My Very First Cruise
Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Sail Date: December 21, 2013
Ship: Norwegian Epic
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 8102
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 2 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!
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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.