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We had a fantastic time on the Bermuda cruise! A psuedo booze cruise but very fun. Food was great and entertainment was pretty good as well. Bermuda was beautiful, beaches excellent! Not used to salt water pool but was ok. Julie and the ... Read More
We had a fantastic time on the Bermuda cruise! A psuedo booze cruise but very fun. Food was great and entertainment was pretty good as well. Bermuda was beautiful, beaches excellent! Not used to salt water pool but was ok. Julie and the comedy show were great! Highly reccomend! Washy washy happy happy was very fun and good, you have to know what I mean lol. The weather was fantastic as well never really saw any rain at all which was great. Did a catamaran tour and that was great also, learned about the rum swizzle! Free boat to St Georges from the Dockyard. Shops at the Dockyard were also pretty good for souveniers. Had a total of 16 people from two families on the trip and Veniatien and Aqua both accomodated after a long wait but gave us free champaigne while we waited. Overall a great time, crew and other guests wer great, and O'Sheehans was simply the best for late night drinks and food. Can't wait to go again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was really our 2nd cruise. 1st was the Disney. 3 days. I would say the service and the amount of things to do on The escape was superior to Disney. We enjoyed the food, entertainment and the overall friendly staff. Everyone goes out ... Read More
This was really our 2nd cruise. 1st was the Disney. 3 days. I would say the service and the amount of things to do on The escape was superior to Disney. We enjoyed the food, entertainment and the overall friendly staff. Everyone goes out of there way to make you feel special. From the busers to the Executive Chef. We stayed in a family suite with bunk bed. Was very convenient. I’ve never spent less time in a room in my life. I am a pretty strict judge of things. You never see trash or a mess. Obviously the pools are a bit small to accommodate all those people. But the water park makes up for it. The ropes course was challenging yet fun. We saw a young girl faint on it. The staff was amazing. They got a standing o from the onlookers. I never once felt un safe. I wished they would have communicated a bit better on the bid for the upgrade. I probably would have just paid for more size. As far as Bermuda. Wow. 3 days is perfect. We tried 2 specialty restaurants. Food Republic. Sushi. Fantastic. A bit pricy. We also did Cucina. It was terrific, the kids loved the fresh baked bread. It rained for about 4 minutes our entire trip. It just happened to rain while we dined. We were covered but other guests were not so lucky. They went above and beyond, like the rain was our fault. The chef came out. Gave us dessert. Lots of families. Large groups. Went to an art auction won a bid. 12 weeks in an eternity to get your art. So that kinda stinks. Overall though it was a great vacation. Expensive. And the WiFi situation needs help. No way to communicate if you have to. When I go to high end resort I don’t want to be nickel and dimed for WiFi. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
My husband and I chose to have our wedding at sea on the Norwegian Escape. This was the best decision we could have made. Prior to the cruise, the planning for the wedding with Royal Ocean Events was easy and seamless. My wedding ... Read More
My husband and I chose to have our wedding at sea on the Norwegian Escape. This was the best decision we could have made. Prior to the cruise, the planning for the wedding with Royal Ocean Events was easy and seamless. My wedding coordinators communicated with me and with ship personnel in order to create a picture perfect wedding ceremony and experience. All aspects of the wedding were addressed, including; obtaining a legal at sea marriage license, directions for how to schedule hair and make-up appointments onboard, ceremony location and time, floral arrangements, photography preferences, music selections, cake choices and wedding dinner reservations. By the time we boarded the Escape, I was confident that my wedding was going to be flawless. Upon arrival at the ship in New York City, I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of embarkation. As Haven guests, we were directed to a waiting lounge where snacks and drinks were provided. In no time at all, our room cards were in our hands and we were escorted onto the ship and to the Haven lounge. The friendly concierge directed us to Margaritaville, where Haven guests were afforded a complimentary lunch on embarkation day. The volcano nachos were a huge hit at Margaritaville. We then proceeded to find our cabin. Our H6 Haven Aft Penthouse Suite, 11912, was already prepared for us and our luggage was waiting for us. I cannot say enough about this spacious suite! It had a good sized bedroom complete with a television and a comfortable king-sized bed. The master bathroom was roomy and light with floor to ceiling windows, a tub, large shower, two sinks and a private area for the toilet. In the living area, there was another bathroom, a table with four chairs, a refrigerator and Nespresso espresso machine, a sleeper sofa, and a television. The best part of our cabin was the expansive balcony. It had room for a table with four chairs, two lounge chairs and lots of extra space. The view of the ship’s wake was amazing! Our butler came to introduce himself and offered to have my wedding dress and my husband’s tuxedo steamed. That evening, we met with our wedding coordinator to review our plans and enjoyed beers in the District brewery. Our wedding was the following morning and it went off without a hitch. I had my hair styled and makeup applied in the salon at the spa. Both the hair stylist and makeup artist were friendly and responsive to my wishes. Our wedding was held in the Manhattan Room, where a red carpet led to a beautiful backdrop of flowers atop pillars. The captain of the ship, Giovanni Cutugno, performed our ceremony and he did a phenomenal job. He was very professional and friendly. We and our witnesses signed marriage documents at a table decorated with flowers and rose petals. The photographer captured the ceremony and also accompanied us to various settings on the ship to take wedding photos. Later that evening, we enjoyed our wedding dinner at Le Bistro. This was one of the most memorable meals of the cruise. Dinner was followed by our wedding cake cutting. The cake was so big that there was a lot left over, so it was brought to the kitchen, where our butler could access it later and serve it to us in our room. The remainder of the cruise and visit to Bermuda were our honeymoon. We sincerely enjoyed every second. The dining was top notch, we loved the entertainment, Bermuda and our shore excursions were amazing, and service was first rate. We dined quite a bit in the Haven restaurant, where we were greeted by name and the servers were cognizant of my food allergies after telling them about these on our first visit. The food in the Haven was decadent and kept us coming back for breakfasts, lunches and dinners. On two evenings we ate at Cagney’s and another dinner was at Teppanyaki. Both of these restaurants were exceptional in atmosphere, food and service. Other meals were eaten at O’Sheehan’s, Savor and the buffet. We