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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I’ve been on most of the major cruise lines on at least 12 or 15 cruises. This cruise ranks at the bottom of the list. And no one seems to care! I’ve been on at least 4 inaugural cruises with Holland America. I’ve been on ... Read More
I’ve been on most of the major cruise lines on at least 12 or 15 cruises. This cruise ranks at the bottom of the list. And no one seems to care! I’ve been on at least 4 inaugural cruises with Holland America. I’ve been on numerous Carnival cruises. I’ve cruised on small ships and medium ships as well as large ships. The best part of the cruise was the show in the Supper Club - The Choir of Man. It was outstanding. But even that became an issue because I wasn’t allowed to see it a second time (but I found a way). The food was mediocre at best. Not until the last 2 nights did I get a piece of meat that was tender! I have lost a considerable amount of weight and my swim suits no longer fit. And I live in Oregon - hard to find swim suits in September in Oregon. No problem, I thought! We’re going to a tropical port so they’ll have them on the ship in the shops. WRONG! Not suit one! I’ve never been on a ship that didn’t have free internet access in an Internet cafe (or similar). They wanted $180 for one week access - outrageous! And there is much more. But suffice it to say that I will never cruise with Norwegian again. And I met many - and I mean MANY - who expressed the same sentiment! Norwegian - you have a problem! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
This is my 3rd Norwegian cruise last 2 on breakaway. I dont prefer this ship for a few reasons 1. Deck space in pool area small and crowded 2. After midnight show was long and I struggled to remain interested 3. Dining in main hall was ... Read More
This is my 3rd Norwegian cruise last 2 on breakaway. I dont prefer this ship for a few reasons 1. Deck space in pool area small and crowded 2. After midnight show was long and I struggled to remain interested 3. Dining in main hall was meadeocure flavor and presentation really fell flat 4. Choices of dinning areas limited unless you want to spend a lot of extra $$$ and thise restaurants were not even busy 5. Limited hot tubes and tbey closed at 10pm 6. Dinning options after 930 are limited to mainly snacks and bar good and for days at port tnis is especially difficult to make dinner due to limited bus schedule on the island. Overall, I have failed carnival 1 time and Norwegian 3. I may choose a different cruise line based off of this experience. The pros... Cabin cleanliness, staff service, some entertainment, length at port Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
It was close to home so we didn't have to fly and we have never been to Bermuda. Overall the cruise was wonderful but we were a bit surprised and annoyed a bit. 1) The whole 7th floor smelled like smoke and gave us a headache cause they ... Read More
It was close to home so we didn't have to fly and we have never been to Bermuda. Overall the cruise was wonderful but we were a bit surprised and annoyed a bit. 1) The whole 7th floor smelled like smoke and gave us a headache cause they allow smoking in the open area of the casino so we didn't gamble even though i really wanted to 2) the food was AMAZINGLY TASTY and FLAVORFUL. they also had a lot of choices 3) Most of the chairs in the sun had towels or personal items on them for hours with no people in site so it doesn't allow others to use it for the purpose for which it is meant. TO SUN BAITHE. 4)Plenty of activities but no itinerary for the whole week up front so it makes it hard to plan day by day in advance. 5)the bermuda beaches were fantastic 6) When booking your cruise PLEASE find out the EXTRA CHARGES you will be hit withi.e gratuities per day @ 14.95 per persondarts/bowling/pool all have to use ur swipe card and cost from 2-6$ to play. don't use your phone unless you are ok with 100-250 in inernet charges. most of the extra charges were just not made aware of to us prior but otherwise we had a lot of fun. i would recommend this cruise unless you like to gamble and shop on the boat and you don't like smoking. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Some family members from Australia were taking this cruise and we joined them for a get together, having not seen them for a few years. We arrived at the cruise terminal at 7:30am and were blessed to be able to check our luggage, giving us ... Read More
Some family members from Australia were taking this cruise and we joined them for a get together, having not seen them for a few years. We arrived at the cruise terminal at 7:30am and were blessed to be able to check our luggage, giving us time to sightsee in NY. Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth given the large number of passengers. The cabins (balcony) were comfortable and clean and our cabin steward was friendly and attentive. The dining opportunities were varied with lots of options and great food and good service. There were plenty of entertainment opportunities with some very enjoyable main shows and lots of small audience participation shows on board. There were also lots of activities to suit all ages. Many bars around the entertainment decks allowed for a variety of drinks and comfort levels. The cruise director, Mandy, was very informative and the daily event sheets were a great guide to what activities were available each day. Embarkation and disembarkation at Bermuda was quick and easy each day and the islands of Bermuda were interesting and enjoyable. We would recommend Norwegian to anyone wanting to take a cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
