12 Norwegian Epic Cruise Reviews for Entertainment Cruises to Caribbean - All

Not even sure where to start for this review. Let's start with embarkation process, normal and not to bad. This ship had 4100 guests on it. By far more than anyone needs to deal with. Every restaurant we ate at was at least a 2 plus ... Read More
Not even sure where to start for this review. Let's start with embarkation process, normal and not to bad. This ship had 4100 guests on it. By far more than anyone needs to deal with. Every restaurant we ate at was at least a 2 plus hour dining experience. Once you received your food you never saw your waiter again. It took forever for them to take your order and then forever to receive your food and then you never saw staff again. I understand that with 4100 people there will be a wait with anything you do. Entertainment: The shows themselves were Excellent! Priscilla and Burn the Floor were absolutely amazing!! BUT no matter what you do on this cruise you HAVE to have reservations or you will most likely not be able to see it. The comedy shows we waited in line over 45 minutes PRIOR to the show and still only standing room only. The Room: We had a balcony. GORGEOUS views but the toilet and shower were literally surrounding the front door so if someone was showering you can't leave unless you expose the person in the shower. The disembarkation: a literal safety hazard. Took us over 2 hours to leave and we were all stuck in the stairwells. Terrible. Excursions: We felt rushed on everyone of the excursions. There were to many people and we were all kicking and pushing each other when trying to snorkel. Overall, I would try NCL again but never a cruise ship with this many people. Having to get to a comedy club an hour or more before it starts just to get a seat is ridiculous. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Overall, this was one of the more average cruises I have been on. Everything was clean and well kept and I had a lot of fun. However, I think I would have had fun no matter what as I went with a group of 8 friends. Below I will list ... Read More
Overall, this was one of the more average cruises I have been on. Everything was clean and well kept and I had a lot of fun. However, I think I would have had fun no matter what as I went with a group of 8 friends. Below I will list pros and cons: Pros: -Clean -Mostly friendly staff -Drinks were made well -Food was tasty and always cooked well -Entertainment was great -Freestyle dining option Cons: -Disembarkment was AWFUL!!! I could write an entirely negative review just for this process. It is the last thing I remember about my trip and makes me not want to go on this cruise line because of it. No one was being told where to go. We were told for "easy disembarkment" to go to the 6th floor with all of our luggage. It took 35 minutes just to get in an elevator. once we got to the 6th floor, we realized that was because the floor was so packed that people could not even exit the elevator. Everyone was in a cluster and had no idea which way to go. Families were getting separated because everyone was cramming in. The lines went from one end of the ship, to the other end, then back to the middle!! No one was around to explain where to go. If there had been an emergency, no one would have been able to get off the ship in a timely fashion. We arrived to the floor only 20 minutes after we were allowed to leave the ship and ended up waiting in line to leave for over an hour. -Great Stirrup Cay tender- was not told we had to schedule a tender boat to get from the ship to the Bahamas at our last stop until the day before, so our tender was not until 10:30. Because of the weather, we did not even get to the island until almost noon! I wish this information would have been made more clear at the beginning of the trip so we could have arrived at the island earlier. -BUSY! Ship was very busy all the time. People would arrive at 5am to the pool deck to save chairs and not come back to their chairs for hours. We arrived at the pool deck on at sea days no later than 7:30 am and we always had to sit at the outside dining chairs. We could hardly get into the pools because they were PACKED with children and the adult only area pool was tiny. - Only one dining issue at the noodle bar- we had 8 people and made a reservation for it. When we showed up, they put 6 together and 2 at their own table. We did a group trip to hang out as the group. They should have either informed us ahead of time about the seating, or sat us 4 and 4. It took 15 minutes of back and forth to even get the two sat right next to the larger table. All in all, decent trip and we made the best of all the cons. I will no longer be going on ships this large, however. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We chose this cruise after ten days of sub zero weather, and we wanted to try leaving from Port Canaveral. We live close to Worcester Ma airport and it has two flights to Florida dally on Jet Blue. We flew to Orlando in less and ... Read More
