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3,088 Norwegian (NCL) Bermuda Cruise Reviews

combination of relaxation and fun activities, the man choir, after midnight show, ferry to and from the ship dock. The city as a whole Great service from the crew members, the staff member assigned to our room, made sure that our room ... Read More
combination of relaxation and fun activities, the man choir, after midnight show, ferry to and from the ship dock. The city as a whole Great service from the crew members, the staff member assigned to our room, made sure that our room is spotless every day. That is unforgettable for me. The food and services were out of this world. Ms. Mary Grace Siping will go around every morning during breakfast with smile and "Hello" to costumers. Participated and enjoyed the dancing class on deck 6, the music, Deal or no deal. To top it up for me was the Unlimited drinks and specialty food. I added 5 pound getting of the boat after 7 days full of fun. The pictures on my Facebook wall has attracted many comments and likes. My friend loves the picture and already planning another with my friends vacation next year. I am using this opportunity to thank all the 'CREW MEMBERS. You are a great team. Gracias!!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We were finally talked into taking a cruise when my sister and brother-in-law invited us along. I've traveled extensively but had never taken a cruise. I must say that I've never been more thoroughly impressed with an overall ... Read More
We were finally talked into taking a cruise when my sister and brother-in-law invited us along. I've traveled extensively but had never taken a cruise. I must say that I've never been more thoroughly impressed with an overall vacation experience than I was with our NCL cruise. Everything on the ship was immaculate, and there wasn't a place on board that didn't feel modern and fresh. From the overall cleanliness of the cabin, to the pool deck, to the selection of restaurants, there wasn't a single complaint. We tried Cagney's, La Cucina, the Japanese restaurant, the French bistro, and the Bayamo seafood restaurant. Each one was great. (Okay, Bayamo didn't seem to be quite as satisfying as the others, but I'm not sure if it was because it was later in the week or if we were overloaded from our previous experiences.) The bottom line is that we've never experienced better overall quality, even at a resort, than what we experienced on our NCL cruise. It's true that the cabin was cozy, but the bed was comfortable and the shower was perfectly functional. We had a balcony, and that made it great for having morning coffee in private. The "standard" dining options were also outstanding. We had dinner at the Manhattan Room and had breakfast or lunch at the Garden Cafe almost every day. For a buffet, I've never seen a better selection of fresh foods and made-to-order options. As a final note, I expected that the ship would feel crowded. After all, there a lot of people on board. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that there were always lounges, bars, or deck areas that offered adequate privacy and space. Even when waiting for shows, there may have been lines, but they were always managed well. Overall, I'm extremely pleased with my cruise experience, and I can't wait to go again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
My family of 4 had a blast on our second NCL cruise (20th total)! No matter your age (our family ages 23, 54, 54, and 75) NCL does a fantastic job catering to you! Embarkation was a little messy, but NCL made it known days prior due to ... Read More
My family of 4 had a blast on our second NCL cruise (20th total)! No matter your age (our family ages 23, 54, 54, and 75) NCL does a fantastic job catering to you! Embarkation was a little messy, but NCL made it known days prior due to the Coast Guard inspection. First and foremost the Manhattan Dining Room did a fantastic job with my Grandmothers Salt free diet! Vincente (Asst. Maitre'D) did a fantastic job catering to her and making sure she was always satisfied. Only one time wash she told they could not make something which was understandable due to it being Cheddar and broccoli soup (cheese=high salt content). One night she had a fantastic seafood alfredo which I tasted and was amazed of the flavor they were able to create! The service in the MDR made our cruise because we did not have to worry about my grandmothers health. By the time we reached home she had lost 4 lbs! The bar staff in the atrium (Archie, Kay, Arvell, and Venus) were fun and attentive as well as Chips Ohoy at the 5' Oclock somewhere bar! The DBH bar was great! Brent and Ravi took time explaining different beers and helped greatly in making selections. Our stay in Bermuda was as perfect as it could be! Bermuda never disappoints (4th time there). Horseshoe bay is always beautiful! Dad and I took a private fishing charter and it was worth every penny. During our trip we only encountered a few negatives. 