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Norwegian Epic - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

A big, busy ship, the 153,000-ton, 4,200-guest Norwegian Epic offers a great lineup of entertainment, incredible kids facilities and programs, an unbelievable number of dining options, a multitude of bars and lounges, and some truly revolutionary stateroom options.

Public Rooms & Entertainment On Norwegian Epic
Along with Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships — and, for families, the Disney ships — the Norwegian Epic offers the best entertainment at sea.

Top honors go to shows by the Blue Man Group, which mix pantomime, comedy, music, acrobatics, and plain old surrealism to one incredible performance. Other crowd-pleasers include sketch, improv, and participatory murder mystery shows by the legendary comedy troupe Second City (except in Europe, where Second City is replaced by less English-only acts); the dueling-pianos show Howl at the Moon; great musical performances at the Fat Cats Jazz & Blues Club; the Legends in Concert celebrity-impersonator shows; and Cirque Dreams and Dinner in the Spiegel Tent.

Dining On Norwegian Epic
Speaking of eating, you can sure do a lot of it aboard Norwegian Epic, which offers about 20 different dining options, from fancy to super-casual. At the high end, there’s the classic Cagney’s Steakhouse; the South American–style Moderno Churrascaria, where servers bring various meats to your table on skewers; Moderno Churrascaria - Brazilian steakhous on the Norwegian Epicthe family-style Italian restaurant La Cucina; the fancy French restaurant Le Bistro; a Chinese restaurant called Shanghai’s and an attached Noodle Bar; a Japanese-style Teppanyaki grill; and a sushi bar called Wasabi. All charge between $10 and $25 per person, or price à la carte. The Spiegel Tent is more than a dining venue: It combines dining and show, creating an experience for all senses. As acrobats performed during the Cirque Dreams and Dinner, guests almost forgot to eat.

Free dining options include the ship’s two main restaurants, the Manhattan Room and Taste; the Garden Cafe buffet restaurant; O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, which serves comfort foods throughout the day; and an outdoor grill and pizzeria called The Great Outdoors. Several other places onboard, including lounges dedicated to guests in certain stateroom and suite categoriers, also serve meals and/or snacks. There’s also room service and, in a nice twist, 24-hour pizza delivery, available for $5 per pizza anytime and anywhere on the ship — bar, lounge, casino, out on deck, or wherever.

Nightlife & Lounges On Norwegian Epic
The Spiegel Tent is more than a dining venue: It combines dining and show, creating an experience for all senses.At night, Norwegian Epic really hops. Aside from the entertainment choices already mentioned, there’s also a huge assortment of bars, lounges, and activities. The Bliss Ultra Lounge is a very hip nightclub full of velvety drapes and day beds, with day-glow bowling alleys off to one side. On the cooler side, the Svedka Ice Bar is kept at 17 degrees Fahrenheit (-8ºC) so the ice furniture, ice artwork, and ice goblets don’t melt. Patrons get a parka as they enter. Down the corridor, are the more conventional Maltings Whiskey Bar, Shakers Martini Bar, and Humidor Cigar Lounge, while one deck below is O’Sheehan’s bar and the ship’s expansive Casino. There’s even an outdoor nightclub up on deck 15, with a dance floor, bar, and a giant TV screen projecting mood-enhancing visuals.

Pools, Fitness & Fun On Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Epic is equally busy and activities-filled by day, including out on the pool deck, which offers three giant, multi-deck waterslides: two in which guests bodysurfing through long, twisting tubes and one (the Epic Plunge) where you ride an inner-tube through a winding tube before being spun out into a huge central bowl. There are also two main pools, a wading pool, a kids’ pool and splash zone, a bunch of hot tubs, the usual bars and grills, and a 33-foot-high rock-climbing wall. Up a couple decks, the ship’s sports complex offers a full-sized basketball court, a batting cage, a rappelling wall, and a 24-foot enclosed climbing cage called the Spider Web. Indoors, there’s a large and well-stocked fitness center and a huge spa with 24 treatment rooms and a thermal suite with a plunge pool and heated lounge chairs.

Just For Kids On Norwegian Epic
For kids, Norwegian Epic has a huge children’s center with Wii and Playstation 3 games, a climbing maze, a ball pit, a dance floor, and more. Teens get their own private hangout space, called Entourage.

Norwegian Epic New Wave Balcony CabinCabins On Norwegian Epic
As for Norwegian Epic's staterooms, there’s good news and bad: On the plus side, her standard outside staterooms look fantastic, owing to their unusual design, with walls that are curvy rather than ruler-straight, accented by a pleasantly modern, hip decor that includes wooden accents, creamy white walls and couches, and untraditional lighting (such as the big dome light in the ceiling). Now the negative: The bathroom. Epic’s designers put the sink and medicine cabinet out in the main part of the stateroom, the toilet in a small space on one side of the entranceway, and the shower in a space on the other side. Privacy issues aside (the shower and toilet are fronted with frosted glass doors), it’s just a messy layout. No matter how careful you are, you’ll end up getting water everywhere.

At 97 square feet, the Studios are designed primarily for solo travelersMuch more successful are the ship’s 128 Studio cabins, which are designed for solo travelers and grouped in their own super-hip area of the ship, with a dedicated lounge that has its own bar, reading area, TVs, and concierge desk. The cabins themselves are designed like hipsterish space capsules, with ingenious storage spaces, a one-way porthole window that looks out into the hallway, and adjustable mood lighting. They’re only about 100 square feet, but so well designed that the fun factor outweighs the claustrophobia.

