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Sail Date: February 2018
We picked this cruise because it fit our schedules and offered incentives. One of which was the ultimate beverage package. Apparently it only covers up to $10 per drink. Most drinks were $10+ and the remainder added to your account. ... Read More
We picked this cruise because it fit our schedules and offered incentives. One of which was the ultimate beverage package. Apparently it only covers up to $10 per drink. Most drinks were $10+ and the remainder added to your account. Bottled water was extra and there were no self serve soda fountains or large cups. One of our bartenders, Lily was amazing! Our mini suite smelled like B.O. when we arrived and was not the cleanest. The bigger bathroom was nice, but the balcony was still tiny. Overall the Getaway was nice but nothing special. The pool was kinda small but they were great about the adults only policy. There was a large play area and pool nearby for kids and lots of programs. The food was plentiful but disappointing and monotonous. I think they make a pot roast and call it different things all week. The best tasting food was a la carte at Margaritaville. Tappenyaki was fun but seemed to have scripted routines and mediocre food. The Million Dollar Quartet and Howl at the Moon shows were awesome, the Comedy not so much. Our stop at Harvest Caye, Belize reminded me of Royal Caribbean's stop in Haiti. There was a nice beach and pool, but 2 rum punches at the Laughing Bird was $25.50 and 1/4 chicken was $15!!!!! The other Ports were typical cruise stops. So we did most of our eating and drinking on the ship. This was as my first NCL cruise, and unless I'm bringing kids, I'll probably not book another. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
After 5 cruises with NCL, this was the worst one. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't what we expect with NCL. THE GOOD: - The entertainment was the best of any of the cruises I have done with NCL or Royal Caribbean. - The ship is huge ... Read More
After 5 cruises with NCL, this was the worst one. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't what we expect with NCL. THE GOOD: - The entertainment was the best of any of the cruises I have done with NCL or Royal Caribbean. - The ship is huge but they did a great job making it feel like a normal ship. - Bartenders are all nice and can make good drinks. - Posh is amazing - Water slides are fun - Casino was big THE OK: - My wife has a food allergy. Normally NCL is amazing with pre-orders, this time it was a little more of a challenge but she got her food in the end. - Casino table games start more than many vegas casinos -- Pai Gow $25 THE BAD: - Food is not as good as every other ship we have been on, even the specialty restaurants weren't as good as the Jewel class ships. Food service wasn't great. - The curve design of the rooms is annoying. I knew this going in but it does render the couch totally useless. - Pools suck, small and too warm - DJ from the Glow (white Hot) party wasn't good and the party was kinda lame Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Family cruise with friends as well. Had a few first time cruisers with us. Staff didn't appear as friendly as other cruises. Service at the bar was slow. We did have one of the dining room managers step up and book a table for 11 for us ... Read More
Family cruise with friends as well. Had a few first time cruisers with us. Staff didn't appear as friendly as other cruises. Service at the bar was slow. We did have one of the dining room managers step up and book a table for 11 for us on an additional evening so we could see the entertainment. Our first night in the main dining room we were seated at two seperate tables and right by the servers station so we missed the entire show. Big disappointment seeing that we had first time cruisers with us and wanted to make every experience amazing for them. Camile on Norwegian Getaway who was the dining manager I believe went above and beyond and she even met us at breakfast every morning to make sure we were happy! I am in the process of writing a letter to Norwegian commending her! She is awesome! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
(1) we chose the dawn because we live in the tampa bay area and were looking for a cruise to celebrate our 57th wedding anniversary and to enjoy 10 days away. we have platinum status in the latitudes club, but were denied priority ... Read More
(1) we chose the dawn because we live in the tampa bay area and were looking for a cruise to celebrate our 57th wedding anniversary and to enjoy 10 days away. we have platinum status in the latitudes club, but were denied priority boarding (an attendant said that they were not providing that today ?).this caused us to have to wait in the unbelievable long lines for two hours to embark the ship. disembarking dawn was equally as unacceptable....it took us another two hours to disembark in tampa. (2) the ship was said to have been extensively refurbished, and some of the public areas reflected that, but not the individual cabins. the seating throughout the ship was very uncomfortable, even the chaise lounges out on the promenade deck had no armrests and were so low to the deck that it was difficult to get in and out of them. no individual deck chairs were provided, and there were no more that a dozen chaise lounges on either the port or