Posted March 8th, 2018, 12:45 AM
This cruise was possibly one of the worst experiences my wife and I have ever had while on vacation. This was our first cruise, so we don't have much to compare with.
The cruise that you had does NOT represent the typical NCL cruise. As you have probably read, Spring Break is a bad time to cruise unless you are actually on Spring Break and are of that age group.
The bed in our mini suite was horrible, I'd have to say that we have slept on better mattresses at motel 6.
Epic is different from every other NCL ship. Sorry that you didn't enjoy it but there are many posts/videos that describe how "different" Epic is.
Due to the stress my wife endured on this cruise this may possibly be our first and only cruise. The only cruise we may take in the near future will be a Disney cruise next year with our 3 children. If we decide to ever cruise ourselves again we will be going Princess or Celebrity only.
There are many good ships for children on NCL such as Getaway, Breakaway, Escape, Bliss (newest), and Encore (under construction). As for just the 2 of you, Celebrity is currently building Edge which looks to be an excellent ship (other than the goofy Magic Carpet).
Also as far as this incident with the woman going overboard, I was in the smoking area on Deck 15 when this occurred. She lowered herself from the sundeck on 16 and placed her feet on the pipe that runs along the glass on 15. She lost her footing due to her drunken/high state and how windy it was. I saw this first hand. People did try to reach through the openings of the glass, but we're unable to reach her before she fell. I am thankful she did not die. But from my understanding she will be charged with some kind of crime. Also, as to her age, I did not get a good look at her before she fell, but from what I could see, I'd say she was definitely over the ago of 40 .
That doesn't happen on every cruise, trust me.
I hope that your bad experience doesn't completely turn you away from cruising or even from NCL. There are many people here on CC that can give info that would help a novice cruiser avoid some of the problems that you faced.