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760 Norwegian (NCL) Bermuda Cruise Reviews

This ship is a great ship for a nice 7 night cruise, based on reading reviews prior to our cruise it was what I expected upon experiencing it myself. The cruise ships is your average mega cruise ship with all the typical amenities and ... Read More
This ship is a great ship for a nice 7 night cruise, based on reading reviews prior to our cruise it was what I expected upon experiencing it myself. The cruise ships is your average mega cruise ship with all the typical amenities and experiences you’d have if you’ve been on cruise ships before. I found the quality of food about a 4 out of 5 stars meaning it was very good but not quite the excellent mark honestly. (I’ve had better food quality experiences on Royal Caribbean’s ships.) Our balcony room was your average sized balcony room, I did not order the bed closest to the door as I could hear every footstep past my room at night waking me up constantly like someone was walking in my room, (Royal’s balcony layout puts you further from the door closer to the balcony which is nicer in my opinion.) Service staff we’re EXCELLENT!! Very professional, friendly, attentive and I especially loved the. Group of crew members walking around singing “washy washy” songs and sanitizing everyone. Pool/sun deck is a zoo on sea days good luck if you’re into fighting herds of drunk sweaty annoying people to get into the pool or grab a seat (very uncomfortable sun loungers) or getting a drink at the pool bars. I would normally walk to spice h20 for my drinks if I wasn’t hanging there already.) Not enough pool space Tube slide was fun Ropes course was good (could’ve been better only because the top level and 2 zip lines were closed for repairs on our cruise) Put out sucked (very worn out flooring) Comedy/magical shows were very average. The shows we watched were okay . The live music was very good. Osheehans’s was such a great time. I loved the food there Atrium wasn’t that great of an idea, not enough seats for the game shows etc. Still had a great time as always and enjoyed my time spent on the ship with my wife. We’ll be back. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was my boyfriend and I's first experience on Norwegian Cruise Line (I frequent DCL) and it did not disappoint! We had the Ultimate Beverage Package as well as the 3 day Specialty Dining Package. Embarkation could have been set ... Read More
This was my boyfriend and I's first experience on Norwegian Cruise Line (I frequent DCL) and it did not disappoint! We had the Ultimate Beverage Package as well as the 3 day Specialty Dining Package. Embarkation could have been set up a bit better. I felt like it was not 100% clear on where to go and a few of the workers were less than friendly. As we were trying to figure out where to sit we were yelled at to get out of the center aisle. They could have asked a little more nicely. Crew members on the ship were great and we always got served quickly, food was delicious. We did not eat in the main dining rooms and O'Sheenans was nothing spectacular. Buffet had a variety of options for us and was always good. I wish they had more of a variety of entertainment for those not hanging out on deck during sea days, I know there is only so much you can do. I also find it's a bit silly you have to PAY extra for some shows. We did not book any shore excursions through the cruise line as I found there was nothing worth while and we had a lot more fun exploring Bermuda on our own renting a scooter and going on a jet ski tour one day. Bermuda is BEAUTIFUL! One of my favorite places I have ever visited. We did self embarkation at 8 am. Our color was actually called around 7:45 and by 8:10 we were at my car that was parked at the pier. Overall, I would definitely travel with NCL again! Particularly because their UBP is awesome! We definitely got our moneys worth there and with the Specialty Dining Package. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I had never been to Bermuda and this cruise fit my schedule and my budget. Also I wanted to try sailing in one of the Studio cabins. Sailing out of New York was different and I enjoyed the harbor views and got some great pictures. The ... Read More
I had never been to Bermuda and this cruise fit my schedule and my budget. Also I wanted to try sailing in one of the Studio cabins. Sailing out of New York was different and I enjoyed the harbor views and got some great pictures. The Studios are great for one person. There were few things I didn't love. One, I thought there was too much storage for hanging clothes and not enough for folding, but I made it work by hanging things I normally wouldn't have. Note they did not provide skirt hangers. Lots of standard hangers though. The studio lounge was lovely. The best coffee on the ship (outside of the Starbucks). Even the crew came by to use the machine in the lounge. Having the solo sailors meet and greet in the lounge every night was also nice. Norwegian does a great job with this program. As for the ship? I'm not really a fan of the 678 Ocean Place concept. It looks lovely but having the casino on an open deck in the middle of the ship made the whole center area smell like cigarette smoke. Even as you head into the main dining room the smell follows. This was true even after having been docked (not open and no smoking allowed) for 60 hours. As a former smoker this really ruined my enjoyment of the area. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Boarding in Boston was quick and easy-rooms on-board ready early and luggage arrived at stateroom before 5:30. Entertainment not as great as prior cruises but Jose and Patti as well as Hotwire were very entertaining. The Tina Turner ... Read More
Boarding in Boston was quick and easy-rooms on-board ready early and luggage arrived at stateroom before 5:30. Entertainment not as great as prior cruises but Jose and Patti as well as Hotwire were very entertaining. The Tina Turner tribute show by Ass't Cruise Director LUZ was phenomminal. Cruise Spent a lot of evenings in the atrium bar-Java Cafe. The bar staff were excellent-a definite credit to Norwegian. Ate at several specialty restaurants-Cagney's-Los Lobos-Le Bistro. Don't see the need for a men's pants dress code in Le Bistro- not necessary as long as you are in Bermuda-Bermuda shorts should be sufficient. Los Lobos was an OK experience-food was good but certainly not any better than the main dining rooms-Venetian or Aqua. We really enjoy Cagney's and the staff there seemed to go out of their way to make the dining experience special-well worth the price. Ate at the Bamboo cafe-very nice,especially considering it is a complimentary dining venue. Disembarking took less than 20 minutes. Boston is a great port! All in all another really fun Norwegian cruise. Have a 19 day Panama Canal cruise scheduled and booked 2 New England/Canada cruises while on board-Cruise Next staff very helpful as were all staff on-board-that's why we continue to sail Norwegian ! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise because it's leaves from our home town Boston. The staff was really friendly & nice except Photography. all the pictures they took was not good at all. The photographer was in a hurry to move lots of people ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it's leaves from our home town Boston. The staff was really friendly & nice except Photography. all the pictures they took was not good at all. The photographer was in a hurry to move lots of people that he didn't even informed us that pictures didn't come out right & let's take it again. The entertainment was very good. overall it was good experience. might try again for different destination. Shore Excursions is waist of money. don't do it. better of buying after you reach to Bermuda. it was much cheaper there. Dining staff & also Garden Cafe was really good. you can do plenty of activities at the cruise. they had programs lined up for all day. We had three children with us & they had a good time. Remember to take lots of pictures by yourself. can't trust their staff for pictures & also very expensive. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I am from Boston & it was the main reason we chose this cruise. Took Carnival from Bahamas & had lots of fun so took Bermuda from home town Boston. Whole process was very easy from start to finish except Photography Dept. Would ... Read More
