Excellent cruise: Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by TrpngBilly
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Destination: Western Caribbean
Shore Excursions were decent, the Bamboo Beach in Jamaica was a bit of a disappointment. Beach itself was nice but the service was marginal at best. This after an unreasonable wait at the pier took about 30-35 minutes off the trip itself. We didn't do any excursions in Costa Maya but did head off and go shopping. Nice little shopping village, not overly pushy but it's clear they want to sell. Had we known about the HUGE pool in the middle of the plaza we would've packed for it but we decided to go back to the ship and use the water park which turned out to be a good choice because the lines for the slides were almost non-existent. The Cozumel trip was by far the best. We spent the day at Playa Mia, which was a short drive from the ship. Again, an unreasonable wait at the pier, but it was awesome. A great beach with plenty of chairs for us, a buffet and open bar along with a water park for the kids. The whole resort was surprisingly clean too.
The Splash Academy was clearly a hit with our 4-yr old and we were very pleased with the security of the program. Schools should take note of how things are done on cruse ships.
Cruise Director (JC) was annoying. He talked too fast and was very hard to understand, especially on the loudspeaker. He managed to shift the focus of every activity he was involved with onto him...it was uncomfortable to watch.
Here's my gripes though...the slow service in the main dining rooms which I've already mentioned. The bar servers are noticeably less "enthusiastic" about you being there as the room stewards and other staff are. I can imagine they get the worst side of plenty of guests but if there was one group of people who would make me want to take back the 18% gratuity, it would be them. There were a few exceptions, like the bartenders at the Deck 6 bar right by Shanghai's and the elevators, but the rest were collectively grumpy.
Embarkation and Disembarkation were flawless, very little waiting and it was extremely well organized.
In closing, we'll be back. Less
Cabin review: 12263
Awesome cabin, kinda tight but how much time do you really spend in there? Fridge didn't get as cold as I would have preferred, but it worked.
Lots of winners and few losers...
PICK A DIFFERENT SHIP
Great first cruise !
Great crew, good ship
First time - not the last!
Western Med on the NCL Epic