you if you'd like a drink. Very rocky on the way back from Tortola (lots of people were sea sick). Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Just returned from our 7 day escapade on the Escape. My husband and daughter also thoroughly enjoyed our voyage! This is our second cruise with Norwegian; our first being Spring 2015 on the Norwegian Star. We enjoyed our balcony ... Read More
Just returned from our 7 day escapade on the Escape. My husband and daughter also thoroughly enjoyed our voyage! This is our second cruise with Norwegian; our first being Spring 2015 on the Norwegian Star. We enjoyed our balcony cabin, dining and cruise ship activities. The service was just phenomenal! We really felt the service from our cabin steward to the wait staff in the restaurants were top notch from beginning to end. Yes the ship is huge and the elevators were sometimes crowded. The garden cafe buffet was also crowded and of course the pool area was congested. But even in all that; it was still great! Patience is always a must; but the ship is so well kept and there's so much to do to keep you occupied on sea days. My daughter loved Splash Academy and my husband loved relaxing on the waterfront (deck 8). All I can say, is our experience was just excellent. The food was delicious in all the restaurants and the staff was always so welcoming and upbeat! I would definitely recommend this ship for an enjoyable vacation! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We got to the Miami Port at about 9-9:15 am and someone quickly took our bags for us. We were in through security quickly and waited for our group to be called to board the ship (I think we were group 5). There was juice and coffee in the ... Read More
We got to the Miami Port at about 9-9:15 am and someone quickly took our bags for us. We were in through security quickly and waited for our group to be called to board the ship (I think we were group 5). There was juice and coffee in the waiting area which was nice! This trip was a whirlwind! The District is incredible. Edward (the bartender) is the BEST and make sure to see Andrew play the piano/sing. The Cruise Critic Meet and Greet there was SO FUN (thanks Suzie!). We had a balcony room near the aft and loved it. We were on the 11th floor which made it easy to walk up to the activities on top and easy to get to 6-7-8 where more restaurants and bars can be found. Food: We LOVED Food Republic. Make sure to get the lobster roll (at least 3-4 times... I still crave this!). We LOVED Cagney's. This was my favorite upgraded restaurant. I liked Le Bistro but was disappointed with Bayamo. For us, Bayamo was not worth the hype. We were hoping to have lobster (we booked this reservation because it was on the menu) but it definitely was not what we were hoping for. O'Sheehans is great at night and for breakfast! We had lunch at Margaritaville one day- the watermelon margarita was delish! The only excursion we did through the ship was the Adventure Boats in Tortola to Jost van Dyke. These boats were super fast and it was insanely fun. Get ready for awesome views and to get wet! The painkillers at Soggy Dollar Bar were pretty delicious, too! The Brat Pack was AMAZING!!!! You will seriously regret missing this show. We didn't go to After Midnight. I loved the last comedian but the first two were not very funny. I'm sorry, I can't remember his name right now. We saw him twice and laughed hysterically. Howl at the Moon is a blast! Make sure to stay after 11 when it becomes "adults only". They get pretty funny and have hilarious toasts. The tube waterslide was awesome. My husband did the other slide but I didn't want to take my wedding ring off so I wasn't able to. Do the ropes course at the beginning of the trip; we waited and ended up not being able to do it because it was too windy the day we left open. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
After my Celebrity Summit cruise was cancelled with 2 weeks notice, we (husband and I, traveling together) scrambled to find a replacement cruise during the same time frame, which was my spring break from teaching. I have been on most ... Read More
After my Celebrity Summit cruise was cancelled with 2 weeks notice, we (husband and I, traveling together) scrambled to find a replacement cruise during the same time frame, which was my spring break from teaching. I have been on most of the other cruise lines several times and this was my opportunity to try something new. I am glad we did and I am considering an NCL cruise in Europe this summer. I was happily surprised that embarkation went very smoothly. At about noon, we were the last 'group' called to board the ship. After our number, I think passengers just walked on the ship as they arrived. There were lots of choices about what to do on the ship, which we enjoyed. Yes, there were lots of people as well. You could always find a place less crowded if you tried. We had the UDP, which we enjoyed. Our favorite place was Sugarcane, the mojito bar. We spent time there most evenings watching the bartenders handcraft every drink and chatting with other passengers. My favorite place for breakfast was Margaritaville! It was never crowded. Thanks for the heads on this to my Roll Call. So quiet and eggs made to order every morning that we were able to go. I agree that service in the dining rooms could be slow, due to the servers having to change tablecloths and reset tables at all times of the evening. I live in Florida, across from the ocean with a pool in my backyard, so I never felt the need to hang out in the pool area on Escape. I completely agree with other reviewers--entirely too small for a ship of this size. Actually, the policy of issuing only ONE pool towel per passenger is genius NCL! Passengers could not hog chairs all over the ship. The entertainment shows that we were able to see were very good. By the end of the cruise we had figured out the whole stand-by situation since we were unable to make many reservations. That system does take the Free out of the Freestyle concept in my opinion. Our balcony cabin was adequate for the one week cruise with only 2 people. The bathroom was nice. I missed having reclining chairs on the balcony. They were typical stacking chairs and the table out there was tiny. We heard the man in the cabin next to us snoring loudly every morning, but heard nothing from the cabin on the other side. Were the walls that thin OR was he that loud? My cabin was under the spa area and we did hear some noises from up there. We got used to them during the week and they were never late at night. In St. Thomas, we took the ship excursion to Trunk Bay. It was way too short and I regretted it. We loved Tortola! We took a chartered catamaran snorkel trip to the Norman Islands with Aristocat Charters and it was the highlight of the week! Do not hesitate! Nassua--oh, why did we even get off the ship? Took a ship's tour to The Blue Lagoon and it the lack of communication and level of disorganization was epic. Hordes of people standing around on the pier outside of the ship in the sun waiting for someone to direct them somewhere! By the time we got to the Blue Lagoon island, it was pretty much time to come back. My major complaint about this ship is the second hand cigarette smoke INDOORS. The casino is open concept and you actually walk through it. Smoking is allowed in there, but they did not design a way to keep the smoke from infiltration other areas of the ship INSIDE. It is hard to explain, but cigarette smoke was being sucked/cycled down to the open areas on the 6th floor, right in front of LeBistro and Teppanyaki specialty restaurants. I wanted to try LeBistro, but cancelled due to the seating situation. It was definitely a shock after sailing Celebrity and their smoke free (inside) ships. Crew members were amazing! From bartenders to our cabin steward, Jose. Overall, a positive experience and we would go again. Looks like the ship would be great for a big group sailing together. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We just got back from our week on the Escape. We wanted to try the bigger ship. I don't think that we will go on another big cruise ship again. One thing we noticed is that the ship is extremely packed with people. You are rushed in ... Read More
