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Sail Date: September 2018
The Norwegian Escape is huge! We felt like the highlights were: the Thermal Suite (we spent many hours relaxing in the amenities here), the amazing professional entertainment & shows were the best we have ever experienced on a ship, ... Read More
The Norwegian Escape is huge! We felt like the highlights were: the Thermal Suite (we spent many hours relaxing in the amenities here), the amazing professional entertainment & shows were the best we have ever experienced on a ship, and the many choices to eat. We don't like the crowds at the buffet and use it only when in a hurry, but the MANY options for eating were great. We also loved Bermuda...the amazing beaches, scooters around the island, incredible caves, shopping, ferry and bus transportation was easy. We couldn't really enjoy the pools because it was just too crowded on such a large ship with great weather. The huge screens were a great way to keep the energy and fun going from the center of the ship with games and entertainment. But, we also enjoyed the quiet of sitting and eating outside our lounging on the couches. The was really one of our favorite cruises and we've taken many. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
It was my boyfriend and I’s first time on a cruise and since we live an hour from NYC I figured I’d give this a try. It was honestly the best time we have both had and was totally worth the money. Boarding the ship was easy and ... Read More
It was my boyfriend and I’s first time on a cruise and since we live an hour from NYC I figured I’d give this a try. It was honestly the best time we have both had and was totally worth the money. Boarding the ship was easy and very fast. We were on the boat within 45 minutes of arriving at the port. Disembarkation in Bermuda and back in NYC was also very smooth. An answer to the nicotine (and other)vapors- yes you can bring it on the boat. It’s all about how you act so, don’t be stupid. We had the Ultimate Beverage Package and that was by far the best thing ever made because with us, it paid for itself before we even left NY. We payed for WiFi when we were on the boat which was pricy but whatever, we chose to buy it anyway. We mainly dined in the Garden Cafe. It was good for buffet style food and we really had no complaints. Everyone who has complained about it is generally over the age of 50 and or overweight in some type of scooter so if you’re in those categories and are picky about food you should probably consider the dining package. We took advantage of the beverage package in a way that we were always to drunk to see/ remember to book a show onboard but I’ve heard from everyone on the ship that the “brat pack” was the best show they’ve seen. Remember to bring white for the glow party- that was by far the most fun we had on the ship. There wasn’t anyone unsatisfied during it. The only complaint we had was the pool- there is only one adult pool and that’s fine but it’s mostly congested with older guests sitting on the outside of the pool without a bathing suit on or a book in their hand and it’s like, maybe they should have taken a different boat. But ,to each is own and we just found a empty hot tub and lounged in their until the pool was filled with others our age. Everyone we met on board was so nice from the workers to the other cruisers. My boyfriend got sick the second day in Bermuda and everyone who knew he was sick, tried to help him get better and always asked if he was feeling better. Never underestimate the kindness of others. While in Bermuda we did get to go snorkeling on the Restless Native- they’re genuinely amazing and gave us complimentary rum swizzles and cookies while on our snorkeling excursion. Highly recommended. We also did jet skiing- again, highly recommended. And we traveled to horseshoe bay the last day and even though it rained as soon as we got there it was still beautiful. All in all, this was the best time of my life and all I’m saying is, if you have read a negative review it is most likely from a miserable person who feels everyone else should be miserable too. Or from someone who shouldn’t be cruising on a boat with a bunch of younger and middle aged people. *One thing I recommend for water drinkers like myself- the water on board is filtered tap and or sea water and it does not taste like your average Poland Spring. One thing I recommend is bringing a CLOSED case of water and putting it in a duffle bag to bring for the week. They do have flavored water on the boat in the Cafe, they also have water packages but be aware they are not cold. You do have ice in your stateroom but it is something to consider* Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
Staff, food & drink, ship, entertainment, excursions, all fabulous. One of my best vacas ever. Staff couldn't be friendlier or do enough for you. Hot food was hot and cold food was cold----and all delicious ! Ship is possibly ... Read More
Staff, food & drink, ship, entertainment, excursions, all fabulous. One of my best vacas ever. Staff couldn't be friendlier or do enough for you. Hot food was hot and cold food was cold----and all delicious ! Ship is possibly considered a smaller older ship but it was plenty festive & fun if you wanted to be festive and plenty relaxing & quiet if you wanted to relax. Pretyy ship. Always clean. More than enough lounge chairs on the sun decks for full capacity ship which was great ! We saw the Irish musician/comedian in The Stardust Theater and he was GREAT ! The Famous Homes & Hideaways shore excursion was relaxing and interesting and fun ! Small boat for this excursion was not overcrowded. Roomy cabin (balcony cabin on deck 8) with enough "storage" to unpack just fine ! Magnifying mirror, safe, hair dryer, liquid hand soap at the sink, small fridge, fully working TV, and coffee pot in the cabin were big pluses. The bed was soooooooooooo comfy. Never slept so good ! Clean and pretty cabin. Nice balcony with two chairs and a little table. Pool towels provided. Shower was roomy and I wasn't expecting that. Shower was modern and worked great---Instant hot water when turning it on and good water pressure. Didn't hear much noise at night when turning in early from inside the cabin even though 8058 is in a convenient location right near stairs & elevators ..... and also near Stardust Theater.! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
