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Sail Date: January 2018
We were not at all impressed with the Epic. We have cruised 20+ times on almost every cruise line, and chose the Epic because we enjoyed the food on the Breakaway so much. We even talked friends into going with us. In a nutshell, here are ... Read More
We were not at all impressed with the Epic. We have cruised 20+ times on almost every cruise line, and chose the Epic because we enjoyed the food on the Breakaway so much. We even talked friends into going with us. In a nutshell, here are our issues: (1) Too many people are crammed on this ship. Even with reservations for EVERYTHING, you spend most of your time waiting in line. (2) They said the "bathroom" was modeled after European bathrooms. We lived in Europe for 12 years and traveled to almost every country. Never did we have such a setup. The toilet is in what can only be described as a shower stall IN the cabin; the shower stall is also IN the cabin, as is the sink. The only privacy you have is a curtain between you and the bed. (3) The cabins are very small--even the balcony cabins are claustrophobic; I am 5'4", and my feet were hanging off the bed every night. We've sailed in everything from an inside cabin on Carnival Liberty to a suite on Celebrity Reflection. Never have we been in such a tiny space. (4) There are a lot of different entertainment options after dinner, but they are much too small to accommodate the number of passengers trying to get in. (5) The check-in appointment for embarkation was not even necessary. The lady at the counter checking us in had no idea what I was talking about. We sat in this huge gym-like room with about 4000 other sweaty people for an hour and a half waiting to board. Disembarkation wasn't much better. We've sailed from Pt. Canaveral before and not had such issues. (6) The food on the Breakaway was MUCH better than the Epic. For example, we suggested to the friends we brought with us that we not miss the "Seafood Buffet" night, because on the Breakaway it was amazing with lobster tails and crab legs and all other kinds of seafood. How many ways can one cook shrimp anyway? (7) The ship wasn't nearly as clean as it should have been. The public bathrooms only seemed to get attention when people complained. I complained twice. All in all, we were very disappointed in this ship Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
I chose this cruise because it seemed to have a lot of family friendly (we brought the kids) activities and Orlando had the best rates for us to fly to. My husband and I sailed the NCL Sun 2 years ago and loved it. We came and went ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it seemed to have a lot of family friendly (we brought the kids) activities and Orlando had the best rates for us to fly to. My husband and I sailed the NCL Sun 2 years ago and loved it. We came and went anywhere as we pleased. This time if you had the dining package, everything was booked up, we didn't even think it necessary to make reservations before boarding. Drink lines at the pool sometimes took up to 20 minutes, same as other bars/lounges in the evening. Tendering was a confusing process and some waited far too long, we got lucky. Staff was not as friendly or chatty as our last cruise on the Sun, which made me feel bad for them and wonder if they are over worked and/or the ship was understaffed. My whole family enjoyed the food! Not a complaint there at all. Cagney's was impossible to get a reservation, but from what I have read and personally experienced Moderno is the way to go!! Garden Cafe' was a little too crowded at prime hours at the buffet and to find a table. Sometimes it was just easier to go grab a plate and bring it to our balcony to eat. Overall, I think they cram too many people onto this ship and the customer service and freestyle feel NCL loves to boast about severely lacks because of it. I would still cruise NCL, just not this ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
As a frequent NCL Cruiser we chose Escape mainly due to the Itinerary, unfortunately this changed due to hurricane damage, not NCL's fault. The first impression was wow, Escape is a beautiful ship. We arrived at the port of Miami at approx ... Read More
As a frequent NCL Cruiser we chose Escape mainly due to the Itinerary, unfortunately this changed due to hurricane damage, not NCL's fault. The first impression was wow, Escape is a beautiful ship. We arrived at the port of Miami at approx 11am and were on board within an hour. We had a good look around and were very impressed. As there are so many reviews of Escape I will jus do a quick PRO's & Con's..... PROS: Beautiful modern ship, The shows After Midnight and Brat Pack where superb. Main restaurant dining rooms Taste, Savor and Manhattan were superb, no waiting, great choice and considering the size, service was ok, Menu was varid and a really good quality of food served. The choice of bars was fantastic if a bit crowded. Public areas and choice of entertainment were very good. O'sheehans seemed to be the most popular bar. Breakfast was also offered and a bit less crowded. The Garden Cafe was a bit of a dog fight for seats depending on your dining timing