We just got back from our week on the Escape. We wanted to try the bigger ship. I don't think that we will go on another big cruise ship again. One thing we noticed is that the ship is extremely packed with people. You are rushed in an out of nearly every activity even in the main dining room. There were some positives on this trip as well. The one benefit to having a mini suite was the priority boarding. The room itself was not much bigger than a balcony suite normally. Get there early and make sure that you hustle to the dueling piano venue to sign up for the vibe beach club access. They only allow 70 people and it is well worth the $99. You get access to an exclusive area that has padded chairs, its own bar, fresh fruit and cold towels and cookies. It is quiet and you don't have to fight all the crowds. The bartenders are awesome and the waiters are fantastic. Don't eat at Le Bistro, worst service and food on the ship. Three hours for a meal that is on the same par as the main dining room. We have sailed several times on NCL and have always loved this on other ships. Not here!! They longer offer lamp chops, they offer a lamb loin meal which is actually three tiny bites. We laughed when it arrived. It was actually entertaining to watch the plate being presented in front of other people, their response was comical.The teppanyaki was amazing. We saved this to the last night. So entertaining and the food was delicious. Excellent service and a great evening. The Taste was very nice and we got fantastic service. The manager was super nice to my grand daughter and even gave her several free gellato passes. The pools were super crowded. No chairs and hot tubs full of kids. No possible way to get near the pool even to get in because people sat around the edges and chairs are all taken. The kids pool area has no seating so you either have to sit on the edge of the pool to watch your little ones. The pool is too deep for younger kids. The play area had several apparatus that were either not working or not turned on. Splash Academy was awesome my 5 year old begged to go back all day. They were fantastic with the children and showed a real interest in them. They had several different themed nights. Word to the wise don't send you kids in good clothes they paint their faces and the paint stained clothes. The service was kind and friendly and washy washy is cute. The entertainment was great you must see the Dinner Show it is definitely worth the extra cost dinner was good as well. Brat Pack is sexually explicit and is about different movies. It is a typical coming of age theme. Not sure cruise crowd is the one for this production.I saw several people actually get up and walk out. It is loud and very hard to hear the lyrics. The new show After Midnight is Broadway quality. We loved every minute of it! Would have sat for another hour. Dueling piano bar and the games in the atrium were very entertaining. Went to St Johns by ferry. Easy to do and got to spend a beautiful day at Cinnamon Bay Beach. So pretty and very quiet. St Thomas we went to Cane Bay Beach crowded and the taxi ride is a thrill, but very pretty. Could have spent more time there. Bahamas went to Miele resort for the day. Nice beach and pools. Easy access by taxi. Didn't need to take any excursions from the ship and saved a tone of money. Still had a fantastic time. Very easy to get around on all the islands. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The ship is vey nice with plenty of options to keep you occupied. Biggest limitation was the pool areas on sea days. Nearly impossible to get a lounger and forget sitting by the pool or getting in. The Spa pass was very much worth it ... Read More
The ship is vey nice with plenty of options to keep you occupied. Biggest limitation was the pool areas on sea days. Nearly impossible to get a lounger and forget sitting by the pool or getting in. The Spa pass was very much worth it on this trip as gave a nice quiet place to sit in a hot tub or soak in a pool. Would be nice if the Spa had an outside area. The trip I was on was during Spring Break so there were lots of kids on board. I think the crowd size was larger than normal due to number of families sharing a single cabin, which means the average occupancy per cabin was higher than normal. The buffet food was good, but nothing to write home about. The main dining room food was also slightly better than average, but still nothing to rave about. Service was slow but it was vacation, so I was not rushed. I highly recommend spending a few extra dollars and going to the specialty restaurants. Food and service at these restaurants was considerably better. The food prices at the specialty restaurants is lower than if you were paying full price at a similar restaurant off the ship, so although it was an additional cost, it was not that much more. Beverages were covered as part of Ultimate Beverage Package, so no added cost for drinks which also makes the final bill seem lower than if you were doing full dinner and drinks off the ship. As a relaxing quite spot in a crowded ship, the Waterfront was a nice quite place with much fewer crowds. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Selected NCL Escape due to the itinerary and since it was a newer ship. This was our 35th cruise and our 10th suite. Embarkation is really great if you are in the Haven, but when you disembark you are thrown into the mess, they should ... Read More
Selected NCL Escape due to the itinerary and since it was a newer ship. This was our 35th cruise and our 10th suite. Embarkation is really great if you are in the Haven, but when you disembark you are thrown into the mess, they should have a separate section feeding into a customs row for Haven personnel. The ship is very clean and new. The Haven sun area is a joke. They have about 20 lounge chairs in a tiny area. YOU would think for the Haven area, Suite payment, high end that you would be able to walk out and have a lounge chair anytime in the sun and this simply isn't true. The ship lacks in this area - so if you pay a lot, don't think that you will be necessarily sitting in the sun, unless your balcony is facing the sun and you happen to have a lounge chair on your balcony. Service is great in the Haven area and the butler/concierge is a great support once you have experienced it. The children had a great time making many friends even going to dinner with them instead of their family. WE will continue to cruise with NCL - as 32 of our 35 cruises have been with NCL. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was cruise number 119 for me (I started as a baby). I've sailed on most of the major brands (NCL, RCCL, Carnival, Holland America, Celebrity, Costa and Princess). Lately, I've stuck with NCL because I really feel they are ... Read More
