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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The Escape is a Great Ship!

We went for our cruise in early January 2017 and no matter what time of year, you can't... Read more
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5 out of 5

The Escape is a Great Ship!

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We went for our cruise in early January 2017 and no matter what time of year, you can't predict the weather.  Unfortunately, the weather was tough, high seas and rains the entire time we were at sea.  Each day in port we had some sun, but a number of shore excursions were cancelled due to high swells, etc.  That's the risk you take!

Having put the not so positive part of our cruise out there, the rest was the best!  We were fortunate to stay in a Haven cabin, 9318, an AFT Balcony, 2 room suite with all Haven amenities.  We've chosen this cabin on other NCL ships and will continue to do so each time.  The balcony is the best, better than any at the front of the ship.  While you have to walk in the morning to get to the Haven for breakfast or the private pool, sun deck, etc., it's worth it - the cabin is amazing.  Our butler Narcisso was once again wonderful (we had him a year ago on the Getaway) and the attentiveness to our needs was unlike anything we could have asked for.  The crew was great, I don't know what the cruise director, Tyler, was on - he was constantly 'high' with excitement and emotion.  The food in the specialty restaurants was worth the price for the most part.  LeBistro was less than desirable this trip - Cagney's, Teppanyaki and Moderno all remain top notch.  We met a ton of people and had a great party for 20 on our balcony the evening as we were leaving Nassau. Great people that we're already scheduling future cruises and gatherings!  We went to more shows this time than in the past; can't imagine why we haven't done this sooner.  Can definitely tell it's a new ship - no issues whatsoever. 

 

If the weather gods could have calmed the seas, it would have been a perfect trip!

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5 out of 5

Excellent Scape

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Very good vessel

Excellent entertainment organization and activities 

Room keeper (PUTU) attitude and service was excellent

Entertainment exceeded my expectations

Very good restaurants

 

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2 out of 5

crowded

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

The Escape is too big, too crowded, amenities are the same as a small ship but yet with twice the amount of people.

Staff: they became stressed and unpleasant, I don't blame them! Will not do it again!

Activities: the Spa costs an arm and a leg, the zip line was closed, my kids could not get on (one of the main reasons I booked that ship!)

Price: everything has supplements! Everywhere you go, everything you do you have to be careful to not incur extra cost, its like walking on a mine land!

Food: could not find a piece of smoked salmon anywhere! On my last cruise, I enjoyed it so much and was looking forward to it. It's the small things...

I tried to cancel a show (($35 a person!) that my daughter booked by accident (mine land!) and it took me to speak to staff three times to get it done!

Security: my kid was able to play at the casino, he is 17!! not acceptable!

Disappointing!

 

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5 out of 5

Anniversary Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

We had a great time on this past cruise. It was an anniversary trip for myself and spouse and also with my brother and his wife. Service was excellent. Would go again.

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Contributor Level: Third Mate
2 out of 5

Too many Children running wild on ship!!!!

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There were pros and cons....

 Pros- easy, fast embarkation and debarkation!! An excellent bartender at the "5 o'clock somewhere bar" by the name of the chocolate cowboy. He was excellent, knew everyone by name and remember the small items everyone liked in their drinks, very nice!!

 

Cons- there were over 2200 kids on this ship, un-attended, uncontrolled, no curfew, loud kids running wild all hours on this ship, I am talking about 9 yo and under!!!  The garden café was a nightmare, a freaking busy highway, dodging strollers, screaming kids, kids under 9 serving themselves at the buffet where they can barely reach and after picking their noses!!!  Kids playing with the soft serve ice-cream machine!!! No parental guidance at ALL!!!  I personally witnessed 2 small boys in the atrium throwing the pillows off the couches and having a pillow fight while the mother just sat thee and nearby staff ignored,,, I am sure it is all fun and games until someone gets hurt!!! No control at all!!! Kids in restricted ADULTS Only areas in the hot tubs!!!   No one said a word to their parents.... heck as if people without kids did not matter!!!! We work all year long and would like to relax on vacation not have to put up with someone else's brats!!!!!

 

The skyline club only played latino music every freaking night!!!!! Spice H20 only played fist pumping, jump around music for the tweens and twenty something crowd.. everyone else they could care less about!!!!

 

DJ played at the 12 x12 pool area daily with the lounge chairs reserved with shoes, towels, baby dolls and phones early in the am with no one around, they were probably eating breakfast or went back to bed... but hey we got our chairs reserved for whenever we decide to go to the pool area!! please NCL set rules and watch this...ENFORCE THEM for the enjoyment of all of yours PAYING customers instead of a select few!!!!

 

DJ needs to get out more and know that their all types of music instead of the 2 genres he played during the 7 day cruise!!!!