I am from Boston & it was the main reason we chose this cruise. Took Carnival from Bahamas & had lots of fun so took Bermuda from home town Boston. Whole process was very easy from start to finish except Photography Dept. Would love to do again to Alaska with the same cruise line. Our cabin was really really good. the service was good. The story I want to recognize their two employees in dining room. His name is Jason & his boss Robin. since we are vegetarian, they took care of our food every lunch & dinner. they were so nice to make sure that we have a good time. miss you guys both. The cruise director was very funny & nice. overall it was a memorable trip. would do again with same cruise line. Weather was really nice. they provided ferry for free to go to St. George & we had really good time there too. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Sailing from Boston is very convenient as we live in the area and we love Bermuda. Theses two factors led us to choose to sail on NCL Dawn. We loved the casual dress onboard. It was a very relaxing cruise with Good food and service. ... Read More
Sailing from Boston is very convenient as we live in the area and we love Bermuda. Theses two factors led us to choose to sail on NCL Dawn. We loved the casual dress onboard. It was a very relaxing cruise with Good food and service. Bar, lounge and atrium entertainment was excellent. The theatre entertainment could use improvement. Dancers very good but in need of production improvement. Bingo and Deal or no Deal Game are just money makers for NCL. Large prize bingo is a coverall which must be done in 47 numbers. I felt there should be $500 coverall for each day given the cost of bingo cards. Venetian Main Dining room ( aft) is much prettier and brighter with large windows than Aqua Dining room which is midship. Embarkation and disembarkation were very efficient. When first getting onboard the Venetian is open for seat in dining and well as Gadren buffet. We opted for the Venetian and it made the day very relaxing instead of crowded and harried at buffet. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Everything was absolutely top notch, as our past experiences with Norwegian have been. From Embarkation to Debarkation, nothing was amiss or a disappointment as far as quality and service. Staff is wonderful and the food is fantastic. ... Read More
Everything was absolutely top notch, as our past experiences with Norwegian have been. From Embarkation to Debarkation, nothing was amiss or a disappointment as far as quality and service. Staff is wonderful and the food is fantastic. Very clean and modern. My only complaint is the business of having to make reservations for shows and comedians, which of course is not limited to this ship alone and is done on other cruise lines. Stop calling it "Freestyle" cruising when this has to be done, and there is a risk of losing your dinner reservation if you're more than 15 minutes late. Royal Caribbean and Carnival also makes you have reservations for the main dining rooms for anytime dining, but they have a much longer window. While Carnival's shows are not at the level of Norwegian or RCL, their comedians are generally better and they never require reservations for any show. Every show and comedy show we saw had plenty of empty seats, which was our experience on The Gem and The Breakaway as well as every Royal and Carnival ship we've ever been on. In other words...No need to make reservations. If it's full, then it's full...try again another time. This is really our ONLY complaint. It's hardly "Freestyle" by any means. Food was outstanding no matter where we ate. Garden Cafe, Taste, Savor, Manhattan Room and some of the speciality restaurants - all totally top notch. We especially like the Brazillian steak house, Moderno, which we also ate at on The Breakaway. Every staff member was polite, courteous and accommodating, although the occasional singing can get a little annoying. We would definitely go on again, but also love the other lines as well and will probably do one of them sooner since we switch around. While we cruise often, this was my Mother's first cruise in more than 35 years and she was astounded at the size and scale of everything. We kidded her a lot when she remarked that there was no skeet shooting and that the cabin stewards used to lay out women's night gowns for them. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Overall, my experience on this ship was fantastic. I like the smaller NCL ship, as it is not nearly as crowded as the larger NCL ships. The staff is friendly and on top of their game. The biggest drawback on this ship is the lack of ... Read More
Overall, my experience on this ship was fantastic. I like the smaller NCL ship, as it is not nearly as crowded as the larger NCL ships. The staff is friendly and on top of their game. The biggest drawback on this ship is the lack of quality entertainment options of the larger ships such as the Epic and Getaway. With this said, don't miss the Elements performance in the Stardust Theater. It is very good. Bands around the ship were all very good, but the music by the pool was far too loud. This isn't uncommon, but it really isn't necessary to have it so loud, as it can be heard very well in the far reaches of the pool area and beyond. There were many trivia games, which I enjoyed, but most took place in Gatsby's lounge, which has a very smoky environment with proximity to the casino and cigar smoking room. Even when people aren't smoking, the stale smell of smoke permeates the area. It is also too small to accommodate the number of people who like to play most of the time. NCL has a free ferry that goes to the island of St. George two of the three days while docked in Bermuda. We spent the day doing this and walking all over St. George from the dock and it was a fantastic time visiting the Unfinished Church, Tobacco Bay, and other areas. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise because we had a couple of CruiseNext coupons left over, and it is easy for us to do out of Boston (because we live an hour away). We were sort of done with Norwegian a couple of years ago because the staff was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had a couple of CruiseNext coupons left over, and it is easy for us to do out of Boston (because we live an hour away). We were sort of done with Norwegian a couple of years ago because the staff was unhappy and unfriendly, the food had gone downhill, and every cruise (regardless of itinerary) had the same "formula" and feel. They redeemed themselves this time! The staff was happy and responsive and helpful - which made everything so much more pleasant. The food - still just o.k., but they were trying, and some things were actually very good in the main dining rooms. Activities - I noticed that they added some interesting activities - things like paper box making, origami, Spanish lessons - not just things that either cost money or are the silly activities by the pool (like sexy legs contests). Someone in our party had 2 food allergies, and we were so impressed and relieved that they were all over that in the dining room, and had the situation completely under control. We like NCL because of the membership you can get to the Mandara Spa for the week, and that always is something we enjoy, and we did! Only complaint is that when my 20-year old daughter had a massage, the massage therapist was rude and too heavy on the cross-sell, which detracted from the experienced. We will definitely consider NCL again when we decide to book another cruise. They redeemed themselves and won us back! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Great cruise, everything fun, relaxing. Entertainment incredible with the exception of the atrium duo, they were sketchy could tell that they used pre-prerecorded music averag aversge at most, but nightly band fantastic. The trip was as ... Read More
Great cruise, everything fun, relaxing. Entertainment incredible with the exception of the atrium duo, they were sketchy could tell that they used pre-prerecorded music averag aversge at most, but nightly band fantastic. The trip was as expected. We had very calm seas and the weather was hot and sunny. public transportation on the island was spotty so use boat shuttles. St George limited on thingdss to do, Horseshoe Bay is very small. Most staff were friendly and helpful. Flex dining was limited more than expected. Great going out of Boston harbor and avoiding need for flights. One item sticks out, very hard to hear announcements over the intercom at all times, very frustrating at times. Boat interior was clean but aged. Restaurants very clean, Aqua was very loud, only used for dinner. Eat early for shortest wait. Would definately take cruise again same time of year, I think overall cruise a good choice if wanting to relax . Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We had a great time on the cruise. We went to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We upgraded to a balcony room and was so happy we did. We went with 5 other couples that we knew, they all were celebrating there anniversary, All of ... Read More
We had a great time on the cruise. We went to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We upgraded to a balcony room and was so happy we did. We went with 5 other couples that we knew, they all were celebrating there anniversary, All of us had a awesome time on the cruise. We loved the entertainment, especially Patti and Jose. The food was great and our bartender at dinner, Michael, was outstanding. We would definitely do this cruise again. Our room was great and our room attendant Dinky was great. Our cruise was a very memorable time and we had great weather and the seas were so calm. We went to horse bay beach and had a fantastic time, what a beautiful beach. I would highly recommend if senior citizens go to the beach they take a taxi and not go on public transportation, there are too many stairs! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Cruised from Pier 88 NYC 48th Street and 12 th Avenue. Private car dropped us right at the pier at 11:20 AM and luggage was quickly taken by a porter. We were thru customs and processed by Norwegian desk and on the ship by noon. Very ... Read More
Cruised from Pier 88 NYC 48th Street and 12 th Avenue. Private car dropped us right at the pier at 11:20 AM and luggage was quickly taken by a porter. We were thru customs and processed by Norwegian desk and on the ship by noon. Very easy. Previous reviews stated that O Sheehans pub/restaurant would be a good first stop. Excellent choice, decent food, good service and a nice first meal. Now we were off to our cabin, Deck 11 aft. Our luggage hadn't arrived but we were able to change into pool deck clothing and drop off our carry on bags and secure passports in the cabin safe. Cabin and bathroom and balcony definetly appear larger than similar cabin assignments on other ships. Pool area on embarkation day is crazy, wild, normal stuff with children overtaking the over adults only hot tubs and pool. This was corrected by staff security by the 2nd day. No big deal as the pool is not that important for me on embarkation day. Had several drinks with our large group at the pool as there were many waiters and waitresses. Of course some surly customers but the bartenders controlled the large groups very well. Had the unlimited drink plan and 4 dinner package. Drink plan excellent, dinner package was average. Specialty restaurants food quality are only slightly above the complimentary restaurants. Japanese Teppyaniki was decent with Asian food. Typical theater with chef cooking all the food in front of everyone.Disappointed in Cagneys as rib eye was tough but Shrimp Cocktail was excellent. Manhattan, Savor and Taste Restaursants are complementary and they are nearly comparable in food and Only ate at garden buffet for a quick snack or small lunch. Average quality. The Manhattan room is easily the best complimentary restaurant.Excellent service and above average food. Le Bistro ( French Restaurant) was just ok. Good service but menu was limited Buffet was above average with Plenty of choices, Wifi stinks on the vessel. Don't get it unless it's a must. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The Norwegian Escape is a family centered ship that is geared for young families. So many children on this boat. Adult only areas are hard to find eg. Spice H2O which is in the aft of the ship on the 17th floor. We found this area toward ... Read More
The Norwegian Escape is a family centered ship that is geared for young families. So many children on this boat. Adult only areas are hard to find eg. Spice H2O which is in the aft of the ship on the 17th floor. We found this area toward the end of our cruise and it is a little gem if you want to get away from noise and children. 18 and over only during the day. Main pool area is crowded with a pool that is too small for 4000+ guests. If you dont like a lot of noise and kids running around avoid this area. It was very difficult to find a lounge chair and find space in the hot tub, Our cabin was on the small size but it was comfortable with a great shower. A big plus for us! The steward was wonderful and available whenever we need something. The dining and food was the best part of the cruise. Really enjoyed the meals and O Sheehans for a late night snack. Drinks were very accessable and flowing. Best Malibu Bay Breezes that I've ever had.We wanted to relax so we didn't take advantage of all the activities just the shows in the theatre and music.Entertainment was spectacular. Howling at the Moon were amazing and so talented. The musicians played 3 instruments each. very entertaining.The staff were very accommodating. I have a sleep apnea machine and we called guest services for distilled water and it was delivered to our room witin an hour. We also did not used the ships excursions but we grabbed a minibus outside to take us to the beach. this worked out well and was an inexpensive way to travel on the island. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Never cruised Norweign after going on a number of different lines before. Not a fan of fresstyle dining at all. My wife and I love meeting new people and sitting with the same people every night on other cruises to get to know more about ... Read More
