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Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by ang5785

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Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Epic
Member Name: ang5785
Cruise Date: May 2012
Embarkation: Barcelona
Destination: Western Mediterranean
Cabin Category: IA
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 4.0
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Epic..not as Epic as it could be
Though this ship was large, the interior did not give that feel. I felt that the stairways were rather small and the layout was a bit confusing as you couldn't get to all floors through the same stairwell.

Pros:

Entertainment

The entertainment on board was the best in quality and quantity. Though it was an extra charge, the Cirque show was unique and entertaining. The Blue Man Group was good. The Spanish Ballet was really good; skip the Los Locos Oles. The only negative was that you had to reserve in advance and if you didn't, a lot of the shows and times wouldn't be available. Legends was entertaining, but there was no Michael Jackson or Brittney Spears impersonators as advertised.

We didn't have kids on board, but it looked like there was a lot for kids to do on the ship. There were many waterslides as well as many Nickolodean themed events.

Cons:

Compared to other ships, the service onboard was mediocre at best. The only places you would get good service would be the bars and lounges where the servers depended on the gratuity. The service in the main dining rooms were disappointing.

Besides the nightly shows, I felt there was not a lot to do onboard during the day. On other cruises, there would be cooking demonstrations, port lectures, history lectures, etc.

The swimming pools for adults were extremely small. We did not even bother to use them because they resembled wading pools.

The toilet seats...well they're not like toilet seats. Sitting on it feels like you sat down on a toilet without the seat down.

Indifferent:

The food was alright. It wasn't anything to write home about, but it wasn't horrible. It is obvious that they want you to pay the extra money to dine at the other places.

A lot of people have complained about the stateroom design with the separate toilet and shower with frosted glass. This was not a problem for us, but I can see how it would be awkward for people sharing a room that aren't together.

Overall, this cruise was alright. I wouldn't take it again just because of the ship alone. It would have to be for the ports.

Publication Date: 05/18/12
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