“Epic 3/19/2011”
Cruise review of Norwegian Epic

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If you are used to any other NCL ships with intimacy and ability to figure the ship out after 24 hrs, the Epic will not suit you. It is huge.What this did for this ship was make the options greater and allow alot of choices. If you're used to latitude member perks,you wont get them on this ship.

First let me share the best secret we found on the Epic. The first night I went down to guest services and inquired about availability of the Posh Beach Club. It is a key card access only spot with comfy lounge chairs and beds. There is a private bar area and the waitstaff will squirt you down with water if you get too hot, and offer fruit kabobs during the day. No more moaning about the idiots who place towels on loungers at 5:30 am and then never use the chair. There is always a space for you and it truly was heaven on earth. The cost was $59 for the week which was worth every penny.

Also the entertainment, I made reservations on the website for Blue Man Group and legends which saved waiting in line. LOVED Slam Allen, he is fabulous, Howl at the Moon- a big sing along, and second city.

The food was much better on this ship- the buffet was wonderful, plenty of choices and the selections rotated each night. Went to one pay restaurant and also hit the dining room twice.

The pools are terrible on this ship. The big pools midship are for kids.The adult pool in Spice H2O was the size of 2 hot tubs and I felt like I was interrupting several couples who were being passionate. Spice H2O becomes the adult area after dark as well. They offer free, very tasty, appetizers if you want to have a drink before dinner.

Overall every year the prices of drinks and other shipboard activities goes up and up. No more 2 for 1 pricing. I did play Bingo and won but was supposed to get a free ships bridge tour and they never contacted me despite speaking to 2 of the cruise staff about it. Oh well.

We have been to the ports of call before, so we booked our own tours. I love to go swimming so I look for a nice beach.So have fun and relax!

Norwegian Epic Cruises to the Western Caribbean
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Cabin review: Family Balcony

It was weird having the shower and toilet as soon as you walk in the room and being separate. Lots of space for storage. Unfortunately found a condom when we first were in the room- the room stewardess was mortified and made up for it the rest of the trip.We used our balcony alot, most people didn't.It was more spacious than other balconies we've had.

Port and Shore Excursions

Had heard great things about Maya Chan resort. They have a webcam on their website. Unfortunately they were closed for a wedding so we went to Mayaluna hotel. It was nice but we left after 1 hour. Had to pay $25 thru paypal and didn't use half of it. The port is great for souvenirs. There is a senor frogs there, great fun, expensive.If you are going to a pharmacy to but cheaper medications, you'd do better to wait until Cozumel.
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We shopped during this trip. Also went to Carlos and Charlies. On the street parallel to the main drag is alot of shops with different merchandise. Make sure if you buy silver it has the markings showing the percentage of silver.There are also quite a few street perfomers, who appear as statues, and then move at the right moment. Lots of screams from the kids.
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Went to Fosters Beach- the cab ride is $4 per person and it costs $5 per person to get in. Beautiful beach and you get a free drink. There was a man rolling cigars in the shopping area off the dock. Kids will come up to get you to go to their parents store and if you don't buy anything, they ask for money for school. Very sad.
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