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

We had sailed on Royal Caribbean both times in the past and absolutely loved it- in particular the Oasis. We did upgrade to the Haven and that was fabulous. I'm not sure if we would have liked it as much, had we not upgraded. The ... Read More
We had sailed on Royal Caribbean both times in the past and absolutely loved it- in particular the Oasis. We did upgrade to the Haven and that was fabulous. I'm not sure if we would have liked it as much, had we not upgraded. The customer service in the Haven was excellent! I would do it again in a heartbeat. We ate breakfast in the Haven each morning- tried the general buffet once, but we were not impressed. The specialty restaurants were excellent - particularly the French Bistro. The Haven also had a private sun deck which we loved- it was only for adults so it was quiet and relaxing. We love the bigger boats with more options. We were not too fond of the smoke in the casino which was actually everywhere on that floor. Norwegian's private island was awesome- it was very clean and they put on a lovely lunch. Looking forward to trying out one of their other large boats sometime! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Wow, what a great cruise! I sailed with my wife, 16-year-old daughter, her best friend and another couple in a total of 3 cabins. We embarked on March 24th and arrived back at Port Canaveral this morning a very tired group. Embarkation was ... Read More
Wow, what a great cruise! I sailed with my wife, 16-year-old daughter, her best friend and another couple in a total of 3 cabins. We embarked on March 24th and arrived back at Port Canaveral this morning a very tired group. Embarkation was very quick. We arrived at10:30, spent about 10 minutes getting our sea cards and the rest of the time waiting for our group to be called at 11:30. Overall, the food on the ship was fabulous. Our favorite meals were at La Bistro and Shanghai’s. Cagney’s was pretty good, but I don’t understand all of the hype I have been reading. The restaurant itself was amazing, but the food was about a 7 out 10. I got the porterhouse and my wife got the filet which were both about the quality you might get at outback. O’Sheehan’s was a very cool place to be as far as atmosphere, but the food was definitely on the lesser side of our favorites. They seem to have a bad habit of bringing out cold food that would probably be very good if it were hot. Service was also very hit or miss, mostly miss. We ate at Cirque Dreams and had a very nice meal here, especially considering it being “show food” and coming out all at once for the entire restaurant. The show itself was amazing. The food on all of the buffets was always fresh and very tasty. We also had a sushi snack at Wasabi’s and was very impressed. Entertainment on the ship was some of the better we have ever seen. All of the theatre shows were worth seeing. We became groupies of “Siglo” who plays everything from contemporary rock to classic rock and are spot on with all of the songs they sing. Unfortunately, this was there farewell week on the Epic and they are on a plane right now to Germany to become the headliner on the Bliss. I would book my next cruise just to see these guys, they were that good. The band even helped me with a customized souvenir by autographing a broken bass drum. Epic Beatles is definitely worth seeing as is Howl at the Moon. We did not do the comedy club, but I heard it was great. During sea days, the pool is VERY busy and the Epic does not have a lot of hidden areas like you see on many cruise ships to get away from the crowd. I was told when we checked in at the port that our sailing had the second most number of passengers ever, so that did not help the crowd issue. The pool bars do become very busy but if you tip the bartenders and the waiters bringing drinks, they will definitely pay you more attention. If we sail again on the Epic, we’ll most likely upgrade to the Haven to be guaranteed a place to get away from the crowd. Our 16 year olds were not impressed with the teen club. That being said, all of the younger teens we spoke with loved it. Ours are just the age where they want to meet new people and "hang out", which was mostly done by the pool. The feedback from both of them was an awesome cruise. Overall, We really liked the Epic and would sail again. If you have specific questions, comment below and I’ll do my best to answer them. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Beautiful ship. Clean, shiny common areas with comfortable seating. Plenty of bars, restaurants and shopping. Could use more seating in the atrium since they hold many popular events here like trivia, Deal or No Deal and the crew ... Read More
