Norwegian Escape

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Norwegian Escape is an extra large ship, carrying 4200 passengers and crew, and sails from New York, New York and Miami, Florida.

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Good. Not great like the other cruises on Norwegian

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

Favorite part was the specialty restaurants. Food republic was superior. The rest of the trip was mediocre. We had high expectations from our last Norwegian cruise. Sadly, all the entertainment and the vibe were sold out despite being 5 of 21 to board and going directly to sign up for them. Too many people to accommodate the shows,hot tubs, lounge areas. Go for a smaller ship. The service is better and the entertainment from the piano bars are better. It was a serious disappointment despite being a beautiful ship. By the way, do not use the infirmary unless you have an extra couple grand lying around-moral: get the travelers insurance! Buffet was about the only thing that didn't disappoint. And offer tiered pricing for top shelf liquor-what was once included in the beverage package now no longer is. So between missing shows from being sold out, not able to get "the vibe" for even one day, kids taking over hot tubs in all areas, top shelf liquor extra and free entertainment was mediocre (piano man), I'd say this isn't really worth the cost. Go for a smaller ship. Oh and the cruise director was not really good. Offer more trivia at afternoon times. 

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Norwegian Escape Feb 18th - Good time had by all

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Successfully "upgraded" to a Haven suite and was thrilled with the results. The service was generally outstanding. The arrival process was smooth and we were welcomed by the Haven staff from the moment we arrived at the port. My only feedback for improvement would be the departure. We were told we would given priority escort off the ship by the Haven staff. We were, but that only included an escort to the line to have our keys scanned off the ship. From that point on we were on our own. I found that odd given that our arrival had been handled from the point we arrived at the port. It felt like our "priority" clearly had ended as we were shuffled off the ship - there was no priority line to access to get through the Customs line or anything like that. In my humble opinion the Haven experience should have included a priority line and a full "escort" out of the port - just like our arrival was handled. But otherwise all was good. 

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Contributor Level: Cruise Director
4 out of 5

February vacation on Norwegian Escape

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

I myself always read reviews.  I've written a few too.  My nature is to stay pretty positive about things since I'd feel foolish complaining about a Caribbean vacation in the dead of winter.  I've cruised with the other big named cruise lines and this was my first with Norwegian.  I booked it a year in advance so I had plenty of time to prepare and plan.  I stayed in a 2 bedroom family suite in The Haven.  Like you will read in many reviews that upgrade is totally worth it.   I don't think I could ever cruise on Norwegian  in a room not in The Haven.  Its just too good.

 

This being a newer ship, it was clean and had lots of stuff to do for kids of all ages and adults.  My kids like Splash Academy and the times it was open was perfect for my husband and I to have some 'us' time.  The percs they are offering at the moment are awesome. Just pay the tips on your drinks and dining at the restaurants was completely worth it.  Free wifi and saving some money on a shore excursion was a nice extra too.  

 

Those who go on cruises know the entertainment/shows can be something to do every night with the entire family.  We all kind of go our separate ways during the day, but at night, after dinner, its fun to get together for some good shows.  I was a bit disappointed in the Escapes entertainment.  Only a magic show was something for the whole family to enjoy.  Evening entertainment was just not as good as Royal Caribbean, in my opinion.  I spoke with someone who said the Getaway had some great shows.  I will go on that ship next.

 

 We snorkeled in St. Thomas and Tortola.  Because of bad weather our Gorda Beach/Snorkel shore excursion booked through the ship was cancelled and they took us to Norman Island instead.  I thought it was the best snorkeling I have ever done.  I saw an octopus!  I do not get off the ship in Nassau.  What a great day on a ship that's 1/2 full.  We were on the ropes coarse as we were docking in Nassau.  I'd advise you try to do that as the views were super.  

 

Shopping?  There was nothing to buy!?  There were the usual watch and liqueur stores, but no place to buy anything for my family or grandchildren.  My 8 year old son would have liked a shirt that said "The Escape" or something like that, but I never saw anything kid sized.  I got my usual magnet.  