but the quality offered and consistency of quality is commendable. I Just wish the majority nationality in general had more class and manners, I never heard a please or thank you anywhere on the ship, also I never heard after you! Great quality staterooms (Mini Suite), fantastic bathrooms with large shower and double size sink. Outstanding comfortable bed and a nice size balcony. Kept very cleen by our invisible room steward. Loads of wardrobe space. Service was professional and on the whole good. I think that the size of the ship reduces the personal touch. Great Stirrup Cay was superb, dont miss this stop. CONS: Main pool area is way, way too small. Obviously created a larger Haven area and squashed the rest in. 2 small pool bars that where miserable bar tenders could not even raise a smile. The H2O adults only bar was the worst, too small and miserable inept drinks being served. I actually had a Pina Colada that was undrinkable.No pool and no where near enough sun loungers. Had the worst dining experience at Cagney's. To big, to loud and I hate to say this but allowing drunk, loud customers dressed in shorts and T shirts devalues this up charge restaurant. In short if NCL continue to allow people to abuse a very relaxed dress code, you will get what you wished for. Service was slow (1 hour wait for main course) fragmented arrive of food and sides resulting in cold food. We complained and had a reduction in our check. My Biggest dislike....NO NIGHT CLUB. Calling a bar (Skyliners) the club is ridiculous. Tagged onto the Casino and the size of a postage stamp was laughable,the music played by the DJ was terrible and did not play to the age dynamic in the bar. Having had three cruises on Epic where much more thought has been given to night life and pool space I am not sure what they were thinking of. Also no where to go for young adults so they just sat in O'sheehans. Oh and another thing...the internet connection is diabolical, to charge for it is outrageous. Be the first company to offer free wifi then no one can complain. In summery, we had a great cruise, I would probably choose Epic for my big ship and Jade for a more intimate experience before I would return to Escape. A very impressive ship but to many faults for my vacation buck. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise because it had NCL's private island (Great Stirrup Cay) as a port. This was are 3rd time on the EPIC (we have cruised with NCL 25 times) We knew to expect a lot of people and wait times but this time it was ridiculous. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it had NCL's private island (Great Stirrup Cay) as a port. This was are 3rd time on the EPIC (we have cruised with NCL 25 times) We knew to expect a lot of people and wait times but this time it was ridiculous. My son and his new wife were along with us also. We both had the Beverage and Dining package. We made our dining and show reservations prior to the cruise hoping to avoid some of the hassle. On the 6th night of the cruise my son had dining reservations for 9pm at Moderno. (these were made 3 weeks prior) He and his new wife dressed for the occasion and headed to the restaurant. Once there , they were told that they did not have a reservation. In fact the lady at the desk was pretty rude about it. My son explained to her that the reservation had been made online. She said "well I don't have it!" My son said he felt that the staff thought he was lying to them. After a little more hassle and making my sons wife cry they final put them at a back table in the restaurant that was basically empty to begin with. It turned out to be quite a horrible experience for them. I don't know what has changed but usually NCL service is top drawer- hopefully this is not the direction their service standard is going to. The other issue we experienced was with the Shanghai restaurant. They tell you reservations are recommended. We found that out the first night we tried to get in so we made reservations for the following night for 5:45. We arrived at the restaurant at 5:20 and had to get in a LONG line. By the time we got thru the line to the hostess desk our reservation had been given away because NCL only gives you a "15" min window. I would tell anyone that is thinking of getting the "dining package" as one of their perks not to waste your time on the bigger ships. Its next to impossible to get into any of speciality restaurants Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Myself, wife and 2 kids (6 and 8) booked a family suite room (9194) for an Eastern Caribbean itinerary - changed to Western due to the hurricane - back in June. This was our 8th cruise with NCL, first on the Escape. We stayed at the ... Read More