Beautiful ship. Clean, shiny common areas with comfortable seating. Plenty of bars, restaurants and shopping. Could use more seating in the atrium since they hold many popular events here like trivia, Deal or No Deal and the crew talent show (go, Crystal!) I was very surprised to find only two smallish pools, especially for a 4k passenger ship. Plenty of loungers except that the practice of "reserving" them is all too common and allowed when the people claiming them are nowhere in the area, so despite the abundance of loungers, none are ever available. Food was delicious on the buffet, restaurants and Cagney's. The Cirque show is excellent - Go! Our balcony cabin had TONS of very useful storage. More than we could use. Bed is comfy but short (feet hang off the end). Staff and crew were friendly and helpful. Our shower was dismantled on the last day because of a leak. Communication there could have been handled better. Nice cruise but not my choice for a repeat. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
So a good friend invited me 2 join him on then epic 2 Nassau & Jamaica & the cayman island 4 the 7 day cruise we had a very nice balcony suite but I think the best was all the wonderful mixed drinks they served pool side they were ... Read More
So a good friend invited me 2 join him on then epic 2 Nassau & Jamaica & the cayman island 4 the 7 day cruise we had a very nice balcony suite but I think the best was all the wonderful mixed drinks they served pool side they were all very good especially the mojitos & mud slides so glad we got the drink package haha there was lots of things to do I had a couple spa treatments be careful if u do any of those cuz they really do push the up sales I did end up gettin sum skin care stuff that I really love haven’t checked 2 c how much cheaper I can get it off the boat yet cuz im sure I paid way 2 much haha we did a few excursions in Jamaica we did the blue lagoon in the cayman island we did turtle turtle turtle & more turtle which I love very much being a big time turtle lover but I think the Cayman Islands was my favorite stop we had a awesome tore guide how taught us a lot of the history of the island he was a nice treat on the ship the food was great & the shows weren’t nothing 2 right home about but they where intertanning 4 the most part I recommend making ur dinner reservations atleast by the nite b4 if u can otherwise the buffet is a great fall back & I guess lastly the ship was nice & clean & well maintained & all the crew was nice & friendly over I give the epic a A Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
This was the largest ship I had been on. There were alot of people and the elevators could not keep up with it. We waited for endless minutes for the elevators and then when they hit our deck, there was no room for another person. ... Read More
This was the largest ship I had been on. There were alot of people and the elevators could not keep up with it. We waited for endless minutes for the elevators and then when they hit our deck, there was no room for another person. Usually would do the stairs but was traveling with family member that could not do the stairs. Cabin stewart was very friendly but not very attentive. Had to beg to have towel animals on our bed (c'mon thats the excitement of the cabin) forget to give us fresh bath towels and didnt take our plates and cups that were empty in the room. The food was very good. The speciality restaurants were outstanding....definetely try Moderno and Cucina. Cant say enough about the entertainment. The Epic Beatles......WOW! the Cirque Dreams Epicurean was outstanding....Acoustic sessions with Ben....WONDERFUL! all of the islands visited were amazing....nothing to compares to Great Stirrup Cay private island, it was a beautiful day and not a care in the world. Just a few small complaints, but overall enjoyed the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Not happy with the miscommunication regarding the non-alcoholic wine. Had the beverage package and still had to pay $24 for a bottle of non-alcoholic wine, yet my husband had red wine by the glass for no charge. Do not see the logic in ... Read More
Not happy with the miscommunication regarding the non-alcoholic wine. Had the beverage package and still had to pay $24 for a bottle of non-alcoholic wine, yet my husband had red wine by the glass for no charge. Do not see the logic in this. Non-alcoholic was was only available in restaurants, not in bar/lounge/pool areas. Should be sold by the glass just like regular wine was. Made the call to Norwegian prior to our sail time to ask if there was non-alcoholic available, we were told yes, but not communicated that there would be a cost above the beverage package. The overall service, especially in the specialty restaurants was over and above. Disappointed in the O'Sheanan's pub, service was slow and mediocre. The cruise director and assistant cruise director made the overall experience extremely enjoyable. Our room stewart (Nayan) knew our names from the first time we introduced ourselves. He was very professional, friendly and helpful. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. We travelled with a big group and planned ahead for excursions and shows and dining and everything went smoothly. We were all very disappointed that our stay in St. Thomas was so ... Read More
The embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. We travelled with a big group and planned ahead for excursions and shows and dining and everything went smoothly. We were all very disappointed that our stay in St. Thomas was so short. We had to be back on the boat at 2PM which left very little time to sightsee and shop. I would not recommend this cruise simply for that reason. Dining was great; loved the freestyle dining! There were plenty of activities and shopping and entertainment on the boat itself. A number of us bought a weekly pass to the spa. The hydrotherapy and hot tub, heated lounge chairs, sauna and aromatherapy showers were amazing! You can get massages, facials, etc. also We used it every day and would highly recommend it. The fitness center had all the latest equipment and a great view of the sea along with classes and seminars. Loved it! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The port canaveral operation needs a manager to organize their operation. Right now it is a mess. Taxis & shuttles lined up to pay entry fees. Very poor oversight, I'd fire someone. The cruise lines should demand improvement ... Read More
The port canaveral operation needs a manager to organize their operation. Right now it is a mess. Taxis & shuttles lined up to pay entry fees. Very poor oversight, I'd fire someone. The cruise lines should demand improvement right now. Once in NCL'S domaine, at pier 10, all went smooth & easy. Not a pretty ship. To me it looks like a barge with a hotel stuck on top. Well maintained, smart, clean interior decor. Smiling staff who are doing their very best, which is more than I could do considering some of the nasty people, "guests", they have to put up with. 4000 polite, normal guests, & a few mouthy morons who expect everything but are impolite, loud, cheap, ignorant slobs who demand something for nothing. This ship has the best entertainment afloat. Every venue offers top notch, quality performances. We really enjoyed the shows & the bands. All venues were filled to capacity & really rocked. 60, 70, & 80 year olds just mov'n & a shake'n. EPIC BEATTLES!, piano bar, Broadway shows, & Cirque! Something for everyone, really enjoyed every offering. After the dull 27 days aboard a HAL ship, this was a very welcome change. I don't know how anyone wouldn't rave about the food aboard NCL ships. They always seem to pay particular attention to PRESENTATION. Everything looks good. Every offering tasted good to me, but, I especially enjoyed the Dover Sole. Best I've evere had. Steaks were done as requested. I have a reaction to MSG & so I worry when I find beef served up especially tender...no problems with NCL...I love it. To each their own...NCL suits me. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Sure, I had some gripes about the cruise. Who wouldn't? But overall I was very pleased with the experience. This was the first experience on Norwegian for the wife and I. We found it to be very good in most areas we consider ... Read More
Sure, I had some gripes about the cruise. Who wouldn't? But overall I was very pleased with the experience. This was the first experience on Norwegian for the wife and I. We found it to be very good in most areas we consider important: Entertainment, Dining, Gambling, Activities, Relaxation and multiple options at any given time. THE GOOD The ship offers so much to do, particularly with flexible included dining options. It's nice to have both a buffet and numerous, non-premium restaurant options. I love the noodle bar best and I highly recommend sitting at the counter. ENTERTAINMENT Wow! What impressive options. Two big shows, a cirque show, multiple bands and "street performers." Burn the Floor is an incredible dancing show. Everything from ballroom dance to the foxtrot and beyond. Amazing footwork. Kylie from South Africa steals the show. Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a cute Broadway-style adaptation with good production value, although the show's appeal is somewhat limited. Cirque Dreams dinner show. While an additional charge - Wow! Epic Beatles - great, no awesome tribute band. John is spot-on. Siglo - another awesome band. The Manhattan band - We tried to sit through two of their performances but the singing was just too off-key. Degas - He did a Neil Diamond set and other great appearances. A re-creation of Liverpool's Cavern Club was a great venue for the Beatles. And the main theaters fit their performances well, too. DINING We mostly stuck to the buffet, which was nice. However, we were dismayed by frequently being turned away from various restaurants and service counters because they were preparing to close for extended periods throughout the day. We would always seem to approach them at that time. In fact, during certain hours, there were only one or two limited dining options open on the entire vessel. You would think at least the buffet would maintain some level of continuous service. ACTIVITIES The water park is great fun. RELAXATION The thermal spa is to die for! Not only is it huge, it offers everything you'd expect from a spa and more. Saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzis, waterfalls, and bubbles!!! The staff's aggressiveness, however, reflects the overall feeling onboard that every crew member has a sales quota. THE BAD Although we found a few diamonds in the rough, the overall level of service was not world-class by any means. A bit of snootiness here, indifference there and it all adds up. THE UGLY The toilets are awful, and since you'll probably be using them now and then, you'll certainly notice. Super-thin seats that make you feel like you're sitting on the bowl rim. Cheap, one-ply tissue. Ugh! The TV is almost as bad. No football games during one of the biggest weeks of the season. Just European soccer, and lots of it. I'd understand if the ship was servicing European travelers, but this is out of Florida! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Overall the cruise was great, compared to others we found more activities and lots more to do mostly in the evenings. The evening shows like newlywed not so newlywed, the perfect couple, celebrity dance off, cirque de soliel, burn the ... Read More
Overall the cruise was great, compared to others we found more activities and lots more to do mostly in the evenings. The evening shows like newlywed not so newlywed, the perfect couple, celebrity dance off, cirque de soliel, burn the floor, comedians were amazing. I didn't care for the Pricilla Queen show, waste of time. The check in was a disaster took hours no clear signs or staff around to guide people, messy. The daytime activities even on sea days were lacking, I saw past schedules from people you recently went on other Norweigan ships- they had more interesting things like cupcake decorating class, interactive cooking demos... we didn't have much of that more like bingo and some poolside contests, the fun stuff like wine and chocolate was an additional cost, we pay enough for the cruise there should not be an extra cost. The cruise director Scott and assistant cruise director she was british were very friendly, smiling always and they made the ship more fun. There was options for everyone for food, however we did ask for a special diet menu and a few nights were very disappointed, one they made a huge error and brought us shrimp in our pasta we saw it and sent it back as strict religious vegetarians, next clean plate as we started eating we found another shrimp hidden, we were disgusted. I called the executive chef. At Thanksgiving dinner we were just given a potato cake with spinach it wasn't enough food and the apps were always salad which consisted of few pieces of lettuce, onions and few cucumbers, surely you can do better than that with a salad, we indicated we ate dairy so goat cheese and beets or candied walnuts something more original especially on thanksgiving would have been nice. I think there were too many people so the service lacked a little especially since on every other cruise I have been on they went above and beyond with our special diet to make us amazing tasty filling dishes, here we were more of an after thought. they need more adult pools and kids should not be allows in hot tubs, one day they put bubble bath in the hot tubs and made a mess, the kids stayed in the hot tubs for hours, this should be for adults only. the H2o pool was so small, need bigger adult pool, rock climbing was closed everyday when I checked. The tender boats in Bahamas were also a big issue and we had to wait hours to get to the island. The pros: activities and most shows were good, princess was so bad in this aspect. Kunal our service at the taste restaurants was excellent. Rayz the maître de was good he definitely made an effort. Praveen the chef did come to our table to apologize for the shrimp incident, the executive chef also apologized which was nice of them. Cruise director and assistant cruise director were excellent at entertaining people. Most staff were friendly. and the washy washy ladies were very nice. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Norwegian Epic Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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