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.
Don't like the configuration. Like the bathroom appliances in one room! But other than that room was comfortable... not large but adequate. However when on a Cruz why be in your room anyway... except to sleep. Read entire member review >>
If you can choose a cabin, take this one, or the cabins right above her. The bed is next to balcony, so, there is not the problem with the main complain of the sink on front of the bed, and no clearance to walk. Depending on who shares the cabin, the shower and toilet arrangement may be an issue, but not with a partner or family. Read entire member review >>
Small but fine for our needs. The split bathroom had advantages, but the positioning of it was strange and awkward. The balconies on Deck 8 are smaller (more shallow) than Deck 9 (and others I would presume), but have the advantage of not having a roof feeling much more open (you can enjoy the stars!). Read entire member review >>
This is a balcony cabin toward the aft section of the ship. We had read on Cruise Critic about the lack of a true bathroom in the cabins but thought we would give it a try. We did not like the layout for all of the same reasons that many have previously listed. We did like the storage in the cabin and the large balcony. Bring an old or expired card to put in the slot inside the door to allow the lights to work. We did have an unobstructed water view from the balcony and it was only a short walk to the aft elevators. There was room for 3 chairs and a small table on the balcony. There was a 4-6 inch pipe in the corner outside the sliding doors. A sign said it was for the fresh water supply for the ship. Noise could be heard constantly coming from the pipe. To me it sounded like the ocean crashing on rocks and did not take away from the balcony experience but it might bother some people. Sometimes when the ship's thrusters were in use, the vibration could really be felt in the room. Read entire member review >>
It was tight but ample space to unpack all your items. I suggest not trying to live out of your suitcase for the week. No issue with the TV not swiveling as other have mentioned. Yes you hear more bathroom noises than normal, we just turned up the TV louder, lol. Trying to think of the other issues people complained about that I didn't find troublesome. Our vanity mirror had some issue in the bottom corners and probably needed replacing but it is a cruise ship in the ocean and there is going to be more wear and tear on delicate items anyway. Read entire member review >>
Didn't like the layout of the shower and bathroom with the "opaque" sliding glass. Left you somewhat "exposed", especially if room service arrived with a delivery while in use. No table in front of the sofa to place food due to small confines. Found that we were constantly getting in each others way trying to move around the room . . . more so than any other cabin we've been in -- in our limited cruising . . . Read entire member review >>
Lots of storage. Tight space for two to maneuver. Balcony is huge. Separate toilet and shower came in handy. Cabin is quiet! We never heard our neighbors or hallway noises. Bed is near the balcony so that may have helped. Read entire member review >>
Room were the worst on the seas. Very small room with no solid door on the bathroom nor shower. All you get is a curtain. I had a balcony which could not be used because other passengers smoked and NCL did nothing. Many used public bathrooms instead of the one's in their rooms. No privacy of noise or viewing. The cabin's bathroom and Shower are on opposite sides of the main door. Anyone entering the room immediately comes upon you just when you don't want them.
The sink is at the cabin itself. Most stupid layout that I have ever seen in 20 years of cruising. Read entire member review >>
Stateroom 12174. Very good - lots of storage, spotlessly clean ( well done Leo), is a slightly quirky curved design. The opaque glass doors in the WC and Shower cabinets seems a bit off but didn't concern us. Read entire member review >>
The worst cabin on any ship we have sailed.
Very poorly designed, with curved lines that limited the space in the cabin
Toilet and shower on each side of the entrance is so bad it is laughable if it was not so annoying
So many small storage areas do not help one to sort out their belongings
The safe is in a very deep space, so deep that we needed a flashlight to see the keys to open it.
The bed at the edges, because of the curves in the room, is very short, even for me at 5'7
This cabin has no redeeming qualities, it is "built in stupidity" all the way Read entire member review >>
Balcony cabin was more than adequate for the two of us. However if there was a third person I fear that his would be too much of a squeeze in all honesty. The separate shower and toilet was not an issue for us to be honest. Extremely comfortable bed.
The balcony was uncovered which took away the privacy but we didn't use it enough for it to be a huge issue.
The room is directly above Bliss nightclub so if you are an early to bed kind of person I would avoid the forward rooms on Deck 8 Read entire member review >>
The cabins were abysmal. The person responsible for their design should be sentenced to live in them for at least a month. The shower maybe the largest on any cruise ship but that doesn't make up for the sink being in the room. The couch is not usable for any purpose and lack of electrical outlets near the bed makes the use of any medical device impossible. They may have been avant garde at some point but not on a ship and in tight quarters. The entire ship was showing its age but the cabins were by far the worst. Read entire member review >>
There were bugs in the bed, they moved us to another room which was an "upgrade" but the room was the exact same size. The upgraded room had no hot water in the shower and the toilet flooded. Trying to find someone to help us while gross backed up toilet water flooded the floor was close to impossible. This all happened at 7:50 A.M. so we would assume the ship was fully functioning since the excursions were leaving at 8 but NOPE. Call guest services - no answer, call operator - no answer, call house keeping - no answer, call maintenance no answer. Finally, we left for our over priced excursion and told someone we saw on the way who was working in house keeping. To our surprise they did clean the poop off the floor. What an upgrade! Read entire member review >>
They have sacrificed walking around room for bed space, but it was adequate. But the layout of the toilet and shower are terrible. The only thing separating you from the rest of the cabin when you are in the toilet doing your business is basically a sliding shower door and a curtain if you want it. Same thing for the shower. No privacy. Read entire member review >>
Reasonable size but not convenient. It has curved walls that look nice in a photo but do not contribute to the functionality. Plenty of storage space to hang the clothes and put away two suitcases.
Equipped with the usual TV, hair drier, fridge, safe, coffee maker (an electric kettle would have been better).
The oval/roundish bed is comfortable but does not fit in the wall curvature leaving a gap. Likely to find yourself with your legs hanging out.
The balcony is ok in size, but needed maintenance. Read entire member review >>
Average to below average balcony room. Needed key card in slot by door to keep cabin lights on. Weird shaped uncomfortable curved sofa. Not a lot of cabinet space. Separate sliding glass shower stall and toilet. Difficult to fit in toilet area, though I'm only average size. Read entire member review >>
room was nice except for there is little room at the end of the bed to get to the Balcony. plenty of storage and decent lay out. a lot of people have commented about the bathrooms and yes they are poorly designed and very small. Read entire member review >>
The housekeeper for the cabin was amazing - very clean and she was very friendly. The cabin itself was very awkward. Hated the sink and the rounded room. Very difficult for two people to maneuver around the room Looked cool, but very annoying when trying to get ready to go out. Read entire member review >>
The cabin was small and awkward ...but I had watched the online videos and read the reviews. There is a good one about the inaugural trip of the EPIC and shows all the amenities, storage, and light switches in the room. It was very helpful. The room was the cleanest - there was a brown stick residue on the ice tongues and water in the ice bucket, most likely from the previous guests. Read entire member review >>
Cabins are a little on the smaller side, but there was storage we didn't find until Friday! We housed the stroller on the balcony as it would be impossible to keep in the cabin. The bathrooms are small and separate from each other: the toilet is enclosed on one side of the hall at the entrance, and the shower stall is on the opposite side. Doors are also clear type glass, so if you like privacy, this ship might not be for you, although there is a curtain to pull across which covers the whole bathroom area. The bed is amazingly comfortable, and so was the pull out couch. Cabin was immaculate and well maintained. Bedding was also comfy cozy. Read entire member review >>
Lovely balcony. Roomy. Narrow cabin. Sink outside the bathroom is unusual. Mind any water run offs when using the sink, as it gets the cabin's rug wet and causes mildewy odor. Read entire member review >>
Our cabin was comfortable and the infamous layout of the facilities was not a problem to us. There was a good sized shower. There was plenty of cupboard space and our cases easily fitted under the bed. The bed was comfortable, although a little short, and we slept well. There was some engine noise as expected in an aft cabin but never a problem. The balcony was larger than we expected. Our steward Hansel was incredibly helpful and friendly – well done. Read entire member review >>
Quiet location. However the balcony is a hull balcony which means if you sit down you can't see through the railings as it is blocked. We did not like the separate toilet and bathroom facilities in the cabin. Read entire member review >>
The cabins are pathetically small, at least the entry level balcony rooms. There is NO way two people can pass between the bed and the cabinets. Normally a room like this will have a small desk top area and a chair, for doing make up, or writing, or computer work, or? Our room had a tiny counter top space and a small stool. I had read a number of reviews about the layout of the bath facilities, and quite frankly didn't know what to expect. When I walked into the cabin for the first time I was shocked. There is NO bathROOM!!!! When you open the door, there is a small shower stall on one side of the door, and a small toilet area on the other side. Each with half round sliding doors. These are separated from the "main" cabin by nothing more than a drape. The sink, about the size and shape of a football, is in the main cabin area at the end of the bed.
What they did in the design of this ship is to take EVERY possible inch of deck space they could from wherever they could to add more cabins. The room walls are curved. This is so the areas that REQUIRE space (bed length, walkway, cabinets) can have it, but yet they can "take back" some of that floor space in the sitting area. That is why the ship is shaped like a huge shoe box. That is why all the compromises in the cabin "amenities". On their own TV recorded sales pitch for future cruise sales the gal even pointed out that all future NCL ships were being built with BATHROOMS.
We were disappointed with our balcony. We were in room 8195, and it has some sort of a drain pipe coming down from the above decks that stops over a drain flange in the floor of the balcony of this room. It makes a rather loud gurgling noise all the time. We have come to enjoy at least one breakfast on the balcony on each cruise. I have shoulder issues, and end up having to get up out of bed and go back to sleep in a recliner at home. On numerous occasions of other cruises I was able to fall asleep on the balcony in a recliner, or the chair in the sitting area, niether of which this ship had. The deck furniture was disappointing. Two small chairs, and a tiny table that might be suitable to hold two drinks and muffin. NO WAY to order a tray of breakfast, or to recline on your balcony like on most other ships. Read entire member review >>
8024, balcony. We left our balcony door open each night and fell asleep to the ocean. Only heard noise from bliss lounge on one night, but not for very long. Rooms balcony does not have a cover on it and sticks out from other rooms, we liked this because we laid out here rather than the pool deck on some days. I liked the bathroom set up, largest shower I have had at sea, not possible with out splitting them. Loved room on 8th floor. Closer to public areas on decks 5-7. Also easy to get off ship on port days on deck 4. Read entire member review >>
Cabin 8209 was the very last cabin on the starboard side of the ship. It was quiet. The hallway area was quiet (I believe because we were so tucked away), but it was a LONG walk to walk to the front of the ship for breakfast! Good thing I power walk every day!!! If you have an aversion to exercise, don't book the very ends of this ship. Two things about our cabin worthy of mention: 1)the door didn't always shut tight. You had to check to make sure it was latched tight and clicked (even when it looked shut tight) to make sure your cabin was secure. 2) the layout of this cabin was such that I can't imagine two couples sharing a room or any adult sharing that you are not VERY close to. No problem for hubby and I, but we have cruised in the past with our kids, a niece, my sister, etc. and in those situations, this new bathroom concept would not work out very well. On this trip we traveled with friends (who had their own cabin), but on the nights that they came to our room to get us for dinner, they would step out into the hallway if we were not quite ready, since brushing your teeth or a quick application of lipstick could not be done discreetly behind a door. You can't let someone in if your partner is still in the shower, since the door is right next to the shower stall. Not a huge problem, just very different than the norm. I understand that most cabins on this ship have this new bathroom concept. Read entire member review >>
The design is terrible. Bathroom/shower sits in the living space. No privacy at all. The light situation was terrible. You had to use your key card to get lights for the room. When one person leaves and their key card is in the box, it is lights out for everyone else. In our opinion they really did a poor job designing the rooms. We did have a good amount of closet space for 3 people. Read entire member review >>
Design: Whoever designed the staterooms on the Epic and the keycard to have lights in the stateroom really should find a new profession. I would like to think most passengers are not exhibitionists even with their immediate family. The shower, toilet set up behind a curtain at the door entering the stateroom, who thought this up. The pull out bed was the couch that literally was smaller than a twin, curved and hard as a rock. In our room the couch/BED was situated beside the toilet so whoever slept there at nights had their head by the toilet. The keycard for lights how inconvenient! I would say there was a ton of closet space and I was amazed at how sound proof our stateroom was! Read entire member review >>
The washing/ toilet area was somewhat strange, with 1 on 1 side & the other opposite with the entrance area in between.
