Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

Like most other cruises

Sail Date: March 24, 2012

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

The Norwegian Epic is a floating hotel/restaurant/theater--nothing cute about the ship from the outside, but it's all there onboard. The decorations are some of the most modern I've seen on a cruise ship.

Pros: entertainment

Cons: availability of deck chairs

Recommends Norwegian Epic? Yes!

Cabin / Stateroom
The interior room we had was pretty tight around the bed. The storage space was less than other ships, but not significantly. We liked the separate shower/toilet/sink arrangement, but we do acknowledge that it is different than other ships. I don't think the separate bathroom areas would work well for friends cruising together, but it seems perfectly fine for a married couple or a family with small children. Our room was right between everything--food, entertainment, and gangway.
Ship Quality
The Epic is huge, maybe even too big, but the use of the space is not well-organized. The ship is nicely decorated, clean, and even lavish in some cases like the chandeliers.
Food and Dining
Freestyle is for us! We wore jeans every day and even shorts one night, but dressing up is not important to us. We never touched the specialty restaurants, and we didn't think we were missing anything. We read the menus before dinner, and only once did we decide to take the simple buffet route instead of a restaurant that was included in our cruise. People have said the included food is mediocre, but we completely disagreed!
Service and Staff
Everyone greeted us as we passed by on our way somewhere. The recreation staff was great, especially when you compare them to others in the world with a similar job (water park slide attendants, rock wall operators, child care givers, etc).
The Blue Man Group was great (the show could be cut to an hour and not miss anything, but the act is pretty fascinating). The Second City comedy was great--lots of variety in the shows they did. Howl at the Moon was different, but good. Deal or No Deal is a rip off for everyone except two players in each game, but it's fun to watch and feel like your voice is being heard more than they do on TV! The people who did trivia didn't seem interested in being there, and they reused questions throughout the week. Also, the trivia was not at all aligned to the titles they gave the different options. For example, there was no difference between "Pub Trivia," "Brain Teaser Trivia," or "General Trivia." Sports Trivia even recycled some questions from other trivia. Puzzles were lame, but they were different from other trivia.
Children's Programs
We don't have kids, but every kid we saw was happy and safe. We participated in some "family" activities (that's code for activities run by the youth staff), and the staff was great.

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