June 2017 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Escape
Way too big a ship for the 5200 Pax to accomodate comforably
If you like long lines everywhere, lack of elevators, noisy cabins, loose kids, drunks at so many available bars, crowds at buffets, this is the ship for you. When did NCL start charging $7.95 cover charge for room service? Forget the theater and the shows. The seats were cheap, no armrests to speak of, no aisle rails or mini table tops for drinks except a crappy cup holder that bit into your arms if you had no drink there. Brat Pack screamed the songs, Audio was so loud it kept your ears ringing afterwards. Someone was enamored with the ridiculous over usage of the Light show. The only redeeming show was the hypnosis show - excellent, keep him . The comedians were Ok...again reservation required for most shows, other wise standby...Food was average, steaks tough, service great however. Indian chefs on board... so much of there cuisine tended to sway that way, and not catering to US tastes too much...Except for hot dogs and hamburgers etc. Cabins dark décor not inviting, mini suite has great shower and roomy bathroom, balcony small, TV off to side and hard to watch from bedside, poor design of cabin, they are all narrow very little closet space and storage. AC was good. Cruise director needed to calm down a bit, raspy voice from screaming all the time, and strange Hong Kong friend that was attached to his hip at all times...What was that all about??? Kind of advertising too much LGBT stuff. During the newly wed game, jumping in laps of males, rubbing their heads, invading privacy of the male volunteers was a bit disgusting. I was surprised that the guests did not walk off stage at that point. Just too much in your face supposedly comedy. Too many bars with drunks, atrium was cheap and non existent. Casino was overdone too much space allowed for that. Too many pay to eat restaurants.
If you like crowds everywhere, cramped quarters go for the Escape.
Sorry we won't be back.