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Just got off the 3/23/19 sailing. I have to say I have some mixed feelings about it. The cruise had some difficulties that I'll outline below, but even with those, we had a great time and would consider sailing her again if the right itinerary came up. Quick Summary: Pros: Great Entertainment, Friendly Staff, Clean Ship, Good Service Cons: Delays, Missed Port, Terrible Disembarkation, Odd Ship Layout We choose this cruise on the Epic primarily because it fit our schedule and had some variety in the itinerary. Sailed the Getaway in July '18 and had a great time. We had read some of the negative reviews for Epic about the cabin size and bathroom config, so rather than stuffing our three adult sons into a single room, we Booked 4 cabins, one B6 Large Balcony and 3 Solo cabins. With the discounts / perks from the TA, the price differential was relatively small (~$60 PP) and everyone got the UBP perk, and after seeing the balcony cabin layout, (as well as the excellent solo cabins) we were all happy with the decision. First about the ship - Reading the reviews, Epic seems to have the reputation of being the red headed step child of the NCL fleet. Only one of its class were built, before NCL moved on to the breakaway class ships. Even though it has gone through a remodel and gained some of the features from the other newer ships, there are just some odd things about it. Plus it doesn't have the waterfront, which is a fantastic feature on the newer ships. For instance, Deck 18 has a huge amount of open wasted space, but few to no amenities, its also awkward to get to, as only some of the main elevator banks go there, and when you get off, it looks like the only thing there is the Haven. Its not clear what's public vs haven space either - Sometimes they open the door to the "Posh" area (Think Vibe but only for Haven guests) but its closed off much of the time - so is it a common area or not? A pair of hot tubs or a bar on this deck would make a world of difference, and help alleviate congestion elsewhere. Often this deck was nearly empty. Spice H2O is fairly well laid out, but for some reason, the smoking section covers half of the bar area. (Which made it really popular for the smokers on board). It is outdoors, but the smell of smoke becomes prominent as you move down the bar. To get to La Cucina, you have to go through the Buffet on 15, all the way to the front of the ship, and then down a staircase to get to it. We didn't find it till halfway through the cruise. Primary venues are on decks 5, 6 & 7, but due to the layout, unlike on the breakaway ships, there's no central spot that you can get between them. The aft elevators don't have a 5 button on them because you'd end up in one of the MDR's or the galley. There are stairs between 6 & 7 in the middle of the casino, but then you have to walk a bit to get to the escalator down to 5. This impacts the flow pretty heavily - we often found our selves running fore or aft to the main stairs to get anywhere. The "main" or lido deck is 15. It seems to be pretty well laid out, but on this cruise, the flow was negatively impacted, as they had part of deck 15 closed for construction. Looks like they're working on the port smokestack still, so the port corridor and central (guppies put-put golf) areas were closed. - not sure if this was scheduled, but started right after the engine issues in late Feb. This forced all the traffic going to / from (Spice H2O) area to funnel through a single 2 person wide choke point on the starboard side. . On the positive side, the views from the buffett and La Cucina are beautiful, as is the layout with Moderno, Cagneys and the Manhattan room, and there are lots of window seats scattered around in O'Sheehans, as well as in the Library and Card room. (Which was the most active card room I've ever seen on a ship - tough to get a table to play a game in there.) Service - The whole week, (until Disembarkation) I never encountered any staff who were anything less than friendly and hospitable. Jo Ann, our cabin steward was fantastic and always quick with a friendly greeting by name when she saw us. Mr T the bartender working Headliners was always quick with a joke and extremely personable. The dining staff in the Manhattan room were on point, and for the most part, so were the main staff in Moderno, Tepanyaki, and Cagneys. Had to go to customer service a couple of times, and they were always friendly and helpful (even after dealing with some frustrated customers.) Entertainment: We took full advantage of the entertainment options on board and found just about all of the entertainment to be excellent. This is one of the things that we feel NCL does extremely well. Howl At the Moon with Angela and Jorge was fantastic. We went three different nights and while there were several repeat songs, it was a blast every time. Burn the floor - Great dancing and vocals - theme was "Ballroom" but went into multiple music and dance genres. We really enjoyed it. The Beatles - the Beatles tribute band on the ship plays several performances. We went to see them