This was an overall great cruise! We enjoyed our time on and off the ship! The ship was beautiful and lots to keep us entertained! We really liked the walk way around the outside of the ship on level 8!
We enjoyed the ports of call, except Costa Maya. The food was outstanding, the best I have ever had on a cruise. I would not sail on this ship again because of the busyness and the number of people on the ship.
It would've been a perfect trip if the ship didn't change course due to the medical emergency. I truly hope that person is ok but at the same time I really really wish the ship didn't change course from the itinerary which I booked and purchased for. If your ship ever has to change course for whatever reason, it will be a mess to change anything you planned and booked for outside the cruise line. I spent a lot of time and effort researching where we were going and booking so that's where my disappoint comes from and dealing with the changing and cancelling the excursion bookings. The ship and its amenities are world class.
The food waisvery good, the service was very good, the ports were nice.
The negatives were that they allow smoking in the casino, no bottled water is included in the beverage package, and there is no little pastry shop or coffee shop included with the cruise.
Of my 13 cruises, definitely the worse I have been on. Only because I got food poisoning, was sicker than I have been in 30 years and had to go to hospital for IV and a $2000 cash only bill. Was then quarantined to room for 24 hours. Had 1 port and 8 excursions cancelled due to weather. Was cloudy everyday and only in 60's in Bahamas. Third time on this ship in 3 years. Kids had a great time and made memories they won't forget so for that reason, it was worthwhile.
If you are mobility impaired, tender ports are VERY challenging. For the ESCAPE (and all large ships), rent from SPECIAL Needs at Sea for mobility equipment. Be prepared to wait. Service and entertainment on this ship - top notch. Mobility impaired guests will not be able to enjoy all the ship's amenities (i.e. pool, hot tubs), but most public areas (restaurants, entertainment venues) are handicap-friendly.
Overall a good cruise experience. Onboard reservation screens and phone application did not allow passengers to see what reservations or events they had made. Wait times for restaurant service was a bit slow versus other experiences but food was excellent in main dinning areas. There is really no need for a specialty dinning package.
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