We chose this cruise after ten days of sub zero weather, and we wanted to try leaving from Port Canaveral. We live close to Worcester Ma airport and it has two flights to Florida dally on Jet Blue. We flew to Orlando in less and 2.5hours. We stayed at the Comfort Inn at the Airport. The room was more than expected, clean and comfortable. My sister booked last minute ,and the hotel was booked completely. They allowed her to stay on the pull out couch for no extra cost. The breakfast was the usual hotel buffet breakfast no fee. We used Cortrans Shuttle service for transport to the port. They were early and efficient for $40per person round trip for the one hour trip to the port EXCELLENT. Embarkation went without a hitch. This was our eighteenth cruise with NCL. We are Platinum-plus, and have never needed to call attention to that before. We had a small meet and greet, with only 5 officers available to speak with us. This was spring break for many being the week before Easter. Lots of kids. I really cannot remember any child really causing a problem. There were at least a hundred teens. This ship is designed for families. It is massive. .5,200 passengers. We were in room 11259 ma mini suite. The set up is strange. The noise of the toilet flushing in the middle of the night will wake your roommate unless they are very heavy sleepers. This room has its problems. We were without cold water for 3 days just luke warm until some turned on the cold some where else then to hot. Our room attendant Mede reported it 2 times. On the third day when I was scalded I call the Hotel Director. There was a plumber there within minutes. We were told they were waiting for a part. They also told us the problem was in the next room, and the people would not let them in. Guest services became involved. They fixed it on the fourth day, and we noticed the carpet was damp. Thought maybe Mede spilled the ice bucket, no need to make a fuss. Day five we came back to our room with big air movers. We were told there had been a problem with the tub next door, Day 6 it was wet again, but worse and it smelled like dead worms. Again with the air movers. By this time We are starting to get cranky. We went to print our boarding passes, and were unable to get in to the computers. Between myself and husband we have 120 min of computer time. In five tries we were only able to get in once for 5 minutes. We went to the service desk and were told the computer person was at a desk in the atrium. He was able to get in and print our passes. He told us he had to man the desk in the atrium while everyone was trying to print passes. We tried to book shows before we got on board, and apparently they did not take. The lines to book shows were ridiculous. We were only able to see one show The Legends which was excellent. We met many excellent crew members which all seem to love the ship. We met several crew we have sailed with in the past. They love being acknowledged for having sailed with in the past. In November we were on NCL Sun. I'm not sure if it was because of the size of the ship, or corporate decisions but we noticed changes. Sometimes it felt like we were on a complete different line. In the past during the week they would have supper (Roast Beef , Shrimp and Steak) in O Sheehan's random days, now only pub type food. There is no eating at any bar on the ship. If this had been the first cruise I had been on I might not have been so in love with cruising . I have come to the conclusion that we are not fans of the Mega ships. We have sailed on the Getaway and were comfortable. We found this ship to be very loud and confusing. There is no elevator stop on the 5th floor the atrium. You must go to the 6th floor the casino, and take the escalator down. The casino floor opens to the dining room, think of the noise in the casino going down to the dining room. The atrium opens to O Sheehan's so you hear all the programs they have on the big screen, towel folding, future cruising, etc. very loudly. At night without reservations there is not much to do. Two nights we found movies in Spice on the big screen. I must say there were no complaints with the food. We went to the Italian restaurant one night, the steak is excellent. Cagney's another night where they brought my sister a Birthday cake. Bar service was very good, loved the guys in the pool bar. In Jamaica we did the Martha Ray Bamboo river raft. I was not expecting to much, and was pleasantly surprised. It was beautiful and very relaxing. One of my favorites. In Grand Cayman we did the Atlantis sub because the snorkel was sold out. This was a little disappointing as I have snorkeled in Grand Cayman many times and love it. My personal favorite place to snorkel. We did not see very much except coral. We have done this in Pearl Harbor and the seats seem to be tighter together 2 people must share one window. On great Stirrup Cay we rented a clam shell which we hardly spent much time in. So much to see. When we got there in the am it was windy and the water felt cold. By the afternoon it seemed to warm up about the time we needed to head back. Water shoes were necessary in some areas. We did call the concierge for disembarkation, as we had an early flight, which was very quick and painless. Again we used Cortrans with perfect timing. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Went with a group. The ship was very nice and so was the staff. It just felt crowded all the time. Too many people on a ship that size. We have been on bigger ships and never felt crowded. No service at all in the buffet area. Bar service ... Read More
