Norwegian Escape Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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5 out of 5

Escape Family Cruise 1-23-16

Sail Date: January 23, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Suite

We are a retired couple who cruised with our adult son and four 20 something grandchildren.  First cruise for the grands.  We and our son were in an M6 mini suite with large balcony on deck 8. This class of mini are all located forward on deck 8.   This is a great location near both Food Republic, the District Brew House and The Waterfront.  Very close to the aft stairs and elevators and the mid ship shops, casino, atrium and restaurants are a short walk away. The Waterfront is wonderful quiet place to relax with large padded couches and chairs with outside bars nearby.  We ate in outside restaurant seating twice here.  Our large balcony had two lounge chairs and two regular chairs and a round table.  A small overhang near the sliding door provides some shade while the remainder of the balcony is open.  The bathroom is very large in the M6 with a double sink and huge glassed shower with multiple body sprays and rain shower.  The only flaw with the cabin is that it is a tight squeeze to get into the hanging part of the closet due to the close proximity of the couch.  Plenty of shelving for storage.  We found it to be very quiet, with no noise from the adjoining cabins, waterfront areas or the Brew House which had evening entertainment.


We all had dining packages and ate at specialties 6 nights.  We found the food quality to be excellent, even in the buffet, which had carving stations and multiple stations with a large variety of food to fit any palate.  I could be completely happy just dining here.  Finding a seat by the window was never a problem.  Surprisingly, in Le Bistro, a favorite on other ships, our service was very poor and not at all what we had experienced in the past.  Otherwise, service was excellent.  Most of us had drinks packages as well, and we experienced no difficulty with service that some have complained of.


Biggest disappointment was that the dinner show, For the Record, the Brat Pack, was cancelled for the entire week due to an injury.  But because there is so much other entertainment going on in the theatre, Headliners with comedy, Howl at the Moon, live music in 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar and the District, as well as deck parties at night, you would need to clone yourself to take it all in.  The theatre show  

For the Record, in my opinion is the best show I have ever seen on a cruise ship.  This show is currently touring nationally and is not a ship production.  You would pay well over $100 to see this in Vegas rather than $0.  The real dud in this ships entertainment is After Midnight.  If you had not read some background to learn it is based on Harlem's Cotton Club of the 30's, you would have no idea.  No story line, poor dancing, IMO.  There were many who made an early getaway, like ourselves, and this is something we have never done at a show.  They need to scrap this show.

Cabin / Stateroom
Love this location. Second time we have chosen it.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Check in was smooth with no delays. But a computer problem then delayed boarding until 1:30 or 2:00. We did easy walk off with our bags. Many people chose this option, so the line was long. We were off by around 8:00 am. If you have the time, have your bags picked up the night before, have a leisurely breakfast and wait for the crowds to thin before walking off.
Ship Quality
The ship was spotless. Lovely decor. Love the Waterfront design of the "Away" ships.
Destinations and Excursions
Getting a little bored with the eastern Caribbean ports. Tortola was new for us, but with a 3:00 sailaway it is difficult to do much. We passed on the excursion to Virgin Gorda's Baths as we heard the ships excursion has been a disaster of late and because of the early sailaway it was a risk to use the public ferries. All so that NCL could somehow save a buck somewhere.
Onboard Activities
The slides and ropes courses were a hit with our young folks. With all the entertainment and activities, I don't know how anyone could be bored on this ship.
No Brat Pack show for the entire week due to injury. We had notice in our cabin upon boarding. So why could not a replacement been available?
Service and Staff
This is our third cruise with Bong who is in the Sugarcaine Mojito Bar. Great bartender and funny. We love him!
Food and Dining
Miami, Florida
We like to stay in the downtown area. We can walk down to the Bayfront Marina shops and restaurants and it's close to the port.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
You have a long day here, until 6:00 pm, so take advantage and get over to St John. Just beautiful. Take the cable car up to Paradise Point overlooking the harbor, and sea. Just a fantastic view on the outside covered balcony while sipping a Bushwhacker or two.


You may book shows and dining at 90 days out, 100 in a suite. Specialty "reservations" are hard to come by. Note I said "reservations". However, if you can't get one, just try walking up to the podium. We did one night and our party of 7 was seated immediately.

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