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We did our first cruise ever on the March 24th to March 31st Epic Cruise to the eastern Caribbean including stops in Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Bahamas. Embarkation was a bit confusing and it was a heck of a lot of lines. We booked our flights, airport transfers, and everything through NCL The transfer was fairly painless from the airport, but upon arrival there were a lot of lines to go through. We got off the bus and got in a long, but fairly fast moving line to go up to the first set of security checking out papers/identification, then another line to go through security (metal detectors, x-ray carry on luggage, etc), then another line to check in. Upon check in the computers were a bit fritzy and it took a bit to get checked in, and then finally on the ship. Overall it was probably about an hour and a half to two hour process. Not terrible, but definitely a long process. However, with 4500+ people to board on a fully booked ship, it's not unrealistic. The cabin was a balcony on the 13th deck. Felt a little cramped, but enough storage to work well and the balcony was great. The only entertainment we did was the Cirque show. The show was great, but with premium seating our seat was under an overhang far enough that when they did aerial work we couldn't see everything. Otherwise the food was fantastic and the show was good. The on board activities were plentiful and there was enough to keep us and out 8 year old son busy when needed. In particular, the rock wall, the spider climb, the water slides were our son's favorites not including the Splash Academy. The Splash Academy itself was amazing. The staff was fantastic and our son loved every minute. They had tons of activity and themes including Pirate Parades, Glow Party, free play, Pajama Party, and a Circus performance for the kids to put on in the theater. It was amazing and I would highly recommend it. The food was for the most part fantastic. We had little to complain about. Even the buffet was good. The ports were also fun and we had some great excursions. We did the dolphin swim and Dunn River Falls in Jamaica, we did Turtles, Turtles, Turtles in Grand Cayman, and then we did the Stingray City at Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas. We loves each and every one. Though I admit there were times we felt a bit rushed, but otherwise it was amazing. The service on the ship was top notch with smiling faces, happy greetings, and we have nothing but positive things to say about anyone we met. Depsite the fact that it was Spring Break and a fully booked ship, it was a really great vacation and you would have hardly known it. I would definitely do it again!

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Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by Infiniticubed

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2018
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Family Balcony
We did our first cruise ever on the March 24th to March 31st Epic Cruise to the eastern Caribbean including stops in Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Bahamas. Embarkation was a bit confusing and it was a heck of a lot of lines. We booked our flights, airport transfers, and everything through NCL The transfer was fairly painless from the airport, but upon arrival there were a lot of lines to go through. We got off the bus and got in a long, but fairly fast moving line to go up to the first set of security checking out papers/identification, then another line to go through security (metal detectors, x-ray carry on luggage, etc), then another line to check in. Upon check in the computers were a bit fritzy and it took a bit to get checked in, and then finally on the ship. Overall it was probably about an hour and a half to two hour process. Not terrible, but definitely a long process. However, with 4500+ people to board on a fully booked ship, it's not unrealistic.

The cabin was a balcony on the 13th deck. Felt a little cramped, but enough storage to work well and the balcony was great.

The only entertainment we did was the Cirque show. The show was great, but with premium seating our seat was under an overhang far enough that when they did aerial work we couldn't see everything. Otherwise the food was fantastic and the show was good.

The on board activities were plentiful and there was enough to keep us and out 8 year old son busy when needed. In particular, the rock wall, the spider climb, the water slides were our son's favorites not including the Splash Academy.

The Splash Academy itself was amazing. The staff was fantastic and our son loved every minute. They had tons of activity and themes including Pirate Parades, Glow Party, free play, Pajama Party, and a Circus performance for the kids to put on in the theater. It was amazing and I would highly recommend it.

The food was for the most part fantastic. We had little to complain about. Even the buffet was good.

The ports were also fun and we had some great excursions. We did the dolphin swim and Dunn River Falls in Jamaica, we did Turtles, Turtles, Turtles in Grand Cayman, and then we did the Stingray City at Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas. We loves each and every one. Though I admit there were times we felt a bit rushed, but otherwise it was amazing. The service on the ship was top notch with smiling faces, happy greetings, and we have nothing but positive things to say about anyone we met.

Depsite the fact that it was Spring Break and a fully booked ship, it was a really great vacation and you would have hardly known it.

I would definitely do it again!
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Cabin Review

Family Balcony
Cabin B4 13192
The cabin was nice. We had an issue with the safe and a drawer, but both were take care of quickly. The balcony was quite large compared to what we were expecting and relatively private. The room was quiet at night and relaxing. It did at times feel a bit cramped with two adults and a child at times, but was certainly manageable. We didn't spend much time in there other than to sleep anyhow. The slip shower/toilet/sink situation in the room was odd, and a bit interesting, but it worked well enough. While not ideal it wasn't a deal breaker and didn't cause any problems.
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