1-the food in Food Republic was full of salt and the noodles were overcooked (mush)! 2-the one waitress we encountered in Tepanyaki was rude, she stated to us "listen up I will only say this once" not exactly the type of attitude I want to deal with on my vacation. 3- If you have someone in your group who is handicapped leave extra time for navigating the elevators as people in general have no common courtesy. Disembarking went quick and simple besides navigating the elevator! All in all a vacation is what YOU make of it! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
My husband and I went on this cruise with my sister and her husband and friends of theirs. We all had a great time! The food, staff, and entertainment were all top-notch! We had the ultimate beverage package, and it was worth every ... Read More
My husband and I went on this cruise with my sister and her husband and friends of theirs. We all had a great time! The food, staff, and entertainment were all top-notch! We had the ultimate beverage package, and it was worth every penny. The embarkation was a little crowded because the ship had a surprise inspection. Since Halloween occurred during our cruise, we noticed that trick-or-treating was provided for the kids on the boat. This was a really thoughtful, nice touch! We really enjoyed the girls who sang and handed out pastries in the main dining room during breakfast. The food in all the dining rooms and buffet was excellent. We only went to one speciality restaurant, La Cucina, which is an Italian place, and we were not real impressed, unfortunately. If you have a chance, go see "Wine Lovers, the Musical", "After Midnight", and "Choir of Man". These were all excellent musical productions on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
My wife and I have taken over 20 cruises, with 6 times on the NCL Breakaway and 3 times on the NCL Gem. And this was our second time on the NCL Escape so we knew what the facilities and service should be. We were not disappointed. First ... Read More
My wife and I have taken over 20 cruises, with 6 times on the NCL Breakaway and 3 times on the NCL Gem. And this was our second time on the NCL Escape so we knew what the facilities and service should be. We were not disappointed. First let me explain that my wife is a travel agent and was on this cruise as a training exercise offered by NCL to learn of the new offerings coming in the future (ships, locations, prices). This gave her a great price but left us without extra perks and room choice. We bought into the additional dining plan because I just couldn't imagine being so close to Moderno and not sitting in (we booked it twice). We also tried Teppanyaki for the first time and were both impressed with the amount and quality of the food. Taste and Savor and O'Sheehan's were exactly as expected from previous sittings. Let me also say this, I give you 3 strikes and then you are out. Several years ago the Manhattan Room struck out and is off my list. The training seminar had scheduled a group dinner for the last night in the Manhattan Room so I went along with the program not expecting much. Some people may expect that a group like this would get special attention, 30 + travel agents with the local district manager in charge, no so. They had a full room of people to take care of not just us but that's right. We were jammed in a little too tight at the tables and some services were skipped. The dinner was scheduled early when there is a lot of noise, kids & babies you know. The 3 main dining rooms offer the exact same menu from the same kitchen so I usually prefer to use Taste or Savor. And we had a great time at the Halloween Party & costume competition. Some advice for all: there are times you may be approached by the staff to resolve a problem with your actions, be sure not to argue or become belligerent just listen and respond appropriately. There was a group of 5 people put-off the ship in Bermuda, no refund, no further travel plans, on their own. Not for breaking the "no-smoking on the balcony safety rule" but for creating an issue with the staff I love to cruise, I go to "PARTY", I research the trip before booking, I use a travel agent (she told me I had to), and I tip with cash. I am booked on the NCL Gem in March and I can't wait. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