Myself, wife and 2 kids (6 and 8) booked a family suite room (9194) for an Eastern Caribbean itinerary - changed to Western due to the hurricane - back in June. This was our 8th cruise with NCL, first on the Escape. We stayed at the Doubletree in Miami the night prior and arrived at the port around 10am. Emarkation was pretty standard (aside from a small technical glitch that caused about a 20 minute delay). We were onboard around 11:30. First impressions were very good. We had sailed on the Breakaway before and this ship has a similar vibe and layout. Our first priority was to register kids in Splash Academy, which went very smoothly and quickly. We then headed up to the pool deck to check out the area. The kid's Aquapark was very cool (probably suited for kids a little younger than mine) and they played for a bit. The one issue (and this is consistent with most NCL ships) is that there is nowhere for parents to sit in the sun. We were all crowded on a bench or on loungers out of the sun. I have never understood that. We went in the very crowded family pool for a while and then headed to our stateroom which was ready around 1pm. Our room was fine. We had a family mini-suite with a bunk bed. The bathroom was huge with a double sink and tub/shower. Bed was a king and very comfortable. I also found there to be more storage space than on other ships. Overall we were very happy with our stateroom. The best part of the ship was, without question, Splash Academy. The counselors were very fun, super engaging and very professional. They had a theme night every night (Pirate night, Glow night, Survivor Island night, PJ night) and the kids LOVED being there. They went every night and a couple of times during the day. We also enjoyed the family activities they hosted on Great Stirrup Cay. Lots of fun!! Dining: This was probably the worst thing about the ship. We have noticed over our last few cruises (we’ve been on about 15 cruises since 2002) that overall quality in food in non-a la carte restaurants has suffered. Not a surprise to anyone, I’m sure. But this was shockingly bad. In the entire week we had 1 good meal. Full disclosure –we did not try any of the ALC restaurants because we’ve done them before and didn’t think there was much value. The Garden buffet was ok. That’s it. Breakfast was ok. Lunch was ok. Dinner was ok. Late-night was ok. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t close to good. We did Taste and Savor 4 nights. Overall the quality was poor. We had 1 good meal (my wife had pallela and I had a NY Strip), otherwise the food was cold or underseasoned. The service in the 2 main dining rooms was below average, at best. We also ate lunch and dinner at O’Sheehan’s. This was confusing to me. People rave about the Prime Rib…it was not good. It was a big piece of meat, that’s for sure, but it came with a baked potato that had no butter and a tiny dollop of sour cream (asked for both and they never came). The Fish and chips were tiny and flavorless. The wings were hot but had an odd flavor (tried buffalo and thai chili). We did have lunch, which was ok. The hot dog my son got was actually really good. Aside from that it was below-average pub food. A note on the service…you can definitely tell that the waitstaff is not motivated at all while serving food at no charge. Entertainment: We saw 2 shows. Both were excellent. The Company Men are not to be missed. A quick show but highly entertaining and they had a great sound. For The Record was awesome. Granted – my wife and I grew up on John Hughes movies so we knew every word to every song and got the plot. Note: heed the warning of not bringing kids. DEFINTELY not appropriate! We also watched the Not-So-Newlywed Game with Dave, the CD, who was really great. Public Areas: Despite being a massive ship, it feels very crowded. All public areas always felt crowded at all times of the day. The only time we didn’t feel that way was when we walked outside on the Waterfront in the evening, which we very much enjoyed. Activities: The Aquaracer (Blue) water slide was a lot of fun for everyone. The yellow slide was good for the kids. We did the Ropes Course on the final day, which was awesome. A couple of notes on the ropes course: I am not sure why they continue to put these on ships. They are almost never open due to the wind…it’s always windy. Second – if your child just sneaks over the 48” mark they have to do the regular course and can’t do the kids’ course. Luckily both of my kids are fairly athletic and got through it, but they did get stuck a couple of times. Finally – there is a HUGE difference doing it in port before sunset and at sea in the dark. The former was very fun. The latter was difficult and cold. Overall, though it was a ton of fun! The other activities (basketball, mini golf, movies, etc) were all pretty standard and fun. Ports: Our first port was Grand Cayman. It was cancelled due to the waves being too high for tenders. It was disappointing because we had an excursion to the Turtle Farm planned. We had an extra sea day, which was windy. Falmouth was next. We had never been there and didn’t plan on getting off the ship. But we did hop off for a couple of hours and wandered around the shopping area (see: tourist area) for a couple of hours. We didn’t get outside of that area so I can’t really comment on the port. GSC was next. We had good weather, which is always a hit or miss. It made for our best port day. We did the family activities with the ship staff and had lots of fun (water balloons, dodge ball, etc). We got chairs on the left (east?) side of the island and swam and had a very enjoyable beach day. It didn’t feel crowded at any point. Tendering to and from was smooth. Last stop was Nassau. We had a disappointing