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This was our 20th cruise and 8th on NCL (2nd time on the Epic). We chose this cruise because it was a New Years Eve Cruise and it was the first cruise for our friends who wanted to go on a End of the year cruise. The embarkation was a breeze - thru the process and onboard within 10 minutes. Only delay was getting into the port on the Hampton Inn shuttle bus. We had for the first time a balcony room on the aft of the ship. Room 10317. Our room stewardess Daisy was amazing. We both were sick on Tuesday with a 24 hour bug of sorts but apparently we were the exception on the ship (never happened in the past). Don't understand the rave reviews about aft balcony rooms as we didn't care much for it. Always a spray of water while at sea spraying up on the balcony and very noisy at times. Service at the buffet was good (washy-washy) and the food was always the same. Service was good as well at most of the specialty restaurants. Food service at O'Sheehans was terrible. Trying to get into some of the venues was virtually impossible as you needed reservations for almost everything and they filled too fast as if they were too small for the size of the ship or there weren't enough perrformances to accomodate the cruisers. No room for spontaneity. Enjoyed the alcohol package and specialty restaurant packages and we loved the thermal spa package ( fee required) as we were there almost daily. Crew was very friendlt and helpful for the most part except for eh last day. We had to cancel a prepaid excursion and it was accommodated and the credit added to our room. Never had any problems getting an elevator. Didn't like the fact that you could never find a lounge chair on the decks as people were reserving them with towels and whatever early in the morning and no one was policing this at all. We loved Burn the Floor and Cirque dinner performance This is a huge ship with lots walking. I think we actually lost weight on this cruise so that's why we gave it three marks instead of two.

Epic was not epic

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by Bargeman

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2016
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Aft-Facing Balcony
This was our 20th cruise and 8th on NCL (2nd time on the Epic). We chose this cruise because it was a New Years Eve Cruise and it was the first cruise for our friends who wanted to go on a End of the year cruise.

The embarkation was a breeze - thru the process and onboard within 10 minutes. Only delay was getting into the port on the Hampton Inn shuttle bus. We had for the first time a balcony room on the aft of the ship. Room 10317. Our room stewardess Daisy was amazing. We both were sick on Tuesday with a 24 hour bug of sorts but apparently we were the exception on the ship (never happened in the past). Don't understand the rave reviews about aft balcony rooms as we didn't care much for it. Always a spray of water while at sea spraying up on the balcony and very noisy at times.

Service at the buffet was good (washy-washy) and the food was always the same. Service was good as well at most of the specialty restaurants. Food service at O'Sheehans was terrible. Trying to get into some of the venues was virtually impossible as you needed reservations for almost everything and they filled too fast as if they were too small for the size of the ship or there weren't enough perrformances to accomodate the cruisers. No room for spontaneity.

Enjoyed the alcohol package and specialty restaurant packages and we loved the thermal spa package ( fee required) as we were there almost daily. Crew was very friendlt and helpful for the most part except for eh last day.

We had to cancel a prepaid excursion and it was accommodated and the credit added to our room.

Never had any problems getting an elevator.

Didn't like the fact that you could never find a lounge chair on the decks as people were reserving them with towels and whatever early in the morning and no one was policing this at all.

We loved Burn the Floor and Cirque dinner performance

This is a huge ship with lots walking. I think we actually lost weight on this cruise so that's why we gave it three marks instead of two.
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Cabin Review

Aft-Facing Balcony
Cabin B1 10317
We knew what to expect from the room layout as we cruised the Epic in 2013. Room was very clean and everything worked well. Lots of storage
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