NCL Epic January 2015

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 11, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Epic
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 12009
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

Dubbed "The Ugly Ship" for its boxy bullnose exterior apearance,this ship is far from that as you enter its interior. We were amazed at its fine interior design. We have sailed on many other cruises on various lines and were pleasantly surprised to see a ship that was not cookie-cutter the same as others.

Service on board was average but not as superior as other ships the same size. If you have not sailed on NCL before you will be intrigued by the Freestyle program so please be open-minded if you book this cruise.

Food on board was very good at all the restaurants as well as the buffet. We felt that reservations were a waste of time as it did not matter when you actually arrived. We were disappointed to find out that the two free dining rooms had exaclty the same menues every night. We feel that we should not be forced to pay extra for specialty restaurants and that they should all be included in the cruise fare as cruising has traditionally been.

We certainly recommend this trip to others and would definitely sail again!

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Great selection in the Garden Cafe buffet.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Nice variety.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Nice variety.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
Observed lots of participation by others.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Friendly but not overly ambitious.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Unique sprawling design but not crowded.

Ship Tip

We wish the servers would provide better beverage service poolside on hot days. NCL could benefit by selling pre-made drink-of-the -day off the servers trays as they walk through the decks. They might also capitalize on offering more soda and soft drinks poolside.

3 out of 5
Car rental at he Port of Miami is poor...better to book from airport or Fort Lauderdale.
3 out of 5
Much improved from visiting in previous years.
5 out of 5
Great for shopping .
5 out of 5
Great shopping and dining.
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