Norwegian Epic Overview

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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.

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 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

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

Cabins

2114 cabins and 43 cabin categories.

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Inside Cabin Inside
3.8
(206 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 125 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $122/night
Balcony Balcony
3.7
(450 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 219 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $184/night
Suite Cabin Suite
3.9
(212 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 360 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $214/night

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Dining

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Cagney''s Steakhouse Cagney''s Steakhouse
4.8
(33 Reviews)
Teppanyaki Teppanyaki
4.8
(16 Reviews)
Sushi Bar Sushi Bar
4.0
(4 Reviews)

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Onboard Activities

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Art Gallery Art Gallery
5.0
(1 Review)
Sake Bar Sake Bar
5.0
(1 Review)
The Epic Club Lounge The Epic Club Lounge
5.0
(3 Reviews)
Theater Bar Theater Bar
5.0
(1 Review)

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2462 Norwegian Epic Reviews

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We have rated the norwegian getaway as our best cruising experience and the epic was the worst of our 9 cruises by lhblong

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We really feel like we were shammed by Norwegian, As seniors we paid a lot of money for the haven with the expectations of having the wonderful experience we enjoyed on the getaway. We got no embarkation or disembarkation benefits at all, instead of being escorted to our busses we were turned loose in the epic theater to stand in extremely long to get off and getting back on was a joke. Then to have to pay a taxi after having paid for transfers to airport was the final humiliation. Norwegian just lost once a year travelers

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Didn’t like the ship by emilio215

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Ship very noisy. Bathroom in cabin terrible. Didn’t like “free style”

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This Cruise's Amenities Slightly Different by anroca

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Overall, the destinations were good. Just wish the dining experience had been better.

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1132 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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