Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by thetravelingscientist
- Sail Date: October 2017
- Destination: Western Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony
Embarkation/Disembarkation: Very smooth! No hassle whatsoever.
Amazing! You don't have to be a cruising expert to know that cruise cabins are small; but we felt NCL did a great job of maximizing storage and we had no problem unpacking all our belongings. The bathroom set up worked well for us; however, I can see how having more than 2 people in the cabin or sharing with a friend or family member that is not your SO couple get a little awkward or cramped. The bed was reasonably comfortable and about the width of a King size bed. I'm about 5' 8" and my feet hung off the edge sometimes, but it didn't bother me at all. We were on the 12th floor mid-ship and our view was spectacular! We made full use of it a few times by having continental breakfast delivered to our room to eat on our balcony while enjoying the sunrise. Our steward, Freddy, kept our room in great shape by cleaning/making it up twice a day. He always made sure we had fresh towels and were topped up on ice. I think my favourite part was him leaving us a towel animal on our bed every evening. We loved them so much we kept them on top of the cabinet behind the sofa and made a little "towel animal zoo"! (I'm still a kid at heart)
Delicious! We are not accustomed to having a 3 course meal for dinner every night but I'm sure not complaining. The food was very good and there was a wide variety of options given it was a limited menu. We only did the complementary dining and I liked that the MDR menu changed every night so we never felt like we were missing out by not going to the specialty restaurants. I liked Taste and Manhattan equally. The Garden cafe buffet had a lot of options but we didn't eat much here. O'Sheehan's had a good express breakfast and delicious chicken wings, but besides that I didn't care much for the nachos or the caesar salad. It's a good spot for a quick snack or a beer but otherwise I'd pass.
Fantastic! We made the most out of the complementary entertainment. Burn the Floor was incredible! I did dance classes growing up so I love a good dance show and this one was absolutely mind blowing, even my boyfriend thought it was really good. Priscilla was good too, very entertaining but I thought it would be funnier. It's not suitable for young children (which they make very clear with multiple announcements before the start of the show) but I think it's fine for teenagers. The vocal impressionists were entertaining and the Detroit Soul Brothers were really fun (underrated show in my opinion).
The staff were very friendly and said hello whenever we walked by them. As mentioned, our steward Freddy was great! The servers were well trained and the whole operation ran like a well oiled machine. We did not have the UBP so we paid for whatever drinks we wanted. They had a "drink of the day" which changed daily and was set at a cheaper price ($9 vs. $12 reg). I did this a couple times, however, on 2 separate occasions the waiter accidentally charged the full $12 price and when we corrected him, he promptly and without hassle voided the first charge and charged the correct price, which we signed for. In our opinion, accidents happen and it's how the server handles it that defines service.
Overall, we had an amazing first cruise and will definitely consider cruising with NCL again. I'll be posting a more detailed review on the NCL board, so for more info and pictures check it out!
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