7 Norwegian Epic Cruise Reviews for Spring Break Cruises to Caribbean - All from Miami

Took me a few days to get the swing of taking a cruise. lots of lines initially to wait in. Difficult to get chairs by the pool etc...Once we booked out dinners and entertainment that was out of the way. The ability to book thru the ... Read More
Took me a few days to get the swing of taking a cruise. lots of lines initially to wait in. Difficult to get chairs by the pool etc...Once we booked out dinners and entertainment that was out of the way. The ability to book thru the mobile application and TV in the cabin did not work. if alternative booking methods were available this would have made the situation much better. Purchased the ultimate drink package but it was difficult getting service. Not that the crew was not working but not enough staff Food was very good. enjoyed the shows. the staff was always friendly. I would go on a cruise again so my overall experience was very good just not excellent Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I went on a 7 day western Caribbean cruise on Epic, first cruise ever and had a blast. There is so much entertainment on the ship that I stayed busy the entire time. The food is good and the employees are friendly. I had a memorable ... Read More
I went on a 7 day western Caribbean cruise on Epic, first cruise ever and had a blast. There is so much entertainment on the ship that I stayed busy the entire time. The food is good and the employees are friendly. I had a memorable vacation. Thank you Epic!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
I have been on a number of cruises with and without the kids. This one was pretty standard in terms of kids’ stuff, on-board activities and those same 5 line dancing songs played over and over. The ship itself was well maintained and ... Read More
I have been on a number of cruises with and without the kids. This one was pretty standard in terms of kids’ stuff, on-board activities and those same 5 line dancing songs played over and over. The ship itself was well maintained and clean. There were a couple of instances where an amenity was not working like a pool or the water slides but these were quickly remedied. People on board (the passengers) were nice and seemed happy. The crew was outstanding from a customer service point of view. Meaning they really seemed like they cared and were accommodating. However, there were several instances where they did not seem to know what or where or when something was going on and provided inaccurate information which was frustrating. The most frustrating part of the ship is the lack of clocks. There is an itinerary and a schedule. I for one do not use a watch and onboard do not use a phone so figuring out the time was a very big challenge. The gym was clean and up-to-date and had a number of activities that one could attend. The running track on the other hand is only on one side of the ship so it was not as nice as some other ships and the turn on the ends was not pleasant. Shopping on-board was limited but then again it depends on what you are looking for I guess. The layout of the ship was ok meaning you can find things but in general, to me, it just seemed to be one long corridor with “areas” along the way not really destinations if you will. The upper deck was also designed in a way where it was not circular so to go from one side to the other you have to go down a deck and then back up. Very non-user-friendly layout. Rooms are small. Smaller than usual I think. However, they have a design that the shower and toilet areas are separated which is good for getting ready with others. Getting on and off the ship in all cases was quick and efficient. This was the best experience compared to other ships. This includes when docked or tendering. The food. The included dining rooms were nice. The food was ok in them. The buffets however were outstanding for all meals. There are a number of selections in types of foods (the Indian was a big winner). There are themes each day and I cannot think of anything I did not like. Seating in the buffet was limited but we always found a seat. Hours are good too. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was our second spring break cruise trip with the kids (15 and 9). We went on Carnival Conquest last year and decided to see the Epic before is disappeared for good! I'm glad we did. This ship is HUGE! It had plenty of activities ... Read More
This was our second spring break cruise trip with the kids (15 and 9). We went on Carnival Conquest last year and decided to see the Epic before is disappeared for good! I'm glad we did. This ship is HUGE! It had plenty of activities and food options to appease most everyone on board. The embarkation, and all entering/exiting of the ship was handled amazingly well. I was nervous about how they would handle so many people, but I never waited in line, even for a tender. Well done NCL! The kids were a little apprehensive to join the camps and they wanted to just run free for the week. However once they did try the activities we couldn't peel them away! The entertainment was so-so, we tried the comedy shows a few times and left. The Blue Man Group was boring as well to me, but the rest of the audience seemed to enjoy watching these men silently make a big mess with paint. The Cirque show was my favorite, but buyer beware...opt for the premium seating and arrive early. We arrived 20 min before the show started and got