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Norwegian Escape Review

2017 Best for Cabins
2017 Best for Dining
2017 Best for Entertainment
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Find a Norwegian Escape Cruise from A$757

Norwegian Escape
4.0 / 5.0
2810 reviews

Pros
Exceptional dining, entertainment, bar and club options abound
Cons
A la carte fees and cover charges add up quickly
Bottom Line
There's something for everyone on Escape, but you might pay extra for it

About

Passengers
4,200

Crew
1,742

Passenger to Crew
2.41:1

Launched
2015

Shore Excursions
776
Sails To
Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean, Baltic Sea, Bahamas, Europe, Western Mediterranean, Mediterranean, Caribbean
Norwegian (NCL) Cruise Deals
Brittany Chrusciel
Cruise Critic Contributor

Norwegian Escape Overview

There's nothing subtle about Norwegian Escape, which you'll notice before you even board the cruise ship. The hull art, designed by artist and conservationist Guy Harvey, is a bold yet beautiful, in-your-face marine wildlife scene that spans more than 1,000 feet from bow to stern. Once onboard, you'll be captivated by the glitzy three-level 678 Ocean Place; virtually all the action at night takes place at its various restaurants and bars. Even the top decks of the ship are bold, with a ropes course and four water slides that are sure to make your heart race.

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Escape is ideal for people looking for stellar theater entertainment and variety. Broadway-quality performances, in the form of two shows ("After Midnight" and "For the Record: The Brat Pack"), are pitch perfect. The music and performers are flawless and among the best we've seen at sea.

When it comes to variety of activities, Escape is a winner. With 28 bars and restaurants onboard, most people will have to sail twice to try out everything. Everyone will be able to find something that appeals. Latin food? Check. An incredible brew pub that feels so genuine you'll forget you're on a ship? It's got that, too. An indoor-outdoor dining concept, called The Waterfront, which allows passengers to dine seaside? It's there. A first-at-sea Margaritaville? Yep.

With so much going on, the ship can -- and does -- get loud. Loud music, loud people, loud venues. Crowds, too, are noticeable, especially at peak periods around dinner and at show times, when everyone is clamoring for the same things at the same time.

At full capacity, the ship can hold 5,218 passengers, most of whom are from the United States. You'll find yourself sharing the ship primarily with couples and groups of friends, with families and little ones dominant during the holidays and summer breaks.

While Escape preaches a "freestyle" cruise experience, reservations are highly recommended and help reduce wait times, though expect lines to be part of the Norwegian Escape experience no matter what.


Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Three dining rooms, meals at O'Sheehan's and the buffet
  • Ice water, tea (including iced tea), coffee and select juices in the buffet
  • All theater shows
  • Use of the Aqua park, the ropes course and mini-golf
  • Access to Spice H2O adults-only sun deck
  • Most daily activities unless noted below
  • Use of the gym, but not most classes

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities ($14.99 per person, per day or $17.99 per person, per day for those staying in suites)
  • Automatic beverage and spa tips (20 percent for both)
  • Spa treatments and most fitness classes
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Vibe Beach Club adults-only sun deck
  • Late night (after 10:30 p.m.) group babysitting
  • Activities including, but not limited to, the Cellars Wine Bar classes and seminars, photo booth sessions at The District, arcade games and bingo
  • Photos and artwork

Top Norwegian Escape Itineraries

Norwegian Escape
11 night caribbean - other product (pcv/pcv)

Port Canaveral (Orlando), San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Barbados, Antigua, St. Thomas, Great Stirrup Cay, Port Canaveral (Orlando)

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Norwegian Escape Dress Code

Daytime: Casual, with swimsuits, shorts and T-shirts poolside and around the ship.

Evening: There's generally no formal dress code (though there is an optional elegant night). Khakis and collared shirts are the norm for men in the evening, while women wear sundresses or blouses with capris, slacks or skirts.

Not permitted: Shorts are not allowed at some of the more upscale restaurants, such as Cagney's and Bayamo.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Norwegian Cruise Line.