This was cruise number 119 for me (I started as a baby). I've sailed on most of the major brands (NCL, RCCL, Carnival, Holland America, Celebrity, Costa and Princess). Lately, I've stuck with NCL because I really feel they are trying to improve their product each year. I noticed that especially on this cruise as the experience was even better than the first time I sailed on Escape in her inaugural year. For a better airfare price I had to fly in to FLL. I take the SAS shuttle for $15 to and from the ship from FLL. I used to always try to get on the ship first but I've learned it's much faster to arrive around 1pm. Walked right on to the ship, dropped off my luggage in my room and let the fun begin (until the dreaded life boat drill). The entire trip we had great weather and no delays. The seas were smooth and the sunsets beautiful. The ship was very clean. My cabin was spotless. I travel solo so I book the solo cabins. I usually don't mix with the singles crowd as I make friends easily and prefer to do whatever whenever. I felt bad for my cabin steward as he was in training and kept apologizing for everything. On most cruises I never see my cabin steward but on this trip he was always there when I was coming back to the cabin. He needs to work a bit on the towel animals =). NOTE: Don't pick a cabin next to a steward's closet - they start opening and closing the doors at 7am. Noisy! Being platinum, I received two specialty dinners (one with a bottle of wine), a bag of laundry and 30 minutes of internet - I used all the benefits and appreciated all of them. The food in the MDR and specialty restaurants was great. I think my meal in La Cucina was the best meal every on a cruise. The UBP provided all the libations you could want and I tested it to the max. Except for the first sea day, I really never experienced a line for drinks. The Food Republic, Margaritaville and buffet were all fine. If you don't like the food on this ship, you are very hard to please. You must try dinner outside on the waterfront. Perfect. In terms of entertainment, AFTER MIDNIGHT was phenomenal. The other show, the Frat Pack was confusing. Several folks walked out. Between the language and the hard rock sound track, it was hard to really like this show. The cast worked very hard but it was a bit too much for a mixed audience. The visual effects though were incredible. Not having to tender is important to me because I like to jump on and off the ship a few times. In St. Thomas I was directed to an open air shuttle to go downtown for $4 but ended up on an island tour instead. It was $25 and just went to a big store on the top of the island and back. One person on the tour ran away at the end .. didn't pay. It was almost worth not paying for. Just make sure you're on the right canopy shuttle when you are there. In Tortola it's really a beach stop .. get off the ship and their new pier park is very nice. All types of transportation options when you get there. Don't waste money on the ship for their excursions. Nassau is Nassau .. I just stayed on board. Only do many times you can go to Atlantis. I did hear the Sandals resort one day pass was a great experience but for only five hours .. I didn't think it was worth. Especially with the UBP on board. The parties at night make NCL the best. Night at Spice H20 are so much fun. The cruise director, Andre, has more energy than all the cruise directors I've ever sailed with. He made lots of people happy and had a great personality. Kudos to him. I spent the extra for the SPA package and I'm not sure I'd do it again. Just find a space outside on deck 17. The soaking tub really is big but you can't really spend much time in it. I prefer the SPA on Epic. The art auction - you folks really need to do a online google search before you buy anything. My Mom and I used to buy art. She passed away with 50 plus artworks - none of them can be sold for anything more than 10% of what we paid. Don't but art on board! The stores sold watches. Now I realize they are a rip off too. The same watch I was told was a great deal was $168 on board. On Amazon that same watch ... $65 dollars (with free delivery). Be smart with your money. Again, I will return to NCL because I feel they really care about their passengers and fix any problem immediately. They listen. I wholeheartedly recommend the Escape. I travel solo so I book the solo cabins. I usually don't mix with the singles crowd as I make friends easily and prefer to be at my o Being platinum, I received two specialty dinners (one with a bottle of wine), a bag of laundry and 30 minutes of internet - I used all the benefits and appreciated all of them. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We booked this a week before leaving as we already had flights to FLA but are tired of Disney / Universal. It was three of us including our 16 year old son. We booked a balcony guarantee and it worked out great being in 15252. The room ... Read More
We booked this a week before leaving as we already had flights to FLA but are tired of Disney / Universal. It was three of us including our 16 year old son. We booked a balcony guarantee and it worked out great being in 15252. The room was close to the stairs to the garden cafe and the Entourage teen club. The pool slides and rope course were awesome. We spent a lot of time around the slides on 17 and although it was crowded we could always find a spot ( there by 1030AM). The food was very good all around with a lot of options. We dined in all 3 dining rooms, O Sheehans and the Garden Cafe. We liked all of them - with our only complaint being the noise in O Sheehans. The comedy shows were very good as was the Company Men dinner show. The theater shows were just okay. We loved the literary as we had been to St Johns some 20 years ago and wanted to go back. We did our own snorkeling trip to St John and it was easy to catch taxis and the Red Hook ferry. Tortola was very beautiful (Smugglers Bay) but the roads stink. Overall we would do it again. We all agreed at the end that we liked this cruise best overall with 1 RCCL cruise and 1 other NCL cruise as a family before. We also cruised RCCL twice before kids and always enjoyed it. Our recent trips have won us over to NCL - just more relaxed dining arrangements and better food / options. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Great ship, great cruise, great memories. We chose the Escape for my son's senior spring break after cruising the Getaway and loving the ship. Our initial thoughts of a large ship being too crowded are completely gone. There are ... Read More
Great ship, great cruise, great memories. We chose the Escape for my son's senior spring break after cruising the Getaway and loving the ship. Our initial thoughts of a large ship being too crowded are completely gone. There are more people, but there are so many more places on the boat! Because we were with a large group, for the most part the teens hung out and the parents hung out with an occasional convergence of all of us. Decks 6/7/8 (aka "the fun decks") are huge and you can easily forget you are cruising at sea. We were continuously discovering great new spots. We wandered into the Comedy Club one night for dueling pianos and stayed for a couple hours singing, laughing and dancing. We discovered the Brewery another evening and enjoyed some great beer and an awesome piano man. The teenagers were in love with Food Republic (sushi!). Tobacco Road quickly became our "meeting spot" for pre-dinner drinks where our group would converge and discuss highlights of the day and evening plans. Kudos to Selsa and the staff at Tobacco Road - you are awesome! Deck 8 with the indoor/outdoor drinking/dining areas is awesome. Loved this aspect of the ship. (Note: my husband smokes and loved the outdoor bar smoking area on Getaway deck 8. Escape does not have this so you must use the humidor if you want to smoke on 8.) We specialty dined at Cagney's, Le Bistro, Moderno and La Cucina. Cagney's was superb - absolutely wonderful food, atmosphere, service. My husband and I had a "date night" at Le Bistro and it was spectacular (I love French cuisine). Moderno was a favorite of my 17 year old son with the ability to try so many different meats. La Cucina was good and is the place to