Never cruised Norweign after going on a number of different lines before. Not a fan of fresstyle dining at all. My wife and I love meeting new people and sitting with the same people every night on other cruises to get to know more about them - we've even made life-long freinds from other states who have come to visit us at the Jersey Shore now.. Freestyle cruising was just about putting us two at a table alone every night. And why have different restaurants serving the same menu every night. If you spend all this time bragging about all the different places to eat, should you really be serving the same food (at the no extra cost restaurants) at every place. And Norweign has way too many pay-to-eat restaurants - both Jummy Buffet offerings were extra charge for foood, and neither place had people at them every time we walked by during the entire 7 days. Such a waste of space. So many more people would go there if the food was complimentary - such as Carnival's Guy's (Fieri) Burger Joint. That being said, the entertainment was good and having the cruise ship "park" in Bermuda for a few days was outstanding - hate the watch-watching when you get off a ship in the morning and have to rush back in the afternoon. This was also out first cruise out of NYC, great views leaving and coming back, but parking fees are ridiculous at the pier - cheaper to fly to Miami or drive to Baltimore to get a cruise out of those places, cause the cruise itself is way more expensive out of NYC.... And one other thing about this cruise, people didn't understand English. Everytime I asked a question, I had to repeat myself. Every other cruise we've been on, the staff was from all over the world, but most understood every word I said. This cruise, I constantly had to repeat myself. For instance, the Escape has a Starbucks and I had to ask like five different people where it was cause no-one understood the word Starbucks - really? Cruise Director, Alvin, and the 80s party night were awesome... Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Embarkation was a breeze, special area for Haven guests, and escort up to the Haven lounge. We seemed to lose our escort at some point, but no issues, I had studied the deck plans, and knew how to get to the lounge. We started off the ... Read More
Embarkation was a breeze, special area for Haven guests, and escort up to the Haven lounge. We seemed to lose our escort at some point, but no issues, I had studied the deck plans, and knew how to get to the lounge. We started off the cruise in style with a few excellent cocktails, expertly made by Branco, the Haven lounge bartender. We met our butler, Jefferson, who managed to learn our names immediately. Hung out for a bit in the lounge and then we were given the option of going to Margaretville for lunch, its free for Haven guests on embarkation day. At Margaretville I learned that there would be tax on my cocktails ordered as we were in port, this is waived in the Haven lounge. Not a big deal, but a bit annoying to see NCL live up to their nickel and dime reputation for Haven guests. Lunch was OK. Haven restaurant was fantastic, never had to wait for a table. Great service, Great food, one of the best restaurants I have been to. I think perhaps the best service I had ever had in a restaurant. The chef set aside carrot cake from the lunch menu, so I could have it for supper as well. In hind sight we should have eaten lunch here the first day, saved on the tax for our cocktails, and had a much better experience. The attentive and unrushed service was a high point for the cruise. All the wait staff new our names and dietary restrictions (nut allergy for my wife). The Haven pool area was very nice, although the actual pool was a bit small, and really only useful for a few kids to play about. Guests with younger kids tended to hang out in the lower pool area with their kids, on sea days. There was also sauna and hot tubs that were not crowded. Adults without kids tended to hang out in the upper level of the pool area, or outside on the deck. Lots of lounge chairs, and the staff was very helpful setting up umbrellas, getting drinks, and food, etc. We did make use of the retractable roof, for the pool area, it rained for a bit on the way back, no problem, close the roof. We did try one of the specialty restaurants for supper, food was good, but the service was a bit rushed and not the same level we received in the Haven. My main complaint with Escape is the smoking, while waiting for our specialty restaurant you are in the haze from the casino smoke. And while I am on my smoking rant, there was too much deck area set aside for smokers; they should really be at the back somewhere, so the smoke does not affect other people. We had a spa day on the way to Bermuda, a bit pricey, but good, seaweed wrap and massage. Bermuda was beautiful, very safe, and friendly people. We went to horseshoe bay one day and elbow beach another. Horseshoe is a better beach, but gets crowded as the day goes on. Elbow beach is off the radar for cruise ships, had to take a taxi back, as there were no shuttle busses to pick us up. It was not crowded at all. On the last day we tried the beach close to the naval dock, the beach itself it not that good, but the fish and coral was better than expected. Right at the naval dock is the Bermuda national museum, very interesting to learn about the history of the Island, at one point was a penal colony! Worth the price of admission. The shows were OK, the brat pack was good, after midnight not so good. Perk of the Haven is getting reserved seating, and an escort to the theater. Disembarking while in Bermuda was easy, an escort from the one of the Haven staff, down a service elevator, and out a dedicated gang plank. Took a few minutes, no queue. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
No flight to worry about or how much your suitcase weight or having to pack 3 oz sunscreen and toiletries!!! Just go to the pier and welcome aboard !! Try to get there early if possible so you can get in and book restaurants and ... Read More
No flight to worry about or how much your suitcase weight or having to pack 3 oz sunscreen and toiletries!!! Just go to the pier and welcome aboard !! Try to get there early if possible so you can get in and book restaurants and entertainment. Is a HUGE cruise over 4000 passangers so hard to find chairs by the pool area but pleanty of chairs all over ( just NOT by the pool), Has a private pool but all sold out by the time we go in ( 12 PM). They have an amazing water park for adults and children. They also have a small children pool area separate from the adult only pool area. Lots of bars and restaurants - the longest wait was 10 minutes. Great entreatments and crew was super friently !!! Has a large gym with all modern equipment - very clean and not as crowded. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We decided to go on this cruise simply because we live in New England and it departed from Boston. We have been to Bermuda before and love this beautiful island. We found embarkation and disembarkation smooth but it seemed to take a ... Read More
