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392 Norwegian (NCL) Port Canaveral (Orlando) Cruise Reviews

We had a great cabin in the stern of the ship on deck 9. Having never cruised before we did not know what to except and were surprised by what we found. Great entertainment, many excellent dining options, very good service, and helpful ... Read More
We had a great cabin in the stern of the ship on deck 9. Having never cruised before we did not know what to except and were surprised by what we found. Great entertainment, many excellent dining options, very good service, and helpful staff. The buffet went on forever. The general layout of the ship is interesting in that one had to travel from one area of the ship to another to get from one deck to another. Ex: at our end of the ship the elevators did not go to deck 5 and deck 5 is where most of the customer services are located. We had to go down to deck 6 then travel to the forward elevator to get to deck 5. However, once we got things figured out everything worked well. The entertainment on the EPIC is outstanding. Broadway entertainment at its best. Good comedy shows and lots to do. We'd go back just to see the shows. Shore excursions were varied and interesting. Jamaica is not a stop I would do again. Just don't feel safe. Grand Cayman is excellent and the island is friendly, we felt safe enough to travel around on our own. The Turtle, Turtle farm was a surprise as it had much there then we thought at first. Cozumel, Mexico was interesting. We chose to shop and not do an excursion. There are lots of interesting shops, most have hustlers on the narrow side walks trying to get you into their shops. Every shop tracks which cruise ship you came from. Overall, we will cruise again with Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
After being out of the NAVY for 20 years, I never realized how much I missed being on a boat. The crew of the Epic were just that Epic. They were very friendly and it was nice to see the attention to detail that was taken to make sure I ... Read More
After being out of the NAVY for 20 years, I never realized how much I missed being on a boat. The crew of the Epic were just that Epic. They were very friendly and it was nice to see the attention to detail that was taken to make sure I was happy with my cruise. Especially all the animals that were left in my room at the end of the day. The experience at Cagney's and Moderno were exactly as I had expected. The dinner at La Bistro though, while the food was good, my experience regarding the service was mediocre at best. There was plenty to do when it came to the solo cruise co-ordinator as well. This cruise has made me decide to already start planning for another cruise. This might have to become my new standard vacation style. Jinqi (my cabin stuardess) was the BEST. Thank you all at Norwegian Cruise Lines for a wonderful experience and vacation. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Our daughter has cruised this ship before and liked it. Liked the restaurants and entertainment. Did not like the smoky casino. Also, the elevator nearest us did not go to 5th floor. This was a major inconvenience. Would like to try ... Read More
Our daughter has cruised this ship before and liked it. Liked the restaurants and entertainment. Did not like the smoky casino. Also, the elevator nearest us did not go to 5th floor. This was a major inconvenience. Would like to try another ship out of Port Canaveral. Shore excursion folks could not help us in determining if excursions would accept a disabled person. Guest services did not know about access on shore excursions. This disability office did not help either. After docking at Cozumel we discovered we could have done an excursion after all. Visited the spa services of acupuncture and massage/mini facial. Appreciated the special prices on port day. We saw the Newlywed Game, Cirqe, Priscilla: Queen of the desert, Burn the floor and musician/illusionist. Enjoyed all of them. Liked the evening music by Ben. Major complaint was the casino. It smells so bad and and makes the other floors smell, too. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We got a great deal to go on this cruise including a mini suite, unlimited beverage package, 3 dinner dining package, shore excursion discounts, and internet package. I wanted to cruise on the Epic to experience the ship. We are Diamond ... Read More
We got a great deal to go on this cruise including a mini suite, unlimited beverage package, 3 dinner dining package, shore excursion discounts, and internet package. I wanted to cruise on the Epic to experience the ship. We are Diamond plus on Royal, so we have something to compare to. In general, the crew was more friendly and willing to help; overall, the food was better; the beverage package is great, anything under $15 is free, anytime, any day; the shows were very good, the dinner service was better, except one night in the Manhattan dining room; the room had more storage than we needed; and the overall cleanliness and condition of the ship was excellent. We have cruised Norwegian in the past, and will cruise with them more in the future. Looking to take the Breakaway out of New Orleans next. Embarkation and disembarkation were easy and fast. So, in comparison to our last cruise on Liberty of the Seas, this was superior across the board. The only advice I have is to make dinner and show reservations the first day, however, we also found that we got to see everything we wanted, or eat where we wanted even without a reservation in all cases, as there was always room for standbys and walk-ups. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Embarkation was lengthy but the energy around was happy so it was fine. Debarkation was a breeze. We walked off with our bags in no time. The stateroom definitely was interesting. We were in a large balcony stateroom and the ... Read More
Embarkation was lengthy but the energy around was happy so it was fine. Debarkation was a breeze. We walked off with our bags in no time. The stateroom definitely was interesting. We were in a large balcony stateroom and the balcony was great. The bathroom was something to get used to but we brought two posters and taped them to the door. It was fine. Plenty of storage. We did three specialty dinners. Maderno, Cagney’s, and Tappyanik. It was very enjoyable and a great experience. We loved all three. The atmosphere was very pleasant and the food very tasty. The entertainment was fun and plentiful. We saw “Burn the Floor” and “Pricilla Queen of the Dessert” and they were absolutely wonderful. They are very talented performers. They both are a must see. They have a venue called “the Cavern” where they have there Epic Beatles play. That was our highlight. They were great. You have to get there over an hour early and you would be lucky to get a seat or a place to stand. There were other performers that were good but played odd musical selections. We did not go to the comedy shows. We did go to “Howl at the Moon.” It was fun and interactive. As it gets later in the evening, it gets raunchy so if you get offended, you can just leave without issue. Hubby played a few trivia games of which he enjoyed and I took a couple cardio classes by the pool that was good but brief. The casino was fun but the smoke was so bad that I could only last for just so long. We did “Escape the Big Top” and that