With room for up to four guests, these Family Balcony Staterooms are great if you want to bring the kids. They feature two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and additional bedding to accommodate two more, in addition to the separate bathroom with shower and private balcony for the whole gang to enjoy the view.
Total people cruising:4
-family, all +18, all close to or over 6 foot.
We had originally run into a problem our first night on the cruise with this room. We had the option of two regular balcony rooms or a famil balcony, which we had thought meant a connecting room. This was not the case. The room had one bed, a small couch with a pillow they callled a "bed", and a hanging bed from the celing. All our family emmbers are very tall people, not one of us fit comfotably without hanging off of the couch or hanging bed. Though after talking to customer service the first night they gave us another balcony stateroom on the same floor for Free until "they could find us a larger stateroom that could accommodate all of us"!!!
As the days passed we were never offered the large stateroom that could accommodate all of us which was kind of disappointing. This trip was a graduation present for our two kids in an attempt to have a family vacation. It did feel a lot less together when our kids were a good 5 minute walk to the other end of the ship.
*Another thing to beware about is the bathrooms on this cruise ship in your room.The bathroom in our family balcony and the regular balcony had the same bathroom issue. When you first walk into the room you have a toilet directly on your right and a shower directly on your left, both have a see through sliding door for "privacy". The sink was by the tv in the "living room" and there was a curtain for privacy in your non existant bathroom. If someone was showering no one can walk out of the room or into the room unless you want to see someone on the toilet or in the shower. The whole thing was just very odd. Read entire member review >>
Lovely cabin, enough room for the 3 of us as we really only slept and showered there. It was perfectly adequate for us. Lots of storage space. The balcony was large and lovely to sit out on of an evening. The only thing I would suggest is to bring your own hairdryer as the in cabin one is a little weak. Read entire member review >>
Cabin was ok, plenty of storage for a family of 4. The beds were nice, no complaints from either the pullman or the couch occupants. The bathroom set up wasn't our favorite. We felt vibrations quite often due to being so far aft. The cabin was very quiet being under the spa. Read entire member review >>
Beware this cabin is adjacent to the Splash Academy and you will hear lots of children screaming and running around until late in the evening. Was not keen on the cabin set up, bathroom facilities offered no privacy and curved walls took up too much room. Easy access to deck 15. Read entire member review >>
Our cabin was 13001 forward (right beside the Bridge viewing room, which meant we had zero noise outside our room after 20:00 hrs). To get to the gym on 14 aft, you walk down the stairs and walk and walk and walk....that in itself was a great workout (there's also an outdoor jogging track on Deck 7). We chose 13 forward so we could just hop up 2 flights of stairs to the buffet, swimming pools, hot tubs, water park and ping pong. The gym is really well equipped.
The cabin is snug, but then I didn't expect something bigger. When you make your reservation through the NCL website, you are advised of the cabin's size, so it was no surprise. It is modern and airy. There is lots of storage space. We brought 4 carry on roller cases + 1 medium suitcase and they all fit under the bed. The bunk that comes out of the ceiling for my older boy cramps the space in front of the closet and access to the balcony, but we learned by then to make sure to take our our PJ's before they turned down the room. I also brought hanging clothespins to hang off the back bar of the 2 balcony chairs to dry laundry, which helped. Read entire member review >>
This cabin has an extra large balcony on the forward hump.
Great location. Quiet but near forward lifts/stairs
Very small cabin for 2 adults and 2 teenagers. Fine for 2 .Bed comfortable.
Hated bathroom set-up.
Wonderful cabin steward. Read entire member review >>
we travel to the USA a lot and are used to very large rooms and were a little worried about the size of the cabins.
But there was no need as they are so cleverly laid out with a shower and seperate toilet and a great bed, wardrobe and dressing table.
The only thing was that the hair dryer cuts out if you use it on full so just use the first setting and you will be fine. Read entire member review >>
The cabin was tight but very well organized ,no problems everything was good .