I went on this cruise through a "Casinos at Sea" promotion. It was the first time I've ever been on a cruise and I was unsure what to expect. Honestly, the experience was amazing! Mandy Jones, our Cruise Director, is so full ... Read More
I went on this cruise through a "Casinos at Sea" promotion. It was the first time I've ever been on a cruise and I was unsure what to expect. Honestly, the experience was amazing! Mandy Jones, our Cruise Director, is so full of energy and enthusiasm it's contagious! She remembered my name every time we saw each other throughout the cruise. It meant a lot to me, particularly when I'm not the type of person to call attention to myself or complain or anything. Honestly, I can say the same for the rest of the staff too. Everyone was so incredibly helpful and for those who went above and beyond I was sure to tip, which they appreciated. I went on the cruise with my mom and grandmother, and thankfully we were allowed to embark early as she needed additional time. While my grandmother stayed in the casino most of the time, I took part in many of the LONG list of activities going on each day, detailed in "The Daily," a daily newsletter with important announcements and the schedule for that day. I had originally chosen this specific cruise because I wanted to avoid cruises with too many stops so I wouldn't need to worry about a schedule, and yet I found myself with "The Daily" in my back pocket every day so I always knew what was going on for the day! Activities that were particularly memorable included Deal or No Deal!, Dancing with the Stars (starring members of the crew -- could not stop laughing at this one), Mr. Sexy Legs starring cruise volunteers (a dance/strip show competition that was hilarious), and of course the dance parties every night. There really were activities for all ages. I stayed in an inside stateroom and it was a little small at first, but then I got used to it -- and anyway, with so many activities you won't spend much time in your stateroom anyway. The closet held all of my clothes comfortably and the bathroom was a decent size - the shower could have been slightly larger but it was functional. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
I had a great friend/family who was cruising for the 3rd time with Norwegian and invited my husband and I along with my sisters and their husbands to join them on the cruise. It was our first time cruising and I must say I had a blast. ... Read More
I had a great friend/family who was cruising for the 3rd time with Norwegian and invited my husband and I along with my sisters and their husbands to join them on the cruise. It was our first time cruising and I must say I had a blast. From the minute we boarded the ship to the morning of our last day on the ship I had a great time. All staff were so pleasant and welcoming. We loved it so much we made a down payment for our next cruise. The ship had a lot of activities every moment of the ship was an adventure. I enjoyed the entertainments especially the games. If you're a foodie like I am you will enjoy all the dining choices they provided. I went on an excursion with the Rising Son and had a blast. The tour guys were a great team. Their knowledge of the island's history and their interaction with us and making us 1st timers at snorkeling comfortable. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We selected this cruise as a special way to cope with empty nesting and turning 50! The preparation and planning really helped me through the changes going on in our life. I highly recommend planning a trip to ease through change. ... Read More
We selected this cruise as a special way to cope with empty nesting and turning 50! The preparation and planning really helped me through the changes going on in our life. I highly recommend planning a trip to ease through change. Traveling was my DH and his brother. We splurged on an aft balcony and his brother stayed in a solo cabin. We were all happy with our rooms. The ship was amazing! The staff was fun and friendly! Smiles everywhere loved seeing staff interact with each other, they seem to enjoy each other's company! We ate at cagney's twice, tappenyaki, food republic, pincho's tapas bar, manhatten room, taste, Buffett, and O'Sheehan's. the quality of food at the specialty restaurants was much better than the MDR's. I am not one for any buffet and only ate there for afternoon snacks and last day breakfast. Everything looked fresh. The venue is noisy and not very relaxing. I went to choir of men, great show! We went to howl at the moon every night they played, Piano Manny, comedians and other live music groups all over the ship loved them all! The usual fun and games were well mc'd by the staff. We really liked JoJo! Bermuda was simply amazing. We got a two day ferry/bus ticket and explored on our own. Easy and safe! We would definitely go on this ship again! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Embarkation - I live in Manhattan, and within walking distance on the cruise terminal. I left my apartment at 11:30am and was on the ship by 12:30pm. The staterooms were ready at 1:30pm. Cruise - Thanks to Angie (Gigi1068) for ... Read More