We decided to go on this cruise simply because we live in New England and it departed from Boston. We have been to Bermuda before and love this beautiful island. We found embarkation and disembarkation smooth but it seemed to take a long time. The Norwegian Dawn is an older ship. We did find it difficult to get around -- there are some spaces in the ship that are hard to access. I wished I had a map! We like live music. We heard the Rockaway Duo, the Showband, a band in the Bliss Lounge (sorry, I can't recall their name), and Paul Mullen on piano/vocals. The Rockaway Duo was our least favorite. (The vocalists were often flat!) We loved the Showband, a Jazz band that played in the Atrium. We planned our day around them so we could be sure to hear them. The Bliss Lounge band was good -- we enjoyed them and did go and dance one night. Paul Mullen was very good. After we heard him in the Atrium, we went down to Gatsbys to hear him again, but there was so much cigar smell there that we ended up leaving. The comedian, Julie Barr, was good. We went to three of her shows. I'll admit, I didn't love the mature audiences show. (Why is it that F bombs are considered so funny? I am just not sure.) The best thing we saw was the Elements show. Dancing, acrobatics, magic --impressive and entertaining. We also went to see magician PJ Wen in his own show and loved it. We ate most nights in the Venetian. I enjoy sampling foods I would not want to pay for in an ordinary restaurant. I had risotto, gnocchi, and salmon tartar. All very good. We also tried Bamboo and loved the sushi but were disappointed in the other offerings there. We ate in the Garden Cafe every morning and always found something to enjoy for breakfast. Our daughter ate hamburgers in O'Sheehan's. I was glad there was a pub that was included.. although the portions were small. All in all I found the food to be very good. The service on the Dawn is really great. All the workers there are friendly and helpful. I can't say one bad thing about any of them. We had a couple's massage in the Spa. I enjoyed the hot stone massage. Hubby had a deep tissue massage which may have been a little much for him -- he was sore for days! I liked the massage but not the hard sell for about $400 worth of products afterwards. I don't think I would spend $300 for massages again. We did not do any excursions, preferring to just do our own thing. We went to Church Bay for snorkeling. (We brought our own equipment from home) I enjoyed it, but there are a lot of rocks and the surf was rough. It was challenging for my daughter, who is not the best swimmer. The next day we went to Horseshoe Bay and snorkeled in the cove there. It was much better for her. We brought along a Nikon Coolpix waterproof camera -- taking underwater pictures was really fun. After our time in the cove, we went to the beach, rented a chair and umbrella ($33) and just floated in the lovely, turquoise blue water. The surf was so gentle -- I saw a man there standing in the water with a beer in one hand and a book in the other. The sand in Horseshoe is soft and there are no rocks underfoot. Basically, it's a perfect beach. On our third day, we spent the morning in Hamilton doing some shopping and went to Horseshoe for a few hours before returning to the ship. For transportation in Bermuda, we took either a public bus, van, or the ferry to Hamilton. There is a bus stop in the Dockyard, and Bus # 7 goes to Horseshoe. It's a ten minute walk from the bus stop to Horseshoe Bay. To get to Church Bay, we took a van ($7 per person) and they let us off there. There's a long stairway to get down to the beach. When it was time to leave, we ended up standing on the street flagging down taxis and vans ... finally one stopped and took us back to the Dockyard. The return trip from Horseshoe was not a problem; the vans line up there to transport. We used all American money with no problems -- they made change in American money as well. My 15 year old came with us. She suffered from seasickness while at sea, but loved the time on the island. I don't think I will ever take her on a cruise again, since she was so miserable. For internet, we purchased the social media package, mostly for our 15-year-old daughter, who could not be away from her SnapChat for a whole week. We were very satisfied with it. No, we could not watch videos, and no, we could not post pictures. But Facebook messenger worked, and we were able to communicate with family at home using that. Very helpful. And I did like posting about our vacation, which is something I have never been able to do before from a cruise ship. We bought one package. My daughter was the one who used it most; but I could and did use it also. I would log on, and it would tell me another session was in use and did I want to end that session? And I would end that session (often to complaints from my daughter) and then I logged on, did my quick perusal of my social media, and logged off. Husband liked it because he could use Facebook and Twitter to get the latest sports scores. We were at sea when Aretha Franklin died, and we were able to get the news from Twitter. In fact I did a few quick searches for other things on Twitter, similar to the way I might use Google, and got the info I was looking for. It was unlimited. I ran into a few people who had purchased minutes, and they had to be aware of their use. We did not.It was only slow on our last evening (presumably because people were trying to use up their minutes.) Otherwise we were satisfied with the speed. And, if anyone cares, my daughter was on an iPhone and I was on an Android phone. No difference. My husband and I loved our trip on the Dawn and will certainly take other cruises. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 40th anniversary and to just relax. We did both. It was such a wonderful time. We went to see a bunch of shows Element which which was great. A comedian who was very funny. A juggling comedian who was ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 40th anniversary and to just relax. We did both. It was such a wonderful time. We went to see a bunch of shows Element which which was great. A comedian who was very funny. A juggling comedian who was also great. We ate at Cagney’s steakhouse twice . which is a must . Moderno And the main dining rooms are great too. Did not care for the Buffet .The bands playing at the pool were great to listen to. Embarkation was easy just go where they tell you the lines move pretty quick. Disembarkation don’t keep your luggage. Pick a color it is much better than waiting in the line that goes all over the ship. We did one excursion and that was the glass bottom boat. Worth the 69 dollars . A lot of interesting tips about the island from the captain. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was a last minute cruise to join our son's family. They traveled up from Virginia and stayed in Ridgefield, New Jersey at a Hampton Inn that gave them a great rate including parking for the week and a shuttle to the ship. The ... Read More