starboard side available at any time....the carpet in the cabin was filthy; we were not even provided with a chair, or sofa in the cabin....they only provided a round dangerous upholstered stool for the vanity. the mattresses are horrible,, definitely needing replacement. (3) dining was mediocre on dawn at best. the garden café (the buffet) proved to be the best choice. as platinum latitudes members we attempted to dine in la cucina on our 57th anniversary. I had made the required reservation, received confirmation from the reservation desk and we appeared for check-in at 7:15 pm for a 7:30 pm reservation. when we were at the desk before being taken to for our table, the manager and his clerk asked for our "voucher". i presented them with the "confirmation" that had been provided at the restaurant reservation counter on deck 7. they refused to seat us, saying they had to have the "voucher".....apparently ncl has changed their specialty restaurant policy since we sailed trans-atlantic on ncl jade in 2017. the "manager" at the restaurant would make to exception, even though he knew we were "platinum" latitudes members. i was forced to return to my cabin to hunt for these "vouchers"....i finally found them, but we did not return to la cucina that night! the whole incident ruined our 57th wedding anniversary dinner! (4) entertainment was poor, with the exception of a couple of shows in the stardust theatre. and also dawn has eliminated complimentary steam and sauna in the fitness center. to use those facilities, cruisers are now required to pay $199.00+ per person per cruise. (5) service by the steward was acceptable....and it should be, as ncl now automatically places $13.99 per person, per day on your account as a service charge! i could have adjusted it, but wanted to make sure that the steward was not "stiffed" by ncl. (6) no comment on the ports and excursions; we have done 48 cruises in total, and have seen all those ports and islands many times. In closing, my wife nor i would not cruise on the ncl dawn or any other ncl ship departing from tampa in the future! Thank you for the opportunity to express my opinion in reviewing this ncl cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We cruised on the Dawn out of Tampa in 2014 and had a wonderful time. It was probably one of the 3 best cruises we had been on. This time was not so wonderful. THE GOOD: Updated ship - New carpet and flooring all around, ... Read More
We cruised on the Dawn out of Tampa in 2014 and had a wonderful time. It was probably one of the 3 best cruises we had been on. This time was not so wonderful. THE GOOD: Updated ship - New carpet and flooring all around, re-designed common areas. The reception area looks great, O'Sheehans was a great addition! Service staff - Very friendly and helpful. Pool bar crew is the best! Wilfred made the best mojitos! Specialty dining - Great service and solid food quality. Make your reservations early and don't try to show up in shorts at Le Bistro... Internet - It's a cruise ship so don't expect 25mbps. It worked and was very reliable. We received 500 minutes free but would never pay the rates they ask for on the ship... THE BAD: Main dinning food - NCL had made great improvements over the first seven years we cruised with them. It seems since Oceana bought them the food quality and selection has dropped a bit. Cafe food - Again quality and selection have dropped a bit... Excursion agent - Reminded me of a timeshare salesman! Billing - We had many billing issues and had to visit the reception desk at least every-other-day. Fortunately we were able to get things squared away on the last day before the lines got long. Baggage - One of our brand new suit cases showed up at our stateroom with a missing wheel. When we came off of the ship another wheel was missing!!! I-Concierge app - Constantly failing and having to be re-booted in order for it to work. Text messaging hardly worked. In fact two messages from the first day of the cruise were still trying to send when we left the ship 7 days later!!! Total waste of $20 for two phones. A third phone wouldn't install the app... Water Temp - went from cold to scalding hot without warning! Made showering very difficult. We spoke with many others on the ship who said they were having the same issue. OUR EXPERIENCES: The embarkation process was the worst we experienced with NCL. We sailed out of Tampa. Our previous two times from Tampa were from Terminal 3. This time we embarked from Terminal 2. They lined people up out onto the street and when they started letting us in the also allowed people being dropped off by shuttles and taxis to just walk in rather than make them go to the end of the line. In the terminal it was far too small to handle the number of people trying to check in. Security was not organized and seating was limited. We saw many elderly people standing waiting for nearly an hour to board the ship. These people had already stood outside for an hour or more and honestly should have been sitting! Once on the ship we went to the excursion desk. We have never booked an excursion through the cruise line as their pricing is in some cases just stupidly high. Because we had a $100 credit per port we opted to book on the ship. The process was good and the excursion agent seemed good. We had questions and when she didn't know the answer she got on the phone and got it for us. This was our first cruise that would go to the new