Boarded the Epic Saturday in Fort Lauderdale at about 12:30 pm; 45 minutes later (not bad for a 4,100 passenger ship)we entered through the casino (Deck 6) and found our way one floor down to Taste for lunch. Cabin ready at 2pm. Though a bit unorthodox, we got used to the cabin layout quickly. Having the sink in the cabin area actually improved the closet space which was next to the bathroom; shower on the other side next to the sink (understand that this layout will not be used on new ships - too many complaints). Muster drill again went quickly considering size of the ship. Dinner in Sheehan's (Deck 6), a 24 hour restaurant, comfort food, with bowling lanes. Do not miss the brownie with ice cream; in fact, make time to have more than one during your trip. Howl at the Moon (dueling piano's) are a favorite of ours, and was just as enjoyable on the seas as on land; arrive early and stay late. Blue Man Group was wild, but entertaining. Good idea to book shows in advance. Seats in the More
showroom were all good and comfortable. Day 2 was SuperBowl Sunday. Buffet very well layed out and found everything for a hearty breakfast. Again, because of the size of the ship, we decided to find Spice H20, adults only (Deck 15 & 16) early and get our seats for football madness. Pool, hot tubs, food and drink, tables with umbrellas and lounge chairs are available. Huge screen and full house for the game; great fun. Monday - sea day - pool area is right next to stage area and Great Outdoors restaurant. Area gets very, very crowded - get there early. Had a wonderful dinner in Moderno Churrascaria (Brazilian - style) - salad bar and bread fill you up, but save room for the wonderful meats served by very professional wait staff. Well worth the extra fee of $20.00 pp.
Tuesday - St. Maartin - not as quaint as I remember, but offers a nice beach, port shopping and restaurants. Dinner in Manhattan Room - nice music while eating; food was good. Fat Cats Lounge - Charlie Love and the Silky Smooth Band are great. Other musicians will jam with the band after their venue. Very entertaining.
Wednesday - St. Thomas - beach day, Sapphire Beach; take a cab ($10.pp), beautiful water and beach (next to resort). Look for the cute ducks and iguanas.
Good shopping right near the dock. I actually found the liquor prices on the ship comparable or better than stores on shore.
Thursday - sea day. More sun and food! Casino - no luck. Legends in Concert - the guy playing Steven Tyler was terrific. Lady GaGa and Elvis also very good.
Friday - Nassau. Looks like they are trying to clean up Bay Street, with several shops (jewelry) going into one big store. Straw Market also cleaned up somewhat; different, though - no faux designer purses any longer.
We very much enjoyed our stay on the Epic. Our stateroom (10153) was in a good location near the elevators, and just down a few floors from the buffet. The room was always spotless, though we did not see the attendant very much. Entertainment - Vegas style - was great. Also, Apolo Duo in Atrium, Music with Scott Stowe (Maltings) - all good. Due to the size of the ship you will be walking a lot; sensible shoes help. Have to applaud NCL's new photo recognition program - never enjoy having photo's constantly taken then placed on review boards in the photography area for purchase (don't have the patience to go through all the photo's). On the Epic, photographers take you picture, and with photo recognition, all your pics are placed in binders, by your room number. Actually purchased two photos. Great idea. Bring your own reading material - no library to speak of (Maltings). We left the ship with our bag; very crowded elevators; if you plan to leave on your own, do it early. SuperBowl next year - ok by me. Enjoy! Less