Norwegian Escape to Canada and Maine

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

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 12

Overall rating:

4.2 out of 5
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Norwegian Escape

7 Night Canada & New England (New York Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 29, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Escape

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 12122

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

The places we visited were nice, but the cruising experience does not seem a good fit for us. The embarkations and disembarkations were a pain and seemed not well organized. Maybe a smaller ship would have been better; maybe it was just poorly planned and disorganized.

Embarkation

3 out of 5
The lady who handled our registration and document check was excellent as was her supervisor. Some of the other employees seemed uninformed and unhelpful. The whole process seemed a little disorganized and it was time consuming..

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The specialty dining rooms were very good. The buffet in the Garden Cafe had a very good variety of good food, but the food was uniformly under seasoned, probably to account for people with high blood pressure who need to reduce salt consumption.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
There were a lot of possible activities on the ship, such as ropes courses, miniature golf, water slides, etc. but we didn't use any of them. The weather was too cold for swiming.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
The comedy act we saw was excellent. The song and dance show, After Midnight, had great dancing and some great singing, although the singing was inconsistent. The on-board entertainment was not big on the list of things we wanted.

Children's Programs

No children.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
The room stewards were excellent. The restaurant service people was generally great. The people handling the embarkations and dis embarkations were generally not great.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship and facilities seemed new and in good condition. It was also huge.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We were completely satisfied with our cabin, which seemed in good shape and well designed. The seal on the shower did need some attention.

Ship tip

Do the shorter shore excursions. The longer ones are rushed and you don't get to do much.

Ports of call

New York, New York

5 out of 5
New York is GREAT, and we arrived 3 days early and thoroughly enjoyed two full days in New York.

Saint John, New Brunswick

2 out of 5
We did not do an excursion, which was a mistake because the town itself was only so so.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

3 out of 5
It is hard to rate Halifax itself because we went on a 7 hour bus excursion of the iconic towns of Nova Scotia. We were rushed from the ship to the bus and spent most of the 7 hours on the bus. Our excursion group which was on the longest excursion, was the next to last of twelve to be allowed to leave the ship. The time limit for getting back on the ship was 5:30 PM, and we arrived back at the terminal at 5:27. All of the shops in the terminal, which looked interesting and nice, had closed by then, so we did not get to shop. The tour guide was great, and we had a great meal at the first stop, Lunenburg, but the meal left us with 4 minutes to see the harbor. Overall it was not a good day.

Bar Harbor, Maine

5 out of 5
Bar Harbor was excellent, and we went on a shorter and very nice nature excursion. However the process of being tendered between the ship and shore seemed very disorganized and poorly planned.

Portland, Maine

5 out of 5
Again, we went on a shorter excursion which we enjoyed. The harbor and the lighthouses were magnificent.

Disembarkation

2 out of 5
The disembarkation was a long, frustrating process. Surely there was a better way to do it.
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