Went with a group. The ship was very nice and so was the staff. It just felt crowded all the time. Too many people on a ship that size. We have been on bigger ships and never felt crowded. No service at all in the buffet area. Bar service was very slow. Cabin service was great. Entertainment was fair. Best enterteainment was the Circus dinner and it cost extra. The Priscilla show was offensive to say the least. We are long time cruisers on othe lines. This was our first on Norwegian. The disembarkation was terrible and everyone was complaining. Never had this problem on 40+ cruises. We may try Norwegian again but on a different ship out of a different port and we live 45 minutes from Port Canaveral. I know cruise lines are cutting staff to reduce costs but it's becoming more apparent with each cruise. The bar service and dining room service was good but just not enough servers for that crowd. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Didn't like the food on the buffet. Everything had the same taste. Had to wait longer to get on boat, Shows where good though. Casino shut down alot, Elevators are unreal. You have to wait a long time to get on one. Most time passed ... Read More
Didn't like the food on the buffet. Everything had the same taste. Had to wait longer to get on boat, Shows where good though. Casino shut down alot, Elevators are unreal. You have to wait a long time to get on one. Most time passed our floor after we pushed botton .so we had to use stairs alot. We are senior so wasnt to happy about that. Like Carnival cruise way better. Food was better for sure. We only waited 1/2 to load. Got our suitcases sooner. Never waited more that a min. ofr a elevator. To many drunks on board. Shoulnt open bars till at least lunch time. Lot people dont drink and we get tried of all the drunks that early. My paper for my tip wasnt delivered till MIDDLE night or by 7 am morning we left. Then i got it up on tv. You already took it out. I would of never tipped.. At least on carnival you go to a computer and do it the night before yourself . Didn't hear the first day about fire alarm drill. seen everybody going somewhere when we ask where they said all boat was to meet. We never heard it then when we got there it was just over. Then next day we where given a time on our paper to be there at 11:00 am. We went to the island at 10:00 We where on vacation was ;not taking time from vacation to do a drill. Should of had that while we where all waiting to get our suitcases. and it should been on our beds and announced so we would of heard it. When in our rooms we couldn't hear any announcements. We didn't need reservation to see a show on our carnival cruise. It was first come first show. Not enough seat in th aluim place. We had to stand for all the shows. Even got there 1/2 early. Need more seating. Defiantly would go with Carnival next time. only second cruise we took but Carnival was way better. Other people thought same as us on many items above. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
we could never get a dining time at a reasonable hour...what's wrong with the way all the other cruise lines do it.. 2 seatings and you know your time and your table!! love it!! also the smoke is horrid on NCL..even the no smoking ... Read More
we could never get a dining time at a reasonable hour...what's wrong with the way all the other cruise lines do it.. 2 seatings and you know your time and your table!! love it!! also the smoke is horrid on NCL..even the no smoking areas of the casino smelled of smoke! a disgusting smell! i could even smell the smoke in the eating areas.. the food in o sheehan's was not very good and we never ate there again... we did enjoy your bartender allen in Maltings..although they served martinins in regular glasses!!! What?? there needs to be a railing in the theatre...the steps are too hard to walk up and down without a railing in the middle.. the entertainment was very good we enjoyed Burn the Floor and Pricilla, Queen of the Desert! also the circus show was delightful and the meal wonderful! i want to thank the staff for helping me as i was in a boot with a broken foot and they went above and beyond to help me!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We flew in the day before and enjoyed a lovely day in Cocoa Beach prior to the cruise. Our hotel overlooked the ocean and we could relax and enjoy a beach day before heading to the ship. On the recommendation of TripAdvisor, we went to ... Read More
