Since our first cruise, my thoughts about cruising have changed. For me, the ship is the destination – a floating all-inclusive hotel – and the ports are nice extras. Cruises eliminate a lot of simple stresses of logistics and decisions. Land vacations require compromises when people want to do different things. They are great for families because everyone can do their own thing – even eat – whenever or however much they want! My desire was to relax in the warmth of the sun and have one important decision per day: What shall I have for dinner?
Norwegian Escape Ship Profile & Stats
We knew what we were getting into.
We knew the Escape was a huge ship.
We knew that it was the school Christmas Vacation and there would be families and kids.
We knew the weather would be cool some days seeing as we sailed from/to New York.
We had a great cruise with good weather and delicious food, plus I read 4 books!
Do you hear a “But” coming?
But… we didn’t fall in love with NCL’s Freestyle Dining.
Freestyle Dining is not having a set dining time with the same waitstaff everyday. Freestyle Dining is choosing when you want to eat and where you want to eat and making reservations. Freestyle Dining means never eating with strangers. Freestyle Dining is not having to dress for dinner. I get it. (Once upon a time we packed suits and fancy dresses.) It’s your vacation; you paid for it, just as I did. You paid a lot to bring the kids – and grandma and grandpa too!
The food was excellent. But the lines, the noise, and diners in t-shirts, was more like a Denny’s dining experience. That I didn’t like!
Thankfully, there are many cruiseline’s available to fit everyone’s personalities. It’s important to know what you want – or don’t want, and choose accordingly. Next time, unless we’re traveling with grandkids, we will choose a smaller vessel with traditional dining because we like getting to know our waitstaff and having dinner companions!
Let’s move on to everyone’s favorite, the “main and dessert courses” so to speak, of our vacation. Meet you in the Morning next time from Greece!