This was a last minute cruise to join our son's family. They traveled up from Virginia and stayed in Ridgefield, New Jersey at a Hampton Inn that gave them a great rate including parking for the week and a shuttle to the ship. The drop off is easy, however we were in panic mode as we didn't get a piece of luggage until after 7:00. The ship left very late 7:30 and a variety of reasons were given ( fuel slot missed, passengers on NCL flight late, etc.) We were in a mini-suite with extended balcony on deck 8. It was so far forward that it felt like we were on another ship. The stateroom had a nice bathroom with extra-large shower but the balcony wasn't usable as there was no over hang and August to Bermuda is 100 degrees every day. Also people higher up throw things down on you. There are no drawers! Bring storage cubes for socks, underwear,etc. The bed is comfortable but the comforter is well used and the sheets too small. We had a great stateroom attendant Rodrigo who worked non stop and made great towel animals to cheer us up. I think the problem was that last year we were on the Gem in the Haven and were sad the whole time over the room. The ship was loaded with kids and they were really well behaved. I even caught the kids club show ( they were so cute) our ten and 12 year old didn't want to join in. They enjoyed the slides and pools and arcade. It was so hot! Food was good in the main dining room ( pick Taste or Savor) Manhattan too big and noisy. The Brat Pack show was disgusting, the magician so-so but Choir of Man and After Midnight were fabulous. Don't miss Choir of Man!!!! The ship needed more family entertainment. Smoking is terrible, especially in the casino where smokers go even if they don't play. The whole ship smells. Bingo is a rip off. They don't give away the big payoff on the last day of the cruise like other lines ( Princess, Royal Caribbean) unless you get under 47 balls ( impossible) Cagney steakhouse was good, Teppinyaki fun, Food Republic pretty good, La Cuccina bears no relation the any Italian food I've ever eaten (ick). Bermuda is absolutely beautiful. Easy to get a $7 ride to fabulous Horseshoe beach in a van at the pier ( tons going back too. ) The package for a large tent, 4 lounge chairs and a buckets of ice and water is $150. You can charge it. The kids set it up and it was worth it. Take towels from ship. Dining room staff is often slow and confused, so be patient. Getting off is a nightmare. long endless lines. Get a porter ( $20+) They will take you and your stuff to the front of the line for customs and you will be out in 5 minutes. Really worth it! Fun cruise for the kids, I enjoyed playing in the casino and met some nice people but I prefer Celebrity and Princess. But Not flying is the best, Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I was aboard the Norwegian Escape cruise from NYC to Bermuda on 8/12/18 - 8/19/18. My cousins booked the cruise with 8 of their friends and invited my daughter (13 years old) and me along. Embarkation went very smoothly and we were on the ... Read More
I was aboard the Norwegian Escape cruise from NYC to Bermuda on 8/12/18 - 8/19/18. My cousins booked the cruise with 8 of their friends and invited my daughter (13 years old) and me along. Embarkation went very smoothly and we were on the ship by 11:30-12:00 and immediately went to lunch at the Garden Cafe. This ended up being a popular stop during our cruise as we could always find something yummy to eat and the staff was helpful and friendly. Ate breakfast there every morning and was greeted warmly by the bubbly Julie Valentin, the Coffee, Coffee gal. We rise early and were able to get decent seats at the pool every day. Those coming at 10:00 should not expect to have our luck. Biggest disappointment was the lack of pool availability. For 4,300 guests, pool capacity was 82 at the public spots. Woefully underestimated! The ship sparkled and had a cozy feel without being over the top glamorous. It's a long walk from aft to forward, but I was able to make my steps goal every day. Plenty of restaurants and bars and the waits to get in were short. We took advantage of the dining plan and ate at La Cucina, Teppanyaki and Cagney's in addition to the complimentary choices of the Manhattan Room and Savor. The food was delicious without exception. Each dinner meal did take between 2-2.5 hours to complete which got a little old. We had a forward balcony room on the 13th deck and it was nice. The balcony and bathroom were both larger than I had expected. The bed was hard to sit on, but I slept well every night. We took advantage of several ship activities. The create your own painting was a big hit for the two of us. We hadn't done it before but will again on land. We stopped by the art auction on a whim. It was very well done, but I was astounded to see winning bids over $30,000! The Deal/No Deal activity was a loser. Cards were $25 each and only contained half of the numbers available in the game. There was no way to win the top prize of $5,000 and I feel this should have been disclosed at the time of purchase. Went on the Dolphin Encounter and Caves and Aquarium Highlights excursions in Bermuda. The dolphins provided a life long memory and I'll never forget the look of awe on my daughter's face. The cave tour was short, but well guided. The Aquarium and Zoo gave a good glimpse of some natural island inhabitants, but it was small. The guide was informative and very pleasant and took us for some brief stops along the South Shore beaches. Overall experience was ok, but it's pricey. Can't say enough good things about the ship's crew. To a person, they were friendly, helpful and had enormous amounts of energy. Several recalled my name when seeing me for a second time. Impressed the hell out of me with the number of people on board. Greatly enjoyed the trip and would recommend it for young and lively passengers as partying seems to be the goal. There is a non-stop list of activities to explore and it's a wonderful way to get to see the world. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Loved this boat. It was spotless clean, room was great (I had a mini suite with balcony) and food was wonderful. I did go to 3 specialty restaurants and all were good, except the French one wasn’t really French food. The staff ... Read More
Loved this boat. It was spotless clean, room was great (I had a mini suite with balcony) and food was wonderful. I did go to 3 specialty restaurants and all were good, except the French one wasn’t really French food. The staff everywhere from room steward, food servers, and even as high up as hotel director was unbelievably accommodating and nice. The only thing I wished they had was kid friendly shows. All the entertainment was adult only. We did see 1 magic show which was awesome, but no other shows for us to go to as a family. So many activities on board, rope coarse, golf, etc. Disembarking was super easy. The most thing that impressed me was still all the staff. They were genuinely nice and tried to make everyone as happy as possible. I didn’t encounter one person from the staff that had a bad attitude. That makes all the difference no matter where you travel. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Excellent service, great staff, amazing food quality, right size cabin (for 3 of us). Loved freestyle cruising and loved Specialty dinning experience. We loved Moderno and Le Bistro restaurants. However, I have to say the pools smaller and ... Read More