were very satisfied at all of these restaurants. My favorite restaurants were the Haven Restaurant and Le Bistro. In between meals, we visited Starbucks often. The coffee was excellent, as were the cupcakes. The only show that we attended was the Brat Pack and it was very entertaining. I was impressed by the acting and singing. My favorite decade of music is the 1980s, so the music was right up my alley. I took two spin classes in the fitness center. They were challenging but accessible to riders of all levels. It was nice to fit in some good workouts with all of the exquisite food on the ship! The Haven pool and lounge were a nice break from the bustle of activity on the ship. While the other pool was crowded, the Haven pool had only a few people in it when we were there. We also relaxed on the Haven sundeck. I fell in love with Bermuda. What a beautiful destination! The pink sands and rock formations at Horseshoe Bay beach were breathtaking. Hamilton was a quaint area with plenty of interesting shops and sights to see. We went on a snorkeling excursion on a catamaran and had a great time in the water and on the catamaran. My favorite excursion was swimming with the dolphins. The dolphin trainers were very knowledgeable and willing to convey a wealth of information about dolphins in general as well as the personalities of the individual dolphins. We got our pictures taken with dolphins and got to participate in some dolphin training exercises. I even got to kiss a dolphin on the nose! I enjoyed the ability to explore Bermuda for almost three days. Our butler and room steward were responsive to our requests. Our butler brought special treats to our room daily and served us breakfast in our room on multiple occasions. We invited our wedding witnesses to our room for shrimp cocktail, served by our butler. Even though we were in the aft penthouse suite, far from the Haven proper, our butler was just a phone call away. The room steward was so friendly and she kept our room very tidy. She even left an animal, fashioned out of towels, on our bed nightly. Both the butler and room steward were courteous and respectful. Although I was sad to see our honeymoon come to a close, I was wowed by the smoothness of debarkation. We elected to carry our luggage off of the ship and were among the first passengers to leave. We were whisked through the gates and back on land in no time. I have beautiful memories of my wedding and honeymoon cruise. In fact, we will be returning to Bermuda aboard the Norwegian Encore for our second anniversary! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The ship was beautiful and the staff were exceptional. The level of customer services was outstanding every single day for every single event, meal and/or show. This was my first cruise but will certainly not be our last one. The ship was ... Read More
The ship was beautiful and the staff were exceptional. The level of customer services was outstanding every single day for every single event, meal and/or show. This was my first cruise but will certainly not be our last one. The ship was very clean and the cabin felt like a home away from home with the balcony it was very romantic as well. The food was out of this world and the variety allows you to dine at the same restaurant and still have a new experience every night. There are many different options for restaurants onboard with varies types of food. There was tons to experience on the ship with shows and events and you will never be bored. The water park experience was excellent with water slides, the drop zone, tube slides and of course wonderful pools. We are already planning our next cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I loved the ship and the cabin. The ship is very big. Despite this, there is always room to sit somewhere inside. Outside, it can be harder to get a chair ... I suggest arriving early. The free restaurants were excellent. It was ... Read More
I loved the ship and the cabin. The ship is very big. Despite this, there is always room to sit somewhere inside. Outside, it can be harder to get a chair ... I suggest arriving early. The free restaurants were excellent. It was my first time in a cabin in Haven and I loved my experience. Only disappointment, the menu of the restaurant Haven is always the same and never changes ... I guess they want us to go to other restaurants too. The private pool and solarium of Haven are totally worth it. Quite uncrowded, plenty of room to sit, both outdoors and indoors and it's always quiet. The cabin was giant and beautiful with a huge balcony, a king bed and two bathrooms. I was traveling with five friends. There were four of us in the Haven room and one person had taken a cabin solo. This cabin was so beautiful and was not too small. After six cruises with NCL, I recommend the Escape. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We wanted a 7 day cruise to Bermuda from NY. Our first choice, Royal had only a 5 day cruise. We always felt Royal was a better cruise line than Norwegian. This cruise changed our minds. We loved the idea that the lights in the cabin ... Read More
We wanted a 7 day cruise to Bermuda from NY. Our first choice, Royal had only a 5 day cruise. We always felt Royal was a better cruise line than Norwegian. This cruise changed our minds. We loved the idea that the lights in the cabin turned on anbd off by using the key card. We loved that the air went off when the balcony door was opened. We loved the free style dining where we had so many dining options - so many complimentary dining rooms with such a wide range of time options. Our cabin steward, Junior, was excellent in so many ways. He secured and extension cord and distilled water for me to use for my CPAP machine. We were in Bermuda for 2 1/2 days and went on 3 excursions - a bus tour of the island, a catamaran swim and snorkel and a trip to Horseshoe beach. All were GREAT! WE WOULD RECOMMEND THIS CRUISE AND THIS LINE TO ALL OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
My wife and I chose this cruise because we did the exact cruise on the Breakaway and we were enchanted with the Haven and the whole Norwegian and Bermuda experience.We loved it so much that we decided to take my daughter,son in law and ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise because we did the exact cruise on the Breakaway and we were enchanted with the Haven and the whole Norwegian and Bermuda experience.We loved it so much that we decided to take my daughter,son in law and three grand kids 10 12 and 16 for her birthday.The Escape is a beautiful ship which is kept immaculate by the hardworking crew.The food in the Garden Cafe was good and abundant at all times and the Hibachi and Brazilian specialty restaurants was very good and Cagney's just OK.The best restaurant on the ship is the Haven where it is five star food and service.The gracious staff accommodated the grand kids picky appetite and everyone enjoyed all the meals along with the phenomenal room service. I was on a personal mission to review all the bars and lounges on the ship at least once.I am not sure if I was at each one but all of the ones that were visited were unique and friendly with great service and ambiance. The Haven makes a very good cruise into a luxurious and beautiful experience where you will be treated as a valued and special guest. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We've been on this cruise many times and each time was excellent. The service was impeccable, the food was always perfectly done (we dined at the Venetian, Teppanyaki, Le Bistro, La Cucina and Cagney's, as well as the buffet and ... Read More
