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Norwegian Epic Balcony Staterooms have room for up to three guests and feature floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to a private balcony with an incredible view. 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.

Balcony (BD)
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Cabin 12204
Decent Balcony Cabin. We liked the fact that the bathroom, shower and wash sink were separate from each other. Really helped out well . Plenty of storage space -that was good compared to other cruises I have been on I would like to mention that they could have had some relevant channels on their TV . They had BBC (which was OK ). But they had MSNBC : Terrible to listen to this channel here in the States and then tragic to listen to this abroad. We need a tolerable channel (maybe CNN ) -not a one sided channel when you are abroad. Only reminds you how better relatively is BBC .. Also, the sick terrorist attack took place in Nice as we were arriving in Cannes , and we wished we were back in the States.The sports channel on TV was the British Sports 24 (Not good ) They could have shown the EuroCup replays - which by the way was very popular on board ! Nice to see sports fans everywhere
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Cabin 10272
Fabulous Mediterranean ports visited stacie.wendland@gmail.com
The cabin was nicely laid out and decorated. We loved having a balcony that we could sit out on as we cruised. It was especially nice when we entered the ports. The room was spacious and had lots of cabinets to store items out of the way. We found the cabin to be clean and in good condition.
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Cabin 8081
Nice,clean,great location close to stairs and elevators
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Cabin 9276
Beautiful and comfy, bed not full length for space that's only problem
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Bad see above
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Cabin 11284
The review of the cabins on Epic have been mixed at best, but we were completely satisfied. The bathroom arrangement is unusual but with the privacy current it worked fine, and provided excellent flexibility for two people to be using different facilities (shower/sink/toilet) at the same time. The balcony was quite large. The bed was extremely comfortable. There were many convenient storage locations and enough hanging space in the closets. The cabin was clean and essentially new in appearance. it is not very large, but the couch adds a lot of comfort. The television channels are very limited.
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Cabin 13249
Our cabin was awesome! We had 13249 - an accessible room which, mind you, we chose for its size and location. A few minor problems were encountered off the bat but nothing that would deter us from enjoying Epic again! Unlike the other cabins, with an accessible room you get a complete bathroom with toilet and shower separate from the sink - no curtain but a real door! The downside? When you showered everything gets wet so you have to be mindful of the next person in after you - no one likes stepping into a cold water puddle. We had a process so we didn't mind this setup. The door to the bathroom didn't quite stay closed as well as it should have. During the crazy choppy night we had on day 1 and day 6 our door had to be kept closed with a pillow in front of it. Hey it served it's purpose and we aren't much to complain about little things. In fact, we forgot to even bring it up to our cabin steward, Richard, so sorry to the next people who get that room. Also, the entry door was weird. It had a mechanism that assisted the doors operation for wheel chairs. I wish it could be disabled when you are not in need of accessibility but it can't. So the door stayed open longer than it should when you walked in or out of the room. And you couldn't just fling it closed as it would re-open itself if the lock didn't engage.Tricky but I'll never avoid an accessible room. The room is a HUGE square - not like the wave design of the regular rooms. I think it is a great layout if you are in need of a little extra space, or if you need the accessibility. The only thing it really lacks is a couch - there was a desk chair but for the most part you will lounge either on the balcony or in bed. The closet had 2 parts. One full length that shared storage with life vests, and the other side with an upper bar that could pull down for accessibility and a lower bar. Downside here - long dresses hung over the lower bar instead of straight... not a deal breaker but just fyi. The light in the sink area totally stinks. I had to use a small mirror to highlight my face for makeup haha. But if you have sight issues there really is no good light in this room. Our TV remote never totally worked our TV but we never watched it much. The slope on the floor for the balcony and the bathroom entry to me was super slick and could be very dangerous! We put extra towels on them to help with traction. This would probably be my biggest complaint about this room. During our choppy nights we caught ourselves quite a few times saving us from total disaster wipe-outs! Be careful! Other than that great room, great location... super sized balcony.
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Cabin 14036
excellent location on deck 14 under garden cafe!!
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Cabin 9239
Our cabin was fine...very good actually. First time we have had a balcony and although due to our dates, it was often a bit cool out there, it was really nice to be able to get out doors right in our room. Hated the bathroom all around. Sink is too small as so many say. Toilet feels like you are in a port-a-potty. Not great design. Also the bed is strange...too short and the curve design is off. But hey, we have been in an inside cabin with no window so it wasn't a problem.
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Cabin 10311
Rude Passengers LORNA 123
Good bit small very clean.
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Cabin 11077
Lovely cabin, spotlessly clean, comfy beds, very quiet. I notice some have complained about the glass door to the loo and shower but they are frosted and it never bothered us.
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Cabin 13126
Cabin 11075
Very Forgettable gmlmorris
