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Norwegian Epic Aft-Facing Balcony Staterooms feature floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to a private balcony. With room for up to three they include a separate bathroom with shower, two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed, a sitting area and additional bedding to accommodate one more. These Balcony Staterooms are aft-facing, so the view from your balcony is amazing.

Aft-Facing Balcony (B1)
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11471
The rooms have some clever enhancements compared to other ships, including: -Well designed notification signs outside the door-clean for: room/make up room/welcome/turn down bed; -A clothes hamper under sink and lots of storage in the room; -The sink in bedroom, providing better access We have been disappointed by our cabin stewards on recent cruises, but our cabin steward Yennie was very good and personable; she even knew our names before we met her. If you like to use the stairs, cabins on deck 11 are half way between action decks of 7 and 15. Things to consider on this ship which are not ideal: -The toilet and shower offer little privacy, so know cabin mates well! -Select room with bed close to the deck as the entrance too cabin is tight when the beds are close to the door. -The is not much to watch on TV -Select a room with no door adjoining the next room if you want more storage and more closet space -Nice large balcony on aft balcony cabins, but lots of water noise and shaking from propellers.
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10127
Cabins are very small, can not swing a cat, bathroom needs some getting used to!
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1204
Inventory Helper ohmranger1
Wasted money. I love walkin thru my bathroom to enter to cabin. The curved surfaces are neat but total unfunctional. The lighting is horrible, the only place to read is lying down in bed. The couch is uncomfotable, you can't see anytrhing from it. The curves have you facing the closet. The cabin Stewart eas terriffic.
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13282
Disappointed in Rome PuggleLover
Terrible room configuration. Very limited space to move about. I HATED the shower and toilet closets. The designer should be taken out and flogged. The sink is in living area is ridiculous and not a pleasant sight. The bed is uneven and uncomfortable. The carpet was stained and in need of repair. The only redeeming factor is the balcony
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First cruise review Cumbriangal
Excellent cabin. Quiet and lovely balcony
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9298
This is a handicap-accessible room, which is very large. The balcony is much larger than some we have had on other Norwegian ships lately. The bathroom is accessible, so it is not split like some of the bathrooms on the Epic. The toilet, shower and sink are all in one room.
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8212
nice cabin, horrible horrible experience
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Very disappointed sailwoman

the view was great


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11314

As many other reviews have shared, the shower and toilet are not very private, I traveled alone,so it was OK, but would have been very uncomfortable if I had had a roommate. Also having the sink in the main cabin was kind of weird. With the shape of the room, they have made the bed rounded, so it is very short. Here is my biggest complaint with the cabin, the lighting around the mirrors was horrible! But .....there is a huge amount of storage in these cabins.


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10319
Great Cruise! vv3104

The cabin was great! The only noise we ever heard was the ocean sounds! The room was well kept, Reggie our cabin steward was great and each night we had a cute towel animal/chocolates waiting for us. He was awesome, attentive and made us feel special!


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13281

Terrible service. Nice spa and ice cream.


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9295

An aft balcony is the best... we will choose an aft balcony cabin any day. We enjoyed the use of the two reclining loungers and the quite experience of being at the back of the ship with passenger cabins both above and below us. Good cabin!


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12316

Most balcony rooms have the curvy shape I guess is practical in some way that is less than obvious to me. The aft-facing balcony is very private. Hardly any traffic. With the doors closed, you can't hear a sound and on just one or two occasions I could hear music coming from the 15th deck but only on the balcony. The complaints about the bathroom situation I feel are overblown. The shower and toilet areas are good size. The smoked glass is smoked but you can still see what one is doing in there. That is why there is a curtain separating this area from the rest of the room. The sink in the main area we actually found convenient. We had concerns about seasickness hence the aft room. We did notice the front of the ship does rock more. There is some vibration from the engines in the back but just like being in a car. It doesn't go away except at port which might annoy some but personally I like hearing the water and the privacy.


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13282
Epic Adventure 2015 dirtybird4048

I hope they find a new steward for this area!! Nato wasn't attentive to anything!!!


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13284

Our cabin was somewhat quirky as the sink was in the main part of the cabin. A really quite unnecessary quirk in our opinion. Other than that, the cabin was adequate, the air conditioning was good, and it was serviced well. A decent balcony too. Being aft facing it was really very quiet as there was little passing "traffic".