We've been on this cruise many times and each time was excellent. The service was impeccable, the food was always perfectly done (we dined at the Venetian, Teppanyaki, Le Bistro, La Cucina and Cagney's, as well as the buffet and O'Sheehan's) and our cabin was more than adequate. Embarkation was a breeze (we are platinum and have early embarkation) and once on the ship we confirmed our dinner reservations and went to the buffet before it got too crowded. The food was plentiful with many choices. Our luggage was delivered before the muster drill so we were able to unpack and get organized right away. Our cabin steward Clockson introduced himself right away and took great care of us. He always had a smiling, upbeat manner and you could tell he loved his job. His towel animals were adorable. We had to make some last-minute changes to some dinner reservations and Lizzet (hostess at Cagney's) and Maricel (assistant Maitre D') were able to get us what we wanted. They were always friendly and smiling whenever we saw them. Our waitress in the Venetian, Noemie, was adorable and took good care of us. We wished her all the best at her up-coming marriage. One can't enter any of the dining rooms or buffet without being greeted by the "Happy Happy Washy Washy" folks who were a riot and made you want to get "washed". The greeter at the buffet was always laughing, upbeat and dancing as you went in. They were so entertaining and kept you laughing. We only saw one performance, Elements, which was fantastic. Bermuda is beautiful and we ate off the ship both nights we were there as we have friends there. The public transportation system is very efficient, and the beaches are just gorgeous. We would definitely recommend NCL and this cruise. We are sad the Dawn is leaving Boston after this season as we've been on her numerous times, but we've been promised that the Gem, which is replacing her, is just as nice. We can't wait to find out. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This ship was chosen as a family reunion from the Boston area and Bermuda was the choice destination and NCL Dawn was the means to achieve it. From the easy check in to the warm greeting not mention the clean and beautiful redesigned ... Read More
This ship was chosen as a family reunion from the Boston area and Bermuda was the choice destination and NCL Dawn was the means to achieve it. From the easy check in to the warm greeting not mention the clean and beautiful redesigned ship..It became a perfect place for us all to enjoy each other. The restaurants accommodated our large group in various sizes on different nights with outstanding food and beverages.. The cabins and stewards are awesome Overall many of the guests were first time cruisers and they had a great introduction to the world of Cruising the excursion for caves and waves and rising sun catamaran were a lot of fun It was great to see that straws have been removed to protect the environment and sea animals The evening entertainment (especially Element) rates #1 to a Las Vegas show... I highly recommend NCL and I will return for another cruise Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Our first cruise and so glad we chose NCL Dawn. Our mini suite was large enough for the 4 of us. We thoroughly enjoyed our balcony... drinking coffee in the morning and relaxing in the evening. This cruise was very relaxing with lots to ... Read More
Our first cruise and so glad we chose NCL Dawn. Our mini suite was large enough for the 4 of us. We thoroughly enjoyed our balcony... drinking coffee in the morning and relaxing in the evening. This cruise was very relaxing with lots to do. The restaurants that we went to were all very good. Ate mostly at the buffet because it was close to our room and quick and easy. I absolutely loved the freestyle type of cruise....eat when you want and where you want. The ship was clean and kept that way through the cruise. The staff was very friendly and always willing to help or answer a question at anytime. We chose this cruise to go to Bermuda. Leaving Boston was a breeze and returning was even easier. I would definitely choose NCL again and would definitely go to Bermuda again!!! Highly recommend cruising to Bermuda on NCL Dawn!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Loved this cruise and the dawn. Great staff and ship very convient for us sonce we live about 45 mins from Boston. Our cabin was very clean and nice and we loved the dining choices and the entertianment. Staff was so friendly and ship very ... Read More
Loved this cruise and the dawn. Great staff and ship very convient for us sonce we live about 45 mins from Boston. Our cabin was very clean and nice and we loved the dining choices and the entertianment. Staff was so friendly and ship very clean and lots to do. We loved Bermuda so nice and the ppl are so friendly there. We loved this cruise and are def going to take it again next summer. Best vacation ever. This was our first cruise and we loved it. Would def recommened this cruise escpecially to first time cruisers since there is so much to do and see on the ship and on shore as well. One tip if you want the specialty dining rooms book them at the beginning of the cruise they fill up very fast. By the time we wanted to make a reservation all were booked up. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
My wife and I always cruise with NCL,but this one was fantastic dance ,drink,ate. We love it so much,we were on the penthouse at 12th floor,the services was very nice. The moderno restaurant was very so good,for our meals,waitres ... Read More
My wife and I always cruise with NCL,but this one was fantastic dance ,drink,ate. We love it so much,we were on the penthouse at 12th floor,the services was very nice. The moderno restaurant was very so good,for our meals,waitres and all staff helpfulll . Our Room service were very helpful ...Seka and Malvin made our trip much better ,we got fresh flowers,fruit,a clean and neat room every day. Pool side was so nice,as usual a lot of muisic,dancing ,drinking and much...much ..Fun. The photograph shop the quality of their photos are so bad,not neat and very dark. We when to NCL island and we have a wonderful time,everything perfect ,clean,good food,the beach water hot....love it so much. Going to Nassau Bahamas best ever,we took a tour around the town.Never forget such a lovely experience . The cruise Director Richard was super fantastic ,he gets control over every show. We enjoy been around Richard...a lot of fun ,Dancing,competition and many more. WE LOVE NCL ANA&FELIX Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Norwegian continues to up its game. The service on this ship (except for customer service desk) was excellent. Our cabin steward was amazing, and we got towel animals every day, even 2 a day. The cabin was always clean. The restaurants ... Read More