was fun. The Glow party was fun for a few minutes but after a while, we were done. All the staff seemed to work their tails off. They seemed very happy to be doing what they were doing and I enjoyed talking to them. They seemed very attentive. It was pretty fast getting drinks and they were all good pours on the wine. The pool bars are very understandably busy but not too bad. Getting chairs by the pool was impossible but doable in Spice H2O, the quiet adult area. There is a pool back there, a bar, and some food. We went to three ports. Falmouth, Jamaica (We did not like the aggressiveness outside the port so we just shopped inside the port and then went to Margaritaville and swam.) Grand Cayman (We went to the public beach next to Calico Jacks via the $2.50 bus and rented chairs for $5 each. We had a few beers and swam in the crystal clear water and ate from a food truck behind us. We had a fresh grouper platter for $10. That was fresh and delicious! There was sufficient restrooms here. We caught the bus back and walked around the port. This was a tender port.) Great Stir Up Caye ( This was a tender port but it was easy. If you have the drink package, your drinks are included. It was easy to get a lounge chair. They had a nice buffet, clean restrooms, and a small market run by locals. Someone brought Cheerios and fed the fish. It was fun watching the fish jump out of the water.) I would definitely go back on the Epic again. I will say that if someone had mobility issues, this would not be the ship of choice. Elevators were at either end of the ship and we were required to walk around a lot. The other issue was that the Epic Beatles were so popular but the venue they played in was way too small. I was slightly annoyed that I made reservations for the shows very early and later found out that they changed them. Lastly, our cruise director was almost non existant. We almost did not know who he was. I think his name was JoJo. All in all, it was great and hubby and I had a blast. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Hello all! I'm a first time cruiser and I just wanted to share my thoughts with you on my recent sailing on the Epic. I will admit, many of the iffy reviews I read had me worried that my vacation would be a disappointment, but let me ... Read More
Hello all! I'm a first time cruiser and I just wanted to share my thoughts with you on my recent sailing on the Epic. I will admit, many of the iffy reviews I read had me worried that my vacation would be a disappointment, but let me tell you, I had a great time! ENTERTAINMENT The entertainment was outstanding! Instead of participating in the various activities throughout the ship, we got our kicks out of seeing as many of the entertainment options as possible and they were all fantastic! My favorites were Burn The Floor (saw it twice and LOVED IT) and Howl at The Moon (warning: plenty of adult language after 11pm, but I didn't mind) There was one comedian who wasn't as good as the rest, but still kept us entertained. Even if you don't get a reservation, just show up 20 minutes early and you can get in on the standby line. FOOD We absolutely loved the freestyle concept and how it played into the restaurants, especially the Garden Buffet. You could walk in anytime, pick a table, and make your plate without wasting any time! I just thought it was great. Even at the main dining rooms, we only had to wait for a table once during our trip. Admittedly, they did bring me the wrong entree on the last night but I'll gladly give them the benefit of the doubt because this was during the busiest time of the evening and the staff were extremely nice about correcting it. SHIP/STATEROOM This is a very large ship, obviously. However, after the first day, it's pretty easy to figure out where everything is, since most of the places to go to are on decks 5,6,7 and 15. The only hard part sometimes is to get oriented and make sure you are walking in the correct direction (forward or aft). Once you've figured that out and gotten on the elevators, your stateroom shouldn't be too far. We did occasionally get in the wrong elevators and had to walk through the long hallways on the stateroom decks to get to the other side. Yes, the staterooms aren't great, but we didn't spend much time in the room anyway, and why would you? There's so much going on around the ship! The Family Balcony Sleeps 4 just fine. I do understand why these staterooms could be a deal breaker to some, but we're flexible so we didn't let it bother us. After a long day at sea, I had no trouble sleeping through the night. Also, our steward was great! I also loved that I could look at my reservations, account balance, etc. right from the tv! CASINO Our group is all made up of avid gamblers, so we spent plenty of time in the casino. I've heard plenty of complaints about the smoke smell, but I honestly did not think it was that bad. (I'm not a smoker) Yes, you could smell it, but there did not seem to be too much active smoking going on while the casino was open. My biggest complaint of the trip was that the Craps dealers at this casino were prone to making the occasional mistake (which will never happen in a Casino in the states) the real problem is, the dealers try too hard to move as fast as possible which leads to mistakes. I honestly think if they took their time and slowed down just a little bit, they wouldn't make mistakes. (Believe me, we made sure the management heard our thoughts on that). BAR SERVICE, For the most part, we had to get our own drinks from the bar, but we're not lazy so we had no problem with that. And yes, the bars are busy but if you just give the bartenders a moment they will get to you. (We did run into one rude bartender, but to me, it's not worth getting mad about) Also, since the bartenders would serve you two drinks at once, we really didn't have to get up too often. Also, the drinks were plenty strong in my opinion. Several times, my mother would give me her drinks because they were too strong for her, which is not really a problem! Ha! EM/DEBARKATION We received priority boarding through the Casinos at Sea program, which was great, so I can't comment on how long the normal line would have taken to check in, but I imagine it would have taken about an hour. Debarkation went very well especially since we walked off with all of our bags. Although I wouldn't suggest waiting for an elevator at that time. EXCURSION If you're itinerary includes Foulmouth, Jamaica, We recommend the Best of Ocho Rios. It costs slightly less than the other trips and is about twice as long! Our guide (who works for a separate company on the island) was very fun. That trip included the Dunns River Falls and a very nice garden tour. (Keep in mind that is a level 2 activity, so there is plenty of walking and this includes climbing the falls, which is not too difficult for most, but good to keep in mind) SUMMARY Everything aside, I just want to say, avid cruisers may have problems with this ship, but as a newbie, not knowing what to expect, this trip turned into a great experience and I'm definitely considering cruising again next year. If you're focused on having fun and don't worry about the small things, I'm sure you'll have no problem enjoying yourself. Thanks for reading and a great day! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I chose the Epic after learning of the high marks for entertainment. I had recently been on a Carnival cruise in October and the entertainment was nothing to rave about. I planned this trip with 9 other women. Some had been on cruises ... Read More
