Norwegian Escape Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Third Mate

7+ cruises


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1 out of 5

New does not mean great!

Sail Date: January 23, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Escape in NCL's new ship. 4,000 plus passengers and not enough crew to handle the load. The ship is poorly designed and more like a prison with little access to outside areas since the rooms occupy most of the available space. Bars shut down usually before midnight and dining options (other than the horrible garden buffet) limited on time. Not a good thing for the cruise line that boasts anytime dining freestyle cruising. We did not even get turndown service on our last night...lack of crew size. They nickel and dime you everywhere. Order room service after 10AM...surcharge. Specialty restaurants are all a la carte so prepare to pay New York or Miami prices unless you pick up the dining package. Drinks are very expensive and watered down. If we were to get a FREE cruise...NEVER AGAIN!

Cabin / Stateroom
Tiny, tiny, tiny. Barely fit comfortably on the balcony. Forget about breakfast.
Shower was OK and storage was good. Thats It!
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Over 2 hours to board...longer to get out...enough said.
Ship Quality
Very little outdoor is totally flawed.
Destinations and Excursions
Not the best of the Caribbean. Tortola, Nassau and St. Thomas. Three days at sea not acceptable.
Onboard Activities
Very little to do...pool area disgusting!
We had 2 great shows in the theater, however, the rest of the week was pretty lame. The comedy club talent was horrendous.
Service and Staff
Staff tries hard, but too few members for these many passengers.
Food and Dining
Specialty restaurants were very good...complimentary dining meant for dogs.
Miami, Florida
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Found a great beach...but had to leave early as ship only stayed till 3:00 PM.
Nassau, Bahamas
No comment!


Stay away from this ship....too many options for cruising in South Florida!

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