Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by PhoebeMiller: GREAT, but conservatives (both money and beliefs) beware!
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GREAT, but conservatives (both money and beliefs) beware!
I've decided to write a review in what I hope is an easy-to read format. Please keep in mind that this was my first cruise (although I've traveled around the world and I've enjoyed quality food and entertainment).
BALCONY CABIN: Loved it. Beautiful, spacious, comfy, lots of storage. But, housekeeping wasn't too good. Toilet bowl and shower wall were dirty upon arrival. Closets were smeared with fingerprints all over. Toilet bowl not cleaned on 1-2 other days.
EATING: The buffet was very good, but not excellent like the ones I've been to in Las Vegas hotels. The other included dining were also very good. As for the specialty dining we tried, Le Bistro was excellent. Moderno was not good. If you have been to a churrascaria (like Texas de Brazil) you will be disappointed with the slow service and quality of the meat. Noodle bar was pretty good, sushi bar was slow service and too small menu.
OUTDOOR: Pools were small and usually crowded so didn't interest me. More Jacuzzis were beautiful and great, usually crowded but we would go in the afternoons/evenings when less people. LOVED the slides, but the lines were looooong! (on sea days waited 30minutes-1hour for the orange and the green one) Lots of kids. Rock-climbing and rappelling was great. Spider-web is ONLY for people that weigh 125lb (husband was disappointed) So mostly kids were there, but I'm less than 125lb so I got to do it, it was incredibly fun. Bungee cord activity was broken the whole week (disappointing for a new ship). Ice skating was terrible, it's not real ice, you can barely skate on it, barely anyone was doing it.
INDOOR: Atrium area with the giant screen is ok but didn't really hang out there. Gets very crowded for movies. I don't like the concept of Blue Man Group, but most people loved it. The talent aspect of the Cirque dinner is amazing but I didn't like the storyline (too many sexual references and immodest content, definitely would not bring my kids- yes I'm very conservative). The talent of the comedian/magician was amazing and he is funny, but again, too many sexual references. Same goes for the Second City and Legends in Concert. As mentioned above, this is from my conservative perspective.
SHIP OVERALL: Very fun ship, lots to do, great food and entertainment, but be prepared to spend money because there are many extras (examples: specialty dining, specialty drinks, bingo, casino, ice bar, bowling, cirque show, murder mystery lunch, spa services, certain fitness classes, video arcade, movie rental, wine or beer tastings).
TIPS (I got most of these from cruisecritic but want to pass along): -Bring your own sodas -Bring coffee mugs -Participate in the activity card signature program (ask onboard) -Reserve early and online for everything you can get a reservation for! -Get in line at least 1/2 an hour early -Get to all things early (movie showings, slides, rockclimbing, etc) -Take a shoe caddy (although plenty of space, this is just convenient), use a hanger upside down to hang it from shower door. -Go to the cruisecritic meet and greet!!! -Remember they charge extra for the souvenir cups (ask to get drink in regular cup) -There is a "drink of the day" in certain places (example: Fat Cats, Headliners) where souvenir cup is free. -From the buffet, go downstairs to La Cucina if you want to eat in peace and quiet for breakfast or lunch. -Elevators get crowded, use stairs when possible. -One of the glass elevators is for suites/villas only, the other is for the rest of us, find it and go to deck 19, it's neat. -Go to the bridge viewing room. -Take binoculars!!!! -If you want quiet time in pool or jacuzzis, go in late afternoon/early evening, when everyone else goes inside to get ready for dinner. -Slides lines are terribly long, but if you go during the last hour (around 6pm) it's a little better. -On embarkation day, go rockclimbing and rappelling! Little to no lines. -If you are 125 pounds and under, by all means, try the spider web. It's so much fun. -There's specialty inside the specialty! (Le Bistro lobster extra $10, in addition to the $20 cover charge)...saw this on other menus too. -If you're going to do the spa day pass, do it early or reserve if possible. We left it for the 4th or 5th day and it was all booked for the rest of the week. -Pull the bed forward for more length. Less
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