Norwegian continues to up its game. The service on this ship (except for customer service desk) was excellent. Our cabin steward was amazing, and we got towel animals every day, even 2 a day. The cabin was always clean. The restaurants were very good, with many options, but some you have to pay for. We rarely waited more than 10 minutes and we were a party of 5. The specialty restaurants were excellent and not that expensive. Some booked quickly, such at Teppenaki, whiles others were always open. The food choices varied. The alcohol prices have gone up, so try to get the unlimited drink package, or drinks are $10-13. There was a lot of trivia and other games, and they have changed the questions since last October when I took this ship. But, the stage shows are the same from October 2017. They were great shows, but they were all the same. Even the Escape the Room was the same. We received an upgrade to a family suite. The balcony cabin we had booked had more drawer space and was more spacious. Not sure how the suite could actually fit 4, unless 2 are infants. The upgrade was not worth it. The website continues to be a problem. We got the shore excursion package, and tried to book on the website. Nothing came through. We called and they said we were reserved but the booking occurs on the day of embarkation because of the package. We got on the ship, and nothing. We missed out on the shore excursion we wanted because of this. When we got to the shore excursion desk, she said "I am leaving next week. Pick another excursion or don't". She did not help at all. When the shore excursion credit did not come through, we went to customer service, and they also said, "Check on the day you disembark. We cant help you before then." He was rude and dismissive. NOTE: don't take the shore excursion package, it is not worth the hassle. Also, as a past cruiser we were entitled to discounts, which we never received unless we mentioned it specifically. The ship is huge and has many venues. We never were tired of one. The parties are still the best on the seas, and the 80's party was the biggest hit. The water slides are fun, and not crowded. The pool was crowded while at sea, and there are only 2 small pools. Deck chairs were at a premium. The shore excursions were great. The teen program was so packed that they turned teens away. I am happy that Norwegian has seemed to be better with service and food than in the past, but this is a newer ship. Several years ago when I cruised on an older ship, I was so disgusted I gave up on Norwegian. I have gone back to Norwegian, but I doubt I would try an older ship again. I would take this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I recently sailed on the NCL Escape for a 7-night cruise to Bermuda. For some background information, I have been on 18 cruises total, 7 of them on Norwegian. During this voyage, the Escape docked in Kings Wharf, Bermuda for three days. ... Read More
I recently sailed on the NCL Escape for a 7-night cruise to Bermuda. For some background information, I have been on 18 cruises total, 7 of them on Norwegian. During this voyage, the Escape docked in Kings Wharf, Bermuda for three days. This review will be long as I’d like to hit all of the major points about the ship, cruise line and crew. Embarkation: We arrived at Pier 90 on the West Side of Manhattan at around 10am. Since we were gold latitudes members at the time of sailing, we proceeded to the Latitudes Priority Check-In area. Everything went smooth and we were checked in within 10 minutes. Unlike some other cruise lines, NCL does not have you put your credit card information in during online check-in, so this must be done upon arrival. Our boarding group was #7 and we boarded the ship at around 11:15am, 5 minutes after the announcement was made that boarding has begun. Dining: When we booked our cruise, we received the Ultimate Dining Package as one of our perks. This allows you to dine at one of the specialty restaurants on the ship. During the week, we visited Cagney’s Steakhouse, Moderno, Teppanyaki and Taste. I love the concept of Freestyle Dining that allows you to experience different places every night for dinner. All of these restaurants offered delicious food! I highly recommend Moderno Churrascaria, which is a Brazilian Steakhouse that entertains the largest of appetites. This is where the waiters walk around with different meats and you use a double sided card to let them know if they should come over or not. Moderno also has a buffet area that features different types of appetizers. But, don’t discount Cagney’s or Teppanyaki either. They offer really delicious food! For breakfast, I ate at the Garden Cafe, which is the buffet onboard. They had a myriad of choices for every kind of breakfast lover. Packages Offered: As I mentioned, in addition to receiving the Ultimate Dining Package, we also had the Ultimate Beverage Package. Since I received it as a part of a perk, it was great. You are able to get alcoholic beverages and soda up to $15. In my opinion, it’s great if your getting it as your perk. If you had to purchase the package, I don’t know if it’s worth it. The package was around $700 for 7 days and did not include bottled water or specialty coffee, unlike beverage packages on some other lines. I also purchased the internet package while onboard. Having experienced internet packages on other cruise lines, this one was pretty slow and very expensive. Entertainment & Activities: The entertainment onboard the Escape was great, especially the For the Record: The Brat Pack Show. I thought it was amazing! The singers were great and the premise of the show was great! Think of all of your favorite classic 80's movies together in one show! It was awesome! The other show, After Midnight was good. I think the music was a bit older so it was harder to connect with it. This show also featured tap dancers, who were amazing! NCL is famous for their deck parties. I saw in the Freestyle Daily that they had an 80’s party, a Norwegian’s Night Out party and a Glow Party. I attended the Glow Party which was at Spice H20 and was lots of fun! Spa: I visited the Mandara Spa for a 75 minute Swedish Massage. The spa was great and the massage was very relaxing. I loved that they had a relaxation room so that there was somewhere separate to wait for your massage. I’ve been on cruises where you have to wait in the hallway for them to call you. My only issue was that they definitely wanted to sell you products when the massage was over, which I didn’t love. Bars & Lounges: We loved that the ship had a Margaritaville. We stayed there during sail away and met the BEST bartender Carlito. If you are sailing on the Escape, you have to go visit him! He makes the best drinks and he is super nice! By day he is at Margaritaville and at night he is at the Skyline Bar, which is near the casino. To us, this was like the club, since there wasn’t really a dedicated “club” per-say. We loved hanging out here at night and listening to the live music. Vibe Beach Club: We were lucky enough to get passes to Vibe Beach Club, which is an adults only sundeck on certain NCL ships. They sell about 70 passes during a voyage and there is no need to worry about deck chairs or proximity to the bar. All the lounge chairs here are padded, there is a “bubble-less” hot tub and much much more. Waiters make sure you always have a pitcher of water and a drink in hand. Plus during the day, they will bring around, fruit, cookies or wraps. We had a wonderful bar waiter, Roberto. He was always around making sure we were well taken care of. At night, Roberto was also around at the Skyline Bar and the casino. I