the last seat over in the corner. My head was on the table trying to watch the aerial acts. The DJ's frankly got on my nerves because they played the same 5 line dance cruise ship songs every time they would come out to try to get people to dance. The service was a mixed bag...everyone was friendly but also confused. We would ask questions about when things were and no one would know. I saw 2 menus in the window at the Taste restaurant so I asked it was the lunch menu and they said yes. We went and were told at our table that the menu outside was for dinner! I tried to attend a class at the gym, and when I showed up they trainer had a PT session and told me he would try to reschedule it for tomorrow. Oh and there are no clocks on the ship! Only on a few passing televisions. I understand their theme is to have no agenda, but thats a bit much! The food was outstanding, we mostly ate at the buffet because it had everything and was just so tasty and convenient. The restaurants required 90 min (walking right in), which was usually hard to do and see a show. Never had to wait for a table though and the servers were great. We booked our excursions on our own to save money. Hired a driver for the day in Jamaica, he took us everywhere for the same price they wanted just for a single trip up the mountain. Tip...walk away from the main hub of taxis, the prices get cheaper as you get farther away...and don't be afraid to haggle! We went snorkeling and swimming with stingrays in Grand Cayman with Captain Marvin. This was our second time with him and I highly recommend it. Then finally we decided to rent a Jeep in Cozumel. Which again we got for half the price as what the shore excursion desk wanted. It was a great day to just explore on our own, visit the beaches and ruins. All in all, we are addicted to cruising. Its a one stop shop to drop your bags off, put your phone in the safe and kick back for a week without worrying about anything. No cooking, laundry, cleaning, etc! Already planning for next year's new itinerary...what shall we try next! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
this was our 2nd time on the EPIC, we went last year as well, but this year we were a group of 16 people. I can honestly say that we chose the perfect ship to have such a large group of all ages, as there is something for everyone. the ... Read More
this was our 2nd time on the EPIC, we went last year as well, but this year we were a group of 16 people. I can honestly say that we chose the perfect ship to have such a large group of all ages, as there is something for everyone. the kids LOVE the splash academy so much, they spend all year talking about the counselors and how much they miss them, and saw some of the same counselors this year again! honestly, they are the best people to deal with kids, and have so many creative activities for them to do each day and night! its great to know they are in good hands! I found that the ship is still in perfect condition, everything in working order, all staff very attentive, some of them went out of their way to please us, and even recognized us after a year! we chose the EPIC again because we loved everything so much last year, the waterpark and we wanted to see things we didn't have time for last time. the waterpark, pools, Jacuzzis are still amazing, the music, dancing and activities by the pool are always entertaining. the inside cabins are perfect for us as we are never there cause there is too much to do on the ship, so cabins are perfect for showering and sleeping, plus they were close to academy for dropping off/picking up kids! the food was always changing and excellent everywhere we went from the buffet to manhattan to taste to o'sheehans...we loved revisiting the Noodle Bar (yummy potstickers), Wasabi (best sushi/sashimi ever), having made to order Nutella crepes even and went to Shanghai restaurant for the first time (loved the chicken and shrimp noodles) and discovered you can order all you want off the menu, which is great for just $15 cover charge! this time around we did the Cirque Dreams and Dinner and it was SPECTACULAR!! I mean, there are no words really, you are just astounded at what they do in such a space, truly incredible! I recommend that to everyone, it is worth more than 39 dollars....we also went to Nickelodeon's Slime Time Live and it was so entertaining, funny and has audience participation..i also took my youngest daughter to Nickelodeon's Pajama Jam Breakfast and it was awesome!! Dora, Diego, SpongeBob, Patrick, and the Fairly Oddparents were there, along with the Nick team, of course and it was amazing! breakfast buffet included was the best breakfast and a photo with characters was included! Blue man group was phenomenal as always, legends was great, they are identical to the real life singers, wow!! we went to visit the bridge viewing room on our last day and its very interesting to see and the view is great as well. I honestly don't understand and cant believe ANY of the negative reviews I have seen before. everything was more than perfect and I love the epic and Norwegian cruise line, there is nothing better than freestyle cruising to me, where you can go eat when you want, wherever you want and dress as you want! its on your terms! it works best for my family. also, the 3 ports we visited were great! Jamaica we went to Dunn's river falls and climbed up the river, which was a once in a lifetime experience! I had waited many years to do it, and it was