go for osso buco. We dined twice at the Manhatten Room as a large group (24). The food was great and their ability to accommodate us was not a problem. We talked to the host 24 hours in advance and they smiled and had everything ready for us. Taste and Savor were our favorites for breakfast and lunch. We did eat in the buffet and it was great, but we prefer to sit and relax a bit for meals. The unlimited drink package has evolved and is worth every penny. When we first used it (2015) you had to sign for every drink. Now they just serve and swipe. On the sun decks and Spice H2), we always had a waiter come by to take orders so we didn't have to stand in line at a bar. The waiters are amazing - they take your order and your card and they will find you, even in the midst of the Glow Party! We spent time every day in the sun and were always able to find chairs. The deck around the pool was CRAZY - loud and partying - which is not my thing so I was on 19/20 or Spice H2O (because the grotto is spectacular!). Maybe it was just the people cruising this week, but the chairs seemed to turn over frequently. Three of us found 2 chairs one day, then the gentleman next to us gave us his saying he had enough sun and was leaving as soon as his wife returned anyway. The Escape is a great ship for teens. My son and friends loved having the ropes course, zip line, water slides and hot tubs. This week did have an excessive amount of spring breakers but I found most to be fun, polite kids who were having a blast. An older couple mentioned to me at the Glow Party that the teens really brought an energy to the boat. One last note: we used iConcierge and it was great for a large group. Great way to find people in your party to let them know where you are. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We picked the Escape for the kid water play area on the ship and the itinerary. The price was great for when we wanted to cruise. It was my granddaughter's spring break and we wanted to do something fun with her. All of us had a ... Read More
We picked the Escape for the kid water play area on the ship and the itinerary. The price was great for when we wanted to cruise. It was my granddaughter's spring break and we wanted to do something fun with her. All of us had a great time, except for getting sick while on the cruise. Embarkation was really easy and we were on the ship within 30 minutes of arriving at the port. Our room wasn't ready at 12:30 so we took ourselves up to the Garden Cafe Buffet and had lunch. We were able to find a table immediately and had a wonderful lunch. The variety of food was astounding and there were many different food stations and beverage areas. We always found the Garden Cafe a great place to eat. My granddaughters favorite part of the buffet was the soft serve ice cream machines. They also had ice cream stations where a server would scoop at least 5-7 different selections. We were able to get into our room after lunch and we were unpacked and up on deck by 2PM. The pool areas were all ready crowded with people, but you could find deck chairs, you just had to look for them. I must agree with previous comments that the Escape does not have enough pools for the amount of people on the ship. We were told that on our sailing there were 5100 people. I think they were including crew. The crew on this ship were some of the friendliest people I have ever cruised with. Always a friendly smile and a nice greeting. Three of us did get sick on this cruise with respiratory infections. I had a kid sneeze in my face on the first day of the cruise, during the life boat drill, and I was sick in 48 hours. My daughters came down with it within days. There were many people sick and coughing on this cruise. We were able to get off the ship in St Thomas and Nassau, but we were too sick to see Tortola. This was really disappointing since we all really wanted to go to the Baths in Virgin Gorda. The weather was great on the cruise and I was so surprised how low the humidity was. April seems to be a nice time in the Caribbean. The entertainment was really good. We were able to see the comedians and the juggler, and they were top notch. We couldn't get into see the Brat Pack. I would definitely try to book my reservations as soon as I got on the ship. They book up fast. We never took my granddaughter to the children's clubs since she was happy playing in the Aqua park and the kids pool. It is definitely a fun kids ship. My granddaughter can't wait to cruise again. We had dinner two nights in the Manhattan room, but we all found that the live music was extremely loud when you are trying to order your meal and eat it. After that we ate in the other dining rooms or up at the buffet. All in all, the food was really good. Disembarkation was easy, we were off the ship by 8:30 AM and at the Miami Airport by 9:30. I would definitely cruise on the Escape again, but I think I will wear a mask during the next life boat drill. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We have done the disney cruise 2 times when our kids were smaller,and also Carnival way back in the day...so decided to do a Adult cruise and chose NCL over this past spring break. I was torn between NCL and RCCL, but after searching, and ... Read More
We have done the disney cruise 2 times when our kids were smaller,and also Carnival way back in the day...so decided to do a Adult cruise and chose NCL over this past spring break. I was torn between NCL and RCCL, but after searching, and checking prices, NCL had everything we could dream of, and at a cost of $1000.00 cheaper for a family of 3. We were on the Escape and what a beautiful ship! the restaurants were awesome, and the buffet had such a variety that you had so many options everyday. We did the unlimited drink package, as well as the upgraded meal plan, and it was well worth it. It was spring break so the main pool did get over crowded, but the H2O was available for adults only if you wanted more of a laid back experience. I don't have one complaint about any of the experience, and we booked next years cruise while on the ship for a great savings, as well as a 3 level upgrade.. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
The ship was nice, with some fun activities. I have been on many other cruise ships but nothing quite this large. In the end, too large and not personable at all. Ship: Inside Cabin lacking in every way of places to store items. I ... Read More
The ship was nice, with some fun activities. I have been on many other cruise ships but nothing quite this large. In the end, too large and not personable at all. Ship: Inside Cabin lacking in every way of places to store items. I heard a lot of complaints about other people's cabins (from smoking pot on the balcony, to vomit on the carpets) and management basically did nothing. Very irate passengers communicating throughout the cruise. Also, just about everything you do will cost you. Even with the drink package that you buy, they charge you 18% additional for each drink you purchase. REALLY? Entertainment: Cotton Club era, 50's music, 80's entertainment is all great but anyone 18 and younger were leaving. With the same shows performing throughout the week, it got a little boring even the headliner comedian performed the same jokes every night. Second comedian was the lifesaver of the cruise ship, gave us something to do at night and look forward to. Food: Yes, there are 3 complimentary restaurants if you do not want to pay. BUT, all 3 serve the same food. Actually, the buffet had better food than the restaurants which I have never said about any other cruise line and not because it was that good. O'Sheehan's was the only other restaurant that was considered free; however, they do charge $1.00 for every visit. Not sure how that is free but that is another way they get you. Did not go to a paying restaurant as they were all very expensive from what I was told with regards to the food that was provided. The reason to go was because you may get tired of the buffet food. Ports: We did not purchase anything through the cruise ship, tried to but sold out on what we were interested in. That was okay though as we found out they were not just a little bit more but a lot more than what other cruise ships were offering. I would have to say, I went with NCL almost 10 years ago and at the time it was my favorite but things happen (kids) and we did not have a chance to go back as we were going on Carnival for more of the kids entertainment. Now the kids are slightly older I have been dying to go back to NCL, a lot has changed, will not be going back. If they were to change 3 main things, I think this could be a great ship again. 