Norwegian Epic Balcony Staterooms have room for up to three guests and feature floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to a private balcony with an incredible view. They include a separate bathroom with shower, two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed, a sitting area and additional bedding to accommodate one more.
Was very clean and comfortable. We did stay in a room with Disabled access/service. This proved challenging as we locked our selves out twice by simply bumping a button by the cloths valet. It was a minor inconvenience compared to the additional space we gained. Read entire member review >>
Nice cabin. Balcony is the way to go especially with new ports each day. Liked that toilet and shower and sink could all be accessed individually. Lighting was a bit poor. No diet sodas in the mini fridge and they wont bring you any either. They provide shampoo and body wash in the shower which was nice. Read entire member review >>
We had three women in the cabin and still had plenty of storage for all our things. It was a tight squeeze around the beds and even though they were made up separately we were only an inch apart. The sofa bed was hard but big enough .
The bathroom layout is awkward, but worked fine for us. We loved the larger balcony than we've had on other ships/lines. Read entire member review >>
I've traveled on Holland, Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Princess and I have NEVER slept in a bed so short. My husband is 6' and he was hanging off the bed a bit. Our friend was 6'4" and slept horrible. I didn't like the shower, toilet set up, bad idea. If you're other ships are like this we probably won't cruise with NCL again:-( Read entire member review >>
I have been on 9 cruises and this was the worst cabin we have ever had on a ship. No bathroom, the toilet was on one side with just a sliding glass door and the shower was on the other side same design with only a curtain to divide you. The bed was rounded on the end so I'm 6'1" tall and one foot hung off and the other did not, not to mention hard bed was like sleeping on the floor. Read entire member review >>
I am not listing my cabin number because I do not want the cabin steward blamed for this review. The carpet was very worn, pillows and bed uncomfortable, bed was short so your feet hang off, fridge did not work, doors rattled, bathroom set up is a disaster for any privacy, and you can't clean something so worn out. Read entire member review >>
Cabin was setup in a way we have never seen. The bathroom was split up into three different sections. The shower and toilet were by the cabin entrance door with just a glass door on each. When you step out of the shower you are standing right by the door. The sink was at the foot of the bed. The space between the vanity and bed was about two feet so if someone was sitting there you couldn't get by without going on the bed. There was plenty of storage room for clothes. TIP: If your cabin has a sofa, check under the sofa for drawers, that's where we stored the life jackets and a few other things. Our cabin steward Wayne was excellent. Very friendly, efficient and accommodating. Read entire member review >>
The cabin was nice and had lots of storage. The balcony was roomy. However if you are tall, your feet might dangle out of the bed (5'10'' or taller). You might also hear your neighbor's toilet being flushed! Read entire member review >>
A little tight but manageable. One dresser drawer was broken. If you are a modest person, there's not much privacy with your room mate in the room. Aft balcony was awesome. Room temperature didn't seem to be affected at all by the thermostat in-room - we would have liked a little more air conditioning. Our Cabin steward was awesome. Read entire member review >>
Beds way too short, curtain doesn't offer much privacy from the bathrooms even with the glass doors since the bed is right next to it. Sink at your feet is a little awkward when your trying to brush your teeth with someone laying in bed. Best part was the balcony. Read entire member review >>
Do not book on the 13th floor as children play area above and constant bouncing running.Cabins need pro cleaning.Saw them switching my mattress and didnt ask them and then realized I had a worse one.shorter and harder. Read entire member review >>
We got to our room. There was no bathroom. Yeah, the genius group of Ivy League MBA's who undoubtedly designed this ship managed to squeeze every single penny out of it. There was no bathroom. There was a toilet pod and a shower pod right there in our room. With frosted glass. Try going to the bathroom in privacy... not gonna happen. On other ships with mini suites, this was no the case. Read entire member review >>
