Norwegian Escape Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Third Mate

4-6 cruises


Helpful Votes

2 out of 5

Overall NCL Review Cons & Pros

Sail Date: March 19, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

#1 - Unfortunately, we unknowingly scheduled our vacation during Florida's spring break (we are from KY) and we learned that Floridians cruise for spring break.  We love children and have 5 of our own, but this was an adult only trip so being surrounded by kids was not in our agenda.  Parents seem to think since they are on a cruise that they do not have to monitor their kids at all and NCL did not seem to want to take care of the disruption that was being caused by unmonitored kids.  It was our fault for not checking the dates but it will never happen again.  


#2 - NCL is selling more promotions than they can fulfill.   If you purchased a NCL cruise with the dining package promotion, it is very difficult to get reservations into the restaurants because the packages have been oversold.  There are only so many seats in each specialty restaurants and there is not enough room for everyone who had the dining packages.   This seem to be a common problem for most of the cruisers.  I felt sorry for the restaurant managers because they were being treated awful by passengers who could not get a reservation into their restaurant, but it is not their fault.  


#3 - We loved the Levity Comedy Group but found that a lot of the same material was being used multiple nights in the shows.  I would think that they should have different material for every night they are scheduled to perform which on average is 3-4 nights out of the 7.  They were really funny but just needed more material.  


#4 - We purchased an Aft Cabin this time (this is our 3rd NCL cruise) and absolutely loved it.  We were on deck 9 Aft and the balcony was huge and completely private.  There is also less wind and much less noise in the aft.


#5 - The ropes course is really fun, even for adults!  I am assuming the water slides were great too, but there were so many kids that the waits were for almost 2 hours and there is no way I am waiting that long for a water slide.  


#6 - If you are trying to decide between the Getaway and Escape, I would choose the Getaway.  We cruised the Getaway last year and had very few problems compared to the Escape.  




Cabin / Stateroom
Our Aft-Facing cabin was wonderful. The balcony was huge and completely private.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Embarking was fine but Disembarking was horrible. They give you the option to take your own luggage and leave earlier but it seemed everyone took that option and it took hours of waiting in line to get off the ship.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Out of the 3 excursions, we only booked one through NCL. The others we did on our own
Onboard Activities
I think I could have given this a smiley face but there were so many kids that we did not get to experience much of the onboard activities because the kids took the areas over.
The comedians were really funny but used some of the same material several times.
Service and Staff
The overall friendliness of the Escape crew was lacking. We came across 3 crew members that were actually friendly and enjoyable.
Food and Dining
If you are able to get into the speciality restaurants, they are wonderful.

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