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"we loved the meals, the dining rooms, blue man , circ, etc, everything was good except one thing......" in 97 reviews.

"The food in the main dining rooms was very good, good service, and the servers were exceptional." in 41 reviews.

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bpkerr
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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Feb 15, 2015

I have previously cruised in the NCL Getaway and was blown away by the amenities of the ship, the food and the room. So I booked on the NCL Epic to try a different itinerary. Bad move. It was not all bad. The entertainment on this ship was wonderful. The layout of the pool area was far superior to the Getaway and the food was great in the restaurants.

Now for the bad: the food was lacking on the buffet. Buffet food had little variety compared to the Getaway and was often stale. Seating in the buffet was very limited due to very large booths.

On board the Getaway you could always find a quiet spot to getaway. Not so on the Epic it was always like the mall at Christmas. The bathrooms were woefully lacking on the EPIC. They always wanted you to cleanie cleanie your hands but at least 2 soap dispensers in each bathroom were out of soap at all times.

They also forced you to go through the casino at ALL times by blocking the back staircase forcing you to go through an area that smelled like a bowling ally and often had the gamers blocking the traffic area. If you want to go on the ship to gamble that is OK but for those of us who don't smoke or gamble this was an unpleasant experience.

The room was well... unique. I was able to compare apples to apples as I had the exact same type of room on both ships. The Getaway was roomy and had a private bathroom. The Epic was an epic fail in this area. Upon entering the room you had an out house toilet to your right and a pod shower to your left. I am short but the shower was for munchkins and the toilet felt like you were on the Greyhound bus. The sink was in the room which made brushing your teeth and sneaking out before everyone else impossible. I have seen bowls on a salad bar bigger than the sink which was right next to the bed. More water went on the bed and the counter than in the sink. There was also very little privacy. We have a teen age daughter traveling with us and to change they offer the area between the shower and the latreen but directly in front of the entry door. You pull a curtain for privacy. This was the worst part of the experience. And before you say so what you are never in the room... we had very rough seas and could not even pull into Grand Caymen so we were in our room more than usual. The one time we experienced rough seas on the Getaway you could not get off the elevator with out someone offering you sea sick meds. The Epic suggested you buy them.

Many staff seemed like either they had not had their contracts renewed and were just working out the rest of their time or were in training and not very knowledgeable. Before this cruise I was a NCL loyalist. I will try them again, carefully looking at ship plans first, but will be much more open to trying someone else.

I give this trip 3 stars because I loved the entertainment and the specialty restaurant food and the freestyle dining.

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Feb 15, 2015

I had the best time of my life. Everyone was super nice and forever friendly. The food was our standing. I would love a variety of more Caribbean did And of course more seafood. The staff was always there when I needed them. For this being my first cruise my experience was awesome. Can't wait till my next one.

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Beer hig price

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Feb 15, 2015

The price is attractif...but after you pay evry thinks that geting huige cost.Surprised Epic is a beautiful ship...but to big.A love yuor directeur de cruise:Armen nice guy.

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Norwegian Epic was awesome!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Feb 08, 2015

My husband and I love cruising.  We just returned from a 7 night cruise to the Eastern Caribbean on the Norwegian Epic, which was our 27th cruise.  We were a little hesitant to cruise on a ship of this size at first.  Boy were we wrong!  This is a beautiful ship.  For the amount of people who were on this voyage, we never once felt crowded.  Even the common areas were spacious.  Never had a problem getting a chair (except for maybe around the pool).  Our stateroom was very nice and well tended to.  My only complaint is the elevators were too slow.  I'm not sure what they can do to remedy this problem, though.  We are planning on cruising on the new Norwegian ship next year.  Can't wait!  We would definitely cruise this ship again. 

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Family of 4 Beware

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Feb 08, 2015

Overall we managed to survive but the family mini suite is nothing more that the regular balcony room with pop down beds (if you can call them that). They should not sell this as a SUITE by any stretch of the imagination. The layout of the room curving like an "S" made for a very uncomfortable feel and the toilet and shower at the cabin door was nothing more than terrible design. The slightly rounded bed at the head and the feet made it difficult for a person of even 5 10 feet to sleep without feet hanging over the bed and the couch was terrible to sit on as the back of the couch was also curved. When you pulled the couch out from the curved back, there was little room to walk by. Balcony was a nice size but there was not any comfort. Two metal chairs and rickety tables provided. Sadly the linen was not nice nor new and our room was never kept clean. The carpets where also filth.

