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47 Orlando (Port Canaveral) Entertainment Cruise Reviews

Last minute change from Valor to Liberty wasn't a problem. We were on the Valor last May and the only difference between the two boats are their names. We were traveling with another couple and wanted to keep the same cabins next to ... Read More
Last minute change from Valor to Liberty wasn't a problem. We were on the Valor last May and the only difference between the two boats are their names. We were traveling with another couple and wanted to keep the same cabins next to each other. That wasn't an issue since our cabin reassignments were the same, even the same cabin numbers as we had booked on the Valor. We were on the Lido deck were our rooms were right beyond the pool and bar area. Very convenient and not noisy as you would think being so close to the pool and bar areas. The balcony windows need to be replaced, but this was a minor issue for us. The only noticeable difference between the two boats was we could hear the engines and feel them vibrating underneath us wherever we were on the boat. None of us remember the noise or vibrating on the Valor. Could that have something to do with the time of year? Water temperature? We were on the Valor in May and Liberty in January. The water was smooth on both so I'm not sure what the difference was this time. No big deal, just noticeable. We always do FTTFand it is WELL worth it. Embarking and disembarking was effortless! The food was hit and miss on the buffet (lunch and dinner) and in the dining room. The pizza was good on the Valor, but this time it was absolutely horrible. Paper thin, no sauce, no cheese, no taste - zero substance. The breakfast buffet was average - at best. The lunch/dinner buffet was much better, but little difference from one night to the next as far as variety. The dining room food was fairly good one night and average the next. Again, little difference as far as the variety from one night to the next. The desserts (regardless of where you got them) all taste the same...tasteless. They lack flavor (sugar?) and look a lot better than they actually taste. This is definitely not the cruise for people who like good food. Guy's burgers are awesome, but still not something you want to eat every day for lunch and every night for dinner. Dining hours were too restrictive for us and after 9:30 PM it's either horrible pizza or deli sandwiches, which were just okay. Again, this cruise is not for those who like a good variety of food, good-tasting food, and food at any time. We went to the comedy club on two different nights and again it was hit and miss. Hysterical one night, not so much the next. The staff overall was very friendly and attentive. We had excursions in both Freeport and Nassau and you guessed it, hit and miss. Mostly due to the weather which is not something Carnival can control. The water in Nassau was too cold so we just hung out on the beach. We booked the all inclusive Beach Getaway and the drinks were very good and the food was too. The servers tended to the paying customer's and seemed to overlook those of us who had prepaid. We were good tippers but that made little to no difference. The in-cabin shore excursion channel needs to focus more on what each excursion has to offer and less on just trying to sell the excursions. In an effort to speed through each excursion only to keep repeating the same information, they should spend a little more time detailing and/or comparing what each excursion has to offer. They'd probably sell more excursions this way since they are definitely not cheap. The Dine-In movies were hit and miss. Hard to please everyone so I don't have an opinion one way or another. We did plenty of gambling and the machines seemed to pay just enough to keep you playing which is to be expected. In the end, we all lost a couple of hundred dollars, but again, we expected that. It would have been nice to win enough to pay for the cruise but if you play expecting to win you will be disappointed. The live bands in the casino every night played a great variety of popular songs from the 70's and 80's and they were all very good. Next time I hope to frequent the Spas. I'll be sure to do my homework and read the reviews before I book anything. All in all, it was a good cruise. It was only my 2nd cruise so I'm not an expert by any means. The only tips I can offer is spend the extra $50 for FTTF and pack less. On both cruises, I packed way more than I needed. For me, being comfortable was more important than being fashionable. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My wife and I and friends left Port Canaveral on a 7 night stay on the Oasis of the seas. This would be our 6th time on RC ships. We chose the Oasis simply because it was large and convenient to us. We live on the west coast of Fl. ... Read More
My wife and I and friends left Port Canaveral on a 7 night stay on the Oasis of the seas. This would be our 6th time on RC ships. We chose the Oasis simply because it was large and convenient to us. We live on the west coast of Fl. Getting on was fairly quick. But once on, we began the arduous task of bumping with 6000 people. We had a difficult time asking for "Mytime" dining times. Probably beause of the amount of people. The first night dining was OK, nothing special. The food was just mediocre. I have a passion for Escargot, but this time, it was chewy, gritty, and a funny taste afterward. Disappointed. The next day there were no usual gang of staff members dancing around the upper deck trying to brighten up a gray day. No waiters with a special drink to offer. Matter of fact, at any time of the trip. The shower was the worst. The mixing valve for hot cold was not working correctly. You wait to get the right mix, then get in, and then ice cold water, then scolding hot. Complained, complained, complained, but never fixed. Always beating around the bush with no resolution. To make a long story (7days) short. I had the worst time on a cruise ship that I ever had. The usual fancy artwork of towels was not cutting it this time. The ship needs more signage, more restrooms, less people or more elevators. We stayed on the 7th deck. If you don't go in the right elevator, you have to go up or down to the next floor, then go up or down to get to your room. (DUMB design) I always cruise RC, but I will never go with them again. Don't waste your money. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Too many people on this ship and the amenities cannot accommodate all of those people. You have to make reservations for all shows or you don't get in until the last minute if there are vacancies. Wait staff lacked energy - ... Read More
Too many people on this ship and the amenities cannot accommodate all of those people. You have to make reservations for all shows or you don't get in until the last minute if there are vacancies. Wait staff lacked energy - everything was a chore for them instead of a positive, make me feel like a queen experience. The room was dirty too. Good thing I brought sani-wipes for the remote, phone, etc. We found a dirty sock under the bed and it had been there a good while. The same television shows were repeated every day! Unbelievable - How many times can you watch the same episode of Mike & Molly? No movies shown in the auditorium while at sea. Movies shown on the last 2 days in the aqua theater, but they are kids movies. Ugh! On a positive note, the food was really good and the entertainment was also great. But, we will be stepping down to a mid-sized ship for our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
After several months of stress my husband and I needed a small get away and we booked a last minute cruise with Disney. We had an amazing time and the Disney cruise line lives up to high Disney Standards, from the ease of boarding, to our ... Read More
