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This was our 4th cruise together (with my better half having 4 more) and we all agreed that it will be the LAST cruise on this size ship. "Bigger ain't better", as the saying should go. Let's start with the ship itself. It's dark. It's loud. Oh, and it's big. Basically the ship is a design disaster. Lines were everywhere. We lined up to: eat dinner, to get drinks, to even see shows. Thank goodness my mother-in-law had the smarts to book as many reservations as possible. I feel bad for anyone who didn't book in advance because of all the lines. Once we just gave up waiting, and we were pretty good about keeping ourselves occupied with games or conversation to make the wait time pass. Now for enjoying the sun on a Caribbean cruise. What sun? The promenade deck was essentially unusable because of scant doors to it, and there was no natural light coming into the dining and entertainment decks either, then add all the people going to dinner and shows on those decks and the ship quickly becomes a dark, noisy trap box. The quiet sundeck towards the forward section was a pleasure to find (because it was away from the pools, had it's own bar staff, and was _quiet_) but basically inaccessible because of a hidden elevator and single, small stair leading to it. The aft "sun deck" was really an outdoor theater with massive, loud TV blocking the gorgeous views. I'm not sure how folks enjoyed sitting in the hot spas back there ... plenty of alcohol helped, for sure. One more point on ship design that speaks volumes: Need to potty? Best to go back to your room and use your own because the public bathrooms were full during dinner and show times. The toilet situation and long lines speak volumes to the ship's design failure. On the other hand, if you stay in your state room, order in for dinner, and watch your personal TV, then you're all set! Hah! Now for the good stuff: we went for the ports and our excursions made memories. And the staff. The wait, bar tending, and room stewards were all great! Not sure why others are complaining about the staff. We made sure to become repeat customers of the best waiters/waitresses and bartenders, and tipped them! By the end of the cruise they would come up to us with smiles / small-talk and put in our orders without us even asking!! Our room steward had difficulty with English but we were still able to get an extra pillow top for the bed from him, and the room was always spotless when he finished cleaning up our mess. :) Also the entertainment was top notch. The sheer talent of the actors and circus, plus the volume of costume changes and props was outstanding. The performers got well deserved applause and shout outs throughout. Others have complained about one show being not-family friendly / rated-R, and "gay", but did folks not read the Freestyle itinerary? It clearly states which entertainment is family friendly and its content. This is like someone going to the Guppies and complaining about alcohol-free drinks (at a kids event!). So why did we cruise on Epic? For the ports, like others said. It's not like we didn't know the ship was big, but we won't be going on it again.

Bigger Ain't Better

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by vap0rtranz

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This was our 4th cruise together (with my better half having 4 more) and we all agreed that it will be the LAST cruise on this size ship. "Bigger ain't better", as the saying should go.

Let's start with the ship itself. It's dark. It's loud. Oh, and it's big. Basically the ship is a design disaster. Lines were everywhere. We lined up to: eat dinner, to get drinks, to even see shows. Thank goodness my mother-in-law had the smarts to book as many reservations as possible. I feel bad for anyone who didn't book in advance because of all the lines. Once we just gave up waiting, and we were pretty good about keeping ourselves occupied with games or conversation to make the wait time pass.

Now for enjoying the sun on a Caribbean cruise. What sun? The promenade deck was essentially unusable because of scant doors to it, and there was no natural light coming into the dining and entertainment decks either, then add all the people going to dinner and shows on those decks and the ship quickly becomes a dark, noisy trap box. The quiet sundeck towards the forward section was a pleasure to find (because it was away from the pools, had it's own bar staff, and was _quiet_) but basically inaccessible because of a hidden elevator and single, small stair leading to it. The aft "sun deck" was really an outdoor theater with massive, loud TV blocking the gorgeous views. I'm not sure how folks enjoyed sitting in the hot spas back there ... plenty of alcohol helped, for sure.

One more point on ship design that speaks volumes: Need to potty? Best to go back to your room and use your own because the public bathrooms were full during dinner and show times. The toilet situation and long lines speak volumes to the ship's design failure. On the other hand, if you stay in your state room, order in for dinner, and watch your personal TV, then you're all set! Hah!

Now for the good stuff: we went for the ports and our excursions made memories.

And the staff. The wait, bar tending, and room stewards were all great! Not sure why others are complaining about the staff. We made sure to become repeat customers of the best waiters/waitresses and bartenders, and tipped them! By the end of the cruise they would come up to us with smiles / small-talk and put in our orders without us even asking!! Our room steward had difficulty with English but we were still able to get an extra pillow top for the bed from him, and the room was always spotless when he finished cleaning up our mess. :)

Also the entertainment was top notch. The sheer talent of the actors and circus, plus the volume of costume changes and props was outstanding. The performers got well deserved applause and shout outs throughout. Others have complained about one show being not-family friendly / rated-R, and "gay", but did folks not read the Freestyle itinerary? It clearly states which entertainment is family friendly and its content. This is like someone going to the Guppies and complaining about alcohol-free drinks (at a kids event!).

So why did we cruise on Epic? For the ports, like others said. It's not like we didn't know the ship was big, but we won't be going on it again.
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