We flew in the day before and enjoyed a lovely day in Cocoa Beach prior to the cruise. Our hotel overlooked the ocean and we could relax and enjoy a beach day before heading to the ship. On the recommendation of TripAdvisor, we went to Florida's Fresh Grill for dinner and it was by far the best dining experience of our vacation. Highly recommend! We have always liked sailing on the bigger ships and booked this cruise for it's Eastern itinerary and to try NCL for the first time. Unfortunately, due to the hurricanes last season, our trip got switched to Western. Obviously, this was done due to damage at ports, and we did get an extra port because of the change, but it is disappointing to pay for Eastern and get the less expensive Western for the same price. The ship itself was disappointing from first sight. It is very boxy and has none of the styling of previous ships we've been on. It looked like a giant floating hotel, rather than a ship. The layout was awful, from the weird bathroom arrangements to the lack of outdoor space on all but the top decks. Due to the amount of balcony cabins, there was no space on lower levels to get out and explore the ship. Only went on deck 7 once on the outside and there was no view (obstructed by lifeboats) and full of smokers. The casino is in the middle of deck 6 and open to below in Taste, one of the MDRs. There was no way to avoid the smoke and it permeated several areas surrounding it. Even some closed off bars nearby (the Cavern, O'Shean's) were smelling strongly of smoke. I heard many others complaining of this throughout the week. Due to the layouts of decks 5,6,and 7, it was difficult to go from one end to the other without getting cutoff by a dining room or the casino. The shops were also not that exciting, with one (the one with the booze and sundries) being completely separate from the others, making it harder to locate. We also found the deck layout tough. With so many passengers onboard, all looking to get some sun, the loungers were taken up by 8am by chair hogs and with half the deck dedicated to smokers, there really wasn't too many options. The dining was ok. Not great by any means, but hubby and I love cooking and found the food quite boring. It seemed that all the attention was given to the specialty dining so if you wanted a great meal, you had to pay. We have never felt the need to book a specialty restaurant - the MDR food has always been very good to excellent on each of our previous cruises. Three times hubby ordered the steak from the "every night available" side of the menu because there were no appealing options. I ordered the linguine with clams one night and it was really good with the pasta cooked perfectly. Hubby ordered the spaghetti carbonara the next night and it was so salty he could barely eat a few bites. The chicken cordon bleu was inedible, prime rib was awful, there was no lobster night (which has been offered on all of our other cruises), and desserts were boring. Highlights were the braised lamb shanks, steak, and french onion soup. We also had the Cirque Dreams dinner experience and the meal was a caprese salad with prosciutto, filet and garlic shrimp and a trio of desserts. Aside from the steak being a little too overcooked for my liking, it was very well done. The show, costumes and staff were amazing! Entertainment was the absolute highlight of the cruise. Everything was top notch. We saw Burn the Floor, Cirque Dreams, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, two comedians and the Epic Beatles. Book ahead of time for everything ( we booked before the cruise for what we could). Every show was sold out during the cruise with some standby seating. The only thing I missed that I would have liked was the Escape the High Top, an escape room type of event. We also enjoyed the Ice Bar just for the experience of it. Drinks were WAY too strong but it was a fun time. Service was friendly for the most part. The washy-washy-happy-happy girl spraying your hands with disinfectant at the buffet was always smiling, our room steward was nice and we had a clean room every day and towel animals most days. The entertainment staff were fun and lively. Bar service was slow but to be expected with the large amount of passengers on board. Bartenders were always friendly but I didn't have a "favourite" that I would recommend. We had only booked one shore excursion (the stingrays in Grand Cayman) and that was cancelled due to the waves. We ended up taking a shuttle to 7 mile beach instead. For Nassau, I researched ahead and planned a self guided walking tour which let us explore on our own. We enjoyed our day there and ended with a light lunch before heading back to the ship. In Falmouth, we stayed only in the secure area and shopped in the port before heading back to the beach. We paid half the price for my husband's watch than was quoted on board. The perfume I wanted was also $20 less in Falmouth than on the ship. We really enjoyed our day in Great Stirrup Cay. It was relaxing and sunny and we headed to the third beach area which was substantially less crowded than the other two. They are building towers to allow for zip lining in the future so there will be lots to do there when it is completed. There were plenty of loungers, and all cabanas and clamshells were sold out prior to our arrival so if that's what you're looking for, book early. People were parasailing, lounging on floaters, snorkeling and generally having a great time. Disembarkation was easy and quick. The lineup after we got our luggage looked huge but only took us about 10 minutes to get through. I would try NCL again but would NEVER want to try the Epic again. Even crew members at the NextCruise desk were quick to let us know that other ships had different layouts. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
