1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We got the perfect cabin in the perfect ship! We had a mid ship balcony, very close to the elevators, on the Starboard side. Perfect views from the balcony; The Statue Of Liberty on the way out, & Manhattan on the way back. We were ... Read More
We got the perfect cabin in the perfect ship! We had a mid ship balcony, very close to the elevators, on the Starboard side. Perfect views from the balcony; The Statue Of Liberty on the way out, & Manhattan on the way back. We were spellbound! I would go again, in a heartbeat! We made wonderful new friends; everybody we came across had only good things to say about the cruise. We got exceptional service; the entire crew is eager to please, they are genuinely friendly, & go all out to help you. Service with a smile, always! We kept running into all the top brass, & they were always friendly & helpful! The Ports of Call were very nice, also. I wish we could have stayed longer in Cozumel; that is the only complaint I have! Food was good, too! We loved eating at the Garden Cafe, because we always ran into nice people! Lunch at Taste & Savor was a special treat because of the friendly service. There were lots of activities, we were never bored! I would recommend this ship & this itenerary; the 15 days flew by! On the last night some of us were seriously contemplating getting on the next itenerary!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We have been using NCL for almost a decade, even had our wedding on Breakaway in 2015, but Escape is same class ship tuned down on interior design. Ship is simple design with no personally, practical floating hotel. We stayed in balcony ... Read More
We have been using NCL for almost a decade, even had our wedding on Breakaway in 2015, but Escape is same class ship tuned down on interior design. Ship is simple design with no personally, practical floating hotel. We stayed in balcony room with a baby and toddler and it was OK, steward was OK, always busy and barely have time to anyone to talk. Management of the ship was an amazing crew, and anyone under was complete mess. Waiters in restaurants don't know what they doing and would screw up any simple order. Food in restaurants was OK, but buffet food is awful, minimum choices, a lot of cheap meat, no seafood or even NCL signature Norwegian lox. Specialties restaurant's food was amazing, and pricey and will make your wallet cry! In 14 days cruise we had only 2 free show After Midnight, Brat Pack, second one did not made any sense. Choir of Man show, is paid show with prefix dinner setting, was OK. We had one stop cancel due to 2 heliocopter lifts from the ship first two days with no explanation, and remaining stops were simple beach destinations. We end up spending more time on the ship due to cancelled stop, and there is nothing to do there. Kids sevice is ok for 3+ and for baby you have to pay $20 for 1 hour 50 min selected slot time. Overall experience of this cruise, is that NCL is cutting their cost by taking quality out of scope in any possible way they can. NCL becoming low class, no frills cruise line. Based off our last 14 day cruise, we are not coming back with NCL to cruise and will be looking for more classy company to cruise with. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Our cruise was wonderful 7 days (Nov 2018-Thanksgiving) to the Bahamas with a total of 3 port stops (Port on Florida, Great Stirrup in Bahamas & Nassau, Bahamas)! Embarkation was speedy & flawless! This was our first family ... Read More
Our cruise was wonderful 7 days (Nov 2018-Thanksgiving) to the Bahamas with a total of 3 port stops (Port on Florida, Great Stirrup in Bahamas & Nassau, Bahamas)! Embarkation was speedy & flawless! This was our first family cruise, our port city was New York. We cruised on NCL Escape and we had two stateroom cabins with balcony 9164 & 9168. The entertainment, dining choices, arcade, multiple pools and hot tubs and slides for days was totally awesome. There was so much to do there was no way humanly possible for us to do it all. There was something for everyone in our family. Our kids ages ranged from 9-14. Housekeeping cleaned rooms twice a day. Room service was delicious and had quite a large menu choices. I ordered in breakfast every morning for fruits, yogurts and small boxes of cereals, hot tea and hot chocolate. The kids & hubby still went down to the Garden Cafe ever morning for hot pancakes, waffles, eggs, bacon and sausage, plus way to much to list. Plenty of adult entertainment as well movie night, plenty of live top notch music, battle of the sexes games. Our cruise entertainment director (Alvin) was excellent and made us feel apart of the magic. The casino was top of the line and the shopping level had unique different items that I have never seen before. Plenty of time for all pictures and special moments to be captured and then picked up in the photo center at the end of your trip. I could go on for days and days about how amazing this trip was. We'll be traveling every Thanksgiving with NCL. All of the staff was professional and courteous. Our family had the free wifi (250 mins), free drinks (alcohol & soda $99 per day-more than enough for hubby & I) and specialty dining choices which all were plus and save us a great deal of money. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
It was time to sail again, it was my fourth cruise this year. The Escape was a new ship to New York so I wanted to try her out. It's a lot like the Breakaway which I sailed 4 times. They made the Atrium a little larger which was a ... Read More