highly recommend you get to the embarkation port early so that you can try to get passes to Vibe. Since there is such a limited number, the earlier you get on the ship, the better. Bermuda: As I mentioned, the NCL Escape docked in Bermuda for three days, two nights, allowing plenty of time for us to explore. I’ve been to Bermuda many times, but I always love going back. The island is clean and the people are always nice. Since my family has visited Bermuda so many times, we did not take any shore excursions while in port. During our first day, we took the ferry to Hamilton and visited Front Street. The ferry is easy to pick up at the Royal Naval Dockyard right outside the ship. On the second day, we went to Tobacco Bay, which is in St. George’s. Keep in mind this is about an hours taxi ride away and quite pricey. There is also a ferry you can take through the cruise line, but the times are very limited. The beach was a bit crowded but the water was very still. We did not disembark the ship on our last day in Bermuda. Thursday and Friday of our visit were national holidays in Bermuda (Emancipation Day and Somer’s Day, during which the annual cup match is played- celebrated the Thursday & Friday before the first Monday in August). We were initially told that all stores would be closed those days, but later found out that the stores at the Naval Dockyard stay open. Cabin: My cabin this year was a mini-suite located on deck 10. The room is a bit smaller than the mini-suites on older NCL ships, but was good for a family of 3. One note I will make about the room besides the size is the comfort of the beds/sofabed. If I could offer NCL some advice, it would be to invest in some mattress toppers. The beds and the sofabed were hard. Other than that, the room had all the amenities we needed to make the week great. This category room offers a balcony which was nice to go out on during sail away or when leaving a port. Crew: The crew onboard was awesome! I can’t say enough nice things about them. The cruise director Alvin was always around. I’ve been on cruises where I’ve never seen the cruise director and that wasn’t the case here. As I mentioned, Carlito at Margaritaville/Skyline and Roberto at Vibe/Skyline were awesome! They were like we were visiting old friends and took care of everything we needed. The port shopping consultant, Dan and Dan, were really nice and if they saw you on the ship, they would stop and say hello! Final Thoughts: Even though there are a few things I thought could use improvement, I had an amazing time on the NCL Escape! The food is really good, the entertainment is good and there is lots to do! I would recommend giving the NCL Escape a try! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We just spent a wonderful week aboard the Escape to Bermuda. We were in suite 13706 and had access to the Haven. The Haven is a wonderful oasis when other areas of the ship were crowded during sea days. The Haven restaurant food was ... Read More
We just spent a wonderful week aboard the Escape to Bermuda. We were in suite 13706 and had access to the Haven. The Haven is a wonderful oasis when other areas of the ship were crowded during sea days. The Haven restaurant food was fantastic, other than speciality restaurants, we ate practically all of our meals there. Most of the shows were wonderful though the After Midnight show was a bit boring with a disjointed story line. However, I highly recommend the Brat Pack and the Levity comedy group. The specialty restaurants were good, especially the Bayamo restaurant which was excellent, Tepanyaki and Moderno were very good however Cagney's was a bit disappointing compared to our previous experiences with it. Bermuda is a wonderful port, we have been here several times. We generally buy the transportation pass to get to Horseshoe Bay and the Clearwater beach. However, now that NCL offers a free ferry to St.Georges you don't necessarily need to get a two day transit pass. Overall, the cruise was terrific and if you can afford the extra money I would highly recommend upgrading to the Haven. Only, drawback of the whole cruise was that in an effort to help the environment NCL has eliminated plastic straws on the ship which makes it a bit difficult to drink frozen drinks. I would imagine sometime in the near future they will provide paper straws but until then BYOS( bring your own straws). Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Everything went smoothly on this wonderful cruise! We had a lovely midship mini-suite with a larger room, deck and bathroom than we expected. The shower was terrific. Service was always with a smile. Food was very good and plentiful. No ... Read More
Everything went smoothly on this wonderful cruise! We had a lovely midship mini-suite with a larger room, deck and bathroom than we expected. The shower was terrific. Service was always with a smile. Food was very good and plentiful. No one will ever go hungry on a cruise ship. No waits ever for restaurants or the buffet. Elevator use was smooth—-hardly any waits. We saw two big shows, and they were great. We had a line getting on the ship, but getting off was fast. Getting on and off in Bermuda was easy, and the island was lovely. We took one ship tour, and it was nice. We booked another in our own.We took the NCL transportation from the ship to the airport, and it went smoothly. The huge ship was arranged nicely, and there really were never any crowds. We will travel again on NCL—-incredible cruise, service, ship and communications. It was Bermudaful all around! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
My wife, daughters and myself had never been on a cruise. We wanted to sail from Manhattan and were lucky enough to book a 7 day cruise to Bermuda on the Escape. The entire experience on Norwegian was absolutely awesome! The Escape is an ... Read More
My wife, daughters and myself had never been on a cruise. We wanted to sail from Manhattan and were lucky enough to book a 7 day cruise to Bermuda on the Escape. The entire experience on Norwegian was absolutely awesome! The Escape is an incredible ship and the officers, staff and crew could not have been better. The service, food, restaurants and shows were all top of the line. We would like to thank the entire crew for an awesome experience, with a special shout out to the restaurant manager, Melroy Rebeiro and Alvira of the Housekeeping staff, who took excellent care of us and our 2 balcony staterooms. the Freestyle concept of cruising that only Norwegian has is the best and should never be changed. Boarding and Disembarkation were smooth as silk in spite of the fact that there were close to 5,000 passengers on the cruise. How smoothly they were accomplished is a credit to the officers, staff and crew. The excursions run by Norwegian were just as smooth running and were another highlight of the cruise among many others. the entire experience was a memory never to be forgotten and we can't wait to book our next cruise with Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We sailed on the NCL Dawn from Boston to Bermuda July 27, 2018. The ship and the destination were excellent. The public areas of the ship were always spotless. Bermuda is such a beautiful, friendly island. Embarkation was a ... Read More
