I travelled on board the Norwegian Escape in October last year for the press Inaugural and I can safely say I had an absolute blast. The entertainment, vast dining options and incredible facilities are what set this cruise ship apart from any other.
The entertainment on board the Norwegian Escape is quite good. I only got a chance to see one of their shows the Million Dollar Quartet. This show is a Rock & Roll hit musical featuring songs from Elvis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. Overall this show was very energetic and got all the audience up dancing on their feet by the end of it. However I do feel that this show is targeted at a slightly older audience rather than teens.
The Facilities on board the Norwegian Escape were absolutely incredible! I managed to have a go at the on board mini golf and even managed to get on the high ropes! I have never heard of having high ropes on a cruise ship and this was such a fun way to maybe burn some of the calories off from the buffet! Unfortunately I didn’t get enough time to have a go at the water slide (though I would have loved to!). Norwegian Cruise Line really wanted to make sure that the Norwegian Escape appealed to teens and they made sure of this by including a Teen Lounge where you can hang out with others your own age from all over the world! The Teen Lounge was absolutely fantastic and had the latest gaming in it. This even transformed into a disco in the evening! And what made the teen lounge even better was that it is situated right next to the arcade which makes it a really handy home spot for teens on the ship.
I was luck enough to stay in a balcony mini-suite which was absolutely incredible! It was about medium size and included a large TV (which is obviously a teen necessity wherever you are on the globe!), lots of plug sockets for teens to charge their phone (another necessity!). The balcony was stunning on the ship and is a great place for parents to just relax, sit and glide past many destinations. However I would say that for a family of four (with two teens) that you get a connecting cabin (most of the mini-suites were connecting cabins). This is just because we had three people in the cabin and at some times (rarely) it did feel a bit enclosed. But as well getting a connecting cabin gives your teens their own space and a bit of freedom….which is highly desired!
The dining on board this cruise ship is probably what made it stand out the most! There were over 25 different dining options on board and there were plenty aimed at teens. The buffet was a regular destination for me on the ship and I always ate lunch there. It is based on the same deck as the pool so this made it really handy to just pop down for a snack when on the top deck (which is where all the teens tend to be!).There was so much choice in the buffet for even the fussiest of eaters! I was lucky enough to have dinner in a specialty restaurant on board called ‘The Food Republic’. I have to say initially I was a bit worried as I am quite a fussy eater, but I was absolutely addicted to the food there! It was such a cool experience ordering your meals off Ipads! And it is a meal I will never forget!
Overall my trip was absolutely incredible which is why I have rated it a 5 Star Cruise!