I chose the Epic after learning of the high marks for entertainment. I had recently been on a Carnival cruise in October and the entertainment was nothing to rave about. I planned this trip with 9 other women. Some had been on cruises and some were first timers. We were all over 60. This was the largest ship I have been on and I found it relatively easy to navigate - signs indicating which direction for odd and even room numbers were plentiful. As you exited the elevator there was always a map indicating what was on that floor. The food was excellent! We celebrated a birthday in LaBistro and the waiters were so accommodating and made it a very special evening. The shows were truly awesome. The Epicurean Cirque Dreams was worth the extra charge. If you go on this ship don't miss it. As far as the rooms go, they are very tight quarters. Lots of places to store your stuff but not much room to maneuver - a balcony was a help. I had a concern about the layout of the bathroom but we just pulled the curtain across when one of us was using the shower, etc. The sink is in the main room and there is very little light above it but we managed. Because of the hurricane damage to our original ports we ended up going to Jamaica and Grand Cayman. We hired what turned out to be a great tour guide in Jamaica. We wanted to go to a beach fairly close to the cruise terminal and it was fantastic. Our tour guide (Michael Foster owner of Royal Jamaica Tours) was professional and knowledgeable about his country. He spent the day with us and took us to a wonderful beach which was delightful. Food and drinks served to us on the beach which had maybe a dozen other beach guests. I would highly recommend his company if you want a private tour of this island. We opted to do a Norwegian operated excursion on Grand Cayman. It was a bus ride to the White House beach. I would not recommend this excursion. The beach is very small and the pool was not heated. The pool on the ship which was for adults was very warm but impossible to find a chair to lounge on. I would definitely go on this ship again - food and entertainment were epic! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
There are not enough words in the dictionary to describe how wonderful this cruise was for us! Everything was spot on from the moment of departure to the sad moment when we returned back to port on the final day. The staff is compromised ... Read More
There are not enough words in the dictionary to describe how wonderful this cruise was for us! Everything was spot on from the moment of departure to the sad moment when we returned back to port on the final day. The staff is compromised of the best, most enjoyable people that you could possibly meet. Now, I know what you are thinking, these people are paid for this. Which is true. But I was able to sit down with several of them outside of them "working" and we chatted and just enjoyed life together! I have never danced so much In my whole life than what I did on the cruise (and I used to be a dance teacher!) The numerous dancer classes that they offered were a blast! Plus the parties every night gave you a chance to show off your dance moves that I picked up! Shifting gears, the food was wonderful! It was always delicious, and when you have a buffet that has a different theme every night, you never find yourself eating the same food twice. The specialty restaurants have offer you an experience unlike any other. From the fine dining of La Cucina, to the Hibachi of Teppanyaki, every meal was fantastic! The shows on the ship were phenomenal. And me being the over eager individual I am, made it a point to meet a specific member of the amazing dance show Burn The Floor. It only took me about a a day and a half but I got my moment, and we got to dance a salsa together before snapping a pic or two together! Just there is so much to love about this ship. The rooms, are perfectly cute and quaint. They may not be the most spacious but, how much time do you really expect to spend in the room? The layout of the ship is simple and effective and you won't have any trouble finding your may around! This was our first cruise, and after this experience it will not be our last! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
After cruising in the Haven,on the Norwegian Epic, I will never go back. The whole staff were exceptional. The food and drinks , over the top. The room comfortable. We enjoyed it so much, we already booked our next cruise on the same ... Read More
After cruising in the Haven,on the Norwegian Epic, I will never go back. The whole staff were exceptional. The food and drinks , over the top. The room comfortable. We enjoyed it so much, we already booked our next cruise on the same ship, with the same room in the Haven. Once you do the Haven, there is no going back. Our embark was smooth and fast. We were led to a private room after the typical paperwork. There we had snacks and drinks. We were only there for a short time before we were escorted onto the ship. We were placed in the Lounge area where we we able to get anything to drink we wanted. We had a chance to meet with other guests before we went into the dining room. The food was excellent. It was like dining in a 5 star restaurant. And that was lunch. We enjoyed almost every main show there was, and there will still others we had no time for. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
From start to finish I was very impressed with NCL and the Epic, having previous experience on 3 other cruise companies. Check in was a breeze, we did have to wait a little time to board but we were early so it was all good. Downloaded ... Read More
From start to finish I was very impressed with NCL and the Epic, having previous experience on 3 other cruise companies. Check in was a breeze, we did have to wait a little time to board but we were early so it was all good. Downloaded the app whilst waiting - highly recommend that and get all your shows, restaurants, tenders etc booked as soon as possible as they soon fill up. The cabin - had an aft balcony cabin at the end and it was pretty big - could have easily held more furniture. I actually loved the bathroom set up, it meant more than one person could share at the same time and pulling the curtain across resulted in total privacy and a large bathroom area to work in. The sliding doors on the shower and toilet are opaque not see through as suggested by other travellers. Bars - we had great service at all of them but Maltings was a favourite. Bar tenders were very accommodating and friendly. We were not a fan of the pool bar - just too busy for us but plenty of other options. Entertainment - so much to choose from but do book them early as they do fill up. Only did the Priscilla show and loved it. There are several warnings about content before the show starts so I cannot fathom why people complain about it - they make it clear it is about Drag Queens driving across Australia and that its is rude. If thats not your thing go to something else. Don't walk out in disgust! Have to give a special mention to the compulsory drill - its the one part of cruising I hate but Epic had it down to a T. 15 minutes top checked in and sitting in the main restaurant - no biggie. Food - Everything we ate was fresh and tasty and so many options to choose from. We ate in O'Sheehans every day, my husband loved the Shepards pie. Also ate in Manhattan, Cagneys, Moderna and the Italian. My favourite was Modern and the Italian. all the food was fresh and tasty. Yes the service on occasion could be slow particularly in the complimentary restaurants but chill and relax you are on vacation and in no rush. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Loved the initial itinerary and the port/sail date worked out perfectly for our schedules. We would most likely not choose a cruise that went to Falmouth if they continue to make you drive 1.5 hours one way for your excursion. We had a ... Read More
