Hello! I hope your having a great week and it’s time to spend a little while unwinding just like I did on the Norwegian Escape. If you’re a regular reader you will know that in September 2015 I was appointed by Norwegian Cruise Line to represent the teen market in their Norwegian Escape Squad. For those new to cruising the Norwegian Escape is the newest cruise ship in the fleet for Norwegian Cruise Lines.
So in the shortest explanation possible the Escape Squad is a team of five consisting of myself, Louie Spence (Pineapple Studios), Helen Skelton (Blue Peter), Niamh Fields (Food Blogger) and Sarah Vince (agent). We were set up to market the brand new ship, I was marketing it from a teen angle.
As many people tend to do when taking a cruise from Southampton we stayed overnight the night before the cruise departed (right next to the dock). This was purely just because we didn’t want to be travelling too early in the morning and this way we could see a bit of Southampton first and even see the ship actually come into port. We stayed at a Travelodge which was reasonably okay however personally I prefer Premiere Inn and the price difference isn’t huge.
Embarkation at the ocean terminal was very quick and hassle free. I was very lucky to receive priority embarkation. I had actually never decided to do this before as I thought it wasn’t worth paying for. However I would definitely advise this as it just speeds up everything and gives you more time to settle in on the ship before everyone else joins.
As soon as I arrived onto the ship I met up with Louie (Spence), Helen (Skelton). Niamh and Sarah and we spent some time catching up with each other. Afterwards we were called for a tour of the ship and to do some photo shoots. My first impressions was that the ship was absolutely fantastic. There are many, many bars on board the Escape so we made a few stops for a cocktail or two! The ship is very big however it did not feel claustrophobic it was very spacious. We did three photo shoots and Louie made sure he kept us all entertained throughout! In fact I’m actually looking for some more modelling work..cough cough.
At the end of a long day we were given a press dinner in ‘The Food Republic’. This was such a cool way of dining as we ordered using Ipads! For my dishes (I had three!) I had Chicken Teriyaki, a Squid dish and a Shrimp dish. All three were cooked to absolute perfection.
After dining like a king we decided to go and see the resident show on board ‘Million Dollar Quartet’. Although the music was very energetic I would say that this show is aimed at an older audience member (late 40’s) rather than teens.
After the show it’s safe to say I was absolutely shattered so I decided to head back to my cabin. I was given a mini-suite balcony cabin, this really gives you the opportunity to sit and enjoy the sea air on your balcony. My bed was extremely comfy (I stayed in it as long as possible!) The morning after I headed straight to the buffet for a full English breakfast with everything you could think of! Even including apple jelly! So one way to summarise this trip is simply a great escape!