twice, once in Cavern Club and once on the big Epic stage. They are very very good. The gentlemen playing John and Paul are very close vocally. Priscilla is definitely offbeat, but very well done and funny. Have to reiterating what has been said before, It’s a show about drag queens…. If that doesn't suit your sensibilities or if you're easily offended, just don't go. I did get the impression early on that some of the vocals for specific characters were being lip synced, (Like Disney does with its productions- the only audio coming from the speakers not the stage.) that said, there were other parts and several cast members that were definitely live. Musicians - There were several quality musical acts that played throughout the ship. Manhattan Band had Piano, Bass, Drum and female lead singer, they played jazz and standards both the Martini Bar and Manhattan room, and were always very good. Arvin was a solo piano / vocalist who was sometimes joined by a separate vocalist. Both were enjoyable. DJ's were OK but leaned toward a heavy added beat and quick edits - no song lasted more than 30 seconds most of the time… Some of the Poolside entertainment was so so. (There was a point by the pools where I thought that the CD staff were doing Karaoke, but it turned out to be one of the entertainment staff. Not quite sure who that was, but….) Food - Food can be pretty subjective, so take all the reviews including mine with a grain of salt. Overall, mixed bag here - The Garden Café Buffett was pretty good. Decent selection, good rotation, relatively good food, but…. you're going to be bored to tears if this is all you do all cruise. O'Sheehans - as always, this is a pretty good place to land for lunch or a late night bite. Food was very good - Wings were great, as were the sandwiches. Service was OK. Quick to take your order and deliver food, but didn't bring plates with the wings (ever), Drink service was sloow… There were occasions where we found it better to go to the bar ourselves for a refill. Teppanyaki was very good - not quite the same show as on land, but our Chef Jefferson was funny and made us a great dinner. MDR - we did Manhattan room for dinner and it was honestly one of the best we had on the ship. The staff was extremely attentive and the food was very good - hot and flavorfull. We also did breakfast in Taste a couple of times, and the staff and food there was also very good. Moderno - Mixed - Our lead server was super friendly and very good at delivering the setup and bringing cocktails, but the pace of the food delivery by the carvers was very slow - it seemed to be a slow night for them, with maybe only one or two carvers working. There were periods that we had empty plates and we sat without anything being offered for several minutes. On the other hand, when we did get it, the food was very tasty and fresh. Cagneys - Service was very good . Our waitress was very attentive as were the staff bringing water, bread, wine, bar service. Food was suprisingly mixed. I also don't think I'll ever order a ribeye from them again. With 5 of us, we had several different plates, but two of us had ribeye's and they were both just not well prepared. Rare instead of Medium Rare, fat wasn't rendered, and there were large sections that were inedible due to the the poor quality or not being trimmed properly. That said, the other entrees were excellent - Fillet, Prime Rib and NY Cut al were perfectly cooked and tasted great, and the sides are very good. One additional note and mini rant on Cagney's - I don't like that they now have an upcharge for a shrimp cocktail. It has 3 jumbo shrimp and is decent, but last July, there was no charge - its frigging shrimp... I suppose the CEO and accountants are driving profits through nickel and dimeing the customers to death… Drinks - the Pool and H2O bars were the most crowded. H2O usually rolled out a temporary bar in the entryway, so if you were just looking for a beer or well drinks, or wanted to avoid the smoke, this was often the better option. Headliners, Maltings and the Martini bartenders were all very good and friendly. After seeing some of the reviews I actually timed it. 10 minutes was the longest I ever had to wait for a drink at a bar, and that was at H2O on a sea day. Most times, at the bar itself, service was instant or within a couple of minutes no matter where we went. Table service was a little slower depending on the venue - Bliss dance club being the worst - 2-3 waitstaff largely standing around and never getting waited on… On the other hand, the martini bar and Maltings waiters were on top of things. CD and Staff - Mandy the CD was mainly present for the ship announcements and parties in Spice H2O - It think she also headed up some of the game shows that we didn't attend. The cruise director team seems pretty good, and we saw them all over the place, even on shore sometimes helping to direct people to the right locations. Bingo was fun, with the ACD running the show. Itinerary - I won't go into any detail here but aside from missing Grand Stirrup Cay, due to a combination of late departure and high winds / swell, the