Back home after a nice cruise. Weather was fantastic and overall we had a great cruise.
This was our 5th cruise after 2 with MSC and 2 with Celebrity, so we were excited to see if NCL can compare to Celebrity. In short: no. Food and wine in MDR and overall standard is much better on Celebrity, but the big win for NCL is the entertainment.
Ship: it is a big ship but we liked most of it. The odd bathroom set up in the cabin was not a problem for us, however the cabin (balcony 9043) is very compact. We loved the H2O adult only area.
Smoking: As a smoker you're in for some challenges. They have very few smoking areas. I thought the port side on deck 7 was smoking area, but no, so if you want to smoke after dinner you have 2 choices: The casino or up to deck 15. I know we are not many smokers left, but this is too ridiculous.
Food: As mentioned, I was not excited about the food in Manhatttan and Taste (Manhattan was slightly better) but we had Free at sea and booked dinners at Cagney, Moderno and Tepanyaki and they were all very good. Wine selection was very poor if you have the drink package. Not many served per glass under USD 15.
Entertainment: Only issue here is the DJ in Bliss. He really likes house music, which made us and several others leave early. Beatles were fantastic and Howl at the moon is really not to be missed. Went there 3 times and they are amazing. One night there were Motown celebration with a Soul something (sorry but I don't remember their name) and this was the best show I have ever seen on a cruise. The theater was packed and literally everybody was dancing and singing along. Don't miss it
Will we go on the Epic again? yes we probably will if price and itinary appeals to us. It's not our first choice but still quite good