Mother daughter ESCAPE (review) - March 11-18
My 17 year old daughter and I just got off the Escape yesterday after a truly amazing week. We are not adapting well to being home - I'm missing the mojitos, twice daily maid service, afternoon snacks, and so much more! Posts here were so helpful, and while this won't be as exciting as JW and Jerome's or the DougOut's reports, still thought I'd fill you in!
Our cruising background - my first cruise was on the Carnival Sensation for my honeymoon (with my now ex-husband) in 1995. We've done nine Disney cruises over the past five years, all 3-4 days, usually adding to a Disney World vacation. This is only our second NCL, our first was the Baltics in 2015. We were spoiled on this one, staying in the Star's garden villa.
We scored a direct flight (they don't happen often from here - it's a winter thing) to FLL, and got in at noon. Uber came in 5 minutes and we were off. And then 20 minutes later we were stopped. Traffic was insane. We had a crazy driver who knew his stuff, weaved like a race car driver, honked like mad and back tracked to change routes. Was really quite entertaining. At one point, my daughter started coughing and before I knew what was happening he had a water in her hands. We got to the hotel in about 50 minutes and the cost was about $43. I was expecting it to be much higher!
Hotel - The Hall South Beach, Collins Ave. Awesome. Great location, retro looking, nice pool and super fun courtyard, complete with ping pong, huge Jenga and other games in the outside bar area and small restaurant. Loved it! Room wasn't ready yet so we went for lunch at Taco Rico, which was so good. Beach is across the street, and hotel had reserved chairs and umbrellas. Room was fine. Internet didn't work but they didn't charge me the resort fees, so that was ok. Received coupons for two welcome cocktails, although I did have to ask for them at check in. Enjoyed them while playing ping pong - bartender made Nicole a nice non-alcoholic fruit punch. Hotel is a short walk to Lincoln Road, and a quick, $11 Uber ride to the Port. Would recommend and definitely stay there again.
Meals - As I mentioned above, highly recommend Taco Rico! Was packed at 1:30, they give you a basket of fresh chips and have a salsa bar. Daughter wanted to try the 11th Street Diner since it was featured on The Food Network - cool setting in a retro street car but not great food. Made us sad to "waste" one of our few Miami meals.
Paul on Lincoln- we were excited to see this spot as we had been to one in France, so we grabbed a lemon tart and some chocolate thing for desserts later in the room, which were yum!
Saturday morning we literally stumbled upon Rosetta's Italian Bakery on Collins Ave. OMG - go! We shared a prosciutto sandwich and a tomato mozza one and while they sound boring, both were so so good! A bit of shopping and then it was off to the ship! Woohoo! More to come tomorrow.
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