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February 2015 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Epic

Epic Eastern Carribean

Ship was designed and built in France and Norwegian won't do that again.  All their new ships, Getaway, Breakaway etc.... are German.   The ship is big but big enough so there is room.   However, the ship is not laid out well with extremely small pools (just large hot tubs really)  due to design flaw in weight.  (Center of ship is weak).  Same problem does not allow any midship's elevators.  So, elevators are slow and crowed and there really  is no pool except for dipping.  Entertainment not nearly as good as some other Norwegian ships.   Food is excellent but you will want to spend 300.00 or so on specialty restaurants. (20-40 each)   Also, tips are added at 12.00 each per day.  With no excursions you will likely have a 500-700.00 ship's bill.  Check for available credits of 100.00 each plus 50.00 from Cruise first.   Despite the French doing their best to mess things up,  it was 86, sunny and perfect every day and you have 10 bars and 8 restaurants within 500 feet of your stateroom; what's not to like!

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mpoppleton's Tips

Cozumel, Mexico - What a change from a few years ago Really improved with really great shopping. We did not get kidnapped or feel threatened.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica - Falls are a must and ok for older and out of shape people. You can do it! We went river rafting since done falls often and it was great. Book with Cruise first rather than norwegian.
Miami, Florida - Get hotel at Marriott and arrive one day early. It is much more relaxing and even if it snows where you are, drive south and catch a flight. The one day relieves much travel stress and room is cheap at 140.00 or so.

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