Norwegian Escape Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Purser

7+ cruises


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3 out of 5

Outstanding production shows on new ship

Sail Date: January 30, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Norwegian Escape is new ship but not very luxurious......bland colors and small atrium area.  2 production shows were outstanding.....very entertaining and professional.  Food was good and plentiful but not offering much variety......wait service was poor and waits for food and service was long in all complimentary restaurants.  The Manhattan Room was very noisy with banging water storage cabinets....need door "softeners".  Dance floor very small and not accessible except to those seated close to band.  Casino was "generous" compared to most ship casinos. A good getaway cruise but lots of "nickel and diming" during the cruise for services such as room service and add-on's for fitness classes.  Good cruise director.  Very limited pool space and lounge space.  Helpful and courteous staff outside of restaurants.  Good on-board offer for future cruises.  Disembarkation was very lo-o-ong....a one hour wait in line meandering  thru the restaurant for those disembarking with their own luggage......not caused by customs.  Could not discern the cause of the long delay.  Overall, an enjoyable cruise that could be an awesome cruise with just a little effort on the part of NCL,

Cabin / Stateroom
Cabin was pleasant. glass enclosed shower with door was pleasant surprise. Room was very quiet. Housekeeper did an excellent job and was very accommodating to our "in's and out's". Use of lights to denote "Do not disturb" etc was appreciated.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Embarkation was excellent. Disembarkation was hour wait in line "snaking" thru a restaurant.
Ship Quality
The Manhattan Room was very noisy...water pitcher cabinets "bang" continually. Dance floor "limited" to those close to band....difficult to get to and very small.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Two production shows were outstanding and very professional. Comedians were "fair".
Service and Staff
Service was poor by wait staff in all complimentary restaurants. Very slow. Guests always waiting for service.
Food and Dining
Food was good and plentiful....often warm, not hot. No waiting lines at complimentary restaurants.


Although ship held 4200 passengers, we did not encounter lines or problems getting on and off at ports except for disembarkation (over an hour wait). The only issue with crowds was with activity in the Atrium and around the adult pool......lounge chairs everywhere.

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