Epic - Mostly Pros but some Cons: Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by relaxatsea

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Epic - Mostly Pros but some Cons

Sail Date: January 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
My DH and I live in Miami and took Super Shuttle to the port. Embarkation was easy, although we were surprised that there was no priority boarding for Silver Latitudes members. We boarded around 12:00 noon.

Here are the Pros in my opinion:

Once on the ship we left our roll-on luggage at Headliners Lounge which made it easier to get around since the cabins were not ready until 2:00PM.

We went to lunch at Taste and were seated immediately at a table for two by the window. Lunch was very good and our servers were very attentive.

Our cabin, although very narrow, had the largest balcony we have ever had on a standard balcony cabin. It was one of the so-called "enclosed" or "sheltered" balconies and felt more like a porch. Contrary to what I had read on the boards, it was very light and sunny and we enjoyed being out there. For us, it was one of the highlights of the cruise. I highly recommend this cabin, it is the first cabin (all the way forward) More portside. It was extremely quiet and we slept very well. The separated bathroom facilities did not bother us at all, in fact, we found them to be convenient. Our cabin steward, Leslie, was excellent!

We ate in Taste, the Manhattan Room, the Pub, the Garden Cafe (buffet) and La Cucina ($10.00 pp extra charge). We enjoyed all of our meals except for the last one in the Manhattan Room (see my explanation under "Cons").

We had pre-resered the shows online and had no problem getting in and getting a good seat. We saw Blue Man Group, the Second City, and Legends. We also saw the magician/comedian Jeff Hobson (he was very funny!) and Roadside Louie and the Dusters in Fat Cats Lounge. We enjoyed all of the entertainment. We also went to all of the late-night movies on the big screen in the Atrium where we appreciated the free coffee, snacks, and popcorn during the moview.

We had been to the three ports before so did not do much other than walk around and take pictures of the ship.

Here are the Cons in my opinion:

There is no wastebasket or recycle rack in the cabin to put all of the flyers we received every day in the Freestyle Dailies so we had to put them in the tiny foot-operated metal bin in the toilet area which quickly filled up. There was room under the desk for a wastebasket, Norwegian, please put one there. These Cons all have to do with bad odors:

1. Since the casino is in the middle of the ship on Deck 6 and open to Decks 5 and 7, it is impossible to escape the all-pervasive smoke. It was really bad!

2. In Bliss Lounge, there was a distinct (and unpleasant) smell which I can only describe as "stable" or "barnyard". (Is it possible that the two life-size horses at the entrance to the lounge come alive at night and wander through the lounge?!)

3.The jogging track outside on Deck 7 is impossible to use due to heavy smoke and horrible grease and cooking odors. Apparently, this is where the exhaust fans from the galleys are located. We actually saw a miasma of smoke hovering over the jogging track and decided it was a decidedly unhealthy place to do any walking, much less jogging!

4. Since there is no designated no-smoking area on the outside decks, we were unable to enjoy the pool and surrounding area at Spice H20 for as long as we might have. There were people smoking and drinking beer in the jacuzzi which seemed very inappropriate to us.

4. This last bad odor could have easily been avoided. One night, in the Manhattan Room, my DH and I were having a romantic dinner when a young couple with two babies in dirty diapers were seated not more than one foot away from us. There were many, many other available tables. We left before dessert due to the very bad smell from that table. Norwegian, please seat babies in diapers in a separate area of the dining room. Since there is a designated "adults only" area pool, why not a designated "adults only" area in the elegant Manhattan Room. Less

Published 01/23/11

Cabin review: B610000 Large Balcony

Narrow cabin, but has huge enclosed/sheltered/in-hull balcony, great view, highly recommend this cabin. Also very quiet. First cabin forward, portside.

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