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Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 15, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Epic
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 10051
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

The entertainment was really good, BlueMan, Second City, Circus Dream (spelling)...very enjoyable.   First cruise where reservations were "encouraged" for all shows, typically just for specialty restaurants, not a deal breaker though, just different; had to "plan" most every day.  Enjoyed the cruise, but I'm not wild about the Ship.  Felt like the Casino was the showcase, I don't gamble, don't smoke, so didn't like that.  I enjoy the large multi-level atrium like on the "Star", this one was underwhelming. There was no deck that you could walk all the way around the ship.  Huge disappointment for me, I love to walk the deck early in the morning and again in the evening. It all depends on what you like to do.  Also, there were many things in the "Haven" (upper decks) that were exclusive to passengers in certain cabin types (most expensive).  We had two "bad" dining experiences in the free dining room.  Two hours to get our order our first night on board and one of our last nights the server was quick to tell us, he was helping out because our server was a no show.  NEVER had bad service in a dining room before, then two of the 5 nights we ate in the free dining rooms were bad. Give me a smaller ship; just as many amenities and  great service to boot!

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food was good! Everywhere we ate.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Trivia is always fun...not wild about art auctions and bingo.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
VERY good! BlueMan and Second City totally amusing!

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Cherylle, our cabin steward was fantastic!! Two bad dining room experiences in free dining rooms.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Nothing "stand-out" fantastic; weird shaped balcony rooms, seemed cramped.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
The bed was hard as a rock, we had to request an extra pad....it helped a little. I have a firm bed at home, but this was too hard.

Ship Tip

Be prepared for the masses. This ship is huge and holds lots and lots of people...I was told 4,000! Most events, shows fill up pretty fast, so arrive early for best seating choices.

3 out of 5
Went to Dunn River Falls, saw 30,000 of my closest friends:-) But beautiful!
5 out of 5
Turtle farm was very interesting. Love how the school children get to free turtles back to the ocean to honor veterans.
5 out of 5
Did the jeep adventure. Nice to get away from the city and see the countryside.
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