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Norwegian Epic Review

4.5 / 5.0
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4181 reviews
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A LARGE SHIP WITH EFFICIENT FRIENDLY STAFF

Review for Norwegian Epic to the Eastern Mediterranean
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DocRonSD
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jan 2015
Cabin: Studio

I had labeled myself as "not a cruise ship person" until I took this cruise on the NCL Epic. What attracted me was the availability of the Studio Cabin design and a way to avoid the usual single supplement charged by most cruise lines for solo travelers. The studio cabins were very well-appointed and had enough storage space if one utilized space under your bed for luggage, etc. The only issue with these cabins on the Epic was the lack of sound attenuation. Apparently this ship was built in France and the walls are thin ( versus those assembled in Germany according to a cabin steward with better sound blockage) and so for a light-sleeper ear plugs are a must. You can hear your neighbor and any talking in the hallway. But it would not dissuade me from staying in these again. There was a evening meet and greet for the studio cabin group in our own lounge and you never had to dine alone as there were always group dining available and the cruise staff was always engaging for these evening meetings.For those traveling as LGBT travelers, there is a Friends of Dorothy meet and greet each evening at 7PM published in the daily events calendar and so if you are reluctant to travel alone because you may not meet other LGBT travelers, rest assured that there are opportunities and NCL recognizes the need to foster these relationships. This ship had 4600 passengers. My previous experiences had been with ships of less than 3000. You have to wait to enter the main dining rooms at peak hours. The evenings felt as if I were walking in a shopping mall during the holidays as you can imaging all these passengers strolling the various venues at night on just a few decks. The main dining and buffet food was actually very good but one night at Moderno demonstrated that speciality dining is the way to go for better quality food for most of these type restaurants.The gym was excellent and never crowded! Cruise critic shore excursions are the way to go as those are well-researched and the price is far better than those offered by the ship. I did hear that the scuba diving offered by the ship was great in Cozumel. Embarkation was smooth and would suggest arriving early. Disembarkation was also uneventful and if you want to stay on a little later, realize that the customs process will take you a bit longer. So, I am not hooked on cruising and will search out those ships with any company that offer either solo cabins or substantial reduction in the single supplement.

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Studio

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Select Studio cabins not near any staff supply doors or near the Studio Lounge door. Either end of the ship would be quieter but take you a few extra minutes to get to the lounge if that is a concern.

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