I must mention our steward name was John and he did a wonderful job of surprising my daughter every day with new animals made from towels !!!!!!!!!!! hats off John !!! Read entire member review >>
Standard size for this category. Our particular room had a slightly larger balcony due to it being on a transition from the bump out. The cabin was clean and made good use of space but the sink is very small and lighting could be a lot better. Also you can hear every noise from the toilet. We were right below the 15th deck with the deck chairs and you could hear staff cleaning them and moving them around at night, but usually not for long. Read entire member review >>
My husband and I shared a balcony room with our two kids (15&11) I was afraid that we would be really cramped for space but the lay out of the room worked well for us. There was lots of storage space to keep our things and our luggage slid under the bed so they were out of the way. My daughter slept in a bunk bed that folded out from the ceiling that our room steward laid out before bed and folded up in the morning. Our son slept on a sofa that doubled as a bed. Read entire member review >>
Cabins are still strange especially the bathroom situation. Last time we had a cabin with the bed closer to the balcony...I liked that better. It made the cabin feel roomier. Never met our room steward until day 3...and still never got his name. Read entire member review >>
While the main bed and the bunk were quite comfortable, the curved additional couch/bed was not. We enjoyed having the balcony; however the cabin felt cramped with a narrow aisle to negotiate. We would have liked to have had more drawer space for our clothes. The toilet-shower separation is ingenious. Read entire member review >>
We thought this room would be large enough considering we only planned to be in the room to sleep. There were 4 adults in this room and it was much too small. There was a queen sized bed in the middle with a pull down bed from the ceiling and a convertible pull out bed/couch. Although the curved design of the room was a nice change in design, it made moving through the room awkward, especially since there is little space for a walkway to start. When the pull-down bed was down, it was very awkward getting anything from the closets, although the closet doors do open with the bed down. There is plenty of storage space and the medicine cabinet was convenient, however, I recommend bringing smaller sized luggage. We had three large and one carry-on suitcases. Two of the large suitcases went under the larger bed and the other two fit into the closet. The balcony was a nice place to escape and is covered, although if you stick your head past the railing, you can see your neighbors (or they can see you). The curtain was convenient for the bathroom and shower and the frosted glass didn't bother us much. The toilet was loud on the flush, especially if someone is already sleeping, but there's little you can do about that. Read entire member review >>
Our cabin was okay. We didn't have sufficient air conditioning for the first two days, I tried to sleep on balcony but the guy in the room next door came out at 3am passing gas and smoking so I had to go back into the chamber where I climbed over people to get to my spot.
Far to small for 4 people. Worn. Balcony was a good size, it had a lounge chair. Windows on everything were dirty. Spotty
The peddlers in Jamaica & Cozumel were such a turn off my husband won't go again.
Bed was comfortable once they fixed the air thankfully! Read entire member review >>
Very Interesting Cabin with the bathroom set up .I did not have a problem with it but i can see why some would. One thing i did like about the cabin was all the closet space. Also like the large comfortable bed Read entire member review >>
The only issue with the cabin was that it is starting to show some wear and tear - carpet and shower and toilet doors. Occasionally there was a sewage smell from the toilet that was resolved with mutliple flushings - not sure is this was a water seal issue allowing gases to back up? The cabin is tight for a family of 4 but the balcony is huge and easily accommodates 4 chairs and 2 small tables. When the pullman is down it is a tight squeeze to access the balcony but it is only down at night so it is manageable. Read entire member review >>
The room is tiny, NOT FOR FAMILIES WITH LITTLE CHILDREN!! There is no room to move once the crib is set up. The location is good because you can walk up to the pool, buffet restaurants and kids club and not have to wait on the elevators (which are always full!) Read entire member review >>
The stateroom was very attractive and had lots of storage space. But, the layout was less than efficient. The shower was on one side upon entry and the toilet on the other side. No complaints about them. But it was next to impossible for two people to pass each other without one stepping into a space to let the other pass. The beds , instead of having the feet facing the door, were situated with the head against the wall and the foot in front of the sink. This configuration left a very narrow passage. The sofa was too big for the room. Our cousins in the same class of cabin had two children with them . When the couch was opened and the bunk bed was opened from the ceiling, one had to crawl over the couch and under the bunk to get to the balcony and closet. Not made for more that two people even though it's called a "family" balcony stateroom. Read entire member review >>