We sailed on the NCL Dawn from Boston to Bermuda July 27, 2018. The ship and the destination were excellent. The public areas of the ship were always spotless. Bermuda is such a beautiful, friendly island. Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived at the pier at 10:45 went directly to the desk to get checked in and were on the ship shortly before noon. Headed to the Venetian dining room for lunch. Enjoyed dinner at three of the Specialty Restaurants: Los Lobos, Moderno and LaCucina. Really enjoyed Los Lobos and LaCucina. Also had dinner in the two main dining rooms the Venetian and Aqua. The food as well as the service was excellent. O'Sheehan's was our go to spot for snacks and adult beverages. The bartenders there were super friendly. Shout out to Juanto and Mary! Not a fan of buffet food, so did not eat in the buffet. The buffet seemed small and cramped compared to other ships. Stateroom was small, but clean and had tons of storage. Our cabin steward Mervin did a very good job , and was always friendly, he always said hello and called us by name every time we saw him. Did not go to any of the shows. The entertainment Manila Soul that played in the Atrium were fantastic. Tried out luck at the casino, which was very smokey but did have a win or two. Also Gatsby's was smoky due to the cigar smoking room and the casino that were near there. It was next to impossible to get a chair on deck near the pool. The port side of the pool deck is for smokers, so unless you smoke you don't want to locate there, maybe they should move the smoking area to one of the upper decks away from the pool area. Did not take any excursions organized by the cruise line. We did book a four hour private taxi tour with Quinton Bean. This was the best way to see the island. Quinton was friendly, knowledgeable and took us to the places that we were interested in seeing. He also acted as our personal photographer. Also played a round of mini golf at Fun Golf at the Royal Naval Dockyard. This is not your run of the mill mini golf course; it's 18 challenging holes designed after famous holes in the USA, Scotland and Bermuda. Reasonably priced, has a bar where you can get adult beverages. Disappointed that the Dawn is leaving Boston, was hoping to sail on her again next summer from Boston to Bermuda. The Gem is coming to Boston and will give it a try, have already booked for July of 2019. Hope it's as good as the Dawn! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Great week, second time cruising with Norwegian. would love to do it again soon on the Gem... Love the ease of leaving out of Boston. parking was very convenient. Weather/Staff was perfect. lots to do all the time. I agree the main ... Read More
Great week, second time cruising with Norwegian. would love to do it again soon on the Gem... Love the ease of leaving out of Boston. parking was very convenient. Weather/Staff was perfect. lots to do all the time. I agree the main dining was so so, nothing to rave about. the room at the venetian was pretty, staff was nice. Aqua so so too, but the room was pretty and staff was nice again. We had the specialty dining and our favorite was Cagneys Steakhouse by far. Rey and Irene Sandoval (bar/wait staff) were our friends for the week and provided exceptional customer service. The food at the garden café was very good and always lots to choose from. Always fresh too. Loved Luz and the male cruise director they were so funny and made our week a lot of fun. We enjoyed the shows and entertainment that was offered. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Cruised to Bermuda from 7/22-7/29 (two passengers). We chose the Escape from Manhattan because it is very accessible from NJ where we live; also, I had not been on a cruise in 22 years, so I was concerned about the possibility of ... Read More
Cruised to Bermuda from 7/22-7/29 (two passengers). We chose the Escape from Manhattan because it is very accessible from NJ where we live; also, I had not been on a cruise in 22 years, so I was concerned about the possibility of seasickness. Fortunately for me, I had no issues whatsoever. Embarkation was a breeze. We scheduled our arrival between 11:30a-12:00p and ended up arriving just a couple minutes past 12:00. Dropped the bags off, headed upstairs and followed the guides who will send you to one of many check-in areas. The lines moved very quickly and we were on board before 1:00. The Escape has been around since late 2015, so you might expect some wear and tear after two years of hauling ~5,200 passengers and ~1,700 crew members back and forth every week - I couldn't find anything out of place. The ship was immaculate. We stayed in a port side balcony stateroom and it was also very well maintained. The entertainment that I saw on board was simply incredible. I can't speak for any of the paid entertainment, nor the ones which required a reservation because I never made it to them, but I wouldn't have had the time to see everything! There were plenty of shows constantly going on in the Atrium throughout the day, mostly for children, but they also had some adult-themed games and events in there at night. If I must make one recommendation on entertainment, though, it would be to see Howl at the Moon (dueling pianos) during your trip. They were absolutely incredible. They played Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday night and we attended every single show. No reservations accepted, just come and go as you please between 9:00p-1:00a. A word of caution, though: children are not recommended beyond 11:00p. They make it abundantly clear that children should not be present and will not hold back once the clock strikes 11:00, and they definitely stand true to their word there. If you have to pick one day to go, I would recommend Saturday. Most of the cast from all of the other performances showed up to Howl at the Moon and went on stage to play and sing different songs with them. One disclaimer here is that the people we saw at Howl at the Moon were just finishing up their time on the ship, so anyone who sails after this will have a new set of people and things may be different. Also make sure to hit up Spice H2O at night. They do themed parties up there every night around 10:30, and many of them are a ton of fun. Make sure you go to the glow party on Friday night (wear white) - there had to have been 500-600 people up there. It was nuts! The activities on board were pretty fantastic as well. The ropes course was a ton of a fun: there are a couple of planks to walk which take you over the side of the ship, as well as a couple of zip lines to travel, one which also takes you over the side of the ship. It was exhilarating! If you're interested in doing the ropes course, go whenever you see that it's open. There were several days on our cruise when the ropes course was not open due to wind/weather, including on the final day. I'm sure anyone who waited was disappointed. Mini golf is a lot of fun as well. There is a teen lounge for kids 13-17 which I'm sure is good for them, as well as an arcade and a game area near O'Sheehans on Deck 7. The pool is probably my biggest gripe on the ship. Personally, I do not use the pool area very much so it does not directly affect me, but having only one (relatively small) pool area for adults and one for children means you are going to have a tough time if your desire is to sit and relax by the pool on any sea day. We typically just walked around on the pool deck and went to do other