 

Never seen the cabin stewart all!!!!

 

First and last New Year's eve cruise I will ever take... considering cancelling my other 2 NCL cruises that were already booked!!!

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1 out of 5

A Floating collection of cheesy Airport style Shops, Bars and Restaiurants

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Boring cruise while at sea.  Had to fight crowded decks to find a lounge chair. Every show seems to be built as a cliché of real entertainment.  Loud music on pool deck all the time was a constant annoyance.  Crowded pools and Jacuzzi's.  Prices for Spa services are double to triple what they are on shore.  A couple of the premier restaurants were decent, but the bars were sterile and boring.  You're then "nickel and dimed" by the staff repeatedly.  Everything is some upcharge even if you bought the premier meal and drink package.  The excursion options were good but expensive compared to booking them yourself.  All told you should skip the cruise and simply put the money to hang out on St Thomas or St John.  Will cost the same or less and you'll have a far better time.

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2 out of 5

THE SHIP SHOULD BE CALLED THERE'S NO ESCAPE

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My favorite part of the Cruise was two Crew Members Guido and Tajani, the worst part of the experience was all the children on the ship allowed in the 18 and over events like not so newly wed, battle of the Sexes and in the night Conley Shows that were inappropriate for children what they were experiencing.  Never saw the Cruise Director basically just heard him over the PA System.  The Stateroom service was horrible, one minute the bed was made but the bathroom was not and by serversa.  I've been on 6 cruises with Norwegian, the Sky 2x's, the Dawn, the Getaway, the Breakaway and there's No Escape was the worst entertainment, the worst roughness in feeling the ship moving, and the worst Crew Staff

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2 out of 5

Nice but not as stress free as other cruises I've been on.

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Favorite part - enjoyed brewhouse and art auctions...fun, but be ware the auctions are mostly prints not original works..but still fun. brew house fun because we paid extra for the unlimited beverage package.  Dinning package is un-nessesary. Regular dinning in Manhattan room was fun and good food, one of the best steaks ever (paid extra for that) Cagneys good for steak Moderno - okay, the lamb chop was the best there, and Teppanyaki's was the most fun/best of the fancy/pay extra places we went to. 

We paid $4500 for a family of four. parents and 3 and 8 year old. not including air taxis etc. oh yea. and that was an inside room at the back of the boat.

They did have a great kids program, our kids enjoyed that.

Sea days the pool area was a mess.  "pool police" were there to make sure you didn't try to add a chair etc. impossible to find a chair - rough with kiddos.  Never once in the whole week did one bar person ask us on deck by pools if we needed a drink, but i did get a cold towel one day - that was nice.

Slides were fun, some days crowded some not.  Food everywhere buffet was good, I thought, one day they do a shrimp burger.. AWESOME.  I thought I gained 10 pounds..lol

Nassau is a dump, not sure what people do there besides Atlantis but I already paid so much I wasn't going to fork another 500$ for our family do to that.  We walked to queens staircase (pretty neat) and junkanoo beach. eh.

Tortilla was good, we took a taxi to Cane Garden Beach for $8 a head.  apparently kids are only $4, but no getting money back after the fact.. over all good little trip and family friendly beach there..liked that. lots of food/drinks fun beach.

St. Thomas we went to Trunk Bay.. little $ with taxies and ferry. but it was a nice beach.

Over all, too small pools/not enough pool area for families kids on the ship.  Feel like your nickled and dimed for everything- finally figured it all out over half way, to feel less stressful.  Didn't like the inside room darkness day/night, but that is our own doing. next time.  Just being on a boat i guess.. so many benefits to an all inclusive resort.. I guess we are resort people :)

Wasn't all bad, good food, okay drinks.. i miss the cruises that put my frufru drinks in fancy cups. everything here was a plastic cup unless at the brewhouse they did have a fancy cup.  

Room was always clean great room stewart.. service in dinning and deck not so great/happy.

The last NCL cruise.. maybe the last cruise for us.. just not great for the $ spent.

 

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5 out of 5

The Best Cruise I've Been On!!

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I've only been on 9 cruises and this is my second time cruising with NCL. From moment I stepped on board I was amazed at the quality of the ship. By far the most detailed and up to date boat I've sailed on. The food was excellent, entertainment was great, the quality of drink you get with the package was way above what was expected. We had a balcony room that was extremely spacious and overall it was the best cruise (cruise line) we been on.

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5 out of 5

Great Cruise

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I would recommend this cruise. The ship NCL Escape is beautiful. I loved the complementary Manhattan Room restaurant. Every evening, they had some musicians playing. Nice and pleasant stay. Happy 

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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.

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