Embarkation - I live in Manhattan, and within walking distance on the cruise terminal. I left my apartment at 11:30am and was on the ship by 12:30pm. The staterooms were ready at 1:30pm. Cruise - Thanks to Angie (Gigi1068) for organizing the Meet & Mingle! She is so lovely and the M&M was such a fun time! I also really enjoyed the Slot Pull afterwards! Cruise Director, Mandy Jones, was EVERYTHING! I absolutely love her! Seriously, I can’t imagine the cruise without her. The staff on this ship is exemplary! Everyone is so friendly! Le Bistro, La Cucina, Teppanyaki and Manhattan Room were the highlights of my dining experiences. Although, I did enjoy the Garden Café & O’Sheehan’s many times as well. The UBP is fantastic! Bermuda is gorgeous! I took a shuttle to Horseshoe Bay, toured the National Museum of Bermuda, and swam with the dolphins at Dolphin Quest! I met so many wonderful people on the cruise everywhere I went. I can’t wait to cruise again! In fact, I’ll be back on the Escape in March. Disembarkation - I chose to self-assist. It was so easy and I was off the ship very quickly. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
My best friend and I booked this cruise super last minute. We toyed with the idea of going on a cruise for sometime, however, hadn't actually booked anything till maybe a month before our embarkation date. As a first time cruiser- I had my ... Read More
My best friend and I booked this cruise super last minute. We toyed with the idea of going on a cruise for sometime, however, hadn't actually booked anything till maybe a month before our embarkation date. As a first time cruiser- I had my hesitations, not going to lie! I was afraid of being sea sick and stuck on a boat with thousands of people and kids and norovirus! Now looking back, I cannot believe I questioned going on a cruise at all! Overall, this was truly an epic trip. I cannot wait to cruise again on the Escape for Halloween 2019! Dining- I did not get the specialty dining package- somewhat of a regret, however the dining that is included is perfectly adequate for the average person. My favorite dessert was the honey creme brûlée at Savor. The molten lava cake was also a hit. Service- Exceptional! From our steward to the entire crew, we experienced excellent service. Everyone went out of their way to make this trip a great experience. Special shout out to Mandi our cruise director! Entertainment- Loved the nightly themed parties. Loved Mandi the cruise director. Loved the shows. Take me back! Shore excursions- Only did the cave/aquarium/zoo excursion- but it was definitely worth it. Our tour guide driving to the caves was resourceful, and our tour guide at the excursion itself was a riot. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
The ship was ENORMOUS with a HUGE variety of activities to choose from each and every day whether at sea, or in port. The entire staff was MORE than accommodating and super helpful! Our balcony cabin was quite spacious for us 2 ... Read More
The ship was ENORMOUS with a HUGE variety of activities to choose from each and every day whether at sea, or in port. The entire staff was MORE than accommodating and super helpful! Our balcony cabin was quite spacious for us 2 throughout the entire trip. Our room steward Casanito was on top of his game and we NEVER had to ask for our room to be made up. He was always one step ahead and always provided us whatever we needed when asked. He, as well as ALL of the staff were FILLED with knowledge and tips as to what we 'MUST SEE & DO' both onboard and in port! ALL of the shows were beyond amazing, but the 2 that left a lasting impression were, Choir of Man, and Off The Record. Choir of Man, was DEFINITELY a Broadway level show, with the music, and interaction with the crowd! Well worth the money to me! Off The Record was just as good as I am an 80's baby, ALL of the music and flashbacks to the movies that i grew up with were right up my alley and we loved EVERY MINUTE OF IT! The incredible variety of dining choices on board surely fulfilled the palate of each member of my 40 person group that traveled together. We never left hungry and were very excited to grab a midnight snack from the buffet each night! This was our first cruise ever and to visit one island (Bermuda) for 3 days, was absolutely lovely. It was the perfect amount of time to explore the island and not be bored! Above all else, my boyfriend of 6 years, proposed to me in front of out friends at dinner at Teppanyaki on 10/1/18!! It was absolutely a DREAM COME TRUE!! I couldn't have asked for a more perfect proposal and the many congratulations/well wishes we received from the crew and staff onboard The Norwegian Escape! We can't wait to start saving and to plan for our next cruise!! Thank you to every memeber of the team that made our first cruise experience, quite an unforgettable trip that we still reminisce about on a weekly basis!! WE LOVE NORWEGIAN!! Read Less
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