1. Miss the idea of being able to dine with others, never gave us a chance to meet new people when we can only dine with ourselves every night. 2. Perhaps change one 1 of the 3 restaurants that serve the same food to something else. For instance, Caribbean food which is rather inexpensive and don't charge. 3. Provide some entertainment that kids might enjoy as well. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Embark/Debark: Embarkation and Disembarkation went fine with both taking about the same amount of time. Ship: Beautiful , massive and well kept and Public areas and restrooms were clean and organized. The pool aka "the ... Read More
Embark/Debark: Embarkation and Disembarkation went fine with both taking about the same amount of time. Ship: Beautiful , massive and well kept and Public areas and restrooms were clean and organized. The pool aka "the foot pool" was way to small for the 4,200 passengers. Cabin: well organized for its size. We used the closet side floor on closer to the couch as an area to put our dirty clothes for the week, out of the way, and keep the odor down. Dining: Poor. I had at least three bad meals including lunch and dinner. It was so bad that i started ordering two appetizers and two entrees at once because 1) The food always came out warm or cold, never hot 2) If one appetizer or entree was bad you would be at dinner for hours because the service was so slow. I feel that they make the included meals sub-par so you are forced to pay extra at one of the numerous specialty restaurants to try to get a decent meal which also sometimes does not happen. A diner at La Cucina was comped to us by the Food Services director after we addressed the food issues with him. that meal, which consisted of shrimp fettuccine, a side of warms vegetables and a side of cold french fries. My son's had 3 shrimp in it and mine had 7. It was average at best. We also ate at Teppanyaki, a Japanese steakhouse, which was very good to excellent with great entertainment. The best included food was the buffet that had great breakfast and lunch selections. We didn't find this out until later in the week because I felt with the price paid for the trip, I should be able to get table service with good food. Entertainment and Activities: Excellent. Their was always something planed on the free style daily on the ship from dawn till dusk. Game shows, presentations, comedy, water sides, game rooms, mini gulf, rope courses, etc. Too much to name. I was on a 7 days cruise and didn't do half of the things the ship offers. Service: Poor. when their was friendliness it felt forced. Most of the time staff avoided contact so they would not have to say anything. I think the pre-gratuities is killing the service. I even noticed on the last day that the some staff suspected I wasn't going to provide a last day cash tip and they stopped even talking to me. That helped with that decision. Unlimited Drink package came with the room but that has had a daily pre-gratuity. Ports and Shore Excursions: St. Thomas: Nice, clean port. BOSS underwater adventure was excellent and will worth the money. Tortola: Smaller port and herded to the open air taxis to go to particular places on the island. Brewers Bay for swimming and snorkeling. It is on the other side of the island and not a lot of cruisers went there so no crowed at all and was nice. Nassau: 5 ships in port. crowed and lots of seedy areas. I would highly recommend not leaving your group or the tourist area. We did the zoo which was average and not really worth the money. Tips: When your in St. Thomas take a open air bus anywhere for $1. You just have to ride with the locals otherwise the taxis can range $4-$12pp. Order your drinks at one of the bars before you go to dinner and bring it in with you. specialty beverage service is super slow at dinner and you would be through half your meal before you got your first drink. keep track of your beach towels. You can exchange them on the pool deck. House keeping took our dirty ones and we never saw them again. Get to events 1/2 hr early or you will not get a seat. Room service is free if you order continental breakfast. Otherwise it's $7.95 a pop. In closing, Norwegian had a fine ship but it felt like you were up charged for everything. I will cruise again, but not with Norwegian unless they improve their food. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was our first ever cruise, so I do not have anything to compare it with, but we were very happy with our choice. The ship is massive, but very clean and contemporary/new and we found it easy to navigate once we figured it out. We ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise, so I do not have anything to compare it with, but we were very happy with our choice. The ship is massive, but very clean and contemporary/new and we found it easy to navigate once we figured it out. We stayed in an adjoining balcony cabin with our kids (3) in one room and us in the other. Good set up since the rooms are small (expected this already). We ate at several specialty restaurants (Cagney's,Teppanyaki and twice at Food Republic). We really enjoyed all of these restaurants. The shows were great, especially The Brat Pack show. Dueling Pianos and Comedy shows were great too. We also found all of the servers and staff to be very welcoming and kind. The kids groups are well run too - my 14 year old daughter loved the Entourage Teen group and hung out with her friends she made there most of the time. My only complaint would be the main dining hall food. It was ok/good, but had room to be great and the service was slow, but we expected that with the size of the ship. Overall we were very happy and will definately be back on another cruise in the future. Oh...and we loved our ports, but especially Tortola and our excursion there. We kayaked and did SUP through the ocean and into a mangrove where we saw thousands of small jelleyfish - it was unbelievable - Go to tripadvisor to see this BVI Surf group - Alex! Highly recommend. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We cruised on the Norwegian Escape in March of 2017. We would recommend it for sure. I would also recommend the all drink package and three day restaurant package. Everything was top notch in every way. There are so many wonderful ... Read More
