March 2016 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Escape
Positives- New ship, very nice. Service was very good. Food and drinks were great. The specialty restaurants are definitely worth the upgrade. Our room was on the 13th deck with balcony. Very roomy and comfortable.
Negatives- Pool water was VERY cold. No one wanted to get in (unless you were from the Artic Region), especially later in the evening. They need to be able to heat the pool to maintain a comfortable temperature.
They allow smoking inside the ship in the casino area. This was very unpleasant for me and my kids. You have to walk through there to get to most restaurants. People just sit and smoke all day...very obnoxious.
Our last port (Bahamas) was canceled due to another medical emergency (2 on this cruise) which we have learned is a common event for the cruise industry. Our kids Spring Break was less than awesome after we sold them on how much fun it would be to visit Atlantis Waterpark and then informed them we weren't going. The ship had to take a massive detour towards Puerto Rico in order to rendezvous with U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and lost several hours of travel time. Until the cruise lines begin medical screening for medical conditions that should preclude people from being out in the middle of the ocean to begin with....I'll find another way to get there. One person shouldn't be able to disappoint 4900 people.