After reading some of the reviews on NCL's EPIC, we were wondering if we had made a mistake in booking this cruise.
Our fears were groundless. The EPIC is a beautiful ship with a very friendly crew. We saw reviews stating that the crew was "rude". We have found in our travels that if you treat staff and natives with respect, you will get the same treatment in return. We feel that the EPIC's staff is first rate.
The food in the "pay" dining areas that we sampled were excellent. We dined in Moderno, Cagney's and the French restaurant "Le Bistro".
We liked the service in "Taste" for "no extra cost" dining better than the hustle bustle of the larger Manhattan room. The menus are the same in both dining rooms. The menu items on the right side of the menu are the same every day, with the left side being different. Don't expect the steaks in the "no extra cost" dining rooms to be anywhere close in quality to the one you will get in Cagney's. We highly recommend the "pay' dining rooms to enhance your cruise experience.
If you book the Spiegel Tent for Cirque Dreams and Dinner, I do not feel that you need to pay the $10.00 up charge for "premium" seats. The tent area is small and if you get in line early for the "regular" seats, you will have a great view of the show.
Legends in Concert and Second City were very good. We are not huge fans of the Blue Man Group, as we had seen them in Las Vegas earlier. This is a show that you will either love or hate....
In Roatan we pre-booked on the web with Victor Bodden tours. On Costa Mayan we pre-booked on the web with Native Choice tours. Both were excellent tours at a much lower price that a tour of that caliber would have been if we had booked through the ship.
Our balcony stateroom was very nice. They are long and narrow, but there is plenty of storage available.
We really like the Freestyle cruising concept. Other lines are adopting some of the free style concepts.
We did not go to the Ice Bar, as we felt the two drink minimum charge was outrageous to see it.
Our only minor complaint was that the cruise Director, Paul, was obnoxious toward guests. We saw two examples of this, one of which he directed at a young child. He tries to be funny, but it's way overdone.
All in all, the cruise was great and we do recommend the EPIC.