So you can enjoy your cruise on Norwegian Escape, we did the research for you: the best times to dine, how to find the adults-only shows and areas, and how to ensure you never get lost on Norwegian Escape. Here are 23 ship tips we learned:
Tips for Navigating the Ship
- When you walk out of your stateroom and want to head to the front of the ship, look down at the carpet. The little fish on the carpet swim toward the front of the ship. Just follow them.
- The ship has a simple layout: All food options are in the back (aft); entertainment is in the front (forward); and the information desks are in the middle.
- You can always find a bathroom outside of the theater and right next to the pools.
- Notice the color of your cruise card; it’s not just for decoration. In the photo area, you will find all of your cruise photos under the color of your card.
- If you get lost in the hallways and can’t find your stateroom, look for a digital screen on the wall next to the elevators. Simply scan your card or type in your stateroom number and you will get walking directions to your stateroom. Also, the screen is handicapped accessible and allows you to shrink the menu down to the lower part of the screen for easier access.
- The hub of the ship is not in the atrium. The atrium is where you’ll find guest services, the large screen and O’Sheehans on the second level. The hub of Norwegian Escape is at 678 Ocean Place where you’ll find three decks of non-stop action. Knowing this will keep you from waiting for friends at the wrong place.
- The District Brewhouse is an adults-only establishment that serves 74 different types of beer (50 bottles and 24 on draft), and it opens at 5:00 p.m.
- There’s a photo booth on the left side of The District Brewhouse, and it only costs $5.
- While kids are allowed at the 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Headliners Comedy Show, it’s probably better to not take them. The topics tend to be a bit racy and adult language is always used. There’s also an 11:00 pm adults only (18 and older) show that fills up quickly.
- The Grotto in the adults-only pool area is a little piece of tranquility, but it fills up quickly. Spend your morning there if you need some you time.
- Parents, take note: While The Rat Pack show at the Supper Club is rated PG16, there are scenes with the cast in their underwear (literally tighty whities) and there’s quite a bit of adult language used. This show would probably be best as an adults-only show.
Dining and Entertainment Tips
- Lunch at Margaritaville (an at sea first) is no longer included in the cruise fare and prices are now a la carte. However, with a Cheeseburger in Paradise at $6.99, Key West Fish Sandwich at $8.99, French Fries at $2.99, and Key Lime Pie at $3.99, it's still much cheaper than the on-land restaurant. The line starts early so get there around 11:30 a.m. and sit tight.
- The prepaid dining packages only include Cagney's Steakhouse, Moderno Churrascaria, Teppanyaki, La Cucina, Le Bistro and Margaritaville. You can dine at other select a la carte restaurants but you'll have to pay an additional fee per person:
- Bayamo - $15 USD
- Pincho Tapas Bar - $7 USD
- The Supper Club - $15 USD
- There’s fresh-squeezed orange juice in the bar at the Garden Café Buffet.
- All of the food at the Food Republic restaurant, which features popular dishes from the Pubbelly Boys’ South Beach eateries, is made in the order you select it, so don’t order dessert first (unless you mean to, of course).
- Manhattan Dining Room is complimentary, but you’ll need to make reservations if you’re with a large group of six or more.
- Tobacco Road Bar tends to be the go-to spot before heading to a show because it has great drinks, plus it’s close to the theater and the humidor.
- While most of the shows on board are free, you still need to make reservations, and the seating is on a first come, first served basis.
- If you need a quiet place at the oddest times, head to the Library – it’s always open.
Tips for the Onboard Activities
- There’s warm water in the new 367-foot aqua racer as opposed to the cold water in the other slides.
- If you’ve been meaning to get those family portraits done but haven’t found the time, you can book personalized photo sessions with the photographer on the ship.
- If you want to run outside, wake up early and head to the Waterfront on deck 8. It’s a quarter mile of oceanfront deck space that wraps around, giving you a great loop to run without running into people heading to the pool.
- Download the Norwegian iConcierge app before boarding. The app allows users to access any reservations, book shore excursions, view dining menus, pricing, and daily activities, plus, it also allows you to keep in contact with other cruisers.
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