Everything top-notch except the stateroom.: Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by boca trvlr

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boca trvlr
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Everything top-notch except the stateroom.

Sail Date: March 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
Embarkation process went smoothly and we were boarding the ship within 30 minutes of arriving at the port. Our staterooms were ready when we arrived - that was a first. The balcony stateroom has a toilet behind a frosted glass panel and a shower behind another glass panel. A curtain separates this from the rest of the cabin - but it blocks the door, so no one can enter or exit when someone else is getting ready. The sink and mirror are on the other side of the curtain- odd. The beds are very close together when separated which would be an issue for friends sharing a cabin. The couch for the third person does not pull-out and is in a curved shaped. It is OK for a small child.

The entertainment was the best on any ship we've been on. Blue Man group was the crowd favorite, but the Cirque Dinner Show, Legends in Concert, Second City, and Howl at the Moon were excellent as well. The extra money for premium seating at Cirque was worth it to be in the middle of the action. Upper More level seating is on a counter at the railing and not much of the show is aerial. Don't miss the "Behind the Blue" lecture with the cast of Blue Man Group. We were happy to see our former cruise director of the Pearl, Simon Murray. He is doing an amazing job as Director of Entertainment.

The food was fantastic at most of the venues we tried: buffet, Manhattan Room, Taste, Teppanyaki, and Wasabi. The exception was O'Sheehans where the fish and chips wer good but the buffalo wings were terrible. Desserts were disappointing overall, but the ice cream and crepes at the buffet were delicious.

For the kids: the Nickelodian activities were a lot of fun, including breakfast with the characters. The basketball court, rock climbing wall, and pool slides provided hours of enjoyment. There are also kids clubs, an arcade, and bowling.

For the adults: late night entertainment, casino, spa, and adult only pool area were all very good.

We did not try the ice bar or the fitness area.

The service on board was terrific with the minor exception of the beverage service being the slowest we have ever encountered. Less

Published 03/24/11

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Port and Shore Excursions

We took a taxi to Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island. We rented beach chairs for $10 and enjoyed the music. A man came around making mixed drinks in fresh cut coconuts. After the beach we walked to Atlantis Resort and at lunch at Johnny Rockets in the Marina Village. You can board a taxi at Atlantis to take you back to the ship. The standard fare is $4 per person each way. There is some shopping near the ship, but it doesn't compare to St. Maarten and St. Thomas.

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This is the premier shopping experience. You can buy anything from designer watches to $5.00 t-shirts. A short water taxi ride takes you to the beach, shops, and restaraunts of the Dutch capital of Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Tours to the French side are available. We ate lunch at Taloula Mango's where the food and drinks were good and you have a view overlooking the beach and cruise ships.

From the pier, an open air taxi takes you downtown to shopping. We've been here before and the beach and Blackbeard's Castle tours are fun. They also boast a scenic gondola ride up the mountain. On the way back to our ship, we stopped at Senor Frog's for drinks and appetizers. It is pricey but you are paying for the atmosphere.

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