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8211


Cabin: I was in cabin 8211 an Aft – Balcony. The look of the room is beautiful. The wood and curve design. The narrow passage through the cabin is even forgivable. The major problem that I have is the toilet setup. You have a glass sliding door similar to an enclosure on a bath tub at home but it is from floor to ceiling. The toilet is positioned right next to the bed with a curtain that blocks off the toilet and shower on the opposite side of the room, both at the entrance to the cabin. Ok, all the sounds and smells that occur in the toilet will be in the entire room. If you are a big person, as I am, closing the door will result in very tight quarters.

The sink is in front of the bed and water splatters all around it when you wash. The shower is not so bed, larger than many that I have sailed with including my recent Sun voyage. My shower head was cracked resulting in water spraying from the sides of the head, it just meant keeping the sliding door only open enough for me to stick my arm in to test the water before getting inside.

I found my coffee pot with coffee still in it from the previous guest. I had to ask my Steward to clean or replace the coffee pot (he rinsed it and put it back- it still had water droplets on it and didn’t look clean – I never used it.) and to clean the toilet as there was a smell of dried urine.

There was some bird poop on the balcony railing but I just cleaned it off, I can’t fault the steward because that could have happened while the ship was in port.

There is a lot of storage in the cabin. Two large closets, three very large drawers below the closet (I only used one drawer and still had plenty of space). There is storage above that couch and below the sink (not sure what you would put in the one below the sink). I brought a nightlight as I usually stay in inside cabins but the light from the phone illuminates the room enough that you really don’t need it. I placed my large suitcase under the bed.

I use a CPAP machine and because of the shelf design on the bed I had to improvise its location. I pulled the stool from the counter next to the bed, placed the luggage protect between the top of the stool and the machine. I brought a long extension cord and surge protector but there is such a small distance between the counter and the bed that I didn’t need the extension cord, I just plugged right into the surge protector on the counter.


The bed was two twins put together for a queen sized. It was uncomfortable to lay in the center of the beds because the crack between the two mattresses was very noticeable. I thought that cruise lines put a cover over the cracks for comfort. I never noticed that on any other cruise where the beds were put together including previous NCL cruises.

There is a safe above the counter with more storage around it. To set the code press reset and enter a four digit code then press lock. To open, re-enter the code.

Above the sink is a place for your toiletries (behind the mirror) and a plug for a shaver. There is a hair dryer next to the stool at the counter. A mirror is across the counter.


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10323
2nd Trip on Epic! photogcrazy

Cabin was great, good layout, could use a bit more storage but very comfortable.


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9293

Bed was by door, sofa by balcony. Room steward was Ricardo. We had three adults in the room and it worked fine for us even though the space was small. Epic has so many storage spaces that we were able to easily able to keep all our misc junk/shoes stored out of sight. My dad wakes up multiple times during the night to use the bathroom, so we wanted the bed to be closer to the bathroom to make life easier for him.

Ricardo brought us a third chair for the balcony. My dad found that the distance to the aft elevators was close enough for him (12 -15 rooms away) that his knees didn't bother him.


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10317

This cabin is located in the aft, starboard corner.

Our cabin had one light over the couch that we could never get to come on. The only real usable outlet is under the desk. We brought an extension cord which was necessary, but we found it unplugged every day after the cabin was made up. The outlet itself was pulled out of its housing and hanging by wires...which we know our cabin steward had to have seen since she unplugged our extension cord daily. One would have thought this safety item would be tended to. The in cabin mini fridge was a nice perk but the temp inside was barely cold and we didn't see any way to adjust it. The lighting above the sink and the make up mirrors is terrible! I had a hell of a time putting on make up as you cannot really see what you're doing. There is only about 18 inches of space between the sink and the bed. We always had to plan who was going to be on which side of the cabin as you had to coordinate walking around the bed. In this cabin, the bed is next to the toilet. Would have preferred the opposite where the bed is next to the balcony. Since the cabins are all in a wave pattern, the cabin directly next to ours (10319) had the preferred arrangement. Our friends were staying in that cabin so we were able to see it.

This cabin (in the corner next to the secret stairwell) has a slightly larger balcony than the other aft cabins. The partition part that swung open between our cabin and 10319 where our friends were staying was only about 1/3 of the size of the partition itself. Its important to note that not all partition openings are equal! The partition between 10319 and 10321 was very small (about a foot wide) and was situated in the rear of the balcony, against the cabin - as opposed to in the front/water side. The partition was locked but based on CC comments, we brought the perfect tool to open it - the handle side of a small pair of nail clippers. Our steward never locked it during the week which we partially expected to have happen since NCL frowns on them being open.

