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Went on family vacation to celebrate parents anniversary. Group of 12 including 2 teenage kids. Ship is huge, told it was sold to capacity ~4500 +1700 staff Service is decent for the most part. They add extra service $$ charge per person daily depending on your room type. It is supposed to cover tips, but frequently were told that money gets siphoned by NCL (not sure how true that is), so we did give extra tips to some of the staff. Food large buffet type restaurant on top deck, other sit down places that are free as well, and Specialty dining- good luck trying to get a reservation at a decent time with a ship thats sold to capacity....so some of our dining vouchers went to waste. Eating at the buffet more that we really wanted to made it not so enjoyable. When you are on vacation, you would like to sit down for at least dinner. Were able to do that 1/2 the nights due to the crowding on the ship. Entertainment was good, went to see Priscilla queen of the desert- great performance. Saw magic show and comedy that was decent. Also went to Cirque dream 45min show that was quite good, but not sure why we had to pay 45$ pp extra for it??? Guess thats how they drain your on board credit. Amenities- Pools were mostly all tied to water slide, so essentially unusable for adults. OVERALL: Ship is OK, to many people for my liking. Think it would have been much more enjoyable with less people on board...so perhaps dont go over a major holiday? Hearsay, but many people we overheard say boat was way too crowded. Which made getting to shows and dinner a challenge/race every night...something you dont want to have to do on vacation. Would I go again on this cruise- NO.

Thanksgiving Cruise Over Crowded

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by LeoSala

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Trip Details
Went on family vacation to celebrate parents anniversary.

Group of 12 including 2 teenage kids.

Ship is huge, told it was sold to capacity ~4500 +1700 staff

Service is decent for the most part. They add extra service $$ charge per person daily depending on your room type. It is supposed to cover tips, but frequently were told that money gets siphoned by NCL (not sure how true that is), so we did give extra tips to some of the staff.

Food large buffet type restaurant on top deck, other sit down places that are free as well, and Specialty dining- good luck trying to get a reservation at a decent time with a ship thats sold to capacity....so some of our dining vouchers went to waste.

Eating at the buffet more that we really wanted to made it not so enjoyable. When you are on vacation, you would like to sit down for at least dinner. Were able to do that 1/2 the nights due to the crowding on the ship.

Entertainment was good, went to see Priscilla queen of the desert- great performance.

Saw magic show and comedy that was decent. Also went to Cirque dream 45min show that was quite good, but not sure why we had to pay 45$ pp extra for it??? Guess thats how they drain your on board credit. Amenities- Pools were mostly all tied to water slide, so essentially unusable for adults.

OVERALL: Ship is OK, to many people for my liking. Think it would have been much more enjoyable with less people on board...so perhaps dont go over a major holiday?

Hearsay, but many people we overheard say boat was way too crowded. Which made getting to shows and dinner a challenge/race every night...something you dont want to

have to do on vacation. Would I go again on this cruise- NO.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony
Cabin BB 12245
Average size, as expected per brochure. Cabins were as described, had balcony that was nice, room
Deck 10 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins