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Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by aramcokid: Last Time on NCL


aramcokid
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Cabin 4.0
Dining 3.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 3.0
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 2.0
Rates 3.0
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions 2.0
Value for Money 2.0

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Last Time on NCL

Sail Date: August 2010
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami

Just returned from 7 days in the Eastern Caribbean on NCL Epic. To be fair, our primary reason for choosing NCL was our winning the on board raffle for a free cruise on our last NCL trip (Bermuda). We are not big fans of "freestyle cruising", preferring the more traditional cruise style where you get more personal attention and an assigned table for dinner. We also prefer cruises with fewer kids and teens. Still, we expected much from this brand new ship, and were disappointed.

Boarding was easy and efficient, but when you first walk on the ship you are not greeted (no glass of champagne) and you find yourself in the casino. Call me old fashioned, but I expect to walk into a beautiful atrium with customer service and friendly staff greeting me. Nope, just slot machines and crap tables taking up the center of the ship. The Epic does not have a beautiful central atrium like other ships we have been on, and this was symbolic of the impersonal and somewhat chaotic feel of the More trip. Rather than a cruise ship, the Epic feels like you are in a floating casino/mall, all designed to get your money. Smoking is permitted in the casino, so we frequently walked through clouds of smoke when we moved from one end to the other.

Our room was small but nice. Soundproofing is good and we rarely were disturbed by neighbors. Beds are very small and even at 5"7" my toes hung off the end. Loved the balcony where I spent much time reading. Staff service was excellent both in our room at at restaurants. The sink in the room is a joke. It is virtually impossible to use without getting water on the counter and on yourself. It's noteworthy that every comedy show we went to on the ship made reference to the pathetic little sinks.

Food was a big disappointment on this ship. As always there was plenty of it, but nothing was exciting or noteworthy. Sad to say my favorite meal was the turkey with stuffing they served the last night. Need I say more? Alcohol prices are ridiculous. You order a $7 glass of wine and you get perhaps a quarter glass. Save money and order a bottle. On our last NCL cruise our favorite dinner was in the Italian restaurant (you pay extra). On the Epic the Italian Restaurant was not exciting in any way.

The entertainment was the primary reason we chose Epic and we were pleased. Blue Man Group is excellent, and we had a chance to meet them out of costume and ask questions about their show. The singing group Wildfire was wonderful and took requests, allowing us to dance to our favorite songs. Circus dinner was very entertaining. The magician/comic was truly outstanding. Second city was OK, but nothing fresh.

The pool area continues the chaotic and crowded feel of the ship. There is no large pool, but several hot tubs and smaller pools. The water slides were a blast for young people, but we weren't interested. The pool band was truly awful. There are nice private areas upstairs where you can read and get away from the noise, but no umbrellas or shade are provided.

One sad note. Shortly after leaving Miami the captain announced that we had a medical emergency and were returning to port. We didn't know what happened at the time, but we since learned that a young man died (possibly from a peanut allergy) shortly after we left. Our prayers go out to this young man and his family. Less


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Our room was small but nice. Soundproofing is good and we rarely were disturbed by neighbors. Beds are very small and even at 5"7" my toes hung off the end. Loved the balcony where I spent much time reading. Staff service was excellent both in our room at at restaurants. The sink in the room is a joke. It is virtually impossible to use without getting water on the counter and on yourself. It's noteworthy that every comedy show we went to on the ship made reference to the pathetic little sinks.

Port and Shore Excursions


Nassau is beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We went on a snorkel catamaran trip that was a lot of fun. The reef they take you to is unremarkable and you join dozens of other swimmers as you float around looking at fish. However, if you remember to bring some boxes of cereal from the ship, it is real fun. Start dropping a few cheerios into the water and suddenly you are surrounded by ravenous Sargent Majors. Some swimmers found it scary, but I thought it was very exciting. Wish we had more time in Nassau as I would have enjoyed doing some shopping.

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What a let down. We booked a horseback riding experience ($100 each) that promised a beautiful trail ride followed by a visit to a nice beach where you can take your horses into the water. The stable is located next to the desalination plant. The staff seemed irritated by our presence, as if they had better things to do. The "trail" is a short ride through rough brush and cactus and since I was in the back I heard nothing from the "guide" at the front. You return to the beach next to the desalination plant and walk quickly through the water before a brief return to the trail to sort of dry off. I'm sorry, but for $1000 (what our group paid) you expect something memorable and beautiful, and a staff that makes you feel welcome and respected. Pass on this one.

We did not take time to visit the shops in St. Maarten. It was so hot and humid that walking around was insane. I hear that the French side is beautiful. One down side of a 7 day cruise is that you don't get to spend much time in any one place. You really only have time for one excursion before you need to get back to the beach.

On previous cruises (including NCL) we were given water on the excursions and met at the door with cold, wet towels. Not Epic.


I have family living in St. Thomas so we did not book any excursions. St. Thomas has amazing beaches, and if you want to find the best beaches in the world go to St. John. If I hadn't won a free cruise I would have taken my money and just stayed in St. Thomas for a week.

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