lthough it has been a little while, hopefully not having forgotten many details of the ship. Our cruise was the inaugural transatlantic sailing from Southampton to New York and arrived a week later. On arriving at Southampton the ship stood out for its size, is really great. Although there was a place you have to have a proper overview, drew wide attention floors above the deck overlooking the boat as peculiar and strange. The shipment was fairly chaotic and slow, they put us in a cue maker where we were over an hour and half from heat in the terminal. Once on board, our cabin was ready. It was indoors, is quite small and a strange distribution, since one side is the shower and the other is the toilet. The sink is in the cabinet room and was quite uncomfortable, since it is impossible to wash your face without running the faucet and the toilet water splash. It is the small cabin, just look at it is the first time that we could no clothes in the closets. It was assumed that the sail would have a party, band etc. Then nothing. The ship sailed to New York almost furtively. On the boat saw many workers who were finalizing details, especially the technical and communications.
Restaurants: Taste Manhattan, both free, very beautiful and elegant (like the whole boat). The Manhattan is spectacular with its large windows aft. I found the food based on that of the previous cruise was with NCL. It was good, though somewhat short on options. The buffet was spectacular in every way, spacious, clean, diverse, probably the best buffet I know. Contrary to what one might imagine for their size, Epic has no large spaces like atriums plenty of plants, panoramic lifts or anything like that. Its corners are like those of a smaller boat, which does not mean they are much less burdensome. With what I have to be very critical is the distribution of spaces on the ship. There are only two sets of stairs and two lifts. This in a boat length 330m is a real nuisance, because if you're in the middle of the boat, you have to walk more than 200m just to get on you have immediately above. Our cabin was somewhere in the middle of the boat that had to be accessed by a maze-like corridor and had to go yards and yards to reach it. What at first seemed to be an ideal place, proved he was far from everything. I do not even want to imagine in an emergency situation you can think about the people that goes in the middle of the boat cabin. After what I find unforgivable is that the Epic is a ship that can not see the sea. No outdoor veranda bow. Aft can not see because there is a giant screen which almost always cast the bow camera! So neither. There is not the thing, but in the side promenades, plus narrow view of the sea is hampered by the boats, only a portion of 15m is not locked in a boat over 300m!!
Entertainment: The Epic has a star attraction: the Blue Man Group. As the theater is only 400 or 500 locations, operating four days to two daily functions. Need to reserve date and time. This brings the theater is almost always occupied by them and no further action. Indeed, the performance is great, the best I have ever seen. The circus is really small, not fit more than 150 people per performance, you must pay 15 or $ 20, but is very good. There is also a really cool comic magician, laughter guaranteed.
Pools: there are only two very small, as for a boat three times smaller. The waterslides are fine, but they occupy much larger space and takes a long mats between down and down, so the kids are queuing most of the time. This was on an ocean liner which was quite cold and with little children. I can not imagine the queues in the summer in the Caribbean.
Spa: big and broad in absolute terms but in relative terms the size of the boat. Was often crowded. Ship behavior: for a few days we had waves of 3.5 meters and the ship was moving a lot, not only in the upper decks, the lower also. Our cabin had a rough sea bay when you woke up so many times and crackling noises. I think the landing was even worse than boarding.