NCL really seems to consider its clients on its ships. The Epic is unique from other ships in many ways. Very well planned and easy to get around. Even though there are only two banks of elevators on such a large vessel, we mastered the ship in a day or two and we were exactly mid way between both banks.
The variety and quality of entertainment is the best we've experienced and all venues large and well designed. To assure seats for the main shows, you will need to reserve your seat at the box office. We saw the Blue Man show (twice), Cirque dinner show, Comedy show, Second City show, Blues band in Fat Cats, Blue Man interview, Legends show, Deal or no Deal show and watched a movie on the huge TV screen in the Atrium. Great quality entertainment.
Two pool areas. Main pool very hectic and is where families with kids hang out. Quiet pool at back of ship has tiered seating, a small pool and two hot tubs and is for adults only.
Dining is NCL casual. Two main dining rooms (same menu) are not the standard dining venues...one has a fancy style supper club theme and the other has more of a bistro style theme. There is also an Irish Pub venue and a very well designed buffet. There are also several specialty restaurants for an added fee. The food was fantastic with a good variety and both had special choices each night.
This ship was a true pleasure. The hotel and service staff were very friendly, accommodating and efficient. Our cabin steward, Jerry, was one of the best ones we've ever had. Would definitely cruise on the Epic again.