We really like the cabin. There was a lot of storage in unexpected places which was great - able to find a place for all of our stuff and luggage for the week. I know many people have commented on the washrooms, but for me and my husband it was fine; there is a curtain that goes across so there is some privacy. Overall we found the cabin to be great and meet our needs. The only downside, because it was more towards the back of the boat, when we were first leaving or arriving in the mornings we could feel the engine chugging. Read entire member review >>
Seems space could be better utilized. Beds too close together, linens have seen better days, separate shower and toilet made each seem much smaller - also didn't afford much privacy. Read entire member review >>
Decent Balcony Cabin. We liked the fact that the bathroom, shower and wash sink were separate from each other. Really helped out well . Plenty of storage space -that was good compared to other cruises I have been on
I would like to mention that they could have had some relevant channels on their TV . They had BBC (which was OK ). But they had MSNBC : Terrible to listen to this channel here in the States and then tragic to listen to this abroad. We need a tolerable channel (maybe CNN ) -not a one sided channel when you are abroad. Only reminds you how better relatively is BBC .. Also, the sick terrorist attack took place in Nice as we were arriving in Cannes , and we wished we were back in the States.The sports channel on TV was the British Sports 24 (Not good ) They could have shown the EuroCup replays - which by the way was very popular on board ! Nice to see sports fans everywhere Read entire member review >>
The cabin was nicely laid out and decorated. We loved having a balcony that we could sit out on as we cruised. It was especially nice when we entered the ports. The room was spacious and had lots of cabinets to store items out of the way. We found the cabin to be clean and in good condition. Read entire member review >>
The review of the cabins on Epic have been mixed at best, but we were completely satisfied. The bathroom arrangement is unusual but with the privacy current it worked fine, and provided excellent flexibility for two people to be using different facilities (shower/sink/toilet) at the same time. The balcony was quite large. The bed was extremely comfortable. There were many convenient storage locations and enough hanging space in the closets. The cabin was clean and essentially new in appearance. it is not very large, but the couch adds a lot of comfort. The television channels are very limited. Read entire member review >>
Our cabin was awesome! We had 13249 - an accessible room which, mind you, we chose for its size and location. A few minor problems were encountered off the bat but nothing that would deter us from enjoying Epic again! Unlike the other cabins, with an accessible room you get a complete bathroom with toilet and shower separate from the sink - no curtain but a real door! The downside? When you showered everything gets wet so you have to be mindful of the next person in after you - no one likes stepping into a cold water puddle. We had a process so we didn't mind this setup. The door to the bathroom didn't quite stay closed as well as it should have. During the crazy choppy night we had on day 1 and day 6 our door had to be kept closed with a pillow in front of it. Hey it served it's purpose and we aren't much to complain about little things. In fact, we forgot to even bring it up to our cabin steward, Richard, so sorry to the next people who get that room.
Also, the entry door was weird. It had a mechanism that assisted the doors operation for wheel chairs. I wish it could be disabled when you are not in need of accessibility but it can't. So the door stayed open longer than it should when you walked in or out of the room. And you couldn't just fling it closed as it would re-open itself if the lock didn't engage.Tricky but I'll never avoid an accessible room.
The room is a HUGE square - not like the wave design of the regular rooms. I think it is a great layout if you are in need of a little extra space, or if you need the accessibility. The only thing it really lacks is a couch - there was a desk chair but for the most part you will lounge either on the balcony or in bed. The closet had 2 parts. One full length that shared storage with life vests, and the other side with an upper bar that could pull down for accessibility and a lower bar. Downside here - long dresses hung over the lower bar instead of straight... not a deal breaker but just fyi. The light in the sink area totally stinks. I had to use a small mirror to highlight my face for makeup haha. But if you have sight issues there really is no good light in this room. Our TV remote never totally worked our TV but we never watched it much. The slope on the floor for the balcony and the bathroom entry to me was super slick and could be very dangerous! We put extra towels on them to help with traction. This would probably be my biggest complaint about this room. During our choppy nights we caught ourselves quite a few times saving us from total disaster wipe-outs! Be careful!
