NCL Escape to the Bahamas
Review SummaryAmazing and peaceful time on the Escape!
Food and Dining
Cagney’s has to probably be my favorite restaurant in the NCL fleet. The steak is high quality and always cooked to perfection. I also never receive anything less than superb service and because I dine many times on each trip, I get to know the service staff and Maitre’d. Another thing I like is the atmosphere of the restaurant as it’s dark and has a warm feeling. On a couple occasions I’ve dined on the Waterfront and enjoyed the sounds of the waves as I was eating dinner. If you want an absolutely amazing meal then I would highly recommend Cagney’s.
The studio lounge is a nice perk for those staying in a studio room. You have access to water, juices, coffee, and pastries throughout the day. You can even meet and socialize with other solo guests in the comfortable lounge seating. This space is also where you will meet every night for a social hour before heading to dinner or a show with the group if you choose.
This is another specialty restaurant I dine at least once at during my cruise. On some ships it’s Bayamo and on others it’s Ocean Blue. The seafood is fresh and prepared in an elegant fashion. The filet is also tender and cooked perfectly. When using the dining package there is a small up charge but I feel it is worth it. You will also need to wear appropriate attire as they do have a dress code, but it’s nothing too formal.
District Brew House
If you love beer or want to try ones that maybe you have never had, than District Brewhouse is the place to be! They have over 20 beers on tap and many many more in bottles so there is sure to be one that will please your taste buds. The atmosphere is also relaxing as there are tables along windows with a view of the ocean as you are sailing the blue waters. Or sit at the bar and socialize with fellow passengers or the extremely friend beertenders. They do have a limited selection of liquor but this is the place you go for beer! At night there is also a piano player to take your requests and sing a long with.
Le Bistro is one of the specialty restaurants that I need to dine at least once at. Primarily because the have the best French Onion soup that I have ever had. The broth has so much onion flavor that it seems like it’s been cooking for days and then you have the gooey cheese that makes it even more amazing. The other food is just as good and I highly recommend trying it at least once. This is one of the restaurants that has a dress code so make sure you are dressed appropriately.
The fitness center on Escape has a large variety of machines, weights, treadmills, elliptical’s or anything else you could want to try and keep the weight down from all the delicious food. There are even classes you can sign up for.
Cruise ship casinos always get a bad rap for not paying out because they are not as regulated as land based casinos. This might be true, but if you’re gambling to win a jackpot than maybe you should not be gambling. The casino on Escape has many table games, craps, and roulette for those who want better odds. There is also a large amount of slot machines in a variety of denominations. Some people have luck and others do it for entertainment. Always use a players card though because you can get free perks like premium beverages while gambling, additional OBC, priority embarkation, or a free cruise...etc. Some of those perks are worth losing some money here and there!
The thermal suite is always a must for me while on vacation. It is a nice place to just lay and relax while watching the world pass before your eyes. Then you can go into the hydro pool or a hot tub to relax even more. After that you can go into the steam room, sauna, salt bath, or even a snow room to cool off. One can easily spend a half a day just getting away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the cruise.
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Make sure to explore the whole ship as soon as you can as it is quite a big one. You will probably find your favorite hangout and will know where to go.