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First of all this was our first ever cruise experience and we really had no idea if it was for us or not so have absolutely nothing to compare it to. It was also our very first holiday without the kids so 10 days just the two of us could have went one of two ways! I'm not writing this from prison so it must have turned out ok! LOL I soon found Cruise Critic and quickly joined the roll call after booking and could not have asked for a better bunch of people to help with the planning of our first cruise. Meet and Greet, as well as cabin crawls, slot pulls and excursions were all organised by a wonderful group of people which we had a great time meeting during our time on the Epic. So Thank you to all who organised it really is much appreciated. The Epic certainly lives up to its name! I can honestly say that this holiday for us was a complete eye opener! It made us realise that cruising is a fantastic way to see as much of the world as possible. Anyway about the ship and cruise itself - I thought the staff onboard were amazing! We were constantly saying that we never passed a member of the staff that did not smile or say hello/how are you today? We never caught his name but washy washy, happy happy man at the entrance to the Buffet certainly put a smile on your face every morning! Everyone was very friendly and pleasant. Our Room Steward Rosalie was lovely, she made amazing towel animals for us every evening and our room was always cleaned to a high standard. I know there are a lot of people who complain about the room shape/size, the bathroom layout etc. But we thought the room was more than adequate space wise for the two of us. Yes the curved wall may be a little strange but we like it and the seperate toilet and shower area did not bother us at all. However I can see how it may be an issue for some. The bed was one of the most comfortable I have ever slept on and always got a good night sleep. We were also very surprised about the amount of storage there was, more than enough for everything we brought and then some. The balcony was of a good size and was nice to go out onto to watch docking. However the only negative was that we had one of the uncovered balconies and I did find this a little off putting as there was little privacy from the decks above. Our room was also directly above Bliss nightclub. For most nights this did not bother us as we were out late, had a few drinks so fell asleep very quickly but we did notice it on our last evening as we got an early night and the music was still going at 3am and did wake us. But in the grand scheme of things this was not a big issue. The shows and entertainment were outstanding. We pre-booked for Priscilla and Burn the Floor as well as the Cirque Dinner Show. All of these were amazing shows but our favourite had to be the Cirque. We sat on the balcony upstairs and it was a fantastic view of all that was going on below. We were in awe of some of the things that were being done and on a moving ship no less! The meal itself was fantastic and we were not disappointed. We also saw the Men of Motown show and a comedian both were very good. Our favourite entertainment was the Howl at the Moon Duelling Pianos show at Headliners. We only missed one of their shows and these guys really are a talented group! No request appeared to be too difficult for them and they really made a good night great!! Most of our evenings we sat at Maltings Bar listening to Tsurita the live singer. She was lovely and we loved the chilled out atmosphere here. We also were lucky enough to meet Fernando, one of the servers here who made us feel very welcome and got the most out of our free drinks package for us. Recommending various cocktails for us to try! He was so attentive and friendly and really made us feel welcome each time we visited. He even made me a special medicinal drink when I was feeling a little under the weather! We did not eat in the speciality restaurants but the Manhattan and Taste Dining rooms were fantastic! We never had a bad meal in either of these restaurants, nor the Buffet. It was difficult to get a seat in the buffet at times but that was to be expected with a full ship! We also ate at Shanghai Restaurant and also the Noodle Bar, both meals were delicious. O'Sheehans Irish Bar we felt was our least favourite for meals out of all the complimentary dining options but it was typical pub grub food so we weren't expecting 5 star cuisine. Overall the ship was clean, well maintained with great food, drink, staff and service - what more could you ask for really? Can't wait for our next cruise and would have no hesitation in cruising with Norwegian again!

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Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by Newcruiser34

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First of all this was our first ever cruise experience and we really had no idea if it was for us or not so have absolutely nothing to compare it to. It was also our very first holiday without the kids so 10 days just the two of us could have went one of two ways!