We didn't particularly mind the toilet/sink/shower configuration but it is different and may be uncomfortable for those who are more modest. The sink is quite small and shallow so some may have difficulty shaving. We did like the glass shower doors which eliminated the dreaded water on the floor outside the shower curtain. There is an in cabin small coffee maker with cream and sugar. The shower has wall mounted shampoo and soap only. There are no complimentary toiletries.

The storage in this cabin is insane. Storage and hidden compartments everywhere. Too bad they couldn't have taken some of this space and turned it into usable cabin space.

This will be our first and our last aft cabin. While we love the quiet in the hallway as there is no traffic going by, we really enjoy sitting on the balcony while sailing. The noise from the water spray is so loud that it made it quite difficult to talk or listen to our music at any level other than LOUD. There is also a bit of a rumble when coming into or leaving port. It's not terrible, just something to point out.


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9292
Looking elsewhere EdandDebbie

Nice room small but lots of storage. Nice balcony and view.


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9297

Extra large cabin similar to suite as it's a handicapped cabin. The shower has a bench seat and safety bars. Loud engine noise when sailing. The whole cabin shudders when entering the port.


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9205
Amazing! catharsis_vc

Our room service staff was so nice, he learned our names from the day we arrived and greeted us everyday and made sure everything was always a-ok. All the staff on board were very nice and offered exceptionnal Customer service, they all seemed to go the extra mile for us. Thank you for an amazing stay!