Loved the initial itinerary and the port/sail date worked out perfectly for our schedules. We would most likely not choose a cruise that went to Falmouth if they continue to make you drive 1.5 hours one way for your excursion. We had a 5-hour excursion planned and 3 hours (without traffic they said) would be driving to Ocho Rios... Not my idea of a vacation so we canceled and enjoyed our day on the ship much more after visiting the local dock area. Ship layout - Been on the Epic twice and still don't know which way to turn off the elevators/stairs. It is a little confusing walking side to side but once you know which decks contain which locations there is minimal wasted time. You learn which way to turn out of your stateroom for the location you want to visit. I missed the fish on the floor that told you which way was forward. You eventually learn, but just a neat hidden touch that seems lacking. This was our second time on the same ship. Initially, we were concerned about the size and feared that there would be long lines and waits for everything. While not completely untrue, you do have to wait sometimes, there is some preplanning that needs to take place, this is a good modified freestyle cruise experience and one that we are planning on booking again. Back to back to back on the Epic three years in a row. Cabin - Nothing that has not already been said. We remembered the hidden storage areas and light switch locations from our previous sailing and this helped us feel more welcome as soon as we stepped aboard. Hard to walk around if two people are standing up and my meager 5' 10" left my feet hanging off the bed if I didn't take up some of my wife's room. Not a fan of the layout but I guess to get that many people on board they have to make some choices here and there. When we felt a little cramped we knew we were spending too much time in the room. We use the room to get ready and sleep, not for entertaining us. When thought of in that way, the rooms serve their purpose and the balcony was just fine. Love the separated bath and shower area! Dining - The buffet is amazing as always and each night there is a different menu/featured style. We did eat in Cagney's, Moderno, and Teppanyaki. We paid full price for the specialty restaurants and didn't regret it. Moderno was our first experience and it will deserve a return visit. We have a Teppanyaki style restaurant local that we love and it is about a third of the price. While Teppanyaki had some of the best food, the cost for the two of us was $80 including the tip for the cook which will probably impact our future dining choice here. Entertainment - The same shows were on the ship the previous year (I wonder how often they are updated). The cast members were all different and Priscilla was fantastic this time around! Ward as the leading male completely made this show! Burn the Floor was exceptional as always. Howl at the Moon played older tunes the night we visited and the crowd energy just wasn't there as it has been in the past.We stayed for about an hour and a half and did not go back. Service is NCL's specialty. We had one guy get snippy with us when we asked how priority tender service worked. His reply, "If you go down the stairs and have a seat in the theater you will be on the next tender, how much more priority do you want?" This was the first time we had priority tendering and did not know how it worked, still don't. But one comment out of every person we interacted with will not taint the overwhelming service that NCL has provided to us. Ports - Great Stirrup Cay is AMAZING! Our favorite stop of the bunch. A private island, cold drinks, and great food/staff amount to a perfect final stop. We love ending our cruises on GSC. We will be planning a return visit immediately! Keep the water warm and the drinks cold and we will see you soon! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I am a solo traveler. I do not like paying double for my room. Epic offered many solo cabins at "solo" rates. I live close to Port Canaveral so I like to sail from this port. I found the staff very pleasant and friendly. My ... Read More
I am a solo traveler. I do not like paying double for my room. Epic offered many solo cabins at "solo" rates. I live close to Port Canaveral so I like to sail from this port. I found the staff very pleasant and friendly. My cabin was just right for just me. My cabin attendant was very helpful and kept my room in tip-top shape. The entertainment was not the quality of other larger ships but it was creative and kept my attention. I very much enjoyed the shows. The activities involving the staff were usually very funny with high energy. I did not go on any shore excursions. However, I did get off at Stirrup Cay. Was disappointed that I could not find an empty chair in the shade (and only found 2 in the sun). Also did not like that they were so close together (had to sit on the end and scooch up to the back). So I just sat at a picnic table in the shade, took a dip in the water (great beach), ate lunch and went back to the ship. The tenders were big, well maintained and quick to get us back and forth. While onboard, I booked the same cruise for next year. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Perfect weather the whole cruise. The staff and people on the ship were all so friendly and happy. There's always something to do but sometimes you just want to enjoy the awesome balcony view from your stateroom. Food was great most ... Read More
Perfect weather the whole cruise. The staff and people on the ship were all so friendly and happy. There's always something to do but sometimes you just want to enjoy the awesome balcony view from your stateroom. Food was great most of the time and lines for buffet/bar were never too crazy. I have celiac disease and NCL took such great care of me and made me feel like I was the most important person on the ship when I had to discuss my allergy. We definitely filled out about 8 vacation hero cards for the staff. Staterooms have a ton of storage but the beds are a bit awkward. Priscilla and Burn the Floor were both phenomenal! We went back twice to see Burn the Floor. Priscilla is a heartfelt, comedy show about drag queens so we were surprised so many people got up and left at the beginning of the performance because they might be unaware or homophobic. Or they didn't listen to the 1000th warning that it's an adult humour show, not for the easily offended or for children. Please go see it though, it was awesome!!! Jamaica has a nice port shopping area that is quite safe and cheap but we didn't venture past the port. Grand Cayman has the most beautiful beach on 7 Mile Beach, friendly locals, and has a cute little town for shopping. Stirrup Cay has improved sooo much over the years. Dont bring big bills to shop with the vendors, and its nearly impossible to get a beach chair unless you get there early. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Our annual before Christmas cruise, itinerary changed after the hurricane, but a very enjoyable time. Only specialty restaurant we did was the Brazilian Steakhouse, and really enjoyed it. Food was very good in both dining rooms, service ... Read More
