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  1. Hi everyone For all those who have recently lost their spouses, my heart goes out to you. After reading through all the posts, I’m glad that I started this thread that was able to help others that are struggling with similar circumstances and this decision. Sorry it took so long for me to come back to the thread to share. So to start, I did take my cruise solo and yes I enjoyed it. Not the same way I would have enjoyed it with my late husband but in a different way. This was my experiences for those wondering how it all turned out. Dining: I joined the solo group and I went to the solo dinners in the main diningroom. I took in one speciality restaurant with another solo that wanted to do that one, and one speciality alone. I can't say I felt awkward dining alone in the speciality as I doubt anyone at other tables paid any attention to me. But since I'm still struggling with eating out alone and what to do while sitting there without food to concentrate on, that part was not enjoyable, The food was great but it definitely was not a “dining experience”, it was lonely with no one to chat with in between courses. I was happy the service was quick and didn’t leave a lot of time between courses to dwell on it. Shows: I went to one show with the solo group and the other I went alone. Since a theatre is meant to be enjoyed quietly and not a social event, being alone was not a big deal. Excursions: I went on one group excursion coordinated by people on my roll call and one NCL excursion. They were both fantastic. The other port I just went shopping near the ship. Socializing: I met a wonderful couple from my roll call, that were travelling with a couple of solo friends who took me under their wing and made me feel welcome into their circle when we met up on the pool deck. I chatted and had a few laughs with others I had met up by the pools. I’m an early riser and normally DH and I would have our coffee on our balcony watching the waves and chatting. So I chose to go for a walk on the few spaces the epic has open to the ocean and then go to the smoking area of the pool deck where people were friendly and enjoyed chatting. My experience was people seemed to be friendliest and open to conversing with others in the pool areas. My closing thoughts: Evenings were the most difficult. I wondered to a few bars/lounges, stayed for a bit to listen to the music and although the rooms were very crowded I felt very alone. So I ended up spending a couple of hours in the casino and then going back to my cabin and going to bed. I totally understand those that say they love being able to choose what they wish to do without worrying about pleasing others and loving the solitude and quiet to rest, ponder or read, if they don’t have that in their regular life. Unfortunately, my entire life now is solitude and doing everything alone, I’m really not looking for that on vacation. So it would really be nice to find a likeminded friend to travel with. The other big difference I found travelling alone was after the cruise, I had no one to enjoy shared memories with. So in summary, would I do it again? Yes when my finances allow me to.
  2. Sorry you had so many disappointments on this cruise. But it sounds to me like you had a lot of positives as well. It's too bad that you would let the bad experience, tarnish your loyalty, considering you say that your other cruises with NCL were great. Maybe this was just a crap happens cruise, or as friends of mine like to say "fecal matter occurs" LOL I can't say the Epic is my favorite ship, as a matter of fact, I probably wouldn't sail her again unless the stars were aligned to meet my vacation criteria. Hope whatever you choose for a next vacation is great. Thanks for sharing. A final note on the closet doors. I was on the Epic in February and heard this from many solo travellers in solo cabins. Some had loose closet doors, some none at all. I heard the reason for this was a design flaw and although initially they tried to fix them, they couldn't easily be fixed to stay in place and not continually fall off. So as they came loose or fell off they were just leaving them off. I have no idea whether this information is correct or not.
  3. I agree, it does have an abundance of storage spaces however I did miss not having drawers and just having shelves.
  4. The time and place for sign up will be in your dailies Ours was Headlines, deck 6 fwd Box Office, deck 6 fwd
  5. They are but you would have to have very strong magnets. I had decent but not overly strong magnets and due to the covering of the wall, they wouldn't stay in place.
  6. The Epic had 3 prices for unlimited Social Media 14.99 per day (app to app messaging & Social Media Access) Wi-Fi 29.99 per day (app to app messaging, Social Media Access, check email & general web surfing) Premium Wi-Fi 34.99 per day (app to app messaging, Social Media Access, check email, general web surfing & video streaming) I upgraded from my free at sea internet to unlimited wi-fi for an additional $84.97 (7 days) and for the most part worked well. I was able video message with my daughter. She said on her end I paused only a few times but no delay on my end at all. There were areas of the ship that were better than other areas to connect. I never tried streaming anything and only used it for PM, FB & Emails. I never tried Skype, but if your son and yourself use messenger, you can video in it at the medium priced one. The lower in the ship, the slower the connection or no connection at all. The i-consierge worked most times for looking up what was on etc. I did have a few times that it just wouldn’t connect. Although I wished it would have had a feature that allowed you to add from “whats on” to a favourites list. And it really should have a refresh. I cannot comment on the texting ability, since i was a solo traveller, I had no one to text with.
