Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to U.S. - Southeast

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

Exceeded expectations

Sail Date: October 01, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

This was our 6th cruise although most of our international traveling is on our own. The Norwegian Epic is very large but seemed quick and easy to get around, although the elevators were slow. Although a repositioning cruise, it had the best entertainment we've seen on a cruise ship and the food and service were excellent.

Pros: Great entertainment\, nice cabin\, very good food and service\, two great Island stops.

Cons: Minor design issues on ship\, increased service fees (tips).

Recommends Norwegian Epic? Yes!

Ship Quality
It was easy to move around in despite it's size. Two minor things; although the Balcony cabin was larger than on previous ships and very well appointed\, the furniture was a bit large for it and so only one person could move between the bed and the desk at a time (we're not heavy or large). Also\, I very like outside decks on a ship to enjoy the scenery while exercising and there was very little of that on the Epic. But these are minor issues\, the ship overall was of high quality.
Food and Dining
The complimentary dining included two very good formal dining rooms with musical entertainment of a classical nature. The food and service were excellent\, so we didn't need to bother with the specialty restaurants. This has not always been true on this cruise line so this was an improvement.
Cabin / Stateroom
I covered this in a previous section. I'll just add that there was plenty of closet and storage space. The balcony was a little larger than on other such ships. One added thing; the toilet enclosure was nearly transparent so the shower enclosure could not be used at the same time by someone else.
Service and Staff
Norwegian doesn't always have consistent service so it was nice to see that it was excellent on this ship. I wrote positive reviews of three different staff on the card given for this purpose.
Best entertainment we've seen on any ship\, especially the Blue Man Group\, Cirque Dreams\, Legends in concert and Graffiti. It was much better than on the Norwegian Jade.

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