We cruised on the Norwegian Escape in March of 2017. We would recommend it for sure. I would also recommend the all drink package and three day restaurant package. Everything was top notch in every way. There are so many wonderful restaurants on board including the all inclusive ones, but it was fun to try others. If I had any disappointment its with the breakfast. It was the same everyday. That being said they had so many options you could eat a different breakfast every day. Still I would have preferred more variety. This trip to the Eastern Caribbean was fabulous! Our room on the 15th floor mid ship with a balcony was always clean and tidy when we returned. Some people may not have liked this trip since it was during spring break but what do you expect during spring break? There are going to be a lot of people in the pool and around it. I liked watching all the crazy games - super entertaining! We want to experience other places and ships, but this ship is fabulous and highly recommended. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Rumor has it there were 1300 kids on board this sailing! Still, I laugh because it seems like adults are far more likely to be rude and annoying than the kids...I was almost taken out by speeding carts on more than one occasion. In a ... Read More
Rumor has it there were 1300 kids on board this sailing! Still, I laugh because it seems like adults are far more likely to be rude and annoying than the kids...I was almost taken out by speeding carts on more than one occasion. In a nutshell- the ship was by far larger than any I had sailed. It was actually intimidating on day 1,but we got our bearings quickly. I do agree the set up with the always stinky casino/ 678 area is certainly a poorly thought out design. I also think having the smoker's area at the bar on 17,right where it's easiest to watch the littles in the water play area is odd placement. Stateroom- 15870, an angled balcony was a delight overall, but you do hear nightly bass thumping music. Our attendant was kind enough to put a lounger on the balcony along with the two chairs and table and there was plenty of space. With 4 of us in the room, it took staying organized to not feel sardined. Plenty of storage space for us. LOVED the glass enclosed shower. The balcony was the perfect extra space. Do note that the overhang does affect view/photos a bit. Room steward Anil was hands down my favorite on any ship/line we've ever sailed. Mind you, I'm only on my 8th, but this man was the most genuine person I think I've ever met. He was efficient and thorough at his tasks. There was just something about his character that really made my week. Food is subjective....but I gained 4 pounds so I will say I obviously had little problem finding yummy food! Food Republic and Moderno were both excellent! Main dining was alright. We aren't big seafood eaters and twice I almost felt like I was settling on my dinner. O'Sheehans on Escape is far superior to the one on the Pearl. Spent a lot of time there playing darts, bowling, air hockey... and watching whatever was going on in the atrium below. Found breakfast and most lunches in the Café to be very enjoyable as well. However, this is where you realize there are many adults that throw manners out the window on "their vacation". Cutting kids in line because you feel entitled as an adult just makes you look like a _______ ( fill in what ever negative you want). Sometimes I wish I didn't raise my girls with manners because there were a few times I wish they let loose on people like that. Bars/drinks were actually pretty hit and miss. We,like many, had UBP. The roving servers I am used to seeing on other lines were like sighting Bigfoot over the course of the week. Bartenders in general were nice ( though one apparently thinks it's "funny" to pretend he doesn't understand English so the guest repeats themselves over and over- I guess I failed to see the humor? The one margarita we got at Margaritaville was awful. If we didn't have UBP the small cups to price ratio would have bothered me a lot. Kids ( 9 and 14) spent most of their time with new friends in their clubs. I was happy to see they enjoyed the clubs as much as they did! They both came off the ship with contact info and apparently intend to figure out how to convince all the parents to figure out a sailing in the future together!? Mini golf was always chaos so I didn't even try. The ropes course was really fun. I admit, of the four of us, I was actually more intimidated than I thought I would be at the start. Kids said waterslide was fun but nobody wanted to try the green/blue racer slide with me..and then my sunburned back kept me off anyway. Embark/Debark was very smooth in my eyes, especially with the number of passengers on board. Overall, we had a blast. Would we sail Escape again? I'd say yes for sure. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was our first cruise. I will say we made some rookie mistakes that added pre cruise stress. We didn't get insurance. We flew in the same day. We booked our return flight a little earlier than recommended. Ultimately that all ... Read More
This was our first cruise. I will say we made some rookie mistakes that added pre cruise stress. We didn't get insurance. We flew in the same day. We booked our return flight a little earlier than recommended. Ultimately that all didn't matter. We made it on the boat. The Ship First I want to talk about the ship. Since this is our first cruise we don't have anything to compare it to. I don't think that it is necessary though. The ship was fully booked because it being spring break but I never felt crowded. The ship is huge. So many places you can hang out. We loved the 678 area. Didn't experiance any of the smoke wafting into 678 that I had read in other reviews. The district is was nice but it is a beer bar mostly and i don't like beer. It was where we had a great cruise critic meet and greet. We got to meet all the important people on the ship and get there phone numbers. I suggest you make this happen because we got goodies delivered to our room everyday because of this meeting. Anyway my wife enjoyed the ship so much she preffered it to the ports. So to us the ship was the destination and it didn't dissapoint. The Cabin 15800 ma mini suite. The cabin was comfortable and adequate. The bathroom was large and well appointed. I had heard of people having storage issues in their cabins. We found there to be plenty of room for our clothes and things. We really enjoyed opening the balcony door and falling asleep to the sea noises. It was one deck below everything on the top of the ship. Our daughter had quick access to entourage and the buffet. If hanging by the pool and hitting the buffet is your thing then deck 15 is a good place to stay. We ordered way too much water. Really only needed a 12 pack because they are liter bottles. Plus with ubp and our kid having the soda package we didn't need it as much as we thought. The Dinning We enjoyed all the dinning areas. We ate at taste, savor, Osheehans, and the bufft for breakfast. Can't go wrong with any of them, The wife liked taste and savor the most for bfast. Lunch we were all over the place. We pretty much at at ll the same venus and were pleased. Had only one thing from the tapas bar and foof republic. They were both excellent for what we had. For dinners we did Moderno which I would say was our favorite. All the meats were great and we loved the deserts. We did Cagneys. Cagneys was not as great as what I expected. I enjoyed the tomohawk ribeye but wasn't wowed by much else. Not bad just not wowed. Le bistro was excellent. Allour apps and entres were great.But you must get the chocolate fondu and the profiteroles. Tappenyaki was the last specialty we did and it didn't dissapoint. I ate everything on my plate. I only wish they had better deserts. Entertainment and activities The first thing will say is entourage was loved by my daughter. Once she made friends we barely saw her the rest of the week. We saw the brat pack show. We liked it. As someone who grew up in the eighties it hit that sweet spot. After Midnight was excellent as well. I read another review where the gaveit a bad review because they didn't understand the story. That is because it is not a story as much as it is a retrospective of the moods and feeling of jazz age harlem. We