After several months of stress my husband and I needed a small get away and we booked a last minute cruise with Disney. We had an amazing time and the Disney cruise line lives up to high Disney Standards, from the ease of boarding, to our stateroom, to the food and entertainment, it was amazing. Disembarking in Nassau was easy. There were many excursions to choose from. It was a little disappointing not to be able to visit Castaway Cay the next day, due to the weather, but they made up for it with other on board activities for the day. Leaving the ship was so organized and easy also. All in all a wonderful experience and we would happily recommend and return for another trip to another destination. My one complaint and something would discourage people from doing was our experience at Remi's. We were doing an early celebration for our anniversary and decided to upgrade one of our meals for the experience of Remi's, an upscale french restaurant on board ship. My husband and I are not strangers to upscale, 4 star restaurants. It's not a habit, but we do it a few times a year for special celebrations. We have never before been so uncomfortable as we were here. Every turn was another attempt to upsell the dinner. Mind you we had already paid another 180$ for the 2 of us on top of the allotted nightly dinners to do this. We had planned on spending more as we knew that wine wasn't included with the meal. The awkwardness started by the choice of caviar and cheeses, then wine pairing for dinner, then trying the special truffles that they had you smell in the box and then the cheese cart after the entrees. Each was an extra 50+ to the meal. Each time we turned something down, we were made to feel awkward and looked down on. It really dampened the experience. On top of that, the portions were even smaller than usual for this caliber of a restaurant. We left hungry and ended up going to the buffet after the Pirate celebration and firework show! I have dined at the French and Canadian restaurants in Epcot. I have dined at Be our Guest and at Cinderella's Royal table for dinner in the Magic Kingdom. We were always treated first rate and never uncomfortable. This was a very new and very disappointing experience. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was my 23rd cruise (cruised 10 other times on other lines) with Royal Caribbean which was always my favorite line. However, I am sorry I decided to take a Mega ship this year and because of our experience, I will never take another ... Read More
This was my 23rd cruise (cruised 10 other times on other lines) with Royal Caribbean which was always my favorite line. However, I am sorry I decided to take a Mega ship this year and because of our experience, I will never take another Mega ship again. The Oasis of the Seas was a fabulous ship, no doubt, but a number of things that Royal Caribbean has been known for suffered because of the masses of people who had to be serviced. Embarkation was a nightmare, which was a continuation of our terrible airport checkin. It used to be that once your bags were on the plane, you never saw them again until they were delivered in front of your cabin on the ship. Imagine our shock when we had to haul our bags through the airport, searching for someone to ask where we should go. We were never told by our Royal Caribbean agent that this would happen at the airport so we were shocked and incredibly disappointed, not to mention exhausted by the time we boarded the ship. Our cabin was comfortable and clean. However, this was the worse food I'd ever eaten on ANY Royal Caribbean ship. It was more like what prisoners call "grub". This was true in both the dining room and the Windjammer. The best things to eat were the rolls and butter and desserts. You often didn't know what the food was in the Windjammer, ugh. There were many foreign dishes which needed and English translation so we'd know what we were eating. Fortunately, service was excellent in our cabin, dining room and Windjammer. It is obvious that Royal is changing it's focus to younger, less discerning passengers who could care less about quality, taste and presentation of their meals. That is so sad but I guess there are just way too many people to care about ambiance and quality. When I spend that much money, I want quality. I can eat tough prime rib, tiny lobsters the size of prawns, and stew at home. Royal Caribbean might find that they are losing many of their seasoned cruisers to the younger, less experienced, less demanding passenger and because of this, they will quickly find themselves on the level with Carnival Cruise Lines. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this cruise for our 2 children! There were six of us (2 grandparents, my husband and I plus 2 kids- 9&11. We had a midship room with verandah! It was wonderful for us with plenty of room. We were on deck 7- highly ... Read More
We chose this cruise for our 2 children! There were six of us (2 grandparents, my husband and I plus 2 kids- 9&11. We had a midship room with verandah! It was wonderful for us with plenty of room. We were on deck 7- highly recommend the floor. We could take the steps or elevators. Comfortable and great location :) The food and entertainment were amazing. The ship was beyond clean every place you go. There is not a pool for swimming if you're larger than your average 3 year old. If you're looking for a pool to excercise or lap lanes- you will not find it here. You can sit in the pool and watch a Disney show at pretty much anytime during the day. The pirate night was awesome and priceless to see the kids watch the night show in amazement. Memories for a lifetime. We can't wait to book our next trip! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Our children and grand kids liked to celebrated Christmas together in a cruise. So we choose Oasis of the Seas because it offers many features on board. We paid more than 4000 dollars for 8 nights including air flights and airport ... Read More
Our children and grand kids liked to celebrated Christmas together in a cruise. So we choose Oasis of the Seas because it offers many features on board. We paid more than 4000 dollars for 8 nights including air flights and airport transfer. The cruise fare was more than 400 dollars per night per person, a luxury pricing. We found out late that we had to wait for more than 4 hours at the airport for the first transfer to the ship on 10:30 am. On our return, we had to sign up for an excursion to the Kennedy Space Center during daytime to connect to an evening flight. They allowed us to cancel our airport transfer and the day-time excursion sent us to the airport afterwards. It taught us not to trust them for appropriate arrangements even with a package deal including the cruise, the air flights and the airport transfer. The Oasis of the Seas took in 6500 passengers. The check in was efficient for this large number of people but inevitably long. Ours was one and half hours but our friends spent 2 and half hours and were furious. Our luggage were mis-placed and we found them ourselves. My wife's luggage was damaged and they gave 50 dollars credit only. There were no particular celebration on either December 24 or 25. We were told of a Christmas lunch on Labadee, Haiti. This is a resort developed by Royal Caribbean. We can charge even with our ship card. It turned out to be just an ordinary BBQ. On the ship, you had to pay dearly for water, wine and specialty restaurants. 4 bottles of Evian costed 14 dollars. What is worse, the water from the faucet was not drinkable as advised by the front desk. That was confusing because the ship was equipped with water fountains in the fitness center and the running track. Both were posted with the signs asking us not to drink from the fountain. Still in the dining rooms, we were served with regular ice water. Apparently, they had portable water on the ship but they only provided for their dining rooms but not to us. We went one evening to 150 Central Park. This specialty restaurant charged us 45 dollars for a 3 course meal. This was considered over-priced since we already paid more than 400 dollars per person per day for room and board. There were no laundry room nor iron boards on the ship. Another avenue for them to get money from you. Their shows were very good. We like " Frozen in time" in particular. They also showcase Cats in a full-length production. Their staff were generally well-trained in the restaurants and guest services. Still, the pressure of making revenue was everywhere. We were at a wine-tasting event. At the end of tasting, they offered bottles of wines at deep discount for us to take back. My friend was ready to pay 50 dollars for two bottles. When he was ready to sign the pay slip, he found a charge of 18% gratuity in addition. I showed them my pay slip which did not post the 18% gratuity. My friend ended up not buying. Afterwards, I found in the review of my account that they added the 18% gratuity. They credited me back on that gratuity after my complaints. That wine clerk should be fired as this was cheating clearly. I enjoyed the cruise of the Oasis of the Seas. The charge of more than 400 dollars per person per night was way too expensive even during the peak holiday season. It really should be priced around 150 dollars per person per night. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We choose the ship because of curiosity. We found plenty of things t do, but the constant sales pitches that were ongoing on the promenade was relentless, and not open late or when at a port. The food was delicious but no ... Read More
We choose the ship because of curiosity. We found plenty of things t do, but the constant sales pitches that were ongoing on the promenade was relentless, and not open late or when at a port. The food was delicious but no "midnight buffet". Places to eat closed early and the little places that were available were horrible. Sorrentos pizza tasted like cardboard with melted cheese. Promenade cafe offered little sandwiches that had 1 slim piece of meat. We ordered two and combined them to make one decent sandwich. My wife had one server tell her that if she wanted orange juice with her breakfast she would have to wait till 1130 am as they were closed. Their hours were open till 1100 am, according to our watch it was 1054 am. If you want to go on this ship and don't mind adjusting you time to fit their schedule then you might enjoy the cruise, but my wife and I will not be returning to this ship. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I'm sure it was the tension on the window you heard the tap tap all day and night as long as the ship moved. We put pillows and comforters to try and muffle the sound. The comedy club is way to small. the main theater is way to ... Read More
I'm sure it was the tension on the window you heard the tap tap all day and night as long as the ship moved. We put pillows and comforters to try and muffle the sound. The comedy club is way to small. the main theater is way to small. Not that the shows were any good that they put on. It was a joke of a cruise if you have cruised before then you know the difference. I've been cruising since 1992 my husband and I take 2-3 cruises a year. We have traveler on other lines but settle on carnival as our main one due to the excellent service we used to received. This last one has us completely turned off. When we got back on Monday the 26th of December, we both agreed to cancel the reservations we had for our March cruise. which by the way they charged me $500 to do. Their example of Christmas was a 6 ft tree in the A-trim pressed against the elevators. I have been on ships where the tree reached almost to the top of the A-trim. The food was bad to say the least. We brought our daughter on the cruise this year two days on the ship she was throwing up and sick to her stomach for 3 days me and my husband just eat salads. When we played in the casino which was one the few things to do on this ship, one of the worst cruise directors yet. Shows were far below the usual standard of carnival. Any way I was at the roulette table and one of the players asked the guy spinning the wheel don't you feel bad about taking our money, he reply was I have to be here until 5. What a joke! My daughter went down to pay on her card and they discounted her from our card and shut her down. Good old customer service. This was an 8 day cruise on day 6 my husband got sick and passed it on to me by day 8. Now I'm waiting for the doctor to come back with the blood work. I forgot about our Embarkation it should have set off an alarm that this was going to be a bad cruise. They pulled my husband aside and told him he had to wait to be hand scan, we waited 30 minutes and no one come over we finally had my husband take off his belt and show and go back through our self's What a night mare. Never again will I sail with carnival, nor will I ever remand it again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I wanted to LOVE this cruise for so many reasons, and we did.... with the exception of the staff who were GRUMPY the entire time we were there for our "Happy Vacation!" Positive- *Check-in was a breeze *Ship is perfect ... Read More
I wanted to LOVE this cruise for so many reasons, and we did.... with the exception of the staff who were GRUMPY the entire time we were there for our "Happy Vacation!" Positive- *Check-in was a breeze *Ship is perfect for families- The Family Balcony room had great storage for a family of 4. *The slides, entertainment and Splash Academy were all fantastic. -Dueling piano Bars were Great! Negative- The STAFF! I barely saw a smile throughout the whole ship for any days that we were there! *Super long lines at the pool bar, with unfriendly bartenders. *If you were not standing in a certain "station" at the bar, they would not serve you, even if they weren't helping someone. *In 7 days, only two people actually asked us if we wanted a drink. (Not smiling) *The food was "okay." *Our room attendant barely said hello *I would say "good morning" without a response from team members! *It wasn't a surprise to walk by someone and not be greeted. 6 nights of dinners, and we only had ONE outstanding waiter. That was Alfredo at Taste! Additionally, the ONLY friendly bartender I found was Aarron V! He was the only one I saw smiling the whole week and would go back to his line because I knew he would happily take care of us. No one else would. I honestly feel that Aaron and Alfredo should be placed on better staff, because the rest of the team is bringing them down. At the end of the day, this could be an absolute AMAZING ship if they started with a brand new staff. If they had the same team as Royal Caribbean, we would go on this ship over and over and over, but unfortunately, I don't ever want to spend 7 days of my vacation with a whole bunch of grumpy people again! This would be a great place for families, if your truly don't care about the service- but if you do, I'd choose far, far, far away from Epic! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Comedy Show, Headliner show, and the Aqua shows were top notch entertainment. Bingo is a big rip-off, pays back less than 25% of what they take in all rounds before the final round, last bingo nets one large prize for one person. 95% of ... Read More
Comedy Show, Headliner show, and the Aqua shows were top notch entertainment. Bingo is a big rip-off, pays back less than 25% of what they take in all rounds before the final round, last bingo nets one large prize for one person. 95% of the people lose money overall. Dining food and room service 2nd to none, all first class. Plenty of casino Black jack, Texas Hold "em, roulette, and slot machines in the casino. Watching zip-liners, rock wall climbers wasvery entertaining. Plenty of swimming pools with different depths and hot tubs were available for use.Check out internet excursions before you purchase them from a cruise line, they are generally cheaper and have a greater variety. As for getting on and the ship and considering they had 6200 people on board it went better than what I expected. If you can find a cruise that Oasis of the seas offers, book it, you won't be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We choose this ship after several rips out of Ft Lauderdale and Oasis was highly rated. Our problems started with a cramped balcony room # 6578, with little storage and a stuck closet door. It took me over one hour to fix the closet that ... Read More
We choose this ship after several rips out of Ft Lauderdale and Oasis was highly rated. Our problems started with a cramped balcony room # 6578, with little storage and a stuck closet door. It took me over one hour to fix the closet that was stuck on a safe door. The safe was in the closet and the door hung up. Needless to say a bad idea. We had intermittent hot water over the seven day voyage. What a pain to have a very luke warm shower every morning and several evenings. Very unpleasant and never really fixed over 7 days. The windjammer buffet was very poor. Design and food was lack luster and was avoided by others at all costs except emergency food. Main dining was another clear disaster. Staff at our table of 10 was clueless. Wine service, delivery of food and attention to detail was very poor. The food was generally fair but some appetizers were poor. Service was slow and nearly cold food many of the days. We were stuck in St Thomas with engine problems from 4:30 pm (all aboard) to 11:30 pm with no explanation while the ship just sat there. The shows were good except for the Aqua show that never appear due to rain. Chops was also very good along with the Park Cafe for lunch. We have been to St Thomas and St Martin before. We had Kontiki trip at St Thomas that was very good. The guys weer great, food and drinks very good. Worth the cost. Overall the ship was too big, service was lackluster, food so so, cabin small with problems, casino full of smoker's and not too our overall likes. Many others also complained. Next time samller is better overall. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Though this isn't my first cruise, it was the first for my husband. We went on this cruise as we had several family members that wanted to travel this ship and we were excited to see the Eastern Caribbean. The room we selected was ... Read More