The entertainment onboard the Epic is the BEST at sea!! Production shows, musician, and variety of entertainment are all amazing!!! The staff is also wonderful... very attentive, helpful and friendly. The ship's layout is very ... Read More
The entertainment onboard the Epic is the BEST at sea!! Production shows, musician, and variety of entertainment are all amazing!!! The staff is also wonderful... very attentive, helpful and friendly. The ship's layout is very poor. There is no mid-ship elevator... and either end elevator is missing at least one floor, meaning you frequently have to walk from one end of the ship to the other to take the elevator to your destination. For anyone with any difficulty walking the 1000+ feet length of the ship (as is the case with my mom), this ship is VERY difficult to navigate. Embarkment: Port Canaveral doesn't have any wheelchairs available until you've already gone through security (read: long line standing and waiting), and walked the length of the entire terminal and gone through your registration process... THEN you can get a wheelchair to board. Food: The only specialty restaurant we dinned at was Shanghai's... the service was great, the food was marginal at best. The buffet was loud, crowded, and food was average to poor. BUT... we ate MANY means in The Manhattan Club and O'Sheenahan's. Service in both of these restaurants was great and the food in Manhattan Club was spectacular!!! Plus they have live music, a dance floor and avery quiet/upscale atmosphere. Taste serves the exact same menu as Manhattan club, but is less formal. Taste is also much louder and we didn't enjoy it as much. The outdoor dinning was impossible to enjoy because there was always so much wind up there. One morning we ate there, and the wind blew the coffee out of the cup!!! Breakfast ANYWHERE on the ship is marginal at best, and basically is over at 9 or 9:30am. There is a large 'gab' mid-day when the only place to dine is O'Sheenahan's (but their food is great). Entertainment: DON'T MISS Burn The Floor!!! It is amazing!! Also the dueling pianos in Howl at the Moon were great!! Priscilla Queen of the Desert was a hoot, with amazing costumes, wigs, music, etc... but it is NOT for those who are easily offended. Cirque Dreams was a wonderful show, but the food was poor. Buy the standard ticket & skip the meal. DO try to take part in the activities in the atrium... game shows, dance lessons, singing contests, etc. At first I thought this was silly and didn't want to go... but once I DID, I wished I'd gone sooner! The staff makes these shows amazing! Plan on attending the "GLOW PARTY"... it is REALLY FUN!!! No matter your age, you'll find it a real trip. Also, this is the first ship I've been on that specifically made accommodations to help single travelers meet fellow passengers. Stateroom: We were in a Family Balcony Mini-suite. The room was quite large and has TONS of storage!! We put everything away and still had several empty cupboards!!! The bathroom wasn't as bad as I thought it might be... BUT our 'shower' was in a tub and it had a VERY high side (much higher than yours at home would). VERY difficult to get in and out of. The balcony was large but the chairs were in poor shape, and one was broke, plus only table there was a tiny little side table... not room to eat there. The hallways are a bit confusing, but what ship isn't? Some other thoughts: Additional charges: THIS was one of the real bug-a-boos on this cruise... I felt like I was being nickle and dimed to death!!!! The beauty of cruising is it's all inclusive... not with Norwegian! Even the "complementary" restaurants have menu items that require an 'up charge'. And of course, there are about half the restaurants that are specialty and require an additional charge. PLUS... if you want a Pepsi (they don't have Coke) anywhere, be prepared to pay! I hate the way they bill the gratuity, daily/per person on the bill. It makes your bill VERY lengthy and it felt like every time I looked at it it was another page long!! Many of the onboard 'activities' required an additional charge, and even the Cirque Dreams show (without the meal) requires an additional charge. AND... although they sell this as 'free style cruising'... you must make a reservation to do anything!!! I understand that with 4000+ people on the ship, but it really removes any option for being spontaneous. Also... there is no central atrium... no mid-ship elevator... and the elevators that are there, are totally enclosed and dark!!! When I saw the first one open, I felt like I was stepping into an elevator in Las Vegas in 1980! Overall the ship's entertainment and staff were AMAZING and in many ways made up for the defects of the ship itself. However I doubt I would take Epic again... the ship was too big and had too many people on board. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
