MnSqAtSea
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

NCL Escape looks like a great ship.

I know there are a lot opinions out there about the 3 major cruise lines. We've been on the Carnival Pride and RCL Allure of the Seas. Enjoyed them both. We have a reservation on Freedom of the Seas next April but are considering switching to a Feb '17 cruise on NCL Escape. They have a great offer going on right now. The "Free at Sea" promotion. Prices are comparable when you take all factors into consideration.

 

What I'm looking for are straight forward opinions about NCL. We picked this NCL cruise as our other option mainly due to the ship. We are intrigued by the Escape and what it has to offer. Looks a lot like a ship that fits our style. So, if some of you veteran cruisers can give us some tips, we'd greatly appreciate some feedback. I realize opinions are subjective but hearing about others experiences help. Thanks for your time and comments in advance.

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BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

We like Norwegian.  It's a very relaxed atmosphere. In our opinion, the food is much better than that of Carnival.  Lots of dining options, some you pay for....some you don't.   Cagneys is a great steakhouse. LeBistro is an excellent French option.  If you like the Japanese hibachi experience, Teppanyaki serves up some great fare.     Try to get the ultimate dining package.  On a ship that large, like the Breakaway, expect lines at the MDR at premium times. For some reason, people are shocked at this.  2000 +/- show up for dinner between 5 and 6:00 and everyone expects to be seated immediately. Really ?  Enjoy a nice meal a little later, say 7:00 or 8:00.  After all, where are you going ?  If you have a show to get to, they might make arrangements. I never tried it, but you can.  The bar drinks have gone up in price under the new CEO, but from what I hear, all the lines have gone up.  Order bottled water to your cabin ahead of time on line. 

Enjoy your cruise.

MnSqAtSea
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Thanks BAK1061. My wife and I have discussed the potential of lines and of a crowded pool area. All I have to say is "oh well". It's a vacation and it's a BIG ship. We'll find a place to chill. LOL. Thank you for your input.

Surferlou
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

We just returned from a 7 day cruise aboard the Escape and LOVED every minute. We have cruised on two other Norwegian ships (Epic and Jewel) and frankly had no problem with any of them, but I will say I liked the Escape the best. My wife and I enjoy the many options NCL offers for entertainment. Shows like "Legally Blonde" (hilarious but not for young kids) "Burn the Floor"-dance show and the dinner/magic show "Illusionarium" did not disappoint. There is a dueling piano bar, a blues bar, a comedy show, and then there are bars on the side of the ship with chairs and couches to chill on. We didn't opt for the specialty dining like previous cruises, as the food at the buffets, and complimentary restaurants were all quite good, and we made reservations ahead of time so you don't have to wait for a table. If you do choose to try one of the specialty restaurants, I recommend Cagneys and/or the Teppanyaki restaurant. I never had any problems with large crowds at dinner or at the pool. There is so much going on that I think it spreads the crowds out. Enjoy your cruise, and let us know what you think. Cheers!

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