Though this isn't my first cruise, it was the first for my husband. We went on this cruise as we had several family members that wanted to travel this ship and we were excited to see the Eastern Caribbean. The room we selected was just amazing (see the review below) and the ship itself offered many options of activities for all ages. From mini golf, basketball and court volleyball to surfing, shuffleboard, the casino and everything in between. This particular trip was rather windy so having the larger deck of our room came in very handy. The pools on this ship are very small which means there are not as chairs around the pools as I would have expected. Ship entertainment was better than expected. From the live music at pool side to the comedy and theatrical shows where were quite spectacular (and FREE, just book your day and time prior to boarding). The longest lines you'll experience on the ship will be entering and leaving the shows produced so just be patient (it's only a few minutes). Getting on and off the ship at the various ports was shockingly easy. Line ups were almost non-existant, just be sure to keep all your credentials with you and check your excursions to see if a passport is required. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My husband and I chose this ship because of good price of balcony stateroom, never visited islands of Tortola and St. John. Embarkation was easy for us because we arrived at port after the mad rush of people rushing to board. We have been ... Read More
My husband and I chose this ship because of good price of balcony stateroom, never visited islands of Tortola and St. John. Embarkation was easy for us because we arrived at port after the mad rush of people rushing to board. We have been on many cruises, Royal Carribean being our favorite cruise line. Again, price was a factor for booking this cruise on NCL. Strange when you board this ship, no one to greet you and first thing you see are the elevators! No grand Atrium or happy crew members. After reading many comments about the staterooms, we totally agree the set up of shower, toilet, sinks and rounded corners of beds are awful. We had the drink package, but strange, bottled water is not included. The entertainment was the very best we have ever seen on a cruise. Had dining package, LACUCINA, ,- OK, LE BISTRO - OK, but the Moderno was the very BEST. Not worth the extra money for the dining package or the drink package. The O'Sheans restaurant, food was awful, cold and service BAD. Claimed to be open 24 hours, went there at11:00AM to get coffee and danish, told us they were closed. Would open at 11:30. As far as service , you get that feeling they really don't care for the passengers. Disembarkation wasn't too bad, after all, over 4000 people can't wait to leave..took us about 45 minutes to get off. I don't think we would book NCL again, only if the price is right. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Some background: My husband and I are in our late 20’s/early 30’s. We have been on 5 Disney Cruises sailing on each of their ships at least once and 1 cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas. Disney is the line that we took ... Read More
Some background: My husband and I are in our late 20’s/early 30’s. We have been on 5 Disney Cruises sailing on each of their ships at least once and 1 cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas. Disney is the line that we took our first cruise on. We also got engaged, married, and took our honeymoon all on Disney cruises. It is safe to say that Disney cruises hold a very special place for us because along with many memories, Disney cruises excel in almost all areas that are important for us. For this reason, I will mostly be comparing what we experienced on the Norwegian Epic to DCL. We were shocked that this Norwegian cruise met Disney standards in many areas and even, dare I say because I feel like Walt himself is turning in his grave, exceeded what we have come to expect on a Disney Cruise. Of course, there were things that we did not love about this Norwegian Cruise, which I will get to. We also sailed with my mother and father-in-law who have been on the Norwegian Jade plus close to 50 Disney cruises (you can see who we got it from). Also, our trip was booked through a timeshare and for this reason, we did not have any “free at sea” offers and we also were unable to book our rooms close to each other. Boarding: We had a boarding time of 11:30 – noon. The longest wait that we experienced during the entire process was waiting in the line of cars to get into the parking garage. After that, the process was absolutely seamless. From the time that we got out of the car to the time that we walked onto the ship was about 20-25 minutes. I do have to make a note that part of what I love about DCL cruises is that, on each of their ships, you enter directly into the atrium with a beautiful chandelier, grand staircase, and statue of the ship’s mascot. It seems that on all other ships, you enter onto the deck and then your first introduction to the ship is a view of the elevators which is not nearly as grand of an entrance. Room: My husband and I and his parents booked 2 standard inside cabins. Their room was on deck 14 forward and ours on deck 13 midship. My in-laws room was located between the 2 sets of staircases and we were concerned that the room would be loud, however they reported that their room was nice and quiet. We were very pleased with our room. I thought that the size was perfect for the 2 of us. We felt spoiled coming from the Majesty of the Seas where the room was so small that you could not get off of both sides of the bed and my husband would have the crawl over me if he needed to get out in the middle of the night. The bathroom was a little strange and I would not want to sail in that room with anyone except for my husband, but it made no difference since it was just the two of us. It was nice that the different floor plan provided for, it seems, a slightly bigger shower than we have seen on other cruise ships although the round tub/shower on DCL is still my favorite. I was really impressed by the bed. It was nice and firm and very comfortable. We could hardly even tell that the bed was 2 twins pushed together. The pillows were full and soft. I do wish that the comforter was a little thicker or that they provided an extra blanket. I was disappointed with the TV. We do not spend much time in our room during cruises, but we do enjoy watching a movie before bed and there was very little to choose from. The TV was also so high that you could not see the screen well when lying on the bed. Our room steward, Bernard, was awesome. One day we slept in until 11am and I thought that we wouldn’t have our room attended to until that night, but less than 2 hours later, it was spotless! Whenever he spotted us in the hallway he always greeted us by name. In fact, we never passed one stateroom host without a smile and greeting. Food: There are so many places to dine on this ship! We visited many of them, but did not have time to go to them all. We missed Manhattan room, Tepanyaki/sushi bar, and Moderno. We had the 3-night dining package and so we dined at the specialty restaurants 3 nights and then at the complementary restaurants for the remainder of the time. Overall, our entire group was extremely impressed with our dining experience. The food exceeded our expectations. We never once had to wait for a table even at the complementary restaurants where we did not have a reservation. I was a little disappointed with the service. While all of the service was very quick, the wait staff was not very friendly or engaging. I expected some better, more specialized service in the specialty restaurants, but that did not happen. It was pretty clear to me that they did not want to be there and were just going through the motions. We had made reservations for 3 specialty restaurants before getting on the ship, but did change the reservations twice while on-board. This was done easily by either calling the reservation desk on the stateroom phone or stopping by the reservation table right outside the buffet. Buffet - The buffet was great and we dined there for several breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. This is one area that I think that the Norwegian Epic excels above DCL. The food was fresh and tasty. We loved that the buffet was open for dinner. On Disney, the buffet turns into a sit-down restaurant at night. It was nice to have something quick and easy for dinner without having to rely on just hamburgers and hotdogs. We also loved the small buffet that was open for several hours between lunch and dinner and also late at night until 11:30. My husband and I quickly developed a love for their cookies, especially the oatmeal raison! A downside is that the buffet did tend to get busy and the lines for the main rotating dishes would get very long at times! We learned to get there early. The buffet was scheduled to open at 5:30pm for dinner, but we noticed that they would usually open about 10-15 minutes early and so we made a habit to arrive around 5:15pm and get through the line and grab a table before