Overall GREAT cruise for the family

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 08, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Epic
Cabin Type: Suite
Cabin Number: 13045
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 2 years ago

This was our (Myself, Husband, son-7, son-3, son-10mo and Mother-in-Law) second run on the NCL Epic.  Our fist we went to the Eastern Carrib (St. Marteen, St. Thomas, Nassau).  We preferred the itinerary way more on this one.  However, the Epic was brand new the last time we went, and in only a 1.5 years later, it's starting to show its age a little (minor - magnet on sitting area in room broken; kids pool area leaking water; small rust spots showing).  Also, the Legends in Concert was no where near the same level it was the first time.  The entertainers themselves we fine, but the crowd was NOT engaged at all.  Stark contrast to the first time I saw the show.  Some of the kids entertainment conflicted with the port times.  The food was great in both the free places as well as the specialty dining.  Overall the room and the service of the people were great, the ports were great and we still had a FAB time.  We would recommend this cruise - just try to avoid Spring Break crowd if you are cruising with the family.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Free food and Specialty dining is great!

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Lots of nickle and dime games (Deal or No Deal, Bingo, etc.)

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Good to keep you busy not phenominal.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Overall great - kids had a blast.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Excellent service from Casino to Dining to Room Attendants.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Starting to show age. Not run down but minor cosmetics.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
GREAT if you have kids or like being close to everything. Right by stairs/elevators, splash academy is one floor up, buffet/outdoor two floors up; elevators let out right by all theaters/entertainment. Room was VERY quiet, balcony has great view, FYI NO bathtub only shower.

Ship Tip

Save on your bar tab and get BAR SET-UP in your room. It's bottles of alcohol (there's a list) that you can pre-order prior to cruising. We brought our own red bull, pop and water and saved a BUNDLE. For comparison we spent about $600 in drinks (pop, water and alcohol) vs $160 this time!!

5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Mystic Mountain - Zip Line and Bob Sled with Sky Explorer=AWESOME! AMAZING views!!
5 out of 5
7-mile beach. Water is stunning - can see all the way down. calm warm waters.
5 out of 5
Rio Secreto - amazing caves and exploration. Took whole day but more than worth it.
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