Having never sailed with Norwegian Cruise Line
before we were not sure what to expect. We knew Norwegian Escape was going to be good, all shiny and new but was surprised at the elegant muted tones in the cabins and some of the communal areas.
NCL are well known for their Freestyle Cruising where you can eat anywhere you like and lots of extra activities for all ages are included. We were not disappointed on the Escape. If you didn’t know where to eat, it was almost made too difficult by having 28 different places to choose from, but choice there certainly is. From one of the main restaurants like Taste and Savor, or the Manhattan Room with its New York elegance, where the food was very good and the atmosphere is elegant, to the Italian courtyard feel in Cucina, or to the Food Republic where you order off an A La Carte menu on an iPad plus many more to suit all tastes.
So food is definitely covered, how about somewhere for a drink while the sun sets? Absolutely – There is Tobacco Road, Miami’s famous bar for craft cocktails, the Its 5 O’clock Somewhere bar where there is live music every night or The District Brew House for your craft beer and a gastro style plate of food. There are plenty more places to find a spot for a drink or eat, The Mixx Bar or Cellars wine bar to name a couple or head out to the Waterfront -an al fresco quarter mile wraparound ocean front promenade where you can savour some of the restaurants and bars outside.
So what else can you do but eat and drink?
The answer is plenty, for all ages. For the adventurous there is the Ropes Course on 3 stories where you are strapped in 172ft above sea level! The Aqua Racer water slides for the competitive or the Aqua Park for the youngsters.
If you are looking for the quiet life then take a trip to the Mandara Spa, where you can while away hours in the Thermal suite on the heated beds, rejuvenate in the Salt room or completely chill in the Snow Room (with actual snow to enliven the senses!) Whatever you fancy there is plenty in the spa with up to 50 treatments to choose from.
Now for accommodation…. There is a huge variety on board. From the single cabin exclusive area called the Studios including their very own Studio Lounge to an luxurious exclusive area The Haven where you can relax in style in your very own space with private restaurant for Haven guest only.
The Haven is a special place. A world away from the noise and bustle of a resort ship, a private 3 story enclave with a range of suites, gourmet treats, a concierge, butler service private cabanas and a retractable roof over the private pool. Think yacht luxury! The suites are fabulous and there is a large range of sizes too. The Haven is a great addition and adds an extra je ne sais quoi to the family holiday.
At the centre of the ship is 678 Ocean place. The heart of the ship with easy access to bars and restaurants, the slot machines and The Headliners bar where you can catch comedy or the interactive Howl at the Moon music show.
Talking of shows, there is plenty to entertain and NCL Escape is proud to have 2 Tony award winning Broadway shows on board. The Million Dollar Quartet, giving the back story to where Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis & Carl Perkins began or After Midnight with a live Jazz band and the music of Duke Ellington. Whatever you fancy you will find something to suit on the Escape. If you want to relive the 80’s head to the Supper Club, under a cover charge, where you can dine and be entertained with live music and drama from some classic 80’s Bratpack films .
The Escape has so much to offer in a week cruising round the Eastern or Western Caribbean and we haven’t even touched the destinations eg. St Thomas, Tortola or Nassau or St Maarten, Honduras, Harvest Caye (NCL private island) or Cozumel.
For more details about forthcoming Norwegian Escape cruises or with the other ships of Norwegian Cruise Line visit gocruise.co.uk/sarah-and-bjarne