it got crazy. Taste: We dined at Taste once for lunch and once for dinner and were pleased with our meals. Service was quick but not overly friendly. I had the soda package and I had heard that it was impossible to get refills due to the wait staff being so busy, but I did not find this to be true. I was brought a new soda 3 times during dinner without having to ask. We did have an unpleasant interaction with the hostess at Taste during Breakfast, There had been a time change the night before and we thought that we had set our clocks appropriately, but had not. When we arrived, the kitchen was closed. While the mistake was our fault, I do not think the level of rudeness that we experienced from the hostess was called for. While we did not experience breakfast at this restaurant, but my in-laws did and spoke highly of it. O’Sheehans: Dined here twice and my husband and I were both underwhelmed. Service was OK. The first time I dined there, I ordered a hamburger. A waiter came by shortly after with a tray of food and asked if I had ordered wings. I told him no, that I had ordered a hamburger. He then took a burger and fries from his tray and placed it in front of me. I removed the top bun and rearranged some of the toppings which were falling out of the burger. A few seconds later, another waiter came up and grabbed my plate and said “no, that one isn’t yours”. I called after him to tell him that I had already touched it, but he was already on the other side of the restaurant giving it to another customer. My burger arrived a short time later. The second time, we had finished our entrees and waited about 25 minutes for our desserts. We could not find our waiter so we asked another waiter who was passing. He apologized and delivered our desserts in a matter of minutes. The food was alright, but not very flavorful. The best was the brownie cheesecake with caramel marshmallows. Shanghai/Noodle bar: We dined here on the last night of our trip. We were pleased. Service was quick and accurate. The food was hot and tasty. La Cucina: Our party had one dinner here on the first night and we were impressed. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was nice and quiet. Le Bistro: This dinner was both hit and miss. Service was pretty good and the food was presented beautifully. My husband ordered the mussels for his appetizer and they were terrible. I did not taste them, but both he and his father agreed that they did not taste fresh and almost tasted as though they had gone bad. My mother-in-law got the sole for her entrée and although the taste was good, it was so overcooked that she needed a knife to cut it. The coffee that we were served after dinner was gross. We all agreed that it tasted terribly burnt. Not one of us finished our cups. There were however several dishes here which we enjoyed. The lamb that I ordered for an entrée was delicious and was more tender than the sole! I think that this was the meal that we were most disappointed in. The atmosphere was really nice at the beginning of the dinner, but it was ruined a little when we could here songs such as “YMCA” booming from the atrium. Also, I think that the bowling alley may be above Le Bistro, because several times, there were loud noises from overheard. Side note, this is no fault of the restaurant, but I was annoyed that at the table behind us, there was a young woman who was dining by herself. I guess she got lonely because she took out her phone and proceeded to hold a 15 minute Skype conversation at the table while she ate. Also, this is one of the 2 restaurants on the boat with a dress code (the other being the Manhattan room). It is not strict, but they do require pants (although nice jeans will suffice). Cagneys: Our whole group agreed that this was our favorite meal of the cruise. We each commented that our steaks were excellent. The appetizers, sides, and desserts were all perfect complements. My husband ordered the Tomahawk and said that it was cooked absolutely perfectly and is among the best steaks he has even had. My prime rib was also amazing! Some in our group even went as far to say that their meal was better than Palo which is a pay extra restaurant on DCL and my favorite restaurant of all time. I do not think I can go quite that far! Entertainment: I actually think that the nighttime entertainment was what really set this cruise apart. On Disney Cruises, there is never much that goes on after 9pm or so at night. Since many of the passengers are families with young kids, nighttime entertainment is not Disney’s focus. On this cruise, my husband and I were out past midnight for 5 of the 7 nights which we loved! We really enjoyed the comedian. I was a little disappointed with the “newlywed/not so newlywed” game. This is always my favorite show on a cruise and part of what makes it so fun is the host. On the Epic, the cruise director hosted this show and while he was very energetic, he just was not funny and sounded scripted. Also, instead of having the couples do a funny or embarrassing task to win their place on the stage, they just drew the names from a bucket which meant that the couples were not nearly as outgoing as they usually are. We enjoyed some of the daytime entertainment such as a short beginners Chinese class. It was a little disappointing how many of the daytime entertainment activities involve an extra charge. They had a painting class, but when we went to check it out it was $30 per person. Plus, the example was not that impressive to begin with. As far as the big productions, we did not go to the Cirque dinner show as there were so many other places to eat for free, although I did hear good things about the show. We went to Burn the Floor on our second night. The dancers were world class and absolutely amazing, but the show was kind of weird as there was no story line at all. Just, what felt like random costumes and sets. I still very much enjoyed the dancing. My absolute favorite show was Pricilla Queen of the Dessert. I loved it so much that I went twice. I made sure to sit right up at the front the second time because I wanted to see the detail of the costumes. This show was hilarious and top notch. Side note, the second time I went, all of the reservations were sold out. I decided to try and go anyways and arrived about 15 minutes before the show. I was let in immediately and there were plenty of seats although I think some of my luck had to do with the fact that it was a later show at 10pm. We also attended the Dueling Pianos show in the Headliners comedy theater twice and it was awesome. The crowd was energetic and the musicians were talented and entertaining. I do wish that they provided some additional bar staff because the room was packed. There were about 2-3 servers running around like crazy, but it took quite a while to get any drinks. Ports: Tortola: Getting onto the island was a breeze. Literally just walked straight off. We strolled around and explored the shops which were not too interesting. We found a martini cigar bar at the end of the small shopping area on the right called Aromas. We spent a pleasant few hours relaxing here and enjoyed using the free internet to check in on our puppies back home. My husband ordered a few beers and a cigar and I had 2 dessert martinis. I was happy to find this place because when I went to order a dessert martini on the ship, they were $18! The martinis here were a reasonable $10. From there we tried to find a book store, but were unsuccessful. Our exploration did lead to us stumbling upon an area with a great view of the ship. To get there you can just walk to the left once you get off of the boat and through the parking lot until you get to a rocky beach area. St. Thomas: Again, getting off the ship was quick. St Thomas has many more shops, but after we had been through 25% of the stores, we didn’t find anything new. Same bags, magnets, shirts ect. We then took the skyride and got an amazing view of the island and all of the ships in port. We wished that we had done this earlier and had time to sit and enjoy a drink while taking in the view and fresh air, but unfortunately, we had to be back on the boat by 2pm. Great Stirrup Cay: This is Norwegians private island and does require passengers to tender. We realized on the 3rd day of the cruise that you have to make a tender reservation if you want to get off of the boat early. This was done easily by call the box office on the stateroom phone. I have never made a tender reservation before and was surprised that you are assigned a letter and not a time. Due to this, we did not know when we would be getting off of the ship and had to pay attention to the announcements. The tendering took longer that I expected however this was mostly due to rough seas which is obviously outside of the cruise line’s control. The process was very organized which I appreciated. There