What a beautiful ship. All of the crew ,from the wait staff to the room stewards always had a smile on there faces. The food from cagneys,to the garden buffet spot on.the brat pack was a very entertaining show. We had our 10th anniversary ... Read More
What a beautiful ship. All of the crew ,from the wait staff to the room stewards always had a smile on there faces. The food from cagneys,to the garden buffet spot on.the brat pack was a very entertaining show. We had our 10th anniversary dinner at the Haven restaurant, the wait staff were outstanding, they helped me surprise my wife when I gave her a ring. They came out with a cake and a martini glass filled with m@ms to hide the ring and sang let me call you sweetheart. I was happy to say that my wife was surprised and was in tears. This was our 3rd cruise with ncl , And everytime it just gets better and better. We will most definitely be back agin. And will be in the haven agin. Also a very special shout out to Patrick,Chis,and Jackie for always helping with all of questions Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
This is my 4th time sailing with Norwegian, this is by far the prettiest boat I’ve been on. I went with my husband it was our first time traveling to Bermuda. Our cabin was gorgeous and bigger than i expected we booked an ocean view in ... Read More
This is my 4th time sailing with Norwegian, this is by far the prettiest boat I’ve been on. I went with my husband it was our first time traveling to Bermuda. Our cabin was gorgeous and bigger than i expected we booked an ocean view in the 5th floor, we had lots of space for us two even got a separate little livin room area with a sofa and 2nd tv! Plenty of restaurants and things to do on the boat if your okay with paying extra which kinda sucks. We skipped out on a few activities due to all the extra costs. Many shows are reservations only so I suggest reserving shows and dinner in advance online to save yourself time and the possibility of shows being full which they do. Tip plan your days as soon as you get the freestyle, many events overlap so pick what you really want to do and set your timers to avoid disappointment. Really big boat lots of people things get full quick. Unfortunately this trip was cut short and we arrived to Bermuda at 6pm instead of the usual 8am which really messed up some plans, and only gave us one full day of exploring. Bermuda is gorgeous, though it was windy and rained on a off, the sun peaked out every so often. Horseshoe bay is definitely a must see just don’t book through Norwegian take the 7 dollar mini bus right at the end of the pier. Made the mistake of paying 90 with Norwegian for 2 hrs at the beach than 14 roundtrip for however long i wanted. The Bermuda Triangle Cruise was lots of fun also. If you walk up the pier past the bone fish bar there’s an little spot with benches and free WiFi. Number one thing on this boat is The staff. They are amazing I have never had as many friendly and welcoming staff on a boat. Savor dinning room is a must ask to be seated with Santiago he is the funniest most caring guy you’ll meet. He treated us and all his guest like family. Really took care of us and went above and beyond. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I was told that NCL was a great Cruise line and I would like it for the Freestyle type ship. I LOVED it. My fiance and I had a wonderful time. The staff was so friendly and polite and always willing to help. They remembered us by name ... Read More
I was told that NCL was a great Cruise line and I would like it for the Freestyle type ship. I LOVED it. My fiance and I had a wonderful time. The staff was so friendly and polite and always willing to help. They remembered us by name which to me is a miracle with all of the people on board. The ship itself was so beautiful and clean. The cabin was great. We did 3 specialty dining nights and everyone of them were amazing. Moderno the Brazillian Restaurant was by far our favorite though. The Levity Comedy Group was by far the best Ive seen, they had us laughing for days.. The shows on board were out of this world. We had a blast watching the Cruise director and her staff entertain the guests. The public restrooms were always spotless. The spa was amazing also. I would highly recommend this ship and NCL for that matter!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Wanted to visit Bermuda for years and finally decided Norwegian was the way to go. We have been on other cruise lines, on the recommendation of our son, we choose Norwegian. Found the ship was beautiful and not hard to find your way ... Read More
