dawnruperealtor

dawnruperealtor
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Norwegian Escape

May 2016 - Norwegian Escape to Caribbean - Eastern

Not Freestyle At All

This was our 13th cruise and I was excited about vacationing on a brand new ship for the first time.   Parking and getting on the ship went smooth. 

 

What I liked about our cruise:   Our Room - The Food was great anywhere you ate, water slides were fun, top brand spirits included in the drink package, and the staff was very friendly.  The casino was very nice and one of the best paying casinos I have experienced in a long time.  You could actually play on the machines for awhile and win some money.

 

What I didn't like:  The design of the ship floors and especially the pool area.  The pool area was way too small and crowded for the amount of passengers on board.  It  really grossed me out to even want to get in the pool or hot tubs with so many people in them all the time.  Every chair on the deck was right up against another chair no room in between them it's so crowded. The TV monitors were on the sides so you couldn't see the screen unless you were in the pool or cranking your head to one side sitting in one of the front chairs on the side of the pool.  My husband and I had to stay on the ship on a island day to be able to enjoy the pool and hot tub.

 

The decor of the ship is gloomy - gray and black - What?  The main theater is all black no color, looks like it's needs remodeling.

 

Specialty Restaurant Reservations:  Total frustration when it came to making reservations at the specialty restaurants.  We starting making our reservations immediately when we got on board.  The majority of times left for most all the restaurants was from 9pm on and some days were not available.   After day one forget about changing a time or making a new reservation.  It was like being at work trying to juggle the schedule for the week with restaurants and shows.

 

We won't be back on the Escape because you can't relax and enjoy the pool area and booking reservations for the week was not freestyle cruising at all.  The NCL cruise we went on before was much better and did not make you reserve restaurants and shows. 

 

NCL get rid of the reservations and redesign your ship's pool area.  Make your casino smoke free - we don't want to play in the smoke and we don't want to walk through it. 

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Celebrity Equinox

April 2014 - Celebrity Equinox to Caribbean - Southern

OK , but Got Sick 3 days into the cruise

Food at the buffet for lunch was good, but not for dinner.  I can't say the main dinning had any better food.   Both my husband and I got colds the third day and can't figure out how we got them except that someone must of been sick in our room on the last cruise.  We were both really healthy when we got on the ship.  

 

Not real happy with the room attendant as I kept having to ask him for things.  Entertainment on the ship was the norm you find on most ships these days.  What I did like about the cruise was there daily itinerary.  There was a good mix of things to do on board the ship.  I thought the casino paid out good for casino's on ships.  I found  a few slot machines I could play on for awhile and won some good bonuses. No tenders on this trip so getting off and on the ship at ports was very easy.  Overall the ships crew were very friendly whereever you went.  The free drink package was a great deal and would make me book on Celebrity again. 

 

 

   

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dawnruperealtor's Tips

Norwegian Escape Norwegian Escape - If you want to enjoy the pool and hot tubs don't go on this ship. All the specialty restaurants are reservation only. Good luck getting a decent reservation.
Celebrity Equinox Celebrity Equinox - If booking a balcony room do not book on the 6th floor - obstruction and smokers outside on 5th floor - Got this room by guarantee

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received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Escape cruise review - Not Freestyle At All

commented on a Norwegian Escape cruise review. - "Your welcome for the videos - I had to video this pool area because I just could not believe it with my own eyes. A brand new ship - What were they..." read more

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commented on a Norwegian Escape cruise review. - "We plan on going back to Royal for the next cruise as they seem to have plenty of space at the pools and hot tubs.  I notice some of the 5 star co..." read more

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commented on a Norwegian Escape cruise review. - "Here are some videos from our trip.     https://vimeo.com/167810509  Pool Deck https://vimeo.com/168352337  St. T..." read more