Norwegian Escape Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4 out of 5

SAILING THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Sail Date: July 31, 2016

Reviewed: 3 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

On July 31 through August 6, 2016 I took my 21st cruise aboard NCL's Escape.  Having experienced 11 cruises with NCL I can accurately state that the Escape is a modern, floating marvel sailing from port to port.  The ship itself consists of several different venues in an attempt to provide a little something for everyone.   However, it is the main pool area which is a failure aboard this vessel.  Sandwiched between the water slide section and the children's  water park is the adult pool area commonly referred to as the "chlorinated soup pot."  The smallness of the pool and its surrounding area made it difficult to have any poolside activities or even to dance when the bands were playing.  That, combined with the difficulty in obtaining seating by the pool, was extremely disappointing even with the distribution of cold towels and strawberry smoothies by the NCL staff.

My cabin was a spa mini suite located on deck 15 forward.  It had a balcony and offered unlimited access to the spa's thermal suites.  The bed was comfortable and when the gentle rocking of the ship was added to it, a fabulous night's sleep was guaranteed.  The rain head shower complete with body jets and the double sink area in the bathroom further complimented the accommodations. 

Nightly shows aboard the Escape although extremely enjoyable, represented standard cruise ship entertainment. 

There was a variety of delicious food choices in all of the restaurants and the  live musical features during dinner in the Manhattan Room greatly enhanced the evening meal.  The specialty restaurants of Le Bistro, Cagney's and Moderno although requiring a separate fee, all lived up to what was expected of them.  At Sugarcane's, the mojito bar,  the unique flavor of their raspberry guava mojito should not be missed. 

My three shore excursions were all acceptable and included a fun filled day at the beach:  Tabiyana Beach, Passion Island and Balmol in the Bahamas (prevented from going to Belize due to hurricane).

Traveling aboard the Escape is mostly a family fueled agenda with plenty of activities for the kids. I, personally, would have preferred to have had more adult themed activities in light of the lack of space at the main pool area.

In any event, an excellent vacation experience was had by all with unbelievably, new and fantastic memories being made aboard the NCL Escape . 

Thanks to the crew and staff for their part in making my dream come true.Love

Cabin / Stateroom
My cabin was upgraded to a spa mini suite on deck 15 and it was totally awesome. I loved it and will always consider that type of accommodations when traveling in the future.
Ship Quality
Cleanliness was excellent. Ship design needs some rethinking. During dinner one night in the Manhattan Room a child at one of the tables near mine vomited and the family just got up and left. When the waiter came to change the table linens he was met with the grossness the family left behind. Immediately a cleaning crew came to the table and removed all of the items in hazmat bags and thoroughly cleaned the area. It was disgusting.
Destinations and Excursions
Shore excursions were great and this was my 4th time at Passion Island. I did not want to go to the Bahamas but had no choice due to a hurricane. At least it was another beach day.
Onboard Activities
With the small pool area more activities would have been appreciated.
Children's Programs
Plenty of things for kids of all ages to do and they seemed to be having the time of their little lives.
Entertainment
The shows were great but we were unable to see one of the shows because there was no available seating on any of the days.
Service and Staff
Great, professional staff even though some of them did not seem to be that happy they performed their duties to perfection. My favorite was Richard the room steward, Stephanie in Moderno and Igor at the bar.
Food and Dining
Very good even with the recycling of items in the Garden Cafe.
Miami, Florida
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
The chicken, coconut rice and beans was devine. Lemonade and ice tea lacking.
Belize City, Belize
Belize was eliminated from our itinerary due to hurricane.
Cozumel, Mexico
I have been to Passion Island 4 times and always enjoy it. The meal is not gourmet but okay. The sea was a little rough when we arrived due to hurricane but the water was still great.

Tip

Pool loungers are limited so get there early.



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