Norwegian Epic

Earlier this month we had an opportunity to tour the Norwegian Epic, the newest of the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet.  This was much anticipated because I’ve heard so many things about this ship that I just had to see for myself.

We gathered at the convention center and took a bus to Miami.  We were getting there much later than originally anticipated.  This, we heard, was because of a Coast Guard inspection as this was the first time the Norwegian Epic had been back to the US in a while.  It’s unfortunate that it cut into our time to review the ship though.

Once we got onboard, we gathered in the Box Office to get the list of rooms we would tour.  The box office is the place where you will reserve your nightly entertainment options.  The entrance to the theater and the Spiegel Tent are both right there as well.

The Spiegel Tent is where the Cirque du Soliel dinner show is held.

Next we went up to the rooms. This was a bit difficult because the guests on the cruise were about to get into their rooms. The group got split up so some of the rooms just weren’t open when we got there. We did get to see a balcony room, spa suite and studio, including the “Living Room” for the studios.

This was the outside of the shower stall. As I have mentioned before, I am not a fan of this layout.

Even in the spa suites the jacuzzi tub has the frosted glass enclosure.

Next we were on to the studios. I must say there were many more of these than I had previously thought. The rooms were small, but they are for one person. I liked the showers much better here, especially considering you were in the room alone.

These pictures were all taken in the same room so the lighting was changing while we were there.

Next we went in the Living Room. This was a nice place for those in the Studios to interact, watch TV, have something to drink, etc.

After we finished looking at the studios, we walked around the decks of the ship.

Who would have ever thought an escalator would be on a cruise ship?!

The Norwegian Epic has a similar system to the Wayfinder on select RCCL ships.

Next we went up to the lido deck.

Next we were able to visit the Haven. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see any of the suites, but we did see the courtyard and the private dining room.

It was now time for lunch and we went to the front of the ship. The view was great. The food we were served was the same as what you could find on the buffet. We didn’t have any complaints and enjoyed the meal.

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Steven Long on November 17, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Not sure I understand the use of curves (there seemed to be lots of them) in the staterooms. I would agree with you, I would not be a fan of the glass doors in the shower area. This would be awkward for us, as our next cruise will be with my wife, her sister, and sister’s boyfriend. TOO MUCH INFORMATION (if you know what I mean). Give me a TRUE split bathroom, please!

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    • A couple cruise lines are using the curves. Not sure the complete reason behind this but they can squeeze in a few more cabins per deck with the curves. The first room has the bed by the balcony, the next room has it in the middle of the room. This reduces the size of the room.

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  2. Posted by Sarah on November 17, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Not a big fan of anything on this ship really …. it doesn’t look like a “ship” …. and thats the problem. I like a ship to feel like a ship and not like a glitzy resort, which is what your photos remind me of. I’m sure a lot of people will love it, but it’s not for me. Give me the classic Disney Magic every time.

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