Our room was a family balcony. We originally booked just a balcony guarantee room, and were upgraded to a larger balcony because the fares for our departure date kept dropping. Our balcony was on a hump and therefore pretty big. We appreciated that the balconies were nonsmoking as past cruises before RCCL banned balcony smoking resulted in us not being able to use or enjoy our outdoor space due to our neighbors' fumes. The room itself was pretty tight. I mean that in both senses: it was cramped for two people to get around each other, and the decor was attractive. The rounded beds look very glamorous but in practice were a weird experience. They were extremely comfortable, but I couldn't sleep very close to the headboard if I wanted to keep my pillow in a rectangular shape, and therefore the highest point I could put my pillow resulted in my 5'4" body hanging off the end of the bed. For the record my 5'10" husband said he had no problem, but he mushes his pillows up every which-way and was not bothered by the loss of mattress space due to the curved shape of the headboard. The other issue I had with the bed was that, due to the curve at the foot, the bedding had to start at that furthest-out point, meaning the linens did not come up as high as a person might desire at bedtime. I realize my round-bed complaints sound a little ridiculous and petty, but, am I really the only person who notices these things? The room featured ample storage space. Just when I thought I had everything put away I found more drawers and hide-y holes where I could put more stuff! There were two poorly thought-out components of the storage though. First, the cupboard adjacent to the vanity mirror, which contains the safe, has a very large door that swings out quite far. If you forget to close it, there is absolutely no way through your stateroom without climbing over the bed. I hit my head several times on this. The other issue was, there is a full-length closet on one side of the wardrobe with two hanging bars, and a half-height closet on the other side of the wardrobe above three large doors. But, all of the hangers are the non-removable kind, meaning since they were all on the top bar of the full-length closet, there were none available to put on the lower bar on that side, or in the half-height closet above the drawers. It wasn't a big deal as I just got creative with my unpacking, but it was still infuriating to look at and wonder what people were thinking when they made design decisions for the closets. The bathroom setup worked mostly okay. You've probably read that the toilet and shower are in separate closets which can be blocked off from the rest of the stateroom by a curtain, and the sink is out in the room across from the rounded bed. This worked fine except during #2. We have been together a long time and we obviously know that we both have to do #2 sometimes ... I just don't want to hear or be heard during this process, and the bathroom closet does not have any noise blocking powers whatsoever. Therefore during these times if both were in the stateroom the non-toilet-closet occupant had to go out on the balcony to avoid listening, or else the toilet-user would have to leave and find a public bathroom. Okay, I probably sound ridiculous, but just think about whether this would matter for you to have a good vacation! The stateroom TVs are interactive, enabling you to reserve shows and restaurants from the comfort of your own bed. Read entire member review >>
13157/13159 adjoining: Under the kids rec center but not an issue. Never heard anything. Probably a plus, but we were midway between fore and aft stairs/elevators, probably limiting the walking traffic. Read entire member review >>
Very tight quarters for 4 persons of both genders. Lack of conventional privacy for shower and toilette make it difficult to use these while others are coming & going or while others are sleeping. Short walk to kids club & buffet...loong walk to gym! Read entire member review >>
Toilet and shower areas are not separated from cabin interior as others have described. Plenty of storage, but location of closets makes it necessary to climb across bed if cabin mate using sink or small dressing table area. Read entire member review >>
We had a balcony cabin midship on deck 8. The cabin design with curved walls and surfaces is visually stunning. The comfortable furnishings take up most of the space so traversing the cabin from doorway to balcony is a "one-lane" road in that someone has to step out of the way to get through some of the "choke points." Comments/concerns that have been expressed by others on previous posts about the bathroom/shower arrangements are valid. The toilet and shower are across from each other and each is a compartment enclosed by a translucent sliding door. There's little sound and visual separation between these areas and the main cabin. There's little to none powered ventilation in the toilet area and this can be a problem if you get my drift. The washbasin is in the main cabin area and this is convenient.
Lighting is good with both task-specific and general illumination. I especially like the individual reading lamps flanking the bed.
Storage space in the cabin is truly over-whelming. So over-whelming in fact that it wasn't until day 3 that we discovered the last of the hidden compartments. It's safe to assume that every surface is a door or drawer to pull open. I found it curious that there was a symbol to indicate where the lifejackets were and no helpful symbols to point the occupants to otherwise "secret" storage places of which there were many. In their defense I think they recognized this problem by having a "cheat-sheet" in the cabin that pointed out some, but not all, of the not so obvious locations that can be used for storage. I won't provide a "spoiler" for the next voyager so that the hunt for spaces remains one of the adventures of sailing the Epic.
The balcony was comfortable and worth the extra $$. Read entire member review >>
14069 Family Balcony B2
Great location to pools, buffet and elevator.
fairly quiet... a few mornings my husband said you could hear them shuffling chairs around on the pool deck, but I sleep with earplugs and couldn't hear a thing. My girls didn't either.
Very small room, but larger balcony then the staterooms next door.
