My Very First Cruise

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 24

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5
7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 21, 2013
Ship: Norwegian Epic
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 8102
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 3 years ago

I went on my very first cruise aboard the Norwegian Epic with my family during Christmas 2013.  The only real "negatives" I had experienced on this cruise were the rough seas on the first couple of days (I had yet to acquire my "sea legs") and sharing a cabin with my nephew.  The cabin, 8102, was small for two men but Freddy, our Cabin Steward, did an amazing job.  I liked the towel monkey he made for us.

The food was awesome throughout the ship.  My advice is to do a full walk-through in the Garden Cafe before grabbing a plate so as not miss out on any of the options.  I also liked the wings and mozzarella sticks at O'Sheehan's Pub.  

I was very impressed with the fitness center on board the ship, especially with the variety of equipment and the towel service.  I also went bowling in both bowling alleys on board.  Make sure the seas are relatively calm before attempting to bowl if you want a decent score.  

The shows were incredible, especially the Blue Man Group.  Tickets for the Blue Man Group go for at least $65 each back home in Chicago. Christmas Day in St. Thomas was a surrealistic experience to say the least.  I really liked the Christmas displays in the Manhattan Room and the Garden Cafe.  

I booked another cruise on the Getaway for this summer...and I can hardly wait!


Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food was incredible, especially in the Garden Cafe.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
So much to see and do on board. There was not enough time to explore all of the activities.


5 out of 5
All of the shows were great, but I most enjoyed the Blue Man Group.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Kudos to Freddy, our Cabin Steward!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Overall, it was a great experience.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Well appointed, but small for two adults.

Ship Tip

The ship itinerary was excellent. My first piece of advice is to bring a carry-on bag with a swimsuit, toiletries, and dinner apparel as the main suitcases will be delivered later in the evening. My next piece of advice is to walk through the Garden Cafe before grabbing a plate. So many options.

3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Take the Cable Car ride to Paradise Point.
5 out of 5
Parasailing is an incredible experience!
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