After 5 cruises with NCL, this was the worst one. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't what we expect with NCL. THE GOOD: - The entertainment was the best of any of the cruises I have done with NCL or Royal Caribbean. - The ... Read More
After 5 cruises with NCL, this was the worst one. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't what we expect with NCL. THE GOOD: - The entertainment was the best of any of the cruises I have done with NCL or Royal Caribbean. - The ship is huge but they did a great job making it feel like a normal ship. - Bartenders are all nice and can make good drinks. - Posh is amazing - Water slides are fun - Casino was big THE OK: - My wife has a food allergy. Normally NCL is amazing with pre-orders, this time it was a little more of a challenge but she got her food in the end. - Casino table games start more than many vegas casinos -- Pai Gow $25 THE BAD: - Food is not as good as every other ship we have been on, even the specialty restaurants weren't as good as the Jewel class ships. Food service wasn't great. - The curve design of the rooms is annoying. I knew this going in but it does render the couch totally useless. - Pools suck, small and too warm - DJ from the Glow (white Hot) party wasn't good and the party was kinda lame Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We chose this ship because we wanted to go to Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. We flew into Orlando and took the Go Port Canaveral transfer package from airport/ to hotel/ to the ship/ to the airport. It was an easy process. It took ... Read More
We chose this ship because we wanted to go to Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. We flew into Orlando and took the Go Port Canaveral transfer package from airport/ to hotel/ to the ship/ to the airport. It was an easy process. It took about an hour to get from the hotel to the port. IMPORTANT TIP: To speed past much of the line, find the elevator. It drops you at the top of the stairs! At that point, it still took 45 minutes to get on the boat. So, any shortcut helps! We stayed in a mini suite on the 13 floor. This was a good location, as it was a short 2 floors up the stairs to the pool deck and buffet. The gym was up one deck. The room was very strange, as many reported. We adjusted without much problem. There was a lot of storage space and closet space. However, electric outlets were sparse. They were located under the cabinet opposite the bed. Not very convenient at all. Bring your own body wash and shampoo. They have some stinky herbal stuff that was short of disgusting. And lady's, there is no conditioner!!! Bring your own. Last year we were in a suite on the Dawn, and had some awesome Bvlgari products. This is our 3rd Norwegian cruise. This was our worst in terms of service. We had the drink package. It was hard to find a bartender that was attentive or not rude. No one smiled. They seemed annoyed to be there. We never experienced that on other ships. We were in Spice H20 most of the time during the day. Finding waiters was difficult, at best. We waived, yelled, etc.. to get their attention (when there was one to be seen). They would wave and then make their way after 5 minutes or so. Again, annoyed to be there and no smile or friendly words. The restaurants were OK. The menu never changed, so if you wanted variety, you needed to try another entre or go to a specialty restaurant. NOTE: We usually dress up for dinner and got great service in the Manhattan. However, we ate in Cagney's twice- both times the service was without a smile. The experience in Teppanyaki was good. It was entertaining. The food was just ok. I had steak. It was under seasoned. So was the rice. My wife had shrimp and scallops. The scallops were very fishy and seemed undercooked. The Garden Cafe was fine, however, many of the "American" dishes were far from tasting that way. I think they need to invest in an American cookbook, because American staples should look and taste accordingly. Pool Deck- get there early and reserve a spot, or you may find slim pickings on finding chairs- especially at Spice H20. We like being in the hot tubs. One day they were very hot, other days cool or luke warm. No consistency. Entertainment- I thought Norwegian was supposed to be "freestyle"? There were many venues that required reservations. Even tenders? We reserved the Burn the Floor show several months in advance. Upon boarding the ship, we had a letter in our cabin that said we were bumped, and rescheduled to another show (on the last night of the cruise). Not cool. Also, we paid for premium seats for the Cirque show and were seated upstairs. We didn't get what we paid for. The show was outstanding, but we got the bait and switch. The Epic Beatles were also very good, however, get