Norwegian Escape Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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7+ cruises


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3 out of 5

Not as nice as we expected

Sail Date: January 09, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

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.

Cabin / Stateroom
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.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Not the best, not the worst. Stairs were blocked during disembarkation, which force you to us the elevator. Unfortunately the elevators were jammed. This was the also the case many times during the cruise. Long waits only to be greeted by a full elevator.
Ship Quality
Ship was nice, but not grandeur.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Rope course, slides, mini golf, etc.
Children's Programs Although we did not use any of these, there seemed to be lots of activities and programs for children.
Really only two main shows. Free entertainment around the ship was lacking. Too many extra charge shows etc.
Service and Staff
Crew was cordial and seemed willing to help
Food and Dining
Not the best, not the worst. Service was slow in main dining and 24 hr restaurant. Buffet was okay to good depending on day.


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.

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