March 2015 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Epic
BIG Ship, Good...yes, but no
The entertainment was really good, BlueMan, Second City, Circus Dream (spelling)...very enjoyable. First cruise where reservations were "encouraged" for all shows, typically just for specialty restaurants, not a deal breaker though, just different; had to "plan" most every day. Enjoyed the cruise, but I'm not wild about the Ship. Felt like the Casino was the showcase, I don't gamble, don't smoke, so didn't like that. I enjoy the large multi-level atrium like on the "Star", this one was underwhelming. There was no deck that you could walk all the way around the ship. Huge disappointment for me, I love to walk the deck early in the morning and again in the evening. It all depends on what you like to do. Also, there were many things in the "Haven" (upper decks) that were exclusive to passengers in certain cabin types (most expensive). We had two "bad" dining experiences in the free dining room. Two hours to get our order our first night on board and one of our last nights the server was quick to tell us, he was helping out because our server was a no show. NEVER had bad service in a dining room before, then two of the 5 nights we ate in the free dining rooms were bad. Give me a smaller ship; just as many amenities and great service to boot!