March 2016 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Escape
We deal with Dana Moore Wichtoski, who has been our vacation specialist for quite a few years. We have really been happy with the work she has done for us. We told her that we were taking our daughter,son-in-law and our two grandkids on this cruise. She picked this cruise as the one that she thought might be a good fit for what we wanted. I think now that she did a real good job. We were a little bit worried at first because we had never used this cruise line previously. It turned out that there was enough variety on the ship to keep everybody busy and happy. The grandkids had a great time with all the things that they have for kids to do. This was a first cruise for our grandkids, daugher and son-in-law so we wanted to make sure they had a good time. I was pretty impressed with the people that worked on the ship. By the 2nd day of the cruise, the crew that was working in the recreation department were calling our grandkids by their first names and also remembered they were from Michigan. .We also had the assistant maitre d come over to our table and tell us what nice mannered kids we had and she also sent chocolate covered strawberries to both of our rooms. I think it made the kids feel special. When we look for cruises for our self, we don't usally look for all the things that were on this ship. I would say that we probably had as much fun as the kids did on a few of the different options. I would say, I don't know if the shows were as good as some of the other cruise lines we have sailed with. It seems like they had af ew nights of the same shows and I think the variety could have been a little better. I guess because we were more worried about entertaining our grandkids that it was no big deal. I guess if it had been just the two of us it might have been different. I think the only real downside to the whole trip was over acouple bottles of wine that disappeared out of our daughter luggage . All the cruises on different ships that we have sailed with allowed us toble to bring on 2 bottles of wine to drink in our room. We told our daughter about that and she had put 2 bottles in her suitcase. We planned this trip around my daughters birthday and my wifes because one is on the 6th and the other is on the 7th of March. She had brought a bottle for each night. The day before we were leaving for this vacation, I was reading some of the rules and noticed it said about the corking fee assessed on this cruise line. I contacted our son-in-law but he forgot top tell our daughter so low and behold she had already packed it. While boarding the ship, they stopped to pay the corking fee and where told that the crew members would remove the wine and there would be a note in their suitcase saying they could either pay the corking fee then or they would return the bottles to them on the last night of the cruise. They never got the note or the wine..All in all, we were happy enough to sign up for one of their cruise deals where you have 4 yrs. to use it.