NCL private island Harvest Cay. We had heard that there may not be a buffet on the island. We had also heard that the UDP would not work at the bars. This was a bit disturbing since Great Stirrup Cay has both a buffet and many bars to get your drinks using the UDP. So we told the agent we were interested in renting a pool cabana on the island and wanted her to confirm the food and beverage status on the island. She said that there was a buffet and that the UDP worked on the island. Because of this we booked the cabana. We also asked about the cancellation policy of the cabana if the weather was bad. She stated it could be cancelled if the weather was bad. This just reinforced our decision to have the cabana. When we arrived at the island it was pouring rain. We called the excursion desk only to find out they were not open until 6:00PM!!!! How convenient. We asked the reception desk if we could cancel the cabana as we were not going to the island. We were told that we could not cancel the cabana and we would have to pay for it even if we don't use it. Since we were paying for it we decided we would go out in the rain and have some drinks in the cabana to get some use out of it. This is when we found out that there in fact is no buffet and the UDP does not work on Harvest Cay. If you want something on this private island you have to pay for it and the prices are very high!!!! The island itself is very beautiful and NCL did a great job building it. However, we will never book a cruise that goes to Harvest Cay in the future if they are not going to have a buffet and UDP option on the island. It is a very long walk from the ship to the island and not worth the time to go back to the ship for food and drinks. Needless to say we felt duped by the excursion agent as none of the information we were given for any of our excursions was accurate. She seemed to "elaborate" a lot in order to get us to book. It reminded me of a timeshare sales presentation, lol. As mentioned above we had issues with our luggage. This is not the first time we had our luggage damaged by NCL. The first time it was with a hard-shell suit case that was a few years old. Somehow they split the shell down the entirety of one side. When presented to the reception staff they called a manager who looked at it and said they would try to repair it. Needless to say the repairs didn't work so they gave us a $100 obc. We were satisfied... This time my brand new hard-shell suitcase arrived at our stateroom with a wheel broken off (they put it in my suitcase) and another hanging on by one screw (two screws were sheered off). This was the first time I had used this new case that was barely a week old!!! I presented it to the reception staff who said they would send it back for repairs. It came back with the missing wheel back on but the other was still hanging. They told me the "carpenter" would not be able to fix that one. In addition where the broken wheel was fixed they cracked the shell of the case in a line about 4 inches long. I told them it was not acceptable and I wanted something done. They refused and filled out a Irregularity Report and told me to take it up with their corporate office in Miami. At the end of the cruise we left our luggage outside our door and when we picked it up in the terminal my suitcase had a third wheel broken off and it was nowhere to be found. This was just wrong... The cruise director was nice but she was very difficult to understand. She also had difficulty with speaking as she didn't seem to have a strong grasp on the English language yet. Hopefully she can continue to work on this as she was really nice! Overall I'd say she does a good job. The entertainment was good no matter where we were on the ship. The bar staff were fantastic and the food servers were top notch! The hostesses at O'Sheehan's and Cagny's/Moderno were awesome and always remembered us when we were nearby. They were very good to my wife's father which was greatly appreciated! Regardless of the good and bad on the cruise we were with family and friends and we made the best of it every day. We enjoyed our cruise and can't wait to go on another. Only it will be with Royal Caribbean! We do have a cruise booked with NCL in November but we plan to cancel it and book with RCCL. We feel they give more value for your $$$ now. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We were travelling with the kids, so getting tix to the vibe would’ve been pointless, as our goal was to have a family vacay. But we still managed to do a few grown up things. My hubby loves to play tables, so the daily blackjack and ... Read More
We were travelling with the kids, so getting tix to the vibe would’ve been pointless, as our goal was to have a family vacay. But we still managed to do a few grown up things. My hubby loves to play tables, so the daily blackjack and poker tournaments were a big plus. He met a few people and got some good stories about Norwegian and other cruise lines. We also met a few people at the casino at night, and one gentleman said he got the last two tickets for VIBE around 2 pm on embarkation day. He said they were worth every penny for him and his friend. He said it was quiet and loved having the service.but they had older kids who didn’t want their parents around anyway. One thing we did before hand was sign up for the roll call on cruisecritic.com and one of the guys there organized a meet and greet and gift exchange. That