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

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 4

Overall rating:

2.4 out of 5
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Norwegian Escape

7 Night Canada & New England (New York Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 08, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Escape

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9746

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 10 months ago

Review summary

It was uneventful, crowded, worse than my first cruise years ago with Carnival. I tried NCL and strayed from Celebrity. Will never cruise NCL again.


1 out of 5
Definition: "Embarkation day means leaving all your cares behind as you enter into vacationland, where the drinks flow freely, the chores are left to others and all you need to do is relax and have fun. At least, that's what we all want it to be." It was anything but pleasurable. It was a complete nightmare.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

2 out of 5
Buffet was overcrowded, little to no seating if you went for breakfast. Long lines for buffet. One buffet for 4233 guests. A bust. We kept our dining experience out of the long buffet lines. Ate at complimentary restaurants for dinner and O'Sheehans for breakfast every single day. Great waitstaff but same menu 3 items and no changes from day to day.

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
If you can get seats or get close enough to participate it may have been acceptable. Fitness center was the "star" that was given. It was the only place there weren't long lines and pushing.


3 out of 5
Choir of Men...excellent. Unable to get into Magic Show and Comedy Show.

Children's Programs

Did not travel with children

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Excellent service from all of the above throughout the entire cruise . Only good thing about cruise was staff.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Common areas were clean, layout tight and needs more space to accommodate over 6000 +guests and staff. Tight squeeze.

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
Old, worn, tired looking. Very disappointed at the size. Rather have slept on the balcony than in that in the dinghy tiny room with the stained and torn draperies. Other guests told us that they paid much less for a window room that had lots of space and a huge bathroom. They even had two tv's. Celebrity CL puts NCL to shame. Sofa bed cushions worn and stained. Gross. We threw our luggage on the "sofa" not to see the stains (aside from the fact we had NO WHERE to put the luggage).

Ship tip

Do your homework and take the cruise on a different cruise line.

Ports of call

New York, New York

1 out of 5

Bar Harbor, Maine

4 out of 5
Rip off shore excursion. We could have walked to the quaint town of Bar Harbor, which was friendly and lovely. The town was the reason for the 4 stars. Price of shore off!!!

Halifax, Nova Scotia

2 out of 5
Hop on hop Off bus...stay away.. 40 year old double decker buses with lots of offensive odors and very tiny seats. I am a small person and barely fit next to my husband on those seats. Anyone over 200 lbs. needs two seats. Screechy brakes, noisy clutch super bumpy ride. Not worth the money. Take a private cab. Two stars for the shopping area at the port. Nothing to see in Halifax. Imagined little fishing villages and quaint little town. Nothing but buildings and run down homes.

Saint John, New Brunswick

3 out of 5
Good city, better than than Halifax. Grabbed a Benz van for excursion, ten people. Much better than Hop on Hop Off bus. Cost half the price.


4 out of 5
Long lines but better organized. 4 stars for getting off the NCL cruise, not a memorable experience.
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