82 Norwegian Epic Entertainment Cruise Reviews

I love Norwegian Cruise line as their staff are so happy, friendly and helpful.The Epic is a large ship with so much to do to please all tastes. There are lots of dining options, bars,and numerous entertainment locations. Their shows are ... Read More
I love Norwegian Cruise line as their staff are so happy, friendly and helpful.The Epic is a large ship with so much to do to please all tastes. There are lots of dining options, bars,and numerous entertainment locations. Their shows are 1st class and the guest entertainment is very good and varied. I like the layout of the cabins on the Epic as there is so much storage space. Beds are extremely comfortable and having tea/coffee facilities in the cabin is a bonus. The standard and choice of food in the buffet is excellent and the meals in the two main dining rooms, Taste and Manhattan are well prepared, and presented. Embarkation/disembarkation flows smoothly and we prefer to walk off with our luggage at the end of the cruise. The system of being able to book shows and restaurants prior to the cruise is a great idea and saves time and queuing once on the ship. Additionally there are screens placed around the ship where you can book shows and dining options as well as from your state room. The dress code allows flexibility and the smart casual option is very popular. We tendered in to Cannes which was well organised without hassle and queues. I have now sailed with NCL on 4 occasions and am ready to book the next one! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Why Norwegian Epic - we chose the Norwegian Epic, as we found a package deal on it with one of the travel agents in Dublin. Both of us have been curious about cruise holidays in recent years, so figured this was a good way time to give it ... Read More
Why Norwegian Epic - we chose the Norwegian Epic, as we found a package deal on it with one of the travel agents in Dublin. Both of us have been curious about cruise holidays in recent years, so figured this was a good way time to give it a go! Check in and embarkation - very quick, dealing with courteous helpful staff along the way - very welcoming! We checked in our main luggage on arrival at the ship and just kept our hand luggage with us - keeping a pair of shorts and tshirt and swim wear had we felt like hitting the pool, was handy in the end as others had previously advised - our main luggage was at our room later that afternoon, not as late as we thought it would have been - good organisation on Norwegian's part! After emabarkation - we were able to use the pool area and bar and Courtyard/Garden Café buffet area as soon as we embarked on the ship. We grabbed lunch and a drink and chilled out in the Barcelona sun. The Daily paperwork which we were given on embarkation stated that the cabins are usually ready by about 1.30pm - we went with this time and decided to go check out our cabin (9246). Cabin (9246) - ready at 1.30pm (as we had read on the Daily) and our luggage was sitting outside the door awaiting us. We had selected an inside cabin as we felt we would not be in the room too often to gain full benefit from a balcony room or a cabin window. This was fine for the most part in the end - the only negative I found to the inside cabins was the lighting for applying make up etc. The darkness of the cabin in the mornings allowed for sleep in's where they were required (we're more the relaxing holiday type than the up early for sightseeing each day type). I survived though and don't think I scared too many away with my makeup in the end!!! :) The room size was fine with room under the bed to store empty suitcases once I had unpacked things into the considerably spacious storage in the room. The toilet was in a cubicle to the left as we walked in and there was a very spacious shower cubicle to the right - the shower I must say was great, brilliant power in it. There is a red curtain separating the entry door/toilet cubicle/shower cubicle area from the rest of the room which contains the wardrobe, other storage, sink, mirrors and bed. The bed consisted of two single beds pushed together but has to have been the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in on holiday! The room was always kept very clean and tidy by our cabin steward, Eva - not sure the same could be said for myself and my boyfriend!!! Food - we found the food in all areas good. I particularly loved the selection and quality of food in the Garden Café. My boyfriend was excited to try some of the deserts on offer here but wasn't that impressed by many of them in the end. I loved the whipped chocolate ice cream available in numerous parts of the Garden Café / Courtyard (outdoor area). We also tried other food areas as follows: Manhattan Dining Room - this was a nice setting, nice menu, however I think they try to go a little over the top. My pasta was a little on the lukewarm side and I wasn't overly impressed by the fish starter I got either. My boyfriend wasn't raving about the food afterwards either. However, we did enjoy the setting and the band playing in the background, and the service was pretty good. Taste Dining Room - the menu and setting here is quite like the Manhattan Dining Room. Again, we were not overly impressed but would still return for one night if we were on the ship again. The service here was a little on the slower side but they did seem very busy that night. And the waitress couldn't have apologised more for any delay. Spiegel Tent (for the Cirque Dreams show) - the three