was really enjoyable. We had the heads of all departments come and introduced themselves and gave us cards to let them know if there was anything we needed. Even the captain came! And we had taken the kids for breakfast before hand, but they had special food and smoothies for us at the meet and greet. The gift exchange was kinda fun. You were supposed to bring something that represented your area. All the Canadians brought treats like chocolate bars and chips. I also brought an eskimos travel mug, thinking I would need to explain Canadian football to Yankees but as it turned out the folks that picked my gift we’re from Toronto. On any future trip I would join the Facebook group and the cruise critic one just for the pointers. Later, it was good to be able to put faces to the voices we heard when the captain came over the PA and said there was a sailboat taking on water off Belize and our ship was the closest. It took about 90 minutes Total but watching the rescue was exciting and knowing who was doing what was cool. After posting on Facebook, a lot of our friends have had rescue experiences when on a cruise so that was cool to share tales. We did a few of the specialty restaurants,the only one we made reservations for was the Tepppenyaki. Otherwise we just walked up and hoped for the best and had good luck except for the French bistro. That you really need to book online before you board. The bad thing for families with young young kids on our trip was the splash park area was being repainted and repaired so was open the last day only. But that wasnt a deal breaker for us and the work is done now so should be good for a while now. Our kids loved the activities onboard. So we didn’t book excursions through the cruise line. As well the weather was rather hit and miss. So for example, our whole reason For picking this trip was to snorkel in ROatan. However it had rained heavily the night before and the water was murky. We just walked off and got a trip to the sloth and monkey park for $25/per person from a vendor at the port. Great deal, and the kids are still talking about it. ThenWe returned to the ship and had lots of fun. Same in Costa maya as it was raining heavily, and in harvest caye. We took advantage of the pool and beach for a few hours, the the clouds moved in. instead of paying for lunch on land we just returned to the ship and stayed on board. The kids loved being able to play bingo with the adults as they often hear chad and I talk about having to go work them as volunteers here at home, but they can’t come. We even won one night! The $162 was a nice bonus. In Cozumel though, we should’ve booked the dolphinarium through Norwegian as the prices at the port were no better and we needed to make our own transportation and that was also a hassle. As well returning to the ship was stressful as traffic was more than we anticipated and if we had booked through Norwegian we know that the ship would’ve waited.in the end we were ok,but the panic attacks en route were not worth it as there were not really any saving between Norwegian s price and the vendors were not into bargaining like in rOatan. DO NOT MISS OUT on the ladies’ night offered at the spa! Amazing value! Great experience! It came out on the daily schedule and Chad convinced me to go, a little begrudgingly but so glad I did. Only 6 women went as a few left at the beginning as it was a bit disorganized to start. We got to lie in the relaxation Lounge and test a few products while they gave their sales schpeil. But then... we got to try the thermal suite for the rest of the evening -for $39. And then that was credited to any spa service or product you bought during the week. If you did not buy anything you would then be charged, but after receiving a 10 minute sample massage there I needed more. Just access to the thermal pools, salt room, stream rooms and heated loungers AND two glasses of champagne was worth it. Hope that’s helpful! Thank you again and I look forward to more adventures! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
Been on the Getaway twice before and liked it. We received $140 credit from NCL and planned on applying it toward the daily cabin grautity. The $140 credit was on our account when we checked in. When we received our departure ... Read More
Been on the Getaway twice before and liked it. We received $140 credit from NCL and planned on applying it toward the daily cabin grautity. The $140 credit was on our account when we checked in. When we received our departure statement, the credit was removed and said it was monrefundable. Called NCL and they told us the credit could not be used for room gratuities (service charge). Why wasn't this made clear up front? We certainly wouldn't have left $140 behind. Won't be going on NCL again. The food in the Tropicana and the the Taste and the Savor were almost identical menus every night. The beef entrees were substandard and very tough. The appetizers did not offer shrimp cocktail as have on past cruises and the seafood entrees were limited. We tried to eat at Cagneys upscale restaurant every evening. We were told there was never any availability. We would have had to have purchased the upscale dining package before the cruise. Very disappointing. The beverage package, which we prepurchased was good. We also prepurchased the Internet package which worked only part of the time. We are leaving soon on Royal Caribbean as Diamond members and hoping for a better experience. We are leaving on our sixth cruise with Regent in the spring. Now that Regent is part of NCL, we hope that their service hasn't been downgraded. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
