We have made numerous cruises and have enjoyed many of them, however on the NCL Epic, it was a big let down.
Checking in and out was fast and easy
Free style dinner
San Maarten and St. Thomas
The Blue Man Group
The cabin. This new cabin is supposed to be a new design. It is actually designed to save stateroom width and cram more cabins on the outside. One wall on the cabin is wavy. Depending on the stateroom, your bed might be against the balcony or close to the entry door.
There is no enclosed bathroom and the lavatory is in the cabin.
Two persons cannot cross each other, one will have move away for the other to pass
You better be very friendly with the other person in the cabin since you can hardly separate the beds
We were on the 8th deck, above the Bliss night Club. There were heavy thumping every night till early morning. Once till 3:30 am. The sound reverberates through the bed. We were offered a discount, ear plugs (useless due to the vibrations) or "flip"which means sleeping somewhere else at night... The noise is so loud that my son and his wife, at the 13th deck, on the starboard side opposite the night club was wondering where that noise was coming from...
The noise from the "Legend in Concert" show. This show would have been fine if the drum set would have been played at a reasonable level. It was overwhelming and covering the singers voices. They had ear plugs bucket at the theater entry...
The ship lay-out:
You have to go through the smoky casino to access the Manhattan restaurant...
The "jogging track" is a small area on deck 7 where the exhaust from the casino smoke and kitchen exhausts are. The view is the lifeboats which are blocking the sea view. You cannot walk around the ship.
They do not have a real library. There are a couple books available but no quiet place to read. No card or game room. The library space is not even shown on the ship lay-out
A depressing blind brown paneled room is provided for toddlers under 2-years old with some toys...
Le Bistro French Restaurant:
There is nothing French in this restaurant. The escargots had a strange sauce (Cheese?) The "bouillabaisse"had shrimps and mussels (but was not bad)
This ship is designed for partying/casino going people. It is too big and poorly designed. We will definitely not cruise anymore with large NCL ships. A couple years ago we cruised on NCL Dawn and it was fine