experience with the company we rented a 4x4 jeep from as they did not have a vehicle available for us. (I’ll spare you the details – but we did get a refund). We have been there several times so we just sort of walked around, did a horse and buggy ride (meh) and bought a few souvenirs before getting back on board. So unfortunately our 2 excursions didn’t happen so it was definitely a let-down. So I would say that overall the trip was very good – not great. I would recommend the Escape to families as there is plenty to do and a great children’s program. One thing we ALWAYS do is take advantage of the Cruise NEXT credits, but I think we may be giving other cruise lines (RCCL, Disney) a chance the next couple of times around. The NCL experience is getting a little stale for us. Thanks for reading and I hope this review helps! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Disclaimer! everything i wrote below are true. i did not make anything up. i'm saying this because you will not believe so many things could go wrong in a 7-day cruise. This is my 7th cruise in 9 years. 5th time with norwegian. 2nd ... Read More
Disclaimer! everything i wrote below are true. i did not make anything up. i'm saying this because you will not believe so many things could go wrong in a 7-day cruise. This is my 7th cruise in 9 years. 5th time with norwegian. 2nd time on the epic. I consider myself a loyal norwegian cruiser but boy what a disappointment!! upon entering our stateroom, everything in the room seemed to be falling apart. i’m not even exaggerating! i need to start writing this review while i’m still on the ship because there’re so many things i might not remember them all! i’m in disbelief so many things could go wrong on the same trip. First thing we noticed upon entering our stateroom for the first time is the balcony. There is a very very thick and sticky layer of salt covering everything from the railing to the chairs and table and the floor. we used wet tissues to wipe it down and the tissue turned into a big chunk of salt. Then there’s the shower. It’s not cleaned. A plastic cap of a shaver was still there. when we turn on the water, the shower head sounds like a wolf howling. The vanity mirror is starting to fade on the edges. See picture. There’re only a little bit of tissue left. About 8 to be exact which i used them all to clean the balcony. Toilet paper, only a quarter of a roll left. The phone is broken. It went haywire in the middle of the night. It kept rebooting itself and the screen wouldn’t turn off. See picture. It’s super bright. I eventually needed to cover the screen with a towel. There’s a constant vibration in the wee hours in a couple of nights which was really annoying. It never happened in any of my previous cruises. The vibration itself is already enough to keep me awake. it also makes the closet doors rattle. i needed to put a chair against it to quiet it down. One light is broken. see picture. A bath towel we got one day was stained. see picture. The ring that holds the hair dryer is broken. The hair dryer could only rest on the floor. See picture. The bottom drawer could only open half way. See picture. The door for the storage above the bed is broken. See picture. The door lock went out of battery without any warning on day 6 and we couldn’t enter our room with any of our room keys. The light flashed red when we insert our keys. See picture. We didn’t know what was going on and went to the front desk. They gave us new room keys but it still didn’t work. While we were standing outside our stateroom frustrated, a crew member walked by and said the lock went out of battery and she called someone for help. Another crew member replaced the batteries (aaa). a day later, same thing happened and we were locked out again!!! I called the front desk and they sent someone to reprogram the lock. The crew member was not even apologetic. The waiter at o’sheehan was super rude. We’re a family of 3 with my 3-year-old daughter. It took us a while to decide what we wanted to order so the waiter came back twice. He didn’t look too happy when he was taking our order. No smile at all whatsoever. Fine i didn’t really care. The next day, we went there again without our daughter and it was this same waiter. We ordered coffee and fruit plate. After 20 minutes, i went to pick up my daughter from the daycare while my wife stayed at o’sheehan. I walked to the waiter while he was standing at the bar and i asked him if we can see the menu again. He just pointed me to the front and told me “menus are over there and you need to go get it”. Ok fine. I can get my own menu. While i was gone, my wife ordered more food for my daughter. The waiter got irritated and asked my wife if she could order everything at once so he didn’t need to make so many trips because he is “very busy”. isn’t that part of your job? I don’t think people there would order 10 beers at once. That pissed me off. If you can’t handle the pressure, find another job. It was only 4pm and they were not really busy. Lots of bathroom stalls and paper towel dispensers out of order throughout the ship. Ice machines at buffet always not working. I encountered at least 4 times during my 7-day cruise. I finally couldn't tolerate any more