I chose this cruise because it seemed to have a lot of family friendly (we brought the kids) activities and Orlando had the best rates for us to fly to. My husband and I sailed the NCL Sun 2 years ago and loved it. We came and went ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it seemed to have a lot of family friendly (we brought the kids) activities and Orlando had the best rates for us to fly to. My husband and I sailed the NCL Sun 2 years ago and loved it. We came and went anywhere as we pleased. This time if you had the dining package, everything was booked up, we didn't even think it necessary to make reservations before boarding. Drink lines at the pool sometimes took up to 20 minutes, same as other bars/lounges in the evening. Tendering was a confusing process and some waited far too long, we got lucky. Staff was not as friendly or chatty as our last cruise on the Sun, which made me feel bad for them and wonder if they are over worked and/or the ship was understaffed. My whole family enjoyed the food! Not a complaint there at all. Cagney's was impossible to get a reservation, but from what I have read and personally experienced Moderno is the way to go!! Garden Cafe' was a little too crowded at prime hours at the buffet and to find a table. Sometimes it was just easier to go grab a plate and bring it to our balcony to eat. Overall, I think they cram too many people onto this ship and the customer service and freestyle feel NCL loves to boast about severely lacks because of it. I would still cruise NCL, just not this ship. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise because it had NCL's private island (Great Stirrup Cay) as a port. This was are 3rd time on the EPIC (we have cruised with NCL 25 times) We knew to expect a lot of people and wait times but this time it was ridiculous. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it had NCL's private island (Great Stirrup Cay) as a port. This was are 3rd time on the EPIC (we have cruised with NCL 25 times) We knew to expect a lot of people and wait times but this time it was ridiculous. My son and his new wife were along with us also. We both had the Beverage and Dining package. We made our dining and show reservations prior to the cruise hoping to avoid some of the hassle. On the 6th night of the cruise my son had dining reservations for 9pm at Moderno. (these were made 3 weeks prior) He and his new wife dressed for the occasion and headed to the restaurant. Once there , they were told that they did not have a reservation. In fact the lady at the desk was pretty rude about it. My son explained to her that the reservation had been made online. She said "well I don't have it!" My son said he felt that the staff thought he was lying to them. After a little more hassle and making my sons wife cry they final put them at a back table in the restaurant that was basically empty to begin with. It turned out to be quite a horrible experience for them. I don't know what has changed but usually NCL service is top drawer- hopefully this is not the direction their service standard is going to. The other issue we experienced was with the Shanghai restaurant. They tell you reservations are recommended. We found that out the first night we tried to get in so we made reservations for the following night for 5:45. We arrived at the restaurant at 5:20 and had to get in a LONG line. By the time we got thru the line to the hostess desk our reservation had been given away because NCL only gives you a "15" min window. I would tell anyone that is thinking of getting the "dining package" as one of their perks not to waste your time on the bigger ships. Its next to impossible to get into any of speciality restaurants Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Myself, wife and 2 kids (6 and 8) booked a family suite room (9194) for an Eastern Caribbean itinerary - changed to Western due to the hurricane - back in June. This was our 8th cruise with NCL, first on the Escape. We stayed at the ... Read More
Myself, wife and 2 kids (6 and 8) booked a family suite room (9194) for an Eastern Caribbean itinerary - changed to Western due to the hurricane - back in June. This was our 8th cruise with NCL, first on the Escape. We stayed at the Doubletree in Miami the night prior and arrived at the port around 10am. Emarkation was pretty standard (aside from a small technical glitch that caused about a 20 minute delay). We were onboard around 11:30. First impressions were very good. We had sailed on the Breakaway before and this ship has a similar vibe and layout. Our first priority was to register kids in Splash Academy, which went very smoothly and quickly. We then headed up to the pool deck to check out the area. The kid's Aquapark was very cool (probably suited for kids a little younger than mine) and they played for a bit. The one issue (and this is consistent with most NCL ships) is that there is nowhere for parents to sit in the sun. We were all crowded on a bench or on loungers out of the sun. I have never understood that. We went in the very crowded family pool for a while and then headed to our stateroom which was ready around 1pm. Our room was fine. We had a family mini-suite with a bunk bed. The