was no pushing and shoving with people skipping in line and not knowing where to go. We hung out in the atrium and waiting until our letter was called before heading to the theater. From there they released us row by row to board the tender. The island was beautiful and we were thoroughly impressed. We have been to two other private islands including Disney’s Castaway Cay and Royal Caribbean’s Cocoa Cay and if we had to choose where to spend a day, I think I would pick Great Stirrup Cay. The island was well laid out. My mother in law walks with a cane and she had no difficulty navigating the island. Cocoa Cay on the other hand was underdeveloped with lots of unmarked dirt paths. We were impressed with the availability of chairs and plenty in the shade. I loved that on the bridge that takes you to the cabanas (which looked amazing), there is a nice view of the ship. My husband and I went for a short swim. The water was cold, but enjoyable once we got in. I was glad that I brought my swim socks which have thin rubber soles as some of the beach area was a bit rocky. The island buffet was pretty good with a good selection. The line to get back onto the tender was long, but moved quickly once boarding began. Disembarkation: We decided to put our luggage out the night before. If you do want to have your baggage taken off for you and also want to get out early, make sure to pick up your tags several days before the cruise ends as the early ones always go quickly. The early morning was a little stressful as my husband did not sleep well and decided to go explore the ship around 4:30 am. Que the panicking wife when both myself and my father in law searched the ship for an hour and could not find him. We eventually found him and I warned him that under penalty of serious bodily injury, he is not to do that to me ever again. After an early breakfast at the buffet we gathered our things and sat in the atrium lounge until our tag color was called. We walked straight off, gathered our luggage, and were waiting in the line for customs within about 20 minutes. We had a little hiccup when we realized that our stateroom host had not left a customs form in our room and we had completely forgotten about it until we saw everyone else pulling there’s out. We easily found a new form before getting in line and were in the car heading home 15 minutes later. Overall Impression: Obviously choosing a cruise really depends on what you are looking for. My husband and I agree that we have enjoyed this cruise the most. While the level of service was not quite what we have come to expect on Disney, the combination of the entertainment, food options, and price difference really set the Norwegian epic apart. We even booked a credit for a future cruise on board and hope to sail on the Norwegian Escape next December. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Service was awful from the moment we checked in at Port Canaveral to the last day. Most of the staff was unfriendly, lacked a smile and just rude. We had bad weather day 2, yet Norwegian shut down all outdoor activities, including pools ... Read More
Service was awful from the moment we checked in at Port Canaveral to the last day. Most of the staff was unfriendly, lacked a smile and just rude. We had bad weather day 2, yet Norwegian shut down all outdoor activities, including pools and slides for the first 4 days. They could have compensated by adding more kid friendly activities. The slides were fun for children and adults alike. The food was mediocre at best. The main dining didn't have a large variety. I went to 1 specialty restaurant, which wasn't any better. The ship was beautiful, but the rooms were extremely tiny. We purchased an excursion out of Stirrup Cay. The wave runner adventure should have been 90 minutes, yet we rode for 35 minutes. The shows, casino and the overall elegant feel were the best part of the ship. Unfortunately, not enough to make me use Norwegian again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this cruise for the Itinerary. Contrary to what I had read about the November 2016 embarkation, ours went very well. It was the usual line of people yet the wait time wasn't bad. Once on the Epic, we went immediately to ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the Itinerary. Contrary to what I had read about the November 2016 embarkation, ours went very well. It was the usual line of people yet the wait time wasn't bad. Once on the Epic, we went immediately to our room. I did my research on the room and knew what to expect. The actual experience left me even more disappointed. We booked a balcony room and yes, it had the wavy walls. These rooms are very tight for moving around. Only one person at a time past the bed. The head of our bed was near the commode so we decided "no flushing" during the night! The shower and commode are opposite each other when you enter the room. You actually step out into the small hall way to dry off and dress. It is too tight in the shower to dry off. Our sink was at the foot of the curved bed so each time it is used water would drip on the floor. We had to keep a towel on the floor at all times. I will not go on the Epic again due to the very poor design of the balcony rooms. The best outcome was our room person, Elisa, who always was smiling and singing while she cleaned. And she always addressed us by our name. The trip from Port Canaveral to Tortola took 2 sea days. The waters were very rough and this large ship rocked the entire 2 days. I along with fellow cruisers were seriously tired of maneuvering the Epic. I don't know if it was due to the time of year (December). The Lido buffet is another poorly designed area. You wait in cafeteria style and very long lines for your food. If you have been on other NCL ships, you know that the food areas are broken into small kiosks according to food types. With as many people as the Epic held, there should have been kiosks and this ship really needs two Cafeteria to accommodate the large number of people. Food was mediocre. Breakfast was fairly tasty. I found the omelet line much shorter as it is located on the side walkway between the seating areas and the pool area. We visited the dining rooms. The food was good and service good also. Service was very poor in the other free dining venues. We booked shows for Cirque Dreams and Priscilla. Shows were very entertaining but the food served in the Cirque show was subpar. It was not worth $30. Our view in standard seating was good so you don't really have to pay the extra $10 for up front seating. Loved Priscilla. If you are offended by different lifestyles and vulgar talk, I suggest not going. Otherwise don't miss it!. Also, what you don't read about is having to book a seat for the rest of the entertainment on board. I suggest you find the show desk to sign up. This is my 5th time on NCL but the first time I have encountered very rude customer service. And don't waste your time on the IConcierge app. It only works half the time. And if you try to complain about it or get it fixed, the line for the one person working the line is very long. As usual, NCL charges ridiculous prices for everything on board. I recently went on Carnival and was able to purchase 6-pack bottle water delivered to my room for $6.99. NCL charges $29.99 for the same. The app on Carnival (to talk to people who sign up also) costs $5.99 pp and it worked every time. NCL charges $9.99 pp. and rarely worked. We took excursions in Tortola, St. Thomas and Great Stirrup Cay. Our original excursion in Tortola was cancelled due to rough waters. We were able to book a tour on the countryside. Not a lot to see. Our guide took us up to the top point of the island and then back down. We took the Virgin Gorda trip to the Baths on our last trip here and I highly recommend it. Otherwise don't waste your money on an excursion around Tortola. In St. Thomas, we took an excursion to St. John's island. Very interesting place. Wish we could have spent more time here. One important point I have to make is the vehicle we were driven in had balding tires and a couple of plugs in the tires. St. John's is very hilly with several switchbacks and narrow roads. I was a little apprehensive riding in this vehicle. Great Stirrup Cay is a NCL owned island inhabited by only caretakers on the island. The locals travel by boat from other islands for tour excursions and the selling of wares. We took a Marine Life boat tour. Saw a few marine life in shallow waters. I will say this tour was ok. Debarkation actually took longer. Very long lines to get out of the terminal. They allowed several color coded tags debark at once. It made for a very crowded situation trying to retrieve your luggage. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My family had stayed on the Disney Wonder a few years back and my mom and sister loved the experience, the little attention to detail only Disney can do to make the trip magical. After 6 years we booked to go on the Disney Fantasy because ... Read More