It was so convenient to board ship in the port of New York and immediately be "on vacation"without having to take a flight. Bermuda was beautiful and I liked it much better than the Caribbean Islands. The ship was beautiful ... Read More
It was so convenient to board ship in the port of New York and immediately be "on vacation"without having to take a flight. Bermuda was beautiful and I liked it much better than the Caribbean Islands. The ship was beautiful and clean. As it was the last week before the start of school in NY there were many young families with small children aboard. Though the children were well behaved I would like to go again while school is in session. It was certainly understandable that the young families chose this ship, there was lots for the kids to do. I was a little embarrassed to be playing with their toys, but mini golf was fun! The balcony cabin seemed to me to be a bit small, but it was well appointed. No drawers, there were shelves which was much better. Our stateroom attendant Antonio was excellent! He kept the room spotless, I think he came in 3 times a day. Each day he filled the ice bucket and made us a towel animal. NCL does not place a chocolate on the pillow, so if you need it, bring your own. The bathroom was supplied with quality products, a bar of soap as well as liquid hand soap, shower gel, a small tube of body lotion and conditioning shampoo. No conditioner, so if you have hair like mine, bring your own. There was also no shower cap or Q-tips or cotton balls. The blow dryer was a good one. The beds were comfortable, not hard, as another reviewer had stated and the bed linens were comfortable cotton. The entertainment was enjoyable on this cruise and there were plenty of different activities to keep everyone engaged and amused. We booked some extra paid activities such as the wine tasting and the Choir of Man. Thoroughly enjoyed the Choir of Man singers. Was not too thrilled though that it came with a fixed dinner. It seemed to me that NCL was purposely trying to make extra money on the event. By giving us bangers and mash (sausage and mashed potatoes) they were saving money. I would have preferred that the Choir of Man did not include dinner unless it was something more extravagant than what I would have ordered in the main dining room. There was unlimited beer included as well, but I had the drink package anyway and I also don' t prefer beer. The "Ultimate Beverage package" offered by NCL is something I wish to address. IT DID NOT INCLUDE BOTTLED WATER!! NCL also now has a policy that no water may be brought onboard. Drinking water is provided, but like many people, I prefer bottled water. Best deal was to purchase 6 1 liter bottles for about $16, which lasted two of us for the cruise. Otherwise the water was $5.50 per bottle!! Also want to note that the regular coffee onboard was acceptable, on some other cruise lines it is not. It was my first time to Bermuda and it was beautiful. It is easy to get around but you should do a little homework. Best way to get to Horseshoe Beach was by Mini-van at $7 per person. If you take the regular bus you must walk down to the beach, which was OK going, but on the return it is preferable to have a minibus that takes you up the hill. The minibus was also a more comfortable ride and quicker since it made no stops. The Aquarium and Zoo was a nice outing as were the stunningly beautiful Crystal caves. Be forewarned though, it was approx 87 steps down to the Fantasy Cave and it is a steep climb back up. I would most certainly do this NCL cruise to Bermuda again. I last sailed NCL on the Gem 7 years ago and I felt NCL has greatly improved since then. This trip, the quality of the food was much better. I especially enjoyed the fresh salads and fruit. We received a dining package as a perk and enjoyed Cagney's, Moderno Churrascaria, and Le Bistro (except I do not recommend the Dover sole at Le Bistro, I had better fish in the main dining room) Most times we dined at Savor. The Buffet was nothing special, but it was OK. Our last Breakfast was in the Savor dining room, I ate perfectly poached eggs. The Disembarkation process was smooth, no cattle herding. I would definitely recommend the NCL Escape, it was as fun as they claim! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
Our first cruise in many years and it was so enjoyable. We arrived in Boston 2 days early and did a tour to Cape Cod. Took a taxi to the cruise terminal on the sailing date. The embarkation process was smooth and went quickly. Our cabin ... Read More
Our first cruise in many years and it was so enjoyable. We arrived in Boston 2 days early and did a tour to Cape Cod. Took a taxi to the cruise terminal on the sailing date. The embarkation process was smooth and went quickly. Our cabin was an inside stateroom, very comfortable bed, well organized for storage of clothing and luggage. This cabin worked as well, and better than, most hotel rooms. The cabin steward, Rodolfo, was very helpful and friendly. On my husband's birthday he gave him a Happy Birthday cupcake. Food in all restaurants was very good, service was excellent. The beverage service at the Oasis pool area was outstanding, Franchelle was super attentive and did an excellent job. Entertainment in the Atrium was fun and top notch. There are numerous activities on board, fun for all ages. We chose to spend most of our onboard time lounging and reading around the pool so did not participate in many other activities. We will definitely be cruising again and will chose Norwegian if possible. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
Our cruise was simply amazing. This was my first ever cruise and my husband and I had such an amazing time. The crew members went above and beyond for us. We celebrated an Anniversary on night and they made our dinner such an amazing ... Read More