bathroom was huge with a double sink and tub/shower. Bed was a king and very comfortable. I also found there to be more storage space than on other ships. Overall we were very happy with our stateroom. The best part of the ship was, without question, Splash Academy. The counselors were very fun, super engaging and very professional. They had a theme night every night (Pirate night, Glow night, Survivor Island night, PJ night) and the kids LOVED being there. They went every night and a couple of times during the day. We also enjoyed the family activities they hosted on Great Stirrup Cay. Lots of fun!! Dining: This was probably the worst thing about the ship. We have noticed over our last few cruises (we’ve been on about 15 cruises since 2002) that overall quality in food in non-a la carte restaurants has suffered. Not a surprise to anyone, I’m sure. But this was shockingly bad. In the entire week we had 1 good meal. Full disclosure –we did not try any of the ALC restaurants because we’ve done them before and didn’t think there was much value. The Garden buffet was ok. That’s it. Breakfast was ok. Lunch was ok. Dinner was ok. Late-night was ok. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t close to good. We did Taste and Savor 4 nights. Overall the quality was poor. We had 1 good meal (my wife had pallela and I had a NY Strip), otherwise the food was cold or underseasoned. The service in the 2 main dining rooms was below average, at best. We also ate lunch and dinner at O’Sheehan’s. This was confusing to me. People rave about the Prime Rib…it was not good. It was a big piece of meat, that’s for sure, but it came with a baked potato that had no butter and a tiny dollop of sour cream (asked for both and they never came). The Fish and chips were tiny and flavorless. The wings were hot but had an odd flavor (tried buffalo and thai chili). We did have lunch, which was ok. The hot dog my son got was actually really good. Aside from that it was below-average pub food. A note on the service…you can definitely tell that the waitstaff is not motivated at all while serving food at no charge. Entertainment: We saw 2 shows. Both were excellent. The Company Men are not to be missed. A quick show but highly entertaining and they had a great sound. For The Record was awesome. Granted – my wife and I grew up on John Hughes movies so we knew every word to every song and got the plot. Note: heed the warning of not bringing kids. DEFINTELY not appropriate! We also watched the Not-So-Newlywed Game with Dave, the CD, who was really great. Public Areas: Despite being a massive ship, it feels very crowded. All public areas always felt crowded at all times of the day. The only time we didn’t feel that way was when we walked outside on the Waterfront in the evening, which we very much enjoyed. Activities: The Aquaracer (Blue) water slide was a lot of fun for everyone. The yellow slide was good for the kids. We did the Ropes Course on the final day, which was awesome. A couple of notes on the ropes course: I am not sure why they continue to put these on ships. They are almost never open due to the wind…it’s always windy. Second – if your child just sneaks over the 48” mark they have to do the regular course and can’t do the kids’ course. Luckily both of my kids are fairly athletic and got through it, but they did get stuck a couple of times. Finally – there is a HUGE difference doing it in port before sunset and at sea in the dark. The former was very fun. The latter was difficult and cold. Overall, though it was a ton of fun! The other activities (basketball, mini golf, movies, etc) were all pretty standard and fun. Ports: Our first port was Grand Cayman. It was cancelled due to the waves being too high for tenders. It was disappointing because we had an excursion to the Turtle Farm planned. We had an extra sea day, which was windy. Falmouth was next. We had never been there and didn’t plan on getting off the ship. But we did hop off for a couple of hours and wandered around the shopping area (see: tourist area) for a couple of hours. We didn’t get outside of that area so I can’t really comment on the port. GSC was next. We had good weather, which is always a hit or miss. It made for our best port day. We did the family activities with the ship staff and had lots of fun (water balloons, dodge ball, etc). We got chairs on the left (east?) side of the island and swam and had a very enjoyable beach day. It didn’t feel crowded at any point. Tendering to and from was smooth. Last stop was Nassau. We had a disappointing experience with the company we rented a 4x4 jeep from as they did not have a vehicle available for us. (I’ll spare you the details – but we did get a refund). We have been there several times so we just sort of walked around, did a horse and buggy ride (meh) and bought a few souvenirs before getting back on board. So unfortunately our 2 excursions didn’t happen so it was definitely a let-down. So I would say that overall the trip was very good – not great. I would recommend the Escape to families as there is plenty to do and a great children’s program. One thing we ALWAYS do is take advantage of the Cruise NEXT credits, but I think we may be giving other cruise lines (RCCL, Disney) a chance the next couple of times around. The NCL experience is getting a little stale for us. Thanks for reading and I hope this review helps! Read Less
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