It was time to sail again, it was my fourth cruise this year. The Escape was a new ship to New York so I wanted to try her out. It's a lot like the Breakaway which I sailed 4 times. They made the Atrium a little larger which was a good thing. A few new restaurants enjoyed dinner at Bayamo. Didn't have turkey for Thanksgiving ate at La Bistro which was quite good, Moderno although very good is to much meat. I enjoy the salad bar more. Had dinner at Cagney's twice a nice place to eat. Only went on one excursion which I really enjoyed, Ardastra Gardens and Zoo.I fed parrots and danced with Flamingos what a treat. Enjoyed some shows The choir of man, The Brat Pack and After Midnight. All in all it was a good time great weather until heading home, a little rocky but we made it through. Well I sail again in three months on the Escape, will give another review then. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We have no particular loyalty to any cruise line and if a ship cruises from NY or NJ we will probably try it out. We like variety and enjoy various cruise lines. At the end I’ll do a comparison of Escape and Anthem of the Seas ... Read More
We have no particular loyalty to any cruise line and if a ship cruises from NY or NJ we will probably try it out. We like variety and enjoy various cruise lines. At the end I’ll do a comparison of Escape and Anthem of the Seas which I’ve been on several times. We enjoy every cruise for the most part, and Escape was a very nice ship with excellent food, service and activities. So here is more detail with a lot of good, and some not so good. Arrived at the port around 11:15am. We went to the platinum line to the right for check-in which moved pretty quickly. By the time we were checked in we were able to walk right on board. Went to the Garden Café buffet for lunch although we’re aware that O’Sheehans and one dining room is open for lunch. I enjoy the variety at the buffet for lunch and it did not disappoint. It did seem very crowded though. Cabins were ready at 1:30pm. We had an aft-facing cabin which was very nice and the large balcony was great although the deck loungers were not in great condition. The cabin itself is nice yet lacking in storage space with a small closet, some shelves and a couple small cabinets under the tv. Not sure how we’d manage on a very long cruise. Wish the bathroom had a nightlight like Anthem of the Seas and more shelf space too. The Escape closet was narrow (vs. deep); men’s shirt sleeves were tough to hang in there as the sleeves kept poking out the door opening. Bed was starting to be concave. The safe seemed tinier than ever! iPad mini no longer fits in it. Shelf space was ok. Norwegian is one of the last remaining mainline cruise companies that still puts mini-bar items in the fridge. Also, different from Breakaway and Getaway is your room lights are on the room # plate—do not disturb, make up room, and home. Like this feature. First night we like to go to the Welcome Aboard show to get a sample of the entertainment. The comedian Tom was very funny and we did catch one of his shows at Headliners later in the cruise. We also made it to The Brat Pack which was very good as I saw all those movies in the 80s so I knew what each scene related to, and also enjoyed the trivia questions on the screen before the show started. The musicians and performers were great. They expressly say it is not for children and it is not. I realize we are desensitized to language, but believe NCL when they tell you it is NOT a show for kids. We also did Wine Lovers The Musical on the last sea day and the food was good, as was the wine and entertainment. Note that if the show appears as sold out on your tv (you can book shows on your cabin tv), go to Guest Services. That’s what we did and we got in. We also saw a standby line upon check in and some of those people made it into the show too. We caught Howl at the Moon once. We were outside in shorts by the afternoon of the first sea day. It was Thanksgiving week so there were a lot of kids onboard. We heard it was about ~1,200. If you are platinum and you want to use your 30 minutes of free internet, wait a bit after you board and create an account and sign on. The 30 minutes free should show as an option. Mine showed on Day 2 of the cruise and worked fine. Don’t forget to sign out each time. Appreciated this perk. The ship is wider than Breakaway or Getaway, but I still think the Atrium is a not-so-great venue for so many of the shows and activities. And so many people say this. Yes, it’s in the midst of a lot of activity but is extremely crowded especially on sea days. On Monday we had a fun Cruise Critic Meet & Greet in District Brewhouse. A few of the officers and Alvin the CD mingled with guests and gave out their contact information. There were also flights of various beers being given out, as well has hors d’ouevres. Thought it was very nicely done. Congrats to NCL for finally putting “this balcony is non-smoking” on the balcony doors, but it would be a miracle if I could go on one cruise and not have to smell smoke from the people who don’t think this applies to them. NCL should have said more on this topic at Muster. On Getaway the announcer clearly stated no smoking in staterooms or on balconies. Then he repeated it. On this ship you are told to check your Freestyle Daily for locations. Not sufficient. Carnival has recently raised the $ fine for smoking in prohibited locations. Also, speaking