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Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by robergee

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Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Epic
Member Name: robergee
Cruise Date: January 2014
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Cabin Category:
Cabin Number: 11234
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates Not Rated
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Great overall experience!!!

It was for my wife and I our first cruise together but my second since I was on the Disney Magic in March 2010.

From Montreal, we took our flight to Fort Lauderdale on Dec 28 and it was just perfect.

Once on the boat, we found our room easily (#11234) and were very pleased with the comfort, decoration and overall presentation. It is small, like every cabin but with the patio, everything is just perfect.

Rapidly, we found that we would have to pay for many things. We didn't know that the drink packages would have to be taken during the first day preferably and when we found out, it was already too late. Water on the ship is good and we took the opportunity to dring water when eathing at the restaurant and this is not a bad thing :)

As soon as we arrived on the boat, I wanted to book the Blue Man Group show and the Legends in concert and that was a great idea since it booked rapidly and as we were there to celebrate the new year, we had specific dates that we wanted to book these shows.

Blue Man Group was exceptionnal! It was fun and we were sitting in the middle of the 3rd row so it was just perfect as well. We just showed up 1 hour in adavance and the door opened 50 mins in advance so it went very fast and we took that time to read our book and relax...

The Legend in concert show was a very nice surprise! Nicky Taylor, Katy Perry and Elvis Prestley look alike singers were fantastic. We had a great time! It was the 1000th show on the boat so at the end, they brought a cake and made a special event for it....

The food on the boat is also amazing. The only thing we didn't like much was the "buffet" and don't take it wrong, we simply are not "buffet" oriented people cause it was mostly good but nothing to compare with the "a la carte" restaurant. We booked "Le Bistro" on Dec 31 at 21h30 thanks to Nancy, a great french Canadian Customer care attendant that helped us booking this amazing restaurant to have a special diner for this very special day. This restaurant was a 9/10 easily... We strongly recommend this restaurant...

We also booked the famous Teppanyaki wich is a "Japonese restaurant show" it was just as good as "Le Bistro" but with the Entertainment of the funny cooking just in front of your eyes :)

Finally, we booked the La Cucina on Friday everning (last everning of the cruise) and it was a 8/10... but still worth the 15$ charge....

On this cruise, there is ALWAYS something to do! We were amazed to see how many people were going at the gym during this cruise... maybe, just like us, feeling guilty to eat that much :) Pay attention! Some activities have to be paid and we participated to the "abs of steel" training only to find out at the end that it was around 150$ for 4 sessions of around 45 mins.... Pretty expensive but very good class. Since we didn't want to pay 300$ for both of us on top of all the charges, we explained our situation to the trainer and he immediately reimbursed the charge and it was very appreciated. Being 2 french speaking hapy cruiser wasn't always easy for us to understand what was going at all time :)

During the evening, there were parties every evening on the main deck. We took part of the disco party and it was fun. Most of the crowd were adults with some kids/teanagers. On Dec 31, the party on the main deck was filled with teanagers and the music was very loud and kids were running everywhere. It wasn't that fun and quickly, we left that party. It would have been great to have an "adult" party just like the disco one the night before. Among the 1000 people dancing, I think that 950 were kids....

The day after, there was the "bal en blanc" and everyone had to wear a white pants/shirt/skirt.... A great idea but still... to many kids to enjoy the party as we were a couple...

During this cruise, we had one very bad experience... The second day at sea, we decided that we would take advantage of the main dack and try to get a sun tan... I especially woke up at 7h00 to reserve a chair (with 2 towels I carefully lef on the deckchairs with books). We went back there at 8h00 and left again for breakfast and took part of a Wake up activity beside the pool for 15 minutes. When we came back, our chairs had been taken by those 2 (can't really say what I would like to) women that argued with us that it was ok to take our chairs because we weren't there for an hour.... I told them that we went for breakfast and that we took part of an activity. I told them that our stuff was on the chair and that it was clear that we were coming back right after... She told me that there was this rule of "1 hour away" allowing them to take our chairs. She's right... this rule exist. But no one would ever dare taking somebody else stuff, throw it away and make himself home... She had the kind of attitude making you wish she could fall over the bridge and you would'nt even mention it to anyone if you understand what I mean. I would have payed an extra charge to get rid of her at the next port... I wish I would know how to do Voodoo stuff to make her pay for this wasted day at sea...

SO.... NOTE THAT THERE IS NOT ENOUGH DECKCHAIRS FOR EVERYONE (it is obvious that there is not enouph chairs... this is very unfortunate and unacceptable). I understand that they can't put 5000 deckchairs but there is definitely an issue with this. NOTE THAT THERE ARE RUDE PEOPLE WITH A BAD ATTITUDE THAT WON'T BOTHER RUINING YOUR DAY BY TAKING YOUR CHAIR... Next time, i will bring a padlock that no one will be able to get rid off! I will be the only one with the key! After this issue with the cow, we tried to find another spot with deckchairs but believe me... none was available and it was definitely unthinkable for us to take other people's deckchair (as we have respect, class and honor). We then spent our day Inside. Even today, I still hate that women as much as I may hate the number 1 criminal on the FBI list...

Finally, there is one last unacceptable thing. The problem with the deckchairs is not only that there is not enouph... they are in a very bad shape! In the middle of the back, you will feel the metal rod and where it folds, most of them are broken and it created a hole between your ass and your back. The deckchairs were the worse I had ever seen in my life!!! Even worse than the ones that you find in poor Caribbean countries for rent. They are in such a bad shape that I felt shy for Norwegian offering this to their clients who paid several thousand dollars to spend 6 days onboard.... truly unacceptable and unbelievable. Something like that is enouph to bring shadow on the overall experience onboard.

Despite the state of the deckchairs and the story with the 2 stupid women, we would definitelyl repeat the experience with no hesitation. Padlock2 and more towels for the comfort of the chairs would solve the problem!

A special mention to the smoke coming from the casino... it doesn't make sense! It's in the middle of the ship so it ruines the air all around... a real pain....

Another special mention to the personnal and the crew... They are FANTASTIC!!!! Polite, respectfull and very attentionate! A real pleasure to deal and talk with them.


Publication Date: 01/11/14
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