“7 Days on the Epic”
Cruise review of Norwegian Epic

pr70 Norwegian Epic 4 7 Days on the Epic
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Travel into Miami and the port is simple and uneventful. The appearance of the Epic is that of a hotel that has been turned on its side. It's massive. Embarkation is straightforward and without problems. Our cruise was about 75% full.

This ship has only two sets of elevators, so on a ship over 1100 feet long a lot of walking will be required. Bag delivery was by 6:00 pm, life boat drill easiest I have seen.

The food on the ship is good to very good. Except for breakfast, real ice cream is available all the time (not so on other cruise lines). Except for trying to get lunch after embarking we never encountered any wait or lack of availability of the extra cost eateries. "Taste" and "O'Sheehans" are the hidden gems on the dining agenda. We used O'Sheehans for breakfast each day.

The entertainment is excellent. Blue Man Group, Legends, and Cirque are not to be missed. Some shows will fill up early, so make reservations accordingly.

There are several shops, and prices are very reasonable. Our cabin steward was competent and friendly.

Disembarkation was the easiest we have had on any of the cruises we have taken. One hour from the time our baggage tag color was called until we were through TSA security check at Miami airport.

The Western Caribbean stops are disappointing. My husband and I have decided that we have had about enough of visiting ports and looking at impoverished conditions everywhere more than 1/4 mile from the end of the pier.

Now for the bad - the cabins are at least as bad as many other reviews have portrayed. If your cabin has raised sides on the shower unit, you are taking your life in your hands climbing in and out. The commode space is tiny-it's a fancy porta-potty. The basin is in the middle of the cabin, and the bowl is only about 3" deep. Water splashes out every time you turn the water on. Anyone over 5'5" will have their feet hang over the end of the bed. There is not room to pass one another between door and balcony. Privacy is non-existent.

The ship is kept very cool to cold, partly to cut down on the spread of germs. The ports of call on our trip were all very hot and humid. The changes in temperature caused me to disembark with an upper respiratory infection, and I have heard that others in our group also came back sick.

Overall, we rate this cruise as "OK." This was our 6th cruise in the last 6 years, and with the exception of changes caused by dodging a hurricane a few years ago this was the poorest selection of ports we have visited.

Norwegian Epic Cruises to the Western Caribbean
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Cabin review: Family Mini-Suite with Balcony

Port and Shore Excursions

Costa Maya is pretty much out in the middle of nowhere. It's a stop for shopping. Some of our friends have been one of the tours for Maya ruins and said it was OK. The shops are the usual combo of jewelry and crafts. Several people said that the beach area was not very good. There were several opportunities to observe local dances by different groups from the area. I was pursued by one salesperson when I left a jewelry store because I would not purchase a pendant. He was trying to use the old bait and switch routine. Be prepared for very aggressive salespeople.

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We took the ship's excursion "Best of Cozumel and shopping". The guide was good. The stop at the museum was too short. It was very interesting. We made too many "shopping" stops at tourist traps. The drive through the beach area was the best of the excursion and very pretty. The stop at the "tequila factory" was another trap. We agreed that we should have skipped the tour and just stayed in the shopping area downtown. We chose not to eat on shore, but the Hard Rock Cafe, Senor Frogs, and the other restaurants were doing a good business. We found our souvenirs without being pestered by various vendors in the main shopping area. Cozumel appears to be more prosperous than the other ports we visited, but it's evident that the current economy has effected the tourist business.

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We took the ship's tour "Best of Roatan Island". The tour guide was very competent and did an excellent job. We were unaware that there was a boat trip on this particular excursion. It was a bit hard to maneuver getting in and out of the boat. Most of the shopping was located in the gated Town Center. If you choose to walk into town, the children will be begging and tugging on your arms and clothes. It is safe to go into the town. The island is extremely green and lush. The tour guide did say it is rather expensive to live there.

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Published 10/06/10
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