rest of the cruise went as planned, and we had fun in Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Embark / Disembark - Epic currently sails out of Port Canaveral and the facility they use just isn't sized to deal with 4000+ passengers. The staff is very efficient at getting you processed, but the waiting area is packed like sardines, and overflows into where the groups tend to queue up, creating a major traffic jam. That said, even though we got a later group, I don't think it took us more than 30-45 minutes to get through the process. (But would hate to be stuck in there on a hot day. It was very warm in there with springtime temps…) Delayed Sail Away From conversations and other reviews on CC, I see that the sail away on 3/16 was delayed till 11pm due to scheduled maintenance. On the 3/23 cruise, there again was a significant delay in sail away time, and we also didn't get underway until 11:30 or so. The CD announced the delay a couple of times, (at around 4:30, 6 and 9) but gave little information and no time estimates. From the sport deck, you could see down into the area that was closed off around the smokestack, and there was a crew of about 5-8 guys actively working there, so I assumed it was more maintenance. See the pic of them restarting the cabin Navigation system.... :-) However around 6, they announced a medical evac was necessary (While still in port and attached to the gangway - but no ambulance or heli was present on the dock.) This caused a lot of consternation and hand wringing among the other guests we talked with and rumors were flying, thinking that maybe there were more engine problems, a murder, death, zombie virus outbreak, etc… That said, stuff happens, and we made the best of the time we had that evening. Ate at Cagneys, went out to enjoy the music, and generally had a good time, just as if we had left on time, just with FL taxes added to the drinks. :-) The next day, they reiterated that the delay was due to a medical emergency and required the ship to be cleared by local / port authorities. I have now seen another post that indicates that one of our fellow passengers may have passed unexpectedly during the first couple hours on board, if that is the case, my condolences to the family and friends. Disembark - oh where to begin. Epic's recent reviews seem to have one thing in common - Disembarkation is a mess. It really is. Please NCL, put some effort into figuring this out… First, unlike with Embark, this is ENTIRELY an on-board ship problem, not the port's issue. Once we got off, clearing through the rest of the building was quick and painless. They have signs up stating that they are testing out a facial recognition system, but I don't think that its entirely to blame - it took all of an additional 30 seconds after they swipe your card to hand your passport to security and aim a camera at you. The main problem seems to be lack of direction, support staff and signage to handle the lines. We were supposed to start "easy/walk off" disembark at 7:30. This was initially delayed until 8:00 AM. We weren't in a hurry, so we didn't try to leave until 8:15. By that time, the crowds and lines on deck 7 were meandering all over the place. Groups were coming up the fore and aft stairs and merging in. Folks attempting to get off the elevator in the fore section were told to go back up to another deck and then go to the aft section to get in line - then when there, told to go back to the fore… Not to mention that it appears that they had the folks who needed wheelchair assistance parked in the middle - and they had to be pushed through the crowd by the staff repeatedly… The (literally) 2-3 staff that were present and supposed to be "directing traffic" had absolutely no clue what they were supposed to be doing. When asked which of the roughly 4 different "rows" was the right line, they indicated that they had no idea. Their supervisor who was nearby was similarly confused… That’s not a good sign. The CD Mandy came on a few times, but only to announce that there were delays in the timed boarding groups departure. Ultimately it took us about an hour and 45 minutes to get off the ship. By 10 am, the CD had only called for one of the checked bag groups - everyone we saw in line was a self assist customer. This really could be done a whole lot better - First - dedicate one deck to the fore gangway and a second to the aft gangway (not both on deck 7). That was how it was done on the Getaway, and we were off the ship in 15 minutes or less.. OR, if you have to queue on 7, please put up line stanchions and signs directing how you want the traffic to flow. Finally, If you're really planning on putting TSA / customs and border protection on-board with the facial recognition system, you're just moving the lines inside the ship - you need to give them more room. I hope that this was helpful for anyone looking to cruise on the Epic. Its certainly not the horror show some make it out to be, but it also has some areas that could be improved. As I said at the start, we'd book her again, knowing all of this, assuming that the itinerary was right.