Our annual before Christmas cruise, itinerary changed after the hurricane, but a very enjoyable time. Only specialty restaurant we did was the Brazilian Steakhouse, and really enjoyed it. Food was very good in both dining rooms, service was very good. Would definitely do this ship again. We didn't book any shore excursions since the itinerary changed, we got off the ship and did a little wandering/shopping. I did all three sea days in the gym, clean and very large, did not attend any classes. Adult pool was ok, the two adult hot tubs were not very warm but were very clean as though had been drained. Cabin was very clean and well attended, a perfect blend of never saw him much but never needed him. Pricilla Queen of the Desert was a great show, very adult theme, leave you kids somewhere else. Burn the floor was good, but not my preference, Comedy shows very good, on-board music very good as well. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We just returned from a 7 day cruise the week before Christmas and loved every minute of it. I don't know how anyone could complain unless they didn't educate themselves on a few things like how much it may cost if you need ... Read More
We just returned from a 7 day cruise the week before Christmas and loved every minute of it. I don't know how anyone could complain unless they didn't educate themselves on a few things like how much it may cost if you need medical assistance or the cost of using a cell phone while aboard. The crew was wonderful, everyone was happy and polite. We had no problems with getting on and off the ship. The rock climbing wall wasn't always open so we didn't get a chance to do that but that's because we found so many other things to do. Best vacation ever! Even though it was a full ship, we still found plenty of seats on the top deck and in the restaurants and lounges. Our favorite was the private island - Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. We visited Sting Ray City in Grand Cayman and had a great time there too as well as snorkeling. We felt like we were in an aquarium with the colorful fish all around. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Overall review of my cruise experience....EPIC, AWESOME, GREAT, ENJOYABLE and waiting for the next cruise with Norwegian. Everyone was Fantastic!!! The ship, cabin, dining, entertainment and ports were Great. The activities were fun, the ... Read More
Overall review of my cruise experience....EPIC, AWESOME, GREAT, ENJOYABLE and waiting for the next cruise with Norwegian. Everyone was Fantastic!!! The ship, cabin, dining, entertainment and ports were Great. The activities were fun, the staff made our experiences engaging and rewarding. Carefree ease of movement during embarkment and disembarkment. I will cruise again on Norwegian Epic. There was plenty to choose for night entertainment. We really enjoyed the Comedy Shows, Burn the Floor and Priscilla Show. We love the atmosphere at the Bliss Ultra Lounge. The seating accommodated our large party group. This lounge is where we ended our night. During the afternoon you could find us in the Atrium Cafe participating in games or dance classes. There was so much talented crew staff....International Crew Talent Show...Great Talent...Wow!! Oh almost forgot to mention my shopping experience on ship.....completed my Christmas shopping here. Book Norwegian Epic For Your Next Cruise Experience....!!!!! Looking forward to meeting you soon!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
The slides, and activites were fun, the ice-cream was tasty. the baffet and resturants were good, I enjoyed the Trampoline on the roof, and the slides were fun. Splash academy kids club was fun, they did lots of fun activities with us, I ... Read More
The slides, and activites were fun, the ice-cream was tasty. the baffet and resturants were good, I enjoyed the Trampoline on the roof, and the slides were fun. Splash academy kids club was fun, they did lots of fun activities with us, I made lots of new friends, and the counslers were super nice, and fun, I really want to go back. shore excersions were fun,I had a blast climbing the rainfall in jamaica, and i had fun in grand cayman, in Bahamas i enjoyed jet skiing. I really miss the cruise, it was the best. I also enjoy hearing Washy Washy, Happy Happy, Smiley Smiley, every time i went into the garden cafe. The cruise was amazing. If i were to go on another cruise, it would Definetly be Norweigean. Room service was good, i could just wake up and go wherever i wanted and not have to worry about My bed, I enjoyed coming back in the room and it smelled good, and it was clean, i also enjoyed the animals they put the shape on the towel. Room service and in general everyone on the ship was amazing, and they were nice, The capatain was nice. I would definetly go back, its a lifetime experience i will always remember. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I got a great, last-minute deal on this solo cruise out of Orlando. I got a balcony room with two perks (beverage and dining). I had a great time and met some great folks through the Solo travelers and LGBT meet ups (kudos to NCL for ... Read More
I got a great, last-minute deal on this solo cruise out of Orlando. I got a balcony room with two perks (beverage and dining). I had a great time and met some great folks through the Solo travelers and LGBT meet ups (kudos to NCL for offering those). I took a shuttle from the airport to the port. Embarkation was crowded but went fast, especially for Latitudes members. I was on the ship by noon and in a non-crowded Taste for lunch. My room was ready by 2 and the bag arrived soon after. The ship is large and feels more like a convention center than a hotel, like some have said. You walk through the center of each floor, and not the sides like on many ships, so the water isn't readily visible at every turn. There isn't the traditional, multi-story atrium like you're used to. The ship is unique. This doesn't mean it's bad, but know that some people will complain simply because it's unconventional. Most of the action is on floors 5, 6, and 7 (guest services, MDRs, casino, restaurants and lounges) and 14, 15, 16 (gym, spa, Garden Cafe Buffet, lido, pool, Spice H20, sun decks, water slides, etc.) The ship never really felt crowded except for when everyone wanted a drink at the same time for sail away. My friends and I gathered at Spice H20, the adult area, a lot and I loved Maltings, the whiskey bar (get the Matador!) quite a bit. Taste is less formal than Manhattan, but both were excellent. Shanghai was just average for me. Le Bistro was my favorite of the specialty dining restaurants, but Moderno and Cagney's were excellent too. You can order as many apps, salads, soups, desserts, as you like, by the way, as long as you only get one entree. Again, I think the MDRs are great so I'm not sure if I'd go to the specialty places again, but I enjoyed