of cig smoke, when is NCL going to do something about the location of the casino. The entire 3 floors nearby smelled of stale cigarette smoke. Also, I want to say thank you to those who smoked in the designated areas only. Dining. We had the dining package plus two platinum dinner certificates. Don’t panic if you can’t make reservations before you board the ship—you can do this once you board—that’s what we did. We went the first night to Cagney’s but our meat was overcooked—as were some of the sides. This is the second time on NCL that Cagney’s was a disappointment. I had better filet mignon later in the cruise at other restaurants. However, I will say that the serving staff was very responsive when we told them we had a show in 90 minutes. We were finished in probably less than an hour which was great. Next up was La Cucina where we ate twice. Fabulous. I think we did Teppanyaki 2x after that and the filet was great as was the shrimp. We had a reservation at Moderno but decided that based on our last experience of extremely salty meats we would trade it for something else (although we do love their extensive salad bar). So we used the 2 platinum certificates for the first 2 dinners, and had 3 for the dining package. When we checked in for the last dinner at Teppenyaki, the hostess told us we had used up our dining package and we explained that the first 2 were platinum dinners, and the next 3 were part of the package, therefore this was our last dinner as part of the 3-dinner plan. We did try out Food Republic too even though it was a la carte pricing, and the 3 things we got were quite good, as was the fabulous Ancho chili cocktail that is on that menu only. We had the drink package and got drinks from various bars onboard. No straws, but we did not ask, and there is a notice about this in the Freestyle Daily. We did the black glass champagne tasting (extra $ but with 20% off if you have drink package) and it was very interesting. Enjoyed it a lot. You have to determine which are sparkling wine and which are champagne. Alvin the CD is very entertaining and is everywhere. The ships officers, particularly the Hotel Director, also very visible and helpful. This has not always been my experience with NCL hotel directors. This crew seemed to really want to please. I do not like that you cannot bring water on board or Coke. NCL serves Pepsi. The onboard shop had only 1 or 2 Escape items—they were offering the bundle of turquoise t-shirt and white visor, but had no mugs, shot glasses, or other cool items with Escape on it. And I did ask and was told twice they did not have these items onboard. TV is the worst. 4 news channels (thank you no, I’m on vacation!) and one sitcom channel and one movie channel--both showing the same things over and over. I do like that your account shows on the tv as well as anything you have reserved, and you can book shows and excursions this way too. NCL’s app was not that simple and there were usually long lines at the Internet Café person when it was open. Royal Caribbean’s app I found to be more user friendly. For example, once downloaded and you’re onboard, it is quick and simple to access your information like account and shows without doing all the steps you have to for the NCL app to work. We enjoyed seeing the movie Book Club on the Spice H20 screen. Love outdoor movies. We went to one or two parties out there and it’s a great venue in good weather. Grotto looked nice for being able to cool off while not going in the pool. Port Canaveral it rained as we arrived and went past the beautiful Anthem of the Seas as that ship was also in port for the day. We rented a car and visited local places GSC. Tendering is such a long process. . . waiting for the tenders to fill. The island is ok; there are better private islands in my opinion. Note that your drink package does work on the island. This was the only place we found a person serving who did not understand what we were asking for even though it was right on their menu. We did have a beautiful day at GSC and enjoyed it. Guess I should be grateful we made it to GSC as I know it gets skipped occasionally. Nassau. As we were about to enter the channel we spotted the brand new Celebrity Edge just hanging outside the channel. Was cool to see this new style of ship in person. Been to Nassau a few times and we usually go sailing to Rose Island. Others we spoke with later did 2 hour island tours and enjoyed them. Next time we will check out Blue Lagoon island on our own via ferry. Last 2 days at sea. Bought an art piece from Park West. Had a bit of difficulty finding a frame I wanted as most of their styles are not plain which I prefer for a frame. Would have liked to take it to local store for framing but of course it was “a package price.” They used to have a computer program where they showed you the piece of art inside their many frame options. For some reason that option was not offered to me though I asked. There is some nice artwork but be aware these guys/ladies are schooled in the art of selling. They are listening to your conversations and will be very nice but also pushy. While it’s an interesting process to watch the auctions, be sure to read the stories online about Park West—especially if you’re considering expensive art. Weather was very nice until the last 2 sea days where we experienced some rough seas at night and into the morning. We don’t get seasick and didn’t mind. Many people were around the ship and all seemed fine. Debarkation: you now get a color even for express walk-off which