I'm not writing this from prison so it must have turned out ok! LOL

I soon found Cruise Critic and quickly joined the roll call after booking and could not have asked for a better bunch of people to help with the planning of our first cruise.

Meet and Greet, as well as cabin crawls, slot pulls and excursions were all organised by a wonderful group of people which we had a great time meeting during our time on the Epic. So Thank you to all who organised it really is much appreciated.

The Epic certainly lives up to its name! I can honestly say that this holiday for us was a complete eye opener! It made us realise that cruising is a fantastic way to see as much of the world as possible.

Anyway about the ship and cruise itself -

I thought the staff onboard were amazing! We were constantly saying that we never passed a member of the staff that did not smile or say hello/how are you today?

We never caught his name but washy washy, happy happy man at the entrance to the Buffet certainly put a smile on your face every morning! Everyone was very friendly and pleasant.

Our Room Steward Rosalie was lovely, she made amazing towel animals for us every evening and our room was always cleaned to a high standard.

I know there are a lot of people who complain about the room shape/size, the bathroom layout etc. But we thought the room was more than adequate space wise for the two of us. Yes the curved wall may be a little strange but we like it and the seperate toilet and shower area did not bother us at all. However I can see how it may be an issue for some.

The bed was one of the most comfortable I have ever slept on and always got a good night sleep. We were also very surprised about the amount of storage there was, more than enough for everything we brought and then some. The balcony was of a good size and was nice to go out onto to watch docking. However the only negative was that we had one of the uncovered balconies and I did find this a little off putting as there was little privacy from the decks above. Our room was also directly above Bliss nightclub. For most nights this did not bother us as we were out late, had a few drinks so fell asleep very quickly but we did notice it on our last evening as we got an early night and the music was still going at 3am and did wake us. But in the grand scheme of things this was not a big issue.

The shows and entertainment were outstanding. We pre-booked for Priscilla and Burn the Floor as well as the Cirque Dinner Show. All of these were amazing shows but our favourite had to be the Cirque. We sat on the balcony upstairs and it was a fantastic view of all that was going on below. We were in awe of some of the things that were being done and on a moving ship no less! The meal itself was fantastic and we were not disappointed.

We also saw the Men of Motown show and a comedian both were very good. Our favourite entertainment was the Howl at the Moon Duelling Pianos show at Headliners. We only missed one of their shows and these guys really are a talented group! No request appeared to be too difficult for them and they really made a good night great!!

Most of our evenings we sat at Maltings Bar listening to Tsurita the live singer. She was lovely and we loved the chilled out atmosphere here. We also were lucky enough to meet Fernando, one of the servers here who made us feel very welcome and got the most out of our free drinks package for us. Recommending various cocktails for us to try! He was so attentive and friendly and really made us feel welcome each time we visited. He even made me a special medicinal drink when I was feeling a little under the weather!

We did not eat in the speciality restaurants but the Manhattan and Taste Dining rooms were fantastic! We never had a bad meal in either of these restaurants, nor the Buffet. It was difficult to get a seat in the buffet at times but that was to be expected with a full ship!

We also ate at Shanghai Restaurant and also the Noodle Bar, both meals were delicious.

O'Sheehans Irish Bar we felt was our least favourite for meals out of all the complimentary dining options but it was typical pub grub food so we weren't expecting 5 star cuisine.

Overall the ship was clean, well maintained with great food, drink, staff and service - what more could you ask for really?

Can't wait for our next cruise and would have no hesitation in cruising with Norwegian again!
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Cabin BF 8042
Balcony cabin was more than adequate for the two of us. However if there was a third person I fear that his would be too much of a squeeze in all honesty. The separate shower and toilet was not an issue for us to be honest. Extremely comfortable bed.
The balcony was uncovered which took away the privacy but we didn't use it enough for it to be a huge issue.
The room is directly above Bliss nightclub so if you are an early to bed kind of person I would avoid the forward rooms on Deck 8
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