NCL Escape

Norwegian Escape Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 7

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: October 01, 2016
Ship: Norwegian Escape
Cabin Type: Suite
Cabin Number: 17726
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 1 year ago

We enjoyed our 2 bedroom Haven Suite which was very comfortable and spacious.  Movies were included free of charge and our butler Gonsalvo was awesome.  He went out of his way to pop us popcorn everyday because my daughter loves popcorn.  However, NCL has made many changes in the last 3 years and we are not happy with them. First, they no longer allow passengers to bring bottled water on board but even if you purchase the ultimate drink package, they don't include bottled water.  They charge $6.00 for a liter which adds up to a very hefty non-alcoholic drink bill.  They no longer have a set price for specialty restaurants.  You have to pay a la carte for the menu items which again translates to a larger bill.  The excursion prices seem to have sky rocketed as well.  Nothing is affordable with NCL anymore and the menu for the inclusive dining is just mediocre at best.  Lastly, there is no longer a final jackpot bingo where the "BIG" jackpot must be won.  If you don't have a cover all by the 47th ball, you play to win the consolation prize of $1000 and that is it.  The ultimate bingo package costs $69 and if you add up how many passengers played during the course of the week and the amount of the prizes given away, NCL is pocketing ALOT of the proceeds.  As a platinum latitudes member, and a Diamond Plus Crown & Anchor member of RCCL, I think I will stick with Royal for awhile as the perks on Royal's rewards program  are so much more generous than what I get with NCL.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food was just so so. Over priced a la carte specialty dining is a turn off. Even with the ultimate dining plan, you are limited as to the orders of appetizers, one entree and one dessert.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


1 out of 5
Very disappointed with the shows on board the Escape. Nothing spectacular or exciting.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Our cabin was clean, spacious and very comfortable. The bed was great and we really loved the bathroom and shower.

Ship Tip

Bring cash if you plan to gamble in the casino as there is a charge of 3% to withdraw or charge to the cabin.

5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Cane Garden Bay has a nice beach with chairs and umbrellas for rental. Take a shuttle van for $8 per adult children half price. About a 25-30 minute ride and so much cheaper than doing a beach excursion.
1 out of 5
This port of call was canceled due to Hurricane Mathew. We would have gone to the "Fish Fry" for lunch if we had docked.
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