April 2015 - Norwegian Epic to Caribbean - Western
We decided to sail on Norwegian after a couple of cruises with Carnival. We expected an overall upgrade due to the higher price. We did enjoy the entertainment on Norwegian. It would have been even better if they had not cancelled the Blue Man group the week before we sailed. They did not see fit to replace it with any other headliner. We paid $49 extra per person for the Cirque Dreams and Dinner show and it was worth it. The food quality was a 6 out of 10 and the service was 3 out of 10. Half of the waiters were OK, and half acted like they despised you and their jobs. Plus, the bartenders were either rude or ignored you most of the time. I think Norwegian is trying to push their upgraded dining choices by making the standard option undesirable. We got much better food and service on Carnival. The rooms were also hard to navigate. Our balcony was great, but very hard to get to because of the bed placement (you only had 12 inches of clearance between the bed and the dresser). The ship is nice and big, but most of the extra room is space for shopping and the casino. We will probably go with Royal Caribbean or Disney next time.