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Old November 24th, 2011, 03:32 PM
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Default Epic Hull Balcony Listing - Includes maps & features

With so many recent threads on hull balconies, especially on the Epic, I thought I would dig a bit deeper into which rooms fall into the category and what specifically their attributes are. In general, these rooms are at the front of the ship and have an increased metal superstructure around the balconies in order to block the "elements" (excess wind, etc.) that you get with being up front. In all cases these rooms do not have glass beneath the railing, but the rest of the features differ in some cases (size of balcony, etc.). Hopefully this is of use to those planning a trip on the fabulous Norwegian Epic.

Deck 8

Deck 8 has 16 "hull" rooms, 8 on each side of the ship. These rooms are all the same. No glass under the railing, and a standard sized balcony. Included are: 8004, 8005, 8006, 8007, 8008, 8009, 8010, 8011, 8012, 8013, 8014, 8015, 8016, 8017, 8018, and 8019

Deck 9

Deck 9 has 10 "hull" rooms. ALL of these rooms have large balconies (double the size of standard balconies). This would make them more attractive. None of the rooms have glass under the railing. However, 9000, 9001, 9004 and 9005 have a much wider opening (less obstruction) than 9008, 9009, 9012, 9013, 9016 and 9017, the other hull balconies on deck 9. The wider openings and larger balcony of those 4 rooms might make them attractive to some even without the glass and full-sized opening

Deck 10

Deck 10 has 10 (appropriately so) "hull" balconies in the exact configuration as deck 9. They all have larger balconies. 10001, 10002, 10004, and 10005 have larger openings. 10008, 10009, 10012, 10013, 10014 and 10015 have smaller openings.

Deck 11

Deck 11 is just like decks 9 and 10. All the balconies are double the size of regular balconies, and four of the rooms are less obstructed than the others. The less obstructed rooms at 10000, 11001, 11004 and 11005. The more obstructed rooms are 11008, 11009, 11012, 11013, 10014 and 10015

Deck 12


Deck 12 is just like decks 9, 10 and 11. All the balconies are large. The less obstructed rooms are 12000, 12001, 12004 and 12005. The more obstructed rooms are 12008, 12009, 12012, 12013, 12014 and 12015

Deck 13

There are no "hull" balconies on deck 13 as best as I can tell from the deck plans. I believe the windows behind the bridge are for officer's quarters. There are no pax rooms shown on the deck plans in this area.

Deck 14

Deck 14 has 7 "hull" balconies (yes, I know this is an odd number). The port and starboard side layouts are slightly different, as you can see in the pictures below. All 7 of these rooms have STANDARD sized balconies and none of the rooms have larger openings. Other than the rooms on deck 8, these are probably the least attractive "hull" balconies on the ship since they are simply regular balconies with a blocked view. These rooms include 14000, 14001, 04002, 14003, 14004, 14005 and 14009

Here are a couple of images showing these rooms. You can see that the standard balconies right next to the "hull" balconies may not be very attractive either since the metal encroaches a bit on the edge of their balconies.

here is a link to deck plans so you can see where these rooms are, how they connect, and how many people they can hold. This is the "draggable" deck plan so you can align the decks.

http://www.cruisedeckplans.com/DP/Ma...rwegian%20Epic

Here are the pictures. The first number is the room on the starboard (shown) side. The second number is the corresponding room on the port (not shown) side.




In this image you can see how the deck 14 rooms are different



I hope this helps. Comments and corrections are welcome
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Thanks for doing the legwork. The information you provided will be used and enjoyed by many to make informed choices when choosing a balcony room on the Epic.
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Incredible!! Thanks for all your work....can we get this as a "sticky" ?
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This is really impressive. Thank you.
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Boy do you know your Stuff. Someday I hope I will be as knowledgeable as yourself. Amazing Work. Thanks Gene
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That was really nice of you to take your time and research this. Now CC members will know exactly what they're getting.
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some people have said they didnt mind the hull balconys and they gave more privacy than the normal balcony's. Good to know some of them are bigger too, thanks for all the info posted on this
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Fantastic! Thank you so much for researching this so the rest of us don't have to. I am cruising for the first time on the 21st of January on the Epic and am relieved that I do not have a hull balcony in spite of the fact that I didn't know what I was doing when I booked it. After spending many hours reading the boards here at CC, I will know exactly what to do when booking my next cruise.
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Great job, Mike!!
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Great job Mike! I think you have helped many a new Epic pax.
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Fabulous info, & thanks so much sdmike for the research .... the resulting text & photos are a great resource. I suggest a host should make your post a "sticky".
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Awesome information. This should be a sticky for sure. Thanks for researching that!
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With so many recent threads on hull balconies, especially on the Epic, I thought I would dig a bit deeper into which rooms fall into the category and what specifically their attributes are. In general, these rooms are at the front of the ship and have an increased metal superstructure around the balconies in order to block the "elements" (excess wind, etc.) that you get with being up front. In all cases these rooms do not have glass beneath the railing, but the rest of the features differ in some cases (size of balcony, etc.). Hopefully this is of use to those planning a trip on the fabulous Norwegian Epic.