them. The Garden Cafe has a ton of variety. It's at the front of the ship, which confused a lot of veteran travelers. Tip: La Cucina is below Garden Cafe, so get your plate and go down there for great views and non-crowded dining. O'Sheehan's is great too. I love their jerk wings and burgers. Priscilla Queen of the Desert was very well done. Do know that it centers around drag queens traveling through the Australian outback. This seemed risque to some, but the majority of the crowd loved it. Burn the Floor was an awesome dance show that was a crowd pleaser as well. The Beatles act was very good. They perform in the main theatre one night and in the smaller Cavern Club several other nights. Come early to this small club because it fills up. I didn't see any comedians or magic shows other than the heavy metal magician, which wasn't for me. Make your reservations in advance because they fill up! I attended several of the "art" auctions purely for entertainment. I don't advise anyone to buy these items and I find their tactics misleading. However, they are fun to watch. Bid wisely! We had ideal weather. Falmouth, Jamaica is a new port with many shops, great local vendors (lots of wooden crafts - bring cash) and a couple of food stalls. I didn't venture into the town because I took a "Best of" bus tour to Ocho Rios through NCL excursions and visited a wildlife preserve, botanical garden, waterfall, etc. Our guide and driver were funny and informative and worked very hard. We got to see a lot in 7 or so hours and I recommend this tour as it was inexpensive. Grand Cayman was beautiful. There are tons of stores, bars and restaurants and you can fill a day just browsing. I took a short snorkel excursion to a sunken ship, also through NCL. It was interesting. We spend about an hour swimming and snorkeling (plus an hour there and back). I almost missed the boat because I was the only one from Epic doing it. Keep your eyes peeled for the guy/girl holding the sign for your excursion. There is a duty-free liquor place right by the dock with great prices. They delivered my booze to my room on the last night. Great Stirrup Cay was also beautiful but crowded with our huge ship. Lines were long for bars, buffet and taco shop. The tacos weren't special, in my opinion. I might consider staying on board next time but many of my peers loved this stop the best. So, what do I know? I'm also not a sun worshipper. Tip: go left and walk all the way to the end to find plenty of chairs. Also, the vendors are crap, so get your souvenirs in Jamaica or Grand Cayman. Jamaica by far had the best local crafts. I walked off the ship at 7:30 after a buffet breakfast and was in my friend's car by 8. I had a great time and I was happy to be on vacation. Almost all of the service I had was excellent. The staff works so hard. Oh, and I went to the gym a couple of times in the morning. It gets crowded, but it's well equipped (lots of aerobic machines). I didn't do the spa treatments but it's big and nice. Some people complained that you have to walk through the casino to get anywhere on floor 6, but I think they did a good job of controlling the smoke. I recommend getting Cruise Next if you plan on cruising NCL again. They do great last-minute deals (within two months of departure). I only bought rum cakes from the stores on board, but they had lots of them (felt more like a mall than a cruise ship - again, no windows). There is a nice library and games room by the photo gallery, but they're somewhat hidden on floor 5. People will complain about this ship because of some quirks, but I had a great time and would go again if I got another great deal. If you've never traveled on a huge ship, check out the Epic. I was surprised how often I bumped into the same people! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
From the moment I stepped aboard this amazing ship, I knew I was in for an adventurous trip. Traveling alone I found my cabin with ease and enjoyed the company of other solo travelers. The ultimate beverage package is the best perk going, ... Read More
From the moment I stepped aboard this amazing ship, I knew I was in for an adventurous trip. Traveling alone I found my cabin with ease and enjoyed the company of other solo travelers. The ultimate beverage package is the best perk going, along with the speciality dining. Entertainment was fabulous and so we're the water slides. Staff was exceptional and catered to my every wish. I used the solo lounge and enjoyed meeting other solo travelers for drinks and meals. There were sign up activities that were great fun. Don't miss the white hot dance party, it was a blast! The bathroom setup is odd but you get used to it. I really can't say anything bad about my adventure on Epic, it was amazing and I can not wait to sail her again. The ship is huge but once you gain your sea legs everything becomes second nature. I loved Epic and know that others will too Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
The “Haven Experience” Cruise did not start out great. The embarkation at Port Canaveral left a lot to be desired. According to the marketing material received, those in the Haven rooms would be waiting to board in a lovely lounge ... Read More
The “Haven Experience” Cruise did not start out great. The embarkation at Port Canaveral left a lot to be desired. According to the marketing material received, those in the Haven rooms would be waiting to board in a lovely lounge area. In reality - not so much. There were no signs nor actual humans telling people where to go once you cleared security. I finally asked an employee who pointed me to “the lounge”. The area looks more like a police booking room than a lounge. It was overcrowded with people and carry-on bags and was 15-20 degrees warmer than outside. Finally was able to leave that area and be “led” to the Haven area. The lady who led us was maybe 5 feet tall and would weave in and out of people, leaving the group well behind. We finally made it to the 16th floor and the Haven area. Once you make it there, then you understand why you paid more. Everyone there - the butler, cabin steward, concierge, assistant concierges, and wait staff in the Haven restaurant, were all great. Restaurants - of the 20 meals on the ship, I ate 13 of them in the Haven Restaurant (I think it was called the Epic Club), 1 through room service, 1 at the Irish pub, 1 at Taste, 1 at Manhattan Room, 1 at the Brazilian steakhouse, 1 at the Italian restaurant, and 1 at Cirque Epicurean show. My wife did the same except she did 7 room services and 7 at the Haven. Neither of us cared for the food at the Irish Pub (fish & chips and Reuben) and I did not care for the Cajun fish sandwich at Taste. The Italian restaurant was ok, but we would not go again on a future cruise. All of the other meals were great. I loved the breakfasts at Haven - the pancakes with the caramel bananas were great (had it 5 days straight), the shrimp risotto appetizer at night was one of the best things I have had, and every steak or hamburger I ordered was perfect. My wife tried different things every day and said each was great. In the future, we would do Cirque and the Brazilian again, but try something else - maybe the French one or Carney’s. Cabin - we stayed in 17002. I was concerned reading some of the reviews online about the size of the room and the round bed. To clear things up, I am a big guy - 6 feet tall, and 350+ pounds, so I didn’t want to feel cramped. We thought the bed was great, very comfortable. There was also plenty of room to unpack and put everything away. If you leave your stuff in your suitcases, then it will be very cramped for you. However, we unloaded 5 suitcases, put everything away and the suitcases under the bed - plenty of room. Cabin Bathroom - this is the thing that I read the most complaints about online, primarily privacy issues. I guess if you are traveling with a friend it could be awkward to shower, etc since there is no separate room. My wife and I had no issues with it, other than it felt like you needed to be a pole vaulter to get into the tub - I am thinking if you are under 5 feet tall or have flexibility issues, then the shower / tub will be an issue. The balcony is an enclosed balcony, with lots of room (and heated and a/c). My enjoyed having breakfast out there. Entertainment - there were many movies available to watch, most were fairly new (available now on Amazon to rent for instance) and they were free. We saw the Cirque show, did Escape the Big Top (an escape room), Priscilla Queen of the Desert, a comedy show, and Burn the Floor. All were very good (FYI - (1) the escape room is damn hard, (2) escape room + alcohol = impossibility of success). Probably enjoyed Burn the Floor the least (seemed to be the same type of dances over and over). There are probably 20 warnings given about Priscilla, but evidently some don’t pay attention. A few left and were upset because “it is a gay show” - I am not sure what people were expecting, but it was a very good show, very funny, and as they said 20 Times “not suitable for children under 16” (or evidently people who are upset easily). Overall, we were very glad we saw the shows we did, and would see them again. Ports - the ship stopped 3 places and people got off and seemed to have fun. We did not get off the ship. Our goal was to relax and we did - the ship emptied and we basically had the whole Haven pool area to ourselves and 4 other people. A lady on our team at the escape room did some dolphin encounter at one of the stops, and thought it was a horrible waste of money and was not happy about it, she said Sea World was better. Service - it was impeccable. Our butler, Roland, was incredible. There was nothing he couldn’t do or have done within 30 minutes. We tried to get him and the Room Steward, Bianca, to come home with us. Disembarkation - very smooth. Being in the Haven you get to pass everyone waiting to leave the boat. Other: my wife paid for the Thermal Spa and did not think it was worth it. This was only our second cruise - we did the Alaska one on the Pearl in May, 2010 staying in a mini-suite. This one was such an incredible experience, we did the “Cruise Next” promotion and are planning our next one for next year or 2019. The Haven Experience was well worth it to us. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
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
Sail Date December 2017
I was seriously apprehensive about going on this cruise after reading all the terrible reviews. In life, there are some people who are never pleased no matter what. I had a good time on this ship and I recommend it. Even though the airline ... Read More
I was seriously apprehensive about going on this cruise after reading all the terrible reviews. In life, there are some people who are never pleased no matter what. I had a good time on this ship and I recommend it. Even though the airline lost my luggage with all my clothes and shoes I still managed to have a great vacation...you have to make the best of circumstances not the worse. The guest services were very kind to me and were genuinely interested in helping me get my luggage back from the airline. (which finally got to me the last day of cruise- no fault of NCL) They even gave me a kit that contained a shirt, toothbrush, razor etc. We had a inside stateroom 12062 and we found it spacious enough for the two of us...we liked the set up with the shower on left and toilet stall on right. The closet was well designed and there were baskets and drawers to store (my husband's belongings). Our cabin was spotless and was kept that way by our room steward Clockson- who was friendly, helpful and attentive without being intrusive. He went above and beyond for us answering questions and also inquiring about the missing luggage. All the crew we encountered was helpful, friendly and hardworking.... there are constantly workers cleaning, polishing, painting everywhere you look, as result the ship is VERY clean and well maintained. Restaurant and buffet staff were also professional, friendly and quick to serve. I was nervous about the quality of NCL food as I had only cruised RC before...but there was no need to be nervous- the NCL food was AMAZING! the selection was great- taste was wonderful -I am vegetarian and I never had problems filling my plate(s) with many different tasty foods. Salad and fruits were always fresh. There were different themes on buffet each night- Latin, American, Asian, Italian all were YUM! Entertainment was good- we went to the Beatles show, the Enock magic comedy show, the regular comedy show, Howl at the moon one night, and we were at Karaoke most nights as well- everyone was supportive of one another (lol no matter how terrible they actually were) it was a family friendly fun time. The last night they did do a Karaoke contest in which they only let a random draw of 6 entries into... I personally think they should have let everyone had a chance to sing that wanted to or at least 20 entries...there were some really good singers that didn't get drawn. But anyhow it was a good time. One other complaint- NCL has dress guidelines for dining room and buffet and certain areas of the ship...I think they need to also have a dress guideline for the pool deck -saw several people wearing really skimpy thong bathing suits and I found it offensive especially considering this is a family cruise with lots of small children. Ports- we didn't get to go to Great Stirrup Cay because of high seas-seems to happen a lot reading others reviews... ( hey NCL build a dock :) We did get to go to Ochos Rios, Grand Cayman (tendering line to return to ship was nuts here!), and Cozumel. We did our own excursions so can't comment on NCL excursions. Great itinerary. Great cruise overall highly recommend this ship for great service, value and amazing food. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This was the first time we have sailed out of Canaveral where we experienced temperatures in the 50's, and rainy. Of course we realize the crew has no control over the weather. The Captain did his best to get us into sunshine, and due ... Read More
This was the first time we have sailed out of Canaveral where we experienced temperatures in the 50's, and rainy. Of course we realize the crew has no control over the weather. The Captain did his best to get us into sunshine, and due to rough seas we had to skip our first stop in the Bahamas. The Cruise director really hustled to make sure there was plenty of things to do on the extra sea day, and frankly the sea days are our favorite. The ship layout is a bit odd, and anyone who has sailed on Epic knows about the strange bathroom and shower arrangement, but we booked a mini suite and the size of the balcony more than made up for the odd room design. The only negative on this cruise occurred at breakfast in the omelette line. The cook seemed to be annoyed while we were in line, and when a second, younger cook arrived to relieve him, he criticized him in front of passengers for being late. Overall this was a great trip for us. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Due to Hurricane Irma, our itinerary changed entirely, but the ports Norwegian chose were terrific! Having to adjust so quickly, they handled the port and excursion changes well. We were not refunded for our cancelled excursion at first, ... Read More
