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Norwegian Epic Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Bad weather mars an otherwise good cruise

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2-5 Cruises • Age 20s

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Sail Date: Dec 2022
Cabin: Studio

This was my second NCL cruise, my first being on the Getaway last November. I tended to find myself comparing the full cruise with the one last year, so I might as well do that in this review where relevant.


This was fine - we flew from Heathrow on an early morning flight, and just about managed to survive the taxi transfer to the cruise terminal by the time embarkation was just starting. The whole process was pretty smooth, and much quicker following the end of COVID restrictions. We did our usual of going straight to do our muster drill before lunch in O'Sheehans. By the time we were finished and I got to my cabin my luggage was already outside my room, which I was very impressed with!

Cabin Review


I was assigned studio cabin 11505, just across from the studio lounge at the front of the ship. I'll start with the positives first. The cabin is really well designed - having a full double bed in a 100 square foot room is really impressive, and the bed was especially comfortable. The toilet was separated away in its own cubicle, with the shower in the corner opposite. Sliding doors are utilised everywhere, from the shower to all the storage space on the far side of the room. The cabin location would normally be great, right next to a set of elevators which would go straight to the buffet or the theatre. Finally and to reiterate, my cabin steward Arvin was great.

There were some drawbacks which were aggravated by the bad weather. I'm not sure whether there were meant to be latches on the drawers, it is a relatively old ship now, but the bad weather meant that the sliding doors of all the drawers would keep moving constantly when the cabin rocked, which at one point was constant. It was especially annoying when watching the TV in bed, as without fail the wardrobe door in the corner would slide over and block roughly half of my TV if I didn't block it with something. It did ensure I woke up a few times at night, which was not great! I also must say I didn't like the bright blue lighting in the studio lounge, and whilst the lounge was a nice space I found the free coffee provided in the machines to be awful. I also thought it was strange that my room did not seem to have a fridge, and there was a lack of table space which meant I didn't bother asking for a kettle or other appliances as I wouldn't have had much space for it.

Altogether the room is well designed to a point, and in calmer seas I'd have loved it, but there were some issues that the weather and roughness caused that aggravated some of the design flaws of this room in particular.

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