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Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by smfguy

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Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Epic
Member Name: smfguy
Cruise Date: November 2010
Embarkation: Miami
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Cabin Category: BC
Cabin Number: 8092
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 5+
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 2.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates 2.0
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The EPIC: pluses and minuses
Pluses

+Boarding process very smooth, we arrived early and were on board in about 20 minutes.

+Cabin decor is beautiful, lots of storage available (we were in standard balcony 8092)

+Comfortable bed, although a bit short

nice casino, good payouts

+Good food generally wherever we ate: buffet, Noodle Bar, La Cucina, sports bar; Moderno Churrascaria and Teppanyaki were outstanding

+Huge sportsbar with lots of TV screens

+Plenty of unique entertainment options; we did the murder mystery theatre (just ok), Cirque Dreams ( a lot of fun with pretty amazing acrobats), Blue Man Group (outstanding)

+Quiet zone sundeck forward of main pool, secluded (access only by elevator in the Great Outdoors Cafe)

+Great fitness center, lots of machines, huge space

+Adult pool area, bar H2O was nice to have as an option

+Friendly staff everywhere

Minuses

--Too many people, ship seemed crowded wherever we went

--Split bathroom design in cabins didn't really bother us, but it's design is clearly meant to give the appearance of more space in the cabin than there really is......for those who desire privacy while using the facilities, the bathroom design is a joke

--The infamous tiny sink really is as small as reviewers say; it's about the size of a large salad bowl....we managed with it, but it was a pain....the faucet mechanism was loose and didn't work very well

--Mandara Spa thermal area is way too small for # of passengers on this ship; we found it uncrowded only when we used it while in port, and even then, only early in the day

--Small swimming pools, none near quiet areas..unless, perhaps, you pay for a Courtyard villa

--Pool deck design crowded, chopped up, no flow, floor surfaces were always wet and difficult to navigate

--There is no promenade deck that circles the ship; two linear outdoor areas on Deck 7 that are completely obscured by lifeboats; the jogging track there is a two-foot wide path that goes only back and forth the length of the ship

--Adult pool (H2O) was pretty crowded and noisy most of the time, lots of teenagers prowling about

--Upcharge for all kids activities, sports

--Itinerary: not much variety; shore excursion options not very appealing

--Spa prices are ridiculous for the services provided

--There is no observation lounge (bar) as on most ships where you can enjoy a drink while watching the ocean.....in fact, there are very few public spaces at all with a view of the ocean....best place to enjoy a cocktail while watching the sunset over the deep blue sea is from your balcony (if you happen to be on the correct side of the ship that evening)

Overall impression

This is a big, flashy new ship that is clean, modern and beautifully decorated....but it forces way too many people into a fairly confined space that is totally focused on the money-making dining and entertainment venues. It just didn't feel like a place to relax with all that frenetic activity....all the time. Not our favorite in the NCL fleet.

Tip

==Book a cabin with the "wavy wall" on the left side as you enter. The bed in those cabins is located next to the balcony which opens up more space in the "bath area". We learned this by comparing our cabin with our next door neighbors'.


Publication Date: 12/02/10
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