Wanted to visit Bermuda for years and finally decided Norwegian was the way to go. We have been on other cruise lines, on the recommendation of our son, we choose Norwegian. Found the ship was beautiful and not hard to find your way throughout the ship. Freestyle dining was wonderful. Elegant dining available or cafeteria dining if you wish. The Manhattan room had live music and a dance floor, food was wonderful.O'sheehan's Irish Pub had delicious hot wings and reuben sandwiches !!Dress is smart cruise attire or comfortable depending on your dining option, Enjoyed the entertainment in the atrium at night and through the day. After Midnight was a great show. The entire staff was friendly and accomodating. Port in Bermuda was beautiful and clean. Shore excursions available from the ship or right at the pier. Room was roomy enough for 2 and bed was so comfortable. .We would travel Norwegian again for sure !! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
1 = This is our 23rd Cruise: 17 on Carnival + 5 on NCL + 1 on Celestyal. When our 3 kids were small we enjoyed cruising on Carnival = THE FUN SHIP. However, now that our kids are all grown up we have migrated to cruising on NCL. The ... Read More
1 = This is our 23rd Cruise: 17 on Carnival + 5 on NCL + 1 on Celestyal. When our 3 kids were small we enjoyed cruising on Carnival = THE FUN SHIP. However, now that our kids are all grown up we have migrated to cruising on NCL. The biggest attraction to NCL is the Free Style Dining; not to mention that the Customer Service on NCL, throughout the various ranks of Employees is exceptional. Furthermore, the food choices are delightful and the Shows are spectacular. We like crusing NCL so much, that we purchased 4 CruiseNext Deposits on this cruise. 2 = Our favourite NCL Hero on this Cruise was Manuel Santos – Assistant Maitre’D in the Manhattan Dining Room, which we had Dinner 6 out of the 7 nights. From the very 1st night that we dined in the Manhattan Room, we had the pleasure of being served by Manuel & his great Team. We always requested a table under Manuel’s domain, and if we weren’t lucky to get one, we made it a point to let Manuel know where we were sitting, and he would always come over to talk with us. Manuel is an outstanding ambassador for NCL. His “above & beyod” service always with a smile, makes us want to cruise with NCL all the time. We looked forward to seeing Manuel every evening for dinner and were so impressed with his service and attention for detail at the Manhattan Dining Room, as well as the Garden Café. Opportunity for NCL to Improve with the following items/areas: 1. Have a notice at the Manager’s Desk of the Internet Café alerting all users that the Printer connected to the Computer Stations in the Internet Station will be disabled after 11:00 p.m. every evening. Therefore if you need to print any documents, make sure that you do so before 11:00 p.m. On the last evening of this Cruise, I went to the Internet Café at 11:30 p.m., so as to be able to print my Air Flight Boarding Passes, but was unsuccessful. I did send the documents to print, but nothing was coming out of the Printer. I did approach Guest Services at least 4 times to get this matter resolved, but on my last visit, Juan spoke to the Internet Café Manager = Robert (who was definitely not a happy camper in being disturbed this late, to deal with what was an important matter to me). Robert was rude in his tone of voice and he told Juan that the Printer is disabled after 11:00 p.m. I did ask Juan if it would be possible to send my Boarding Pass to one of the Guest Services Team Members, so as to have my Boarding Pass printed, but Juan said that no one in Guest Services had access to Internet!! I did visit the Internet Café in the morning, before getting off the ship to see if the Printer was connected, but no such luck. 2. After we disembarked off the ship at around 9:00 a.m. (Red Tag), it would be helpful to easily locate our baggage if there was a colour coded flag (red in our case) flying at each of the baggage drop off points. 3. After we disembarked off the ship at around 9:00 a.m. (Red Tag), and picked up our baggage, it would make our journey back home more bearable, if there were more US Customs Officers on duty. Only 5 (or 31.25%) of the total 16 Customs Stations were operational, whilst we were waiting in line to clear Customs. Surely for a ship of this size carrying almost 5000 Passengers, one would want to clear out all these passengers in a timely manner! 