We just returned from our January 2013 Cruise on the Epic that left out of Miami for ST Thomas, St Martin, and Bahamas. It was the first time we have cruised on such a large ship, and it was a pleasure. The buffet lines were very short, the quality of the food, the quality of the entertainment, and the pool areas were awesome. We expected to do lots of waiting with so many people on board, but it was not the case. We did everything we wanted and never waited more than a couple of minutes to get into the dining rooms.
The shows were mixed in quality, but their was plenty of variety. The legends concert, which we went to as an afterthought, was the best show on the ship. Packed with lots of talent energy and fun. The Cirque show was fun, and well done, especially for a small venue, they did a great job, the food at it was mediocre, but it didn't matter. The food on the ship overall was the best we have ever had. The blue man group show was awful, we saw the original in Boston years ago, and this one was too slow, and very boring, i would have left if i was not in the middle of a row. The Second City troupe was also awful, amateurish, and not a cohesive group. They were not quick on their feet, and very boring, and we saw them twice, one time at the murder lunch, which was worse than the improve show we saw which was terrible as well. They loved ragging on the audience calling them the Atlantic city crowd, but they had no substance to their humor, and did not work as a team. The Mexican duo and the jamaican group that sang at the pool were great, as was the blues band, the Manhattan band, the folk singer was talented as well.
All in all the entertainment was much better than any other ship we have been on. There were lots of options for music everywhere on the ship. The rooms were small but well appointed. I liked the bathroom set up which was unusual. As a husband and wife sharing a room it worked well, maybe not so well for unrelated people. There was plenty of space to put stuff away. The cabins were kept clean, The buffet was always fresh and interesting, with healthy and not to healthy but yummy choices. The restaurants were nicely appointed and clean, as was the buffet area. The hallways on the ship were a little long and confusing at first, but the color coded carpeting helped as did the signage. All in all it was a good value, a fun cruise,with a diverse mix of people on the ship that were friendly and fun. You could party or relax as you wished without a problem. It was a nice surprise of a vacation