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15 Night Transatlantic Cruise from Miami

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    Miami
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    Ponta Delgada
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    Seville
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    Malaga
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    Cartagena (Spain)
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    Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)
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    Barcelona

Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Epic - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

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

Cons

Confusing corridors and congested main decks

Bottom line

Fun, fun, fun for everyone


Cruise Reviews

Read a lot of negative reviews after we booked this cruise. Yes the sink is in a awkward location but certainly not a show stopper. The elevator were a bit crowded on port days but should be expected when 4 thousand people are trying to ... Read More
Read a lot of negative reviews after we booked this cruise. Yes the sink is in a awkward location but certainly not a show stopper. The elevator were a bit crowded on port days but should be expected when 4 thousand people are trying to all leave at the same time. That said... the food and entertainment were top notch. The staff was friendly and attentive. We never had to wait for a drink or to be seated at a restaurant. We ate at Cagney's, le Bistro, teppanyaki and the Italian restaurant and enjoyed all four. We loved the itinerary to the Southern Caribbean islands. All the port had easy transportation if you wanted to go on your own. We planned excursions at 4 stops and went on our on the remaining stops. We thought the ultimate drink package was wonderful and a great deal since it was included. There were very few drinks we could not order with this package. The embarkation and debarkation at San Juan was smooth despite the fact that every passport page was reviewed on the embarkation side. The Beatle's show was excellent but should be played in the larger epic theater. Burn the floor was fantastic! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We've been on a dozen or so cruises and this was our 5th NCL cruise. We chose this cruise because my husband was working in San Juan. It seemed to make for a convenient departure and the ship would hit a lot of islands we were ... Read More
We've been on a dozen or so cruises and this was our 5th NCL cruise. We chose this cruise because my husband was working in San Juan. It seemed to make for a convenient departure and the ship would hit a lot of islands we were interested in visiting again. We stayed at the Courtyard Miramar and it was fine for a pre-cruise stay. EMBARKATION was a breeze. We arrived about 1/2 hour before the assigned time of one of our party as three of us were given check in time that was an hour later. From taxi arrival at the port to the moment we stepped onto the ship was about 30 minutes. I did not receive my luggage until 8:30pm so Le Bistro had to accept me in my shorts and tank top. The SHIP is large and our cruise was sold out so it was also very full of people. The ship is in relatively good condition and it's laid out in a sensible way except for the elevators. Due to it's design, there are not true mid-ship elevators. They're either quite aft or forward so you're walking. A lot. Our CABIN, 11075 was on the back side of the forward "hump" and offered a HUGE balcony that included two lounge chairs and and two regular chairs. The cabin, however, was a big disappointment. The bed was curved and our feet hung off the bed. (I'm 5'8" and husband is significantly taller). It was so narrow, especially at the curved couch and bed that my husband and I could not stand up together in those areas. And the shower and toilet in a tube situation was disturbing at best. Let's just put it this way, sounds and smells are not contained by the opaque plexi-glass. It was tight, uncomfortable and smelly. DINING was a general disappointment with flashes of good. Our experience in Cagney's did not live up to the hype. We made a reservation three months in advance for a table for four. When we arrived our table was not ready and we waited a half hour until lit was. Once we ordered it all went downhill. Most of our food was delivered late and not together. My husband never received his salad. Once we received our entrees, two of them were not cooked correctly. At that point, we didn't say a word because we had been there almost three hours and had already missed our show. When we spoke to the maitre'd, he apologized and offered to make it right by sending something special to our room. Nothing ever showed up and we never heard from anyone in regards to that meal. La Cucina and Le Bistro were nice and the food was good but neither were meals I would have actually paid for if we did not have the specialty dining package. Moderno was quite tasty and the servings were generous. Some of the best grilled and seasoned filet I've ever had. Johanna at the bar in Moderno was AMAZING. We're so sorry we didn't find her until near the end of the cruise. ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES were extensive but so many of them were ticketed shows that we couldn't get into. The Beatles group was really amazing but we only could see them once they were in the Epic theatre on the second to last night. Seeing them in the smaller venue earlier in the week was impossible as there was often up to a 90 minute wait to get in. The gym was really nice but for the first few days there was little or no drinking water that was coming out of the fountain and there were no chilled water tanks or anything. Not just disappointing but dangerous to not offer water for those of us who were working out. Casino was very large and had many newer slot machines and multiple tables. The bad side? The smoking was so heavy on most nights and the smoke leached over into the small non-smoking section, making the whole place reek. Most of the dealers seemed bored with all of us but a few were good so we just played the tables where they were dealing. SPA was beautiful but service was not very welcoming and the females in our party decided early on that we were not going to utilize the spa services because of the lack of service. PORTS AND SHORE EXCURSIONS were all fine. Disembarkation for morning excursions was like being in kindergarten. The person directing us in the Epic Theatre offered instructions as if we were 5 years old. Just a little obnoxious, I guess. We did enjoy our excursions. Glad we booked Nicole's Table in Antigua on our own because NCL ended up cancelling the ship's excursion. It's amazing and if you get a chance to do it, give it a try! SERVICE Our room steward, Made was nice but didn't knock our socks off. He gave us good service but didn't go above and beyond. We had superior service from two bar wait staff - Ida and Diogo. They were in the martini bar and were always eager to serve. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We selected the Epic based on our work schedule and the ship’s itinerary. It was a 10-day cruise out of San Juan with stops in Bonaire, Aruba, St. Lucia, Antigua, Tortola, Barbados, and St. Thomas. It included ‘extras’ Beverage, 4 ... Read More
We selected the Epic based on our work schedule and the ship’s itinerary. It was a 10-day cruise out of San Juan with stops in Bonaire, Aruba, St. Lucia, Antigua, Tortola, Barbados, and St. Thomas. It included ‘extras’ Beverage, 4 specialty dinners, 250 Wi-Fi minutes and $50 shore excursion reductions per port packages. The total cost for 2 was $4,500 including gratuity for a Category B5 Family Balcony. We spent $600 for shore excursions in 5 ports. See later what we did. We booked the cruise within 4 weeks of the sailing date. Based on feedback on this site, we knew the ship was large. We still did it. The first 4 days, we were extremely disappointed. Too often it was difficult to get a drink. Not knowing better, we were not able to secure a reservation for certain shows. There was a line for that, we did not want to wait and did not feel like we should be planning our daily schedule in advance. The specialty restaurants were the same. Prior to boarding, we secured two restaurant reservations between 5:30 and 7:30. On board our choices were very limited for these times. Cagney’s had availability only after 9PM. We did secure two reservations, but honestly not on the days we wanted, we had to be flexible and then committed to those times. Once we understood this, they did open more shows toward the end of the cruise, I now understood I could book through my room’s TV and I was successful. We went back everyday to see if there was a cancellation at Cagney’s at a reasonable time and we lucked out. In summary, for specialty dining and shows requiring reservations make them as soon as you can from home or once onboard. How did we enjoy the ship? The pools are limited, there is a waterslide that is nice, but it took space away for an additional pool. Sea days, tough to get a seat, but that is true of any ship. Sea Day 1 we did not know better and went up at 11, there was no available seats. Day 2 my wife saved seats at 8:30, she said that 75% of chairs already taken. The adult pool area seating has no shade. The lounges were OK. The chairs were not comfortable and heavy to move. One lounge missing was an Observation lounge. We find that it is desirable to getting drink prior to and after dinner and look at the sea. No lounge had any natural light except for the Shakers on Deck 7, but near the windows are the lifeboats. The bar staff I felt bad for as when their lounge got crowded, some passengers became rude. Not the bar staff fault at all. The worst seemed to be on the pool deck. At Sea Days, not much else to do than drink and the natives get restless for their drink. Most staff work hard and are sincere to provide a positive experience. The food was of low quality, taste and selection at the Garden Café. An alternative is O’Sheeans, but at crowded times like lunch, it takes too long. The Main Dining and Shanghai had tasty offerings and a very solid level of food quality. These were good Dinner alternatives, but lunch on days in port, the main dining room was not available. The specialty dining offerings were very good quality with great taste. (It would be nice if they offered this in the main dining room.) For us, too much food was available, and I could not get desert, otherwise I would feel beyond stuffed. I never I had the nerve to ask for a doggy bag, but the food would had been great to have the next day. We ate at the Italian, Brazilian, Steakhouse and French. My favorite was the Brazilian. I liked the slower pace of eating small portions multiple times. The main shows are of higher quality than other cruises. They were more challenging to get into since you needed a reservation or people lined up 45 minutes before the comedy and dueling piano shows. During the trip talking to other passengers, I did not come across anyone who really liked the Epic, the highest compliment received was acceptable. I asked if anyone had been on a similar size passenger ship and a couple people said yes and they really liked the NCL Joy. While we will travel on NCL in the future, I don’t know if I ever could do a 4,000-passenger ship again. We have been on older NCL ships like the Gem, Spirit and Sun which are cozy with 2,000 passengers. Even the newer Celebrity Reflection and Silhouette with 3,000 passengers was very enjoyable. We base the cruise on our work schedule and itinerary. I hope NCL does not provide that combination for us in the future on the Epic. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
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