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Norwegian Escape

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Passengers: 4,266   |   Crew: 1,733
Passengers to crew: 2.46:1
Launched: 2015   

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  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
  • Deck 8
  • Deck 9
  • Deck 10
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Deck 5 layout
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  Mid-ship Oceanview Stateroom with Large Picture Window (OB)  
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  Family Oceanview Stateroom with Large Picture Window (O2)  
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  Family Oceanview Stateroom with Large Picture Window (O1)  
 

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Cabin size: 103 - 276 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 213
Accessible rooms: 16
Maximum passengers: 6
Number of cabins: 1168
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Amy M wrote a review 2 Mar
Ithaca, United States7 contributions2 helpful votes
We just got off the Escape this morning. Having done several cruises on the NCL Gem, we weren't sure how we were going to like a bigger ship but definitely wanted to try it. We also have only been in Oceanview rooms up until this cruise, which we all booked balconies. We had a group of 10 that ranged in ages from 20 to 59. We left out of Port Canaveral on Saturday 2/24. We parked our car at portparking.com and they shuttled us to the port, which was maybe 10 minutes away. Embarkation: We had a check-in time of 11-11:30. I have to say, it was the easiest embarkation I've ever had. We were through security in maybe 10 minutes and were directed to the line to check-in. We waited for maybe 5 minutes to get to the counter. Once we got our cards, were directed to get right on the ship. We were shocked that there was no wait. Once on board, we were immediately directed to our muster stations, where they scan your card and that was all we needed to do for the muster drill (you also watch a video when you complete your online check-in). Reservations: The kiosks that are near the elevators were out of service, so we were directed to Japanese restaurant (can't remember the name) where they had several staff on hand to help make your reservations. We did this immediately after the muster drill. And I would not wait to do this. They only thing we were super disappointed about is we were unable to get a reservation before 9 pm at Cagney's and that's just too late for our group, so we had to skip it. For our included 2 specialty restaurants, we chose Moderno and La Cusina. The rest of the nights we had reservations at the main dining rooms. We already had reservations for Choir of Man. Cabin: We were in a balcony room on the 9th floor - 9820. It was mid-ship but closest to the forward bank of elevators. We LOVED having a balcony room. If we needed a break from the crowds, we'd get a drink and go up to our room and sit on the balcony. I can't go back to an oceanview room now that I've experienced a balcony. Plenty of storage, although a little odd that there were no drawers, but plenty of shelving for 2 people. The beds are firm which made them not that comfortable. We asked for an egg crate topper and our room steward took care of that for us. That made the bed tolerable but not great. Our room was quiet, only once in a while would we hear a weird noise. We could not sleep with the balcony door open as we could hear one of the bars music, but that's ok, the AC worked great in the room. We also requested a coffee maker - our room steward kept us stocked with coffee, sugar, cream all week long. I would definitely choose this cabin again. Dining: Moderno was great, but wasn't my favorite but most of my party enjoyed it. I did like the salad bar, it had a wide variety of items. La Cucina was great. Food was really good and our server was so funny and amazing. They have really good pizza, but the pizzas are way too big for 1 person. They really should make them about half that size. We asked if we could take our leftover pizza's and were initially told no, food is not supposed to leave that restaurant, but in the end our server hooked us up and gave us plates to put our pizza on and take back to our rooms. Taste, Savor, Manhattan - We had fantastic meals in all 3 of these restaurants. Service might be a bit slow, but again, we were a party of 10, so dinner generally was a 2 hr affair. Not sure if smaller parties faired better. O'Sheehans - we ate breakfast there daily and lunch a couple of times. Food was good, sometimes they skimped on things like home fries or french fries. Buffet - good selection of food for all tastes. Things like Prime Rib, not worth getting but it's a buffet, so I wouldn't expect that to be good. This place could also be a zoo if you went at prime meal time. Things to do and the crowds: Pool area was always packed. Not a big deal to us. Lots of other areas to hang out such as The Waterfront, which is a quiet area. There were a couple of adult only places, which was nice. We liked the BrewHouse. Spice H20 was also adult only during the day. Yes, the ship did feel super crowded at times and not so much at other times. It could be difficult to go to some of the smaller venues such as the Pour House or Headliners. Way too small for the amount of people on the ship and I hear they had a really funny comedian but the night we tried to go, we arrived 35 minutes early to a line that would easily fill the venue, so we didn't bother. Lots of bars, so if one was too busy, we just found another to go to. There are lots of things to do on this ship, so if you are bored, that's really your own fault. We enjoyed hanging out in O'Sheehans and playing electric darts, we bowled a couple of games of duck pin bowling, played some video games. 