4. Regarding the operations of O’Sheenan's 24/7 Restaurant, I would like to hear the reason for the undeclared change in policy of not being allowed to take our food from this Restaurant. I had no trouble taking out food from the O’Sheenans when I travelled on the EPIC & STAR in 2016. The Maitre’D on duty would not give me a reason, other that the Policy had changed and he said that he would guide me to a table to order food. Surely there is a bigger problem/challenge of monitoring the food being taken out of the Garden Café to all different places of the ship! This change in Policy does not line up with NCL’s mantra of FREE STYLE DINING!!!! When I eat out at Restaurants and I have left overs, I’m allowed to take home the left overs for the meal that I paid for. 5. Regarding the size of spoons available at the Garden Cafe, I’m puzzled that for eating Cereal, as well as ice-cream the offered size of spoon is that of a serving-spoon. I am accustomed to eating my cereal with a table-spoon, and ice-cream with a teaspoon. As such, it would be nice if you would have a canister/basket with both table-spoons & teaspoons readily available. When I ate in the Garden Café in the morning & at lunch time, I would always have to request for a teaspoon & then have to wait while the server would go back into the kitchen area to get me my teaspoon. 6. I’m puzzled that on Day-7 that the only alert regarding the need to turn our clocks back one hour, occurred as a TIP OF THE DAY in the Day-7 edition of the FREESTYLE DAILY. I think that one needs to make a bigger deal of this matter, along the lines of the efforts made when we had to turn our clocks forward one hour for Day-3. In the Day-2 edition of the FREESTYLE DAILY, the need to change our clocks forward occurred as a TIP OF THE DAY. In addition, we received a coloured alert tag in our Cabin to highlight that we were entering a different time-zone that mandated a change in our clocks. Furthermore there were announcements made of the PA regarding a change in time. 7. NCL needs to up its’ game regarding the Lattitudes Repeaters Party. Surely with all the amazing food available on the NCL-ESCAPE, one could certainly provide a great selection of snacks & not just Cheese & Crackers. On Carnival, they have a Trivial Pursuit set of games pertaining to the Carnival Fleet, with token prizes for the winners. 8. When I booked this Cruise I was under the impression that we were going to be docked in Bermuda for 3 full days. Sadly, we docked at 6:00 p.m. on Day-1 & set sail for new York at 3:00 p.m. on Day-3. Due to a medical emergency on our ship, the Captain cruised at the maximum 24Knots speed, so as to get us into Bermuda over 24 hours earlier than the expected time, so I'm not quite sure why NCL does not plan to allow us to spend more time in Bermuda. I know that a lot of passengers were disappointed with being somewhat short changed!e always requested a table under Manuel’s domain, and if we weren’t lucky to get one, we made it a point to let Manuel know where we were sitting, and he would always come over to talk with us. Manuel is an outstanding ambassador for NCL. His “Above & Beyond” service always with a smile, makes us want to cruise with NCL all the time. We looked forward to seeing Manuel every evening for dinner and were so impressed with his service and attention for detail at the Manhattan Dining Room, as well as the Garden Café. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I wanted to sail on one of the new big ships and the Escape fit this bill. With outside dining and beautifully designed rooms it was wonderful. The food is a big improvement over some of the smaller ships. This trip went to Bermuda and ... Read More
I wanted to sail on one of the new big ships and the Escape fit this bill. With outside dining and beautifully designed rooms it was wonderful. The food is a big improvement over some of the smaller ships. This trip went to Bermuda and we were there for parts of three days. So it was a more restful itinerary than others where you are in a different port every day. Bermuda was beautiful with pink sand beaches and lovely people. No hustle no hassle compared to some Caribbean Islands. You can rent scooters and travel the island. St Georges is a UNESCO site and is a charming seaside village that you can walk around and see forts and visit lovely beaches. The weather rained a little but cleared up most of the time. I would visit Bermuda again and spend more time. Hats off to NCL for a great ship and a wonderful itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date October 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
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 ... 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
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 ... 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
Sail Date September 2018
