Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by hopeinjamul: 11 nights Transatlantic cruise not too long, if on the EPIC

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11 nights Transatlantic cruise not too long, if on the EPIC

Sail Date: May 2011
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Miami

Our first time sailing with NCL and their freestyle dining system. We were very happy about everything pertaining to this cruise. The price was right. We had a balcony-forward which was partially enclosed for protection, but that meant a larger and more private area for our enjoyment. The embarkation went smoothly. As we had read online before departure, we knew the staterooms were on the cozy side and configured somewhat non-traditionally. Our room had the restroom area, then bed, then couch area, then the balcony. That was very uncomfortable as there was a choke point by the sink and vanity area. We did end up requesting the vacant room next door which had the flip arrangement with the bed nearest the balcony door. That felt more "right" and helped ease congestion.

The ship was beautiful; the staff very professional, friendly and helpful; the entertainment opportunities were great. The ship did not sail full so we never experienced big crowds or lines. The food at the buffet More was nice, but not as elaborate or varied as I imagined from what I had read. Even so, for the price and considering other eateries on board, the buffet was hardly a problem! We ate at the "free" Manhattan Room almost every evening, and were able to get in whenever we showed up. The option of sharing a table with others was terrific because we met so many great and interesting cruisers! We did have an opportunity to partake at the French Bistro (courtesy of our booking agent) and truly enjoyed the ambiance, service and delicious food.

Overall, we were enthusiastic about our time aboard NCL's Epic and plan on sailing with this line in the future. Less

Published 06/18/11

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