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Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by kingading

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Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Epic
Member Name: kingading
Cruise Date: October 2011
Embarkation: Barcelona
Destination: Transatlantic
Cabin Category: B6
Cabin Number:
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   3.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Cabins 2.0
Entertainment 5+
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 4.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 4.0
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A mixed bag
The Epic is a large ship, and like most in that category it has its definite strengths, and weaknesses too. I recently returned from a Transatlantic repositioning cruise, embarking in Barcelona and returning to Miami. The Epic, as large as it is, lacks the "Wow" factor found on other ships that I have sailed. It lacks an Atrium, and the ship seems to lack a certain "flow" or symmetry. The much discussed cabins (folks seem to either love them or hate them), are a miss, in my opinion. My cabin (large balcony) seemed to be smaller than comparable cabins on other ships. The unusual bathroom/shower/sink configuration, might have looked interesting on an architects drawing board, but really doesn't work and leaves one wondering, "what's the point"? The cabins have an interesting curvilinear "Jetsons like" look. Nary a straight line to be found, and a lot of handsome wood accents. Lighting can be set to match any mood. However, after a week or so, I found myself missing the more conventionally shaped cabins, which I feel utilize space better.

The ship was only around 70% full on this trip, and yet seemed crowded. Sailing at or near capacity, the Epic would seem cozy, indeed!

I'm not a gourmet or picky eater, so had no complaints with the food. Sailed on Celebrity a year ago, food probably wasn't as good on The Epic, but still quite adequate. If you are a cruiser who likes a lot of activities on board, you won't be disappointed. This is where The Epic shines. Blue Man group was a near Vegas quality production. Cirque dreams was equally impressive. The FatCat Blues club, is a great venue, and the house band, Slam Allen, is as good as it gets, on or off shore. For those so inclined, a bowling alley (two, actually) is on board.

To sum up, cruisers who like to be entertained and prefer a casual cruising experience would probably find The Epic to their liking. More sophisticated/experienced cruisers should probably look elsewhere.

Publication Date: 11/30/11
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