Hated the bathroom setup, not practical if you have kids. Sink makes a mess and is too close to the bed.
No room to walk, especially after dinner when the bunk was pulled down. Read entire member review >>
We enjoyed our cabin because it was easy to go up one flight of stairs to the buffet and to the pool. We took the stairs down most of the time, but it is a long way from deck 5 to deck 14. The door between this room and 14079 does not stay open. It is very heavy and is difficult to prop open even with a suitcase. It must be a fire door. NCL would not unlock the partitions between the balconies, so do not count on this. The bathroom did not bother us. The bed was comfortable. You get used to moving around the smaller cabin. I thought it was cozy. Read entire member review >>
Cabin 13099 - Deck 13
The Epic's new 'curvy cabin' design concept is visually very appealling. The dark wooden cabinets are sleek. The overall ambience is airy and light. However, logistically in some areas it is hard to navigate 2-way traffic; the bottle necks were at the end of the bed, at one side of the bed (near toilet) and when the closet doors were open, it blocked the entrance to the Balcony. The toilet/shower and sink are housed seperately. The toilet and shower are enclosed by curvy opaque glass and yes, you can see the outlines of the user! There is a curtain for privacy, this does not dull any sound-effects. The basin being outside of any bathroom facility actually was fine.
On the plus-side, it was a nice comfortable cabin, the noise from neighbours was minimal and the soundproofing good. The location was not real close to the lifts, but not too far either.
Facilities in the cabin included shower gel and soap in the shower. There is also a line for drying wet clothes. The shower head was detachable and could be lowered - good for shorter people and kids. There was always plenty of hot water.
A safe is provided inside the wall cupboard. A coffee maker is provided. Lighting is excellent. Read entire member review >>
12072 - Nice size balcony but no lounge chairs which could have fit. Table, more like a stool, was way too small! Great location, few steps from stairs and elevators, no noise to speak of. Read entire member review >>
Very important for all who book a balcony cabin on the NCL Epic. Good thing I did my research on you tube prior to our cruise. I was originally in a balcony cabin on the 8th floor mid-ship. When I watched the video it showed how many cabins on deck 8 would have an obstructed view from the lifeboats on deck 7. Unlike most cruise ships where the lifeboats are tucked under a bit, these lifeboats protrude completely off the side of the ship. NCL does not consider it an obstructed view because you can look out to the horizon, but it is very much in your field of vision if you look down. I moved up to deck 12 and still found this annoying. I would have been very angry had I kept my original cabin on deck 8. Read entire member review >>
Cabin 10318. Large balcony.Great view.Balcony is surprisingly loud with the ship under way because of the straight drop to the water. Some engine shudder at times but not bad. Great port views because they back in every port. SMALL bed. Good steward. Read entire member review >>
Good size cabin but poor layout, with shower, toilet and sink all being the European style and separate from one another.
Nice cabin, but needs more space, as the end of the bed and the beginning of the closets are very close together. If one is on the couch, the other person can't go on the balcony without having the other person move their legs out of the way.
The balcony was wonderful and I enjoyed many pleasant hours reading out there. Read entire member review >>
The stateroom was much smaller than expected. We were really tight. They put in "2 cribs" in our room, only one fit (really a pack and play). The sofa can turn into a bed and you could ask for a bed rail, which worked out for our 2 year old. The balcony was really not a huge concern since the handle is purposely is made that the handle is moved up instead of down to prevent toddlers from opening it themselves. Additionally, there is a lock lever on the top which prevents any accidents. The toilet and the shower were separate. I think I liked this, or not sure if I did not care either way. The sink is in the stateroom in front of bed. Don't wash your mouth and then dress without shoes, you'll have wet socks. Read entire member review >>
The good things about the cabin itself:
* Tastefully decorated
* Bed was super comfortable (very wide, but short)
* TV was large (for a cruise ship)
* Enough storage for the 4 of us
The bad things about the cabin:
* Did not like the bathroom design (I think most are in agreement here), but not that big of a deal
* Cabin is way too narrow! We found it very difficult for us to walk around. This is what annoyed me most about the cabin. When the pullman bed was down, wow, was it hard to get around!
