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My wife, our son (13) and his buddy (13) had Haven Owners Suites - #17032 & #17035. Upon entry into the special boarding area, we were greeted with an NCL representative who was new to this ship. It felt a bit disorganized. The waiting area and the continental breakfast in the Cruise Terminal felt like an after-thought. We sat there for well over a 1/2 hour while the ship was getting prepared. hen we were directed to board the ship. While checking in this caused us to bypass the Embarking Photo Op. Our rooms were very nice and spacious. Our balcony was nice but too much furniture with not a lot of options for stacking or moving around. Also these two rooms were directly below the "Posh" Area of the Haven. So from 6:00 AM (Un-securing, unstacking, dragging, and placing of chaises, tables and loungers) the noise above woke me most every morning. The balcony views are partially blocked by two elevators that provide access to floors 15, 16, and 18. Our Butler - Richard - awesome. Our Concierge - David - exceptional. The Haven Lounge and Restaurant area was nice with indoor and outside dining. The Food offerings were good not exceptional. The menu was limited with no change up during the week. It would be nice if they had a unique daily breakfast special to mix it up a bit. Sunday - First Nite we ate at the Wasabi Sushi Bar while the boys ate at O'Sheehan's Sports Bar. We all saw the Blue Man Group. We have seen the Blue Man Group before and the show was similar but the Cyber Cafe Skit was very nicely done. Monday - Second Nite we did Cirque Dreams. Great intimate setting with a nice food offering. The Show was incredible, interactive, risqué but still very PG-13. The performers were exceptional. Tuesday - Third Nite - wife and I ate at Cagney's. Food was good. We played it safe and had small filets. Nicely done, Great bottle of wine. Boys - room service - chicken fingers and fries. Wednesday - Fourth Nite ate at Shanghai's Noodle. Sat at the bar and had a great offering of appetizers and one entree. Best way to go to taste the dumplings and great noodle dishes. Boys - room service - chicken fingers and fries. Thursday - Fifth Nite we ate at Moderno - The Brazilian Steakhouse. We ate with 7 total people that we met on Cruise Critic. Fun Crowd, great stories and the food was rather standard. Boys ate at O'Sheehan's again. Friday - Sixth Nite we ate at Teppanyaki. The four of us ate there. Sat next to a guy we saw at the Dolphin Excursion and shared pleasantries. Our Chef needed to up his game with the presentation. Cracked Eggs, Missed his Hat twice and the noise from the next table drowned out his sub-par show. The food was of quality but the amounts were very generous. Saturday - Seventh Nite we ate a Noodle Bar again by ourselves. It was good quick and convenient. Proceeded over to the Casino and won $3,200.00 on a $3.00 slot. Not that is way you finish off a trip.

NCL Epic, March 15, 2015

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by MattAndSunny

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2015
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Owner's Suite
My wife, our son (13) and his buddy (13) had Haven Owners Suites - #17032 & #17035.

Upon entry into the special boarding area, we were greeted with an NCL representative who was new to this ship. It felt a bit disorganized. The waiting area and the continental breakfast in the Cruise Terminal felt like an after-thought. We sat there for well over a 1/2 hour while the ship was getting prepared. hen we were directed to board the ship. While checking in this caused us to bypass the Embarking Photo Op.

Our rooms were very nice and spacious. Our balcony was nice but too much furniture with not a lot of options for stacking or moving around. Also these two rooms were directly below the "Posh" Area of the Haven. So from 6:00 AM (Un-securing, unstacking, dragging, and placing of chaises, tables and loungers) the noise above woke me most every morning. The balcony views are partially blocked by two elevators that provide access to floors 15, 16, and 18.

Our Butler - Richard - awesome. Our Concierge - David - exceptional.

The Haven Lounge and Restaurant area was nice with indoor and outside dining. The Food offerings were good not exceptional. The menu was limited with no change up during the week. It would be nice if they had a unique daily breakfast special to mix it up a bit.

Sunday - First Nite we ate at the Wasabi Sushi Bar while the boys ate at O'Sheehan's Sports Bar. We all saw the Blue Man Group. We have seen the Blue Man Group before and the show was similar but the Cyber Cafe Skit was very nicely done.

Monday - Second Nite we did Cirque Dreams. Great intimate setting with a nice food offering. The Show was incredible, interactive, risqué but still very PG-13. The performers were exceptional.

Tuesday - Third Nite - wife and I ate at Cagney's. Food was good. We played it safe and had small filets. Nicely done, Great bottle of wine. Boys - room service - chicken fingers and fries.

Wednesday - Fourth Nite ate at Shanghai's Noodle. Sat at the bar and had a great offering of appetizers and one entree. Best way to go to taste the dumplings and great noodle dishes. Boys - room service - chicken fingers and fries.

Thursday - Fifth Nite we ate at Moderno - The Brazilian Steakhouse. We ate with 7 total people that we met on Cruise Critic. Fun Crowd, great stories and the food was rather standard. Boys ate at O'Sheehan's again.

Friday - Sixth Nite we ate at Teppanyaki. The four of us ate there. Sat next to a guy we saw at the Dolphin Excursion and shared pleasantries. Our Chef needed to up his game with the presentation. Cracked Eggs, Missed his Hat twice and the noise from the next table drowned out his sub-par show. The food was of quality but the amounts were very generous.

Saturday - Seventh Nite we ate a Noodle Bar again by ourselves. It was good quick and convenient. Proceeded over to the Casino and won $3,200.00 on a $3.00 slot.

Not that is way you finish off a trip.
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Cabin Review

Deluxe Owner's Suite
Cabin H2 17032 & 170
Nice, spacious, never felt cramped.
Noise from the Posh area should not have started until 8:30 AM.
Great cleaning staff that got everything right the first time.
Deck 17 Suite Cabins

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