Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by Big-Bird: Aft balcony cabin 10320
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Aft balcony cabin 10320
This was our 1st cruise. From start to finish we enjoyed it so much we are already looking forward to our next. Our cabin was very comfortable, kept spotlessly clean by our Steward Joy who left us towel animals each night, from puppy dogs to elephants, an eskimo an even a little mouse peeping out of a cup. 10320 has the bed near the door, from other reviews I can see that the bed near the balcony doors is preferable as they give more space near the door / loo area, but we were fine in ours. The aft facing balcony was the winner for us, a little noisy at night because of the engines but earplugs meant I didn't hear the noise.
I did like being rocked to sleep each night by the ships movement, it was very comforting. . In this cabin you are awoken each morning as the ship approaches port and docks, you can feel the change in movement and it gently wakes you up. Just choose whether to go out to the balcony and watch or go back to sleep.
The view from the balcony is More amazing, when we approach ports its like the bay encloses the ship and you see more and more of the land as it docks. Coming out of port you can see all the shore lit up as it disappears from view.
Regarding the entertainment on board, we enjoyed the Blue Man Group and most of all the Cirque show with dinner, the show is so fast paced and exciting, space is limited but they manage perfectly, it's worth double the price. But there is something for everyone. Food onboard is excellent, we utilised the complimentary dining rooms only - great. Superb curries in the Garden Cafe. The Manhattan Room was excellent quality and even room service is free. We bought the soda package, £4.81 pp per day, alcohol package was much too expensive. £34 pp per day, charged for all occupants of the cabin, the price is a joke.
We organised most of our shore trips beforehand,using Viator, v good, we went to Pompeii with NCL and they made a good job of a short time. Our guide Andrea was hilarious.
Every member of staff impressed us, nothing was too much trouble and NCL should be proud of them all.
Boarding and disembarking were a breeze, leaving the ship every shore day was seamless too.
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Loads of storage, bed near the door meant more room near the balcony. Coffee maker, supplies regularly topped up. Well worth the extra for an aft facing balcony. Superb views. 10320 doesn't have a larger than average balcony but in my opinion aft facing are superior. A bit noisier and a little more vibration at the back but not enough to be a nuisance.
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