Posted October 10th, 2013, 04:28 PM
The Epic is very similar to the Breakaway. If you didn't care for the Breakaway you most likely will not like the Epic.
The Epic does not have many places where you can connect to the water. It's also set up like the Breakaway with the open casino area, they share many of the same restaurants, they both have Spice H20 and Bliss (which is better on the Epic), and both have really fun slides.
I didn't find the Breakaway to really be formal so I can't comment on that.
Having just returned from the Gem 2 weeks ago, and from the Breakaway 3 months ago, and from my 3rd trip on EPIC last April....
I agree with SD Mike. BA is more similar to EPIC than either is, to the Gem.
But between the BA & the EPIC..... it's EPIC by a mile.
The outcome of trying to 'fix' the connection with the ocean, meant that almost every venue on BA is a smaller version of the same venue on the EPIC.
Because so much space has been given-over to the Boardwalk, everything feels a little more constrained inside BA.
That won't stop me from a 2nd BA in January, though....12 days!
2017 - Sky - Oct 16 - Cuba
2018 - Bliss - May 10 - Panama Canal
2016 - Aug 6 - Jade RT Venice - Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos & Olympia FWD SE PH for my BIG FIVE OHH!
2016 - Mar 12 - Sun EB SA Valparaiso - Buenos Aires (Aft SE PH)
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2014 - Jan 5 - S. Carrib. - Breakaway. (H9 - CAS)(12)
2013 - Sep 21 - NYC RT -Canada & NE - Gem (Mini-suite CAS) (7)
2013 - July 7 - Breakaway - Bermuda (Spa Mini - CAS)(7)
2013 - Feb 10 - Pearl - Western (SE Upg. - CAS)(7)
2012 - Oct 5 - Dawn - Boston - Portland - Halifax - PEI - Gaspesie - La Baie - Quebec (SJ Upg. - CAS)(7)
2012 - April 7 - EPIC - Eastern (H9 Upg.) (CAS)(7)
2011 - Nov 13 - Spirit - Western Exotic -Balcony (solo) (Thx CAS - Millionnaire Maker Finals)(7)
2011 - Oct 22 - Sun - Eastern - Bahamas - Puerto Rico - St. Thomas - Balcony (Thx CAS...Slot Tourney WINNER!) (7)
2011 - May 22 - EPIC West Med Barcelona RT - Italy - Mallorca - w/ Berlin & Brussels b4, Paris after - H9 (Thx CAS)(7)
2010 - Dec 26 - New Year's - Spirit Western Exotic - NOLA - Costa Maya - Roatan - Belize - Cozumel - OV(Thx CAS)(7)
2010 - June 24 - EPIC maiden TA to NYC - H9, Budapest, Vienna & Stonehenge b4 (6)
2009 - Sep 29 - Jade Black Sea - Athens - Ukraine - Romania - Bulgaria - Istanbul (10)
2008 - Aug 24 - Gem West Med - Barcelona - Malta RT (7) w/Edinburgh/Glasgow/London b4
2007 - New Year's - Gem - NYC - Bahamas (7)
2007 - Sep 8 - Sapphire Princess - TPacific to Beijing (Vcvr/ Alaska [Glacier Bay] / Anchorage/Vladivostock/Japan/Korea/Beijing) (22)
2006 - Sep 3 Jewel - Barcelona - Venice - Istanbul (12)
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