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We have sailed on Carnival twice and Norwegian twice and this will be our last time on Norwegian. Family of four with a 3 year old and 15 year old. PROS -Tortola is beautiful. Do a shared charter -Cagney's and the Brazilian specialty restaurant were exceptional -The 2 Broadway shows were fantastic -Kids splash academy was great -Buffet always had a good selection of items CONS -Way too crowded -Lines every where you went -Good luck finding a drink in less than 30 minutes -Main dining entrees were just so so and slow -Behind scenes tour does not include the engine room -Legendary Kon Tiki boat was a joke and over priced -They skipped the 3rd of 3 stops so we literally were only off the boat about 16 hours total over 8 days SUMMARY The ship is too crowded and there are way too many lines no matter where you go. You will wait forever to get a drink and good luck getting anybody to serve you at the pool area. We tipped our guy $20 out the gate to ensure he came back and we never saw him again. The cabins are cramped and a weird design which wouldn't be a problem if that wasn't the only place you could go to get away from the crowds. There were some highlights though. Tortola is absolutely beautiful. Do yourself a favor and skip the crowds at the baths and book a shared charted with Adventure Charters BVI. That was the highlight of our trip. One of the other downsides of this trip was the fact that we were only in St Thomas for 4 or 5 hours and the lines to get back on the ship were horrible. Norwegian does not know how to move large amounts of people on or off the ship. I'm not sure why they can't figure that out.

Too many lines, super slow service, don't waste your money

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by sergeantnic

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Trip Details
We have sailed on Carnival twice and Norwegian twice and this will be our last time on Norwegian. Family of four with a 3 year old and 15 year old.

PROS

-Tortola is beautiful. Do a shared charter

-Cagney's and the Brazilian specialty restaurant were exceptional

-The 2 Broadway shows were fantastic

-Kids splash academy was great

-Buffet always had a good selection of items

CONS

-Way too crowded

-Lines every where you went

-Good luck finding a drink in less than 30 minutes

-Main dining entrees were just so so and slow

-Behind scenes tour does not include the engine room

-Legendary Kon Tiki boat was a joke and over priced

-They skipped the 3rd of 3 stops so we literally were only off the boat about 16 hours total over 8 days

SUMMARY

The ship is too crowded and there are way too many lines no matter where you go. You will wait forever to get a drink and good luck getting anybody to serve you at the pool area. We tipped our guy $20 out the gate to ensure he came back and we never saw him again. The cabins are cramped and a weird design which wouldn't be a problem if that wasn't the only place you could go to get away from the crowds.

There were some highlights though. Tortola is absolutely beautiful. Do yourself a favor and skip the crowds at the baths and book a shared charted with Adventure Charters BVI. That was the highlight of our trip.

One of the other downsides of this trip was the fact that we were only in St Thomas for 4 or 5 hours and the lines to get back on the ship were horrible. Norwegian does not know how to move large amounts of people on or off the ship. I'm not sure why they can't figure that out.
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Family Balcony
Cabin B2 14058
The cabins on this ship are just weird. Bathroom is not separated by a door. Instead, there is a curtain between the bed and the toilet which has a sliding frosted glass door. Same with the shower. Your sink and mirror are in your room. Just a weird layout and super cramped for a family of 4. Whoever designed this ship did not know what they were doing.
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