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

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Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 55

Overall rating:

3.9 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: Balcony

Cabin number: 14726

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

This is a HUGE ship--about double the size of the mid-sized ships we prefer. The balcony cabins were okay, but smaller and quite spartan compared with many of other ships we've sailed on (the balconies were small too). There were NO drawers in the cabins or the cabin bathrooms, and lacked ANY handles on closet and cabinet doors--they just had cheap holes to stick your fingers in. Cabin lighting was poorly planned, and awkward to work. Nearly everything on the ship looked "cheap" and plasticky, from cabin decor to the austere-looking 'theatre', which more resembled a drab college lecture auditorium. If we wanted to attend a show, we had to stand in long lines for advance tickets. The food was quite good overall, but all complimentary dining was "freestyle", and we really missed the 'assigned' seating choices of other cruise lines. There was a disturbing lack of elevators and stairwells for cruisers (like us) in the forward third of the ship. The Italian captain spoke poor-to-fair English, which made it difficult for us to understand his announcements. The staff was very nice and helpful--our room attendant "Arnold" was outstanding. All in all, it was a pleasant cruise, but this Norwegian ship just didn't have any "Wow" appeal. The colorful graphics painted on the outside (of the forward hull) were the brightest features in the entire ship's decor.

Embarkation

4 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

Children's Programs

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5

Ship tip

Be aware there are only two banks of elevators to serve 4400 passengers.

Ports of call

New York, New York

4 out of 5

Portland, Maine

4 out of 5

Bar Harbor, Maine Did not visit port

Saint John, New Brunswick

4 out of 5

Halifax, Nova Scotia

3 out of 5

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
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