Norwegian Escape Inaugural Cruise
Norwegian Escape Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas
Sail Date: November 11, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Escape
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 14409
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 2 years ago
The Norwegian Escape is a beautiful ship! This is a great ship for anyone looking to travel on one of the top 5 largest cruise ships, whether you're traveling as a couple, with family or friends, or even looking to get away by yourself.
The Escape offers a great array of food options. The complimentary dining in the Manhattan room was wonderful! The ship also offers complimentary dining in both Taste and Savor which offer the same menu at the Manhattan. If you are looking for a more upscale dining experience, Norwegian brought back many of their favorites, such as Cagney's Steakhouse, Le Bistro, Teppanyaki, La Cucina, and Moderno. They have also introduced several new restaurants on this ship such as Bayamo by Jose Garces. Food Republic, and Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville at Sea to name a few. I was able to have lunch at Margaritaville and they offered a great array of seafood, sandwiches, burgers, and salads.
The Mandara Spa onboard the Escape is one of the largest I've seen on any ship and offers some very unique spa experiences such as their Snow Room & Salt Room experiences. The Hydrotherapy Courtyard on this ship is a great place to spend your time on this ship if you are looking to relax and pamper yourself. Daily and Cruise passes are available to purchase (check with the spa for pricing) and gives you access to the Thermal Suite and Hydroptherapy pool. The courtyard also has heated tile loungers positioned with a perfect view of the ocean to relax on.
If you're looking for a more active experience on the ship, you'll want to visit Deck 16 where you can experience the Aqua Park which offers side-by-side Free Fall slides, the fastest waterslides at sea. Grab an inner tube and race through the twists and turns of their many waterslides onboard the ship. If you want to challenge yourself then head up to decks 18 and 19 where you must try the three story high ropes course which includes 3 ziplines and gives you the opportunity to walk the plank which extends 8 feet over the side of the ship! The Sports Complex also has a full sized basketball court, 9-hole mini golf course and bocce ball.
The Entertainment on board the ship is also great! The Million Dollar Quartet is one show you won't want to miss. It's 1 1/2 hours long so make reservations for the early show if think you'll have trouble staying awake for the late show. The comedy show at the Headliners Comedy Club was also great! The Escape has also introduced their all-new Supper Club cabaret show that includes dinner ($29.95 per person cover charge). The venue can only accommodate 150 people and reservations open up 120 prior to sailing so don't wait to book this if you want to see it!
The Escape offers a wider variety of staterooms to choose from on the ship. This ship does offer their studio staterooms which are designed for solo travelers. I thought the lighting in these rooms was really fun! Most of the furnishing in these rooms are all white and the lighting can be changed from blue to red to green, and so on. Fun! The bathrooms in all of the cabins are nice. I liked the fact that the shower has a glass door (frosted for privacy) and does provide room to move around. The one thing I didn't like is that the rooms are designed to be energy efficient. In order for the lights and power to work in your room, you have to insert your card into a slot when you enter your cabin. If you leave your cabin and want to leave something to charge, such as your phone or other electronics, then it won't charge unless you leave a card in the slot.
There are so many other things this ship offers that I wasn't able to touch on, but highly recommend it to everyone looking to escape on a wonderful cruise vacation!