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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Jan 11, 2015

The entertainment was excellent. We enjoyed all of the shows, blues, piano duo, and second city. The times listed was great because you could see the show, etc. more than once if you wanted to.

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Good points and bad points

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I've cruised a number of times with different cruise lines. This wasn't the worst, MSC gets that honor, but I was disappointed in the Epic. Bad points; OMG- the bathroom. The entrance door to the stateroom is between the toilet and the shower, each are enclosed by frosted glass. So, be sure to travel with people who are fine with seeing (and hearing) you sitting on the toilet or showering. This didn't work well for our cabin that was shared with our adult children. We had to schedule dressing and absolutions for a time when the genders were acceptable for cohabitation. I actually went out to use a public loo rather than the one in my cabin so that I could have some privacy. Imagine being walked in on while using the loo or showering by your adult children as there is no other way into the cabin except by way of the door that is smack in the middle of the bathroom. Fortunately the only reason this didn't happen was because of our scheduling and the fortune of having a towel at the right time. This is a deal breaker. I will never book this ship again. The next problem was the cleanliness of the room. The carpet was disgusting. Dust and dirt so heavy it could have been swept up. Next was the service in the restaurant. We had a large group and were seated at four tables at Taste. It took 2 1/2 hours from being seated to the time we left. Someone didn't even take our order for almost an hour. At 45 minutes I requested someone take our order. It still took almost 10 minutes for someone to show up. Then the food took forever to arrive. When I spoke to the management staff regarding these problems, they made excuses and blamed us rather than own up to their lack of timeliness. My favorite excuse of theirs was that I caused the long delay in food service because I requested any vegetable instead of onion rings with my meal. Our party all arrived within 15 minutes of our reservation time. There should have been no reason for this poor service. I think the kitchen is either too small to handle the size of the dining room or the management is woefully inadequate. This poor service was at both of the included restaurants; Taste and Manhattan, though Taste was worse. We didn't dine at the extra pay restaurants as a group. The Garden Cafe had good selections and though the lines were sometimes long, there was food available in upper decks of the pool that had shorter lines, though there was less selection. The buffet food had good variety and quality. The shows were OK, though there was not enough variety to cover 7 nights of cruising. Other cruise reviews on the endless corridors without options to cross over, no midship elevators, and the truly disgusting cigarette smoke throughout the central common areas due to the smoking in the casino were true. The casino had a designated smoking area but apparently the smoke didn't know that and it traveled throughout the central areas of deck 6 and 7.  

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Disappointed

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Bigger is not better!  Don't waste your money on this one.  Jamaica was wonderful.  That's it.  Dull food, dull entertainment.  Met nice people, all agreed ship not living up to advertising.

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Carnival is much better

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Jan 11, 2015

First of all the balcony cabin was way too small for two people to even get around each other. Secondly, the placement of the see-through shower and toilet was horrible. the lighting was not enough to put on make-up or put contacts in and the sink was so tiny you could hurt your eye on the faucet. Ship was large but set up kind of strange. I would recommend Carnival [I have sailed 4 different ships] over Norwegian any day. Also very expensive on NCL.

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First time cruising - Solo traveler

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Jan 11, 2015

Wow. This was an experience I'll never forget, and unfortunately, will measure all other future cruises to.  As a solo traveler, I took advantage of the single rooms aboard the Epic.  It is perfectly laid out with some really nice finishes.  Aside from that, the exclusive lounge for solo travelers is an amazing perk.  Aside from having tv's, coffee bar and drink bar inside, it was the center for meeting up with others traveling like me.  There is a solo cruise director who encourages and facilitates group interaction and activities.  This was like going to a party and then the after party was going to dinner together,  We quickly formed friendships and started bonding at lightning speed. The true testament is really disembarking the last day, when we all went separate ways and back to our homes, we all started facebooking each other immediately sharing pictures, messages and just softening the blow of cruise withdrawal. The NCL Epic and staff really know how to organize and facilitate an amazing experience. 

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NCL Epic January 2015

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Jan 11, 2015

Dubbed "The Ugly Ship" for its boxy bullnose exterior apearance,this ship is far from that as you enter its interior. We were amazed at its fine interior design. We have sailed on many other cruises on various lines and were pleasantly surprised to see a ship that was not cookie-cutter the same as others.

Service on board was average but not as superior as other ships the same size. If you have not sailed on NCL before you will be intrigued by the Freestyle program so please be open-minded if you book this cruise.

Food on board was very good at all the restaurants as well as the buffet. We felt that reservations were a waste of time as it did not matter when you actually arrived. We were disappointed to find out that the two free dining rooms had exaclty the same menues every night. We feel that we should not be forced to pay extra for specialty restaurants and that they should all be included in the cruise fare as cruising has traditionally been.

We certainly recommend this trip to others and would definitely sail again!

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Cruise on the Epic

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Jan 11, 2015

My girlfriend and I took this cruise.  It was her first one.  The ship was large and there were over 4,000 passengers.  I felt like this cruise was more geared to the masses because of all the people.  They only had 2 shows in the main theater for the 7 night cruise but they had many other options.  They also had the formal dining room and another restaurant that served the same thing in a slightly more relaxed atmosphere.  They said no jeans or t-shirts, etc. in the main dining room but they didn't turn anyone away.  They seated fast and the service was ok.  The buffet was awesome.  Best I have ever experienced and I have been on almost every cruise line.  The biggest complaint I have is that the ship was very large and segmented.  You can't walk from the front of the ship to the back on many decks including the pool and upper decks and some inside decks without going up or down the stairs/elevator or going inside.  The shops onboard didn't have anything from the ports that we visited.  Only Puma and a few other name brand clothing.  The staff were okay but it wasn't the same experience as with a slightly smaller ship. 

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Good News, Bad News

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I was quite glum upon seeing our room for the first time. We had requested a balcony, and yes, we got a balcony, but not one where you could sit out on the balcony and watch the sea, but and enclosed one where we had to walk up to the edge to see the water, and who wants to stand and meditate. Upon complaining long and hard enough, I was sent six chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of wine from their customer relations as if that made up for everything.

This is our 3rd cruise on the Norwegian, and the first that we did not like entirely.

The food was good, sometimes great, and there was always plenty of it. However, in some bars and restaurants we had to pay extra for desserts. The waiters for the most part were courteous, but not really friendly, with the exception of the employee who kept our stateroom clean. He was awesome!

All in all, it was a good vacation, but we're thinking at this time that  when we plan a cruise again, it will not be with Norwegian.

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Loved the cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Jan 04, 2015

This is our second time on the "EPIC".  The ship, food etc are excellent and the staff very friendly.  The only thing I would like to see better and more variety of shows.

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Painful experierce.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Jan 04, 2015

I slipped and felled on the entrance of the garden  café floor and injured  my back. The floor was very slippery due to the moisture from the ocean. There was a person spraying folds hand and she could see that the floor was wet. mats should of been put at the entrance of the door. This was a family trip  with wife children so because I was in pain  I could not  get around good to enjoy the trip or my family.Five painful days.

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We wish the ship would have allowed us to buy pictures at a later date online. They are very expensive and most of the time at the end of the ship you have spent all your money. We know we would have bought online at a later time if we had the opportunity to do so.

Get a room near the front, the forward elevator goes right into the buffet, and don't miss the free liquor tasting each night at 8, they give out increasingly better scotch in the liquor shop each night.

the ship itinery was excellent . it would show who and what going on. my suggestion for first timers is to bring your luggage aboard with them so they can change and be comfortable and not wait till 6pm for the luggage to arrive by staff, theyre to many passenger to expect luggage to be in room.

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