Tuesday, 3 November 2015

A Sneak Peek On Board the Norwegian Escape

Last week Tiger and I were treated to a day and night on board the brand spanking new Norwegian Escape for their Inaugural Cruise. We have both been really looking forward to the cruise and I was super excited to be spending some one on one time with my biggest little lad. Before the big day we spent loads of time looking online to see what entertainment Norwegian Escape had to offer. Tiger was most excited to test out the Aqua Park and impressive slides.

We arrived, quickly checked in and went to drop our bags in our stateroom. This is probably one of my favorite things about cruises, no long check ins, no transfers, our mini adventure began half an hour after we parked our car. Our stateroom was lovely, spacious and modern, loads of storage space with a new fancy shower room and all the amenities you would expect to find in a nice hotel.

Once Tiger had finished opening every draw and cupboard in our stateroom and had a good look at the other boats from our balcony we decided to have a little explore before lunch. Tigers main objective was to see the pools and test out the Kids Aqua Park as soon as possible so that's exactly what we did. The water slides looked amazing but I think Tiger was little overwhelmed by them, had we been there longer I'm sure he would have been up and down non-stop but on this time he decided that he preferred to play in the splash pool which was fantastic! It also had its own smaller tunnel slide which he loved, he could have happily stayed and played all afternoon. I couldn't help picturing Beaux running about with Tiger, he would have been in his element! There were sun loungers surrounding the splash pool which would have been perfect for a cheeky cocktail while watching the kids play.

There's something about the sea air that always makes me so hungry, for lunch we went to a complimentary buffet styled restaurant with amazing panoramic views.  I  just don't know what it is about buffets that make me unable to plate up a normal meal! But I can tell you that my bizarre combo of pizza and hamburger with blue cheese sauce and a little salad for show was very good indeed! There was so much variety for both myself and Tiger, healthy options,  light options,continental options, traditional options, everything!... and amazing desserts. There was definitely something for everyone.

That night we had reservations at the lovely La Cucina it had a lively atmosphere and you really felt like you could take your time, enjoy your meal and company. I had the most tastiest t-bone steak, it was the size of my head and i'm a little embarrassed to admit that I finished every bite. There was no children's menu but the staff said they could adapt anything on the menu but Tiger decided on calamari as a main and parmesan encrusted chips (so good!)

Earlier that day we did visit the kids club and had registered Tiger to go there for the complimentary service from 7pm-10pm but there was still so much Tiger wanted to see and do that he decided not to go, which was fine by me, we were having such a lovely day and I really didn't want it to end either.

So our first stop was a quick drink on the very top deck, the atmosphere was electric. A DJ playing across the lit swimming pools and hot tubs, everyone dancing and having a few drinks. It definitely felt like we were on holiday. I can only imagine how much better it must be when sailing through the Caribbean! Norwegian Cruises, if you ever need anyone to review a Caribbean cruise for you I am definitely your girl!!

Next on Tiger's itinerary was the impressive arcade, with all the latest simulators and arcade games. I was so impressed with Tiger shooting on the basketball game and not so impressed with him beating me TWICE on Mario Karts, I have been playing that game way before he was even born! According to him I need more practice! 

It was such a fun evening that Tiger may have stayed up well passed his bedtime. Although the Norwegian Escape has a very lively night life it was so quiet in our stateroom. We snuggled up in our comfy super king bed, Tiger fell asleep the second his head hit the pillows and I stayed up to watch a film. It was just perfect.

Overall our day and night on board the Norwegian Escape was absolutely amazing! The entertainment was fantastic, had we had more time we would have loved to try out the slides, ropes, hot tubs and I would have loved to see The Brat Pack Live at the Supper Club . The food was yummy and I could have happily worked my way around the other restaurants. Our stateroom was spacious and modern, had we gone as a whole family we would have needed an interlinking room but I could tell it would have been more than enough room for us all. I would say as the Norwegian Escape is so big it would probably take a couple of days before you truly felt like you could easily navigate your way around. I loved absolutely every minute on board the Norwegian Escape with my biggest little lad.

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1 comment

  1. This looks like such a great experience and the pool area looks incredible! I would love to take the kids on a proper family cruise x


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