course meal we had here was lovely. The starter of bruschetta was nice, the steak was cooked perfectly and the selection of mini deserts was lovely also. Shangai Chinese - I loved this, almost moreso for the atmosphere in it. The food is good, although my boyfriend wasn't as fussed. Service is ok, not as friendly as some other parts but nothing to complain about either. This, I believe was a speciality restaurant in the past, but due to its popularity, is now complimentary. O'Sheehans - the food her was good. We ate here on two occasions, getting nachos, hot dogs, fish/chips. Nothing amazing, but perfectly edible. As this was 24/7, one of the nights my boyfriend stayed up later than myself, he decided to drop in and order a burger before finishing up for bed. The waiter took his order and came back with his pint of beer. A few minutes later, my boyfriend decided to go to the bathroom - when he returned his beer was gone and two women were sitting at his table. There was no sign of his burger. He spoke to the manager on duty about this who offered to put in a new order for a burger and get him another pint of beer but at this stage, he decided it was just bed time. Entertainment - we checked out the following: Cirque Dreams - this was amazing and combined with the three course meal included in the price, it is definitely worth the extra money! I am so glad we did this - it was probably the highlight of my week. The acrobats and acts have some skills and talent! Priscilla Queen of the Desert show - this was very disappointing. I had heard from friends at home that this was in Dublin before and was worth seeing - I am just glad we had not paid extra for this one! Epic Beatles - had heard lots about these and we managed to see them in the Cavern Bar towards the end of our week on the ship. They were very good but I think I had built my expectations a little too high. If you're keen on going to see these, be sure to be there to avail of a good seat at least an hour before they're due to play - this tiny little bar gets very busy! Spice H2O party nights - we went to the White Night party here, as well as the Fabba and Latin night - each of these were very good. This bar is at the back of the ship and you are at sea while they are on so best to bring a cardigan/little jacket. There also tends to be a bit of a toilet/pipes like smell at times there but it bothered my boyfriend more than me! Duelling Pianos act in Headliners - we only caught these on our very last night on the ship and were sorry we had to cut our night short there due to an early rise the next day to disembark. Benji in particular in this act is brilliant and very entertaining - definitely check this out! They can literally sing any song requested of them! Other musicians in bars inside - Shakers Martini Bar seemed to have good musicians playing at it and there was a guy playing guitar at Maltings Whiskey and Beer Bar that was good too. Overall service - we found that there weren't really many staff in particular that really stood out to us bar one in particular. Gede at the Cascades bar made the biggest impression on us, and just because of his polite, quiet but friendly manner. Whent the bar was quieter, he made more of an effort to come back to our side and chat to us - he knew when to leave us to ourselves and knew when to chat to us about our day, etc. We got on great with him and miss the chats! Disembarkation - this was super quick and very well organised also. Only negative point here is, we just did not want to leave the ship!!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Review of NCL Epic 25th September from Barcelona Early morning flight from Manchester to Barcelona and took the NCL transfer to the ship. Check in was very smooth and efficient and we were on the ship by 12 Noon. Headed straight to the ... Read More
Review of NCL Epic 25th September from Barcelona Early morning flight from Manchester to Barcelona and took the NCL transfer to the ship. Check in was very smooth and efficient and we were on the ship by 12 Noon. Headed straight to the Garden café on deck 15 which was very busy but not too much of a problem. After a leisurely lunch, we then w ent to find our B6 cabin, 11075 which was a large balcony. We were fully aware of the non-bathroom set up which personally was not a problem, but my Wife was less than impressed. She suggested that the designer should be sacked and that is probably why the Epic has no Sister ship. The balcony had 2 loungers, 2 chairs and 2 small tables which was fine. Went to explore the ship and remembered that the blue carpets were Starboard and the orange were Port. Same colours also on the lift buttons. With the ship full, it was obviously very busy, but never felt there was any problem. Dining Of the 7 nights we went to the Garden café buffet on 4 nights , twice to Taste and the last night to Manhattan. The buffet was good with plenty of choice and obviously if you liked a dish you could then go for seconds. We always looked for a suitable table first and one of us would sit whilst the other went for their food. The menus in the Taste and Manhattan are the same and very nice food with no need to pay for any supplements. There is always the standard steak and chips if nothing else takes your fancy. Excellent service from very attentive staff and well organised restaurants. We went every day to the Garden café for breakfast which was slightly tricky to find a table. Part of the problem is that 2 people would sit on a table designed for 6 or 8, and a lot of wasted