 

My end of week charges were a total of $700.  That included the $500 shore excursion for the five of us.  That is by far the smallest bill I have ever received.  It was mostly tips on drinks and some arcade fun.  That told me the alcoholic drink percs was worth it for us.  

 

The specials offered to book the cruise, the room and upgrades you received in The Haven, the island ports you stop at, were all things that made us choose this ship and I would recommend it as well.   Don't expect the same quality of shows or shopping like you might have on RC Allure of the Seas. The staff, food, ropes course, water slides, and overall vibe of the ship was great.  I plan on sailing the Getaway next and look forward to trying out other Norwegian ships.  I think each ship has its pluses and minuses.  You have to travel with the right attitude and you will always have a great time.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

The Best

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

It was wonderful. I would not change anything. I highly recommend the Norwegian line. Can't wait until my next one which is already in the works for September.

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

Friendly Staff

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

This ship is packed with a lot of interesting features. Just be ready to pay for them once on board. Lots of paid dining and the few that are not have items on the menus that need to be paid for. Some entertainment shows also come with a cost. Video games, bowling alleys and arcade games all cost. Bingo $49 for three cards. Ice Cream, coffee and special treats also a cost. The only thing that didn't have a price tag was the pool loungers. However these were so hard to find because there is "ONE" pool for 4700 passengers!!!  Pool loungers don't make $$$ so they saved the space for other venues that do. Shame on them!!! The only saving grace was the food was "OK" and the staff was very friendly and fun.

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Contributor Level: Purser
2 out of 5

Big ship Big problems

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Ships are getting bigger and bigger and what I observed on this cruise is the number of passengers have increased without a comparable increase in facilities.  No matter where you went, it was rare to find a seat.  The poolside is a joke, we had our chairs and towels stolen two days in a row.  I can not tell you how many times I was run over by children and adults walking through the café or elevators lobbies.

The food was so cold that we decided to try to eat only things that were supposed to be served cold.  The main dinning room where there was music, you could not hear the music over the noise.  The specialty restaurants were very good.

The other positive thing, the shows were great, but the rest of the entertainment was average at best.  We saw one group three times in one day and then over and over the rest of the cruise.

 

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Contributor Level: Purser
1 out of 5

Nice ship but the WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

SadMost of the employees either don't care or were not trained in providing excellent customer service.  Some were even down right rude. The ship is beautiful. The service in every dining room was extremely slow.  I also found dirty underwear, socks, shirt and pants under my bed day two.. which must of been from a previous guest.  They smelled really bad so not sure how long they were under there.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
5 out of 5

Our 4th Norwegian Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We upgraded this time to a mini-suite and it was well worth it. Love the roomy bathrooms. The design of the ship was beautiful and easy to get around. Attention to detail was given as if you looked at the carpet in the hall on your way to your stateroom the fish design was swimming forward to let you know you were  going forward or aft!

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Nice time

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

Always is relaxing and enjoyable time. Cruising is great for mom, since child care is provided for kids older than 3. This way mom gets to enjoy herself and have some quiet time. No cleaning, no cooking - can't think of a better way to vacation!

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Contributor Level: Second Mate
5 out of 5

Being free

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Love the Escape and its crew...I have sailed on Escape a few times now...

I can say I feel like part of the Norwegian Family!!!....I feel likes its going home to visit family rather than being a guest .

I find if you introduce yopurself to the crew  ,they remember you...Also THANK YOU goes a long way.....

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cfaithh
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Bring a lot of money if you plan on doing all the ship has to offer since a small portion is included in your fare.

cruisequeen6
Contributor Level: Third Mate

If you want a new large ship with upgraded everything then go!!! Dont let the amount of passengers scare you...... you really wont notice. Do drink package and check into specialty dining if you like to dress up and be treated as such. Otherwise you will have shorts and t shirts next to you:(

ekean61496
Contributor Level: Purser

The fish on the carpet swim toward the bow.

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