thing break on me so i demanded to speak to a supervisor on day 6. he was saying things like we should've told him on the first day or 2 so he could give us another room or an upgrade and now he cannot give me any compensation. i'm sorry but not sorry. These things did not all happened at the same time. They happened over several days. I demanded to have my graduity refunded and they accepted. The epic already has the worst stateroom layout (i.e. Toilet and shower). They don't seem to even do any maintenance. It actually went on drydock for a major upgrade in 2015. wow really??? What was being done? i spoke to 2 different supervisor on different days in different locations and the funny thing is they both blame the ship being french made. unless they do a major major overhaul of the entire ship, namely the poorly designed staterooms, norwegian is putting their reputation at risk. i like norwegian as a company overall. I just went on a criuse on the dawn in november and it was very good. but the failure of the epic is telling me norwegian is not distributing their resources evenly as they had and will have several new ships. I'm giving it 2 stars only because of their youth program, good shows and overall good food. but never on the epic again! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose the Norwegian Epic because of the price and perks offered by the cruise company. We definitely got our money's worth! The cabin had a lot to be desired. We shared a inside cabin so we were not expecting anything elaborate. ... Read More
We chose the Norwegian Epic because of the price and perks offered by the cruise company. We definitely got our money's worth! The cabin had a lot to be desired. We shared a inside cabin so we were not expecting anything elaborate. However, there was minimal privacy when using the shower or commode. More solid doors needed on commode area that ensures privacy and provides somewhat of a sound barrier. Besides that fact, the bed was great and storage was more than enough for two people. A unique factor I consider interesting is that the key card is needed to turn of room lights. This saves energy and probably helps with costs. I considered the food good, in general, subject to one's taste preferences. Always available if you know where to look----just check the Daily Acitivity sheet. Entertainment was excellent! Enjoyed shows and comedians. So many activities it was hard to make choices of which ones to enjoy. Service was good and more than we expecte We only utilized one port------------Stirrup Cay. The food and enviroment was very good, but equipment rental at this island was too excessive for the small amount of time it was utilized---$30 per person. Bring your own. In general, a very friendly ship with great staff! Disembarkation was chaotic, but we survived the experience We traveled with a group of friends and would go again. And, yes, we would bring our grandkids. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this ship because we wanted to go to Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. We flew into Orlando and took the Go Port Canaveral transfer package from airport/ to hotel/ to the ship/ to the airport. It was an easy process. It took ... Read More
We chose this ship because we wanted to go to Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. We flew into Orlando and took the Go Port Canaveral transfer package from airport/ to hotel/ to the ship/ to the airport. It was an easy process. It took about an hour to get from the hotel to the port. IMPORTANT TIP: To speed past much of the line, find the elevator. It drops you at the top of the stairs! At that point, it still took 45 minutes to get on the boat. So, any shortcut helps! We stayed in a mini suite on the 13 floor. This was a good location, as it was a short 2 floors up the stairs to the pool deck and buffet. The gym was up one deck. The room was very strange, as many reported. We adjusted without much problem. There was a lot of storage space and closet space. However, electric outlets were sparse. They were located under the cabinet opposite the bed. Not very convenient at all. Bring your own body wash and shampoo. They have some stinky herbal stuff that was short of disgusting. And lady's, there is no conditioner!!! Bring your own. Last year we were in a suite on the Dawn, and had some awesome Bvlgari products. This is our 3rd Norwegian cruise. This was our worst in terms of service. We had the drink package. It was hard to find a bartender that was attentive or not rude. No one smiled. They seemed annoyed to be there. We never experienced that on other ships. We were in Spice H20 most of the time during the day. Finding waiters was difficult, at best. We waived, yelled, etc.. to get their attention (when there was one to be seen). They would wave and then make their way after 5 minutes or so. Again, annoyed to be there and no smile or friendly words. The restaurants were OK. The menu never changed, so if you wanted variety, you needed to try another entre or go to a specialty restaurant. NOTE: We usually dress up for dinner and got great service in the Manhattan. However, we ate in Cagney's twice- both times the service was without a smile. The experience in