NCL Escape – Eastern Caribbean (May 2017)

I was little reluctant to book another NCL cruise after the epic fail on the Epic a few months earlier (no pun intended lol). However, it was Shawn’s 50th birthday cruise with a bunch of friends and you can’t beat the drink package.  So off we went once again but this time sailing out of Miami.

We flew Air Canada out of Toronto for this trip because the direct flights out of Ottawa are non-existent.  Flight was great and we had arranged for Super Shuttle to pick us up at the Miami airport and take us to our hotel.

The hotel was suitable for a one night pre-cruise stay and it included breakfast.  We ended up staying at the Quality Suites at the airport.  The next morning Super Shuttle picked us up at the hotel and took us to port.  Since this was an adult only trip we really wanted to get Vibe passes so we arrived at the port by 9am.  Vibe is an exclusive adult only area of the ship. They only sell a limited number of passes and it is just a nice place to get away from the chaos of the pool deck.  Our whole group was able to get onboard in one of the first groups and get the Vibe passes.  If you want to get them you go directly to Headlines on Deck 6.  The only tricky part is you need to take the elevator to get there and that is a whole other issue on embarkation day.  Anyways, it all worked out.

The quality of the staff on this ship was polar opposite of the staff on the Epic.  Everyone was so great and bent over backwards to help out.  They even held an elevator for us after the muster drill so we weren’t left waiting for a long time to get one.

Our stateroom was spacious and so was the balcony.  We didn’t end up spending too much time on our balcony because we were usually in the Vibe club.

All the restaurants we tried were delicious and the service was fantastic.  We never waited too long to get served at any bar, which was always the case on the Epic.

This was another Easter Caribbean itinerary and since we knew there was nothing to do in Tortola we decided to just stay on board.  St Thomas we rented a wheelchair accessible taxi and took it to Magens Bay beach for the day.  Magens Bay is absolutely beautiful and it is very accessible with paved pathways and even a ramp to the beach.  There is a beach wheelchair also that is available if you ask a lifeguard for it.  Last stop was Nassau and we walked down to Señor Frogs.  The sidewalks were horrible and sometimes we had to go on the road they were so bad.  Señor Frogs was as expected and normally we have fun there but I find they gauge you alot more on the shots.  They make you believe they are free but then hit everyone up for $5.  Live and learn.

Overall a fantastic cruise and a great birthday celebration for Shawn!

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