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Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Transatlantic

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Overall rating:

3.9 out of 5
Norwegian Epic

13 Night Transatlantic Westbound (Barcelona To Port Canaveral)

Sail date: November 04, 2018

Ship: Norwegian Epic

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 13061

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Been on lots of cruises, this was the funnest ever. 70% great weather helped. Fabulous group of happy, good humored guests. Constant laughter & fun. Lots of theme parties & late night dancing. I love the sea days although I understand not for everyone. Best solo traveler program I have seen. Norwegian should use this program on all ships. Would highly recommend this ship & itinerary. One disappointment was crossing the Strait of Gibraltar in the middle of the night. Would have been awesome to cross in Daylight.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
From taxi to on board in 1 hour. one of quickest embarkations I’ve ever experienced

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Must be very difficult to constantly feed 4100 guests. Very little seafood. Most food overcooked. Even specialty restaurants were just ok. Good meals in main dining room & Asian restaurant. Speigel tent served properly cooked food. Bar tenders were awesome, all over the ship! Not a drop if Tia Maria on the ship(or any Norwegian) which is what I normally drink.

Waves Bar

5 out of 5

Always hoppin, bartenders unbelievable.Quick & very good humored.

The Manhattan Room

4 out of 5

Good food (I ordered off the menu). Very nice service & enjoyed the shows

Spiegel Tent - Cirque Dreams and Dinner

4 out of 5

The food was good. Show was great. I remember when these types of shows were complimentary in the theater.We went on the last night of the cruise so it was not very crowded.

Shanghai's Chinese Restaurant

4 out of 5

Very good food & service.

Shaker's Martini Bar

4 out of 5

Awesome when open. Nice place to meet before meals or shows, difficult to find seating. Should be open earlier, 2 or 3 pm.

O'Sheehans Neighborhood Bar and Grill

4 out of 5

Always hoppin & quick fast food. Early morning breakfasts are a bit slow. Bartenders are lovely & accommodating.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Lots to do all day & night. Unfortunately they have to keep the pools/slides closed during lively weather. Pool @ back, H20, was almost always open. Very uncomfortable seeing small children in swimming diapers in hot tubs & pools. There is a children water park.

Spice H20

4 out of 5

Always crowded. Great little pool & hot tubs. Great place to sun. Early evening theme parties & dance lessons were great fun.

Epic Plunge

3 out of 5

Only open a few days😕

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Lots of shows but there were times that there was nothing going in like 8-9:30. The DJ from St Vincent was awesome. Norwegian should supply bigger music options. Love latin music but same band playing latin music @ the pool for 2 weeks was too much. Missed the Rock n Roll band from Breakaway

Bliss Ultra Lounge

5 out of 5

Huge lounge compared to other ships. Soo much late night fun. Activities staff kept the place hopping & DJ,s played till 2-2:30 am. The bartenders are amazing & fast, after working other bars all day.

Epic Theatre

3 out of 5

Very crowded, difficult to find seating.Nice to have a bar at the theater.Seemed to be good seats every where, when I could find a seat

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
95% of the staff were very nice. My cabin steward Lima, was fabulous & worked ridiculously long hours. Bartenders were awesome all over the ship, also worked really long hours. I noticed a lot of the management walking around, interacting/encouraging with staff. Hadn’t noticed that on other ships.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Honestly, she could use a good scrubbing. Again, can’t imagine how to keep up with 4100 passengers but I often noticed mirrors, walls, hands rails, tables that did not look clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Nice size balcony. Could use a good scrubbing. The bathroom set up is weird. Shower seperate from commode. Room is very dark. Captain advised it was nit as simple as replacing lightbulbs.

Ship tip

Always special order your food. You don’t was have to order frim the menu.It may take a little linger but worth it.

Ports of call

Barcelona, Spain

4 out of 5
Only had 24 hours to explore. Would love to go back & explore. How to devide where to eat? Stayed in quiet little hotel 2 blocks from Christopher Columbus momument / La Rambla, Hotel Medinaceli. Very affordable & soo easy to walk everywhere. Near everything but very quiet at night.

Funchal, Madeira

4 out of 5
Would love to go back. Quaint, lovely Island, Bird of Paradise and huge variety of flowers all over the island. Roads around the island can be hairy. Hooray for the bus drivers

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
Because of weather we were diverted to Antigua!!! Awesome day on the Catamaran Excellence. Highly recommend. Wish there had been more time to get into town.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

4 out of 5
Catamaran cruise, very crowded, no place to sit. Crew was great. Snorkeling was not great, the sea was rough. Saw 4 turtles come up for a breath. Perhaps the Cats could find other less visited destinations?

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
Very fast, partially because we had cleared immigration in St Thomas. Norwegian buses to airport were not well organized. Dealing with that many people you need to be organized & in control.
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