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11319
My Epic vacation!!! sunlover41
great balcony, some engine vibration heard, liked the bathroom set-up, very comfortable bed
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11313
Norwegian Epic jozni85
Room was nice with a ton of storage. Beds were terribly hard and uncomfortable. You either lie on your back or front or get bruises on your hip bones.. reminded me of camping in a tent. Balcony was really good but because we were at the back of the ship the engines and oceans were really loud - couldn't really talk to each other. Regardless of the noise of the engines we spent a lot of time on the balcony because the ship was so crowded.
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9289
Great cabin and large balcony, but having the bed near the balcony is definitely better. Location on deck 9 convenient to elevators and walking all around the ship. Elevators were not crowded as some have experienced.
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8213
We had an aft-facing balcony, room 8213, and it was super small. I mean tight. And the shower and head were at the end of the room where the door was. So if the housekeeper or room service knocked when the other person was taking a shower or using the bathroom, you could see their sillouette. The head had a frosted glass door and it was a bit uncomfortable if you had to go when the other person was sleeping because you can hear everything. I was with my husband, but have a little bit of modesty and would rather have privacy while doing my business. I can't imagine sharing a room like this with someone you are not intimately familiar with. There was a lot of hidden storage, which was cool, but I kept forgetting where I put stuff. The light switches were in odd places and there was only one outlet for electronics. Hair dryer was good, I am very picky about my hair and was pleased that I had not packed a dryer and there was a good and strong dryer in the room. No iron or steamer, expensive to send clothes to be pressed. 2 beach towels that you got charge $25 each if they were missing from your room at the end of the trip. I put one in the hamper one night and they didn't replace it so I had to ask the housekeeper to replace it. Our housekeeper Roberto was phenomenal. He was super accomodating and greeted us every morning with a smile and well wishes, even remembering our names! I had read that it was noisy on the 8th floor, because you were close to all the activities. But it was not, you could only hear the wonderful noise of the water.
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12315
Epic relaxation hsmcruise
12315 - since this connects to a suite, the door eliminates some storage. great views from balcony. inside cabin 12305 had more storage
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9289
Not So Epic jaydro
Standard-size stateroom with a larger, slightly wider balcony. Great view out the back. Lots of violent shaking when coming into port.
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11317
Cabin 11317: B1 category, aft-facing balcony. Ample storage space on wardrobe closet and drawers; suitcases easily fit under bed for extra storage. Balcony has great views and is covered, which was great for people who like the shade. Very quiet (aside from the sounds of the waves coming out of the back of the boat) -- at least two floors of passenger cabins both above and below this cabin. We had a great trip in this cabin and would recommend this particular cabin without hesitation.
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11316
Cabin was fine. Not huge but lots of storage. Only issue was amount of space between bottom of bed and vanity area. Very small.
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8214
Western Med on Epic honeybee100
Aft Balcony-great view, plenty of storage, quiet, except noisy and vibrations in the morning when docking.
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12316
The stateroom was plenty big enough, the shower/toilet configuration was no issue for us, and the aft-facing balcony was perhaps the best choice we made. Views were spectacular coming into and leaving ports of call. The stateroom steward was incredibly helpful and attentive.
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9293
Lots of storage. Bed is next to entryway which makes for cramped moving around when getting dressed. This configuration works well when you have a sleeping child because they are not disturbed by moving around. Cabin is in the aft and has a great view and large balcony. There will be significant vibration and noise when docking and undocking on port days.
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13286
An EPIC time on the EPIC! LivingLifetotheFullest
13286 - AFT FACING - Great location, awesome view, more than enough storage space and lots of room to move around; excellent balcony; some vibrations - especially when ship turning of docking.
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10317
NEVER AGAIN enchantedcruiser
Great view Tiny everything
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10322
10322, Aft-Facing Balcony NIAGRA FALLS! Incredibly loud prop/wake noise (no, not a waterfall gently trickling, Niagra Falls!). Strong vibration when the ship approaches a port; be prepared to be awoken early on port days as you and everything in the cabin will rattle as the ship is slowed. The cabin does have a great view, especially when leaving ports. Don't expect a lot of sunshine on the balcony, only in late afternoon (southbound) and early morning (northbound). Very small/short bed and even shorter sheets. If over 6', you will not fit on the bed. Tons of storage space for hanging clothes. Super clean and neat. If looking for tranquility, book a balcony facing either side, not on the back.
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13291
Connecting door lost us some storage space. Vibrations when docking woke me and I am a heavy sleeper normally. View from the balcony was excellent. Quiet location.
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10317
At the back of the ship. See review for bathroom, size,etc.
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13284
The cabin itself was too small for comfort. The smallest of any cabin we've experienced on any NCL Ship. The bed was too short. The balcony was OK, about 6'X 9'. Plenty of storage in cabin. Probably the best we've experienced.
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13278
Best. Vacation. Ever! fsuhockette
Great room. Amazing views. Quiet location. Loads of noise and vibration when docking but the views while in port certainly make up for the early wake up call.
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11316
#11316--aft cabin overlooking stern. Poor layout-supposedly for three persons but two only comfortable because we are good friends. Larger than average balcony. Not a problem for us, but long walk (obviously) from fore of ship. Sink splashes, shower steps out in back of door, translucent barrier around toilet not suitable for two strangers.
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9297
We had an aft facing balcony (9297). It was in a wonderful location and offered fantastic views and a fine place to get away from everyone and everything. The closets were plenty big and there was more than enough storage.
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13278
we loved our balcony we were on the aft the back i don't think i would pick this location again it was too noisy and too much vibration but my husband liked it, the view on back is amazing and he would pick it again if it was up to him!
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11314
Port-corner aft-facing balcony. Very noisy with lots of vibration while underway. Hallway outside is quiet since it's the very last cabin. Larger than average balcony. Not reccomended because of the noise and vibration.
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10317
The toliet situation in the rooms. It is a bit weird and small for a 250lb man. I can see some peoples complaints on it, as if you are going #2, and have people in the room, you are sh** out of luck. Crank the tv and hope no one is close by. Shower is small but was ok. We enjoyed our room, even though it is a bit tight at times. We loved the balcony, adds space to the overall room.
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10318
Great location, end ba stern back on port side. Balcony is wider than usual - will hold 2 chairs, tiny table and lounger leaving room to move around,
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11320
EPIC disappointment Cabin11320
# 11320: Tiny cabin facing toward the rear. The balcony was actually adequately sized, but the furniture consisted of two cheap chairs and the tiniest table imaginable. No sunbed. In this cabin there is a door on the wall towards the bigger cabin next to it. This door can be detected on the deck plan if you know it beforehand. I didn't find out until I got there. The consequence of this door is the loss of valuable cabinet space. Also, the location of the bed in the middle of the room isn't good. After having had numerous malfunctions of the safe, I came to the conclusion that this cabin was cursed. My advice: choose a different cabin or a different cruiseline altogether.
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12310
We always try to get an aft corner cabin. The balcony was large, but we could not get around or see the side, as is the case for many other corner cabins.
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