better than expected. Grand Cayman tender was very easy, short boat ride to dock, and did the Trolley Roger tour which is very informative about the island, then went to 7 mile public beach which is gorgeous, clean, clear, great food and local beer. Cozumel was great also, we took a taxi and went to Paradise beach club which is only $3 per person to enter, and you have access to pool, lounge chairs inside pool and around pool, changing rooms, restrooms, beach, pier, chairs and umbrellas. plus, delicious nachos, tacos and drinks! (which are extra) This is truly the way to travel, you have your transportation, hotel, food, drinks, and entertainment included for 1 price. and yes, some things are extra, but its not NECESSARY, its OPTIONAL. to me, its all worth it! We are definitely Norwegians, and are already booked on the Escape in November! cant wait to cruise like a Norwegian again! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was my (and my husband's) first cruise. If you are in your 20s to 40s and without children, here are the top five things you need to know, in order of priority: 1. GET A POSH PASS. But don't tell anyone. I want one to be ... Read More
This was my (and my husband's) first cruise. If you are in your 20s to 40s and without children, here are the top five things you need to know, in order of priority: 1. GET A POSH PASS. But don't tell anyone. I want one to be available the next time I cruise. 2. Shut up about the (un)available TV stations. You want to watch sports? Stay home. 3. Buy Poo-Pourri. It may just save your relationship. 4. Stay up dancing all night at Spice, after you go to Blue Man Group and Second City and Howl at the Moon. 5. As much as you may want to do karaoke, resist the urge - especially as it gets later in the week. Trust me. Just... go sing along with Howl at the Moon if you want to sing. Karaoke gets frightening. You know exactly what I mean. Miscellany: If you're easily intimidated, avoid the vendors in Jamaica. And the drug dealers. Don't try to walk from 7-mile beach back to the terminal. Don't. I say it again, Don't. I'll happily share with you pictures of iguanas. Don't make the hour-long walk. Take a lorazepam if you have to fly out of Miami airport. Maybe two. It's a nightmare. Make it to the Mr. Sexy Legs contest. Bring a water bottle with you and have bartenders fill it regularly. Every single silver shop in Cozumel is the same. Don't waste time. Learn Spanish. You'll get a better price. Tip well. Everywhere. Every time. Even if tips are included. Wear sunscreen. Every day. Shut up about it. Don't bother with the "everything $10" shop on the boat. Hit up Teppenyaki. Good time, good food. Drink a lot. Of water. Who am I kidding... drink a lot of Patron. Margaritaville is fun but overpriced. Hit it up -once. Go to the gym. Or don't. It's your vacation. Either way, just trolling the ship, you're probably getting to your 10,000 steps per day. Speaking of which, INFINITE THANKS to whoever found my FitBit and returned it to Guest Services within 2 hours. I am so thankful for your honesty and would like to send you a gift in return. If by some unlikely chance you are reading this, please let me know. Is anyone from the Kenny-squared Chicago crew on this board??? I'd (we'd) love to stay in touch and do some stunt-man and chocolate pretzel shots if you're in town. If you don't boo the Sox, we won't boo the Cubs. Last word: You're on a freaking cruise ship in the Caribbean. If you have something to complain about, please politely do so in the company of those folks leading as miserable an existence as you are. Spare the rest of us. We had a ball! Happy to answer any questions!!! Sarah (Massachusetts) Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Fantastic cruise. Stayed in the Heaven suit.Best ship for your family. Beyond this world first class treatment and experience. We enjoyed so much that we immediately bought another cruise while on the Epic Norwegian cruise. Will be ... Read More
Fantastic cruise. Stayed in the Heaven suit.Best ship for your family. Beyond this world first class treatment and experience. We enjoyed so much that we immediately bought another cruise while on the Epic Norwegian cruise. Will be sailing with my family in Norwegian new ship the escape. will be bring along at least 10 families. enjoyment of the century and would recommend anyone or family who wants strong bonding time with tier families to take a cruise trip. Good service. Our butler was the best. Humble, kind and caring. The restaurant and food were prepared according to our taste. The staff were very nice and kind to our children. staff knew the names of each family member. we enjoyed the Blue man show and cirque du dreams. The kids care center and the water park was unique. I really enjoyed our room and the tranquility that existed. we slept like babies and on the last day our children even my husband did not want to leave the ship. We had to spend 3 days in Miami before flying back but still it was difficult re-adjusting the hustle of daily life. Oh cannot wait to go back. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Norwegian Epic Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 3.7
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 5.0 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0 3.8
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 3.0 3.3
Service 4.0 3.8
Value For Money 4.0 3.5
Rates 4.0 3.7

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