Other than that great room, great location... super sized balcony. Read entire member review >>
Our cabin was fine...very good actually. First time we have had a balcony and although due to our dates, it was often a bit cool out there, it was really nice to be able to get out doors right in our room.
Hated the bathroom all around. Sink is too small as so many say. Toilet feels like you are in a port-a-potty. Not great design. Also the bed is strange...too short and the curve design is off. But hey, we have been in an inside cabin with no window so it wasn't a problem. Read entire member review >>
Lovely cabin, spotlessly clean, comfy beds, very quiet. I notice some have complained about the glass door to the loo and shower but they are frosted and it never bothered us. Read entire member review >>
Appointments were very good. Well laid out, lots of storage. Great design with the shower isolated from the toilet and the wash basin separate. No chairs, but a seating area that can be folded out for another bed (I guess). Attractive appearance. Only downside was that the door on the toilet 'creaked' during transit. Used a washcloth between panels to eliminate the noise. Apparently a common problem on this ship according to staff. Read entire member review >>
Somewhat small, with the separate shower room and toilet and the silly sink in the middle of the bedroom. Plenty of draw space. Stupid rounded off bed where your feet stick out over the bed. Great steward Roberto who looked after us very well and always had a smile on his face and took time to talk to us. Read entire member review >>
Was quiet and had a great view from the balcony. No life boats below balcony. Having toilet in our cabin with only frosted glass door for separation was a negative. Good thing we brought room deodorant spray. Read entire member review >>
The cabin was a strange confiuration. Because of the "wave pattern", the bed was too short( feet exceeding the end of the mattress) and if one of us was at the sink, the other had to stand by the sofa or door. I shutter to think what an inside cabin is like. Read entire member review >>
The cabin was nicely appointed and clean. We have trouble with the design though. The couch is curved and therefore hard to sit on. There are no arms on the couch, so you couldn't even slouch in the corner. The balcony was a little worn, but provided us with some air when the room got too hot. We had the thermostat on as low as it could go and yet our room was hot. Having that door was wonderful. The refrigerator was also running warm, but we only kept water in it, so we just added ice when we wanted something really cold. Other than that, it was nice. We had plenty of storage and as long as we took turns moving between the wall and the furniture, we were good. Read entire member review >>
We had a balcony stateroom. Not sure why they bothered with the curved design, it just made the room smaller. There was only a good 18" of walking space from the tip of the bed to the vanity, so only one person could be at the sink, which is literally in front of the bed. The design of the toilet and the shower didn't bother us at all however, if I had a choice, I would've rather had the toilet and shower enclosed it in its own space, to alleviate noise and um, odors...the toilet water smelled. The balcony however was quite big but would've been nice if there were loungers vs. the two chairs and side table. Closet space and storage was adequate. Channel line up was sufficient, the only American channel they had was MSNBC, otherwise we watched Jurassic World and San Andreas about 4x each our entire trip.
We peaked into some of the other balcony staterooms and we noticed depending on the curve, some of the staterooms had the sofa towards the door and the bed towards the balcony, whereas our was reversed. I would've preferred that layout instead. So when picking a stateroom, pick the one that curves in at the door, and out at the balcony door. Read entire member review >>
Plenty of storage space, decent sized balcony and always kept spotless by our excellent cabin steward Greg. Only minor quibble is that I could have done with the bed being slightly longer. Read entire member review >>
Layout of cabin was terrible. Shower and toilet were in frosted glass cubicles in the cabin, with no lock on the sliding door. Washbasin was in the cabin. Hardly any space to move around, very cramped, no drawers. Most spacious area was the balcony. Read entire member review >>
Our balcony cabin was on deck 10. Not port side. However port side only really matters in Naples as in the other port it is a dock so not much to see anyway. We got a good deal on an upgrade to a balcony room and the drinks package from our travel agent. Otherwise they are expensive options. We are former owners of a mobile home that we used to holiday in when the kids were young. so we are well used to tight spaces. We thought the cabin was fine and had everything you need. Read entire member review >>
The cabin was spacious, comfortable, airy with a balcony. The steward Edmundo was so kind and nothing was too much trouble. I had everything I needed at hand. Very clean.
