Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by whp: Cruise ship is truly EPIC
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Cruise ship is truly EPIC
It is easy to see why this ship has been so promoted in the media and by the cruise line. As a new ship it does have it's "bugs" which have to be worked out but your choices for entertainment, restaurants, bars, recreation seems to be endless or you can just choose to relax and do nothing.
We were one of the first to board and not being able to make reservations for shows and restaurants on line (like longer cruise passengers can do 45 days in advance), we immediately went to restaurant reservations desk and reserved the ice bar and dinner in Moderno's. Went next to the box office and found out that with limited seating in the "Spiegel Tent" that confirmed space was not available but we could "standby" 30 minutes before performances. We were able to confirm Blue Man Group and Second City Improv. We were told that on the short sailing that Legends would be performing in the Manhattan Room Restaurant and no reservations were necessary.
We then wend to our cabin and More found the new Monden design to have its drawbacks. While it is 180 square feet in size the "curves" in the wall makes the cabin seem smaller. Found plenty of room for storage of clothes which was located across from the sofa. The major drawback seems to be with the bathroom arrangement. The sinks are very small and you can't help but splash water on the carpeting. (Spoke with the executives on board and this is the first to be changed as they realized after the fact of the problem). While having the sink outside of the separate compartments for the toilet and shower is a great idea in principle you are standing on the floot while drying off from the shower. There is a curtain you can pull for privacy but the water on the floor will soon flow to the new carpeting and create a problem. Also no toiletries or soap bars provided. Just shampoo and liquid soap in the shower and next to the sink. We found the balcony to be a good size.
There are so many choices for entertainment, recreation, spa services, and food that no one should be disappointed. We reserved the ice bar before dinner and in my opinion it is worth the $20 charge per person. We had dinner at Moderno's and again I think the service and method of carving the meats at your table makes it worth the $25 charge. There is an extensive salad bar. The vegtables served family style at the table may need some improvement but we most filled up on the meats which were excellent.
We were able to see the following shows; Blue Man Group (included at no cost) and the same 90 minute show people pay $100 per person and up on land. We sat in the front row and were given poncho's just in case. Felt like a VIP. Stood in the standby line and were able to see the Nickoledion Breakfast (if you have children well worth the additional charge of $15 for adults and I think $10 for children); The Murder Mystery Lunch by Second City (Worth the additional charge); The Circ Dreams and Dinner is definitely worth the additional $15 or $20 permium seats charge as the meal of filet mignon and chicken etc makes it seem like a free show which people again pay up to $100 per person for on land (and it lasted 2 hours non stop). Because this dinner conflicted with the time of the Legends Show we did not see but heard it was great at no additional charge (and you pay about $50 per person for that).
We didn't get to sample the bowling or the aqua park but talking to others they say the water slides are exhilirating. I also am a poor bowler but 6 lanes are available.
The casino is huge but I do not gamble so cannot comment on the pay out rate. I did see and would recommend Howl at the Moon with the dueling piano's and the great Blues music in the Jazz Club.
The staff I found to be very friendly and as a new ships there are some "bugs" in the system. NCL will let passengers who have made final payment make on line reservations for all the shows and restaurants. I would recommend it since the show venue's are relatively small compared with other cruise ships of that capacity.
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