Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Contributor Level: Purser

4-6 cruises


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3 out of 5

It wasn't Disney (which I wasn't expecing), but not much better than Carnival (which I was)

Sail Date: March 08, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Balcony

We've been on several cruises.  We have to young boys.  Last time on NCL was 15 years ago in Alaska.

Norwegian has the best food.  I will give them that.  Other than the watered down sauces, the food, especially the premium food is very good.

Blue Man Group, Nick, and  the Circus Shows were good.  Not Disney good, but good.

My main source of disappointed was the boat was very crowded, the staff was averagely attentive, and the ship wasn't kept as clean as it could be.  I would say NCL feel below Carnival on all accounts (and I'm comparing the larger, newer NCL Epic to the older smaller Carnival Legend; we have also sailed on the Disney Fantasy).  You pay a premium for NCL over Carnival, and other than the food being marginally better, it wasn't worth the upcharge.  It also felt that the boat was under staffed.  You also had a lot of the same people you find on Carnival (which, is really my only knock on Carnival) on NCL.  You don't find these people on Disney, or Disney has lesser folks and higher prices so they getting weeded out.

Don't count on the water slides, rock wall, and bungee being open on sea days.  Mostly, they were closed due to wind.  Nature, no, turn the tv on and you will see the ship is doing 20 knots on these days.  The weather was perfect, the boat speed created the wind.

Getting an elevator is near impossible.  Learned a trick the last day.  Hold the button down of the floor you are going to, and the elevators on the Epic bypass every floor on their way up or down.  Nice, now I know why we sat watching elevators pass up left and right lol.

Not selling Disney, although everyone with pre-teen kids should do at least one Disney Cruise.......but thinking we will try Royal Caribbean next.  I wouldn't go out of my way to get back on NCL, even if prices were equal, I think it would be a toss up between NCL and Carnival.





Ship Quality
somewhat neglected
Food and Dining
Other than watered down sauces, NCL has great food
Service and Staff
Aveage at best
Blue Man Group, Nick and Circus were cool
Children's Programs
Kids did't really want to go, bu ok, pretty much a big room
Onboard Activities
Specialy stuff was cool
Destinations and Excursions
Cabin / Stateroom
somewhat cramped and small
bunk was useless if you planed on using closets and storage
New age bathroom set up was dumb


See my elevator tip in narrative

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