Excellent service, great staff, amazing food quality, right size cabin (for 3 of us). Loved freestyle cruising and loved Specialty dinning experience. We loved Moderno and Le Bistro restaurants. However, I have to say the pools smaller and very crowded and that was little disappointing. Despite the fact that pools are small and crowded, there are lot of other activities to do onboard including Rope course, mini golf, tubing, bocce, ping pong and lot more. Well managed, great leadership team, very polite, courteous service team and very clean . I have mixed feelings on Shore Excursions. Beaches in Bermuda are awesome and they are only 20-30 minutes by local transport for a fixed price. Comedy shows with Tom Simmons and "Choir of men" is the best show. Promenade is very small compared to other cruise ships I have seen. Overall, we loved the ship and our experience was great. Loved it! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We have sailed Disney, Carnival and Royal Caribbean....one might say we are seasoned cruisers. We chose NCL Escape partly to try the line but mostly for the itinerary. We love Bermuda. We were traveling with four kids, 6, 9, 12 and ... Read More
We have sailed Disney, Carnival and Royal Caribbean....one might say we are seasoned cruisers. We chose NCL Escape partly to try the line but mostly for the itinerary. We love Bermuda. We were traveling with four kids, 6, 9, 12 and 13. Stayed on Deck 13, Balcony Cabin's 13768 and 13766. I WOULD NOT recommend these. The crew door was right across the hall and made it very noisy. Access to the elevators was convenient but since this ship doesn't have Aft, mid ship and Forward elevators like most.....everyone Forward had to us these mid ship elevators.....Many noisy people walking by. I will say at about 1am the noise stopped. Food. Best food we have had on a cruise line. EXCEPT Bayamo....that was horrible for us. I really wish they would have stopped people from refilling their water bottles at the Buffet. We got the norovirus once and it grosses me out. I travel with hand sanitizer on my lanyard. Service. Lacking.....I think it is due to the anytime dining. We had to ask for bread several times. Drinks were forgotten.....You do not get a personal relationship with your servers so they don't "care" as much. We liked the Manhattan room the best because of the live music. I did like the Anytime Dining...it was nice to not have to rush to dinner.....This wasn't a deal breaker for me...but it was sort of disappointing. Drinks. Strong. A nice amount of alcohol and whatnot. Well made....take some one's and the bar tenders will remember you.... Pool Deck. Way too small. We hung at the kids pool most of the time. They were not "patrolling" the chairs and if you didn't have one at 8:00 am...you wouldn't get one at all. It wasn't really a huge issue for me because I was playing with my kids in the water and on the slides. Sport Court. It was hard for my kids to play on it because adults were on it playing basketball ALL THE TIME...ALL DAY LONG. Maybe they need to have a age schedule on it. The mini-golf and ropes course were both a hit. I would have like to see something like a Foosball table or other free table games. Ping Pong was also available. Port of Origin. I would probably NOT sail from NYC again. I just found the NYC/Jersey attitude a little abrasive....and I lived on the East Coast for 10 years. Now we live in Michigan and I just found....in general more rude people then nice and polite ones. But the polite ones were awesome! LOL. It didn't ruin it for me....just may change future sailing plans. Bermuda was great. Don't go to the snorkel park near the port. It was dangerous. Not from coral or rocks...BUT GLASS....not sea glass.....Smashed bottles....It wasn't worth the money. We did a Fishing Charter called Reel Addiction...Captain Curly has been fishing for 30 years and was great!!! We caught Wahoo, Black Fin Tuna, Trigger Fish, Orange Grouper.....he and his first mate were very helpful but not obsessive about their poles and gear. They let my kids reel everything in. The first mate cleaned the fish and then we took it over to the Bone Fish Inn at the dockyard where they cooked it all up for us. BTW Wahoo is delicious. We avoided Horseshoe beach and went to Elbow Beach. It was so nice... Entertainment. Fantastic. I can't tell you how impressed I was with the talent they have on the ship! Top Notch. Kids Club. I am not sure if it was the staff or the fact that the club was HUGE...but this was this only cruise we went on that my kids WANTED to go to the kids club. Yup. Wanted to. So...that was great for us! LOL Debarkation was chaotic and frustrating. But we got off. Even if we almost witnessed a fight. All in all we would sail NCL and the Escape again. Perhaps not at the NYC Port. Oh the jogging track is poorly placed on this ship. I usually like to take a walk in the evening to help...ahem....work all the days food off...but it was in a narrow area and then chairs and people were hanging out on it. Oh well. Ask me if you have any questions. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Auburndale Cruisers Review Our Great Family Cruise to Bermuda on NCL’s “Escape” One of Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) newest cruise ships, the Escape, is an ideal choice for family cruises offering plenty to do for children ... Read More
Auburndale Cruisers Review Our Great Family Cruise to Bermuda on NCL’s “Escape” One of Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) newest cruise ships, the Escape, is an ideal choice for family cruises offering plenty to do for children as well as adults. The New York City to Bermuda cruise is presently in its inaugural season. Background: We were a party of ten; my wife and I, both senior citizens, our two sons and daughters-in-law and four grandchildren ages nine through fourteen. This was our thirtieth cruise since 2001, the twentieth with NCL. Our children and grandchildren have sailed with us on nine of the cruises so we all consider ourselves seasoned and savvy cruisers. We previously had sailed on NCL’s Crown, Dawn, Gem, Jewel, Star, and Breakaway, all very pleasurable experiences. We also had sailed with Celebrity, Holland America, Princess and Royal Caribbean also very pleasurable experiences. NCL’s loyalty club is called “Latitudes”. My wife and I are platinum-plus level (the highest) members and received on this cruise amenities including; priority check-in and boarding, priority disembarkation, free limited beverage package, a three specialty restaurant package, and an on-board spending credit. Arrival, Check-In and Boarding: We arrived at the Manhattan Passenger Ship Terminal by private limo Sunday August 5th at approximately 10:00, were whisked through priority check-in, a group photo, and boarded at 11:30. Once aboard, lunch was being served in the Garden Cafe and Savor dining rooms. Champagne, awaited us in our five staterooms. Following the mandatory safety drill, we departed for Bermuda at 4:00 pm as scheduled. The Escape: The Escape, (NCL Breakaway Class) is one of NCL’s newest ships, entering commercial service in October of 2015. It is in a word, huge, at 164,300 tons, 1,069 feet in length and 