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My spouse and I just returned from 7 days on the NCL Epic. We traveled with my sister and her husband (who used a scooter due to some mobility issues. I will give some input of that aspect too.) We wanted to try one of the new Mega ships to just see what the experience was like. Embarkation was speedy and even though there were a LOT of people arriving the lines moved quickly and we were on our way. Upon entering, we checked out the venues on decks 6 and 7 and then headed up to the Garden Cafe for some buffet lunch. The buffet was very busy but that is to be expected on the boarding day. There were always enough places to sit or to take your food outside on the pool deck. NCL takes hand sanitizing very seriously as there were crew members who would very diligently spray your hands prior to entering any restaurant and sanitizing dispensers were found even on elevators. A good thing on a ship with so many passengers. The pros....The Epic water slide and the entertainment. If you wait for a port day you can ride the slides over and over with no lines. Loved the main one referred to as the "toilet bowl" with the inner tube..loads of fun even for 60 year olds. We were surprised by only two somewhat small pools for the number of passengers and on sea days they were crowded and third really small pool in the adult only area in the rear of the ship. Chaise lounges were easily found, but they arrange them very up close and personal to your neighbor's chair, I assume to maximize the number of chairs, butit made hard to climb onto and out of them due to no side space. You have to crawl onto most of them, not easy for the older passenger. The entertainment was great. We had been advised that booking of shows could be done online 45 days prior to sailing and we did exactly that and were able to arrange our entertainment according to our port schedule and were very glad we did. Saw Blue Man Group..excellent. Cirque, Legends, and Second City. All very good and a different cruise ship experience. Now the cons..First time we booked an inside and although we managed fine be warned they are small. 128 square feet with the crazy bathroom situation that we did not like at all. The sink on the vanity counter was so small it was barely usable and with glass shower and privy doors there is no privacy. One big con in our opinion was a lack of outdoor or indoor space where you could quietly sit and look at the water. The "promenade deck" is a joke. The life rafts hang right at deck level and obscure the view completely. You either fight the mob scene on the top pool deck to see the sea or you'll never know you're at sea. This is a warning to those booking insides. I'm guessing a balcony would be a big plus on this ship just so you know there is water out there. My dh referred to the ship as a cattle car...just built to hold as many passengers as possible. Nothing was exceptional in the food. We ate at Cagney's Steakhouse one night, the steaks were very good, but the rest of the offerings were mediocre. The wait staff were either new or confused. Service was slow and not up to what one would expect from NCL's signature restaurant staff. Overall the food was fair to good. As stated earlier, my brother in law used a "scooter" on board and it worked fairly well for him. Elevators were generally available but navigating the crowds was a challenge from time to time. Space to park the scooter in the room was difficult. My sister had to stand in the shower to hold the cabin door open so he could get it into the small space! Disembarkation was a bit of a mess. Too many people all meeting and trying to get off at the same time. All in all, we'll go back to the smaller ships with more personal and friendly service. This crew just seemed to be doing their job..not very enthusiastically I might add. One can't blame them, it's a cattle car. They're busy handling the masses. All in all, we are over the Eastern/Western Caribbean itinerary cruises. With the Epic and 5 or 6 ships in each of the ports it was just too, too many people and not a pleasant experience. We did do one NCL snorkel tour to Athol Island and it was very nice. Good helpful crew and we saw lots of fish. Be prepared to walk a ways to the tour boat from the where the ship in docked in Nassau if you choose this tour. It was a good value for the price. To get a true cruise experience, try a smaller ship first. We loved our cruises on the NCL Pearl and Jewel. We were wanting to see what the RCCL Oasis or Allure were like, but might have to skip the MEGA experience totally in the future.

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Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by movinout

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My spouse and I just returned from 7 days on the NCL Epic. We traveled with my sister and her husband (who used a scooter due to some mobility issues. I will give some input of that aspect too.)