Deck 8

Deck 8 has 16 "hull" rooms, 8 on each side of the ship. These rooms are all the same. No glass under the railing, and a standard sized balcony. Included are: 8004, 8005, 8006, 8007, 8008, 8009, 8010, 8011, 8012, 8013, 8014, 8015, 8016, 8017, 8018, and 8019

Deck 9

Deck 9 has 10 "hull" rooms. ALL of these rooms have large balconies (double the size of standard balconies). This would make them more attractive. None of the rooms have glass under the railing. However, 9000, 9001, 9004 and 9005 have a much wider opening (less obstruction) than 9008, 9009, 9012, 9013, 9016 and 9017, the other hull balconies on deck 9. The wider openings and larger balcony of those 4 rooms might make them attractive to some even without the glass and full-sized opening

Deck 10

Deck 10 has 10 (appropriately so) "hull" balconies in the exact configuration as deck 9. They all have larger balconies. 10001, 10002, 10004, and 10005 have larger openings. 10008, 10009, 10012, 10013, 10014 and 10015 have smaller openings.

Deck 11

Deck 11 is just like decks 9 and 10. All the balconies are double the size of regular balconies, and four of the rooms are less obstructed than the others. The less obstructed rooms at 10000, 11001, 11004 and 11005. The more obstructed rooms are 11008, 11009, 11012, 11013, 10014 and 10015

Deck 12


Deck 12 is just like decks 9, 10 and 11. All the balconies are large. The less obstructed rooms are 12000, 12001, 12004 and 12005. The more obstructed rooms are 12008, 12009, 12012, 12013, 12014 and 12015

Deck 13

There are no "hull" balconies on deck 13 as best as I can tell from the deck plans. I believe the windows behind the bridge are for officer's quarters. There are no pax rooms shown on the deck plans in this area.

Deck 14

Deck 14 has 7 "hull" balconies (yes, I know this is an odd number). The port and starboard side layouts are slightly different, as you can see in the pictures below. All 7 of these rooms have STANDARD sized balconies and none of the rooms have larger openings. Other than the rooms on deck 8, these are probably the least attractive "hull" balconies on the ship since they are simply regular balconies with a blocked view. These rooms include 14000, 14001, 04002, 14003, 14004, 14005 and 14009

Here are a couple of images showing these rooms. You can see that the standard balconies right next to the "hull" balconies may not be very attractive either since the metal encroaches a bit on the edge of their balconies.

here is a link to deck plans so you can see where these rooms are, how they connect, and how many people they can hold. This is the "draggable" deck plan so you can align the decks.

http://www.cruisedeckplans.com/DP/Ma...rwegian%20Epic

Here are the pictures. The first number is the room on the starboard (shown) side. The second number is the corresponding room on the port (not shown) side.




In this image you can see how the deck 14 rooms are different



I hope this helps. Comments and corrections are welcome
Thanks so much....I've filed this away for possible future reference.
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Thanks for the nice words, all. I researched this due to all the questions recently, and quite frankly I wanted to see if I could figure it out. I hope it helps some others.

This post will always be accessible from my signature line, and you know you'll always be able to find one of my posts. lol
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This should be passed on to NCL. You have done what the company didn't do by identifying these.
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This should be passed on to NCL. You have done what the company didn't do by identifying these.
I couldn't agree more. Maybe Mike could get a "finders" fee.
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Great work Mike. I agree with Bakerintn and Willysgrandma. I think it should be made a sticky for the obvious reasons and the fact that none of the hull's of any of the fleet are noted on the deck plans.

At least it may have those that are doing their own research thinking that when they choose their cabin, don't only look at above, below and beside you, but also at the outside of the ship of the area you are looking at.
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Nice work Mike!
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Maybe for my next trick I'll document all the uncovered balconies. lol
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