Due to Hurricane Irma, our itinerary changed entirely, but the ports Norwegian chose were terrific! Having to adjust so quickly, they handled the port and excursion changes well. We were not refunded for our cancelled excursion at first, but one phone call remedied that. This was our first experience with Port Canaveral, and it was not good. In Miami, we use a park and shuttle service and they drop us right off to the porters. At Canaveral, the shuttles wait behind each other and drop off one at a time, which takes awhile. Then, you enter a very crowded room, with signs, but no personnel directing cruisers. We managed to find expedited checkin, but our agent did not give us a card with a group number until we asked. We were then assigned Group 16. At some point they ran out of cards and then started giving out Group 1 again, which meant that every group after us was going to get on before us. At that point, we joined a group with no cards and entered the ship with the excuse, "we have no card". After that, the cruise was terrific! The staff was friendly, helpful and knowlegeable, the ship squeaky clean. The shows were amazing, and we had no trouble scheduling anything. There were way too many activities. As far as excursions go, we booked 1 NCL excursion, and it was good- Dunn's River Falls and Bamboo Beach Club. Our guide, Christine, was fun and she worked very hard. I would highly recommend this excursion in Jamaica. In the Caymans, we wanted to scuba, but NCL did not have that option, so we scheduled scuba with Cayman Turtle Divers, and had an amazing time with Chase, feeding sting rays, and I even saw a sea turtle. Chase is also a professional photographer and his pictures were wonderful. Our daughter was able to snorkel above us and see what we saw. We are going to schedule another dive with Chase on our next cruise in March. One bad experience- Margaritaville in Grand Cayman. It looked to be so much fun- music, line dancing, an indoor water slide, but we could not get a waitress to come to our table, even when we asked another waitress, so we bailed and went to Sharkeez, which was nice, though quieter. The rooms on the Epic are a little different, with the shower and toilet on separate sides of the room. That really didn't bother us, but the ship is designed awkwardly. The only outside area is on the top deck. We preferred the Getaway, with its outdoor deck with restaurants where you can dine outside. We did love the 18th deck, where they have wonderful comfy loungers in a "quiet zone". That was even nicer than Spice H20. Epic has water tubes, which are really fun and refreshing. On the Getaway, there was quite a wait time for tubes and the rope course, but on Epic, there was a minimal wait, even on sea days, possibly because we sailed the Getaway in March, when there were more kids. For a ship with more than 400 guests, wait time on the Epic was quick, and the ship never felt crowded. Debarkation was handled quickly and efficiently. They know what they are doing. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
A review of our cruise on the NCL Epic 25 November 2017 A little background, this was cruise number 96 with 19 cruises on NCL. Embarkation at Port Canaveral was fast and easy. After dropping our luggage off in our room my wife and I ... Read More
A review of our cruise on the NCL Epic 25 November 2017 A little background, this was cruise number 96 with 19 cruises on NCL. Embarkation at Port Canaveral was fast and easy. After dropping our luggage off in our room my wife and I had lunch at Taste; service was quick and the food was excellent. We then walked around the ship visiting the various restaurants and bars. After the Muster drill which for us was in Cagney's restaurant, we went back to the cabin to shower and change for dinner. We met our Room Seward, Edwardo who took excellent care of us throughout the cruise. We had an early dinner at Cagney's, I had the rib eye and Barbara had the filet. The meal and service was excellent. For some reason the oysters Rockefeller was not on our menu as an appetizer but the waitress pointed it out that they were available. They were perfect. We had the dinner package and ate at Cagney's three nights, La Cucina , Le Bistro, Shanghai's and Spiegel Tent Cirque show one night each. The food and service were excellent. On the first sea day we attended the Cruise Critic meet and greet and met the Hotel Director and his senior staff and our fellow CC members. There was a continental breakfast set up for the meeting. A raffle and gift exchange was arranged by the leaders of the CC meeting. Fun! We saw only a few shows. The main two comedians were good but the lady comedy club host was not much of a comedian; she was really bad. This was the second time we saw Priscilla Queen of the Desert on the Epic and though this production was excellent,it was a little better than the first one we saw. It is not for children and that fact is well publicized through the advertisements for the show. We were on the same deck as the single studios cabins. We wanted to see the lounge ares for the studios and asked Kim (a junior room steward for China, on his first contract) if we could see the lounge. He took us to the lounge area and showed us around. It looked very nice. We heard that some passengers, although couple, book two adjoining studio cabins and find it cheaper than a regular inside cabin. We attended the Latitudes party held in the Bliss. We sat in the back and noticed how rude some of the passengers were. Several of the guests would not stop talking, even when the Captain was giving his welcome speech. there were many passengers who were on the transatlantic trip to Port Canaveral and had heard all this before. If you're only going to the party for the free drinks, that's fine, but at least respect the fact that one of the hosts of the party is speaking to their guests and most of us would like to hear what they're saying. We did get desserts in the buffet - Garden Cafe. Davor is a restaurant manager and you can't miss him. He's one of the tallest officers on the ship and you'll see him all day checking on every venue where there is food. You may also meet Nikola who is often in O'sheehan's and is the maitre d' in Le Bistro at night. Both of these gentlemen are more than willing to answer any questions about anything that has to do with the Epic and life at sea. if you go to the Italian restaurant, Damoodar is the assistant maitre d' and he is most helpful explaining the menu and making your meal the most enjoyable on board. The Hotel Director Nelson and his secretary Grace could be seen every where on the ship engaging with the passengers. They truly made our trip special. Every crew member we interacted with was friendly and courteous. . Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
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