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These Mid-Ship 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 mid-ship, so you'll have easy access to all the delicious dining and exciting activities on board.

Mid-Ship Balcony (BB)
Decks: Deck 9 | Deck 10
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9134
One shelf of our cabin beside the bed was EXTREMELY DUSTY -- but Richard, the steward, quickly took care of the matter when we were out as we told him about the situation and also re-cleaned the entire room. In fairness -- I think it is DIFFICULT for the staff to get the ship ready for 3500 new visitors in Barcelona with only a few hours to do it. The bed was comfortable. Some passengers smoked on their balconies -- we had to ask our neighbours below to stop smoking in the early morning.
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10124
The cabin was very nice reasnable balcony with 2 chairs and small table good for early morning coffee adequate wardrobe space and storage Shower was good ,toilet space ok air con panel o/s the toilet made a bit of vibration at times,, The room at the pass between bed and vanity unit/ area was a bit tight which was used all the time tight when 2 peaple far less 3 trying to get ready to go out , another 6 inches - 12 inches would have made a difference.
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11154
Positive: comfy bed, plenty of storage, nice balcony Not so much: poor bathroom set up, lack of amenities
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12145
• Our cabin was #12145 – mid-ships, near the top of the ship, with a balcony. • We are the type of family who doesn’t spend a lot of time in the cabin. When we come back from excursions or hectic times at the pool, it was a great retreat for some solitude and quiet (see below). • One thing we have to say right off is that our cabin was QUIET! Wow. They must have done something because we heard NOTHING from cabins on either side of us, on top or underneath. It was truly a haven away from what can otherwise be a cruise with a lot of sensory overload. Even on Disney, we didn’t experience this level of quiet. There was no door slamming, kids running down the hallway screaming, toilets flushing, or anything. Even with our door open at night to hear the waves, we weren’t aware of parties and music from 3 decks above. We may have just been lucky, but were greatly impressed with this feature. • Storage was another plus with these cabins. They have really designed these cabins to find all kinds of areas to tuck away things. There’s plenty of room to hang long dresses (if that’s your thing) and even a medicine cabinet to put your toiletries. Wonderful. • I like the idea of the separate shower and toilet. We never used both spaces at once, but with a larger family, it might be nice. Some people online were not thrilled with the translucent quality of the doors, but since you could draw a curtain it didn’t matter. The sink is separate from the shower and toilet, so that was convenient. You could hear someone going to the bathroom, so just be aware of that…. • Beds were firm - which is how we like them – so that is a plus. Pillows were also comfortable. • The walking space is compromised by the storage and nice size beds, so just don’t expect that you’ll have strolling space in the cabin. I would go to O’Sheehans while the girls got ready in the morning just to get one less body in there, and that worked out fine. • On the downside, the cabin did seem worn. The laminate counter was peeling up, there were scratches near the refrigerator, the sealer on the shower door was not secure, the carpets were worn and faded, there was rust and stains on the balcony, and the medicine cabinet mirror had chipped edges. Let me be clear – there was nothing that compromised the health or safety of a guest. In general, it had the quality of a Ramada vs. a Marriott hotel room. Not bad, but not what you’d expect from a hotel room costing you hundreds of dollars a night. It’s ready for a dry dock stint – which is what may be in the cards for the Epic as the Escape is launched this fall.
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9221
Very clean and excellently serviced but quirky design which is not as acceptable as other ships.
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9205
Never again STEELIE@talktalk.net
Very narrow and cramped - we were mid ships and would not recommend this - it was miles to walk to the lifts and when in port the gangways were beneath our cabin not very nice when there was music blaring from 8.30 am all day to greet the tourists and to greet them when the returned up till 5.30pm
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10225
We loved the cabin- we didn't find any issues with the way the room was laid out at all and thought the bed was one of the more comfortable beds we ever slept on! Having a balcony was a huge bonus- it was lovely having a drink looking out at the sea every night and watching the stars come out. And of course pulling into port every day and seeing the amazing scenery change everyday was fantastic. Our room steward, Michael, was so amazing - very friendly and couldn't do enough for uu, The storage in the room was great too. I did bring a power bar and was glad I did as there is only one outlet as so many other reviews had mentioned- we also brought extra hangers ( other reviews had mentioned not many hangers) but we didn't need them- and the closet space was great - myself and my boyfriend had a closet each which was really nice. You couldn't hear anything from the other rooms at all and we found it very quiet- great location on the ship overall.
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8126
Very cramped. The sofa is just a waste of very limited space. Uncomfortable to sit on, totally impractical. The balcony was nice. I hated the bathroom set up. Even after 40 years of marriage you like a little privacy and this set up provides none at all. Having to keep a card in the power switch is silly, although I did at times use an old card that I found in my bag. Not enough space between the bed and the walls.
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10136
Our Cabin was great (no nitpicking here), I don't know what the problem is with the bathroom, it was fine. Loved the balcony (our quiet place), we asked our cabin steward if he could bring us a lounge chair on our balcony. He accommodated us, no problem. Hot water always.
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10167
David (the person in charge of cleaning our cabin daily) was AMAZING and a great asset to the cruise line! He was friendly, personable, eager to help, kept everything clean, neat & organized! If we had any questions, or special requests, he was quick to respond and always did everything with a smile on his face! He always asked how everything was going, if we were enjoying our cruise and always told us if there was anything he could do for us, to just let him know, and he always came through for us! When I had a "swimsuit malfunction", David was able to quickly locate a tiny sewing kit so I could repair my suit and get back outside to enjoy poolside activities! If we ever cruised again, we would personally request David to attend to our cabin, or help us in choosing activities or entertainment onboard!
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10234
We liked our room and balcony very much and thought the layout was good despite all the negative comments. Unfortunately our bathroom toilet leaked in this was terrible. We were not compensated for this at all which was terrible. We did like the layout of the Roman and have plenty of storage. I think the room is fine.
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10189
Great cabin , great location . close enough to both sets of stairs and lifts
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10143