1st stop: Cozumel Amazing. We booked an off-ship excursion - a private jeep tour. We had such an amazing day. It's beautiful and we also had an authentic mexican lunch. This was probably my favorite port. I didn't feel like this tour nickeled and dimed us and I also didn't feel like the locals were pressuring us to buy like they do on some of the other islands. Disembarking from the ship was also organized and smooth. 2nd stop: Grand Cayman We didn't plan anything here and once we got there, wished we had. We aren't really shoppers and when we stopped at a bar for a drink, found prices to be really outrageous. Overall, not really a fan of this island and would likely try to skip it if we went again and just stay on the ship. Oh and we had to tender in. That process was actually quite smooth. 3rd stop: Jamaica We had an NCL sponsored excursion booked here - the Mud Buggy and Dunns Fall excursion. I don't know what happened at this port but disembarkation was a total cluster, to put it mildly. took forever to get off the ship and having an excursion ticket meant nothing in terms of priority of getting off the ship. The next battle was trying to find our tour group. Finally found our group, but then spent a long time waiting for the rest of the group to find us then wait for our bus. Jamaica is beautiful and our tour guide, Daniel was great, but the amount of time we spent waiting around was insanity. So much time wasted. When we finally got to the place to do the mud buggies, we had to fill out several forms, and then they start to nickel and dime you. They won't allow you to leave your items on the bus, so you are forced to get a locker. $10. Then they make you sign a form where you either purchase insurance for $10 or pay out of pocket for any damage done to the mud buggy. Most purchased the insurance. Cell phones are NOT allowed on the tour, so their next sales pitch is photos for $30. Need a drink, that's all on you. They then take you to a little bird sanctuary and give you bird food and birds will land on you. Kind of cool, for about 5 minutes. They finally move you over to where you will get your helmet and hear a little speech about the rules you have to follow. You finally realize that all of this waiting is because the group before you hasn't returned yet. We finally got in the mud buggies to have to wait some more as they were 2 short on the buggies - not sure how, they knew the numbers ahead of time. Once we finally started moving, it was pretty fun. However, we had a ding dong in front of us who kept slowing down or stopping for no reason at all. I almost ran into him a couple of times. He got yelled at several times by one of the guides. They do give you the option to swap drivers at one point, which is nice. It unfortunately only lasts for about a 1/2 hr and then you do more waiting. Once back on the bus, they then take you to Dunn's Falls - 3 of us chose not to make the hike - not much else to do here, so we ended up buying a beer and just talking with our guide. We learned the hike is pretty intense - it's 1 hr and 20 minutes and it's climbing up rocks and not an easy climb. Apparently alot of fun if you can make it, but after hearing about it, I know for me, it was the right choice not to go. After this, we were taken to what we thought was going to be rum tasting......ugh.....I cannot tell you how uncomfortable this shopping area was that we were taken to. You are immediately bombarded by people trying to sell you weed, coke, sugar cane, etc and they are very pushy with it. I spent 5 minutes off the bus and got back on. Most of the group did the same. While the mud buggy part was fun, I cannot recommend this excursion for so many reasons. We had an at sea day and then the last day, we were supposed to go the NCL's private island. Which is also a tender port. We actually arrived and ancored, but could see the tender boats getting tossed all over the place. The captain made the decision to cancel the port which was definitely the right call. I wasn't surprised as it sounds super hit or miss whether you'll make it on that island or not. The Escape is a beautiful ship. Easy to navigate once you have it figured out and lots to do. That being said, our group thinks we like the smaller ships just a bit better. They don't have any of the big amenities but still plenty to do and we like the more personalized touch that we got on the Gem. Still had a fantastic cruise and can't wait to go again.