Appointments were very good. Well laid out, lots of storage. Great design with the shower isolated from the toilet and the wash basin separate. No chairs, but a seating area that can be folded out for another bed (I guess). Attractive appearance. Only downside was that the door on the toilet 'creaked' during transit. Used a washcloth between panels to eliminate the noise. Apparently a common problem on this ship according to staff.
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Cabin 10184
Epic Overload spandance
Somewhat small, with the separate shower room and toilet and the silly sink in the middle of the bedroom. Plenty of draw space. Stupid rounded off bed where your feet stick out over the bed. Great steward Roberto who looked after us very well and always had a smile on his face and took time to talk to us.
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Cabin 12283
Was quiet and had a great view from the balcony. No life boats below balcony. Having toilet in our cabin with only frosted glass door for separation was a negative. Good thing we brought room deodorant spray.
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Cabin 10071
Never Again on the Epic Eastside Gramma
The cabin was a strange confiuration. Because of the "wave pattern", the bed was too short( feet exceeding the end of the mattress) and if one of us was at the sink, the other had to stand by the sofa or door. I shutter to think what an inside cabin is like.
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We had a balcony near the back of the ship. It was just fine.
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Cabin 11276
The cabin was nicely appointed and clean. We have trouble with the design though. The couch is curved and therefore hard to sit on. There are no arms on the couch, so you couldn't even slouch in the corner. The balcony was a little worn, but provided us with some air when the room got too hot. We had the thermostat on as low as it could go and yet our room was hot. Having that door was wonderful. The refrigerator was also running warm, but we only kept water in it, so we just added ice when we wanted something really cold. Other than that, it was nice. We had plenty of storage and as long as we took turns moving between the wall and the furniture, we were good.
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Great crusing week! Sam_cruiser
Our cabin was just perfect! It had plenty of closets where you could leave your entire luggage. The best of the cabin was our amazing balcony with a lot of space.
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Cabin 12230
Not Quite Epic norcalnick
We had a balcony stateroom. Not sure why they bothered with the curved design, it just made the room smaller. There was only a good 18" of walking space from the tip of the bed to the vanity, so only one person could be at the sink, which is literally in front of the bed. The design of the toilet and the shower didn't bother us at all however, if I had a choice, I would've rather had the toilet and shower enclosed it in its own space, to alleviate noise and um, odors...the toilet water smelled. The balcony however was quite big but would've been nice if there were loungers vs. the two chairs and side table. Closet space and storage was adequate. Channel line up was sufficient, the only American channel they had was MSNBC, otherwise we watched Jurassic World and San Andreas about 4x each our entire trip. We peaked into some of the other balcony staterooms and we noticed depending on the curve, some of the staterooms had the sofa towards the door and the bed towards the balcony, whereas our was reversed. I would've preferred that layout instead. So when picking a stateroom, pick the one that curves in at the door, and out at the balcony door.
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Cabin 12063
Plenty of storage space, decent sized balcony and always kept spotless by our excellent cabin steward Greg. Only minor quibble is that I could have done with the bed being slightly longer.
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Suitcases in the Sea Family North
Layout of cabin was terrible. Shower and toilet were in frosted glass cubicles in the cabin, with no lock on the sliding door. Washbasin was in the cabin. Hardly any space to move around, very cramped, no drawers. Most spacious area was the balcony.
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Cabin 8116
Comfortable, but cleaning service would not have passed a normal hotel service.
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Cabin 12205
Norwegian Epic dorothy matthews
Great cabins once u get used to toilet and shower positions but not a problem
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Cabin 10239
Our balcony cabin was on deck 10. Not port side. However port side only really matters in Naples as in the other port it is a dock so not much to see anyway. We got a good deal on an upgrade to a balcony room and the drinks package from our travel agent. Otherwise they are expensive options. We are former owners of a mobile home that we used to holiday in when the kids were young. so we are well used to tight spaces. We thought the cabin was fine and had everything you need.
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Cabin 13005
A holiday to remember GLENINGRANTHAM
The cabin was spacious, comfortable, airy with a balcony. The steward Edmundo was so kind and nothing was too much trouble. I had everything I needed at hand. Very clean. The shower was always hot and easy to control. Plenty of storage. Great to have breakfast brought to the cabin at the early time when going on shore excursions.
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Cabin 8197
The cabin was small, but no bigger or smaller than they are on other cruise ships. I liked the bathroom layout, separate shower and stall with glass like walls, not see through, you could just close off a curtain if you wanted privacy to change in between the shower and the separate toilet, but otherwise it was part of the room. The cabin steward was great, always there to see if we needed anything. My first time with a balcony, and really enjoyed that. The walking space between the bed and the cabinets towards the balcony is tight, as others have pointed out, but so what. Maybe the room was a little smaller because of the balcony, but we really enjoyed it.
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Cabin 11245
Great cabin location. Bed by balcony. Balcony extra large with 2 chairs, chaise lounge and small table
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Cabin 13285
Smaller than any other we've ever had. Limited storage space and smaller shower/toilet areas. Good balcony and good, quiet location.
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Cabin 13039
Not what I expected ronnierace