things, but it was extremely crowded up there and also caused there to be longer lines for other things we wanted to do since many people were not able to swim or secure chairs up there. The casino is huge and a lot of fun - all the standard table games and lots of slot machines if you're interested in that. The food and drinks on board were wonderful. I have seen a lot of mixed reviews about the food, so I'd like to give my feedback regarding everything I experienced. To start, I would like to say that you should not be expecting the best meal you've ever eaten at every restaurant on the ship. That is both ridiculous and incredibly unreasonable. That being said, everything I ate was very good - I have no complaints whatsoever. The Garden Cafe (buffet) is massive and has something for everyone, and their food was really good for buffet food. Never ate dinner there, but went once for lunch and a few times for breakfast items, as well as periodically at night for a quick bite. Savor/Taste/Manhattan Room all have the same menu which changes daily. We ate there four times in total - once for lunch in Savor, one for dinner in Taste, and twice for dinner in the Manhattan Room. The ambiance and service in the Manhattan Room is superior to the other two, but I loved every single meal I ate in all of them. Our final meal in the Manhattan Room (Saturday night) was made even more incredible by our server, Diosa, who brought us several little unexpected treats during our meal. O'Sheehan's is pretty good too! If you like wings, you should definitely try them - very impressed. We also ate at four of the specialty dining restaurants: Teppanyaki, Le Bistro, La Cucina, and Moderno. Teppanyaki is a really fun experience, definitely recommended for families as the cooks all put on a fun little show that kids are sure to love. La Cucina was very good as well, especially since we were able to eat along the Waterfront. Moderno was incredible. If you've never eaten at a Brazilian-style steakhouse, you should not pass this up. I have several in my area, so I'm familiar with that style of dining, and it was still incredible. Finally, we come to Le Bistro. I could write an entire review just about the meal I had there. If you are going to pick one specialty restaurant to visit, Le Bistro is the one you choose. It was by far the best meal I had on board. We both had the sirloin and it was so incredible I can still taste it. Do not pass this up. There isn't really a whole lot that needs to be said about the drinks on board: if you drink at all, get the ultimate beverage package which covers all drinks that are $15 or less. This covered our vodka clubs the entire vacation. Bars are everywhere and open until various times (O'Sheehan's is always open). The Waterfront is like a (glaringly obvious) hidden gem on this ship. We were there at all hours of the day and night and it was rarely crowded - never so crowded that we couldn't find a nice spot to sit down and enjoy the weather. Sometimes it was so quiet that we felt like the only two passengers on the ship. We spent a great deal of time on the Waterfront. The service was incredible throughout the entirety of the ship. Our cabin steward, Suraj, was friendly and was always available when we needed him, but never overbearing or intrusive. Everyone in the hallways would smile and say hello to you as you passed by. There were only two instances of "poor" service that I can think of. One was at the Waves bar by the pool where the bartender just seemed miserable in general, which I can definitely see as he was probably serving drinks to drunk and rude people by the pool all day. The other instance of poor service is a little more debatable. On our last night we were playing an intensely competitive round of mini golf when the clock struck 10:00, which is when mini golf is supposed to close. Immediately a worker came over to us while we were on hole 6 of 9 and made us hand over our balls and putters. While I understand that the signs clearly say "open until 10:00p," I would not have thought we would be forced to hand over our equipment immediately; rather, they would simply prevent anyone else from starting a new game and allow us the extra 10-15 minutes to finish the last three holes. I wouldn't give them any kind of negative marks for that, but it doesn't ring as a friendly experience in my mind. Oh, and one word of caution for the room service - beware of the time you select. I selected room service to be delivered every morning between 8:30-9:00, and it only came during that time period twice (Monday and Saturday morning). All of the other days it would come anywhere between 7:30-8:15. It was no problem for us, and our room service attendant was incredibly nice, but just watch out for that as a very real possibility. If you've made it through this entire review, congratulations and I'm sorry for the novel. I could write so much more, but I think that's where I'll end it. It was an amazing experience on a fantastic ship with some of the best service and friendliest staff I've ever encountered. If you are considering the Escape, do not let the negative reviews scare you away - most of them are extremely petty and seem to be looking for anything negative to write. You're on vacation, relax and enjoy your floating city for a week. It's beautiful and you'll never run out of things to do. Oh, and good luck with the public restroom soap dispensers. You'll need it! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Started with embarkation waited over 45 minutes to get to register i am platinum and they put me another line but once i got on ship was another story. Went to o’sheehans love the chicken wings .service was good . The off to our room ... Read More
Started with embarkation waited over 45 minutes to get to register i am platinum and they put me another line but once i got on ship was another story. Went to o’sheehans love the chicken wings .service was good . The off to our room about 1.25pm . Meet my great cabin Stewart Alfred deck 9 Had the best meet and greet in district brew all the officers were mingling with all of us they had a band and hot food . The food on the ship was fantastic from the Manhattan room to the specialty restaurant The waiters were fantastic THE HOTEL DIRECTOR WAS AMAZING AND HIS SECRETARY Danielle Reyes is amazing MY negative the elevators you press up they all come down stop at floor wanting to go down Pool chair hogs again people put there towels down 7 am they are now putting stickers with times on them. I did speak to the smokers and they complained only can smoke on deck 17 in 2 areas and Enclosed on dec 8 . The cruise was great meet Great people Service was excellent Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose the NCL Escape cruise to Bermuda because we could drive to NYC and not deal with the hassle of a plane. NCL seems to be the best value for our cruise dollar. NCL is less formal than other cruise lines, does not have mandatory ... Read More
