Superb food and services at all venues on this mega ship. No shortage of activities. Fabulous entertainment choices especially Fat Cats Jazz/Blues Club. This club brings the concept of an authentic jazz/blues/R&B club where "skilled" passengers, crew members and the great house band lead by Slam Allan can jam with fabulous results. Unique, terrific and you need not be a jazz/blues or R&B freak to "get into it".
Mid ship was noisy with loads of kids as we went Easter week with tons of kids on board. Quiet is achieved on our balcony and at the adult pool aft (no one under 18 permitted).
Epic is essentially a Vegas hotel on the seas. Same type amenities, style, pace and action. Respite is readily available on private balconies, cigar lounge and similar.
Not for those who crave peace and quiet BUT it is available without much effort. Strongly recommended for those who like lots of entertainment and/or food options.
Stateroom was perfectly laid out and More
we loved the design. Split bathroom worked very well. As two adults we are able to get dressed simultaneously without stepping on each other. Women can do their makeup "away" from the bathroom. Highly recommended for active adults. Less
We always fly in to Miami airport the day before the cruise leaves, stay at Embassy Suites at the airport and walk over to Jai Alai/the casino located about 200 yards away. Shuttle to port is $10 per person. Free: shuttle from airport, extensive breakfast and drinks from 4 -7PM. Shuttle was slow in picking us up and we received a 30% off all food and goods purchased @ Embassy. So we received about $30 off our dinner bill.
Very nice pool and wonderful staff. Restaurant is very average, breakfast buffet far better and more extensive than most.
Island has everything. We have been there several times and due to mobility issues on this trip, we stayed "in port" where there are very decent beaches, two casinos and endless shopping.
Orient Point has surf and some portions are nude/topless. Stay on the Dutch side and nothing will disappoint. Food is however, pricey. It is our single favorite island in the Caribbean as it has everything.
Been there some 30 days over the course of our lives and know the island backwards and forwards. Great beaches and hotels all over the island. The Marriott at Frenchman's Reef is just 5 minutes from the dock and has a very nice beach, tennis and all amenities. Shopping is endless.
Other semi-secluded over hyped beaches such as Meagan's Bay, are beautiful and worthwhile if you have the time. Go on your own via taxi, don't take any shore excursions.