Disappointing New England-Canada Cruise

Norwegian Escape Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

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Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 26

Overall rating:

3.3 out of 5
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Norwegian Escape

7 Night Canada & New England (New York Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 23, 2018

Ship: Norwegian Escape

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 9800

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

I have cruised 3 other NCL ships and never had these problems.


4 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food and service in Carney’s and Bayamo Restaurants were poor. Food in Main dining rooms was very good, but service was poor.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Many activities in Atrium were over crowded leaving no place to sit or see what was happening even on large screen.


2 out of 5
After Midnight was excellent. Brat Pack was x-rated for over 18 only and even then was offensive and music was loud and not familiar songs as advertised. Chorus of Man was good, but again was not familiar songs as advertised. Howling at the Moon was excellent, but chairs were too uncomfortable to sit thru show, and area was packed with not even standing room available if late arriving. Would have liked more shows in main theater.

Children's Programs

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Staff were friendly, but not enough staff. Had to wait for service and were never offered extras like coffee with dessert and refills of water during meals unless requested. Room steward was attentive, but no extras.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Not enough elevators.

Cabin / Stateroom

2 out of 5
Design did not leave enough room to get suitcases between beds and desk. NEED DRAWERS. Loved bathroom, but did not have special shower with extra jets as advertised.

Ship tip

Take packing cubes or folding baskets because there are no drawers to organize belongings on shelves.

Ports of call

New York, New York

4 out of 5
Tour of NYC with drop off at airport included visit to 9/11 Memorial Site which I really wanted to see.

Portland, Maine

4 out of 5
Liked seeing Bush home at Kennebunkport.

Bar Harbor, Maine Did not visit port

Saint John, New Brunswick

4 out of 5

Halifax, Nova Scotia

3 out of 5
Waited over an hour in line to board Hop On, Hop Off bus. They refused to allow buses to depart quicker than the 20-30 minutes interval. If we had known this, we could have done something else and arrived later. There were no places to sit while waiting.


4 out of 5
Better signage in terminal to direct passengers to excursion areas.
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