I’m home. Escaped the ESCAPE

Okay, this was a disappointing cruise.  I posted a review.   

‘We will be back on the Gem in October, and will celebrate our 30th on that cruise, unless surgery forces a cancellation.

The Escape is just too large a ship for us, especially with disabilities. 


Anyway, I’m tired and am going to lie down.   See you all tomorrow.

21 Answers

I'll check out your review! Welcome home!

Looking forward to your review. Glad you are safely home!

Welcome back. Read your review. Does seem like the ships are getting too large. So far I'm happy with the 100,000 ton class and smaller. Glad to hear that the staff onboard was good, that part of the cruise is huge for me, even more so than the food.

Anyhow, glad you're back safe and sound!

Thanks for the review, I have not been on one of the mega ships yet and not in a hurry to do so. Largest ships we have been on is Princess Grand Class ships.

We haven’t cruised on a mega ship, and don’t think we would enjoy it either. It’s good to have you back.

Anyone know how to resize a photo on an I pad ? Thanks

I’d be interested in knowing too.

Well, the review is up, and I don’t understand some of the responses. One person implied we should have listened to the e-mails and phone calls. No one heeded those. We all showed up at the normal time. Did 5000 pax create their own problem ? Perhaps. But you can’t tell 5000 people to change their travel plans less than 24 hours before they are due to arrive. If NCL had mentioned that the ship wouldn’t be docking til 12, maybe some of us would have slept a little later, but I doubt it. 5000 anxious people want to board your ship.

Someone asked why the ship had trouble with the Verrazano. This was one of the reasons circulating. The tide was in, the ship was riding high due to the lack of ballast. By ballast I mean passengers, luggage, fuel, and food ( the ship came up here from Florida empty ). Now, I thought ships take on water for ballast, and then purge it later, but maybe not. Like I said, this is a large ship. I expect the Red Hook (Brooklyn) terminal will soon undergo an expansion. Either that or we will see how well a ships’ stack fares against the Verrazano.

Someone else asked if I had read the ships’ specs before booking. Still not sure where that one was going.

Welcome back kergan. Sorry to hear about the disappointment. Have not yet read the review but I will be doing so. So is there that much of a difference between the Escape and the Breakaway? Other than having an extra deck they look pretty close on paper. But yeah it amazes me that the big mega ships have only 2 elevator banks forward and aft but the smaller 1/2 sized (passenger wise) have 3 banks of elevators forward, aft and mid. That can sure make a huge difference in the amount of walking. Even if you are a stair person that extra set can make a difference.

From the sounds of things with the Verrazano it sounds like someone at NCL did not do their homework or their due diligence.

I saw some of those comments and wondered what those people had been smoking. Of course, I know how much you know about cruising and what to expect from any given cruise... so I understand that you would see these glitches as the responsibility of the cruise line. Others might not recognize the honesty of your comments and find you were just complaining. Either way, many of those comments were rude. We also find the bigger ships not to necessarily better.


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