Cruise was fun and evening entertainment kept us happy but bed time with kids was a nightmare. We got though the cruise but 7 days with the "SUITE" like that we will not go back on this ship and will be cautious of their fleet.

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Great 1st time Norwegian experience

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Feb 08, 2015

I've read as many reviews from those on the Epic ship as I could leading up to my booking.  After reading some good and some bad, I had to make up my own mind to cruise.  The price was perfect.  As we began our trip, I was very amazed by the ship's appearance and how huge this sucker was.  People complained about the food, lack of deck space, etc.  I went on a 7-day Caribbean cruise to Jamaica and had a blast!!  I still feel like I'm rocking to the waves.  I didn't enjoy Cayman or Cozumel that much; expensive. 

We mostly ate in the Garden Café where I found the food to be very excellent as well as the upkeep by the staff.  I really enjoyed the table set-up by the window and just enjoyed the meals looking out into the ocean.  That's what it's all about; relaxing and taking it all in. 

We also ate in O'Sheehan's for lunch only but it was just ok.  Shanghai was great! 

The entertainment was excellent!  We watched Blue Man and Legends...people complained about the lack of entertainment.  Geez, what do you want?  The whole broadway?  Movies at the back of the ship Spice H2O was nice and relaxing as we watched Cool Runnings..about the Jamaica bobsled.  I enjoyed how there were different activities going on the ship.  And people complained about the kids/teens...Really?  It was cool seeing them having fun as well.  How selfish of people trying to keep others from having a time of their lives.  They weren't a bother.  People also complained how huge the ship was...damn I liked every bit of it...man what an exercise. 

I won $500 in casino slots..so I have no complaints there. 

Overall, it was sad to step off the ship on the last day this past Sunday, 2/15/15 and go home.  First time on Norwegian, but not the last.  There is a new ship coming in Nov. 2015 "Escape".  It's going to the Virgin Islands/Bahamas and we are thinking about going on that one to see what a new ship feels like...and it's a Norwegian. 

Thank you Norwegian for a wonderful time!!  I will continue to sail with you as long as you continue to make us happy!  Washy-washy..smiley-smiley.  Until then, Aloha!

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Feb 08, 2015

cabin was nice. after my first meal I got sick with severe gastro and was quarantined in my room for 3 days. simptoms so severe I thought I was going to go blind.food was horrible even the restaurant that charged extra. entertainment was poor compared to other cruises.staff was nice.

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Feb 08, 2015

I think that Norwegian has slipped from wher it was. Food in the dining room was inconsitant and warm not hot. The suite with a Tub is a waste of space, the toilet area is the size of what you would find on a small boat. The sink is in the cabin area. Poor design. The balcony area is nice but was not maintained,trash that was there when we got on was never picked up. Towels did not look clean and felt rough. The specilaty dining restaurants are OK ,the service is good. Information at the front desk is an adventure the people there are not trained or are not informed. Depending on which bar you got to and who is tending will determine the quality of your drink.

 

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Feb 08, 2015

This is my second  and last time on the ship, although there is plenty of food. The service is terrible most esp. the bartenders. Nasty, don't look at you, take forever to get a drink. Honestly don't give out the all drink included, if your company is not taking care of your workers. If you bribe them with cash they are happy???.

The help desks... just as RUDE.

As for the kids activities,,, HORRIBLE... what happened when the kids could walk around and hang out and swim, its just poorly managed. No fun activities, Sponge Bob and friends are like hidden, pay for me or don't see me kind of thing?? Really??... not enough fun things for kids to do.Makes it harder for parents to come and enjoy a cruise.

Same thing, all the time,,,, if the weather is bad change up your activities... make the people have fun... felt like we where trapped on a ship with nothing to do ....

Felt like your staff is worn out and bored. Felt like I booked the cruise to go feed myself, because we where honestly bored.

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Epic Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Feb 01, 2015

This was a great cruise for the value.   The ship was nice, the food was good, the crew was friendly.   I would recommend this trip.   That said, we still prefer Royal Caribbean as their ships are nicer.   Also, we only had 3 main shows on the Epic and had to pay an upcharge for up to 3 more.   We paid once for the Circus and Dinner.   Was good, but at $40 each for the premium seat, I felt it was over charged.   Royal Caribbean does not charge more for shows.  I hope the cruise industry does not go in that direction.   The Epic, although very nice, did not have as nice of pool deck as other ships, the layout just was not right, but still okay, so still consider this ship.

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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.

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.

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