Epic 3/23 Mixed Bag

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by Ixtoras

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Just got off the 3/23/19 sailing. I have to say I have some mixed feelings about it. The cruise had some difficulties that I'll outline below, but even with those, we had a great time and would consider sailing her again if the right itinerary came up.

Quick Summary:

Pros: Great Entertainment, Friendly Staff, Clean Ship, Good Service

Cons: Delays, Missed Port, Terrible Disembarkation, Odd Ship Layout

We choose this cruise on the Epic primarily because it fit our schedule and had some variety in the itinerary. Sailed the Getaway in July '18 and had a great time. We had read some of the negative reviews for Epic about the cabin size and bathroom config, so rather than stuffing our three adult sons into a single room, we Booked 4 cabins, one B6 Large Balcony and 3 Solo cabins. With the discounts / perks from the TA, the price differential was relatively small (~$60 PP) and everyone got the UBP perk, and after seeing the balcony cabin layout, (as well as the excellent solo cabins) we were all happy with the decision.

First about the ship - Reading the reviews, Epic seems to have the reputation of being the red headed step child of the NCL fleet. Only one of its class were built, before NCL moved on to the breakaway class ships. Even though it has gone through a remodel and gained some of the features from the other newer ships, there are just some odd things about it. Plus it doesn't have the waterfront, which is a fantastic feature on the newer ships.

For instance, Deck 18 has a huge amount of open wasted space, but few to no amenities, its also awkward to get to, as only some of the main elevator banks go there, and when you get off, it looks like the only thing there is the Haven. Its not clear what's public vs haven space either - Sometimes they open the door to the "Posh" area (Think Vibe but only for Haven guests) but its closed off much of the time - so is it a common area or not? A pair of hot tubs or a bar on this deck would make a world of difference, and help alleviate congestion elsewhere. Often this deck was nearly empty.

Spice H2O is fairly well laid out, but for some reason, the smoking section covers half of the bar area. (Which made it really popular for the smokers on board). It is outdoors, but the smell of smoke becomes prominent as you move down the bar.

To get to La Cucina, you have to go through the Buffet on 15, all the way to the front of the ship, and then down a staircase to get to it. We didn't find it till halfway through the cruise.

Primary venues are on decks 5, 6 & 7, but due to the layout, unlike on the breakaway ships, there's no central spot that you can get between them. The aft elevators don't have a 5 button on them because you'd end up in one of the MDR's or the galley. There are stairs between 6 & 7 in the middle of the casino, but then you have to walk a bit to get to the escalator down to 5. This impacts the flow pretty heavily - we often found our selves running fore or aft to the main stairs to get anywhere.

The "main" or lido deck is 15. It seems to be pretty well laid out, but on this cruise, the flow was negatively impacted, as they had part of deck 15 closed for construction. Looks like they're working on the port smokestack still, so the port corridor and central (guppies put-put golf) areas were closed. - not sure if this was scheduled, but started right after the engine issues in late Feb. This forced all the traffic going to / from (Spice H2O) area to funnel through a single 2 person wide choke point on the starboard side. .

On the positive side, the views from the buffett and La Cucina are beautiful, as is the layout with Moderno, Cagneys and the Manhattan room, and there are lots of window seats scattered around in O'Sheehans, as well as in the Library and Card room. (Which was the most active card room I've ever seen on a ship - tough to get a table to play a game in there.)

Service - The whole week, (until Disembarkation) I never encountered any staff who were anything less than friendly and hospitable. Jo Ann, our cabin steward was fantastic and always quick with a friendly greeting by name when she saw us. Mr T the bartender working Headliners was always quick with a joke and extremely personable. The dining staff in the Manhattan room were on point, and for the most part, so were the main staff in Moderno, Tepanyaki, and Cagneys. Had to go to customer service a couple of times, and they were always friendly and helpful (even after dealing with some frustrated customers.)

Entertainment: We took full advantage of the entertainment options on board and found just about all of the entertainment to be excellent. This is one of the things that we feel NCL does extremely well.

Howl At the Moon with Angela and Jorge was fantastic. We went three different nights and while there were several repeat songs, it was a blast every time.

Burn the floor - Great dancing and vocals - theme was "Ballroom" but went into multiple music and dance genres. We really enjoyed it.

The Beatles - the Beatles tribute band on the ship plays several performances. We went to see them twice, once in Cavern Club and once on the big Epic stage. They are very very good. The gentlemen playing John and Paul are very close vocally.

Priscilla is definitely offbeat, but very well done and funny. Have to reiterating what has been said before, It’s a show about drag queens…. If that doesn't suit your sensibilities or if you're easily offended, just don't go. I did get the impression early on that some of the vocals for specific characters were being lip synced, (Like Disney does with its productions- the only audio coming from the speakers not the stage.) that said, there were other parts and several cast members that were definitely live.

Musicians - There were several quality musical acts that played throughout the ship. Manhattan Band had Piano, Bass, Drum and female lead singer, they played jazz and standards both the Martini Bar and Manhattan room, and were always very good.

Arvin was a solo piano / vocalist who was sometimes joined by a separate vocalist. Both were enjoyable.

DJ's were OK but leaned toward a heavy added beat and quick edits - no song lasted more than 30 seconds most of the time…

Some of the Poolside entertainment was so so. (There was a point by the pools where I thought that the CD staff were doing Karaoke, but it turned out to be one of the entertainment staff. Not quite sure who that was, but….)