there at least an hour early if you want a chance at getting to sit down. The bartender is not very friendly in there either. We got into the dueling piano bar, which was OK... I've seen better singers. We never were able to get tickets to Escape the Big Top. This ship is big and crowded. Tours- In Jamaica, we went to Dunn's River Falls plus the VIP Beach tour. This was a very good experience. In Cayman- we went shopping and went to a restaurant and had lobster tails for lunch. When we returned, we found many people who reserved tours had them canceled due to rough seas. We decided not to go to the private island. The tender reservation schedule just wasn't worth the hassle. We heard there wasn't much shade, the food wasn't very good and the beach was crowded. Glad we skipped it. Next time, we will be more selective to not book cruises with more than one tender. Gym- The gym had plenty of equipment and machines. However, there were no towels the first few days, which was annoying. Also, no attendants there. Maid- She was great, pleasant, smiling and very friendly! We tipped her extra! All together, we like Norwegian, but this trip just seemed like less service and less for our money. Maybe that's what you get with the bigger ships? We still had fun and made the best of it. It just wan't for us. So, we won't be cruising on the Epic again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Ship looked great from the outside a little unusual but we were excited to go, we had prioritie boarding and could not find any direction to use this perk, the lines were enormous we finally got on board and waited a while to get to our ... Read More
Ship looked great from the outside a little unusual but we were excited to go, we had prioritie boarding and could not find any direction to use this perk, the lines were enormous we finally got on board and waited a while to get to our cabin..here was a surprise a bathroom that wasn’t a bathroom! Neither my wife or I appreciated the European style of the room with the deconstructed bathroom and lame curtain dividing the bedroom from the toilet facilities. And for that reason alone we will be much more selective of the cabin layout, I certainly will not book on the Epic again, the Shows were fantastic. Entertaining,funny and worthy of Broadway... dining was its usual wonderful experience food taste and presentation were wonderful. The ports were also enjoyable I was surprised with Grand Cayman very nice! Been to Nassau enough not to get off the ship but my wife and her friend did go ashore. The private isle Great stirrup Cay was great. The weather was a little cool this time of year so if we cruise in the winter again it will be to ports a bit further south disembarkation was efficient and speedy it seems they were more anxious to get us off the ship than to allow us on Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We really enjoy NCL for its food service and shows, but this ship has squashed our positive feelings, let me explain. The ship holds 4000 plus passengers, mostly heavy drinkers and casino addicts on this cruise, but that was not the ... Read More
We really enjoy NCL for its food service and shows, but this ship has squashed our positive feelings, let me explain. The ship holds 4000 plus passengers, mostly heavy drinkers and casino addicts on this cruise, but that was not the problem. The design of the ship is not passenger friendly. Firstly the balcony cabins are small, with a huge uncomfortable to sit on sofa bed occupying much of the space in addition to the beds in this cramped space. The bathroom is another issue. On one side of the door to the cabin is a phone booth size shower stall, and the toilet is on the other side in a similar stall. The tiny sink is located about 6 feet away next to the closet in the cabin- and I mean tiny. More importantly there is not enough seating in the show room, or in the atrium area where many activity are held. These are simply nice chairs but there are not enough of them. Activities there attract a lot of guests, most of whom must stand. The cavern club where great music takes place holds less than 100 people- again very few chairs. The comedy club fails in the same way. We were also disgusted by their "dueling Pianos" that for one show featured two improvising drunks begging for drinks or tips, or in the second show a screetching girl player and the worse drunk.Crowded, but not for long. There was a lack of band music to dance to, and the large Bliss lounge was underused, mostly saved for drunken karaoke singers. If you do not buy the drink package be prepared to pay 9 dollars for a beer, and 12 for a mixed drink. They will not allow you to bring on board a bottle of wine, or bottled water- 3bucks to buy it there. This ship is a real negative for NCL, so avoid it. I have been on 30 plus cruises- I know a dog when I see it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Norwegian Epic Ratings
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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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