we learned about watching the debark talk on tv. Still there was a line with some disorder and line-cutting, and no one was checking what color you had on your luggage anyway. Walk-off takes usually 20 minutes or so and it’s nice and quick through customs/immigration now. You only need to fill out a customs card if you are over the allowance. Comparing Escape to Anthem. Cabins on Anthem seem larger and have better storage space both in the cabin and the bathroom. Even on a 10 nighter on Anthem we had plenty of space for all our clothes unpacked. We love Anthem’s nightlight in the bathroom. Food I know is subjective but we enjoyed most of the food on both ships--we surely have not gone hungry on any cruise. Escape’s buffet seems more crowded whereas Anthem’s is much more of an open space. If you're a soft ice cream (product) fan, NCL has it in the buffet at all times whereas Anthem has very limited hours. Most upcharge restaurants on both are good. Both ships have activity location issues—as Anthem’s Schooner Lounge and Music Hall get very crowded for activities, but Two70 at the stern of Anthem is great for some activities like Quest. Escape has Spice H2O but it gets full and is weather-dependent. Escape has water slides; Anthem does not but has other offerings. Entertainment on both is very good. Anthem is leaving NJ in early 2020. Escape will also be moving on but Bliss will be coming to NYC and then Encore. YAY for new ships. Also, some people prefer smaller ships or larger. We like both and appreciate their differences. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
This was my 1st time on a cruise ship and I am now hooked NCL was the best... Had such a great time everyone that worked on the ship made you feel welcomed and the activities and entertainment was amazing. They really cratered to all your ... Read More
This was my 1st time on a cruise ship and I am now hooked NCL was the best... Had such a great time everyone that worked on the ship made you feel welcomed and the activities and entertainment was amazing. They really cratered to all your needs. I went on this cruise for my daughters sweet 16 and she had the time of her life! They even sang happy birthday to her in one of their restaurants the “Manhattan Room “which had an amazing live band and the food out of this world ... I loved my ocean view room which was on deck 13 it was spacious and my housekeeper was the nicest and sweetest man ever. Also there private island in the Bahamas was gorgeous and it was a non stop party everyday that we were on the cruise. When I say NCL really made you feel at home I definitely will be cruising with them again! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
Took my parents on this cruise for their 50th anniversary. There were 7 of us in total ranging in age from 21-78. THE GOOD: Food was very good, and we liked Taste/Savor. Avoid the Manhattan restaurant unless you like very loud live ... Read More
Took my parents on this cruise for their 50th anniversary. There were 7 of us in total ranging in age from 21-78. THE GOOD: Food was very good, and we liked Taste/Savor. Avoid the Manhattan restaurant unless you like very loud live music throughout your entire dinner. My Mother had to leave because she couldn't take it (though she's 77, it bothered all of us too). The Choir of Man show was really fun. The drink package, for $250 was well worth it - Bombay, Kettle One, Tito's are included. The private island was nice. Snorke/Sail in the Bahamas was nice as well. THE BAD: I found the staff to be cold and unfriendly. The 80's show (Brat Pack) was just awful. A lot of people walked out. It was also difficult to get into most of the shows that wouldn't accept reservations beforehand. There are simply too many people for too few seats and shows. Be prepared to take the stairs a lot - elevators were usually packed. Again, too many people. THE UGLY: The biggest problem with the cruise were the uninspired and boring activities. Trivia three times a day., and it was always packed. And the big winners won a thing to keep your drink cold. Is it called a couzy? Seriously, Napkin Folding was on the agenda. Also, Fruit Carving. $25 to play Deal or No Deal - not to be the contestant, just to play along! You get the idea. Yup. Kill me. One last thing - and this is so strange - the ship itself didn't rock up and down slowly, but it SHOOK from side to side. Like, really shook. It was bizarre. I had a really hard time sleeping. In short, I was simply bored. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
My husband and I had a great time on the cruise, the people were wonderful. The range of food was great; the dining and the service was great. Lots of entertainment and activities to enjoy, they were great. We went on an excursion to ... Read More
My husband and I had a great time on the cruise, the people were wonderful. The range of food was great; the dining and the service was great. Lots of entertainment and activities to enjoy, they were great. We went on an excursion to Blue Lagoon Island in the Bahamas, the water was so clear and beautiful, getting there was fun as we had to take a boat over and the crew kept us entertained going and coming. The drinks were so good as well as the food that was supplied on the island. I would do the whole cruise all over again just to return to that island. We also went shopping in Bahamas, even though the shopping was expensive we did pick up a few items as gifts that were reasonable in price. Norwegian Cruise line provided a great experience for us and we felt well taken care of. I would recommend this cruise line to everyone I know. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We have cruised NCL several times and always enjoy ourselves. We have seen the ships get larger and larger, sometimes wondering if bigger is better... We chose this itinerary because it left out of New York city. We were looking for a ... Read More