did the new escape room concept and it was excelent. Nobody solved it but we came close. I suggest you try it. Other than that we spent some time hanging in the atrium watching some of the trivia and stuff and that was fun as well. The waitress remembered me every time i came by and had my favorite drink ready. Service I found the service to be excellent for the most part. In the complementary venues it coud get slow at times but with that many people it is understandable. The room was always made up and plenty of towels. Likei said before the waitress in the atrium was great and I think she wanted to get e drunk in the most loving way. Ports and excurrsions St Thomas- We did the champagne cat, snorkel and sail. Loved this excurrsion. Drew,michael and Jonas were great hosts. Went up to paradise point for the views and they were excellent. Got some great pics. I also couldn'tresist eating at Wendy's. How manytimes do you see chickens roaming free outside the Wendys. Overall a very enjoyable portand excursion. Tortola-This where we did a dolphin encounter. My daughter loves them and this was her dream. Excellent experience however it is a little brief and the pictures are not cheap. The actual dolphin time is fun though. After the excurrsion we didn't explore the island much. Just some shopping near the port. Still t is a lovely place. Nassau-Not a favorite. Too many pushy vendors and felt way dirtier than the other ports. We ate at senor' frogs and came straight back. I think this is a port you need to do an excusion or stay on the boat. After our first cruise I have learned a few things. Number one though is that a cruise is what you make it. I read so many reviews prior to my trip and many had poor ratings. That brings me to what i was saying.There is so much to do that you can always find something. You can just do activities, sit on the sun deck, get spa passes, vibe, bar hop, and more.....I find it hard to believe that someone coud have a bad time. The staff want to know if you aren't and they will make sure you do. They say we can't help you once you leave the boat so please speak up. That is when I knew I was in good hands and i would be cruising again. I had a blast and felt cared for at all times. I know you will be to. Last thing, order a bushwhacker and have one for your homie here. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We chose NCL for the third time because our kids love the kids club and the free-style dining works well for us. We chose the Escape for the water slides and ropes course on-board, along with the itinerary. Pros: Food in buffet was ... Read More
We chose NCL for the third time because our kids love the kids club and the free-style dining works well for us. We chose the Escape for the water slides and ropes course on-board, along with the itinerary. Pros: Food in buffet was really good. Offered a variety of American fare and other cuisines, so everyone found something. Crowd was moved along well so nothing felt too crowded except the adult pool during the at-sea days. Casino was not crowded but we could play for reasonable minimums and won money. Easy embarkation, took roughly 45 mins from drop off to on-ship. We were able to check in with several reservations at a time so we could help our elderly parents instead of splitting us up. Disembarkation was a little confusing as we had to walk a longer way for our luggage due to the color/time we picked, but overall, the off ship to out of security was less than 30 mins. Much improved! Getting on and off for shore excursions was very easy as the room key now acts as the passport and no lines. Kids club was great as kids couldn't wait to go back. Shows were really REALLY entertaining. Freebies were great too, took advantage of kids sail free and free unlimited drink plan. The other cruisers are always so friendly and we always meet interesting people. Cons: Room is SMALL. Very small. We sailed on other NCL ships where rooms had to be 1.5 times as big. Service in the main dining rooms was VERY slow and meals were served at different times, making the experience a bit awkward. Also, our one shore excursion was less than great. We don't normally buy through the cruise line, but wanted to try it. We did the seahorse sail and snorkel. The staff had to make a pit-stop to get more flippers as if they had not planned on the number of people. Also, there was one family late and we waited an extra 20-ish minutes to get that sorted out. Additionally, it was very choppy, so difficult for my 8 and 9 year old. And my snorkel broke. Caution: If your children are under 48" and 99LBS, they cannot ride the one water slide and the big ropes course. This didn't ruin our trip, but the kids were minimally disappointed. Others may not have handled it as well, so just be aware. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We just got off the Escape on 4/1, second cruise for us (first was the Pearl), hubby, me and just turned 13 year old daughter. We flew all the way from Oregon. The room: We had 8130, a large balcony mini suite down the quiet hallway ... Read More
We just got off the Escape on 4/1, second cruise for us (first was the Pearl), hubby, me and just turned 13 year old daughter. We flew all the way from Oregon. The room: We had 8130, a large balcony mini suite down the quiet hallway by the District. This room has the bed by the slider and a bunk over the sofa. Our steward made the bunk up each night for dd by request. The wonderful balcony had 2 chairs, a round table, 2 loungers and a small end table. We brought boca clips (towel clips) and used those frequently to hold down drying swimsuits and towels when we were enjoying the balcony. The bathroom has a fantastic shower with jet options and a double bowl sink. I knew that storage was minimal in the room and we used packing cubes on the shelves for undergarments and I also brought a hanging cube style organizer that folds flat for additional items. Dd used the cupboards by the fridge and we had plenty of room for our things. We made sure we always used the make up room light when we went to breakfast in the morning and again at dinner, and removed the random loyalty card we stuck in the slot when we did leave, this way it didn't look like we were "home" and our steward could do his thing. He figured out our schedule and the room was always kept up. Entourage: DD had been 13 all of two weeks, so I was nervous about entourage. I should not have been. We put the I-concierge app on 2 iPods and paid the $9.99 per device to be able to text between them. Our rules were: text on arrival, if you change venues, and when you are headed to the room and no going into other people's rooms. If we had an early port day the next day she had a 10:15 pm curfew (to allow time after the activity ended to get back to the room), sea days the next day she got an 11:15 pm curfew. This seemed to jive with most of the other kids. This was spring break week for us... and there were 1300 kids on board, 500 of those were teens. Needless to say after boarding and checking in, she didn't want to leave entourage. She had a pack of friends and they did some of the organized activities together, others they skipped and just hung out with each other. Food and drinks: We had the UBP and the 4 meal dining package. If I ordered a drink for me and a virgin drink for my daughter they did not charge me for my daughter's drink. You were allowed to buy two drinks at a time and there were occasions when we were in a group of people and taking turns "buying" for each other, it was very easy. I had intended to buy my daughter's drinks, but never was asked to pay for one. The District and the Sugarcane mojito bar were our faves. We ate at Le Bistro, Moderno, Cagney's and Teppanyaki for our specialty dinners. All