“OK-ish inaugural cruise.”
Cruise review of Norwegian Epic

foppe Norwegian Epic 3 OK-ish inaugural cruise.
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Rotterdam-Southampton inaugural cruise of NCL Epic. Total chaos in Rotterdam as the terminal is way too small to handle such a big ship, waited in line for 2 hours outside on the pavement. Inside hardly any facilities, seating for only 100 people.

Ship general: It's all about the size and how to put as many people as possible on. For me it lacked sophistication and grandeur, everything was functional, nothing had a real wow-factor. Lots of issues with finishings: pool water overflowing would not drain, part of the ship (villa complex) not finished; general feeling of rather cheap craftmanship, not finished to a high standard.

Stateroom-Standard midship balcony: Smaller than comparable stateroom on Celebrity's Solstice class. The new bathroom design is in reality a way of covering up for the reduced size of the room, there's just no space for a separate bathroom. Sink area cramped and small, water would overflow easy; shower and toilet are plastic cabins, ok but nothing special. Balcony is fine, two standard seats and a small table; dividers were left open to ajoining balconies.

Dining: at least a dozen options, but only 3 without a cover charge. We had dinner and breakfast at the Manhattan Room at the back end of the ship with a great view. Live music during the night, very nice. Quality of the food was good, nothing to complain about, same for the service, very attentive. Only point was the roar of the engines causing the tableware to ramble. For luch we used the buffetrestaurant, also no complaints, great choice, good quality. Entertainment: we visited the Blue Man group show and enjoyed it very much. Quite an unusual performance, lots of fun, highly recommended.

Outside/pool area: it's all about the aquafun waterslides, great for kids, less so for others maybe? In general the whole area lacked atmosphere.

Disembarkation: again not very smooth, about 1 hour waiting while the announcements indicated that immediate disembarkation would be available upon arrival. Summary: NCL Epic is not quite what we had expected, dissappointed in the general lack of atmosphere, it's all about size. Entertainment and food are good but that did not outweigh against the other points. I guess we are spoiled by Celbrity's Solstice class ships and had too high of an expectation of the Epic.

Norwegian Epic Cruises to Nowhere
  • Sail Date: June 2010
  • Destination: Other
  • Embarkation: Rotterdam
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Cabin review: Mid-Ship Balcony

BA12171
Cabin 12171: Rather small; unpractical bathroom set up, small sink. Good location on the ship, no noise issues. Comfortable bedding.

Port and Shore Excursions

Port
Conveniently close to citycenter. Terminal way too small to handle a big ship like the Epic. Total chaos at check-in due to lack of space, people had to stand in line, outside, for 3 hours. Inside only space for 100 people to sit down for a maximum shipcapacity of 4200 ! Confusing information provided, very bad experience.

Terminal was reasonably close to the city, did not explore it as this was the disembarkation point. Not much of facilities in the terminal itself, rather plain and simple.

Published 06/28/10
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