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  1. Apologies if you've already addressed this and I missed it, but re: Vibe - someone on FB mentioned there being a "free" area on 20 adjacent to Vibe that just had some loungers and was generally very un-crowded (not unlike the wonderfully under-used public sun deck on 18 on the Epic). Can you speak to this / is there such an area that's a little less populated than the pool areas?
  2. While this made me chuckle it certainly doesn't bode well for her well-being "in the end".
  3. So excited to follow long, and hear about the new Miami spots. Also, totally going to Biltong when in ATL next week.
  4. Have really enjoyed your review, as always. Sorry your vacation is over but I'm ready to pick back up in ATL to get ideas for our next trip down!
  5. The Epic was my first cruise ever, too. My husband and I loved it. Our best two meals were at La Cucina and Moderno. If the Garden Buffet is busy in the mornings, take your food down the stairs and sit in La Cucina. The Atrium area and bar are nice, as is Maltings and the bar that runs between Moderno and Cagney's. There's a quiet sundeck on deck 18 where hardly anyone gathered, it was amazing. On sea days they set up a small bar there.
  6. pasta fagioli and carbonara, both from La Cucina, were two of our favorites on The Epic.
  7. You'll have a great time. I just went on my first ever cruise in March on the Norweigian Epic. My husband and I loved it. You're doing a good thing by coming here to research - I learned a LOT about what to expect. My first piece of advice is this: keep in mind that everyone here has different "favorites" and "hates". Take anything negative you read about your ship with a grain of salt and tell yourself you're going to have a great time, and you will. Epic is arguably the most hated ship out there if you read reviews, but we LOVED it. Get the reusable straws from Amazon if straws are important to you. If you drink a lot of water, take a Nalgene or something so you aren't having to buy bottles. I drink water literally all day and the water on the ship is fine. Use the beverage package to try new things. You can get continental breakfast delivered to your room for free but the other stuff has a room service fee. So, you can order coffee to enjoy on your balcony in the morning, etc. before heading out for breakfast. Make your Cagney's reservation now if you haven't yet. Try the wings at O'Sheehans/ The Local (whatever its called on your ship). Decide where you want to be for sail away and get your drink in hand, this was one of the most exciting parts for us, heading out of Port Canaveral with an Aperol Spritz on our balcony, embarking on our first cruise experience.
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