were very good and dinner lasted between 90 minutes and 2 hours. I would eat at all of them again. We also ate at Food Republic one night... it was good, but I am picky, so I had a hard time with the menu... too foodie for me. Margaritaville we went to twice... once we got the volcano nachos and another time just chips, queso and salsa. Yum! We did Taste and Savor for a couple lunches and a couple dinners each. Enjoyed everything we got. Service was good, and we were nearly always done in an hour. Now we do not eat late, all our dinners were between 5:30 and 6 if we made reservations. The only time we ate later was after Nassau, we went to Taste around 7 and every time we were seated with no wait. Breakfasts were in the buffet. We always went all the way to the back where it was less crowded. Seating was tricky during "prime time", hubby was quick to remind us that if we got up earlier it wouldn't have been a problem. The gelato and bake shop place was another great place to spend our on board credit. The macarons were very good! Entertainment: We enjoyed Andrew Boyer in the District multiple evenings. He is very talented. Went once to Howl at the Moon for a couple hours, hubby got pulled on stage with a few others to perform YMCA... which was a hoot. Saw the levity comedy show one night, they were pretty funny. Otherwise we missed out on nearly everything... we were content to take walks and hang out on our balcony. Dd kicked some tush at Harry Potter trivia... which was very popular and very hard, but she got 3rd place... a couple of her entourage friends barely beat her. We did do the ropes course, it was closed the first couple days due to wind and rain, but when it opened it was worth waiting in line for. The top level was closed--apparently something needed to be fixed up there. But we didn't miss not being able to go higher. The water slides were also fun, the yellow one too slow, but the little kiddos liked it. Ship in general: We loved walking along the waterfront and did whenever we could. The elevators are tricky, you need to make sure you push the button for both banks... otherwise you only signal half the elevators. If you are sensitive to smoke, try and cross thru the atrium area of the ship on deck 8. The smoke from the casino seems to settle on 6, it was the only place we noticed it enough to be bothered by it. It was even stronger on 6 then the actual casino (which is on 7) it seemed. Therefore if you eat at Le Bistro ask to be seated inside, as their "patio" area can be very smoky. Join your roll call, go to the meet and greet, we met some great people! Also, if you have a complaint mention it while you are on board, they will do what they can to fix it right then. If you wait till after the cruise is over, complaints tend to grow to unreasonable sizes and then there is nothing to be done. Excursions: We did our own excursion in St Thomas to Coral World and Coki beach and had a great time. Did the Ultimate Adventure (rib boats) and Jost Van Dyke (the 7 am ship excursion), and learned so much about the area from the captain and were on Jost Van Dyke for an hour so early we had it nearly to ourselves. We also did Atlantis on our own and had a great day, wish it could have been a longer stay however. Overall, if I cruised the Escape again, I wouldn't really change a thing. We had a great time. It is a vacation after all... what is there to complain about really? Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was the third cruise and first on Norwegian for our family which includes two teenagers. Would definitely cruise this line again. Food was excellent. Staff was friendly. Bars were also very good. Very smooth ... Read More
This was the third cruise and first on Norwegian for our family which includes two teenagers. Would definitely cruise this line again. Food was excellent. Staff was friendly. Bars were also very good. Very smooth embarkation/disembarkation. We had a balcony this time and really enjoyed it. We did not think we would spend much time on the balcony and weren't sure if we wanted to pay the higher fare. We ended up enjoying it very much. Would definitely recommend spending the extra money for the balcony. Really enjoyed the Howl at the Moon entertainment and other musical entertainment. Th only negative things I would say is that the shows were not something we were even interested in seeing. We have had better shows on other cruise lines with more variety. My 18 year old daughter was told to return to the cabin at 1 am even though she was quietly sitting with friends. Overall, would definitely recommend this cruise line and ship to family and friends and hope to cruise again with Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We have been loyal Royal Caribbean cruisers and decided to book NCL to try something different. We were getting disappointed how RCL is increasingly nickel and diming its passengers and also disappointed in how the quality and diversity of ... Read More
We have been loyal Royal Caribbean cruisers and decided to book NCL to try something different. We were getting disappointed how RCL is increasingly nickel and diming its passengers and also disappointed in how the quality and diversity of the food is steadily declining. This was our first mega ship cruise. Although the Escape is a beautiful looking ship, inside and out, we were a little disappointed that it didn't have the grand promenade deck that the smaller ships have. There are also only 2 pools which were very overcrowded and the hot tubs seemed to have nothing but splashing kids in them. Despite the overcrowded pools, we were able to find seating without too much trouble. There is a nice adult only area in the back of the ship called Spice H20, but there is no pool there, only jacuzzis, and a waterfall grotto for cooling off, but not a space you really want to hang out in. The bar in the adult area was also very crowded. It was actually quicker to go to Margaritaville to get your drinks. We also were never able to found any chairs. We did not really utilize the Splash Adventure as our son was 12 (soon to be 13) and he would have preferred to be in the teen area. The ropes course was awesome. Be there when they open at 10 and you have a very little wait time. Also, be sure to wear closed toe & heel shoes and shorts and sleeves. No tanks allowed. The slides were also fun too. The yellow slide is quite slow and you may even have to help yourself down. The tube ride is the best. The lines move very fast and were not a problem. The looping slide has a 99 lb weight restriction and no jewelry, not even a wedding band. The 2 main (free) shows to me were disappointing and didn't come close to the enterainment on RCL. Beware of Brat Pack. This show description claims it is for PG16 because of "coarse" language. The language was disgusting and vulgar with quite frequent use of the F bomb. The audience for this show does not match that of a spring break show with many kids. We would have loved to see the Magic Show in Headliners, but was never able to get a reservation. Another thing I don't like about the cruise. On ships without Mytime Dining, the shows were coordinated with the dinner times. We missed many shows because we were eating and couldn't get in earlier and didn't want to eat at 9:30. We were pleased with the food quality and selections in the complementary dining rooms, except for O'Sheehans. Portions here were very small and not very tasty. Avoid if you can. Overall, I think this cruise line also nickels and dimes its passengers even more than RCL. I do not think I will travel again unless I get an unbelievable deal. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
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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