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Arnie R wrote a review Feb 2024
Rochester, New York15 contributions6 helpful votes
Was in the haven. Disappointed in lines at haven restaurant that were constant Been on the ship before in the Haven and this trip seemed very different and service there unusually slow. Felt like they need a lot more training and are not as good as they used to be. Nice people but way too relaxed and unhurried. Love Norwegian snd have 2 more cruises scheduled but will avoid this ship for a while
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Kristofer Wann wrote a review Feb 2024
Edinburgh, United Kingdom8 contributions2 helpful votes
The coolest trip I've ever experienced. I adore the sea and oceans, it was the most unforgettable experience of my life Thank you so much for a wonderful experience *Norwegian Escape*
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Dawn M wrote a review Feb 2024
Haverhill, Massachusetts31 contributions7 helpful votes
Where to start. Where to start. This was our 11th cruise and our 4th cruise with NCL. Overall we had a nice vacation. However, for starters the food was just okay. Normally on a cruise at least the main course anyway whether at the buffet or in the dining room changes daily. That was not the case on the Escape. The buffet was the same morning, noon & night for the entire week! Except the one day they served the leftover oriental pork that had been served in the dining room the night before. The dining room did change their main course up a little bit but it would be chicken cordon bleue one night then fried chicken the next. Not really much difference at all. They did offer a few seafood dishes but not everybody likes seafood and for those of us that do we still don’t want seafood every night. Needless to say none of the food was anything to brag about which is very disappointing considering one of the main perks of cruising at least for my family & I is the delicious food! It used to be 5 star quality. At least on other ships anyway. Secondly, the entertainment was just okay. The comedians, as great as I’m sure they typically are, were only okay on the ship. Basically, if you saw each of their shows once you saw them for the entire cruise meaning their content never changed whether it was the family version or the 18+ version. It’s obvious you only made an 18+ show because you didn’t have anything else to offer as far as formal shows are concerned. The other couple formal shows such as Choir Of Man were good but again once you saw it you didn’t need to see it again. At least not in a week. Maybe to see it again some day would be entertaining but not again & again within 7 days. Thirdly and most importantly this was our first time of all 11 cruises that we weren’t able to disembark at a destination. I know every cruise line state’s destinations can be subject to change at the cruise line's discretion for any reason. However, when we got to Grand Cayman Island which required us to be tendered ashore there were two other ships already there. One from MSC and one from Celebrity. We could see tender boats going back and forth to those ships. Shortly after we arrived a Disney ship arrived therefore having 4 ships there full of passengers to be tendered. My party & I didn’t book an excursion and planned to just do a little shopping and get a bite to eat & drinks so we took our time with breakfast then proceeded to leave the ship. However, as we were making our way to the gangway we met up with a crowd of people also trying to make their way to the gangway. A cruise staff person told my husband anyone that didn’t have a scheduled excursion couldn’t get off the ship until 12:00 p.m. because there weren’t enough tender boats to take everyone so only those with excursions were being allowed off the ship. This was at 10:00 a.m. My husband and I said what?, why? Obviously surprised this was an issue and not 100% sure we heard him right. Then the staff person said we needed to also get a tender ticket to get off the ship and we could get a tender ticket from one of the screens on the wall. I proceeded to get the tickets and a minute later the captain, or cruise director, or someone made an announcement. The first thing said was no one could disembark the ship at this time because there aren’t enough tender boats due to there being 4 ships there at Grand Cayman Island. The announcer immediately changed his wording as he repeated the announcement but said due to rough seas the tender boats aren’t safe, the waves are crashing against the dock. He then reiterated there aren’t enough tender boats for everyone because of there being 4 ships there. Again, the 3 other ships guests’ were being tendered and we could clearly see that! It was obvious that the issue was that someone whether it be the island dock staff or NCL didn’t plan accordingly for the expected number of guests that day. It definitely wasn’t the sea! Furthermore, as far as I’m concerned, if they can state that they have complete control over whether or not to change course for any reason then they should have moved on to a different nearby island so as to accommodate their guests that have paid them thousands of dollars! The rest of the islands and our excursions were good except we did have a couple small issues with our excursion in Jamaica. We booked the Wet N’ Wild Mud Buggy and Dunn’s Falls excursion. The first problem was our own fault. We had booked this vacation several months prior to cruising and booked the excursions a couple months at least before the cruise as well. Due to work & all the planning that goes into a vacation none of my party of 3 including myself remembered the Dunn’s River Falls part of the