The room was very nice and a good location mid-ship. It wasn't too close to the elevator so you didn't get a lot of noise in the hall, but it wasn't too far of a walk either. You get a lot of noise from the pool deck on the balcony, especially during the day when they're doing the Nickelodeon shows on the deck and using the microphone.

We had plenty of storage in the small room. It's a little weird how there is no bathroom. They just have a shower and a toilet which are both able to be closed off by sliding (frosted) glass doors. However, I would have preferred an actual bathroom so I didn't feel weird having to "do my business" in the same room as my new husband.


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12148
Nice pamscheff

Needs to be re-furbished but it is fine


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Different unique style. Bed seemed a little short, and we are not tall people by any means. Always nice to have a balcony!


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10168 and 10172

Small. But adequate for two. Shower and toilet area separate. Makes getting dressed easier. Great, great,great housekeeping service


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9044
First NCL Cruise Kool Katz

The cabin was in a good location. Nobody could look into my cabin from what I could tell.
Other than if the neighbour peeked around the corner. The balcony was spacious enough for two chairs and a lounge chair. I would have preferred the bed being closest to the sliding door, rather than the couch. As that way I'd be able to lie in bed looking out to the ocean. Also liked the fact that it was a sliding door that you could leave open to enjoy the sounds and smells of the sea.


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Mid ship is usually a good choice because you are close to the elevators - not so on the Epic - the elevators are closer to the bow and stern. Cabin is very poorly laid out, not one place in the cabin where two people can pas each other - always have to move to let the other peron pass. The ship's telephone has a clock, but you can't depend on it - it does not update when the time changes. You cannot hear any announcements when in the cabin unless you turn on the TV - and then you have to turn up the volume to full to hear the announcement and you can imagine how horrible it is when the announcement ends and regular programming returns - we nearly broke our necks trying to get to the volume each time.


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10148

Standard balcony cabin, though it was perfectly located in the middle of a gap between sets of lifeboats and offered an unobstructed view of the water directly below.


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10163
Epic isn't. TheMagus

Weird is the best word for Epic staterooms. Not as bad as I'd expected but cramped and odd. The rounded corners of the bed were the only thing allowing you to get by but caused insurmountable problems for the steward. We had to adjust the sheets every day or it felt like it had been short sheeted. The shower was great, best I've seen. Noise was never an issue. They tried for different and they got it. Not better, just different.


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9157

Perfect cabin for two. You definitely want the cabin with the bed by the window instead of by the hallway. They alternate. You can tell by where the curve is in the deck plan which way it's set up. 9157 had the bed by the balcony. Don't get a mid-ship balcony on deck 8, as they have no roof, and jut out, so you have no privacy at all from all the balconies above you.


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Beautiful decor, tight living space, unusual bathroom separated by curtain from rest of room.


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9209

Beautiful and comfortable stateroom. We had plenty of room and storage. Really took advantage of our balcony and enjoyed the views.