The shower was always hot and easy to control. Plenty of storage.
Great to have breakfast brought to the cabin at the early time when going on shore excursions. Read entire member review >>
The cabin was small, but no bigger or smaller than they are on other cruise ships. I liked the bathroom layout, separate shower and stall with glass like walls, not see through, you could just close off a curtain if you wanted privacy to change in between the shower and the separate toilet, but otherwise it was part of the room. The cabin steward was great, always there to see if we needed anything. My first time with a balcony, and really enjoyed that. The walking space between the bed and the cabinets towards the balcony is tight, as others have pointed out, but so what. Maybe the room was a little smaller because of the balcony, but we really enjoyed it. Read entire member review >>
Although quite small, it was adequate. I did find it difficult to sleep with the engine noises and vibration. The person who did our room daily was amazing. I have no idea what my cabin category was (Room 9281) so just selected a category to get this review accepted. Read entire member review >>
The cabin was modern and well appointed with a flat panel TV, two twin beds pushed together and a kind of slide out day bed. We travelled with a six year old and the slide out day bed was barely adequate for her; don't know how you would put a 15 year old goliath on one. The balcony was fine but there are lifeboats one deck below which causes a minor view obstruction. The layout of the bathroom was awkward and non-functional. There is a shower stall and a separate toilet stall both with frosted glass surrounds; a curtain separates the bathroom area from the rest of the cabin. The kid loved to see through the glass to watch us; kind of off-putting. Also odours tended to come up from the toilet into the toilet stall; it was not pleasant. Read entire member review >>
We had 2 cabins, balcony cabin 11104 for us and the corresponding inside stateroom across the hall 11106 for the kids. Our cabins were great and our cabin staff was excellent...absolutely no issues there. Our location was fine but we did find that the layout of NCL Epic was a bit odd. We later heard that Epic was stationed in Europe apparently because us Americans could not stand the layout...and we completely agree. Having experienced Royal Caribbean before this cruise...and loving the layout of Freedom of the Seas...that fact was very was frustrating. Read entire member review >>
We chose an aft-facing balcony cabin for ourselves and our daughter was in a studio. The studios for singles is the one area where Norwegian really excels. We were so impressed with her cosy little room - just right for one and along with it the perks of single cruising. As for our cabin - I'm not a fan of "plastic" woodgrain and it was the smallest cabin we've ever experienced. There was ample storage, but it was so spread out through the cabin you had to stop and think "now, where are my t-shirts? where did I put the shorts?" The bathroom set up was "odd", but didn't bother us. The shower was spacious and the water temperature was always exactly right. We had an over-sized balcony which we enjoyed immensely. Once again - it wasn't horrible, it wasn't amazing - it was average. I really don't understand the curved walls - I assumed it was to make one feel that they were a-sailing over the ocean blue - but it made a small space seem even smaller. Read entire member review >>
The CABIN:I had been looking forward to trying NCL's new wavy wall cabin. Our balcony cabin was ridiculous! The best thing was the shower...NCL gets it perfect...ample size, easy controls with sliding glass door instead of that flimsy curtain that soaks the floor. But you'd better be close to whoever you share ...because the toilet is also glass enclosed and not even a draw curtain will hide ANY of the variety of sounds you will hear...and I'm not talking about the flushing! And the sink is right in the sleeping area...so washing, brushing and any water slopping is a public activity.The rest of cabin layout itself was also weird: the sofa, near the balcony, faced the wardrobe cabinet ...like sitting facing the bulkhead of a plane ... great for legroom, but not something to look forward to for weeks. The tv was well over to the left, in front of the bed, but did not swivel, so to watch you could either look sideways, get into bed ..or sit on the end with the screen 18 inches from you face. The balcony was great ...but had the tiniest table at sea...about a foot squared...how I envied the Oasis of the Seas balconies when it docked beside us with full size tables on their balconies. Read entire member review >>
