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Norwegian Escape

April 2017 - Norwegian Escape to Caribbean - Eastern

With Royal Caribbean being our favorite cruise line, NCL comes in second!

     Our recent cruise on the NCL Escape was our 25th cruise (all different ships). We have attained Diamond status on Royal Caribbean because we like their big ships. The Escape is comparable to RCCL's Quantum class - the second largest class of cruise ships overall. Carnival, Princess, and Disney have nothing that comes close. We believe that "more is better"!

     We loved the ship, however, we have one major observation - there is not much easy food to be had anywhere other than in the Garden Café on the deck 16. O'Sheehan's on deck 7 is a sit-down restaurant. There is no pizza, paninis, pastries, self-serve coffee, or hot dogs to be had upon returning to the ship from a shore excursion or any other time, other than trekking to the Garden Cafe for all the above. I know that it's a competitive industry and that NCL chooses to offer free drink packages (very costly); unfortunately at the expense of the food offered onboard. Entrée portions are small (I know I could order another, but why?) and there was no lobster night in the free dining rooms - even the Carnival Magic in November offered free lobster.

     A ship this size could use another swimming pool. The Anthem of the Seas has 3+!

     The water slides and the ropes course are the "best at sea"!

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Regal Princess

November 2015 - Regal Princess to Caribbean - Eastern

Dullest big ship I have ever been on!

After 22 cruises, on nine of Royal Caribbean's big ships and the NCL Breakaway, the Royal Princess has to be the dullest big ship I have ever been on. It lacks excitement and things to do. There are no rock climbing walls, water slides, or even miniature golf.  If you are totally inactive then this ship is for you! Their main deck pool band is a solo musician with a steel pan and canned music. Their SeaWalk provides views of the private balconies on at least five decks. There are not enough pools and not enough shade on the pool decks. If you cruise to watch movies all day and night, then this ship is for you. I can watch movies at home for $8.99/month! Movies are played on the main pool deck, the Princess Theater, the Vista Lounge, and in your cabin.

If this is what Princess Cruises offers, then I am done with Princess Cruises! 

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fo777's Tips

Nassau, Bahamas - Junkanoo Beach in Nassau is a 15 minute walk from the ship with no admission. You can rent a beach chair or lay on your towel for free. The water is beautiful. You can admire your ship from there. Vendors offer drinks and food.
Norwegian Escape Norwegian Escape - If you like big cruise ships, the NCL Escape is the "Best of the Rest" behind Royal Caribbean's big ships!
Grand Turk Island - Other than the entertainment complex at the dock, Grand Turk is not ready for prime time.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida - Before or after your cruise, stay at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Hotel in Hollywood, FL. It was the highlight of our cruise vacation - the greatest resort we have ever stayed at!
Regal Princess Regal Princess - If your idea of a cruise is to do practically nothing onboard, then the Regal Princess makes it easy - it offers practically nothing to do onboard!

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received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Escape cruise review - With Royal Caribbean being our favorite cruise line, NCL comes in second!

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Escape cruise review - With Royal Caribbean being our favorite cruise line, NCL comes in second!

received a helpful vote on their Regal Princess cruise review - Dullest big ship I have ever been on!

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Escape cruise review - With Royal Caribbean being our favorite cruise line, NCL comes in second!

reviewed their Caribbean - Eastern cruise on Norwegian Escape and gave it 5 stars!

uploaded a photo album from their Norwegian Escape cruise on 2017-04-22

shared a quick tip for Norwegian Escape"If you like big cruise ships, the NCL Escape is the "Best of the Rest" behind Royal Caribbean's big ships!"

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received a helpful vote on their Regal Princess cruise review - Dullest big ship I have ever been on!

received a helpful vote on their Regal Princess cruise review - Dullest big ship I have ever been on!