A Winter "escape" on Norwegian Escape

Norwegian Escape Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 30, 2016
Ship: Norwegian Escape
Cabin Type: Suite
Cabin Number: 17100
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

I vacation every year over my birthday to get away from the Midwest winter weather.  We delayed our trip by one week this year in order to get our chosen cabin.  It was worth the wait!  We had a forward suite in the Haven and it was exceptional!  Our cabin was available as soon as we boarded the ship around 11AM.  Check in was flawless!  The suite was beautiful with the best "front porch" a girl could ask for during a week at sea.  I was worried that it would be very windy while sailing, but this was not the case at all.  We enjoyed breakfast on the balcony most mornings!  The Haven was lovely as always.  I will say that I prefer the sun deck on the Epic, but the solarium was lovely.  The dining room was awesome, with a nice outdoor option as well.  The food was all excellent!  We did not try the main dining rooms, but did eat at Le Bistro, The Food Republic, Cagney's, and Pincho's Tapas Bar.  These were all very good! We did have the dining package, but still had to pay discounted ala carte fees at the Food Republic and Pincho's.  It was worth it.  We also tried Margaritaville and this was the only disappointment.  The margarita was terrible and the nachos were "OK".   I don't know, maybe this was disappointing after all the other gourmet food and drink we had been enjoying. Tours in St. Thomas (Tree Limin Zip Line) and Tortola ( sail to Jost Van Dyke) were awesome.  I made these reservations on the NCL website before sailing. We also did the beach break to Atlantis in Nassau.  We hit a cloudy day, so we did not stay at the beach long, but there is plenty more to see and do at this resort.  I was disappointed that there was no bar near the beach to get a drink and there are all kinds of people trying to sell you this, that, and something else on the beach.  The casino on the ship was pretty decent and we also did a wine and chocolate pairing at the wine bar.  The After Midnight show was excellent.  We also saw the Brat Pack and the Wine Tasting luncheon show.  The Brat Pack was OK and the food was a little "weird".  The Wine show was fun with an excellent lunch.  Overall, the ship was great.  We did not spend much time in the main pool area, but it was always busy.  If you have not tried the Haven and want to splurge, this is the place to be!  This was my 9th cruise and the 3rd experience in the Haven.  There is no turning back!!!


Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Perfect! Loved, loved, loved the forward balcony!!!!

Ship Tip

The ship was lovely! Try the Haven!!!

3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Try Cafe Amalie in Palm Passage!!!
3 out of 5
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