While we had heard and read many bad reviews regarding the layout of the staterooms, we found our stateroom to be beautiful and well appointed with ample storage. The bathroom near the door is where ours has been in most of our previous cabins, the shower on one side with curved, frosted glass doors and the toilet on the other side, also with sliding, frosted glass doors. We did end up with a cabin where the bed was just off the balcony rather than next to the bathroom, so that may have been why we were happy with the layout. Some, depending on which way the wall curved, had the bed very near the bathroom. Our steward, Romel was wonderful and kept our cabin at its best. Our balcony was fine, however we had standard deck chairs and we saw later on in the cruise some lounge chairs where just the back leaned back a bit with no footrest. That would have been preferable since one of the downsides we encountered on the Epic was NO quiet public space and we would have spent much more time on our balcony if the chairs had reclined some and been more comfortable. Read entire member review >>
A very nice oversized cabin. It is designed to be wheelchair accessible but I was allocated it as a last minute booking. The automatic door on the cabin takes a bit of getting used to, you have to allow it to close in its own time or it will close then re-open by itself allowing any passers-by an excellent view into the cabin and whatever you might be doing inside. The size of the sink is a terrible design flaw and the surrounding floor was regularly drenched. Definitely worth getting a balcony on this ship as a refuge from the throngs of people. This cabin has a lovely deep balcony. By and large a very quiet cabin but was definitely woken by the vibration of the ship coming in to port. Read entire member review >>
We were in cabin 11064. The cabin is VERY narrow, particularly in front of the bed. This is a cabin that can hold 3, but honestly, I would not have wanted to have three people in this room. The toilet with opaque door was on the left, shower with opaque door on the right and behind the shower a small vanity with the sink. The vanity had a nice feature with a sliding drawer hamper for used towels. There was plenty of storage in the medicine cabinet above the vanity as well as storage for small towels and for the bath towels in the vanity cubbies. The bed in our cabin was located next to the balcony. In some of these cabins, the bed is located next to the sink and bathroom set up. This is because of the wave design. The bed is placed in the concave of the wave; the couch in the convex of the wave. Depending on where the concave/convex is in the particular cabin will determine if your bed is by the balcony or closer to the entry door and the sink and vanity. My friends were in a balcony room the opposite set-up from ours and I think the bed near the balcony is a better set-up. It feels a little larger and it is nice to have the bed away from the sink/bathroom area. Other than that, the bathroom set-up was not an issue for us. The room was adequately cleaned each day and turn-down was always nice with a new towel animal each night. The bed was very comfortable with really nice soft bedding. I would book this room again.
Storage in the cabin: Good storage for the most part, with a nice large closet for most of the clothes (lit up inside when doors opened) and good storage behind the couch. The suitcases fit nicely under the bed as well. However, there is another smaller wardrobe-type closet in the room that has three drawers for storage underneath. This closet was very narrow and was useless for handing clothes (no hangars either) and the drawers were very narrow (about 7-8" wide) it was difficult to get clothes into them. Again, this is all due to the "wave" design of the room.
Balcony: The balcony was a nice size with two chairs and a very small table. It was definitely adequate. The glass was not clean when we got on and it only got worse with salt spray during the cruise. Read entire member review >>
Cabin 11272 Handicapped Balcony cabin. Tiny! Tiny! Tiny! On every other line (we have been on 5) it was larger and better set up. Only one chair to sit on. Balcony was large only because the ship widened out nest to us. 2 chairs & 1 lounge with 1 miniature table were there. Read entire member review >>
Tiny room as it is too narrow - no space between bed and built in closets - they need about 2 more feet. Whoever planned this must have been drunk. The balcony was great with an overhead. Very tiny table on balcony. Loved the toilet and shower. A little far from the elevator but that gave us exercise for the day. Read entire member review >>
We thought the cabin was fine. Some reviews were negative about the setup with the toilet on one side and the shower on the other. You could not see inside because of the frosted glass. Also, there was a curtain separating that area from the rest of the cabin.
