A very nice trip!: Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by chiefbell

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A very nice trip!

Sail Date: December 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
This was our first cruise on Epic, our 4th Norwegian cruise. The ship is very large and very nice. Embarcation was rather quick and our room was ready at 2pm.

We are casino people, so we were impressed with the large casino. It takes up most of the open area of floor 6. It was a lot of fun and we do ok!

There is really only 1 main dining room, the Manhatten Room. We only went there once and it is nothing to brag about. We told our server that we were in a hurry to make a show and she said she would do her best. She didn't. The food was not great and we were not impressed with that dining room.

The buffet was always a good option. The food there was always nicely presented and usually very good. O'Sheehans, on Deck 6, was also a nice choice. It is a free dining area and the menu is very good. It is also the only 24 hour dining option (other than room service). We did not try the $5 pizza delivery, though it is also available.

We went to More Blue Man Group. It was entertaining but there is no reason to see it twice.
The ship is huge, but she sure moves around alot! I, along with many people I spoke with, were very surprised by how much we felt the big ship rolling and moving. And the seas were not that rough. That was our 8th cruise and we had never been on a ship that moved that much.
All employees were very nice and helpful. The dealers in the casino were friendly. The casino does have a smoke smell, and some people were commenting on it, but I didn't notice too much (no, I don't smoke).

On the 5th night, there was blood all along the wall on the 10th floor, from midship to the aft. We never found out what happened, but by morning, it had been cleaned up. It was quite a mess and quite scary for some.

We took advantage of the Bags Program, the $19.95 deal where your bags are all taken care of. It was a mess! Not NCL's fault. But someone had "problems" inside their luggage and it caused all Bags Program participants to be delayed, which made some, very unhappy.

The slides on teh top deck were a fun way to spend time, even for us 50+ year-olds. Many adults were taking advantage of the slides and having a blast.

All-in-all, it was a great experience and we will cruise on the Epic again, some day. Less

Published 12/14/11

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