Not so Epic

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 56

Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
Norwegian Epic

7 Night Southern Caribbean (San Juan Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 01, 2020

Ship: Norwegian Epic

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 12218

Traveled as: Large Group

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Horrible layout of the boat but amazing itinerary. Southern Caribbean is a must see for everyone!


5 out of 5
Went out of San Juan. It looks really disorganized when you pull it but they have it down to an art. They do not board by groups like other ports. We were all checked in and on the ship within 45 minutes. Easiest embarkation we have ever had.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Loved all the food. It was the usual NCL delicious foods. We really enjoyed the outside buffet this ship has.

Cagney's Steakhouse

5 out of 5

We had the lobster bisque, crab cakes, tomahawk steak, filet, mashed potatoes, creamed corn, truffle fries, cheesecake and chocolate cake. All was exceptional and cooked perfectly. By far our favorite place to eat. We used our on board credit for the up charges.

Garden Cafe

4 out of 5

A littler smaller compared to other buffets. Breakfast was always great and the chocolate croissants were amazing. They have the best chicken fingers in the kids corner. 4 stars only because they lacked in the desert department every day.

O'Sheehans Neighborhood Bar and Grill

5 out of 5

Always great food and staff! Ate here a lot.

The Manhattan Room

5 out of 5

Had the salmon and it was so great. Loved the vibe in the place. Overall great experience here.


5 out of 5

We ordered only steaks and shrimp, we ended up getting chicken, scallops, more steak, calamari, and lots of extra rice. All feasted so good and the chef was so fun and cooked everything very well. Will definitely be going back.


5 out of 5

Fast service and always great food for free!

Shanghai's Chinese Restaurant

5 out of 5

Best food ever!! I LOVED everything I ate. Do not skip this place.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Pool area needs some speakers too. It’s very loud towards the buffet area but you can’t hear it in the pool area. We hung out at the pool area daily. Loved the pools.

Jogging Track

1 out of 5

Deck 7 is not great for jogging. It has a lot of exhaust shoots and the track is all views of the life boats. It was too hot with the exhaust fans blowing heat out to run.

Epic Plunge

5 out of 5

Super fun! Loved all the slides.

Aqua Park

4 out of 5

Needs louder speakers for the music. Wish the activities were not in the center of the walkway by the bar and towel pick up. Pools were nice and slide were a lot of fun.


3 out of 5
They really need to work on entertainment . They closed the bliss multiple nights. They kicked us out one night at 10pm. The only evening activities are seeing a show (which you have to reserve in advance) piano bar/comedy show, and casino. We found ourselves walking around bored trying to find something we had not already done at night. Piano bar was fun, comedians were great I definitely recommend seeing those. Priscillas was GREAT!

Headliners Comedy Club

5 out of 5

Loved Orlando and Quinn. The piano guys were so much fun we saw them multiple times.

Epic Theatre

5 out of 5

Great theatre shows!

Bliss Ultra Lounge

1 out of 5

They closed the bliss multiple nights. They kicked us out one night at 10pm told us to go spice H2O. It has great space and they could really do a lot of activities here.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our steward Daniel was fantastic. He really went above and beyond for us.

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
Horrible layout. Really congested areas. Not only our toilets but multiple peoples toilets broke daily. One day it took them over 5 hours to get it fixed. Another person in our groups toilet was never fixed until the last day. They did keep the ship extra clean with all the virus concern going on.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
First time doing an inside cabin and will be doing one again. A lot of space. We had more space than our friends in the balcony rooms. 4 stars for the layout of the room. Weird layout on this ship.

Ship tip

Book show and dining reservations early.

Ports of call

Basseterre, St. Kitts

3 out of 5
Great shopping at the port just really pushy locals. Beware they will throw their monkey on you faster than you know what is happening and then say $10! They scammed a lot of people doing this. They do not ask permission if they can put their monkey on you or take your photo.

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
We took the city bus $10 all day to eagle and palm beach. All the locals were so kind and friendly. Aruba has so much to offer too. I love Aruba!

San Juan, Puerto Rico

5 out of 5

Castries, St. Lucia

5 out of 5
Spencer Ambrose tours to Sugar beach only. Sugar beach was AMAZING! Wear water shoes!!!

Kralendijk, Bonaire

5 out of 5
Went diving with VIP diving. I HIGHLY recommend them! I can’t say enough good things about them. Bonaire was fantastic. Short stay but I loved every minute of Bonaire.

Willemstad, Curacao

5 out of 5
Went diving then walked around town. Bought some local art from a girl who was painting. Locals are so friendly like Aruba. Great town to walk around and sit and have drinks at.


5 out of 5
Fast easy and very efficient. Easiest disembark we have ever had.
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