space, as we prefer not to dine with strangers. Be prepare to wait for around 15-20 minutes if you wanted a freshly cooked omelette as this station was very popular, although you could walk round the back and find another station. Also went to outdoor area for lunches close to the Waves bar for a welcome beer. Ports Tuesday morning, we alighted and walked into Naples. A very busy city and trying to cross the roads was a real problem as the Italians simply do not stop even on designated crossings. Went for a coffee and trooped up via Toledo but not really much different than walking around your own town and not really much to see. After less than 2 hours, we were back on the ship and relaxed on the balcony. Wednesday morning docked at 6.00am in Civitavecchia on pier 12 Bis (N) and I was first off the ship and decided to walk all the way to the railway station and was on the train at 6.45am which was in the station. There was no sign of any shuttle at that time in the morning. My Wife decided not to bother with Rome, so I went alone. Off the train at Roma Ostiense and took the subway to Piramade for the 2 stops to the Colosseum. I had pre-booked my ticket and was there when the gates opened at 8.30am and straight inside. Took a few photographs and then headed for the Trevi fountain which were being cleaned and the fountains were not working. Walked then to Spanish steps and then to the Pantheon which was lovely inside. Quick walk to Piazza Navona and then headed across the river to Castel Sant 'Angelo and climbed to the top for a few more pics. Proceeded up the main street to the Vatican which was busy to say the least as it had been the weekly audience with the Pope. Past the security check but never made it into St Peters Square as at 11.15am, everybody was leaving and the police were blocking entry until 1.00pm. Headed to the station at Roma S. Pietro and back on the train at 12 Noon to Civitavecchia. No shuttle bus around at the station and so walked it all the way back to the ship. Thursday morning paid 5 Euros on the pier for a shuttle into Livorno to pick up a pre-booked coach by Tuscany Bus to Pisa which left at 10.00am. 2 hours in Pisa was long enough to see the Tower, Cathedral and the Baptistery. Bit of a trek from the car park to Miracle Square, going through a housing estate, over the railway line and trying to avoid all the African sellers of watches, sunglasses, etc. Friday took the 10.05am tender to Cannes which we had booked on the TV screen in the cabin. Had a lovely coffee in a harbour restaurant and decided to walk to the old town. Followed a sign which took us climbing a steep hill which ended up at a church and never really saw Le Suquet  . Headed back into the harbour and trooped along La Croisette looking at the very expensive shops before returning to the ship for lunch. Final day was Marseilles which saw rain for the first time. Found the green line when getting off the ship, went past the Seaman’s club and boarded the port free shuttle bus into Marseilles. NCL will charge you $15 for their shuttle. However, the rain was pretty bad so headed straight back to the ship. Entertainment Priscilla Queen of the desert was excellent. Found it interesting that they warned families that it was not suitable for children because of the course language and sexual innuendos, but nobody moved. Listened to Siglo in The Cavern who were a good rock band. Most evenings, sat around the Shakers cocktail bar and had a few Black Russians and Pina Coladas and listened to various piano players/singers. We had the UBP which was good to try various cocktails and not worry about the cost. Tried the Bliss lounge one evening which was karaoke night which was not our favourite and the atmosphere was flat. Overall A very relaxing cruise with good service from Orlando, our cabin steward. One comment about the general waiting staff around the Garden Café was that they did not appear to be enjoying their job, never smiling or trying to make conversation. The staff however in the MDR's were very friendly and helpful. Having previously sailed on the Pearl and the Jade, I would probably prefer these two Jewel class ships over the Epic. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We cruised on the Epic departing from Rome on Wednesday September 28th for 7 days of Epic FUN. After spending three days in Rome exploring the city we were ready for a little R & R on the ship. We arrived at the port at approximately ... Read More
We cruised on the Epic departing from Rome on Wednesday September 28th for 7 days of Epic FUN. After spending three days in Rome exploring the city we were ready for a little R & R on the ship. We arrived at the port at approximately 1:00pm and were met by David our concierge from the Haven. We were quickly checked in and made our way up to the Haven with an escort. After suggesting we grab a lunch in the Epic Lounge we were given a tour of Haven and the Posh Club and shown to our 2 bedroom family suite. The suite was huge and more than enough room for my wife and myself. We were offered this suite after contacting NCL up sale line and jumped at the opportunity. If you do get the chance to upgrade to the Haven do it, you won't regret it. From our cabin steward Jay to our butler Ahmad to the gentleman at the concierge desk and the servers in the Epic lounge we were treated like GOLD the whole week. Our favourite part of the Haven was the bar just outside the Epic Lounge and our favourite crew member was Diego the bartender. After meeting Diego the first night when my wife