Norwegian Epic ship stats

  • Price:

    $$$$
  • Size:

    XL
  • Total Passengers:

    4,228
  • Total Crew:

    1,690
  • Passenger to Crew Ratio:

    2.50
  • Built:

    Jan 2010
  • Refurbished:

    Jan 2015
  • Number of Decks:

    15
  • Total Cabins:

    2,114
  • Cabin Categories:

    43
  • Gross Tonnage:

    153,000
  • Length:

    1,068
  • Beam:

    133

Norwegian Epic overview

By Cruiseline.com - Updated Mar. 9, 2020

Launched in 2010, Norwegian Epic is a top choice for a romantic getaway or an epic family vacation. This one-of-a-kind ship gives passengers a classic cruise experience with some unique Norwegian touches such as Freestyle dining, top-notch performances, adults-only hangouts, and a luxurious thermal suite and spa. Epic features adult-oriented entertainment and exciting complimentary and specialty dining with an international flair, but that's not all. The ship also has plenty of sports and water park activities for kids and active adults alike.

Start the day with breakfast at the Great Outdoors buffet, a workout in the Pulse fitness center, or a brisk walk on the jogging track. Whether it's midmorning or midafternoon, there's always time to enjoy some high-energy sports on the basketball court or a quiet moment at Spice H2O, an Ibiza-inspired retreat for adults. Then, it's off to the main pool and Aqua Park before frozen cocktails at the Skyy Vodka Ice Bar and a night of world-class entertainment.

Norwegian Epic has a strong lineup of stage shows (many of which are somewhat racy), including the Tony-winning musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the sultry dance extravaganza Burn the Floor, and the Cirque Dreams Epicurean dinner show, which features live music and acrobatics. The ship's 2015 refurbishments updated many of the dining venues, including Moderno Churrascaria, Cagney's Steakhouse, and La Cucina. While Epic is somewhat more geared toward couples and singles, families can still take full advantage of the Aqua Park and Splash Academy activity center.

Norwegian Epic alternates sails both Caribbean and Mediterranean itineraries. The ship's core territory covers the southern Caribbean, including Curaçao, St. Lucia, and St. Kitts. Western Caribbean cruises visit Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Honduras, and Belize with stops in Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico. These itineraries depart from San Juan, Miami, or Orlando. Mediterranean cruises on Norwegian Epic depart from Barcelona and Rome. Itineraries range from weekend getaways to 12-day cruises that explore the shores of Malta, Greece, Italy, France, and Spain. For a vacation full of onboard relaxation, book a two-week transatlantic cruise between Barcelona and Miami or San Juan as the ship repositions for the season.

Norwegian Epic ship highlights

  • Six pools and nine whirlpools
  • Aqua Park featuring the Epic Plunge
  • Kids' pool and mini water park
  • Sports deck with climbing wall and full-size courts
  • Jogging/walking track
  • Splash Academy kid’s activities
  • Three-lane bowling alley
  • Entourage teen center
  • Video arcade
  • Two-story Wii Wall entertainment screen
  • Multiple bars, including the Skyy Ice Bar
  • Howl at the Moon sing along
  • Broadway-style entertainment
  • Headliners Comedy Club
  • Adults-only Spice H2O area
  • Mandara Spa & Salon with thermal suite
  • Pulse fitness center
  • Duty-free shopping
  • Studio cabins for solo travelers
  • Epic Casino

Before you book

Why sail on Norwegian Epic: While there’s plenty for families to do onboard, Norwegian Epic is ideal for adults traveling solo, as a couple, or with friends thanks to its ample nightlife, entertainment, and international dining.

You should know: Many cabins feature curved walls and rounded beds, which can lead to a cramped feel. Public areas, such as the Atrium and elevators, can be crowded at times, and some cabin designs are questionable.

Norwegian Epic ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 3.8
  • Children's Programs 3.7
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.1
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 3.8
  • Entertainment 3.9
  • Food and Dining 3.9
  • Onboard Activities 3.6
  • Service and Staff 4.0
  • Ship Quality 3.9

Norwegian Epic cabins

2114 cabins and 43 cabin categories.

Inside Cabin

Inside

3.8
(213 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 125 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $95/night
Balcony Cabin

Balcony

3.7
(472 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 219 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $166/night
Suite Cabin

Suite

3.9
(222 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 360 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $183/night

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Norwegian Epic dining

Cagney''s Steakhouse

Cagney''s Steakhouse

4.8
(44 Reviews)
Teppanyaki

Teppanyaki

4.7
(26 Reviews)
Sushi Bar

Sushi Bar

4.2
(5 Reviews)
Le Bistro

Le Bistro

4.1
(13 Reviews)

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Norwegian Epic onboard activities

Art Gallery

Art Gallery

5.0
(1 Review)
Sake Bar

Sake Bar

5.0
(2 Reviews)
The Epic Club Lounge

The Epic Club Lounge

5.0
(4 Reviews)
Theater Bar

Theater Bar

5.0
(1 Review)

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Mixed Review by DaraC2

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)

Overall nice cruise in the Haven aboard the Epic. I do not think it was a very good value for the money, however, having sailed in other cruiseline’s suite categories.

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Great Itinerary by grahamchrisd

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

Over all it was a nice itinerary. We Enjoyed the islands and shops. Most all the people on the islands was friendly and helpful.

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Good Cruise, Been on Better by harrykopy

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple

This was our 6th cruise with Norwegian, and as far as the Epic goes, probably our least favorite ship. I think we'll be looking at smaller ships in the future, and maybe move away from NCL. Not sure the few Latitude rewards they give you really make up for the thousands of dollars you spend, and get a so-so experience. This voyage was to include a stop in Bonnaire, but it was taken off the itinerary without explanation, and the time spent in Curacao was originally a more reasonable 8am port time, than the 6am time that had us rolling our eyes...Sometimes I wonder if the head honchos at NCL try and make their employees that serve us on the ship make up for their own lack of "keeping the customer satisfied" with communication. Frank Del Rio...Why was there a change in the ship's itinerary??? No one else seems to know!

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1237 Norwegian Epic tips

LeonBrinson
Feb 20, 2013

We wish the ship would have allowed us to buy pictures at a later date online. They are very expensive and most of the time at the end of the ship you have spent all your money. We know we would have bought online at a later time if we had the opportunity to do so.

ravenlady23
Mar 29, 2014

the ship itinery was excellent . it would show who and what going on. my suggestion for first timers is to bring your luggage aboard with them so they can change and be comfortable and not wait till 6pm for the luggage to arrive by staff, theyre to many passenger to expect luggage to be in room.

Firstimecruiser
May 22, 2013

Go to dinner early to avoid a wait at taste and manhattan

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