Now the BEST thing about this particular cabin - the balcony!! Just like the deck plans show, this is perhaps the largest balcony on the ship. We had 4 chairs in there, and I asked our room steward for a lounger, and they all fit nicely. It's very private too. One of the walls is completely solid (the larger, rear one). Now what I really liked about this balcony is how it is angled. This allows you to sit along the railing, toward the back and look completely forward towards the bridge. I LOVED this because I could feel the warm breeze on me while sitting there. I never thought that the angle of the balcony would be so great, but it was. I wish I had taken a picture showing this. Anyway, if you are booking a quad balcony cabin, this is the one you want! Read entire member review >>
We have been on many cruise ships on three different lines and have sailed NCL before. This ship by far has the worst lay-out (lots of broken up corridors) and the smallest cabins known to man. The Lilliputians would have trouble navigating such tiny staterooms. We had a family mini-suite with a balcony on deck 14. The cabin was long and narrow. With the hideaway bed down we could not move around at all. My husband had to take the kids out so I could shower and dress for dinner. Our cabin had one drawer, one small closet with no shelves and a few cubbies. There was tons of wasted space in the name of design. I am 5'5" and my feet hung off the edge of the bed. I have no idea what NCL was thinking. Other passengers that I spoke with had the same complaints. If you don't mind having a teeny tiny cabin, then this ship is for you. I recommend getting two cabins if you don't want to feel clausterphobic. Read entire member review >>
Very long walk to get to this cabin. You have to walk on the odd cabin side forward to get to the hallway that goes to the even side to get to your room. There is only one was in or out. Read entire member review >>
NCL's Epic is compromised SIGNIFICANTLY by poorly designed staterooms. With each new generation of cruise ships, we have come to expect
a little more space, and a little more luxury, but NCL has reversed this trend by attempting to squeeze the maximum number of staterooms into the
available space, and the result is a significant backward step in comfort and lifestyle. Instead of a dedicated bathroom in the stateroom, the toilet,
shower and sink are essentially situated in the room with you. This is constant challenge throughout the cruise, particularly at night when operations
must be conducted in total darkness if you wish to avoid waking your partner. The frosted glass doors of the shower and toilet offer little privacy,
although we didn't experience the reported "splashing" problems from our sink basin. Read entire member review >>
Connecting room door in the cabin meant that a whole section of drawers/hanging space was eliminated ... but still plenty of space.
Some 4AM noises from crew setting up the deck chairs above us.
Altho balcony was standard, it seemed deeper than normal.
Great location near Kids Crew & elevators. Read entire member review >>
Cabin 14097 is a Balcony cabin that can fit 4 people. There is a fourth bed that can be pull down from the ceiling. Also, has a door that can be opened if you book the room next to it. Because of this you loose some cabinet storage space. Balcony has an extended ceiling so you get to enjoy your balcony even when it's raining heavily. The drawback of this room is the master bed is towards to bathroom. So, walking in the room becomes to narrow. Also, room feels noisy in the night when lot of music is being played on Pool Deck. Read entire member review >>
My cabin was on the 13th floor # 13203. For me it was perfect location, as one floor up I had the SPA & the Gym. Two floors up on the 15th, we had the slides, SPICE H20, game room, pools.
The cabin is a normal size cabin. Very quiet
The bathroom I liked that the toilet was separate from the shower, and the sink outside is a great idea, simply that it was small and sometimes water splattered. I had a balcony which I loved just to sit outside and relax. Closet space was fine. I was able to put two carry on's inside of it. There were 3 drawers plus a full length closet as well. The only problem I see is if you take large suitcases then you will simply have to put it underneath the bed. Read entire member review >>
Plenty of storage,good lighting. Tricky to get used to as your key card goes into slot by the door. The curve design was a fresh change. balcony, good sized. Privacy curtain between shower and room. The sink is novel, but,got used to it. Climate control was great. Luggage fit under the bed without a problem. Frig in room, can ahve contents removedto avoid charges.
liked the reading lights on each side of the bed. The bed was comfortable, did not seem too short. Read entire member review >>
Nice balcony - view of water below - no lifeboats. Quiet - on dead end hall. Across from stewards work room but didn't bother us. Good storage, but tight squeeze for 2 adults, 2 kids. Noisy toilet/bathroom, but they all are on the Epic!! Read entire member review >>
Cabin was terrible. Location was excellent. Tiny closet, no shelves, two cubby shelves under the sofa bed, sink in the middle of the room...what were they thinking! Shower in front of door and bathroom as well. Horrible, horrible and this was the family cabin. No one could unpack, it was a disaster. This is not a cabin for more than two people. If traveling with kids choose two adjoining rooms and spend the extra money, you will not regret it. Believe me! Read entire member review >>
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