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Norwegian Escape Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.2
Dining4.04
Entertainment5.03.9
Public Rooms4.04
Fitness Recreation4.03.9
Family5.03.9
Service3.04
Value For Money4.03.6

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Norwegian Escape won 5 awards over the years.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2017 Best for Cabins
  • 2017 Best for Dining
  • 2017 Best for Entertainment
  • 2017 Best for First Timers
  • 2016 Best for Entertainment

Norwegian Escape Member Reviews

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jdelatorre
Sail Date: Jan 2020
In conclusion, our family had an amazing time on the Norwegian Escape.... Read More
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El Viaje
Sail Date: Feb 2020
We chose Norwegian Escape because his itinerary and packages included . Having the balcony is a must and thermal Spa this will get to be well relax and enjoy your trip.... Read More
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OceanTherapyHereICome
Sail Date: Feb 2020
Norwegian will not allow any water at all and in our opinion, they really didn't make it convenient to get complimentary water either.... Read More
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Yadi1014
Sail Date: Nov 2019
The view from our balcony was breathtaking all the time.I think we had a great deal since we had a great time and awesome experience THANKS to the Norwegian Escape crew and the staff at every port we visited... Read More

Norwegian Cruise Line Fleet

Norwegian Sky
3.5 / 5.0
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2195 reviews

One of Norwegian's oldest, smallest ships; main attractions are the 24/7 open bar on its three-night Bahamas cruises and four-night sailings to Cuba.

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Norwegian Sun
4.0 / 5.0
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One of Norwegian's smaller ships, yet offers more than 10 free and extra-fee restaurants, plus big-stage production shows and two pools; carries just over 2,000 passengers.

Norwegian Star

Launched in 2001, 2,348-passenger Norwegian Star was the first Norwegian ship custom built for Freestyle Cruising, which touts a plethora of dining, cabin and entertainment options.

Norwegian Dawn
4.0 / 5.0
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Freestyle cruising means lots of choice for free and for-fee dining, drinking and entertainment, and no set dining times; holds some 3,000 cruisers.

Norwegian Spirit
4.0 / 5.0
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Norwegian Spirit debuted in 1998, so you won't find a rock climbing wall or bowling alley, but enjoyment doesn't always have to come in an ultra-modern package.

Pride of America

The year-round, all-Hawaiian island itineraries are the ship's main draw; also offers nearly a dozen free and for-fee dining options; can hold near 3,000.

Norwegian Jewel
4.0 / 5.0
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Freestyle cruising means two dozen free and for-fee restaurants and bars to choose from, plus no set dining times or assigned tables; holds about 3,000 cruisers.

Norwegian Pearl
4.0 / 5.0
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Plenty of eateries, bars and daily activities keep this 3,000-passenger ship hopping; often chartered for music and pop culture theme cruises.

Norwegian Gem
4.0 / 5.0
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More than 10 restaurants offer everything from a traditional steakhouse to Brazilian and Japanese; entertainment includes big stage shows; holds some 3,000 cruisers.

Norwegian Jade

Laidback 3,000+ passenger ship with more than 10 free or for-fee restaurants featuring everything from a traditional steakhouse to French and Japanese; full schedule of daily activities.

Norwegian Epic
4.5 / 5.0
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19-deck mega-ship carrying about 4,500 people; features "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" stage show, the Beatle's-inspired Cavern Club lounge and solo cabins.

Norwegian Breakaway

An NYC-themed mega-ship, carrying some 4,500 cruisers; highlights include outdoor restaurant seating, a ropes course, multistory water slides and 18 dining venues.

Norwegian Getaway
4.5 / 5.0
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A Miami-themed megaship, holding some 4,500 cruisers; features outdoor restaurant seating, a ropes course, multistory waterslides and 18 dining venues.

Norwegian Escape
4.0 / 5.0
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Carries some 4,500 people; features Broadway-style entertainment, an expansive ropes course and 17 restaurants including the first at-sea Margaritaville.

Norwegian Joy
4.0 / 5.0
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Norwegian Joy is packed with engaging activities and spaces, and while there's no doubt it has quiet areas -- such as the gorgeous and serene Observation Lounge -- the ship's character is driven more by all there is to do than anything else.

Norwegian Bliss
4.0 / 5.0
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Norwegian's newest ship, which will sail in Alaska and Caribbean, launches June 2018; highlights include 82 solo cabins with virtual ocean views and a massive observation lounge.

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