This was our first cruise with NCL after two previous cruises with Royal Caribbean.
THE SHIP - Huge and very impressive. Layout and decor was excellent. We found it easier to navigate our way around the ship than we expected. Pool area was fine if under utilised due to the weather.
CABINS - No problem with shower, toilet arrangements. I think the negative aspects have been over exaggerated. The bed was something of an issue as I am 6 feet 4 but I still slept reasonably well. The balcony was an adequate size but didn't get used as much as expected due to the weather.
RESTAURANTS - We didn't use the premium venues so can't comment. The food and service was good in Taste and seating was always available. The freestyle concept worked for us as we ate there at a range of times. I thought the choice of food in the Garden cafe was excellent and we enjoyed our meals there. The food in the other bars was more than adequate for an afternoon or late night snack
ENTERTAINMENT - Although not normally lovers of jazz we thought the best and most entertaining act was the Slam Allen blues band. They interacted well with
the audience and everyone seemed to be having a good time.
We were disappointed in the Blue Man group after all the hype and lost interest after about 20 minutes. The duelling piano players didn't really do it for us either although we only saw them early in the evening so maybe things livened up later.
We enjoyed the Bliss club and thought the Cruise Director did a good job with the various theme nights. It was just a pity that the outdoor Spice H20 couldn't be used more due to the weather.
We thought the daytime band by the main pool were too loud.
We knew what to expect but I still think there could be a better way to cross the Atlantic. One or two Caribbean Islands instead of the Azores would be better or maybe one or two Canary Islands. It would have guaranteed better weather for a few days.
We had 50 mph gales for 2 or 3 days but the ship stood up well to them and although you could feel some rocking it didn't seem to affect most passengers.
It was a bit laughable that the nightly magazine kept on predicting following day temperatures of 77 - 81 degrees and sunny weather whereas the reality was 61 - 65 degrees and almost complete cloud cover.
Overall we enjoyed our cruise and will certainly consider NCL and the Epic in future.