Norwegian Escape Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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5 out of 5

Way more than we expected

Sail Date: November 12, 2016

Reviewed: 5 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Wife and I decided to try NCL for the first time to celebrate my 60th b'day. Confess we were a little concerned with many of the reviews about being crowded, noisy and even recent bouts of noro-virus. Well, it was a blast!


Embarkation- a breeze, 10 minutes to get onboard.

Debarkation- well organized, a breeze to get out, we were lucky customs was not crowded. 20-25 minutes from ship to pick-up area

Service-excellent, courteous and friendly

Cabin- comfortable and adequate storage space, but for two people. Bathroom was real big and shower awesome

Food- From excellent to good, we had the specialty dining package and all were excellent except Cagney's. Don't go if you have to pay.  Buffet was crowded at times, food not great, but acceptable if you are in between meals

UBP is the best part, no receipts to sign, mostly all is covered and plenty of bars around the ship.

Entertaiment- From excellent to regular, depending on age and tastes. 

Beatiful ship, Waterfront is in a class by itself


Pool- well, tiny for such a big ship, very crowded and noisy, lots of drunk people. (if you definetely must go, well so be it, but there are plenty of choices and secluded areas with hot tubs to relax and enjoy)

Casino is an open concept, so there's a lot of smokers and it spreads to the whole deck 7, up to 8 and down to 6. 

Overall, for us it was a really good experience. Probably will do it again.




Cabin / Stateroom
Mini-suite, comfortable for both of us, not so if you travel 3+, it has a sofa-bed and a pull-down bed. Bathroom is the best we have seen in this category and we have been in 8 different ships. Shower is awesome for a ship!
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Well organized, fast and simple
Ship Quality
Excellent in all aspects
Destinations and Excursions
We love sea days, so mainly we chose this ship for this. Almost 4 sea days for us is great, maybe not for most. Just went to the beach in Tortola
Onboard Activities
Something for all tastes and age groups
Service and Staff
Excellent. Wife has special dietary needs. We are very grateful to Asst. Maitre D' Marija Davidovic and Leonora Bernard for going well beyond their duties to accomodate her the whole trip.
Food and Dining
mostly great to good, MDR (2), real good, specialty are great, Cagney's not so


There's something for all to enjoy. Just do your research and get to know the ship before travelling and enjoy, after al, that's the purpose.

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