We wanted to try one of the new Mega ships to just see what the experience was like. Embarkation was speedy and even though there were a LOT of people arriving the lines moved quickly and we were on our way. Upon entering, we checked out the venues on decks 6 and 7 and then headed up to the Garden Cafe for some buffet lunch. The buffet was very busy but that is to be expected on the boarding day. There were always enough places to sit or to take your food outside on the pool deck. NCL takes hand sanitizing very seriously as there were crew members who would very diligently spray your hands prior to entering any restaurant and sanitizing dispensers were found even on elevators. A good thing on a ship with so many passengers.

The pros....The Epic water slide and the entertainment. If you wait for a port day you can ride the slides over and over with no lines. Loved the main one referred to as the "toilet bowl" with the inner tube..loads of fun even for 60 year olds. We were surprised by only two somewhat small pools for the number of passengers and on sea days they were crowded and third really small pool in the adult only area in the rear of the ship. Chaise lounges were easily found, but they arrange them very up close and personal to your neighbor's chair, I assume to maximize the number of chairs, butit made hard to climb onto and out of them due to no side space. You have to crawl onto most of them, not easy for the older passenger.

The entertainment was great. We had been advised that booking of shows could be done online 45 days prior to sailing and we did exactly that and were able to arrange our entertainment according to our port schedule and were very glad we did. Saw Blue Man Group..excellent. Cirque, Legends, and Second City. All very good and a different cruise ship experience.

Now the cons..First time we booked an inside and although we managed fine be warned they are small. 128 square feet with the crazy bathroom situation that we did not like at all. The sink on the vanity counter was so small it was barely usable and with glass shower and privy doors there is no privacy.

One big con in our opinion was a lack of outdoor or indoor space where you could quietly sit and look at the water. The "promenade deck" is a joke. The life rafts hang right at deck level and obscure the view completely. You either fight the mob scene on the top pool deck to see the sea or you'll never know you're at sea. This is a warning to those booking insides. I'm guessing a balcony would be a big plus on this ship just so you know there is water out there. My dh referred to the ship as a cattle car...just built to hold as many passengers as possible.

Nothing was exceptional in the food. We ate at Cagney's Steakhouse one night, the steaks were very good, but the rest of the offerings were mediocre. The wait staff were either new or confused. Service was slow and not up to what one would expect from NCL's signature restaurant staff. Overall the food was fair to good.

As stated earlier, my brother in law used a "scooter" on board and it worked fairly well for him. Elevators were generally available but navigating the crowds was a challenge from time to time. Space to park the scooter in the room was difficult. My sister had to stand in the shower to hold the cabin door open so he could get it into the small space!

Disembarkation was a bit of a mess. Too many people all meeting and trying to get off at the same time. All in all, we'll go back to the smaller ships with more personal and friendly service. This crew just seemed to be doing their job..not very enthusiastically I might add. One can't blame them, it's a cattle car. They're busy handling the masses.

All in all, we are over the Eastern/Western Caribbean itinerary cruises. With the Epic and 5 or 6 ships in each of the ports it was just too, too many people and not a pleasant experience. We did do one NCL snorkel tour to Athol Island and it was very nice. Good helpful crew and we saw lots of fish. Be prepared to walk a ways to the tour boat from the where the ship in docked in Nassau if you choose this tour. It was a good value for the price.

To get a true cruise experience, try a smaller ship first. We loved our cruises on the NCL Pearl and Jewel. We were wanting to see what the RCCL Oasis or Allure were like, but might have to skip the MEGA experience totally in the future.
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Cabin IF 12122
Inside 12122 on Epic. In spite of it's very small size it had more than adequate storage space. The bathroom design is awful, in three sections with the sink being very small and on the counter in the room. The location was fine..mid ship and for the number of passengers it was quiet in our hallway and not too far from an elevator. The flat screen TV is set at an angle not advantageous for proper viewing from the bed. Whoever installed the TV's like this needs to go back and redo them all.
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