Balcony good but we had to daily clean up the cigarette ends & 1 day a cigar but. Read entire member review >>
- 8th deck cabin forward, port side, is very noisy from Bliss lounge below
- Balcony is open above and cigarette butts and other items thrown from the 5 decks above fall on the balcony
- Bed reading light is difficult to use and has a narrow beam
- Cabin is very narrow, with tiny closets and lavatory within
- Toilet flush is very noisy
- Bed is comfortable
- Light above lavatory is very weak. The switch is under the cabinet
- Wavy cabin wall leaves a gap between the wall and the bed and eat half of the sofa's space Read entire member review >>
Room 8208 (floor 8, Red side even)
Eugene was our friendly and helpful cabin staff member.
* Location: Far back end of the ship on the left hand side, 8th floor
* size ample for two people - would be a squeeze for any more
* Decent wardrobe space
* TV and remote
* Telephone (info on phone in Spanish)
* Different lighting in room which was great for different times of the day and mood setting - however, the blue lamp light switches and phone had to be manually covered at night for a darkened room
* Many areas for storage in the room
* Mini bar at a cost per item (obtain a key from cabin staff)
* Safe in room
* Balcony overlooking ocean/ports
* Surprisingly quiet considering we were informed by the travel agents that the engines are loud on the lower decks
* Breakfast arrived early twice in four days that we ordered it waking my partner and I up
* The room was made up and checked regularly
Overall we were pretty happy with our room. We paid $1300pp Read entire member review >>
We had a balcony cabin, with an unobstructed view. The cabin itself wasn't very large - but we had ample storage space. My suggestion would be to keep your cabin relatively clutter-free because of the size. If you're a somewhat messier person (like my husband is), I suggest you go for a mini suite which gives you a little more space. Also, note that the Epic has life boats on the side of the ship, almost the whole length of the ship. So, unless you get an aft facing cabin, forward facing cabin (not sure if there are any), or one of the first or last 2-3 cabins on the sides, your balcony view is going to be obstructed by the large life boats. We were in the 2nd to-last balcony in the back and had a beautiful view.
The shower/bathroom stalls in the cabins are cool, roomy and the glass doors give it an open-er feel. There's a curtain to close off the bathroom area for added privacy, if needed. The only negative point I have on the bathrooms is that the actual toilet is kind of weird. The toilet has a toilet seat, but the opening is enormous and feels like you're about to fall inside. It feels like the seat is up, even though it's actually down. It also has this crazy incredibly loud flush that feels like a bomb went off or something. Read entire member review >>
We had a Balcony stateroom on deck 8, which gave us easy access to the dining and entertainment on decks 5 - 7.
It contained all of the facilities we expected but the layout of the cabin was a bit cramped and the 'bathroom' setup was was very strange, with the sink in the bedroom and the shower and toilet cubicles separated by a curtain.
The balcony was more spacious than we've had before and necessary to prevent the room from feeling claustrophobic. Read entire member review >>
Great beds! Expansive storage, Wonderful views! If you need to book 2 balcony cabins,(and you don't need them to be next to each other)I would recommend booking one cabin on each of the ship (one port side and one on the starboard side) This way you can always have the very the balcony views no matter how the ship docks! We booked #8199 #8200. Read entire member review >>
Great innovative storage space. Nice small balcony, adequate for 2 chairs and small table and not too crazy about the toilet, shower and sink separage from each other.
At times, I felt like I was always stepping over my roommate in the room. Loved the coffee maker and the flat screen tv even if they did not offer many show options. Read entire member review >>
If you're going to get a cabin on deck 8, ours was a good choice. We didn't have a view obstructed by life boats like the ones to our left and we had a covered balcony (unlike some others). We were nervous about being toward the back of the ship but it wasn't loud and it wasn't rocky. In fact, we were close enough to the elevators and right below a bunch of the restaurants... so our room really worked out! Read entire member review >>
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