Norwegian Epic has eight different levels of suites and mini-suites. Many of its suites, including all of its Deluxe Owner’s Suites, two-bedroom Family Villas, and Courtyard Penthouse Suites, are perched up toward the bow on decks 16 and 17, where they’re the center of The Haven by Norwegian, Epic’s “first class” section. There’s a Haven-guests-only courtyard with a pool, two hot tubs, plush daybeds and deck chairs, private cabanas, and tables for al fresco dining. One deck up there’s a private fitness center and steamroom, and above that there’s a private sun deck. Indoors, Haven guests get a private bar, a concierge lounge, and two private dining spots, one casual and the other formal. As for the suites themselves, they’re fantastic, ranging from 322 to 852 square feet. The smallest of the bunch, the Courtyard Penthouses, are actually the most interesting, with the bed in the center of the room and everything else flowing around it.

Freestyle Cruising
Norwegian Cruise Line's ships are all about Freestyle Cruising. Freestyle Cruising means individual flexibility and freedom. On a Freestyle cruise you choose what to do on your vacation.

Freestyle Dining
Freestyle Dining: choose between up to 20 different dining venues per ship (21 on the Norwegian Epic). No need to rush, no need to watch the clock. In addition to two Freestyle main dining rooms, Norwegian Cruise Line's ships offer an array of a la carte gourmet and ethnic restaurants and casual eateries. From elegant French bistros and Italian trattorias to sushi and tapas bars, and more, there's a different dining option for every night of your cruise. Dine at a cozy table for two or reserve a table for up to ten friends and family members. When, where, and with whom you dine is your decision.

Freestyle Attire
Freestyle Attire: On your Freestyle cruise the attire is "resort casual"; think collared shirts and pants or designer jeans in the evening for the men, and the equivalent for the ladies. No need to pack gowns, suits, or ties. Should you prefer to dress up a little more, feel free to do so. With Freestyle Cruising the choice is yours.

Ship Information
The Norwegian Epic PlungeNorwegian Epic is a giant of a ship, and a spectacularly innovative one. In addition to the multitude of Freestyle restaurants we have come to know and to love, the Norwegian Epic features innovations such as the New Wave cabins; no less than 1,351 balcony cabins (and no regular oceanivew cabins); 128 studio cabins for solo travelers; entertainment such as Blue Man group, Cirque Dreams & Dinner, Headliners Comady Club, and Fat Cats Jazz & Blues Club; an Ice Bar, and much, much more.

Ship Facts
Year Built 2010 ♦ Ship's Class: Epic Class ♦ Country of Registry Bahamas ♦ Tonnage 153,000 ♦ Length 1080 ft - 324 m ♦ Cruising Speed 22 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 4,200 ♦ Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) TBA ♦ Passenger Decks 15 ♦ Officers and Crew 1,730 ♦ Officer's Nationality International ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International

Total 2,114 ♦ Suites with Balcony 75 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 1,351 ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 0 (none) ♦ Inside 688 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 27 ♦ Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.

Cabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

Le Bistro on Norwegian Epic

Freestyle Dining - you decide when, where, and with whom to dine. Dining in the two Main Dining Rooms, in the indoor and outdoor buffets, the around the clock dining venue, and the poolside eateries is included. For the more exclusive specialty restaurants, such as the French Le Bistro or the Japanese Teppanyaki, there is a $10 - 25 cover charge. ♦ Traditional Dining - None, there is no traditional, assigned seating dining on Norwegian Cruise Line ships ♦ Formal Nights - for those who wish to dress up (usually about 1/3 of passengers), there is a "formal optional" evening, but don't expect to see any tuxedos or ballgowns ♦ Main Freestyle Dining Rooms: The Manhattan Room, Taste ♦ Specialty Restaurants: Cagney's Steakhouse, La Cucina, Le Bistro, Moderno Churrascaria, Shanghai's, Spiegel Tent - Cirque Dreams & Dinner, Teppanyaki, Wasabi Sushi ♦ Exclusive Penthouse Suites Restaurant: The Epic Club ♦ Specialty Coffee Bar ♦ 24 Hour Food Service Available

Public Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Bliss Ultra Lounge Nightclub, complete with bowling lanes! ♦ SVEDKA Ice Bar - don a special coat and have a drink in a freezer! ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Showlounge - Blue Man Group, Legends In Concert ♦ Casino ♦ Fat Cats Jazz & Blues Club ♦ Headliners Comedy Club with Second City ♦ Bliss Nightclub ♦ Card Room/Game Room ♦ Video Games Arcade

The Noodle Bar on Norwegian Epic, serving up delicious wok dishes, dim sum and moreSports and Activities
Outdoor Pools ♦ Sports Court ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Jogging Track ♦ Promenade Deck - does not wrap around the ship ♦ Bowling Alleys

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

Children and Teens
Family Cabins ♦ Organized Age Specific Activities ♦ Children's Pool ♦ Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦ Youth Staff ♦ Dedicated Teen Center ♦ Teen Programs ♦ Teen Staff ♦ Group Babysitting Services

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Business Center Services ♦ Medical Center