Food - Food can be pretty subjective, so take all the reviews including mine with a grain of salt. Overall, mixed bag here -

The Garden Café Buffett was pretty good. Decent selection, good rotation, relatively good food, but…. you're going to be bored to tears if this is all you do all cruise.

O'Sheehans - as always, this is a pretty good place to land for lunch or a late night bite. Food was very good - Wings were great, as were the sandwiches. Service was OK. Quick to take your order and deliver food, but didn't bring plates with the wings (ever), Drink service was sloow… There were occasions where we found it better to go to the bar ourselves for a refill.

Teppanyaki was very good - not quite the same show as on land, but our Chef Jefferson was funny and made us a great dinner.

MDR - we did Manhattan room for dinner and it was honestly one of the best we had on the ship. The staff was extremely attentive and the food was very good - hot and flavorfull. We also did breakfast in Taste a couple of times, and the staff and food there was also very good.

Moderno - Mixed - Our lead server was super friendly and very good at delivering the setup and bringing cocktails, but the pace of the food delivery by the carvers was very slow - it seemed to be a slow night for them, with maybe only one or two carvers working. There were periods that we had empty plates and we sat without anything being offered for several minutes. On the other hand, when we did get it, the food was very tasty and fresh.

Cagneys - Service was very good . Our waitress was very attentive as were the staff bringing water, bread, wine, bar service. Food was suprisingly mixed. I also don't think I'll ever order a ribeye from them again. With 5 of us, we had several different plates, but two of us had ribeye's and they were both just not well prepared. Rare instead of Medium Rare, fat wasn't rendered, and there were large sections that were inedible due to the the poor quality or not being trimmed properly. That said, the other entrees were excellent - Fillet, Prime Rib and NY Cut al were perfectly cooked and tasted great, and the sides are very good.

One additional note and mini rant on Cagney's - I don't like that they now have an upcharge for a shrimp cocktail. It has 3 jumbo shrimp and is decent, but last July, there was no charge - its frigging shrimp... I suppose the CEO and accountants are driving profits through nickel and dimeing the customers to death…

Drinks - the Pool and H2O bars were the most crowded. H2O usually rolled out a temporary bar in the entryway, so if you were just looking for a beer or well drinks, or wanted to avoid the smoke, this was often the better option. Headliners, Maltings and the Martini bartenders were all very good and friendly. After seeing some of the reviews I actually timed it. 10 minutes was the longest I ever had to wait for a drink at a bar, and that was at H2O on a sea day. Most times, at the bar itself, service was instant or within a couple of minutes no matter where we went. Table service was a little slower depending on the venue - Bliss dance club being the worst - 2-3 waitstaff largely standing around and never getting waited on… On the other hand, the martini bar and Maltings waiters were on top of things.

CD and Staff - Mandy the CD was mainly present for the ship announcements and parties in Spice H2O - It think she also headed up some of the game shows that we didn't attend. The cruise director team seems pretty good, and we saw them all over the place, even on shore sometimes helping to direct people to the right locations. Bingo was fun, with the ACD running the show.

Itinerary - I won't go into any detail here but aside from missing Grand Stirrup Cay, due to a combination of late departure and high winds / swell, the rest of the cruise went as planned, and we had fun in Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

Embark / Disembark - Epic currently sails out of Port Canaveral and the facility they use just isn't sized to deal with 4000+ passengers. The staff is very efficient at getting you processed, but the waiting area is packed like sardines, and overflows into where the groups tend to queue up, creating a major traffic jam. That said, even though we got a later group, I don't think it took us more than 30-45 minutes to get through the process. (But would hate to be stuck in there on a hot day. It was very warm in there with springtime temps…)

Delayed Sail Away

From conversations and other reviews on CC, I see that the sail away on 3/16 was delayed till 11pm due to scheduled maintenance. On the 3/23 cruise, there again was a significant delay in sail away time, and we also didn't get underway until 11:30 or so. The CD announced the delay a couple of times, (at around 4:30, 6 and 9) but gave little information and no time estimates. From the sport deck, you could see down into the area that was closed off around the smokestack, and there was a crew of about 5-8 guys actively working there, so I assumed it was more maintenance. See the pic of them restarting the cabin Navigation system.... :-)

However around 6, they announced a medical evac was necessary (While still in port and attached to the gangway - but no ambulance or heli was present on the dock.) This caused a lot of consternation and hand wringing among the other guests we talked with and rumors were flying, thinking that maybe there were more engine problems, a murder, death, zombie virus outbreak, etc… That said, stuff happens, and we made the best of the time we had that evening. Ate at Cagneys, went out to enjoy the music, and generally had a good time, just as if we had left on time, just with FL taxes added to the drinks. :-) The next day, they reiterated that the delay was due to a medical emergency and required the ship to be cleared by local / port authorities.

