1st time cruisers for NCL - Epic sailing 10/210 - 10/9/10 - married - early 40's
I will mention what we felt was the Bad & the Good, the good does out way the bad!
Bad - beds too short I'm only 5ft 6in and my feet hung over the edge. No conditioner or body lotion in the shower, only shampoo and shower gel.
- this may or may not matter to some...we were on deck 9 forward and most if not all of deck 8 is uncovered so you can look down and see the people below. Also the life boats are straight out from deck 8 so the top of the life boat is almost flush with the balcony floor. You could not look straight down and see the ocean you get the view of the top of the life boat and I would think the heat reflecting off the top of the boat would be hot as well.
Good - cabin door closed slowly and very quite, no slamming doors. Curtain to balcony had magnets on the end so you could close the curtain all the way and it would not blow in the wind. You can have the balcony door open a little and no light would come in to keep you awake but you were still able to hear the ocean and get some fresh air.
- bathrooms were of no issue (after all the negative publicity we heard, really no issues) if you need privacy have the person you are traveling with step out. We have done this on every cruise we have ever been on as a courtesy to each other. Cabin rooms are too small no matter how you look at it, totally enclosed bathroom or not. You still hear things.
Food was good every place we tried (we did not try the specialty restaurants) and the service was very good as well.
Embarkation and disembarkation went without a problem, very smooth.
We enjoyed Nickelodeon slime time live (funny) Blue Man Group was fun, Legends in Concert was very good as well.
the water slides were a blast, everyone seemed to enjoy them, from the very young to the old.
cabins had plenty of storage, although I would suggest to bring some hangers if you plan on hanging a lot of stuff up. There were 3 bars in the wardrobe cabinet but only one bar had hangers and they were the kind that could not be removed.
The hubby thought the way the life boats were positioned were a positive. No longer are they hanging above one of the decks where you would have to use the "boom" to push them out over the deck to lower them down, now they just lower straight down? and they have stairs so you would just walk right up into them and get lowered down below.
The pools were never over crowded but there were the parents who let there way too young children in the pool (too young to be potty trained) YUCK!
telephone in the room - awesome - has a full menu on it and its all touch screen, very nice touch.