My family had stayed on the Disney Wonder a few years back and my mom and sister loved the experience, the little attention to detail only Disney can do to make the trip magical. After 6 years we booked to go on the Disney Fantasy because of the warm weather in the Caribbean, being able to visit the Disney private Island of Castaway Cay and try out the Aquaduck! The price was very expensive and as much as I tried to convince on going on one of the big boats on the RCL it was Disney or nothing for my mother and sister. The embarkation was a bit hectic has someone had fallen ill in the cruise before us at Castaway Cay and caused the boat to arrive 3 hrs late. It caused a ruckus with no shuttles going to the port. We arrived an hr later than expected but Disney made up for the delay with making the process as speedy as could be. We got bonus lanyards because we were castaway members (previous guests) The buffet area at cabanas had a wide selection of food and made us feel a lot better. The 3 different dining areas were beautiful (my personal favourite was the animators palette due to the cool interactions and images shown on the walls. Unfortunately we didn't get to speak to Crush on the first time dining there because I had booked for us to eat at Remy's. The experience was like nothing else.. I wouldn't do it every day but it was nice to dress up and be treated like VIPs. Every dish had plate covers and we had about 3-4 servers serving us at any given time. About 8 courses or so and the chef would come out to see how we were doing. Fantastic treat for my parents. My husband and I really enjoyed going on the aquaducks and experiencing the beautiful lounges on offer. I really thought Sky line was very romantic. I'm not Disney obsessed as a lot of the other cruisers are but I was happy to see my favourite characters Pluto and Donald around and taking pictures with them. It was my husband's first cruise and he really enjoyed the food. I laughed when he asked if we were going to Cabanas for evening meals since he didn't know anything about the nice plated dinners cruises usually provide. What really excited him was we got to watch Rogue one Star Wars premier on the boat at 12:01am on the 16th December onwards. It was pretty cool to watch it as it opens across the country. I enjoyed watching Dr. Strange and Moana on the boat too. Something that no other cruise line can boast to do since Disney owns Marvel and a lot of other entertainment companies. I liked the live Disney cast performances but they had used the same variety act on this cruise (2 different jugglers) which made it a bit repetitive. They should avoid doing that in future. I liked we had an adults area but the teenager's pool area at the front of the boat was always empty and wasted on them. Might as well let the adults take that part over. We did the mickey mouse detective angeny around the ship. Fun way to spend some time exploring the boat and interact with the cool artwork that comes to life and makes you do tasks to solve mysteries. I wish I had some more time to take the boat tour but unfortunately missed it. Great family trip but once you've done Disney Fantasy it's good to try out other boats. I look forward to try out RCL and Celebrity at some point. Having seen the fireworks performance on the west coast with the Disney wonder, I found this one to be short and less spectacular. They used Captain Jack Sparrow for most of it. Maybe it was because this was my second cruise with Disney but I felt the see ya real soon and other performances lacked enough characters compared to the first time. I like my head waiter Stefanos from Greece a lot but Carlos the assistant waiter was forgetful and not as attentive. these 2 waiters would follow us in to the 3 different dinging rooms for each night so they know your preference and get to chat with them more) Some of the other waiters on the boat that we dealt with during the day was very nice. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Oasis of the sea was excellent, shows and specialty dining excellent. Wise to pre arrange reservation for shows because of the volume of people on the ship. An excellent choice for children since there is lots to do for kids! Shore ... Read More
Oasis of the sea was excellent, shows and specialty dining excellent. Wise to pre arrange reservation for shows because of the volume of people on the ship. An excellent choice for children since there is lots to do for kids! Shore excursions for labadee I would recommend the sandbar excursion, for Jamaica the bamboo beach club! Staying on the ship and not doing the excursion is also ok because there is lots to do on the ship. My favorite show was Cats and Come fly with me! The aqua show and the ice skating show was also excellent! The best thing for this ship is that even if you choose to just relax there are peaceful areas to enjoy quiet time! Oasis of the Sea is a must for all you cruise lovers like myself! A definite value for money and money well spent! Family and Adult fun for everyone! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Sailed on the ALLURE last year and wanted another adventure on a great city/ship. While the ship itself was as good and exciting as the ALLURE it seems the OASIS still has some work to do in smoothing out the rough edges. Let's ... Read More
Sailed on the ALLURE last year and wanted another adventure on a great city/ship. While the ship itself was as good and exciting as the ALLURE it seems the OASIS still has some work to do in smoothing out the rough edges. Let's go down the list: Getting on and off the ship was well organized and efficient. The Ports were easily reached and entertaining. The excursions were extensive and informative as well as entertaining. The evening entertainment was excellent but maybe CATS could have been condensed a bit more. 2 1/2 hours with only a couple of hit songs is a bit slow. All the other entertainment would be good at one show and poor the next. Except the aqua, aerial and ice shows. They were excellent. I won't comment on the comedians or musicians. Maybe the better ones got gigs on shore for the holidays As big as the ship is I was surprised to see very crowded conditions at several of the events. Like the Art shows, the Trivia contests and a few others. It's not like there weren't other larger venues for the groups. And it's not that the events were that popular, I have seen larger crowds at the Art Shows on Carnival ships. But, my major complaint is in the erratic service and food preparation. Even the coffee tasted wildly different at different locations. The food at all the dining venues was equally inconsistent. One day the beef dishes would be over cooked and the next day rare, The scrambled eggs would be tasty one day and dry the next. Our room steward came and went as if he had no schedule and one day didn't enter the room at all. While all the employees were very friendly and solicitous it seemed they were inexperienced and somewhat lost. All said we will still consider another trip on the ALLURE because it is an experience unlike any of the other cruise ships afloat. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Some dear friends of mine chose this ship and itinerary and invited me and a friend to come along. I have sailed on Royal Caribbean several times but this was my first time on a ship this large. The ship is incredibly beautiful and ... Read More
Some dear friends of mine chose this ship and itinerary and invited me and a friend to come along. I have sailed on Royal Caribbean several times but this was my first time on a ship this large. The ship is incredibly beautiful and we enjoyed our cabin and the ports we visited. The excursions we chose were exactly as described and we had a lot of fun. There were a couple of crew members that were exceptional and we made it known to guest services but otherwise service was lackluster or nonexistent. I acknowledge and appreciate the bottle of Moet champagne and chocolate covered strawberries that were comped because of two instances of rude behaviour by the room service phone operator but overall our entire group of friends were treated as though we were a nuisance. Professional, friendly and helpful seemed to be the exception not the rule and I am talking ship wide most every encounter, every venue and every service line. Crew members were not engaged with guest, did not seem to enjoy their work and were not encouraging guest to have fun. We heard others complaining about the quality of the service and thought it interesting that guest were using the size of the ship and the number of guest as justification for the horrible service. I won't sail on Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I wanted to show my brother the largest ship and share with him all it had to offer. It was a Christmas present to ourselves. I want to begin by saying beyond the first day and evening havoc, we had a wonderful experience. The "My ... Read More