I have now seen another post that indicates that one of our fellow passengers may have passed unexpectedly during the first couple hours on board, if that is the case, my condolences to the family and friends.

Disembark - oh where to begin. Epic's recent reviews seem to have one thing in common - Disembarkation is a mess. It really is. Please NCL, put some effort into figuring this out… First, unlike with Embark, this is ENTIRELY an on-board ship problem, not the port's issue. Once we got off, clearing through the rest of the building was quick and painless.

They have signs up stating that they are testing out a facial recognition system, but I don't think that its entirely to blame - it took all of an additional 30 seconds after they swipe your card to hand your passport to security and aim a camera at you.

The main problem seems to be lack of direction, support staff and signage to handle the lines.

We were supposed to start "easy/walk off" disembark at 7:30. This was initially delayed until 8:00 AM. We weren't in a hurry, so we didn't try to leave until 8:15. By that time, the crowds and lines on deck 7 were meandering all over the place. Groups were coming up the fore and aft stairs and merging in. Folks attempting to get off the elevator in the fore section were told to go back up to another deck and then go to the aft section to get in line - then when there, told to go back to the fore… Not to mention that it appears that they had the folks who needed wheelchair assistance parked in the middle - and they had to be pushed through the crowd by the staff repeatedly…

The (literally) 2-3 staff that were present and supposed to be "directing traffic" had absolutely no clue what they were supposed to be doing. When asked which of the roughly 4 different "rows" was the right line, they indicated that they had no idea. Their supervisor who was nearby was similarly confused… That’s not a good sign. The CD Mandy came on a few times, but only to announce that there were delays in the timed boarding groups departure. Ultimately it took us about an hour and 45 minutes to get off the ship. By 10 am, the CD had only called for one of the checked bag groups - everyone we saw in line was a self assist customer.

This really could be done a whole lot better - First - dedicate one deck to the fore gangway and a second to the aft gangway (not both on deck 7). That was how it was done on the Getaway, and we were off the ship in 15 minutes or less.. OR, if you have to queue on 7, please put up line stanchions and signs directing how you want the traffic to flow.

Finally, If you're really planning on putting TSA / customs and border protection on-board with the facial recognition system, you're just moving the lines inside the ship - you need to give them more room.

I hope that this was helpful for anyone looking to cruise on the Epic. Its certainly not the horror show some make it out to be, but it also has some areas that could be improved. As I said at the start, we'd book her again, knowing all of this, assuming that the itinerary was right.
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Cabin Review

Large Balcony
Cabin B6 12242
Balconies on the Epic are actually fairly large by comparison to the breakaway class ships. (Maybe twice as deep?) This is no exception - the large balcony made an even greater difference for this room as it angles out, adding quite a few additional square feet.
but we had two loungers and two chairs out on our balcony, and we easily fit 5 people out there during port departures.
The room itself is essentially the same fairly cramped space as all the other balconies.
Yes, the bathroom space is "odd", but the shower is spacious. In this room configuration, the head of the bed is right next to the entrance to the toilet area. The toilets are LOUD. Middle of the night flushing will likely wake anyone in the bed. Lots of storage spaces, under the sink, behind the couch, above the couch aren't obviously cabinets, but they are useful for overflow or shoes, etc. The cabin is situated about 15-20 steps from the forward elevators, which made it really easy to get around.
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  • Dunn's River Falls
    Had a great day - Kayaking and Dunn's River Falls - Excursion took us over to the falls, which we hiked up with dozens / hundreds of other people. Even with all the people there, they were pretty amazing and we had a great time.
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  • Kayaking
    We then hopped on the bus to the Dolphin encounter area literally around the corner. Hopped on some kayaks and and paddled on the ocean to little dunns falls. It was a fairly short kayak trip, but the small falls were also beautiful, and our group was pretty much the only ones there. Kayaked back to the Dolphin encounter area and they basically told us that we could partake in any of the activities there. Watched the folks in the pool with the Dolphins with a red stripe from the bar. Splashed in the pool area briefly. Walked through the nature trail and took pictures with Parrots, Parakeets and a big ole Iguana. Fun time all around.
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