Our cruise was simply amazing. This was my first ever cruise and my husband and I had such an amazing time. The crew members went above and beyond for us. We celebrated an Anniversary on night and they made our dinner such an amazing memorable experience as well as roses and cake at dinner as well as in our room as a surprise. It's such comfortable environment that you're not obligated to dress up or dress down, you can wear what you want and feel comfortable in every environment on the ship which was my favorite part. Even though there's so many people, no one place ever feels crowded (except for maybe the elevators - they take forever, but more reason to take the stairs and get some exercise in) but we never felt overwhelmed with people everywhere is my point. The shore excursions are very well planned out and easy to do which is stress free. The dining is great, no real wait times for any of the complimentary places and options were good. Any specialty dining places were great deals and definitely worth it. Everyone is so welcoming and helpful and we had a great experience. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
Everything about this vacation was relaxing! People were saying that cruises are boring.. They were wrong, I had the best time of my life and am looking forward to my next cruise with them! My only downside was the deserts were not the ... Read More
Everything about this vacation was relaxing! People were saying that cruises are boring.. They were wrong, I had the best time of my life and am looking forward to my next cruise with them! My only downside was the deserts were not the best, but the actual food was delicious and they had healthy food and plenty of junk food!!! The entertainment was amazing all the bands and the shows were top knotch. The staff were amazing always had a smile on there face which was wonderful and they were not afraid to talk to you which was even better. The gym was great and the staff there were amazing as well. I did two excursions with Norwegian and I had a wonderful time Mike from the crystal caves was wonderful he new Bermuda and made everyone laugh. Would just do a bus tour with him for hours!! Thank you Norwegian for a wonderful experience! Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2018
This was our first time on Norwegian Cruises, but we have been to Bermuda many times. We chose Norwegian this year because we had cruised to Bermuda on the Summit many times and looked for a change. We were a bit nervous about the ... Read More
This was our first time on Norwegian Cruises, but we have been to Bermuda many times. We chose Norwegian this year because we had cruised to Bermuda on the Summit many times and looked for a change. We were a bit nervous about the change,but Norwegian came through with flying colors. Embarking on the boat took about 45 minutes. We waited for rooms to be ready in the garden cafe, which was pretty crowded. Once rooms were ready, people moved around on boat, and it really did not seem overly crowded the rest of the week. We had a balcony cabin which was clean, and kept nicely by our cabin attendant. We ate dinner every night at one of the main dining rooms which were complimentary. The food and service was excellent. The shows were entertaining and good! The caliber of talent is high. We saw After Midnight, The Brat Pack, and a magician. The game shows in the Atrium were fun and hilarious. We had the drink package and the internet package. You are limited to 250 minutes unless you upgrade your internet package for a fee. The drink package does not include bottled water so we ordered water bottles extra to have-only to find out that your really don’t need them. There is water available as well as flavored waters from the garden cafe. We brought most of our water we bought home with us. Food in the garden cafe was good and plentiful. The staff there was also excellent and very welcoming. Bermuda never disappoints! We did not take any excursions since we are familiar with the island. Norwegian has their own complimentary shuttle ferry to St. George which is nice. We loved our cruise and would sail with Norwegian again. The crew seemed to really like their jobs and this was reflected in their service. They were wonderful! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
Had a great vacation on the Norwegian Dawn from Boston to Bermuda.We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on this cruise.All the staff was very friendly and helpful.The entertainment was great.We loved the Elements show,the magic show ... Read More
Had a great vacation on the Norwegian Dawn from Boston to Bermuda.We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on this cruise.All the staff was very friendly and helpful.The entertainment was great.We loved the Elements show,the magic show and the adult comedy show.We also attended a jewelry seminar,wrist watch history seminar and Art seninar that were all interesting and gave us very helpful information for buying product we were looking for.There was plenty to do on the ship.We enjoyed the food at the buffet,Aqua the main dining room and O'Sheehans pub.Just an all around fun time.The shops had some great deals on jewelry and liquor if you are looking for anything.We were very happy with the casino staff they were all so friendly.Many different games to play in the casino and there are many people that win at the games and slots.Our room steward was always asking us if we needed anything and kept the room neat and clean.We did end up putting down money on the Cruise Next program due to the great time we had. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
Everything about this vacation was relaxing! People were saying that cruises are boring.. They were wrong, I had the best time of my life and am looking forward to my next cruise with them! My only downside was the deserts were not the ... Read More
Everything about this vacation was relaxing! People were saying that cruises are boring.. They were wrong, I had the best time of my life and am looking forward to my next cruise with them! My only downside was the deserts were not the best, but the actual food was delicious and they had healthy food and plenty of junk food!!! The entertainment was amazing all the bands and the shows were top knotch. The staff were amazing always had a smile on there face which was wonderful and they were not afraid to talk to you which was even better. The gym was great and the staff there were amazing as well. I did two excursions with Norwegian and I had a wonderful time Mike from the crystal caves was wonderful he new Bermuda and made everyone laugh. Would just do a bus tour with him for hours!! Thank you Norwegian for a wonderful experience! Read Less
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