My family returned from our very first cruise a few weeks ago.
For our inaugural cruise, we chose the Norwegian Escape. We were drawn to the the Eastern Caribbean ports, the ship’s amenities and loved that this was a relatively new ship.
On this cruise, we traveled with our two children (aged 6 and 9) and two other couples. We were a group of 10 in total.
We had a great experience aboard the Norwegian Escape. I was especially impressed with all the activities and amenities that the kids could enjoy.
Here are the top 14 things my kids loved about the Escape:
> The waterslides! The Escape has 5 water slides. Three of the slides are perfect for young kids. My kids loved the tube slide the most, they rode it a dozen times per day.
> The pools. the main kids pool is open all day and well into the night. The adult pool is open to kids after 7pm.
> The hot tubs. There are several hot tubs available throughout the pool decks. Several hot tubs are perched over the ocean. My kids loved sitting and relaxing in many of these hot tubs.
> Movie night at Spice H2O. One of our favourite evenings was when we watched Disney’s Up! on the top deck at Spice H20. Popcorn was served, the temperature was warm and you could jump into the hot tub if you wished.
> The Pullman bed in the family suites. This was perhaps one of the most exciting things for my kids. They were so happy to have a Pullman bed in our family balcony room. I really appreciated how this bed configuration gave us lots of room in our suite.
> Splash Academy. My kids have never been big on kids clubs but they did enjoy the few times they went to Splash Academy during Free Play. The staff at Splash Academy was very friendly and outgoing. The facilities were modern and had many great activities and programs set up for all age ranges.
> The ropes course. The Escape has a ropes course for little ones and a large ropes course for older kids and adults. My 6 year old and his friend adored the ropes course. They went on it almost every day and stayed on the ropes course for hours. Tip: if you only plan on using the toddler/small kids course go talk to the attendants and they won’t make you wait in line.
> The mini golf. My kids played a dozen rounds of mini golf on the Escape. There was rarely a wait and the course way super fun.
> The towel animals. The highlight of every night was returning to the room to see what towel animals were waiting for us. My kids LOVED these. They named them, cuddled them and wanted to take them home.
>The ice cream. There was always soft serve available in the Garden Cafe. There was also hard ice cream and sorbet available at lunch time.
> The shows. My kids loved the Broadway shows and the magic show on the ship. I really enjoyed experiencing live theatre and entertainment with them.
> The Glow Party. My kids were super excited to attend the Glow Party at Spice H2O. The morning of the Glow Party we painted glow in the dark t-shirts. We all wore them at the party on the top deck. The party was hosted by some of the staff from Splash Academy. They had great games for the kids and played great music. Tip: bring glow sticks from home!
> The Ports. My kids really enjoyed getting off the ship when at port and exploring our Caribbean stops. Getting on and off the ship was very easy. They absolutely loved the eucalyptus towels and drinks when we returned to the ship after our day at the beach.
Our trip on the Norwegian Escape was very memorable. We loved the beautiful ship. The food, drinks, and entertainment.
I strongly feel that cruises are great for families. My kids enjoyed every minute of the cruise and keep asking to go on another one. The Norwegian Escape was very kid friendly. It had specific activities geared at kids, the staff was extremely approachable and always interacted with our children. Our first cruise experience was very special and I cannot wait to go on another cruise.