Wanted to experience a mega ship was the best cruise, the food was great and service was beyond five stars. When we ate in the any dining room, I would put my napkin on my lap, and someone would be at our table asking if we wanted a ... Read More
Wanted to experience a mega ship was the best cruise, the food was great and service was beyond five stars. When we ate in the any dining room, I would put my napkin on my lap, and someone would be at our table asking if we wanted a drink or bread. I would order a soup and salad and just as I would but down the spoon I would have the salad. We had little to no waiting time after placing our dinner orders. Shows were very good and several of the singers were good. Truly like duelling piano's in Hardliners was great. After six cruise's the Escape was the best. Already booking another on cruise the Escape. The Escape has so much to do on board that I can't see how someone could be bored, Over all the ship was very clean and best of all checking in and disembarking was fast. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
NCL provided a very positive experiences. Food was excellent & service was impeccable. Professional & friendly staff made it an excellent choice. We had a balcony cabin and we found it provided plenty of room for two people. ... Read More
NCL provided a very positive experiences. Food was excellent & service was impeccable. Professional & friendly staff made it an excellent choice. We had a balcony cabin and we found it provided plenty of room for two people. There was a variety of entertainment & plenty of activities to do. We loved the layout of the ship. We didn't do any specialty restaurants because the buffets and the Manhattan provided everything we were hoping for. We love Bermuda hence the Escape provided the perfect experience. We wish the stay there could have been a bit longer. On board shops provided everything we needed. Self assist disembarkation fit our need perfectly to catch an early transportation home. Plenty of quiet corners around the ship for rest and relaxation. We went for meals right when the restaurants opened hence no waiting lines. Soft drinks were expensive, over $4 for a can of pop. Over all, a wonderful experience! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Norwegian Escape looked a little dated inside of the room but ultimately the ship was great! My husband I and decided to explore on our own this time instead of doing excursions and it was so relaxing. I was a little worried since ... Read More
Norwegian Escape looked a little dated inside of the room but ultimately the ship was great! My husband I and decided to explore on our own this time instead of doing excursions and it was so relaxing. I was a little worried since this was our second time to Bermuda but fourth time cruising with Norwegian. But if you have somewhat of an idea before hand, then exploration will take up your whole day in a good way. Great food, great party people, and just an all around great atmosphere. This was a really awesome trip. The service on board was pretty great (of course when you have the beverage package bartenders start remembering your names). The music/live entertainment at the Skyline Bar next to the casino was great! The live entertainment in the atrium was great! The crowd participation was great! I am definitely looking forward to the next one. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Chose the NCL Escape to Bermuda for our 2nd cruise to Bermuda to take advantage of the upper and northern parts that we didn't get to explore or experience on our 1st cruise there on Breakaway. HURRICANE FLORENCE made for a lot of ... Read More
Chose the NCL Escape to Bermuda for our 2nd cruise to Bermuda to take advantage of the upper and northern parts that we didn't get to explore or experience on our 1st cruise there on Breakaway. HURRICANE FLORENCE made for a lot of anxiety about even getting on the ship, never mind the cancelled itinerary and diversion to plan for Port Canaveral, Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau (later cancelled). Had a nice stay at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson pre-cruise, comfortable, great location and easy access to Manhattan. We enjoyed touring the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island by ferry. Was really a good time. Got crushed in the rotating doors on the first night heading out to dinner; it kind of skipped on me and made a leap to get through. Didn't go well. Ripped chuck of skin back on left forearm and required some quick assistance to not bleed all over the place. Patched it up and went out. Seemed OK. Woke up in the morning and had little to no range of motion in left shoulder/neck and very sore. My arm got