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This was our second NCL cruise after doing Jade a year ago. Overall this was a much better experience. The entertainment was great - Beatles, Burn the Floor, Priscilla Queen of the Desert (west end quality) especially but all of the shows and entertainers we saw were at least good and mostly excellent. Would recommend booking the shows before you board and keep a check on the new shows as they are advertised to make sure you get a seat - the main theatre especially is much too small for the number of passengers on board. Food was OK - we mostly ate breakfast in the buffet and dinner in the main restaurants. Good choice in the buffet and most evening meals were good, occasionally a cold dish was served and we had one bad dinner - cold / poor quality. Did not do any of the specialist restaurants this time. Ship is a little odd - the casino is huge and central to the ship. Our experience was that it was underused - a bit like running the gauntlet because with no central stairways you spend a lot of time walking from one end of the ship to the other through the casino. Cabin was a little odd with the 'open plan' bathroom / wc but there was a curtain across the room and the bed was comfortable - we did not spend a great deal of time in our room so not a big deal overall. We enjoyed the quizzes. Getting on / off was easy and no delays at any ports of call getting on and off. Like the relaxed attitude of NCL. All staff interactions were OK or better. We did not have the drinks package but a LOT of passengers did. We found there were less bar staff circulating so had to order drinks at the bar. Not a major issue but what is the drinks service charge for if you have to order at the bar? NCL should think about this as they appear to be offering free drinks packages almost as a standard now. Overall, would recommend this ship.

Great Entertainment, Odd Cabin Design, and Huge Casino

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by kenandmaureen

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This was our second NCL cruise after doing Jade a year ago. Overall this was a much better experience. The entertainment was great - Beatles, Burn the Floor, Priscilla Queen of the Desert (west end quality) especially but all of the shows and entertainers we saw were at least good and mostly excellent. Would recommend booking the shows before you board and keep a check on the new shows as they are advertised to make sure you get a seat - the main theatre especially is much too small for the number of passengers on board.

Food was OK - we mostly ate breakfast in the buffet and dinner in the main restaurants. Good choice in the buffet and most evening meals were good, occasionally a cold dish was served and we had one bad dinner - cold / poor quality. Did not do any of the specialist restaurants this time.

Ship is a little odd - the casino is huge and central to the ship. Our experience was that it was underused - a bit like running the gauntlet because with no central stairways you spend a lot of time walking from one end of the ship to the other through the casino.

Cabin was a little odd with the 'open plan' bathroom / wc but there was a curtain across the room and the bed was comfortable - we did not spend a great deal of time in our room so not a big deal overall. We enjoyed the quizzes. Getting on / off was easy and no delays at any ports of call getting on and off. Like the relaxed attitude of NCL. All staff interactions were OK or better.

We did not have the drinks package but a LOT of passengers did. We found there were less bar staff circulating so had to order drinks at the bar. Not a major issue but what is the drinks service charge for if you have to order at the bar? NCL should think about this as they appear to be offering free drinks packages almost as a standard now. Overall, would recommend this ship.
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Cabin IF A10010
Cabin design is a little odd with the open plan shower / wc but there is a curtain across and overall the cabin was OK. Quiet. This cabin is right at the front of the ship so it would not suit poor sailors in a rough sea.
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