We were three friends sailing on the transatlantic crossing to Barcelona on NCL's Epic. One of our group had booked a "solo" cabin which worked out well, as our balcony cabin was on the same deck 11mid-ship. This crossing was very smooth, hardly any motion to speak of. The captain actually stated that this was one of the smoothest, best weather crossings ever, with sunshine very day although too windy to spend much time at the pool. This trip had only one stop in Madiera before disembarkation in Barcelona and nine straight days at sea was a bit much, even with all the activities on board with which to be occupied. There were no movies to speak of, a few old ones on the TV in the cabin, and no way to find out what was playing or when. The slot machines in the casino were fun if you were careful not to lose too much. One machine with penguins was a lot of fun; kept me occupied for hours with just $ 20.00. The library is non-existent, glad I had my Kindle reader loaded up with books. The food was very good in all restaurants. We had dinner in Taste most of the time because it was quieter and there was never a wait. La Cucina, specialty restaurant, was just okay, could be that we didn't order the right things. Cappuccino was extra charge which I think should have been included in the specialty dining upcharge. Le Bistro was excellent, extra special and worth the extra charge. Entertainment was also very good, we especially enjoyed Taylor Kundolf in the piano bar (Shakers) where we always ended up hanging out almost every night. There is no request he cannot play and/or sing and it seemed like there were four hands playing the piano, rather than two.
Two appearances by Bud Andersen, a comedian, were LOL funny.
The cabin has plenty of storage space. Impossible for one person to pass the other in front of the tiny sink at the foot of the bed. You could almost sit on the end of the bed and brush your teeth. Beds were very comfortable, although I can see where a tall person would be hanging over the bottom of the bed; they do seem to be shorter than a normal bed. The lights are kept on by having a key card in the slot by the door, but any card will work, i.e. credit card, casino card, etc. We brought an outlet strip which proved invaluable for charging Ipad, reader, etc. all at once. The coffee pot and coffee packets provided in the room made very good coffee. One of the few things that had no extra charge. Shower is a good size, larger than most ships, good water pressure. Thank goodness for the curtain which could be drawn across the toilet and shower area for privacy.
Disembarkation was probably the most organized and fast that I have ever experienced for the 20+ cruises I have taken. Amazing since the ship was full, approximately 4000 passengers. In Barcelona we had arranged a tour with Barcelona Day Tours and they met us at the agreed upon time, showed us the highlights of the city, and dropped us at our hotel by lunch time. This is the best arrangement if staying in Barcelona post cruise. You don't have to drag your luggage around until check in time at your hotel. Our hotel was a small boutique hotel called Regencia Colon, excellent location, lovely rooms, courteous staff, good breakfast.
Would I cruise on the Epic again? Probably not. The price for this transatlantic crossing was too good to pass up. Would I cruise with NCL again. Most likely yes, just not on the Epic, mostly because of the strange configuration of the balcony cabins.