Norwegian Escape Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


Helpful Votes

3 out of 5

Has great potential

Sail Date: January 09, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Balcony

My family consisting of four adults, a four year old and 9 month old went on the Norwegian Escape on January 9th.  The overall appearance of the ship is absolutely beautiful!  The staff were extremely friendly and attentive, especially in the buffet and the kids splash academy.  The food was very good, however, we chose to mostly eat in the buffet since the dining room and sit down restaurants took too long, especially for our baby.  Our greatest complaint is that the public areas of the ship (i.e. pool deck, buffet, atrium, elevators) are not large enough to accommodate the 4,000 guests that it holds.  Everywhere we went, we had to deal with large crowds of people.  The elevators were always full so we had to wait a while for those as well.  The bars were also packed, so every time we wanted to get drinks we had to wait for a long time.  Mostly the pool deck is the worst part.  There are not enough pools, chairs and space to accommodate everyone, especially on days at sea when everyone is hanging out by the pool.  Every night in the middle of the night, I was kept awake by either creaking noises coming from the ceilings, or what sounded like bottles rolling and crashing above our room.  For a brand new ship, the Escape was very rocky the entire trip and very noisy as well.  In summary, the ship would be amazing if it had half as many guests!

Cabin / Stateroom
The cabin was very small. However, the bed was super comfy and the water pressure in the shower was amazing!
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Norwegian prides itself on "freestyle sailing", however, they need a lot more organization when it comes to disembarkation. they kept having to hold the lines due to congestion in the terminal. We stood in line for over an hour just to get off the ship!
Ship Quality
Very noisy in our stateroom every night from the walls and ceilings squeaking, as well as the ship's nonstop rockiness.
Destinations and Excursions
unless you like scuba diving or snorkeling, there is nothing else to do in Tortola.
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
Service and Staff
Food and Dining

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