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Sail Date: August 14, 2010
Reviewed: 6 years ago
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Room Type: Inside
Issued into service in July of 2010, this new innovative vessel has become the newest attraction to an array of cruisers all over the world. For Norwegian Cruise Line, this is a leap, for they did not even have a cruise ship that ranked in the world's top twenty largest cruise ships, and the Norwegian Epic debuted at number three!
There are twenty dining option offered on board, of which most (not all), require a reservation and a cover charge fee. The food was pretty decent on board, but one can taste that the food was "cooked for the masses." With that said, the food on smaller ships (i.e., Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Spirit) has a better quality. Not saying the food on the Epic was bad at all, but I could taste a slight difference in the quality of the food served on board.
The Norwegian Epic has absolutely the BEST entertainment on any cruise ship from any cruise line in the entire world. The Blue Man Group, Comedy Troupe, Second City, Legends in Concert, and many other entertainment acts and shows head line every night on board. They even have Nickelodeon at Sea, and the kids can see some of their favorite cartoon characters, up close and personal.
The Norwegian Epic requires something that the other ships within the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet do not, and that is reservations, and a lot of them. In order to attend any of the fabulous shows that I mentioned above, reservations are needed. Also, for every specialty dining room on board, as well as the super cool 17 degree ice bar, reservations are needed.
If you don't make reservations, then you have to stand in the standby line for the events you wish to partake in, which doesn't guarantee you a seat in the performance that you want to see. On most other ships that I have been on, the entertainment is on a first come first serve basis. Now, all cruise lines that offer specialty dining restaurants do require an additional cover charge, so no surprises there. Let me also add the reservations for the shows do not cost anything, they are free. I believe due to the high volume of people traffic on board, they have to do this in order to keep things under control (The Ice Bar and Circus require cover charges, those are not free).
Sine the Norwegian Epic is a mega-cruise ship, the passenger capacity is very large. On the entire cruise it was hard to get a chair on the deck, there were multitudes of people all the time, and everywhere on the ship. The crew was one of the best I have ever experienced at sea, and truly made the cruise what it was, a wonderful experience.
The amenities that are on board are truly amazing! This ship comes with a bowling alley (2 of them), a rock climbing wall, a rappelling wall, an open air ice skating rink, basket ball court, spider web obstacle course, and an adult only zone called, Spice H20. The only things that I did not see on board was a golf course or a library. Overall the Norwegian Epic was one of my better cruises sailing in at #4! I give the Norwegian Epic a 4.25 out of 5.00 stars. Be sure to check out this immense innovative vessel, and see the word E-P-I-C redefined!