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Price: $     Size: XL     Built: Jun 2010    


What people said about this ship:

"The Blue Man Group for us was terrible and too loud!" in 114 reviews.

"...the very good, whihc is a needed plus because the main dining room s were n't." in 44 reviews.

"...I 3 because I loved the entertainment and the specialty restaurant food and the freestyle dining." in 15 reviews.




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Hugh ship but plenty of fun for all

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

The Epic has something for everybody.  Crew and food was good.  Difficult getting deck chairs on sail days unless you are there by 10AM.  Circu-ceili-dining was a great program, with good food.  I didn't like that you had to book the entertainment.  We missed seeing Blue-Man group.  The crew got us on and off the ship effortlessly.   

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mwass
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Overall Good Cruise

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

The food quality in the restaurants was sub-par regarding quality...not sure if they're trying to get people to go to the restaurants with the up charge.  One bar, O'Sheehan's was awful (very rude staff and incompetent) and this sentiment was expressed by multiple people on the ship. On the positive side, the crew was fantastic and the entertainment was wonderful!

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Great service!

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

the service was great! I love traveling with you guys! thanks! The food was great and all the shows were lovely. I love how clean the ship was and everything was organized and put together.

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ctmd0311
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GREAT SHIP, GREAT FOOD

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

The ship was nice, clean with rooms that are spacious and wider shower rooms. The ships water slide was cool but the line gets long. The gym is bigger but there are a few cycling machines that does not work , you have to pay extra to use the steam room ( which most of the other cruise ships were free) .The food was better, more choices than the other cruise ships that we went. We have cruised with Carnival, Princess, Holland, Royal .The only thing is that there is not a lot of shows to watch at night comparing to the other cruise ships. Blue man was great but definitely recommend cirque dinner - its up close and personal. Other than that - the other shows are ok except that some you need to pay extra. We always look forward to the escargot, lobster and creme brulee but those need to go the the specialty restaurants to get the real thing and you have to pay extra again.The ports - Jamaica- wont go back there, but Cozumel and Grand Caymen are great spots to snorkel and the water are pristine and blue. 

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

I've cruised other lines but fully recommend cruising like a Norwegian is the BEST. I have cruised Norwegian Epic's Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas and have future cruise rewards. Inside cabins are spacious and comfortable I prefer the balcony which is well worth pampering yourself. The stewards are wonderful, crew friendly and polite, cuisine yum yum, great entertainment and we'll organized clubs for toddlers to teens.

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mn112
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So-so experience

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

Well, it rather be a 2 star. This was our worst cruise out of 5.

First a shorter list of what was good. Cabin was OK, food was good, specialty restaurants are very good. Rock climbing, slides, bowling, games, casino, hot tubs, shops are all good. Crew is nice and helpful.

Not good: entertainment is limited, some required extra payments, some shows were really bad. Slides, rock climbing are open only limited time. Elevators are slow, no soap, no conditioner, no iron, no pen. WC in room are noisy, bath has not much privacy. Internet use is expensive, not much information is given. We left a bathing suit accidentally in restroom which was stolen by an attendant so we have to buy one on ship (everything is expensive, excursions are too). Ship is kind of ugly, looks like a cargo ship from front and rear.

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Entertainment

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

The only dislike I had was that of the people like me watching the shows being pulled to be part of the show and displayed on stage for the other peoples entertainment. I and many others told me that happened on two of the shows where I had to leave on one for that reason. I cruise every year and my next cruise I take will be of checking the entertainment where I can enjoy the show by there talent and not being in fear that I will be picked to go in front of all those people against my will. Glenn Gagne

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Good experience

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

I mostly enjoyed this cruise but sometimes felt like I was trapped at sea. I guess 7 days was too much for my first cruise. I enjoyed the countries but hated coming off at the ports because so many vendors are just lying in wait to bombard all the tourists they know are coming off the ship. it was overwhelming at times. The Cozumel port was the absolute worst because they dropped us off so far from the beach that we had to take a 20-min taxi ride there, ugh.

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It wasn't Disney (which I wasn't expecing), but not much better than Carnival (which I was)

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

We've been on several cruises.  We have to young boys.  Last time on NCL was 15 years ago in Alaska.

Norwegian has the best food.  I will give them that.  Other than the watered down sauces, the food, especially the premium food is very good.

Blue Man Group, Nick, and  the Circus Shows were good.  Not Disney good, but good.

My main source of disappointed was the boat was very crowded, the staff was averagely attentive, and the ship wasn't kept as clean as it could be.  I would say NCL feel below Carnival on all accounts (and I'm comparing the larger, newer NCL Epic to the older smaller Carnival Legend; we have also sailed on the Disney Fantasy).  You pay a premium for NCL over Carnival, and other than the food being marginally better, it wasn't worth the upcharge.  It also felt that the boat was under staffed.  You also had a lot of the same people you find on Carnival (which, is really my only knock on Carnival) on NCL.  You don't find these people on Disney, or Disney has lesser folks and higher prices so they getting weeded out.

Don't count on the water slides, rock wall, and bungee being open on sea days.  Mostly, they were closed due to wind.  Nature, no, turn the tv on and you will see the ship is doing 20 knots on these days.  The weather was perfect, the boat speed created the wind.

Getting an elevator is near impossible.  Learned a trick the last day.  Hold the button down of the floor you are going to, and the elevators on the Epic bypass every floor on their way up or down.  Nice, now I know why we sat watching elevators pass up left and right lol.

Not selling Disney, although everyone with pre-teen kids should do at least one Disney Cruise.......but thinking we will try Royal Caribbean next.  I wouldn't go out of my way to get back on NCL, even if prices were equal, I think it would be a toss up between NCL and Carnival.

 

 

 

 

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EPIC

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

We did back to back cruises and was disappointed in the food on the Epic after riding the Getaway...No toilet paper in deck bathrooms , very slow bar service..Did not like the European style state rooms.. The BlueMan group , legends , and Karaokke were great..

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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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