The balcony was very nice and they got us an extra chair. The beds were comfortable, and there was ample storage for our belongings. Read entire member review >>
Do not book if with a friend no privacy! It would be great for a couple,horrible for friends. The beds could only be separated about 10 inches. No privacy for shower or toilet. Read entire member review >>
Our wheelchair accessible cabin was spacious, but not as spacious as the ones we had on other NCL ships, such as the Jewel, the Dawn and the Pearl. However, we had a very large balcony (about 150 sq. ft.) Read entire member review >>
Our room was small but nice. Soundproofing is good and we rarely were disturbed by neighbors. Beds are very small and even at 5"7" my toes hung off the end. Loved the balcony where I spent much time reading. Staff service was excellent both in our room at at restaurants. The sink in the room is a joke. It is virtually impossible to use without getting water on the counter and on yourself. It's noteworthy that every comedy show we went to on the ship made reference to the pathetic little sinks. Read entire member review >>
Welcome to Cruise Critic; we're happy you decided to register to become a Cruise Critic Member.
Important: Do Not Use Your REAL NAME as your USER NAME
Important: Please disable your email verification software so that you receive our activation e-mail. Please add @cruisecritic.com to your email safelist.
Please respect that this is a MODERATED community for people who absolutely LOVE cruise travel or want to learn about cruise travel.
Registration to Cruise Critic's Cruise Community is free! We require that you use a valid e-mail address. You will receive an e-mail asking you to verify your e-mail address before you are allowed to login and post on the boards. Again, please disable your spamblocking or verification software so that you receive our activation e-mail. Also, as a member of Cruise Critic you will receive copies of our weekly newsletter plus our "Cruise Sails" and one "Member Offer" mailing. Should you not want to continue to receive these e-mailings, simply unsubscribe by following the directions in the newsletter. By agreeing to become a member, you are agreeing to receipt of our newsletters.
Additionally, we do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed at this link: Community Guidelines.
This is a moderated Community. If you do not agree with the terms and conditions of this Web site and do not wish to be bound by them, please do not use this Web site or continue the registration process. Cruise Critic reserves the right to remove any content in its sole discretion. Additionally, if you violate our Community Guidelines you may lose your posting privileges -- permanently -- without warning. By continuing the registration you are agreeing to the terms
These are moderated message boards. What this means is that we do our best to remove all objectionable messages from the boards. It also means that you cannot say whatever you'd like on the forums. If you are looking for an "anything goes" setting, Cruise Critic might not be the place for you. Understand, too, that our community is comprised of folks who LOVE to cruise. It therefore stands to reason that they will have a favorite cruise line or port of call -- in other words, they are "fans" and will sometimes take offense when a brand new member has arrived on the scene to bash a cruise line.
Keep in mind that we do not prescreen posts so there may be a period of time when an inappropriate post is visible. Please use the Report A Post icon located in the UPPER right hand corner of each posting if you wish to report a violation of our Community Guidelines. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of Cruise Critic Message Board Forums, nor Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message.
By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, are in violation of our Community Guidelines or otherwise violative of any laws.
Cruise Critic reserves to right to remove, edit, move or close any thread (discussion) for any reason from the forums without warning. or notification to the Community. Additionally, we also reserve the right to deny posting privileges to any member at our sole discretion.
You hereby grant Cruise Critic the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display any message posted in our message board community (in whole or in part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.
Our mission is to provide a haven on the Internet free of harassment and advertising for our community members' enjoyment. Any company or person(s) that interfere with that mission risk losing their posting privileges.
If you have any questions about how our community is moderated, please address them to our Community Manager via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not post on the boards.