Not as nice as we expected

Norwegian Escape Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 09, 2016
Ship: Norwegian Escape
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

Never been on a ship this big or new, but some of the smaller/older ships we have been on were nicer.  Overall, not a bad cruise.  Food was okay, some days better than others.  We experienced long delays in main dining rooms.  Seating was relatively quick, but time between courses was painfully slow.  Sometimes 15 to 20 minutes between courses, making meal time last up to 2 hours. Buffet was good for the most part, but did not seemed to be well organized.  Lines tended to fill out into main walkway causing undue congestion. Main theater entertainment was between excellent and awful. Million Dollar Quartet show was excellent! Comedy show was terrible! Not only was Comedy Show not funny, but it was lased with inappropriate language and dialog.  After Midnight was well preformed, but also contained inappropriate language and references.  This all in the main theater, while underage children were present. Too many extra charge restaurant, shows etc.  Really only two major main theater shows over the seven day cruise (After Midnight and Million Dollar Quartet).  Shows were repeated several days. Free entertainment around ship was lacking and mediocre at best. Room was nice, crew was nice, service desk seemed nice and willing to help with any concerns. It seems the ships biggest selling point is the rope course and water slides.  

Unless you plan on using these everyday, I think you could get better value for your money on other ships.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Not the best, not the worst. Service was slow in main dining and 24 hr restaurant. Buffet was okay to good depending on day.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Rope course, slides, mini golf, etc.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Really only two main shows. Free entertainment around the ship was lacking. Too many extra charge shows etc.

Children's Programs

Although we did not use any of these, there seemed to be lots of activities and programs for children.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Crew was cordial and seemed willing to help

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Ship was nice, but not grandeur.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
First room we were assigned had a damaged hanging bunk bed. We were told no other rooms were available as the ship was full. However, after they viewed the damage, they reassigned us to the room next door. That room was fine.

Ship Tip

Lots of people on board. They do a pretty good job of spreading the crowd, but be aware it can get really crowded at times.

3 out of 5
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