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Norwegian Epic

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
4.5
3,240 reviews
Why Choose Norwegian Epic?

Pro

Jam-packed with 24/7 entertainment for singles, couples, families and groups

Con

Confusing corridors and congested main decks

Bottom line

Fun, fun, fun for everyone


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: March 2018
So our first night there we had to separate the beds, and in doing so there was broken glass under the beds. Then my daughter cut her foot on more glass even when we had house keeping clean the room. Then in going to one of the shows, Burn ... Read More
So our first night there we had to separate the beds, and in doing so there was broken glass under the beds. Then my daughter cut her foot on more glass even when we had house keeping clean the room. Then in going to one of the shows, Burn the Floor, a staff member was extremely rude. Even getting in our face about no children in the front row. Except it was only my husband, myself, and our 18 year old daughter. Immediately after the show we reported the staff member to guest services. The next day we went back to see what they were going to do to make this right. The guest services personal called the asst. Cruise director JoJo and he was off solving it was to say I'm sorry and give us raffle tickets. I explained to him that this was our last big trip with our daughter because at the end of summer she leaves for the air Force. She was very upset because this was not the first time they had questioned her about her age and we're rude. So she was just staying in her room. Norwegian ruined her last vacation with us and they didn't even care, just said sorry like that made everything better. We will never said with them again and I hope they realize that their customer service is awful. JoJo you didn't make it right, nor did you really try. Plus Norwegian was letting you book excursions in Mexico knowing that the ferry had been recently boomed, and didn't even inform us. They put my family in potentially a dangerous situation Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
NCL Epic review. Spring break cruise. My 13 year old loved the teen club. There was a bunch of spring break kids and she loved it. It was the best part of the cruise. The other guests were really nice and everyone was polite and ... Read More
NCL Epic review. Spring break cruise. My 13 year old loved the teen club. There was a bunch of spring break kids and she loved it. It was the best part of the cruise. The other guests were really nice and everyone was polite and not pushy. Nice group of fellow cruisers. My wife and I have been on 20+ cruises and found the food on the Epic to be " just bad". Just plain bad. The salad bar was small and ridiculous. The buffet was lousy. The upgraded restaurants ( you give them $ ) were not much better. Everything was way too salty. There was some spice ( MSG ? ) on everything and it left a bad taste in your mouth after dinner. It was the worst food on any cruise we have ever been on. I was glad we had a full bottle of Zantac as indigestion was a nightly occurrence. The crew worked really hard and I found every crew member to be quite pleasant. We had the drink package ( and so did most everyone else on the ship ) and it was fun. There were expected lines at the bar, but they did a good job of setting up small bars to accommodate. I would give the drink package a 5. The entertainment was fair. I like seeing movies on the big screen - nope. The in room TV has 5 channels - all lousy. The cabins are weird. In summary, I will not sail on this ship again as you can get good food and a similar size ship with good entertainment for the same money on Royal Caribbean ( or Carnival ). Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
We like NCL, but this ship proves that bigger is not always better and that it may be virtually impossible to provide a consistently positive experience for 5000 passengers. This is the fourth NCL ship we have sailed on and we will not be ... Read More
We like NCL, but this ship proves that bigger is not always better and that it may be virtually impossible to provide a consistently positive experience for 5000 passengers. This is the fourth NCL ship we have sailed on and we will not be sailing on it again. We were in 8064 port toward the front pretty close to one of the two banks of elevators on each deck. Pretty good location for me and my two boys. Even though the cabin will technically sleep three, it is small even for two and has this undulating interior design that is truly weird. The bathtub/shower is directly to the right as you enter - with accordion glass doors. On the left side is a smallish toilet ( Class C RV size)t with a glass door as well. The sink is exposed to the cabin next to the toilet enclosure. A strange set-up. The third person basically sleeps on the undulating couch which calls for a somewhat unnatural sleeping position. The main bed is over by the sliding glass door to the balcony and is comfortable enough for two. There is plenty of storage everywhere. There are only two electrical outlets in the cabinet under the TV. Not very convenient. The balcony is fungible with two cheap web chairs and a couple of small metal end tables. The balcony overlooks the lifeboats so there is no direct view down to the sea - everybody on the port side has the view. To call this a "minisuite" is hyperbolic indeed except for the "mini." The food was, overall, mediocre particularly for NCL where we have traditionally found pretty decent fare. The breakfast buffet was standard and you can get eggs/omelets to order and the usual array of pre-cooked eggs, meats, fruits etc. You can get fresh juice for extra $. Dinner at Cagney's steakhouse was subpar - my porterhouse was comparable to something you might find at Kroger for $9.99 a pound. Teppanyaki was similarly uninspired. Cuccina was the best of a bad lot with a nice view and good pasta. My boys convinced me to eat one "Asian" dinner at the Garden buffet - I found that experience the worst of the lot. The Manhattan restaurant was nicely decorated in a subdued way and served up pretty decent (but not really good) fare, albeit generally warm instead of hot. The other "main" restaurant Taste we found unattractive (many of the tables can be observed from the deck above) and tried to avoid it. There are bars everywhere and the bar staff is competent and can make a good martini. On that subject, get the Ultimate Beverage Package - it includes high end liquor and other drinks so long as there is not a lot of mixing involved. Grey Goose vodka comes with that package, for example. The wines by the glass are pretty good. All of the staff we encountered were pleasant, professional, overwhelmingly Asian and spoke pretty good English. Some inanities are memorable - one of my boys scraped his knee on the pool deck and the towel meister directed us to get a band aid from the front desk where, in turn, we were advised to go to deck 10 and pay 25 cents in some machine for a band aid. Really? On ship days, you had better get your butt up to the pool deck early and "reserve" a lounge chair because there are insufficient numbers of them. The pools and hot tubs are tiny for such a mob. The boys liked the water slides. Music blares endlessly up on the pool deck. Many passengers in varying states of inebriation on a daily basis - getting the most from their Ultimate Beverage Package. The kid's package is not worth it - after a day or two, most of the bars did not even require you to show ID to get a soft drink. We found it impossible to get reservations at a kid-friendly time for the coveted entertainment shows, many of these are reprised on the television to you are not entirely cut out. Bingo was a total mob scene most days so that was limited. The boys enjoyed bowling which, at $7 per person per game was not unreasonably priced. The dopiest part of the design of this ship, though, has to be deck 6 which you cannot traverse without succumbing to a huge casino operation in the middle reeking of stale smoke - it almost makes you gag. One of the "free" restaurants, O'Sheehans, is proximately situated to the casino and suffers from the same chronic malodorous miasma. This is not a good thing. The Wifi was easier to sign onto than normal, but it had a strange habit of refusing to log you off even though pretending you were logged off, so I wound up in a daily routine of visiting the internet manager who credited back my minutes without complaint. The Ice Bar is a silly distraction that winds up costing much more than it is worth. The shopping is the standard shopping and the at-sea artwork seemed worse than normal. Overall, I am disappointed to say that I didn't like this ship much. It lacked the surprisingly good food of the Pearl, the Jade and the Sky; the dining rooms lacked the elegance of the Pearl and the Jade; the crowds were everywhere, and it had sort of a cheap carnival atmosphere. Read Less
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