Months turned into weeks, weeks into days, days into hours, and all of a sudden, it was time to cruise aboard Norwegian Escape!
We arrived at the terminal at approximately 9:50am. We entered the terminal after showing our cruise documents, and since we’re Haven guests, we headed to our private boarding lounge.
The lounge has refreshments and seating. All staff were accommodating and helpful.
After 30 minutes, we were led in groups into another boarding area for Haven guests, closer to the gangway. This area also had seating and refreshments.
We waited here for a little over 45 minutes (which, according to what I’ve read online, is longer than usual), and then we were guided to the gangway. One scan of our key cards, and embarkation began!
We were lead as a group up to the Haven Lounge. Once we were seated, we were offered a few non-alcoholic drinks. Soon, a staff member welcomed us aboard, gave us a little bit of information on the Haven areas, and wished us all an amazing cruise. Afterwards, I walked around the Haven Courtyard, and peeked into a few Haven rooms (video will be on YouTube later). We then proceeded to our room.
Our stateroom is Haven Aft Penthouse Suite #14900. The room itself is decent sized, has lots of storage, and is well-appointed. The balcony is very spacious, and has an amazing view.
*Side note: Most rooms in our room category have a different master bedroom/bath configuration. Most rooms have the bathroom on the inside of the room, and the master bedroom facing the balcony, with a second door access to the balcony from the bedroom. However, on Decks 11 & 14, the bathroom faces the balcony, and the master bedroom is inward of the bathroom.
After putting our bags down, we decided to head up to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Sea, because Haven guests can eat here free of charge on the first day of the cruise only.
We ordered Conch Fritters, Fish Tacos, a burger, and a Blackened Shrimp Caesar Salad. Everything was good, although service was somewhat slow (this is to be expected on the first day).
After lunch, I explored the ship, made specialty dinner reservations, and familiarized myself with the layout of the ship.
The muster drill took place at 3:30pm, and our station was in the Manhattan Room.
After the muster drill, I quickly returned to the stateroom to get my GoPro, and then headed up to the Haven Sundeck for sail-away. Other ships in port included Carnival Glory, Carnival Sensation, and MSC Divina.
After about an hour at sea, a fruit basket was delivered to our stateroom.
I stayed on the balcony for well over an hour, taking in the wake view and watching more cruise ships approach.
After sunset, we headed up to the Haven Restaurant for dinner. The Haven Restaurant is complimentary for Haven guests. Pictured is photos of the restaurant.
We ordered Grilled Sea Bass, Slow-Roasted Pork Belly, Shrimp Porcini Risotto, a Caesar Salad, Sea Scallops on Gnocchi Romaine, Surf & Turf, and Grilled Filet of Beef Tenderloin. Service was slow, considering that the restaurant wasn’t crowded, but the food definitely made up for the wait. All of the food was delicious, and our waiter was very nice.
After dinner, I walked around various areas of the ship, including the Haven Courtyard & Lounge, Margaritaville at Sea, Spice H2O, the ropes course, water slides, and 678 Ocean Place. The last thing I decided to do was to buy a ship model.
Tomorrow is a sea day, and I will explore many different areas of the ship and get pictures. Stay tuned!