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Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 11

Overall rating:

3.8 out of 5
Norwegian Epic

7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 22, 2018

Ship: Norwegian Epic

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 13102

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Plan your schedule for shows and excursions prior to getting on the boat. Be cautious about anytime dining. You will never get to know your waiters. Think twice prior to going on a holiday cruise $$$$. You are not going to get anything extra other then a decoration or two to look at.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
A lot of people but the line moved quickly

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Clean and orderly. Make reservations for set time to eat or you will be in a long line for anytime dining. It is a matter of individual taste, but the meals were good. No lobster! Evan though the prices were inflated for the holiday you would think lobster for one night for dinner.

The Manhattan Room

5 out of 5

Set time to eat. Got to know the over worked waiter. Food was good. Wish cruise line would set the shows a half hour later so that we didn't have to rush through dinner to get into the shows.

Taste

5 out of 5

Set times dining if you do not want to go to the garden cafe to eat breakfast and lunch with the hundreds of people looking to eat.

O'Sheehans Neighborhood Bar and Grill

5 out of 5

Good bar food.

Ice Bar

5 out of 5

Worth the visit. Cape to wear. One price, two drinks. You won't stay long.

Garden Cafe

4 out of 5

Very busy but had multiple food station's. Many selections.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Did not take the time to do the extras. Played bingo once, two hours in the casino and shopped in the ship stores. The other times were on excursions.

The Marketplace

4 out of 5

Would lke to see a larger variety of items and stagger items for different days.

Photo Gallery

5 out of 5

On you boarding card you have a number that directs you to a binder that contains all the pictures taken of you. Select the photo and pay for the ones you want to purchase. Saves time because you do not have to look at all the racks for your picture.

Casino

3 out of 5

Enough gaming and slots. Smoky smell throughout the casino.

Barber Shop

2 out of 5

Checked the price of a man's hair cut $$$$.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Shows were good. Have to make reservations prior to boarding and early once on the ship. Be prepared to get in line early if you want a choice seat.

Headliners Comedy Club

4 out of 5

Get there early to get a seat or you'll be standing.

Epic Theatre

4 out of 5

Really not a bad seat in the theater. Get there early to get a close seat.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Not enough staff working tables. Longer wait than normal for food and drinks.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Had to walk through smokey casino on deck six to get to dining areas. Ship was clean and orderly.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Liked the bed toward the balcony area. Appeared to be harder to get around the bed if near the door as you walk into the cabin. You get what you pay for.

Ship tip

Reserve your seating time for dinner. We ate at 5:30 the draw back is the shows you want to see start at 7:00. You have to eat quickly to be in line about 20 minutes prior to show time to get select seats.

Ports of call

Port Canaveral, Florida

4 out of 5
Like most other ports. Didn't go on any excursions from this port.

Great Stirrup Cay (Cruise Line Private Island), Bahamas

4 out of 5
Still under development. Zip line being built. Would suggest a cabana. The sand fleas are brutal !!

Falmouth, Jamaica

4 out of 5
Went on falls climb and Zip line. Excursion took all day. One hour bus ride to location. Very little time to shop.

George Town, Grand Cayman

4 out of 5
Dolphin swim and then stingrays. No cameras allowed at dolphin swim. Lockers provided for free with a key. Rough seas at stingray visit. Waves were over your head. Still worth a visit. Water proof camera advised.

Cozumel, Mexico

4 out of 5
Crowded ! Six ships in port. City tour very commercial. The two so called factory tours were nothing but store outlets with a person telling you about how the product is produced. Shipped in from main land.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
Have to get colored tags from main desk to get off the ship at a set time to collect language.
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