November 2014 - Norwegian Epic to Caribbean - Western
This is an inexpensive cruise on a newer ship. There is a reason. Rooms are very tight and poorly designed. You have to climb over the bed to access the rest of the room or balcony if someone else is getting dressed or makeup. Having the sink and toilet in the living areas is just weird.
Pools are small and crowed with children, hot tubs overrun with children too young to supposed to be even allowed to be in them.
I was on this ship 6 months ago, and again last week. It has gone down hill. Buffet food is awful, breakfast stations are not stocked well and omelet stations only had 4 total ingredients for your omelet. No ham, mushrooms, spinach, or anything else you may want. Very limited selection at all meals in buffet and not well prepared.Almost impossible to find butter, jelly or anything else you might need. One station in the entire restaurent has it.
Main dining room food was better. Always something to choose that was OK. Not incredible, but decent. Service was marginal, maybe because of all freestyle dining and waiters never got you twice. We left one night before dessert because waiter never came back to see if original order was OK, which is wasn't, and never came back to ask about replacing original order or dessert.
Specialty restaurants were Ok. Didn't do the steak house but the French and Italian were good. but I ordered Lamb in the French Restaurant and the next night it was on the menu. The Irish restaurant that is always open is terrible. Meat loaf that has the consestancy of cat food, wings that were broken in the middle and looked like they came of a chicken hit by a car, plus the worst fried chicken I have every had.
Entertainment is very lacking. Once you have seen Blue Man Group, it is pretty much the same every time. Legends of concert performers would not make it in most small night clubs. Buffet and whoever the other women was supposed to be were not an act I would expect on a major cruise line with 4000 passengers. They just were not very good. 6 months ago they had Steven Tyler, Katy Perry and Elvis impersonators who were much better.
Sorry, but Second City must get tired of doing this 3 nights a week, because they just are not very funny most of the time, and went to 3 performances and all were boring.
The Howl at the moon was the only savior. 3 talented musicians that all made it fun, involved the crowd, and had fun.
Pool activities were randomly cancelled for no reason but the pool band was good when they played. The Blues Club is loud, uncomfortable seating and like an open jam night.
Ship is clean, secure doors to reduce noise, but they are trying to make it as cheap as possible for the cruise line. No extras of anythnig.
Don't expect luxury and great service or food at this price.