Epic was Epic: Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by thepurpleprobe

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Epic was Epic

Sail Date: January 2013
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
This ship is exactly as its named EPIC we travelled on the above cruise and found ourselves running out of time to enjoy all the facilities on board.
But first things first - embarkation Miami short queue at port and processed very efficiently and quickly. Once on board immediately the ship is overwhelming but touch screen menus at the lifts soon had you heading in the right direction.
We had a mini suite on deck ten 10098. We're not disappointed the pictures on line were exact. The cabin is well appointed with enough storage to take your whole wardrobe with you. Mini bar not used and flat screen TV. As with previous reviews a bit strange with sink toilet set up huge shower though and constant supply of powerful hot water. Balcony is what it is two seats and two little tables. Luggage arrived and left in our cabin by our cabin steward Alvin who made sure he introduced himself to us as soon as possible. Very pleasant chap who went out his way to be helpful.
Like I said More the ship is daunting due to its size so went for a wander just to get bearings. Had lunch in buffet restaurant on deck 15 and was blown away by the quality and variety of food on offer. We ate breakfast and lunch here most days and spent the first ten minutes wandering round trying to decide what to eat. No complaints. Clean and plenty of staff to keep things flowing.
Dinner at night the variety and choice was excellent. The two main dining rooms Taste and The Manhattan Room were both excellent and included in the cost. Could get busy and queues could form but never any more than 15 mins wait. We also ate at a few of the speciality restaurants. Teppanyaki was superb amazing meal and great entertainment. La Cucina was unfortunately our only disappointment as we were rushed through our meal as it appeared to be closing time. My meal was superb but my wife's was under cooked and not very nice. Did not let it spoil the rest of our experience though.
SHOWS - WOW - We pre booked The Blue Man Group before we left and were treated to this incredible complimentary show bearing in mind when at Universal we were hounded constantly to purchase $100 tickets to go and see the same show. Do not miss it we went twice. We also paid the $35 cover to get premium seats in the Spiegel Tent to see The Cirque Dreams show with a meal. Again incredible show and meal, a bit cramped but still worth it. Our final show and again at no cost was The Legends show tribute look alikes incredible show again not to be missed.
Excursions - only booked a couple diving in St Martten and glass bottom boat in Nassau. Diving was a disappointment through no fault of anyone other that Mother Nature but Norwegian did give us a credit back because of this. Glass bottom boat was a fun couple of hours on a miserable day couldn't believe it rained in Nassau.
In general the whole cruise experience was great bar staff especially Paulo in the champagne bar were all very friendly and efficient.
Got a bit noisy by the pool during the day but we were directed to "the Posh Area" deck 17 at the front of the ship where there are numerous comfy loungers, beds and basket chairs very peacefully and relaxing area.
Didn't use the pools or the flumes but they all looked very clean and the flumes were manned all day for safety. Large adults area to the rear of the ship which also doubled as a night club later in the evening with huge screen which they showed movies on. Fabba and disco glitter ball night was a hoot and even managed to appear on the ship TV channel (oops).
Didn't use the Casino or the Spa but both looked very impressive. Great range of shops on board.
All in all I would have no fear in recommending The Norwegian Epic to anyone already looking at possible joining her on her Mediterranean schedule later this year.
One final comment although there was 4300 other cruisers on board the ship never felt crowded. Less

Published 01/28/13

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