I wanted to show my brother the largest ship and share with him all it had to offer. It was a Christmas present to ourselves. I want to begin by saying beyond the first day and evening havoc, we had a wonderful experience. The "My time" dining needs to be tweaked terribly. When you book your "my time" dining way ahead on line and think it is going to go "your way"....bookers beware! It is not a happy and catered experience. All my time dining was on the lowest level of the dining room. There are three levels. The lines are long. Even if you have a so called "reservation" for "my time"......it is very disorganized to say the least. My question is why is it not MY TIME when I reserved? Why am I waiting with folks that didn't have a reservation? Why don't I have the same table at the same time? I DO understand things shift each night but once the dining staff knows your cabin number, name, request, time etc.....have a program to map out the dining room prior to our arrival. Oh heck....why am I suggesting this any way to a ship that practices day in and day out for approximately six years how to organize up to 7000 passengers?? Shame on you guys for not having this down pat! Beyond this disappointing and unexpected circumstance that I didn't look forward to each night,as I headed to the dining room (and the first night was a disaster )......my brother and I enjoyed our trip. Land excursions were organized as far keeping folks together and safe and happy. Im suggesting that maybe it could be a bit more informative as far as what will happen play by play. i.e. (you will walk across the port, get on a ferry, cab etc. no food allowed, you will receive a snack, lunch will be served exchange rate etc.) Guest services has an itinerary sheet about your excursion with icons for "lunch served" etc. but many folks don't look (trust me) they were lost or confused. On a better note my hats off to all staff for being so attentive to the passengers..even when rude, difficult, ornery, grumpy or hung over......I commend you. Over all....a wonderful ship and trip. Thank you R.C. You get what you pay for. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The ship is absolutely beautiful, the staff and service are top notch. But this ship is so large that you need roller skates to get around. For that over 50 crowd that has back or knee problems, do not choose the Oasis. Simply walking ... Read More
The ship is absolutely beautiful, the staff and service are top notch. But this ship is so large that you need roller skates to get around. For that over 50 crowd that has back or knee problems, do not choose the Oasis. Simply walking to your room is a 15 minute journey. There were times that we did not go out of our room again in the evening because we did not want to walk anymore. Getting off on the pier was also a journey. The pier is as long as the ship so the walk into town was long as well. As amazing as it might sound, even though there were over 6,000 people on board it never seemed crowded. I have to give the staff credit for the organizational skills to get us all on and off with no hassle at all. We will definitely stick with Royal Caribbean but will go back to the smaller ships for our next trip. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
First off, I may not be as experienced as some of the other reviewers and I wouldn't consider myself high maintenance. I personally believe each cruise line has positives and negatives and that you can have a good time based on your ... Read More
First off, I may not be as experienced as some of the other reviewers and I wouldn't consider myself high maintenance. I personally believe each cruise line has positives and negatives and that you can have a good time based on your needs on pretty much anyone but one may be more suiting depending on your personality, party size and history. I am a 37 year old single male who loves to travel. My first cruise was in 2011 and this was my forth. All have been in the Caribbean and 7 days. I have sailed on the Carnival Glory, Carnival Victory, Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas, and The Norwegian Epic. I have sailed from Miami, San Juan, and Port Canaveral. Now onto my review. My cruise sailed out of Port Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas, Ocho Rios Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Port Canaveral is probably the busiest port in the US. There were about 6 different ships that boarded the day we left. Despite the size, I found embarkation to be efficient and I had no issues. In fact, my luggage was even delivered to my room prior to 5pm which was a first in my experience. I had an inside cabin which many may complain about the design. Mainly the toilet being separate from the shower and the sink being separate from both. For me being a solo traveler, It was different but a non issue. Service to the cabins was done well, however this was the first time I was not introduced to the cabin steward. I commend the staff on the ship, great attitude, personality, and service. Especially due to the large capacity of customers which can only lead to even more complaints justifiable and non justifiable. The ship had great activities, a little bit of something for everyone. I enjoyed using the gym, having multiple free and specialty options for dinner, and even a separate "barbershop" for mens grooming services. The cirque dinner theatre show was wonderful and although it had a fee of $47 for premium seating, it was worth it. The clubs, pool parties, bowling, sports bar, howl at the moon and shows like burn the floor, comedy, and a magician provided a nice variety along with the typical art auction and games that you would find on most ships. The all white deck party was a highlight. Although the ship is huge, I chose to use the steps so that I wouldn't have to wait for elevators. Be aware that due to the size of the ship, many activities require reservations. Some can be made online prior to arrival, at the box office, or even on the room tv. I found the food to be good but not great. I didn't dine at the specialty restaurants because there were adequate other options and I was solo and often wanted to eat alone. This ship has solo cabins for others like me that want an affordable trip without needing to have a cabin mate. They also have optional solo guest gatherings in the solo lounge daily. If you like to be active, are mobile, youthful and energetic, I think the Epic could be a good time. Last but not least, the Free at Sea promotion put this cruise over the top for me. I basically only paid gratuities and had a drink package a.k.a. open bar for an entire week. Incredible savings for even a social drinker. I found that I was a little more social than usual thanks to the drink package. Some travelers that prefer smaller ships with more intimate service may not enjoy this . The haven cabins provide a more luxurious experience for those if they care to try it. But for my demographic and preferences, I will definitely do NCL again. I'm already booked for next December. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We did this cruise because it was a brief getaway. With Carnival, I love the value it is while I don't feel like much is sacrificed. I know that there are more expensive cruise lines and cruises, but for the every day person, this ... Read More
We did this cruise because it was a brief getaway. With Carnival, I love the value it is while I don't feel like much is sacrificed. I know that there are more expensive cruise lines and cruises, but for the every day person, this is what I would choose. We did the Beauty and Charm of Nassau. This was a great excursion for the person who wants to hit all of the highlights of Nassau. We even went into Atlantis on Paradise Island. This was something I had not previously done before and I enjoyed the views. It was nice to stop at the distillery and experience their rum and how it is made! I would say, if you like their choices you need to buy it there as it is not available anywhere else. The highlight of this cruise for me was the Chef's Table! The overall experience was incredible and there was so much food! I would definitely recommend trying this, no matter how long you are cruising. It is worth the extra cost! I will caution you though, dinner took 3 hours. I will cruise Carnival again, although my next two cruises are on Princess and Norwegian. I have always enjoyed what Carnival has to offer on their ships and their value! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016

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