Teppanyaki was good. It was entertaining. The food was just ok. I had steak. It was under seasoned. So was the rice. My wife had shrimp and scallops. The scallops were very fishy and seemed undercooked. The Garden Cafe was fine, however, many of the "American" dishes were far from tasting that way. I think they need to invest in an American cookbook, because American staples should look and taste accordingly. Pool Deck- get there early and reserve a spot, or you may find slim pickings on finding chairs- especially at Spice H20. We like being in the hot tubs. One day they were very hot, other days cool or luke warm. No consistency. Entertainment- I thought Norwegian was supposed to be "freestyle"? There were many venues that required reservations. Even tenders? We reserved the Burn the Floor show several months in advance. Upon boarding the ship, we had a letter in our cabin that said we were bumped, and rescheduled to another show (on the last night of the cruise). Not cool. Also, we paid for premium seats for the Cirque show and were seated upstairs. We didn't get what we paid for. The show was outstanding, but we got the bait and switch. The Epic Beatles were also very good, however, get there at least an hour early if you want a chance at getting to sit down. The bartender is not very friendly in there either. We got into the dueling piano bar, which was OK... I've seen better singers. We never were able to get tickets to Escape the Big Top. This ship is big and crowded. Tours- In Jamaica, we went to Dunn's River Falls plus the VIP Beach tour. This was a very good experience. In Cayman- we went shopping and went to a restaurant and had lobster tails for lunch. When we returned, we found many people who reserved tours had them canceled due to rough seas. We decided not to go to the private island. The tender reservation schedule just wasn't worth the hassle. We heard there wasn't much shade, the food wasn't very good and the beach was crowded. Glad we skipped it. Next time, we will be more selective to not book cruises with more than one tender. Gym- The gym had plenty of equipment and machines. However, there were no towels the first few days, which was annoying. Also, no attendants there. Maid- She was great, pleasant, smiling and very friendly! We tipped her extra! All together, we like Norwegian, but this trip just seemed like less service and less for our money. Maybe that's what you get with the bigger ships? We still had fun and made the best of it. It just wan't for us. So, we won't be cruising on the Epic again. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Nice cruise when i finally got a quiet room. don't ever book in cabin 11533 studio. i had to move because it was so noisy next to a "crew area" which turned out to be an elevator where they roll things out of the crew elevator ... Read More
Nice cruise when i finally got a quiet room. don't ever book in cabin 11533 studio. i had to move because it was so noisy next to a "crew area" which turned out to be an elevator where they roll things out of the crew elevator all the time. the room vibrated from all the noise. i had to request to be moved. the room i moved to was perfect. i am not telling which one it was!!! The leg of lamb was succulent, the prime rib outstanding, the garden cafe was okay. taste the mdr are the places to go. FOOD - GREAT PEOPLE - GREAT SOLO COORDINATOR - GREAT NEW ROOM - OUTSTANDING Traveled solo and would do it again. travelling solo with access to the studio lounge is important to me. i have had an inside, balcony and studio. i loved the balcony but adore the access the solo cabin affords me to the lounge, to connect with others. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
I read a lot so-so reviews on the Epic - but, it worked for us and we really liked it - I would travel the Epic again. It is 'different' with the unique cabin layout and separated bathroom / shower, but, we really liked out balcony room, ... Read More
I read a lot so-so reviews on the Epic - but, it worked for us and we really liked it - I would travel the Epic again. It is 'different' with the unique cabin layout and separated bathroom / shower, but, we really liked out balcony room, very comfortable and great storage. Solid NCL customer services with entire staff - from room steward, bartenders, to servers. They know how to move a lot of people thru the ship, so it does not feel that crowded. The Unlimited Beverage package and Speciality Dining was included with a promotion. Hard to eat and drink like that for a week - but, I did my part! The buffet was the best one on the many cruises we have taken. I typically don't like the buffet and we only go out of convenience when necessary -- but, this probably one of the better 'food' choices. In the main dining rooms I was a little disappointed with the service. The speciality dining you get a bit better service - but, the food is all pretty much the same, good, but really nothing amazing in the dining rooms. Overall NCL Epic offered a good value for the experience, with excellent entertainment choices and venues. The shows on the Epic were some of the best performances you will find on a cruise ship. Read Less
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