Went on the Norwegian Epic on the April 6 sailing -- had a great time, even didn't mind the bathroom setup. It was a lot of fun -- would definitely recommend. I think having sea days made us learn the layout of the ship better. Went with a friend.
Quiet place/ tip -- we were on deck 7 and saw these doors near the stairs going outside on deck so went to check them out-- each time we went outside on the deck it was virtually empty -- starboard side saw a few people playing shuffle board and on the port side is the running track. The outside deck goes most of the length of the ship. Life boats block most of the view - but in the center there is a section without lifeboats you have a great view of the ocean. **Also a good way to get from one end of the ship to the other without having to walk through the casino or shops --
We got a mini suite on the 10th deck, not too far from the elevator on the starboard side. I was amazed at all the storage -- we didn't even use close to all of it. All across the top above the tv is storage -- we had 3 closets. bottom across the tv is all storage. Above the sink -- there are several shelves, the mirror/medicine cabinet opens with more shelving and below the sink there were several drawers including a drawer for dirty towels. There are a few towel hooks along the shower area. Also storage behind the couch (and we learned this on the info channel) -- there are storage bins under the couch. We put our luggage under the beds. The balcony was much bigger then I expected -- compared to Pride of America it seemed wider and deeper. Even next to each bed are small shelves. You can also press the light button on the phone to turn off the screen at night (there is an info channel on the tv that describes info about the cabin). Didn't see many people from the balcony - talked to our nice neighbors a few times- but not many people were out on the balcony around us for most of the cruise
Would recommend you bring a multi plug/outlet-- as there are only two US plugs under the counter under thr tv and another plug that looks like a European type plug
Also didn't mind the bathroom setup at all -- maybe because we read mixed reviews we were expecting it to be worse. We had a bathtub and I want to warn people who have mobility issues that it's hard to climb in/out -- if that's an issue, make sure you have a shower -- as the bathtub is pretty high to climb over. (I took plenty of pictures -- but will post those later)
Toilet isn't bad either -- both the bathtub and toilet have frosted glass walls that close off and the curtain separates this area with the rest of the cabin. You have plenty of room to move around. No problem with the sink either. Our couch was next to the sink, beds were closer to the balcony which we had requested to be separated.
The rooms seem very quiet/pretty soundproof - never really heard our neighbors and I think once heard some loud people in the hallway late at night.
Arrived about 10:15am -- we wanted to arrive early to board early and try to get posh club/deck passes -- which we did and totally worth it. Thanks to the recommendations on this board. We arrived with guests still departing outside. We ended up being in boarding group 2 -- and thanks to other cruise critic members I knew exactly how to get to the Guest Services desk (walked through the casino to the escalators). Yea! -- we got posh passes. They are $59 for the week and even if you use them once it's worth it. Although we used them multiple times
Posh Pass/deck:, saw the wrong deck at first. If you go to the deck 18 above the buffet it's open to the everyone -- on the starboard side and if you walk towards the front of the ship -- there is a section with similar seating as posh that I think is also open to everyone. That same deck also has deck chairs that aren't used much at all too
To get to the posh deck -- the easiest is to use the glass elevator near the pool deck and buffet. While facing the pool -- the elevator to use is on the right (don't be thrown by the sign saying Haven)-- you need to insert your key card to access the elevator and then you have to insert your key again to access the 18th deck. Very quiet up there -- not very crowded and your own bar. I think you can enter from the other side of the 18th deck and you have to insert your key card, but this is the easiest way. You can also use the stairs and then open the door to the posh area with your keycard. You are also given pink plastic bracelets you are supposed to wear while up there.
Went to the Taste Restaurant to eat lunch the day we boarded -- very quiet and calm to eat at without the chaos of the buffet on the day we leave -- we had a window view and watched people board. I had the shrimp and salmon salad sandwich which was really good
Sunday we met up with the Cruise Critic Roll Call at 11am. Alot of the officers from the crew came and introduced themselves. Thanks to those who set this up, really appreciate it. Met a nice couple at our table -- and also participated in the gift exchange
Ate at the buffet for breakfast and then at Taste again for lunch. I had booked a massage for that afternoon and went to that. The massage was a bit more rough then I liked but good. Only thing I didn't like is the person tried to push the fitness/exercise facility they had after reading my health evaluation form I filled out. I really wanted to tell him I was there for a massage and that's it, but I was polite just said I wasn't interested
We attended the Second City Comedy that evening. Thought it was ok -- sometimes not too funny, good it was free.
Monday: used the Posh deck for a couple hours -- Virtually empty up there, while seeing almost all the pool deck chairs below being used or saved by towels was so glad we had posh passes. There is also a deck above with the same chairs (although no umbrellas) you can use too - and from there you can look into the Haven courtyard
Went to the talk on the Breakaway (the new ship coming soon) and ate lunch at O'Sheehans Pub -- had bar/pub type food.
Despite over 4000 people, never seemed crowded, elevators only were crowded on the day we left which was obvious.
Had booked a pedicure that afternoon and wasn't impressed. The technician tried to sell me some facial stuff -- tried to tell me my eyes were puffy and said she'd give me free stuff and put it on my eyes, then tried to sell me the stuff -- I wanted to tell her I was there for a pedicure not a facial. But was nice and just said I wasn't interested. I'm sure they are told to try and sell the products. Then she shorted me at least 5 minutes, probably a few minutes more, and when I questioned her -- she said I arrive early (which I did) but even with that -- it was still probably 5-8 minutes short. She did deduct my price but acted like it was my fault
Ate dinner at the buffet -- there are so many choices at the buffet we ate there the rest of the week.
Saw the Blue Man Group that evening. Kinda odd -- I can see how the kids liked it -- some gross stuff the kids at certain age liked. Don't think I'd pay to see it on land but it was ok
Thursday: we had signed up a couple days earlier to take a Behind the Scenes Tour -- it was $55 and worth it. Really interesting, was at 10:00am and lasted just over 2 hrs. We learned about the behind the scenes of the entertainment, went to the Main galley and got a tour. They even make all their own bread, and got samples of some of the desserts. Also saw the provisions area -- went to the refrigerators and freezers where the food is stored (that's why the recommend long sleeves). Went to the area where the environmental systems are and learned about how they do that with the trash and waste. Went to the main laundry area. Glad to hear they only changed the sheets once a week (unless requested to do more often). Ended at the bridge viewing room. Definitely recommend you sign up for this tour.
Saw Legends in Concert that evening which was great.