  7. Just got off the Epic Go to internet manager and request to pay the difference between the free at see 250 minutes and unlimited
  8. Epic, Feb 17 - 24 Well after spending a week on the Epic, I still haven’t changed my mind on it being a bad layout, weird room layout ship. I did also miss the wow factor of the atrium,that I got on the Dawn and Star. But none of this worth complaining about since at this point nothing can be done to change these things, And this did not impact my enjoyment of my cruise what so ever. Would I choose her again? perhaps if it fit my vacation criteria. I will make a note here about my cabin. In a mix up of my cancelling / rebooking to get better deals, before final payment. The cabin and location I originally chose changed, I didn’t notice the new cabin number till a few days after my last rebook. I was quite concerned because the balcony cabin they gave me 14078, was under the pool deck and therefore worried me about noise above. I worried needlessly, only once did I hear moving of things above and it was later in the morning and not loud. However, anyone that books this row of cabins, please be advised if you do no like or want to walk a lot, do not choose one of these. Since it is not a direct walk from elevators to cabin, a few of us in this row of cabins,jokingly referred to our hallways to get there, as a mouse maze. It does show the hallways on the deck plans,but I completely missed it. This is just noted as a heads up for anyone that might find this annoying. I was fine with it, once I found my cabin on the first day, as the mouse maze is not well marked. The lighting in my cabin sucked big time. Even with every light on in the cabin it still was dim and hard to read anything, unless it was daytime and I could open the curtains to the balcony. Anyone that wants to apply makeup or read in their cabin, may find this annoying. I ate in the buffet, Taste, Manhattan, Modernos and O’Sheehans. I did have my personal favourites but all food was fine, delivered hot and our service was prompt. I wanted to eat at Cagneys, however, it was booked till 9pm and later every night before the first day of the cruise. I’m sorry I didn’t book it before my cruise but since this was my first time as a solo traveller and I didn’t know how the sign up dinners worked, I didn’t book. My mistake. I read a lot of reports before going about the Epic of staff not delivering that high standard of friendly service. I did not experience this at all. My room steward was friendly and proficient,I did have to request he fill my ice bucket (which had always been done twice a day on previous cruises). Not a big deal, once I asked him to, it was done. I think they could use a few more walk around servers on the pool deck and Spice H2O, but when flagged down, the ones there were friendly and willing to get me whatever I asked for. The washy washy girls were a little less sing song than I’ve had on previous cruises, but still smiling and friendly. I didn’t find one staff member appearing unhappy, unfriendly or not helpful. Solo travellers gathering: The solo co-ordinator was very friendly and tried to accommodate us. Unfortunately he doesn’t have much pull, so there was only so much he could do, with requests. He is allowed to book the solo travelling group in the large diningrooms only and if room allowed to book for the shows. I’m not even sure he has a key to the solo lounge, since when he came he knocked on the door to be let in. LOL Also when attending the gathering, if not in a solo cabin, I had to knock on the door to be let in. I seen no evidence of wear and tear on the ship, as some previous reviews had stated. As a matter of fact I constantly seen workers in all areas, cleaning and painting. I had heard from a few other travellers about things like solo cabin closet doors removed or hanging. But did not witness any of this myself. I upgraded from my free at sea internet to unlimited and for the most part worked well. I could even video PM with my daughter. She said on her end I paused a few times but no delay on my end at all. There were areas of the ship that were better than other areas to connect. The lower in the ship, the slower the connection or no connection at all. The i-consierge worked most times for looking up what was on etc. I did have a few times that it just wouldn’t connect. Although I wished it would have had a feature that allowed you to add from “whats on” to a favourites list. And it really should have a refresh. I cannot comment on the texting ability, since i was a solo traveller, I had no one to text with. Smoking areas. There is seating for about 44 people on the port side aft of Waves pool bar on deck 15. Seating for about 60 on the starboard side in H2O deck 16. Promenade deck 7, I believe it was the port side, but the non-smoking side is well marked on the exit door. No seating at all available on the promenade deck. The casino when playing has about 75 slots (only about 35 regular slots, the rest are poker video slots) that allow smoking and about 160 for non-smoking. The smoking slots are set about ½ back in the 2 alcoves. The casino made numerous announcements regarding their smoking rules. The most popular slot games were in the no-smoking section. I didn’t even see the cigar bar in my travels, so I can’t even tell anyone where it is, let alone anything about it. Tendering: I foundthe tendering process this time confusing and not well explained in the dailies,but this just could have been me. Shows. The only shows I attended were Priscilla and Burn the floor. Priscilla was much as I expected and the costumes were great. I wasn’t a fan of burn the floor, but shows are subjective and YMMV. All in all, I had a wonderful cruise and probably the most friendliest passengers of any cruise I’ve been on, from CC members, solo travellers group and just random people I met out on decks, in hallways or elevators.
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