was not feeling well he always remembered my name and drink and had one ready for me when ever we went for drinks. Diego was a lot of fun and always stressed "happy thoughts" through out our trip, we can't say enough about him and NCL should be proud of this great employee. He is one of the reasons were already at looking a booking another cruise on the Epic. On days we stayed on the ship we enjoyed our time in the Posh Club, our bartender Nash and his crew were excellent and made speciality drinks for my wife and always made sure I had a nice cold Coors Light. We had pre-booked Priscilla Queen of the Desert and the Cirque Dreams show and were thrilled with both. I suggest also checking out the back up band in the Cavern Club, sorry I forget their name but they were excellent and played all types of music. The casino was a lot of fun and we ended up $400.00 ahead by the end of the trip. This was the first vacation that both my wife and I could have easily stayed a few extra days if we could have. We met lots of nice people from Canada, UK and the US and everyone seemed like they were having a great time. I can not find a fault with the ship, our suite or the crew and we are hoping this will be the first of many cruises with NCL and the EPIC. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Such a big ship......state rooms were really comfortable only thing being toilet had a glass door with a pattern in which was a bit embarrassing when a steward knocked at the door to inform you of something and one of you was in there.... ... Read More
Such a big ship......state rooms were really comfortable only thing being toilet had a glass door with a pattern in which was a bit embarrassing when a steward knocked at the door to inform you of something and one of you was in there.... The food and restaurants were fantastic. and as for the nightly entertainment it was superb - we had the Motown men......a magician who was excellent. A meal with something like Cirque du Soleil performing... a west end show - Priscilla queen of the Deserts and a dance troupe.....totally excellent. Embarkation and disembarkation went really smoothly and cases were waiting a the correct time. The staff were excellent - they all work so hard they are amazing.... Even if you did not want to get off the ship - there was so much to do on board every day. An amazing cruise experience which we cannot wait to do again... Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was my first cruise for pleasure - had previously been on the PO Oriana and Aurora for business and I have to say I much preferred the Epic. Went on this cruise with my sister. Fantastic ship, on this cruise we had an inside ... Read More
This was my first cruise for pleasure - had previously been on the PO Oriana and Aurora for business and I have to say I much preferred the Epic. Went on this cruise with my sister. Fantastic ship, on this cruise we had an inside cabin, it wasn't small but decor made it seem bit dull but we didn't spend to much time in the cabin. Loved the "casual cruising" style - no fixed dining room, set table or times for eating - eat where and when you pleased. We pre purchased 3 speciality meal deal and the choice of restaurants is fantastic we chose - Cagney's Steakhouse, the Teppanyaki and the French Bistro - on these nights we chose to get dressed for dinner and the food was second to none. In saying that the other restaurants on board were great with the Chinese restaurant being another of our favourites. We also had unlimited use of the Spa and this helped make our holiday was so relaxing. We also had the ultimate drinks package included in our holiday so had cocktails every night - wouldn't go on these cruises without this. The entertainment on this line is second to none we saw Priscilla Queen of the desert and dance show Burn the floor. We enjoyed the cruise so much we have booked again to go again June 2017 and have booked a cabin with a balcony this time. We didn't go on any of the excursions as we wanted the experience of the ship - plus we have already visited all the ports the ship visited. Would recommend this cruise line and especially the ship the Epic to everyone. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose this cruise because it was value for money and it was my wifes birhday and our wedding anniversary in the same week. Every day and night was an adventure.We went on all the shore tours at every port. Each one was perfectly timed ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was value for money and it was my wifes birhday and our wedding anniversary in the same week. Every day and night was an adventure.We went on all the shore tours at every port. Each one was perfectly timed and organised. The onboard entertainment was top shelf quality. I have reommended this cruise to so many people as an awesme experience. We went to Rome ,Mt Vesuvious, Piza, Barceona, Miorca, The pools were fantasic day and night. Our cabin was one on the port side and had a balcony so every time we docked we could watch the whole procedure.In the cabin we had a double bed and large tv also a sitting area. We met another couple and dined with them each evening in a different restaurant after having our pre coctails. Even though this cruise was such a fantstic experience I dont think I could go on it again because it would spoil the memoroble experience we had Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
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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