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Norwegian Epic

February 2017 - Norwegian Epic to Caribbean - Eastern

Freesailing on the big ship

It was interesting to get to visit the off-shore ports of British Virgin Islands, U S Virgin Islands, and Nassau, Bahamas.  This was our first time in this area of the Atlantic Ocean.

We were amazed at the size of the Norwegian Epic ship.  It held and estimated 4,000 guests and some 1,200 crew.  It looked like a large floating hotel.  It functioned much like that also.  Imagine that many people moving around, trying to board and disembark, and trying to eat or use the sun deck at the same time.  It was an "experience".  

Since the cruise was intended for "Freesailing" we were pretty much expected to plan our own activity schedule.  The programming seemed oriented towards drinking and gambling on board.  Those were not of interest to us, so we did a lot of sun bathing.  Shore excursions were primarily beach and/or water activities.  Again not our thing, so we did disembark and walk around the port areas to see the territory.  

We did have a balcony room and we spent a lot of time on the balcony watching the sea and port areas and adjacent ships.  We enjoyed the balcony immensely.  

Our room was clean and spacious for the two of us.  The Room Steward did a super job keeping our room made up.  He was very friendly and helpful.

We did learn one thing during this experience - we would not take another cruise on such a large ship.  

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Great Stirrup Cay (Cruiseline Private Island), Bahamas - Great Stirrup Cay had a total power failure while we were enroute there. The ship diverted to Nassau, Bahamas. Nassau port is overrun with vendors wanting to sell you anything and everything. They are agressive and get in your face. Not pleasant.

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