excursion. Therefore, we didn’t wear bathing suits or pack the water shoes that were apparently mentioned in the excursion details. Again that was our fault. We could have purchased water shoes which I think was great but again we didn’t have bathing suits so we didn’t want to go in our clothes to then drive dune buggies while being all wet. I also want to note that we were apparently supposed to drive the dune buggies first then go to the falls but our guide said there was another group ahead of us using the buggies so we would go to the falls first instead. That was no big deal to us. The second issue was at the falls which are located in a public park of sorts. There were a lot of people there! Our group left with another guide to walk up the falls and my party of 3 went down with our original guide to watch. Our guide told us to meet back up with him at 11:45 a.m. and this was at around 11:00 a.m. We had also already been watching several other groups walk up the falls for about 20 minutes. We headed to the meeting point around 11:30 because we had to find & use the restrooms first. After using the restrooms we saw our guide and he directed us to an area of benches and said we could wait there. He would come check on us every so many minutes which I thought was great that he kept tabs on us at all times and we appreciated it. At one point he did tell us he was just waiting for the rest of the group which we knew but it was nice of him to tell us something. However we sat there for what had to be an hour at least before our group finally met up with us to be able to leave and go drive the buggies. The second & more aggravating issue was when we went to where the buggies were everything was an extra charge. I know photos are an extra charge. I understand that. But we were not allowed to bring ANY belongings with us including our phones. Therefore, you had to buy a locker or I guess trust that your stuff would still be there if you left it unattended. And if you want a photo for memories you’re paying 50 bucks! I bought the picture package for $50 thinking we would have nice printed pictures afterwards but nope. They’re all online for me to print out myself! That’s still not my second actual issue with this excursion. That issue is that although the buggies accommodate 2 people my son is single. He paid for the excursion to be able to drive his own buggy. My son did get into his own buggy but before we took off we saw an employee ask him to get out of that buggy and into another one with another single guy. The guy drove the way out then we stopped and my son & he switched seats so my son drove the buggy back. The whole ride was about 20 minutes long meaning my son only got to drive for about 10 minutes. We asked our son afterwards & he said they said they didn’t have enough buggies for everyone. My husband was pissed to say the least! The ride itself was fun but short as far as my husband & I thought for the $$ paid. I think it was $149.00 per person but I don’t remember for sure so don’t quote me on that. Nor does the price matter. If you’re going to tell people they can drive alone and you’re going to take their money you should stand by your word! And they definitely didn’t! We didn’t complain to guest services or look to get a refund because other than the one incident that wasn’t our own fault it was a good excursion. Not great but good. However I would not book that excursion again in the future. This was our second worst cruise and our worst cruise ever was also with NCL. Several years ago we took one of their ships out of NY and in April. The weather on embarkation day was rainy. We were concerned about rough seas & asked one of the ship bartenders if the weather seems rough out there when we leave would they change the itinerary like their cruise information states they have the sole discretion to do. The bartender said no they don’t usually do that. Needless to say the seas were EXTREMELY ROUGH that night as well as the whole next day and night. It wasn’t until we got to Florida that the rest of the cruise FINALLY became smooth sailing! Many people & children got sick including myself & my friend. Several people said they were staying there in Florida to finish their vacation because they refused to get back on the ship. It was so bad my husband, friends and I were on the 10th deck with balconies and while I was in bed sick my husband rushed into our cabin from our balcony and shut the sliding glass door just in time as a wave of water splashed up against the sliding glass door! Seriously, from the 10th deck! While I laid in bed sick as a dog the ship rocked so bad it kept feeling like my feet were rocking up higher than my head then I’d feel like I was going to roll right out of the bed as we rocked and swayed! The ship made creaking and cracking sounds non stop! It was RIDICULOUS!!! I don’t think I will EVER cruise with NCL again! My experiences cruising with them haven’t been very convincing to say the least!
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Miriam T wrote a review Feb 2024
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We were very excited to do our second cruise and looking forward to a magical experience. We were disappointed to learn our "bid" for a balcony cabin was not accepted but were okay with the Oceanview cabin we had reserved. Turns out, we were in a cabin at the front of the ship with a nice size picture window.... but NO view of the ocean. We complained several times but nothing was done. I feel we were scammed by NCL and don't plan to ever sail with them again... and we letting all our Florida friends and neighbors (who are all frequent cruisers) to NOT book with NCL.
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