Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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3 out of 5

Norwegian Epic - August 14 to 22

Sail Date: August 14, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Balcony

Some overall impressions of the NCL Epic from our family cruise 08/14 to 08/21:
The cleanliness and condition of the public areas is quite good, as it should be on a newly launched ship. Hand sanitizers are ever present throughout the vessel. The exception here is the bathroom facilities in the vicinity of the pool and water slides, which often had terrible odors rendering them almost unusable. The ship itself is very large, not well proportioned, and not pleasing to look at. This became strikingly evident when we docked opposite the Disney Wonder in the Bahamas.

The overall quality of food, restaurant variety, and dining times rated fairly high from most members of our 15-member family cruise party. Many optional restaurants are available to satisfy any food desire.

Quality of furnishings in the stateroom is good and the comfort level is generally high, however many of our party did not like the placement or the design of the shower/bath or toilet compartments. In addition, the sink was found to be too small with the shape of faucet blocking most of the basin. Simply turning on the water would cause it to splash over the edge wetting anything left on the vanity near the sink.

Very high marks in general from all members of our travel party for willingness and ability to help from the ship staff. Two notable exceptions to this were the manager of LeBistro restaurant who would not add an additional person to an existing reservation for 9, and somewhat rudely dismissed the request, and the ship photo staff who could not arrange a family portrait for 15 without incurring a $75.00 sitting fee.

Many different venues for entertainment and activities should satisfy even the most demanding passenger.

Recommends Norwegian Epic? No.

Food and Dining
The overall quality of food, restaurant variety, and dining times rated fairly high from most members of our 15-member family cruise party. Many optional restaurants are available to satisfy any food desire.
Entertainment
Many different venues for entertainment and activities should satisfy even the most demanding passenger.
Ship Quality
The cleanliness and condition of the public areas is quite good, as it should be on a newly launched ship. Hand sanitizers are ever present throughout the vessel. The exception here is the bathroom facilities in the vicinity of the pool and water slides, which often had terrible odors rendering them almost unusable. The ship itself is very large, not well proportioned, and not pleasing to look at. This became strikingly evident when we docked opposite the Disney Wonder in the Bahamas.
Cabin / Stateroom
Quality of furnishings in the stateroom is good and the comfort level is generally high, however many of our party did not like the placement or the design of the shower/bath or toilet compartments. In addition, the sink was found to be too small with the shape of faucet blocking most of the basin. Simply turning on the water would cause it to splash over the edge wetting anything left on the vanity near the sink.
Service and Staff
Very high marks in general from all members of our travel party for willingness and ability to help from the ship staff. Two notable exceptions to this were the manager of LeBistro restaurant who would not add an additional person to an existing reservation for 9, and somewhat rudely dismissed the request, and the ship photo staff who could not arrange a family portrait for 15 without incurring a $75.00 sitting fee.
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