Great cruise if you like freestyle

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 17

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
Sail Date: March 02, 2013
Ship: Norwegian Epic
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 5 years ago
The ship was nice. I prefer the big open spaces on Royal Caribbean ships. I did not like having to pass through the smokey casino to get to the dining rooms. We entered the ship in the casino and our muster station was the casino. What kind of luck is that! Yuck!!!! It was nice to have different dining choices. There were two no extra charge restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We ate at Le Bistro the French restaurant. It was nice but not worth the extra cost. I was not impressed with Cirque Dreams dinner show $39.99 per person. We sat at a very cramped counter in the balcony overlooking the show. The food was cold when it arrived. i did not feel it was any better show than I have seen on other smaller cruise ships. The balcony rooms on the Epic are very small. You almost have to turn sideways to walk past the bed. The only real floor space is in front of the door to the room or in front of the closet , which has you standing at the balcony door. There is no enclosed bathroom. You can sit on the bed to brush your teeth. The bed was so short neither my husband or I could stretch out. Make sure you dead bolt the door when inside. We had our cabin stewart visit us the first afternoon because someone flipped the indicator outside our room to make up room. He was literally on top of us with the bed so close to the door! This another reason set seating works. The cabin stewart has a pretty good idea when to do the turn down when he knows when you'll be gone to dinner. There were very few oppurtunities to ballroom dance. We seemed to be searching for something to do each night. The dining and entertainment flow so much better on traditional dining time cruises. There were many children on this cruise as it provides many activities for children. We avoided the Garden Cafe as much as possible because even with the employees dilligent watch that people washed hands on entering, I saw children running there hands along clean plates and spoon hands and grabbing and touch food. Also even adults put their water bottles right up to the beverage machines to fill them contaminating them. There were signs up asking them not to fill water bottles. It's no wonder they have a problem on cruise ship with outbreaks of illnesses.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


5 out of 5
Shows were good. Not enough ballroom dancing

Children's Programs

Appeared good. Not traveling with children.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
No enclosed bath. Bed too short

Ship Tip

Check out the adult only cushioned lawn chairs at the front of the ship. Also less windy there. Make your theater reservations at home early. Although you can make reservations in your cabin on the TV, we saw long lines at the theater box office for the first 3-4 days.

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