Norwegian Escape cruise ship: So many activities, great food and friendly staff

Norwegian Escape, a Norwegian Cruise Line ship, was staffed by friendly people and offered delicious food and so many activities during a recent seven-day vacation to Bermuda.

As soon as passengers arrived at the port terminal, there were a lot of porters offering assistance and checking baggage. At the terminal, there was a security line before people could check in to board the ship. Once checked in, passengers received a card which doubled as a “credit card” for use on the ship.

On board, there are 28 dining options, eight of which you can eat in without paying anything additional. My family first dined in the Garden Café, which is on the meal plan. The Garden Café has endless options to choose from, including sandwiches, salads, a meat-carving station, a build-your-own pasta station, a dessert station and an ice cream station. The restaurant had selections for people on a ketogenic, vegan or vegetarian diet as well. Usually during the meals, someone would come over to the table and inform you about the next dinner theme at the Garden Café. Some themes included All-American, Surf and Turf, and Oriental. Taste and Savor were two other restaurants on the meal plan.

There were so many activities that they seemed endless, from the ropes course to the video arcade. Adults and kids could find ways to be entertained all day long.

Gillian Ho
The ropes course on Norwegian Escape.

The ropes course had many different activities. The zipline is the biggest at sea, the cruise line said. There was also a space where you could walk the plank up to eight feet off the ship. Under the ropes course, there was another course designed for kids who were not tall enough to go on main attraction. Next to both rope courses, there was a sports court with a mini-golf course, a basketball court and a bocce ball court.

One pool was for adults and the other suited for families. Next to the pools were beach chairs, a bar and a stage where musicians performed. A waterpark and a kiddie version featured five slides, a kiddie slide, a family slide, a tube slide and two free-fall slides.

Splash Academy is a kids club designed for kids ages  five to 12, where they can hang out with other kids their age and participate in activities such as arts and crafts, sports and treasure hunts. Guppies Nursery is the toddlers club for the three-to-five set. The little ones played with blocks and other toys accompanied by their parents. For teens, there is Entourage, offering 13 to 17 year olds basketball, theater class and a nighttime pool party.

The Escape Theater had shows, while the Supper Club let passengers try to “Escape the Big Top,” an “escape room” where dinner was provided. Comedians performed at the Headliners Comedy Club, while the Atrium common space offered game shows, trivia, music and lectures about the cruise ship. The nights were lit up at SpiceH20, an adults-only club, the Skyline Bar or the Atrium.

Passengers needing something relaxing after all that activity headed to Mandara Spa, where they do massages, hair treatment and skin treatment. Mandara Spa also hosts lectures in bars about how to treat your skin properly, how to heal a sunburn and many more.

Norwegian Cruise Line has many different ships, including the Norwegian Jade and the Norwegian Breakaway, with many different destinations, including South America, Africa, Asia and Europe.