our room was fine and the room steward was first class


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Cabin 12031
Loved it! Near the bow stairs and bed near the balcony.
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Cabin 9281
My First Cruise Firsttri

Although quite small, it was adequate. I did find it difficult to sleep with the engine noises and vibration. The person who did our room daily was amazing. I have no idea what my cabin category was (Room 9281) so just selected a category to get this review accepted.


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Cabin 8147

The cabin was modern and well appointed with a flat panel TV, two twin beds pushed together and a kind of slide out day bed. We travelled with a six year old and the slide out day bed was barely adequate for her; don't know how you would put a 15 year old goliath on one. The balcony was fine but there are lifeboats one deck below which causes a minor view obstruction.

The layout of the bathroom was awkward and non-functional. There is a shower stall and a separate toilet stall both with frosted glass surrounds; a curtain separates the bathroom area from the rest of the cabin. The kid loved to see through the glass to watch us; kind of off-putting. Also odours tended to come up from the toilet into the toilet stall; it was not pleasant.


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Cabin Multiple

We had three cabins. Please note that an "enclosed balcony" is a very restricted view of the water. The port cabins have more drawer space than the starboard cabins.


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Cabin 12307
Not The Best guinness12

Horrible!!!! Very uncomfortable for two people.


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Cabin 11004

We had 2 cabins, balcony cabin 11104 for us and the corresponding inside stateroom across the hall 11106 for the kids. Our cabins were great and our cabin staff was excellent...absolutely no issues there. Our location was fine but we did find that the layout of NCL Epic was a bit odd. We later heard that Epic was stationed in Europe apparently because us Americans could not stand the layout...and we completely agree. Having experienced Royal Caribbean before this cruise...and loving the layout of Freedom of the Seas...that fact was very was frustrating.


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Average Winnigirl

We chose an aft-facing balcony cabin for ourselves and our daughter was in a studio. The studios for singles is the one area where Norwegian really excels. We were so impressed with her cosy little room - just right for one and along with it the perks of single cruising. As for our cabin - I'm not a fan of "plastic" woodgrain and it was the smallest cabin we've ever experienced. There was ample storage, but it was so spread out through the cabin you had to stop and think "now, where are my t-shirts? where did I put the shorts?" The bathroom set up was "odd", but didn't bother us. The shower was spacious and the water temperature was always exactly right. We had an over-sized balcony which we enjoyed immensely. Once again - it wasn't horrible, it wasn't amazing - it was average. I really don't understand the curved walls - I assumed it was to make one feel that they were a-sailing over the ocean blue - but it made a small space seem even smaller.


