Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4 out of 5

Good time

Sail Date: March 22, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Suite

I cruised with my husband, Daughter, Son-in-law, two Grandchildren, Mom and Brother.  There was something for everyone to do on this ship.  The Kids had a wonderful time in the pools and in the kids areas.  We all enjoyed Blue Man Group, Legends and the other entertainment, which was included in the price of the cruise.  We found the main dining room service was rather slow, but the food was good.  We changed our reservations to eat in the buffet after a few times in the main dining room and found that the food was excellent there.  We had a mini-suite and it was nice.  The air conditioning was not working very well and the cabin steward was not the greatest.  My Husband and I had taken this same cruise last year and loved it.  This year it seemed that because this was the ship's last time in the United States it may have not have been up to it's first class standards as it was last year.  But overall we had a great time and for the money I would recommend it. 

Ship Quality
Last cruise in the United States so feel it wasn't up to 1st class standards that it was last year when we took the same cruise
Food and Dining
same as above
Service and Staff
Cabin steward not the greatest, but others such as the lady that greeted us at the morning buffet was awesome!
Entertainment
Blue Man Group was awesome and included in the cost of the trip, as well as Legends.
Children's Programs
Our Grandkids are 3 and 6 and they had a wonderful time in the kids programs. Lots to do. Never bored. As a Grandparent I felt safe leaving them.
Onboard Activities
Lots of great activites to do on board. Great casino and I love the Ice Bar.
Destinations and Excursions
We went to Jamaica, Caymen Islands and Cozmel, Mexico
Cabin / Stateroom
Mini-suite is nice, but air was not working well. My Daughter and Son-in-law were in another room with the Grandkids and my mom and Brother were in another room on the same floor and none of our air work well. The rooms do have a lot of storage. The glass doors on the shower and bathroom are frosted and are right at the front door, so if you are sharing a room with a friend or Mom/Son or someone comes to the door and someone's in the bath room or shower it is a little awkward.
Miami, Florida
Miami is okay, Wish there were bigger NCL ships in Port Canaveral closer to our home (it's a 4 hour drive for us)
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Once you've done the
George Town, Grand Cayman
We had scheduled a Jolly Roger's pirate excursion for all of us through the cruise lines and a couple days before we got notice that it was cancelled because they didn't have liability insurance. So by the time we looked for another excursion they were almost all full. We ended up doing the Duck Tour and Distillary Tour (Didn't really want the Distallary tour with grandkids, but just the Duck Tour was full). It turned out to be really great. It is an amphibious vehicle that goes through the town giving you a history tour, takes you to the distallary (with yes free rum - which also was very interesting) and then the vehicle goes right into the water and has underwater cameras and takes you over a couple sunken ships. So turned out great anyway.
Cozumel, Mexico
Swimming with the Dolphins. It's an all inclusive, they take you by taxi to the location, you have lunch, free alcoholic drinks (all you can drink), swim, kiss, dance with the dolphins, then if you have time you can snorkel, or paddle boat. It's well worth the $119. I've done it both years we went on this same cruise

Tip

They do not tell you that you can bring sodas and water unless you call and ask. We did and it saved us a lot of money.



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