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9191

9191

Great views, but only the second level of staterooms. Midship was miles away from the staircase so it was a Trek to anywhere. I am a fan of the split bathroom.


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10155
Great family cruise aussiecruzer
Good mid ship position, no lifeboats blocking view down to water
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10168
Epic disaster baseball16
Very tiny, tiny, tiny. We could not sit on sofa and somebody walk by you. Awkward situation with toilet and shower being open. Been married 29 yrs and we did things together we never have with the bathroom situation. Very awkward with friends, brothers, sisters, new boyfriend or girlfriend traveling together. There is a curtain to seperate it from the bed area but there is nowhere to lay your clothing to get dressed. If you seperate the beds to 2 twins you have 3 inches in between them. Balcony is big but you really needed that space in the cabin. Most people do not spend much time here and believe me you will not want to very small, Not good at all for 4 people had family in one and they were not happy.
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9149
9149 is great because there are no lifeboats in the way. It is mid-whip and the bed is by the balcony.
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9200
NCL Virgins yogaini24
Cabin was a little too far from the elevators being mid-ship. Location was quiet, lots of storage. Would have preferred configuration with bed closer to the balcony, would have had better flow.
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9189
Toilet too exposed for my taste, but it didn't bother my wife. No maneuvering room for two people to get comfortably around. Sufficient closet, but large amounts of storage space. Balcony was adequate. Smallest balcony cabin to-date.
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10195
1. We agree - the bathroom arrangements in the Epic's balcony staterooms were inspired by a Jerry Garcia acid trip. 2. Lots and lots of storage space. Really good! 3. See review regarding plug-in outlets. They could also have changed over the European standard outlets to North American standard, between the end of the Barcelona season and the beginning of the Miami season. 4. We were able to keep the bathroom sink from spewing all over the place. Just don't turn it on full blast, that's all. 5. Norwegian could let people know how they can get the announcements in the staterooms. We had to open the cabin door to hear them. Only in the "farewell" document did I find out that the announcements were simulcast on Channel 22 on the ship's TV.
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9185
First time cruise Dolphin1964
Balcony was big enough for two, great view. Quiet at night, never heard the people beside us. Two closets, 3 drawers, plenty of space for clothes. We liked that the bathroom was split up.
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9170
Far exceeded our expectations first time cruisers
Great view, virtually no noise or sense of motion.
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9193
EPIC mini cruise shahoorsur
9193 - could not fault it any way - quite small but very quiet, midway between lifts which is ideal as the lifts toward the rear of the ship are usually the less busy of them.
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10245
Plenty of storage space. Put our suitcases under the bed, so they were out of the way. People talked about the inconvenience of having the sink out in the rest of the cabin, but we didn't have a problem with it. I thought the cabins were nice and pretty typical of a cruise ship cabin, except maybe a little more storage space. The beds were very comfortable and my husband loved the pillows!
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9149
Not enough floor space curved sofa wastes a lot of space. Shower is good Toilet is good but sink is inconvenient out in the open. TV does not swivel so can not be seen from the sofa only in bed.
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9166
Cabins were very small, clean but difficult to move around. Great balcony and view but in the front of the shop and very far away from everything. Cabins seem to be soundproof as we heard no noise from other cabins.
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10135
Pass the Epic by nclcruiser132
Great balcony; small table; fixed back chairs--balcony is large enough for Chaise Lounger which would have been welcomed; room TINY and CRAMPED; toilet and shower are AWFUL; air conditioner vent at mid height at door so person sleeping near door is frozen; to maintain the rounded curvy vibe of the room the first bed had a huge chunk cut off so the bed bottom appeared round---your foot simply hung off; great interactive TV= but on two week cruise it only worked second week; steward was GREAT; small ice bucket; no coffee table; no table between beds; no table at all except tiny table on balcony; sitting on couch your knees hit the closet; don't cruise on the Epic...try the Pearl!!
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9189
Cabin 9189-every other cabin has the bed either by the balcony doors or next to the toilet. I definately would have liked our bed to be by the balcony doors, farther from the toilet and situated where we can lay in bed and see the water/view. So cabin 9187 or 9192 would have the bed in a better location
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10234
A very nice trip! chiefbell
Cabin 10234, they call mid, but it seemed aft to me. The rooms are crowded, even with just 2 people. Bed was comfy and room was clean, but not much room to move around for a balcony cabin.
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10188
