Norwegian Escape Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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Experience
4-6 cruises

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4 out of 5

Fun on the high seas

Sail Date: August 20, 2016

Reviewed: 3 months ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

We had a great time on the Norwegian Escape. The ship is absolutely amazing, along with the staff, food and ports. We especially appreciate Maureen, our port shopping guide, always friendly and informative. Christian our room steward remembered our names the first day and help create a wonderful vacation. The photography group took some amazing photos and were always working to capture our vacation. My sons practically lived in Entourage, the teen club. The cruise directing staff was always busy and there was way to much to choose from to get it all in. Our biggest complaint was the spa, we scheduled two massages when we boarded and from there it seemed that we were sold and sold, charging us for treatments we had not received and spending more time selling us overpriced products than helping us relax. After a 50 minute massage we were used car salesman sold for 30 minutes. We will take the cruise again, but avoid the spa.Happy

Cabin / Stateroom
The cabin was large and roomy for a cruise ship and Christian our steward was fantastic
Embarkation and Disembarkation
We were on the ship by noon and our room was ready. Disembarkation in Miami was the most seamless of all the ports we have arrived at.
Ship Quality
The ship was immaculate and we still sing washy, washy.
Destinations and Excursions
We had a fantastic excursion on the Marabella Catamaran in St Martaan. The staff was great the beach lovely. All the ports were beautiful, but you must watch your back and yourself.
Onboard Activities
My sons loved Entourage and we enjoyed the dancing and themed nights.
Children's Programs
Entertainment
The shows were amazing, especially Scotty Cavanaugh gold medal juggler and the Brat Pack which will touch your heart if you remember the 80's. The Cotton Club show was also fantastic and even held our teenage sons attention. The clubs and themed nights wre very loud, but fun.
Service and Staff
Maureen is the ticket if you want to shop in port. I highly recommend attending her seminars for discounts and bargains.
Food and Dining
Our dinner at the Japanese restaurant was incredible and our chef so entertaining.
Miami, Florida
Don't stay at the best Western and make arrangements for Transportation to the ship. The hotel gave free shuttle service to the airport was $10/pp to the ship. When we returned we used MAShuttles and it was $30.00 for all of us and we had more room in the van.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
St. Maarten was clean and lovely, shopping was good. We had purchased an excursion on the Marabella Catamaran and would do it again. The crew was great and snorkeling and beach were paradise.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
For an American St. Thomas was wonderful. Most of the islanders we met were from Wisconsin and the Midwest. We did not have good weather, so we didn't make it to the beach. Shop here as you get twice as much duty free and the have some great rum Bones and Jumbie" are our favorite.
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Tortola was beautiful and clean, but very expensive and they would not bargain like they did in other ports. The people were warm and friendly, but don't shop in this port, go to the beach.
Nassau, Bahamas
Shopping in the Bahamas is always great and my sons love to bargain at the straw market. We went to Paradise Beach for the afternoon and it was dirty and full of garbage. They were running scams on the beach chairs and you need to watch yourself. The tourist on the beach helped us out and are watching each others backs. If you go stay away from the resort area of the RIU and Atlantis, when you get to the beach go to the right and get out of the crowd. You will be hounded until you get far enough down the beach. Don't rent the lounge chairs!!

Tip

Bring your wallet drinks are expensive and even though dinning room is included there is a $13.50 per person charge at every meal. The service was worth it. STAY AWAY FROM THE SPA!!!



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