We have cruised NCL several times and always enjoy ourselves. We have seen the ships get larger and larger, sometimes wondering if bigger is better... We chose this itinerary because it left out of New York city. We were looking for a relaxing week on board and not too concerned with the destinations. We had great service throughout the week whenever we encountered staff. The food was better than we remembered, no matter where we ate. We added the thermal spa package for each of us based on other reviews that indicated that most of the public areas on the ship were pretty noisy. Well that was a great decision. The thermal spa is a warm, quiet oasis at the front of the ship, just above the Bridge. It was never too crowded, you could just lounge and read or enjoy your computer or tablet (if you purchased WiFi access). Being that this was a cruise out of NYC in November we new we wouldn't be outside a couple of the days, so this was a great place to relax. Add the fact that it was mostly cloudy & rained a bit as well made this area our favorite place on the ship. The large heated pool with various water jets and a waterfall was great. Now regarding the general ship layout...yes the public areas were beautiful as always, but some of the layout choices appear to have been to made to maximize the number of guests and bars/restaurants. Gone were the large (and often quiet) lounges that existed on older ships. they have been replaced with bars with smaller seating areas that seemed to generally have live music that was over amplified making conversation very hard. Gone were the secondary performance space (besides the main theater) where the live game shows would have normally been held. On the Escape, the game shows were held in the main atrium which was never big enough to accommodate the number of people interested in watching them. large standing room only sections of people would clog the walkways surrounding the atrium. There were even folding chairs setup. We left several games because of poor visibility. Limited seating on the level above did not help much. you would have to arrive hours before the event to actually get a seat...really! this atrium was also situated directly accross from the service, excursion desks, etc. making it extremely difficult to communicate to the people behind the counter because of the loud volume from the atrium. Elevators also seemed overwelmed many times of the week, with no elevators in the center of the ship. Our Balcony stateroom was great. We really did enjoy the week, despite some of the deficiencies above. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We sailed Escape out of Miami last summer and had such a great time that we opted for a Thanksgiving week sailing out of NYC. No regrets! It was another wonderful time on this ship. Embarkation was a little slow but not terrible; ... Read More
We sailed Escape out of Miami last summer and had such a great time that we opted for a Thanksgiving week sailing out of NYC. No regrets! It was another wonderful time on this ship. Embarkation was a little slow but not terrible; disembarkation (we did self-assist first thing in the morning) was LIGHTNING fast. Food was, once again, delicious! We had three meals in the MDRs (two in Taste, one in Manhattan Room), one in the Garden Cafe buffet and three in specialty restaurants (Le Bistro/French, La Cucina/Italian and Cagney's/Steakhouse). We also enjoyed one lunch at O'Sheehan's. We like the quality of the specialty venues better than the MDRs, but everything was good. We ate most breakfasts and lunches in the buffet, which is always great for us. The only professional show we saw (for a second time) was The Brat Pack. Performers are excellent, and if you're like me and grew up watching these 1980s movies, you'll thoroughly enjoy the show. Generally speaking, we think the entertainment is better on Royal ships. That said, we LOVE the casual/audience-involved activities in the Atrium on this ship. The other guests made everything an absolute hoot, and the Cruise Director Alvin and his staff were hilarious. Some of the other professional show options looked great, but we didn't want to have to pay extra to see The Choir of Man or the Cabaret performer (whose name is escaping me...). Our Mid-ship Balcony room (10218) was fine, nothing spectacular. Although our cabin steward was a whiz with towel animals, he was very much MIA. No interaction or checkins; a couple of times we had to hunt him down for towels that he forget to leave and to get an English (rather than French) version of the daily planner. No big deal really. All in all -- we had a WONDERFUL holiday week. It was fabulous to lose all track of time and just enjoy the ship and the ports. We loved our stop at Canaveral and the chance to visit one of our family's favorite places -- Downtown Disney (now known as Disney Springs). Highly recommend Norwegian and will sail again! Read Less
Norwegian Escape Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 5.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Service 3.0 4.1
Value For Money 4.0 3.7

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