stuck in clearing the rotating doors so I must have pulled the arm and shoulder through. Got better each day, seems OK. Also notices left toenail black and bone area at the bend huge. That got worse each day. The only reason such is mentioned is my review is absent almost any of the activities I normally do (on Escape last December). With an open wound, I wouldn't do a hot tub or the water slides for my own, as well as others', concerns. With the shoulder and toe, out went the ropes courses. SO WE RELAXED. We're early risers and I made a daily trip by 6AM for an urn of coffee at O'Sheehan's. I've done this on all cruises (see expanded signature). TOTALLY IMPRESSED WITH THE DAILY ATTENTION TO CLEANLINESS ON THE NCL ESCAPE. Starting with the hallways, stairways, common areas and the dining and bar venues. THEY CLEANED EVERY TABLE at O'Sheehan's every morning - not just the tops; underneath every table, every leg, every chair, every square inch. CHANGING CLEANING TOWELS AND SPRAYS CONSTANTLY. Rugs and composite or tile flooring the same. IT WAS LIKE THIS AT EVERY DINING AND BAR VENUE WE VISITED. What a GREAT CREW that really, really takes care of a GREAT SHIP. Our stateroom was 15132 Spa Balcony. We've done the Spa Balcony or Haven each time and luckily also get the VIBE as we arrive 8-8:30 to avoid the heaving travel related issues during later hours (our experience). The Spa pass for the week is WORTH IT; went every day, wife loves a couple hours in the ceramic loungers. I enjoy some of the therapy rooms and the non-heated loungers; one of the nicest views on the ship. Used the fitness center only for mats to do exercises lying on back for tone; not a runner or grunter, but don't mind that activity. I FOUND THE FITNESS CENTER "just barely" the right size as some had to plan different times to access the machines they wanted. VERY CLEAN, VERY FRIENDLY. The stateroom is small, and perfect for us. We ALWAYS HAND CLEAN THE ENTIRE BATHROOM AND HARD AND FABRIC SURFACES. The bathroom was "SPOTLESS." So were the hard surfaces and the furniture. The rug did show quite a bit if color in the rags we used, but not really bad. CABIN SIGNAGE for when to clean, privacy etc. works for us. ONE NOTE, if YOU LEAVE A CARD IN THE SLOT BELIEVING TO KEEP POWER ON, the LIGHT OUTSIDE SAYS "YOU'RE IN THE ROOM" AND THE ATTENDANT WILL NOT CLEAN. Just a heads up. DINING for the week was, overall, excellent. NCL is the ONLY CL that we will use MAIN DINING for Breakfast daily and occasionally for Lunch. Food quality THE SAME AS YEARS AGO; we cannot say the same about our recent years' experience with RCCL Oasis and Quantum Classes (great ships)(also, just our own experience). FOOD REPUBLIC was again a SURPRISE FAVORITE for Lunch on Sea Days and a Dinner. So MANY ASIAN CHOICES, UNIQUE SAUCES AND SPICING and great presentation and venue, we didn't even try our typical Sushi until our last visit. IT WAS THAT GOOD ALL WEEK. CAGNEY'S was, as usual, CAGNEY'S. Two dinners as we had to try both the Lamb and the Fillets with a salad and/or shrimp cocktail (STILL JUMBO versus recent RCCL Chops that came in Martini glass on ice with the 31-40 in a bag size). SERVICE EXCELLENT. TIMING REQUESTED (acknowledge if a show or not and speed or desired courses not overlapping). BAYAMO'S was A SHOCK. The MENU we downloaded when planning and some of the reviews a while back were not good. THE MENU WAS COMPLETELY NEW. And it was REALLY GOOD. We had a hard time picking what appetizers to try (yes, I know you can have whatever you want, but I'm a 145lbs for a reason) but I PICKED A WINNER IN THE ALASKAN KING CRAB LEGS. I was shocked to see A PLATE OF ABOUT 15 SLICED HALF CRAB LEGS piled up and well presented. Honestly, so good and so much I thought of cancelling the entree. I didn't. I had the 2nd from the top seafood entree of Red Snapper, half a Lobster Tail and Grilled Whole Prawns. IT WAS HUGE. I ate the Snapper as I don't have much access to that at home. It was a sweet as Sea Bass. I ate it all. Looking at the tail I felt guilty to leave it and had just a couple of bites; NEEDED NO BUTTER OR SOLD, PERFECTLY COOKED AND RESTED. The same for my wife's beef fillet. LACUCINA and LE BISTRO we did not try. We HEARD GOOD THINGS ABOUT LACUCINA'S improvements. Wife won't go to Le Bistro with the casino smoke overflow. GARDEN CAFE - Never went. BARS - In the VIBE so not an issue for constant service. Pretty fast at most venues. A GREAT PLACE TO HAVE DRINKS PRE-DINNER IS IN THE OVERSIZED LEATHER CHAIRS LOOKING OUT THE GLASS AT THE DISTRICT BREWHOUSE. The also have a FULL BAR LIQUOR AND WINE MENU, it's just not well advertised. Absolutely gorgeous and relaxing venue to just chill. SO OVERALL, didn't make it to Bermuda by NCL Escape made for GREAT WEEK, it's a beautiful and beautifully maintained ship with a GREAT CREW. WILL TRY FOR BERMUDA AGAIN. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
