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Norwegian Escape Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 11

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
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7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 22, 2017
Ship: Norwegian Escape
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9714
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 8 months ago

     Our recent cruise on the NCL Escape was our 25th cruise (all different ships). We have attained Diamond status on Royal Caribbean because we like their big ships. The Escape is comparable to RCCL's Quantum class - the second largest class of cruise ships overall. Carnival, Princess, and Disney have nothing that comes close. We believe that "more is better"!

     We loved the ship, however, we have one major observation - there is not much easy food to be had anywhere other than in the Garden Café on the deck 16. O'Sheehan's on deck 7 is a sit-down restaurant. There is no pizza, paninis, pastries, self-serve coffee, or hot dogs to be had upon returning to the ship from a shore excursion or any other time, other than trekking to the Garden Cafe for all the above. I know that it's a competitive industry and that NCL chooses to offer free drink packages (very costly); unfortunately at the expense of the food offered onboard. Entrée portions are small (I know I could order another, but why?) and there was no lobster night in the free dining rooms - even the Carnival Magic in November offered free lobster.

     A ship this size could use another swimming pool. The Anthem of the Seas has 3+!

     The water slides and the ropes course are the "best at sea"!

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
The food was not impressive.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5
Excellent variety!

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
With free drink package for most, it's GYOB - Get Your Own Beer (drinks)! Very few waiters around!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

If you like big cruise ships, the NCL Escape is the "Best of the Rest" behind Royal Caribbean's big ships!

3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Cane Garden Bay is a "must see"!
5 out of 5
Junkanoo Beach in Nassau is a 15 minute walk from the ship with no admission. You can rent a beach chair or lay on your towel for free. The water is beautiful. You can admire your ship from there. Vendors offer drinks and food.
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