Being a bit of a nerd; I quickly went into research mode and opted for NCL.
The Norwegian Escape ship is one of the newest ships and seemed to be the best contender. I was not disappointed. It is a state-of-the-art vessel.
My family loved the cool way the doors open, sort of like a Star Trek Starfleet.
The ship lives up to its hype. It's gorgeous. We had a balcony suite and it was spacious and very clean. It was cleaned twice a day and the staff gracious.
The first place we went once we got settled in was the pool area.
The music was not our favorite. I was longing for a Caribbean vibe. We were looking for more of an island, reggae-type vibe I guess. But there were plenty of benches and the bar was jumping. We ventured to the rest of the ship, which is about 17 decks.
Since we were not going near the pool we decided to try the spa. Once we paid, no one walked us in. We asked a staff member that was cleaning were to get our robes. The good part is that the thermal suite spa has tile lounges that are heated and the view is to die for!
My thrifty husband had needed some convincing for this splurge... However, as he melted into the warm tile he muttered, "I could get used to this.."
The rooms were cleaned twice a day and the staff gracious.
We only chose one excursion which was the Teppanyaki snorkeling beach trip in Roatan, Honduras. The water was beautiful, and simple food for lunch was available, ( burgers, etc.,) and belongings were secure. We even had a Caribbean band while soaking the sun!
There were small touches all over the ship that made it special. For example, each seat in the Escape theater has a little air conditioning vent. The shows were first class and After Midnight Show is a must see. The cruise director, Tyler Gray was fantastic. His enthusiasm was contagious.
I was worried about the departure, but it went very smoothly. It went so smoothly that we are already to book another cruise. I have been hearing good things about Celebrity for folks in our age range, boomers.
This is the Celebrity Solstice Sky Observation Lounge.
Its been quite a ride since we cruised. Hopefully with the pandemic subsiding, we will start traveling again and will keep you posted.