To avoid Florence we cruised to cape Canaveral and GSC instead of Bermuda. Captain Giovanni did a remarkable job keeping us safe! He totally avoided rough seas. Each day was beautiful in the 80's and very calm seas. We missed ... Read More
To avoid Florence we cruised to cape Canaveral and GSC instead of Bermuda. Captain Giovanni did a remarkable job keeping us safe! He totally avoided rough seas. Each day was beautiful in the 80's and very calm seas. We missed nassau to give us 3 days to return. But as they said, "the ship is the destination". And it certainly was. No kids to speak of on the cruise since school started. Just a few toddlers. That's why I always cruise when school is in session. The escape has a couple of new venues. Food republic and tapas. Both were excellent! Great sushi at food republic. Had lunch there twice. Tapas had wonderful small plates. Had the lamb sticks and they were excellent. Try the dates wrapped in bacon! Delicious! Prices were very reasonable. quality of food and service at main dining rooms was great. Cagney had the same quality of food as the main dining. Not impressed. In fact the lobster bisque had a very odd flavor and I couldn't eat it. Had a lobster at the seafood restaurant. It was just ok. But everything else was wonderful. District brew house was a nice place to relax, read and have a beer. I never eat at the buffet on any cruise so I can't comment here. Saw the dinner show choir of men. Great show! Served beef Wellington which was very good. Well worth the price. I didn't care for the brat pack. Not my cup of tea but the performers were very talented. The story line was weird. But all other shows were very good. Wine lovers was ok. I really don't care for wine so I guess this was my bad. I had the UDP but I only have one drink a day so this was a waste, but it was free. My cabin Stewart was wonderful! My room was always made up when I returned. The staff on the entire ship were happy, friendly and couldn't do enough for you. Even though we missed our original port and missed nassau I must say this was the most enjoyable cruise I've had. Btw... This was my 15 th cruise (most on NCL) and I usually cruise solo. I'm 69 yrs old. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I enjoyed the cruise even though we didn't go to Bermuda but I was glad to be safe then sorry had no problem with changes. was able to get off and visit great stirrup cay very pretty place Ship was beautiful food and service ... Read More
I enjoyed the cruise even though we didn't go to Bermuda but I was glad to be safe then sorry had no problem with changes. was able to get off and visit great stirrup cay very pretty place Ship was beautiful food and service was great ship was very clean I was impressed the only problem was I am a none smoker and the casino was too smokey not enough non smoking areas loved the spa was able to walk each morning beautiful walk. shows were great also the extra entertainment the ship was so big I kept getting lost but that was a good thing got in a lot of steps I like to explore. food was delicious great many choices. I was very impressed with the studio. great idea for a single person. I traveled with my brother and family looking forward to booking another cruise some time in the future Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
My first cruise was a gift from my daughter and my son in law. At first I was nervous never having been on a cruise. I loved it, all of it was great. Everything was so clean and the staff was always so polite, and helpful. We are already ... Read More
My first cruise was a gift from my daughter and my son in law. At first I was nervous never having been on a cruise. I loved it, all of it was great. Everything was so clean and the staff was always so polite, and helpful. We are already planning another one for 2020. All the food was delicious and the drinks. We saw a movie a show and did so much. I truly loved it. Our destination was Bermuda. Such a beautiful place my daughter would tell me of her past trips but seeing was believing. My grandsons 1st trip to the beach and he too enjoyed it. Never a dull moment there is always something to do on this ship. It's why I enjoyed it so much. I like that there was something for every age young children, teens and adults. The children's programs were great kept them entertained which isnt easy these days. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
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