NCL Epic review: Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by mcd57

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Sail Date: January 2012
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
Flying into West Palm Beach we took the Tri-Rail to Miami. Once on the train we were told to take the Metro Rail from the Tri-rail terminal then connect to the Metro mover. Not easy! Luckily strangers helped us along the way and we got off when we could see the Port. An $8 taxi ride to go just a few blocks. It took nearly 4 hours. Upon return we took a taxi from the ship to Trirail, $40! We made the 8:06a.m. train. Know the address of train station for taxi.
Going thru security my husband had to pour out his water bottle, I did not. We had 2 other lifewater bottles with rum and they got thru the xray machine. At check in we received nothing, ship map, daily cruise info paper or instructions to find our room. Once in the room there were no lights, or so we thought. No one told us that your room key needed to be inserted in a slot to turn on any electricy in the cabin. FYI, the toilets in the rooms are in a little glass capsule right as you enter the cabin(not for the shy) More and the sink basin is very tiny next to the bed. Be careful, it sloshes all over. We paid for an upgrade to the larger room but it is still quite cramped with an odd layout. The port side balcony was nice though.
As for food on the ship it was all very good. Juice is served in the morning only so we took juice and fresh fruit back to the room and made rum punch daily. Beer and house wine was over $6 each with tax and gratuity. Drinks were $8-10. If you eat at the free restaurants get there early or just be prepared to wait a bit. The Garden Buffet is great but hectic. We did buffet a.m. and noon but dined at nite. Only 2 restaurants required slacks for men so my husband wore shorts the whole time.
DON'T MISS THE SHOWS! Make reservations asap from your tv or at the desk. The Blue Man Group is worth seeing twice, Legends were great and dueling pianos (no reservation needed)called Howl at the Moon were unbelievable. The only pay restaurant we tried was the Spiegel Tent, Cirque of Dreams($35) but was really good. Just get in line early so you can sit in the balcony. Don't bother with standard seating as it obstructed and you miss part of the show.
EXCURSIONS-Don't book on the ship. You can get the same trips on shore for 1/2 the price. The excursion desk talked us into a sail/snorkel trip in St. Maarten for $89. Total rip off! Too windy to sail and they took us to a beach with nothing to see snorkeling. Others said just the beach trip that the planes fly over was great. Live and learn. Shopping is unbelievable in St. Thomas. Take the transport to downtown shops right off the ship. If you like island food go to Gladys for lunch downtown. Don't miss the straw market in Nassau. Buy cold beer at the liquor store for $2.30 and drink while shopping! It's legal:) Jamaican Patties at the back of the grocery store are great!
DISEMBARKMENT-take your luggage and walk off. Pay attention to what door to leave from. It will save alot of time. HAVE FUN! Less

Published 02/07/12
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Cabin review: MD9098 Mini-Suite with Balcony

We had a larger balcony room on the 9th floor near the elevators. Great location, easy to walk either upstairs or down without having to wait for elevators. The rooms were very tight with a poor layout. I had read about the toilets and sinks in advance but they are worse than we expected. Toilet is in glassed in enclosure by entry to cabin (not for the shy)and sinks really are teeny getting everything wet. There are no hand towel bars or place to hang wet face cloths. Nothing is convenient in the room. Beds are comfy though. Don't forget that the lights are controlled by your key card. We didn't know that and sat in the dark for way too long!There are separate closets but only one has hangers. I luckily packed on hangers. Bring your own shampoo and soap etc. They have a dispenser but the product isn't good. Rooms are quiet and only noise is flushing of toilets.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Don't book excursion on the Ship. The exact tour is available in port for 1/2 the price. We took the snorkel boat that goes to a protected reef. Great snorkeling but you swim with alot of people. Drinks cost on the boat and are very weak so just buy something at the little liquor store across the street. Don't miss the Straw Market! It's worth seeing whether you buy anything or not. There's a little grocer near by where we got Jamaican patties for $1.50 and got a beer at the liquor store for $2.30. So, for under $10 we had lunch for 2!
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Skip the Golden Eagle Sail and Snorkel. Nothing to see snorkeling and if it's windy there is no sailing. They motor to a beach. $89 and a rip off!

This was our 5th time in St. Thomas. There is so much to do for everyone that you can't really go wrong. Shopping, beaches, island tours, just take your pick. But if you are a shopper this is the place. Take the transport right off the ship by Senor Frogs to the downtown. There is a tent market for bargain island stuff plus all the duty free shops. Liquor is very cheap and you can bring 5 or 6 bottles back to the states duty free.
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