“Nickelodeon Cruise”
Cruise review of Norwegian Epic

Jhawk84 Norwegian Epic 4 Nickelodeon Cruise
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We selected this ship because our daughter is a big fan of the Nickelodeon Network. She chose this over Disney. We liked the fact that the Epic is a relatively new ship. Overall, the ship board experience was good. The cabin was great. My main criticism is the lack of signage. You got to the elevators & stairs via small hallways that bend 90 degrees. There were no signs specifically denoting elevators or passenger stairs, only EXIT signs. Most exits were for emergencies and took you into areas that passengers are not allowed to go. Normally, a midships cabin is the place to be but on this ship, the stairs and elevators are at the ends. Also, the embarkation process was a little disorganized. Once on board, everyone gravitated towards the pool area & buffet. Soon, ALL tables and chairs were taken and the whole place was way overcrowded. The initial greeters on board should do a better job of funneling people to different areas of the ship while they wait for their cabins to be cleaned. The pool area was very nice. We saw the Blue Man Group and the Cirque dinner show. The Cirque show was one of the best I've seen onboard any ship!! The 3 excursions we took were all great but I have to single out the B.O.S.S.(read about it!!) excursion for special honors. The boat and crew were fantastic. The experience was awesome. Its the next best thing to actual scuba diving. Yes its pricey but well worth money. Overall, the food was good - not great. The food in the main dinning rooms was a little disappointing. Our biggest complaint was that fact that they only serve Pepsi products onboard. If you're a diehard Coke drinker, bring some with you!
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Cabin review: Mid-Ship Balcony

Our cabin was on Deck 12 midships. Overall the cabin was nice. The balcony was great. The cabin could have used some additional hooks to hang clothes from. The 3 of us had ample space. The only real downside was that fact that the elevators and stairways were located at the ends of the ship. If you accidentally went the wrong direction, you had to walk the entire length of the ship. The signage on board was poor.

Port and Shore Excursions

Nassau tended to be very crowded with all the booths that were set up near the pier. I would recommend skipping this area and moving on. Even getting from the pier to the 1st street was awkward because you have to go thru an enclosed mall area. You have to go back thru that mall to get to your ship. Here, we did the Sea Lion Encounter. The boat ride over to the sanctuary was nice. Once there, you got to see the dolphins and then we were led to the sea lion part of the sanctuary. There you got to get in the water with a sea lion. The trainer led the sea lion in some usual tricks then you got to get up close and personal with the sea lion. You were allowed to hug, rub it, shake its fin and even kiss it. While this is going on, the trainer is giving factoids about the animal as well as answering questions.
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We went on the Golden Eagle catamaran excursion. The crew and ride over to the beach were great. They had a free open bar and made sub sandwiches for everyone on the return. We found Phillipsburg to real nice. Everyone was friendly. The prices weren't too bad either.
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This was the 3rd time for us in Charlotte Amalie. It is one of our favorite places. We always find the best bargains there - even in during a downpour. We took the B.O.S.S. excursion. Awesome and fantastic were to words most used to describe this experience. The crew of the boat was outstanding. You knew they were serious about your safety but they demonstrated it in a way that helped to calm peoples' fears. If you've ever wanted to know what it would be like to scuba dive, this is the thing for you. While you're down in 10' to 15' of water, you are so busy looking around at the marine life that time flies by. I cannot recommend this trip strongly enough. This is one of the few excursion where you get to spend a lot of time in the water instead of traveling to a beach.
Published 11/18/11
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