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The Epic is a wonderful ship. We will certainly consider sailing on it again, if it's going where we want to go. The public areas are well-done. We loved Cirque and Burn the Floor. My only complaint regarding entertainment is that they need more performances for things like the comedy club and the Beatles so that more people can actually attend them (very limited seating in the Cavern Club). It was easy finding seats at places like Maltings and Shakers, even when live music was playing. We did all of our shore excursions through NCL. We especially loved ziplining in the rainforest of St. Kitts. Some of the boat/snorkeling trips were too crowded (especially the one in St. Lucia). The Thermal Spa is wonderful. We spent at least an hour a day in there. For dining, we had breakfast at the buffet, which was fine. We had one lunch at the buffet, which wasn't as good as breakfast, and didn't go for lunch there again. Most of our lunches were at O'Sheehans or one of the MDRs, when not eating on an excursion. For dinner, we went to Taste and the Manhattan Room once each and did signature dining the other nights. Thoughts on those: Manhattan Room and Taste: The food was delicious. We liked the smaller portions as it meant we actually had room for dessert! Moderno: Brazilian style meat place. The "salad" bar is amazing with the basic salads, shrimp salad, an antipasto section, cheeses, and much more. They do the typical green side up when you want more meat and red side up when you don't want any. The dessert was incredible. Cirque: Entertainment and wonderful food. This is a fixed menu: prosciutto with cheese and greens, filet mignon with onion straws, and trio of desserts plate. La Cucino: The scenery is incredible, as you are at the front of the ship, looking over the water. Loved the bread. The food was upscale, with fine touches. I had the shrimp ravioli with lobster sauce. Yum! Teppanyaki: Japanese Hibachi grill. Our grillmaster was very entertaining, singing back and forth with grillmasters at other grills. The food was perfecto! Cagney's: This was our only truly disappointing meal all week. My steak was tough and uneatable. I ate about half of it. The french onion soup was good, though...

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Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by CathieZC

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2020
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
The Epic is a wonderful ship. We will certainly consider sailing on it again, if it's going where we want to go. The public areas are well-done. We loved Cirque and Burn the Floor. My only complaint regarding entertainment is that they need more performances for things like the comedy club and the Beatles so that more people can actually attend them (very limited seating in the Cavern Club). It was easy finding seats at places like Maltings and Shakers, even when live music was playing. We did all of our shore excursions through NCL. We especially loved ziplining in the rainforest of St. Kitts. Some of the boat/snorkeling trips were too crowded (especially the one in St. Lucia). The Thermal Spa is wonderful. We spent at least an hour a day in there. For dining, we had breakfast at the buffet, which was fine. We had one lunch at the buffet, which wasn't as good as breakfast, and didn't go for lunch there again. Most of our lunches were at O'Sheehans or one of the MDRs, when not eating on an excursion. For dinner, we went to Taste and the Manhattan Room once each and did signature dining the other nights. Thoughts on those:

Manhattan Room and Taste: The food was delicious. We liked the smaller portions as it meant we actually had room for dessert!

Moderno: Brazilian style meat place. The "salad" bar is amazing with the basic salads, shrimp salad, an antipasto section, cheeses, and much more. They do the typical green side up when you want more meat and red side up when you don't want any. The dessert was incredible.

Cirque: Entertainment and wonderful food. This is a fixed menu: prosciutto with cheese and greens, filet mignon with onion straws, and trio of desserts plate.

La Cucino: The scenery is incredible, as you are at the front of the ship, looking over the water. Loved the bread. The food was upscale, with fine touches. I had the shrimp ravioli with lobster sauce. Yum!

Teppanyaki: Japanese Hibachi grill. Our grillmaster was very entertaining, singing back and forth with grillmasters at other grills. The food was perfecto!

Cagney's: This was our only truly disappointing meal all week. My steak was tough and uneatable. I ate about half of it. The french onion soup was good, though...
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Cabin Review

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This room has the bed closer to the balcony and the couch closer to the bathroom area. We did not have issues with the separate shower and toilet areas. In fact, it made getting read easier. The balcony is ample for two people. It is advertised that the room hold three people... no way. My only issue is that there are no USB outlets. Thankfully, we brought our own to plug into the one outlet in the room.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    This was via Pelican. The boat was crowded. I'd rather pay more & not be so packed in. A little more time on the beach would have been nice.
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    This was a smaller, less crowded experience than in Aruba or St. Lucia. Wonderful stops with entertaining mermaids and captain. And champagne, of course.
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  • Curacao
    We went to Cato Caves (stay at the bottom if you can't handle a steep walk up and back down), the distillery, museum, and saw many parts of the island. We had a very knowledgable tour guide.
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  • Zip-lining
    Best excursion of our trip. This is ziplining made easy. The guides are very helpful. You're in a small group of no more than 10. Our group built a quick community and really encouraged the one person in our group who was really scared.
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  • Catamaran Day Sail
    The views were wonderful! Unfortunately, the boat was so crowded that the whole side of your body was up against the person next to you. Very little standing room. At the swim stop, men in kayaks came up to you to sell you things. They were relentless, coming right up to where you were standing in the water, getting upset if you didn't buy something. They hung on to the side of the boat and the captain had to shoo them off.
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