kda

kda

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Joined 03/2013

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Norwegian Epic

November 2016 - 14 Night Western & Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Epic

Not the typical NCL cruise

I have been on over 20 cruises with various lines including NCL.    The experience on the NCL Epic was unique and second-rate.    

The ship holds 4100 passengers.    One strategy to optimized space relates to the cabin layout.    When you open your cabin door you walk between the toilet and shower stall.    The toilet and shower both have sliding semi-translucent doors.   The arrangement is functional, but can be uncomfortable when answering the door or desiring privacy.  

 

The public spaces on the ship struggle to support the large passenger capacity.    The solution is a reservation system that can be accessed with the television in the cabin or at the box office location.     It important to make your reservations early in the week or risk missing a show.     Speaking of shows, Priscilla; Queen of the Desert, a story about two drag performers and a transgender woman traveling across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret, was an unusual show for a family cruise.   To be fair the production quality was spectacular, but it was not kid friendly.  

 

The food service was just bad.     At closing time, I watched the main buffet staff literally pull food pans from passengers that waited in line and dump it in the trash.     The main dining room could not service my wife’s and child’s gluten free requirements.       The service staff was not aware of the ships wine purchase program.    The waiters were slow to clear the table of plates.   Water glasses were not serviced.     Securing a glass of ice tea was a challenge.     The quality of the food was hit and miss.     Too much focus has shifted to the buy up dining options in the cruise industry.

 

At the islands, waiting for a tender requires a good book and a comfortable chair.

    

When visiting the NCL private island, I recommend taking the last tender.    Grab a chair on the beach and monitor the line.

 

NCL is a good cruise line.    I traveled on the NCL Dawn this summer and would rebook tomorrow.      The Epic and staff just need to be scrapped.

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Norwegian Dawn

August 2016 - 7 Night Bermuda (Boston Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Dawn

Mixed

The cruise director and staff are among the best of any ship!    They make you laugh at every performance.   Richard and Dan drove the atmosphere of the vacation.

 

The food looked great, but I could not eat most of it!    They ship did not support my gluten free diet.     Bread with dinner was toast.    If I was willing to wait 1/2 hour, I could order gluten free pizza.    Several other cruise lines are miles ahead of NCL in this regard.     

 

House keeping was marginal.    Our room was not kept in order.   We did not develop a relationship with the steward (very different experience for us).    We had two cabins with the same experience on different decks.

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Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Epic

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Norwegian Dawn

Norwegian Dawn

Great riding ship without any motion.

Caribbean Princess

Caribbean Princess

Enter the main shows on deck 6.

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