We had cabin 10188 Balcony CC. Like the shower and bath. Did not like the bed at all, feet hang off bed, did like the technology with flat screen tv showing your accounts and ship activities planned and such. Did not like the small led lights on each side of the bed that you could not turn off, the light had a glow on them on the buttom, these likes were for reading in the bed. I am use to a dark room, the phone as well stayed lite up and we placed a towel on it each night to kll the light.
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10248
Loved the Epic jerseygirl732
great balcony cabin with the bed by the balcony. Loved the 2 closets on opposite sides of the cabin. Not too far from aft stairs or elevators. Very quiet cabin.
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9217
Plenty of storage which you do not brequire. Glass toilet and shower takes away nany modesty and not welcome. Cabin very tight for space and difficult to move around.
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9213
Lots of storage, quiet location, but no roof on the balcony so completely overlooked and not sheltered!
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10160
Better than we expected given some of the previous reviews. Space is a bit tight and beds certainly short. We actually liked the separate shower and toilet layout and the frosted glass did not cause us concerns at all. Plenty of cupboards but would have needed more hangers.
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10195
Loved the Epic K&M2009
Halfway between forward and aft stairwells which was nice - depending on where you were going you could choose which stairwell you wanted to go to. Also, this cabin is on a portion of the side the juts out, which doesn't really matter but I liked that.
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9122
Little space to pass, small drawers, not enough light at dressing table area
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10160
Terrible bathroom arrangement. I hope NCL fixes this before they build their next ship.
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10183
A Good Ship With a Few Problems CaribbeanTraveler0
A lot of storage space. Too narrow.
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9194
Christmas to New Years summertripnj11
Lots of storage,quiet location,close to everything,no cabins across from the room,plenty of hot water and pressure,great sheets,lots of lights.
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10171
Great location midship, lots of storage, quiet hallway. No complaints!
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10190
Great location (midships, least obstructed by the lifeboats). The only downside was that the elevators are forward and aft, so it was a bit of a walk to the elevators from the cabin in either direction. Nice size balcony, lots of storage space. Lighting could be better.
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10140
Great balcony area in middle of the ship. Quiet location.
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10164
An Epic Time! wcsmells
Loved the cabin! A lot of storage, beds were super comfy, and the room darkening curtain was fab.
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9158
Wonderful location amidships. No motion from sea. In between both banks of elevators. Covered balcony. Unbelievable storage. Good view. No noise.
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9232
Did not like the toilet shower arrangement and the sink was totally unsuitable,balcony was fine but space a little tight and wahts the point of a curved sofa!
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9177
Big closet; adequate balcony, mid ship with good overall location between the two elevators; would have preferred bed next to balcony door but every other cabin is laid out that way due to curved walls; Bathroom layout takes some getting used to.
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10196
THE ROOMS. Well, they're nice... but the layout is weird. Toilet separated from sink and shower. Shower opens up into room, so expect a flood if you forget a towel for the floor. And the sink is weird - we couldn't figure out how to get it to drain. PLUS, no one tells you that you need to put your keycard in the slot for the electricity to work (cool feature to save energy, but for god sakes, tell someone!) plus no one tells you to dial TWO ZERO's on the phone to get the front desk. Ugh!
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9185
We had one of the "wave" cabins. They have curvy walls and where the wall curves out, the wall in the adjacent cabin curves in, and vice versa. The theory is that by putting the bed in the space where the wall curves out, the cabin can be narrower and deeper than standard cabins but appear to be as spacious. The reality, though, is that it doesn't. Both my wife and I had the same thought when we first stepped through the door: "It's a bit narrow, isn't it!" Even worse, there's a "no passing zone" bottleneck at the foot of the bed, which means that even with just two people in the cabin, you're forever getting in each other's way. I don't know how a family with children would manage or even if I could for more than a week. Another big problem is the lack of a proper bathroom. The tiny washbasin is situated in the main part of the room, not far from the "no passing zone" at the foot of the bed, while the shower and toilet are opposite each other just inside the room's doorway (both concealed by sliding translucent glass doors). More modest types can spare their blushes with a curtain that pulls across to hide the area from the rest of the cabin but it does mean that when you have a shower all the water that normally ends up on the bathroom floor now ends up on the cabin floor. It's not helped by the fact that all the towels are stored by the washbasin in the main cabin anyway. So if you forget to pick up a towel before you step into the shower, stand by for a flood! The plus about the cabins, though, is that they are nicely decorated in an elegant, modern fashion, there's plenty of storage space and they have quite a big flat screen LCD TV. And the bed is really comfortable. Five stars all round in that respect.
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