Recap of first-time-ever NCLer going on EPIC . . .

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My two cents. I like NCL. In saying that I think your mistake was the Epic. Have had friends go on it and they vastly prefer other NCL ships. I'm not giving the Epic a chance.
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Thanks for your review and thanks for posting all the pictures.
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What a wonderful review Don! I wish I had seen this before I sailed on the Epic in April. We are going back in March 30th of '13. I have to say your review is the most comprehensive I've ever read and I'm on page 10 now.

Thanks for taking the time to put all of your experiences down along with some very good shots. Everyone has their own unique view of their cruise. We enjoyed ours just as much, as did some friends we made on the cruise from cruise critic whom are also going on the March 30 cruise again.

I look forward to getting to the rest of this novel soon!
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Don, thank you so much for this post! It's been well worth the 2+ hrs I've been on here You write so very well & I look forward to looking up some of your other reviews another night

I've just returned from a Mexican Riviera cruise on the Carnival Splendor, and as much as it was just what I was looking for in this past vacation (cruise out of Cali where I could escape from reality & just relax... barely even got off the boat) it felt like it was missing something. After reading your review I'm reminded of all the little NCL touches which make a BIG difference!

I'm considering a Transatlantic in Fall 2013 & think that this has sealed the deal for the Epic (although I'm now also considering a 7-nt E Car. in Feb 13 on her as well ) NCL really should give you some kick-back for all of bookings you've given them

Thanks Again!!

Liz
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Don, thank you for taking the time to put this thread together. It was an enjoyable way for me to spend a few hours reading. Nice pictures and very creative, entertaining writing.

Thanks again.

bruce...
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Thanks for the review it was great. We are sailing out of Barcelona on the Epic but not untill September 2013. I don't know how I will wait that long....
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Thank you for the review and pictures, good stuff, I very much look forward to the Epic!
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Great review just booked epic for March 2013
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Another thank you for the great review we just booked the Epic for a feb. 2nd 2013 cruise and your review makes the wait seem that much longer.
Thanks agaib
Jeff
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Thank you for the GREAT solo cabin review.... I just booked this ship- 7 day Med. cruise for May 26, 2013 as a solo and I think I am in this exact same cabin!!! So thanks for the preview... Am getting so excited, this will be my first real cruise.... I don't count a 10 day barefoot cruise as real cruise.
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Thanks for this brilliant review Don, I have just finished reading all the way through and it's been a great read! I am going on the Epic in a Studio (12570), departing from Barcelona on 12 August 2012, and reading this has made me even more excited!
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What a great review!! That was so wonderful! My parents are getting a little older and a lot poorer :P due to some circumstances so my sister, her husband and their baby and I are bringing them on a family cruise for some wonderful memories! We have all sailed RCCL before but they have all only done the Western Caribbean...I've done Eastern already but it looks like we'll do that or Florida/Bahamas. Do you think the Epic will have enough to hold the interests of so many different age groups? Also, is there a place for me to find the upgrade prices of all the restaurants?

My parents only went to the formal dining room once on their RCCL cruise as they much preferred being casual and 'not fancy' and did the Windjammer for almost every meal. I feel like maybe NCL is a better fit for them to not feel out of their comfort zone. Would you agree? Or anyone else!
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Hello,
We sailed on the Epic last January. Our group included my daughters (23 and 26), my sister (42), my husband and me (49), a cousin (65) and my mother (73). Some of us are ADHD and others are very laidback. The beautiful part about the Epic was that there were activities for all of us. We would get together for most meals, then break off to do the water slides, rock wall, reading, sun bathing, casino, games, etc. and then get back together for dinner and a show. Some of us would then go to a late night show at Howling with the Moon.

Our youngest daughter treated the group to the Italian dining option as a Christmas gift (I think it was $10 each). If your folks prefer casual, the MDr will be a great option. The buffet set up was great. I'm sorry I don't have the prices for the other options, but it seemed like they ranged from $10-25 per person.

Enjoy your cruise!
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On our Epic cruise we had folks ranging from 9 to 73 years old, and we all loved the ship. There are SO many things you can do that you will never get bored, and sitting on your balcony watching the sea go by never gets old.

Here are Epic's eating establishments, including current prices. 18 eating options, half free, half pay

http://www2.ncl.com/cruise-ship/epic/onboard/eat
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Thanks everyone! I'm so excited and really hoping we can make this happen! The list of restaurants is really great, thank you!
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......And many Thanks goes out to "The Man", Don for his extensive review of the Norwegian Epic.
Being loyal fans of NCL ourselves, it was nice to read how indepth he was able to focus his attention on the Norwegian Experience, and relay that back to others for enjoyment.
Having sailed on other cruise lines, I can certainly appreciate that....
The Norwegian Way IS the only way!
Our upcoming "Epic" experience, scheduled for departure on April 19, 2014..(yes you read that date correctly), is something that we are so looking forward to, especially the luxuries of "The Haven".
Being part of the younger crowd it takes us a little extra time to save up our pennies to travel in the suites, but once you do it.......you'll never look back.


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Originally posted by Ismay1912
. . . Being loyal fans of NCL ourselves, it was nice to read how indepth he was able to focus his attention on the Norwegian Experience, and relay that back to others for enjoyment. . .
Thanks, 'Mr. Ismay' - It was my goal.

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Whodathunkit, Mike??

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