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Norwegian Epic Review

4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating
4157 reviews
24 Awards
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Editor Rating
4.5
Very Good
John Deiner
Cruise Critic Contributor

With so much going on, Norwegian Epic is a cruise ship with broad appeal. The ship was one of the first at sea to be referred to as Las Vegas-esque and it's no wonder. With more than a dozen restaurants, shows that range from Broadway to The Beatles, an active casino and outdoor attractions that include water slides and rock climbing walls, there's enough to keep cruisers busy from sunup to well past sundown.

Pros

Jam-packed with 24/7 entertainment for singles, couples, families and groups

Cons

Confusing corridors and congested main decks

Bottom Line


About

Passengers : 4,100
Crew : 1,738
Passenger to Crew : 2.36:1
Launched : 2010
Shore Excursions : 662

Epic's passengers delight in all the choices; they're onboard to have fun and they do so in spades, though the ship does provide a handful of quiet spots for those looking for a more relaxed vacation. Either way, be prepared to rub elbows with your fellow passengers as the most popular shows, restaurants, bars and activities are always full -- no time for napping on an Epic cruise

As with a visit to any city, Epic's passengers need to plan ahead to make the most of their time onboard. Dinners and shows should be booked ahead of sailing or you may find yourself on the outside looking in. Lines are common, and much of the onboard experience, particularly dining, costs extra.

Besides the families, couples and groups of friends who make up the bulk of Norwegian Epic's passengers, you'll also find a fair number of solo cruisers on the ship. With no supplemental fees for its single studio cabins and a lounge designed to help single travelers meet other passengers, the ship is a standout for solo cruisers.

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Unless you're doing something wrong, you won't leave this ship feeling hungry or bored.

Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Two dining rooms, meals at O'Sheehan's and the buffet
  • All theater shows, except for those in the Spiegel Tent
  • Use of the Aqua Park and mini-golf
  • Access to Spice H2O adults-only sun deck
  • Most daily activities unless noted below
  • Use of the gym

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities ($14.99 per person, per day or $17.99 per person, per day for those staying in suites)
  • Automatic beverage and spa tips (20 percent for both)
  • All drinks except ice water, tea (including iced tea), coffee and select juices in the buffet
  • Cirque Dreams dinner shows
  • Spa treatments and most fitness classes
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Late night (after 10:30 p.m.) group babysitting
  • Activities including, but not limited to, wine and whiskey tastings, bowling at O'Sheehan's, arcade games and bingo
  • Photos and artwork

Norwegian Epic Dress Code

Daytime: Casual is the way to go, with shorts, capri pants, jeans, collared shirts, T-shirts and swimwear the norm.

Evening: You'll see women in casual dresses, skirts, and pants and blouses, and men in slacks or "nice" shorts and collared, sports or button-down shirts. On the optional formal night, you'll spot men in jackets, button-up shirts (with or without ties) and women in cocktail dresses and elegant pantsuits.

Not permitted: Beach-style shorts and ripped jeans are not permitted in the main dining rooms.

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More about Norwegian Epic

Where does Norwegian Epic sail from?

Norwegian Epic departs from Barcelona, Rome, Civitavecchia, Manhattan, San Juan, Southampton, Southampton, Piraeus, Piraeus, and Laviron

How much does it cost to go on Norwegian Epic?

Cruises on Norwegian Epic start from $552 per person.

Is Norwegian Epic a good ship to cruise on?

Norwegian Epic won 24 awards over the years, including Best for Entertainment and Best for Families in 2019.
Norwegian Epic Cruiser Reviews

Cruising during the Corona crisis

I recently returned from a cruise with my family on the Norwegian Epic. Our port of call was San Juan.... Read More
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Johnny__rogue

2-5 Cruises

Age 30s

All what you make it

After reading the reviews on the Epic (like I do before I go anywhere on vacation) I was pleasantly surprised.... Read More
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Busher56

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

GREAT Ports of Call!

Before we ever sail on Norwegian Epic again, these issues would have to be addressed..... Read More
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eddieA1

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

In Spite of Ourselves

Norwegian Epic is a big, clean ship that looks a little odd. The "Haven" spaces is plopped just above the bridge in a blockhouse-style architecture. It does funky things to the ship's lines.... Read More
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PWDfolks

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

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