130 feet at the beam. Passenger capacity is listed at 4,266 (double occupancy). Based upon the amount of families on-board with more than two in a room, I imagine the passenger capacity was significantly increased. The ship was spotless and showed no evidence of wear and tear. If you wanted a deck chair pool-side you might well have waited for the shore days. On sea days, rain or shine, most of the pool-side deck chairs are reserved by sunrise with towels and other personal objects and then left unused until after 10:00 or later. In an attempt to curb the reservation of deck chairs, NCL initiated a system of tagging unoccupied reserved chairs, and if still unoccupied after an hour, a ship attendant would remove any articles which then had to be retrieved at the ship’s desk. We don’t know if the process worked. Staterooms: We had booked five mini-suites on Deck 14. The mini-suites are quite small. The balcony was almost non-existent, only about three feet deep, with just enough room for two small straight-back chairs and a tiny table and not conducive for an outdoor breakfast. There was however sufficient closet and storage space. The bathroom size was adequate. A flat screen TV, coffee maker, robes, mini bar, wall safe and hair dryer were furnished. In order to turn room lights or the TV on, or to use wall outlets, a stateroom key card (or any card with a magnetic strip) had to be inserted into a receptacle and left there as long as power was required. This is NCL’s attempt to reduce power usage, a good idea and not an inconvenience. The stateroom attendant was very friendly, efficient and timely, quickly adjusting his duties to our schedule. Towel animals were there nightly. Dining: In NCL’s Free Style Dining system, venues consist of “complimentary” and “specialty, cover charge applies”. The Manhattan Room, Savor and Taste are complimentary main dining rooms with table service. The Savor and Taste are also available for breakfast, lunch and dinner (limited during shore days). The complimentary Garden Cafe provides self-service buffet style fare for breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-between. Other complimentary dining is provided by O’Sheehans Irish Pub (24 hour service). Margaritaville was available for limited breakfast service. The complimentary dining rooms provided a varied daily menu with certain standard fare repeated daily. “Specialty, cover charge applies” dinner venues consist of Cagneys Steakhouse, La Cucina (Italian), Le Bistro (French), Moderno (Churrascaria) and Teppanyaki (Japanese) . We dined at our comp’d Cagney’s, La Cucina, Le Bistro and Teppanyaki. We did not try Moderno. We all agreed that Teppanyaki was the best of the specialty dining rooms. Cagney’s, La Cucina and le Bistro prices were a la carte, Teppanyaki a fixed price of $29.95. In my opinion, aside from the possible benefit of a smaller, quieter sitting, I do not consider the extra cost of the specialty venues worth it. Had we not been comp’d to Teppanyaki, it would have cost our group $300. The Garden Cafe offered a large variety of hot and cold food all day (except for maintenance periods) which was well prepared and tasty. The Garden Cafe was a favorite of our children and grandchildren for breakfast and lunch. My wife and I preferred either Savor or O’Sheehans. If you don’t mind serving yourself and crowds, the Café is a good choice for a varied (ethnic, cutting board, dessert etc.) meal. The Free Style system seems to work ok, but we’d still prefer fixed dinner seating at fixed times. I believe that NCL should consider two assigned or reserved fixed seating’s yet maintain the Free Style for those who wish to eat elsewhere at times. This works well on other cruise lines. The long waiting lines observed at the Manhattan Room are unacceptable. It does seem that NCL would like to force more diners into the specialty venues. We had made reservations in advance for the Manhattan room so no waiting was required. We considered the food in the main dining rooms to be good to very good in selection, preparation and portion size. The food in the specialty restaurants was also good to very good. The dining rooms service was very good to excellent with an attentive and competent wait staff. Entertainment: Several musicals were presented in the main Theater and were well received. We attended “Brat Pack” a musical medley of John Hughes movies. We thought it was quite good. Also well done were “After Midnight” and “Dueling Pianos – Howl at the Moon” Over the years my wife and I had come to really like the lounge and atrium music entertainment presented throughout the day. NCL performers including Leo, Fire & Ice, Arvin & Emily, drew SRO crowds in the atrium. This was gone on this cruise and the atrium presented mainly cruise games which were well attended, but not by us. So much for adult only entertainment. Where the Escape really shines is entertainment for children of all ages. Besides the three pools, a complete water park is provided with several water slides and a heart stopping free fall water slide which my brave grandson tried four times. A ropes course, high above Deck 18, provided daring children and adults with a hooked-up traverse suspended from ropes over wooden plank bridges, steel beams, cables and even a walk-the- plank out high above the ocean. A daughter-in law, a granddaughter and grandson completed the course safely, and then we adults were able to breathe again. For the young children there is the Splash Academy, a morning, afternoon and evening complimentary fun camp. After attending Splash for several previous cruises, our grandchildren have now outgrown it. Also on the ship were a casino, spa and salon, bowling alleys, three pools a basketball court, bocce court and a mini golf course. Shore Excursions: We did not take any shore excursions. Our children and grandchildren instead bussed it to Elbow Beach and Horse Shoe Bay. For the three shore days, NCL provided a complimentary tender service to St. George and Tobacco Bay beach, a nice touch. Disembarkation: Our priority disembarkation was scheduled for 9:15 and we actually got off at that time, no delays. It was one of our smoothest disembarkations ever. What We Liked and Loved: We liked the amenities provided to us by NCL. We liked the amicability, courtesy and attentiveness of the ships staff. We liked the dining and loved the action venues action venues. We loved the fact that our children and grandchildren had such a wonderful time. What We Didn’t Like: A cell phone app purchased on board by most of us to allow connection on the ship did not work well. Aside from that, there was nothing else that we really didn’t like. Summary and Recommendations: It was truly a great and memorable cruise. You could especially tell that by the dour looks on our grandchildren’s faces as we disembarked. We especially recommend the Escape for family summer cruising. You have to be aware of the crowds that occur at times. We would not recommend it for only-adult sailing. In my opinion, the Celebrity Summit, a similar cruise from nearby Bayonne, NJ, would be a better choice. I hope that this review will be helpful to someone thinking of sailing on the Escape in making an informed decision. For more information, please go to: http://www.escape.ncl.com/ Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
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