A Mixed Bag in Second Norwegian Cruise: Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by busyone
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A Mixed Bag in Second Norwegian Cruise
Destination: Western Caribbean
Now for the negatives we encountered. Dining, dining, dining. The problem was not the actual food, but the organization and management of the dining experiences. The first night of the cruise we selected Taste for dinner, based upon the posted menu. However, that menu was incorrect, and members of our group were very disappointed because we had skipped another dining venue because of what we thought was on the menu in Taste. Eating in the buffet at breakfast the next morning was impossible. Because of the way the buffet is set up, lines wrap in front of multiple food stations with people waiting for omelets. Even if you were willing to settle for something other than an omelet, you literally could not get to food. As bad as the morning was, the night they served lobster in the buffet was worse. We had reservations for Blue Man and went to the buffet because we found service in Taste a little slow the night before. We had no idea that they were serving lobster, and it was a madhouse in the buffet. Lines of dozens and dozens of people snaked through the buffet area in front of all the food stations with people waiting for lobster. There were plenty of other food stations, but you could not get to them for the throngs of people waiting for lobster. We finally left and went to Blue Man, settling for a late snack after the show. However, the evening was spoiled because of the bad dining experience. We finally gave up with trying to select based on menu and just went where it appeared we could eat without waiting too long or being crushed. I can truly say that I enjoyed my meal of jerk chicken at an outdoor local café better than any meal that I had on the ship. My daughter and son-in-law booked at the Brazilian steak house, and they did not feel that the experience there was good either. They were only offered the premium cuts of meat one time with chicken and other cheaper meats circulated multiple times. She felt that the cover charge should have warranted a better experience than they had. Overall, the dining was truly a disaster--so much so that it impacted attitudes toward other aspects of the cruise.
I also felt that entertainment was lacking on this particular cruise. The shows we saw were very good. Blue Man was funny, the Elvis impersonator was excellent, and Second City was funny. The problem is that because those shows are repeated on several different nights so all passengers have a chance to see them, you have multiple nights with limited other options. There was partying on the top deck, the casino, Deal or No Deal, and little else.
Even though we still enjoyed the cruise, I may pick a different cruise line next time. Less
Cabin review: 11213
Cabin 11213 has an excellent location. The cabin is located between two sets of elevators so by going left when exiting the cabin, you ended up at the back of the ship. Going right sent you to the front. It made navigation on the ship very easy. The cabin was quiet and had plenty of storage, and the balcony was a source of constant enjoyment. It has a roof formed by Deck 12 and people on higher decks cannot look down on you and see you. We had balconies below us that were like that, and I would not like one of those. Our view was unobstructed, and we spent many hours on the balcony. The only negative in the cabin was the length of the bed, which is a problem in most of the cabins on the Epic. My husband is tall, and the bed was not long enough to accommodate him. We used the trick I had learned on Cruise Critic about sliding the mattress down a bit from the headboard, but it was annoying to need to do it every night.
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