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Cabin 8044
Good Times aboard the Epic liveoncelovelife

The Epic has the odd shower/toliet sink split thing. Very odd but it does allow for more than one person to get ready at a time.


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Size DOES matter! Vancscribbler

The CABIN:
I had been looking forward to trying NCL's new wavy wall cabin. Our balcony cabin was ridiculous! The best thing was the shower...NCL gets it perfect...ample size, easy controls with sliding glass door instead of that flimsy curtain that soaks the floor. But you'd better be close to whoever you share ...because the toilet is also glass enclosed and not even a draw curtain will hide ANY of the variety of sounds you will hear...and I'm not talking about the flushing! And the sink is right in the sleeping area...so washing, brushing and any water slopping is a public activity.The rest of cabin layout itself was also weird: the sofa, near the balcony, faced the wardrobe cabinet ...like sitting facing the bulkhead of a plane ... great for legroom, but not something to look forward to for weeks. The tv was well over to the left, in front of the bed, but did not swivel, so to watch you could either look sideways, get into bed ..or sit on the end with the screen 18 inches from you face. The balcony was great ...but had the tiniest table at sea...about a foot squared...how I envied the Oasis of the Seas balconies when it docked beside us with full size tables on their balconies.


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Cabin 11059

While we had heard and read many bad reviews regarding the layout of the staterooms, we found our stateroom to be beautiful and well appointed with ample storage. The bathroom near the door is where ours has been in most of our previous cabins, the shower on one side with curved, frosted glass doors and the toilet on the other side, also with sliding, frosted glass doors. We did end up with a cabin where the bed was just off the balcony rather than next to the bathroom, so that may have been why we were happy with the layout. Some, depending on which way the wall curved, had the bed very near the bathroom. Our steward, Romel was wonderful and kept our cabin at its best. Our balcony was fine, however we had standard deck chairs and we saw later on in the cruise some lounge chairs where just the back leaned back a bit with no footrest. That would have been preferable since one of the downsides we encountered on the Epic was NO quiet public space and we would have spent much more time on our balcony if the chairs had reclined some and been more comfortable.


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Cabin 12269

A very nice oversized cabin. It is designed to be wheelchair accessible but I was allocated it as a last minute booking. The automatic door on the cabin takes a bit of getting used to, you have to allow it to close in its own time or it will close then re-open by itself allowing any passers-by an excellent view into the cabin and whatever you might be doing inside. The size of the sink is a terrible design flaw and the surrounding floor was regularly drenched. Definitely worth getting a balcony on this ship as a refuge from the throngs of people. This cabin has a lovely deep balcony. By and large a very quiet cabin but was definitely woken by the vibration of the ship coming in to port.


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Cabin Deck 8

Fantastic cabin with a very good steward.


