First time on NORWEIGN Cruise. Picked this particular cruise for its itinerary and ship. Some of the reviews weren’t very good. I was a bit worried about the size of the ship, but also very excited. We are a couple in our mid 60’s ... Read More
First time on NORWEIGN Cruise. Picked this particular cruise for its itinerary and ship. Some of the reviews weren’t very good. I was a bit worried about the size of the ship, but also very excited. We are a couple in our mid 60’s traveling with two other couples and one single.
Embarkation was smooth and painless. Went right away to the buffet and was delighted with the selection and cleanliness of the buffet. Food was really good. Then We went to check if our cabin (11th floor, mid ship balcony) was ready and it was. We found that having the bathroom divided into two sides, one being the potty and the other being the shower, was odd at first but not once was it inconvenient. Actually several times my hubby was showering and I was in the potty and it sped up our getting ready for dinner. There was SO much storage in the room, it was great. Every place you looked, there was more storage. We were able to keep our room neat And uncluttered for the whole week.
The bed was awesome. Very, very comfortable. Pillows were great.
Unlike other ships, our glass balcony outside was kept SO spotless during the whole cruise. In the past, I had to call housekeeping to come and wash the glass so we could see out when we were on the balcony. That was such a surprise and made such a difference to us being able to SIT and watch the world go by.
We got the adult beverage package and three nights in a specialty restaurant. Other cruisers on the website, complained about the lines and no staff walking around. We never found that. Always great service...never a line....drinks were great. Mudslides were FABULOUS.
One night, we ate in Cagneys Steak house. It was really delicious . We also ate in the Brazilian restaurant. It was just OK. Found the food very bland. And had to eat fast as The waitress was kind of hurrying us along.
The third specialty restaurant was during the CIRQUE show. You had no choice of menu. Salad, soup and then filet mignon and jumbo shrimp. The food was delicious, but the show was CRAZY WONDERFUL.....we were thrilled.
The other shows were good enough to be on broadway. Priscilla queen of the dessert was hilarious. We laughed so hard we cried. Stomp the floor was ok...the guys were bored.
The late night comedy shows were so funny....even the earlier, cleaner comedy shows were good. Howl at the Moon Piano Bar was a blast. Singing along, listening to the banter between the piano players was sooo funny. We loved watching movies outside. So much fun..
The casino took our money. But I’m sure it takes everyone’s money who plays, wins and then decided to give it back. Had lots of fun loosing. Penny slots were great.
Shoppes on board were about the same as every other cruise ship. High prices on jewelry, low prices on cigarettes and liquor.
Ports were..well..the same crap, different islands. My hubby bought a tee shirt that says just that! Couldn’t find any place with free wireless internet. Did eat lunch in Margaritavelle in Cozumel, as they promised free internet. I couldn’t even get on line. Someone else got on line, but couldn’t text or call..oh well...we got off the ports (we missed Norweigns Private Island)due to bad weather and high waves. Never felt the ship move..NOT ONCE. it was wonderful !! We also got reimbursed the port charges for that port on our account. I thought that was really great. Customer service was awesome. Helpful. Friendly. Knowledgeable.
My biggest fear was the crowds on board. Honestly the only time I felt crowded was upon leaving or boarding the ship on the ports. There was SO many elevators throughout the ship that we never waited more than two or three minutes. There was never a long line to be seated in the main dining room. And I guess I should mention that the food in the dining room was so delicious. Never a bad meal. Delicious soups, appetizers, main courses and sweet, delicious desserts.
The activity director kept things jumping all the time. There were so many different activities to do, whether in port or at sea. Lots of games, shows, demonstrations..all day. The music at night so great. So many choices, so little time.
Disembarkation was my only real complaint. It took us so long to get off the ship. People weren’t following directions being given over the speakers. So I guess I can’t blame the cruise line for people who just do their own thing and don’t take others into consideration .
While on board we tried several times to see the agent about booking a future cruise. But that line was LONG. So now I am doing just that on line.
So I can sum up our cruise in a few words: easy, relaxing, fun, serene, delicious, awesome, stress free, fattening, hilarious, sexy, and just treated like a king and queen.
Looking back on two cruises on Carnival, both we were disappointed in. We didn’t like anything about our one cruise on Celebrity. Royal Caribbean was great also. But no comparison to this cruise on NORWEIGN EPIC. The cabin was great. The ship was Gorgeous, Food was delicious, employees went above and beyond...bagels and lox every morning. What could be better??
FABULOUS SHIP. FABULOUS TIME. THANK YOU NORWEIGN EPIC... Read Less