We chose the NCL Escape cruise to Bermuda because we could drive to NYC and not deal with the hassle of a plane. NCL seems to be the best value for our cruise dollar. NCL is less formal than other cruise lines, does not have mandatory “dress up” nights, and allows us to choose when and where to dine. There was always an activity to do with many choices from which to pick. Food was available all the time and the buffet was plentiful with numerous choices. The crew was exceptionally friendly and engaging. They went out of their way to make you feel welcome and to ensure that you were enjoying the activities on board. The drink package was a major plus as we tried different beverages all week. The specialty dining restaurants were good and provided options. The evening entertainment was good, especially the Choir of Man Show, although the menu choices for that Supper Club show were lacking. We plan to cruise again to Bermuda with NCL. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I chose this cruise because over 28 of my family members were going. They rant and rave about the haven accommodations all the time. My family the mahoney's and chisolms take about 3 cruises per year. They love the casino. This is my ... Read More
I chose this cruise because over 28 of my family members were going. They rant and rave about the haven accommodations all the time. My family the mahoney's and chisolms take about 3 cruises per year. They love the casino. This is my 3rd cruise with norwegian and my first time in the haven suites. My children and I loved our suite and especially our butler Samir Kelecija. We were totally blown away by the haven experience. Our butler took the time to explain everything to us in detail about our new suite . We never imagined how different our cruise would be simply by staying in the haven. We used our cell phone to call him for all our needs. We carried the phone with us around the ship. This was a comfort because if we had any special requests we could reach our butler. We utilized the 24 hour butler service , after all our butler has to sleep. We are totally spoiled at this point after only one week with this exceptional customer service. We have been on many cruise ships outside of ncl . This trip was by far the best. We have been on many cruises since 2002. The haven private pool, bar, restaurant , sun deck , and butler really made all the difference in the world. Boarding the ship was a breeze. Haven guests get to avoid all long lines and are escorted to a private area with refreshments and in this area you give in all your documents and receive your haven key. You are then escorted with other haven guests to the ship. When you stay in the haven you get to escape from the thousands of people . This means the world to us . The haven guests get treated like royalty for a week. I will never go back to regular. I will save my money and book again in the haven. My suite actually had a door bell. Samir the butler bought our breakfast to our suite every morning and set the table for us. What ever we requested it was delivered on time by Samir. He would go to any restaurant in the ship for us and deliver it to our suite. He delivered all kinds of snacks , fruit throughout the day. It was always a delight to see what surprise treat was waiting for us when we returned to the suite. In the haven restaurant they made a special pot of lemon honey tea for my daughter who had a sore throat. They offered . While eating at a restaurant, we had left overs, Samir was called and he took our food to the suite and we went our merry way throughout the ship. My children are 27 and 19 and they have sent rave reviews all through social media. My son just came back from the dentist and his dentist had never heard of the haven. Well he does now!!! I celebrated my birthday two years in a row on NCL . Samir decorated my suite and had a delicious cake waiting for me. We love the exceptional!!!!! customer service in the haven. Thank you to all the staff. They were exceptional!!! The pool area In haven, bar and restaurant,exceptional, nice quiet,classy Loved the m&m’s at the pool . Thanks again to my Butler Samir Kelecija, who went above and beyond to make this cruise a memorable one for my children and myself. God bless Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Reviews from the website from other travelers is what made me choose NLC. Clients of mine suggested to book this cruise line and I have nothing but great things to say. I also will like to mention that I did not take advantage of the ... Read More
Reviews from the website from other travelers is what made me choose NLC. Clients of mine suggested to book this cruise line and I have nothing but great things to say. I also will like to mention that I did not take advantage of the extras because it was a little bit expensive and I hope next time we take at other cruise I get a little bit more for the money. I am planning to go again next year and I signed up for specials. I atedelicio us meals throughout the stay. I mentioned previously that our room was always clean. Arnold kept our room clean. Everyone was absolutely nice and pleasant. The pool was a bit small for such a bid cruise line but I guess you can't find perfection in everything. Morning staff kept everyone awake with their pleasant service. I will like to extended my thanks to the entire NCL staff. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We were on the Breakaway cruise to Bermuda 2 times and wanted to return to Bermuda on the Escape. The Escape is bigger and set up much like the Breakaway. Embarkation was a breeze, we arrived by limo and after checking in did not have to ... Read More
We were on the Breakaway cruise to Bermuda 2 times and wanted to return to Bermuda on the Escape. The Escape is bigger and set up much like the Breakaway. Embarkation was a breeze, we arrived by limo and after checking in did not have to wait to get on the ship. Our room had a balcony which we loved. The room was very spacious and clean. The whole ship was clean!! The staff was always cleaning - they were also super friendly and accommodating!!! The food was excellent. We ate at the buffet, Manhattan Room (excellent jazz band), Savor and Taste, Cagney's (just OK for a specialty restaurant), Teppanyaki ( so much food), Margaritaville ( which can be used with the dining package) The District Brewery was my husband's favorite bar! Great IPA's and the pianist/singer was entertaining. We loved the bartender at the Atrium Bar -He was very friendly and poured an excellent drink!! We had the drink packages and were not disappointed. The pools were very crowded. Never got to them and spent most of our pool time at H2O the adult pool. The Grotto was refreshing - It was hard to get seats and forget about umbrellas. They could use a few more of those. Shows were great - Brat Pack, After Midnight - and spend the extra to see The Choir of Man - it was super. Dueling Pianos was a hot spot! We personally enjoyed the musicians better on the last two cruises but it was still fun. If you go the last night the performers from the shows stop by to join in. Bermuda was beautiful! We went to Horseshoe Bay - Transportation there is very crowded and can be frustrating but it is worth the trip. We went jet skiing and for the second time, we rented from a place called Somerset Bridge watersports. They are excellent. We shared a cab back with a family that rented a boat and took it out on their own and had a great day. We would have done that if we weren't leaving the next day. Disembarkment was super easy. We did the self-disembarkment. Get in line at 7 and you are out the door at 8. This is the best way to go! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
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