a few questions - NCL Escape for the first time

1) Anyone that has done the Eastern from Miami - i'm interested in what excursions you've tried and if you recommend. Keep in mind our family consists of: mom, dad, kid 1 is 17 boy, kid 2 is 14 girl, kid 3 is 9 girl ;)  they like the water and adventure. Trying to decide which ports to spend extra$ for a great excursion and which to save a bit and just head to a beach or something "cheaper". Ports are St Thomas (been there before, did Coki beach and the aquarium); Tortola (never been) and Nassau (been and not that excited about).

 

2) we are booked in 13413 and 13417 inside adjoining... we are considering upgrading one to a balcony for a cost of about $800(Canadian) more total but it would not be right beside or across... it would be on the same deck and same forward position on the boat. Splitting the family between 2 rooms as we are 5 and didn't want to stuff us into a family oceanview (wanted that extra bathroom mostly).

 

3) does anyone know how much extra FOOD REPUBLIC is if you have the dining package? I know 2 of my 3 kids are going to want to try the sushi out there.

 

4) Recommendations for a nice hotel (at a reasonable price) to stay at near port of Miami as we will arrive a day early... it is early January.

 

5) when the teens are at the waterslides and the 9 yr old is hanging at the kids club - where are the adults only areas to lounge around and possibly swim or cool off? I've read about Haven (which we are not doing) and "The Vibe" which only a select amount of passengers can buy into by racing to be the first in line - not my style - i'm not in the mood to rush onto the boat to pay extra for a secluded adult hang out. Is there other spots where we can escape when we are "kid free" for an hour or two :)

 

THANKS!

Leslie

 

Tags: Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Escape

3 Answers

Perhaps your entire  family needs to sit down together with the excursions listings as a starting off point.  You will probably be better off hiring a guide on your own,though.   It will save you a ton of money.  It will be hard to find things that interests a 17 yr. old, 14 yr old and a 9 yr. old as well as the adults.  I would skip the panoramic tours as kids need to be active.   Shopping won't interest kids either.  Hard to know what to recommend without knowing your kids' interests.  Perhaps each kid could pick one outing for the family.  

 

I have never sailed on this ship, so i can't help you out about adult only public spaces. 

 

Have fun on your cruise.  The kids will all go their own way on the ship.  Tell us all how it works out for your family on your return. 

If you're willing to do a nonship excursion, I would recommended looking through Groupon. We did a full swim with the Dolphins in St.Kitts for $79 Groupon had Dolphin Encounter on sale for $100 and then they were also doing a 20%off sale. Going to Groupon through Ebates may get you a %back on top,of that too. We also hired a tour company on Martinique to drive us to two sites we wanted to see that weren't combined on a ship tour. We have also gotten a tour on the pier at a much more reasonable price. Look around, you may find things that are more reasonably priced and tour companies work very hard to get you back to the ships in a timely manner since they rely on your word of mouth for more business. It just depends on if you want to stick with the ship tour which we did on our first cruise.

Sorry I can’t help, but we won’t be on the Escape til April.

 

enjoy the cruise

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