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Cabin 12020
Epic Good Time Cruisejunky1000
Great Location, It was beyond the stairs and elevators and a dead end so it was very quiet. It is also sandwiched between decks with rooms above and below.
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Cabin 11064
We were in cabin 11064. The cabin is VERY narrow, particularly in front of the bed. This is a cabin that can hold 3, but honestly, I would not have wanted to have three people in this room. The toilet with opaque door was on the left, shower with opaque door on the right and behind the shower a small vanity with the sink. The vanity had a nice feature with a sliding drawer hamper for used towels. There was plenty of storage in the medicine cabinet above the vanity as well as storage for small towels and for the bath towels in the vanity cubbies. The bed in our cabin was located next to the balcony. In some of these cabins, the bed is located next to the sink and bathroom set up. This is because of the wave design. The bed is placed in the concave of the wave; the couch in the convex of the wave. Depending on where the concave/convex is in the particular cabin will determine if your bed is by the balcony or closer to the entry door and the sink and vanity. My friends were in a balcony room the opposite set-up from ours and I think the bed near the balcony is a better set-up. It feels a little larger and it is nice to have the bed away from the sink/bathroom area. Other than that, the bathroom set-up was not an issue for us. The room was adequately cleaned each day and turn-down was always nice with a new towel animal each night. The bed was very comfortable with really nice soft bedding. I would book this room again. Storage in the cabin: Good storage for the most part, with a nice large closet for most of the clothes (lit up inside when doors opened) and good storage behind the couch. The suitcases fit nicely under the bed as well. However, there is another smaller wardrobe-type closet in the room that has three drawers for storage underneath. This closet was very narrow and was useless for handing clothes (no hangars either) and the drawers were very narrow (about 7-8" wide) it was difficult to get clothes into them. Again, this is all due to the "wave" design of the room. Balcony: The balcony was a nice size with two chairs and a very small table. It was definitely adequate. The glass was not clean when we got on and it only got worse with salt spray during the cruise.
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Cabin 11272
Cabin 11272 Handicapped Balcony cabin. Tiny! Tiny! Tiny! On every other line (we have been on 5) it was larger and better set up. Only one chair to sit on. Balcony was large only because the ship widened out nest to us. 2 chairs & 1 lounge with 1 miniature table were there.
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Cabin 11292
Lots of Storage, not much floor space. Balcony was a good size. Toilet and Shower behind frosted glass, not the most private.
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Cabin 11071
Quiet location, great balcony, lots of storage space, great view.
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Cabin 11272
Handicapped cabin inthe aft of ship. Very near elevator banks. Huge room, large bathroom with shower and toilet inone space rather than two. Huge balcony.
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Cabin 13236
Norwegian Epic (disaster) Billharley2004
Great Balcony, room was nice but it needs to have some repairs done! There is a broken draw under the sink area and it was totally busted!
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Cabin 11274
Dining rooms were noisy. Huge balcony. Elevators were very warm and stuffy. Huge amount of storage space - did not even fill everything up.
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Cabin 12304
Limited closet space; small, but fantastic shower, comfortable bed; nice balcony; quiet area
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Cabin 11027
Tiny room as it is too narrow - no space between bed and built in closets - they need about 2 more feet. Whoever planned this must have been drunk. The balcony was great with an overhead. Very tiny table on balcony. Loved the toilet and shower. A little far from the elevator but that gave us exercise for the day.
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Cabin 12067
A Memorable Vacation no1buckeyes
We thought the cabin was fine. Some reviews were negative about the setup with the toilet on one side and the shower on the other. You could not see inside because of the frosted glass. Also, there was a curtain separating that area from the rest of the cabin. The balcony was very nice and they got us an extra chair. The beds were comfortable, and there was ample storage for our belongings.
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Cabin 12039
great storage space,good size balcony,powerful shower,nice quiet part of the ship,
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Cabin 12028
Do not book if with a friend no privacy! It would be great for a couple,horrible for friends. The beds could only be separated about 10 inches. No privacy for shower or toilet.
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Cabin 12267
Our wheelchair accessible cabin was spacious, but not as spacious as the ones we had on other NCL ships, such as the Jewel, the Dawn and the Pearl. However, we had a very large balcony (about 150 sq. ft.)
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Cabin 11048
Fantastic storage, beautiful, small but efficient, quiet.
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Cabin 11043
Glad we didn't cancel Canuck Ripley
Forward on 11th deck - great balcony, quiet location and not far from elevator.
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Cabin 11043
Cabin 11043 was a great cabin. The bed was right by the balcony. So this room design was ideal based on the wavy design of the balcony rooms on the Epic.
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Cabin 12283
Just awkward, but no real issues.
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Cabin 12283
Last Time on NCL aramcokid
Our room was small but nice. Soundproofing is good and we rarely were disturbed by neighbors. Beds are very small and even at 5"7" my toes hung off the end. Loved the balcony where I spent much time reading. Staff service was excellent both in our room at at restaurants. The sink in the room is a joke. It is virtually impossible to use without getting water on the counter and on yourself. It's noteworthy that every comedy show we went to on the ship made reference to the pathetic little sinks.
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