NCL are RUBBISH!: Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by Sarah

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Sail Date: October 2010
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
We travelled with NCL from Miami to St Maarten, St Thomas and Nassau at the end of October 2010. The curvy cabin was fine, shower and toilet space fine, wash hand basin was tiny, tiny, tiny. Don't bother taking a dress ladies as the wardrobes have been designed for separates i.e. trousers/skirts and tops/shirts. The whole cruise seemed to be about how NCL could get you to whip out your cruise card to pay for all the extras they wanted you to buy. The drinks were predominatly ice (i.e. water)and the really wanted you to eat at the premium restaurants - which basically had the same food as all the main restaurants. Fancy freshly squeezed juice at breakfast? $3.50 and it's yours. Fancy lobster at dinner? Go to a speciality restaurant ($20+) and order lobster at an ADDITIONAL $10. Fancy a glitzy LA/West End type show? Forget it - you get LEGENDS i.e. Rod Stewart, Britney Spears and Michael Jackson. You begin to warm up when you hear Queen coming on, but they are gone in about 5 bars and More it's show over! The BLUE MAN GROUP were fantastic, but you can only see them once. The entertainment was a big disappointment - what I thought was an alternative to the main entertainment WAS the main entertainment. Fat Cats was great, Second City were great (but repeat visits soon brought the yawn factor on). The 02 was fine - if you like really cheesy entertainment. We left after the first five minutes of the FABBA evening - partly because the Cruise Director Paul Scally was so, so patronising it was unbearable. He really is a legend in his own lunchtime! The Cirque Tent was nothing more than a rip off. We booked premium seats before the cruise, queued up 35 minutes before the doors opened and still got rubbish seats! We spent the whole time looking at the back of the table in front of us - yet the people behind us got front row seats! The food is quite simple; this is what we have; this is what you eat. No choice. Daresay they were hoping you'd order pizza in for the additional $5... I've read an earlier report that says there was a technical problem on the last day - Nassau. No, that was on a sea day and did make us slightly late for St Maarten, but no big deal. The late arrival at Nassau on the last day (Friday) was planned. Planned so passengers could race around the ship picking up their CD's, photos, and buying knock down art work in the gallery - not to mention the sale of tat in the shops... We had a half day in Nassau which just as easily could have been a full day - half day trip and time browsing round the town. The trips booked were chaos. Everybody streaming off the ship at the same time to go on the same trips, people booking in and just standing around waiting and waiting in the heat/sun. No real planning of how to deal with 4,500 people all at the same time and this needs to be looked at. Finally, my last gripe is the casino. The ship has a 'demi-atrium'. Designed to make it very easy to wander into the casino from either end (unusually, Epic does not have a central staircase/elevators)but very difficult to get out of. Paths are hidden behind colums, staircases only go part way and then, suddenly, the only way out is up/down the escalator - who's ever seen that on a ship before? That must have been plan b. Less

Published 11/05/10
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We only had a half day here and went on a ship 'organised'tour to the dolphin place - didn't swim with dolphins but the beach was lovely and float mats etc were nice. Lunch was included (and charged for in the ticket price) which was completely unnecessary as we'd eaten before leaving the ship and would, of course be able to eat again as soon as we arrived back on the ship! The waters on the boat ride to the island were beatiful - clear blue and turquoise and really inviting:)

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Beach and shopping, that's all that's needed in St Maarten. Take the water taxi, find a nice spot on the beach to base yourself and shop, shop, shop till you drop! You don't even need to spend a penny; the jewellery is so fantastic it's worth a look.

Downtown shopping is over rated. Quite a poor town with few facilies though there are some good alleyways off the main street towards the sea. Megans Bay is beautiful with plenty of natural shade and the water is lovely, sea clear and sea bed sandy with no nasty sharp bits. Traffic back to the ship was dreadful and we were 10 minutes late but we were on an orgnanised tour so the ship waited.

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