Oasis of the Seas vs. Norwegian Epic: Which would you book?

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Poll: Which new ship are you more likely to book? (Check all that apply.)
Poll Results
Which new ship are you more likely to book? (Check all that apply.)

Norwegian Epic because it's cheaper
106
15.50%

Norwegian Epic because of its superior entertainment options
91
13.30%

Oasis of the Seas for me! It's bigger and offers more bang for my buck
197
28.80%

Oasis of the Seas because there are better cabin options
65
9.50%

I'd book either -- they both offer new innovations and deserve a good look
80
11.70%

I'm going with the underdog -- Carnival Dream!
53
7.75%

Neither ship appeals to me
114
16.67%

I'm content sailing slightly older ships at a lower fare
133
19.44%

I book for the itinerary, not for the ship
82
11.99%

None of the above
17
2.49%

Something else (which I'll post)
20
2.92%

Multiple Choice Poll.

Voters: 684.  You may not vote on this poll.

#1
NJ
867 Posts
Joined May 2004
They're big, they're certainly bold, and they're both packed with innovations. But, which ship's going to hit you hardest where it hurts the most -- your wallet?

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MelissaP
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#5
Palm Harbor FL
481 Posts
Joined Jul 2008
Neither ship really does it for me...much too big. Like the more mid-sized ships. However, I am sailing on the Carnival Dream (the Underdog) but that is because we are having a big family reunion on her and I just had to go along! Frankly, though, I would sail anything if the money was there and work wasn't in the way!

A lousy cruise beats a great day at work every time!!!!!

Happy Sailing.
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Past Cruises
NCL Spirit.......New England/Canada Sept '08
RCCL Freedom OTS....Eastern Caribbean Jan '09
NCL Majesty....Bermuda Oct '09
Carnival Dream....2 Night CTN Nov'09
NCL Pearl.....Alaska-Tracy Arm/Sawyer Glacier May '10
NCL Dawn.....Western Caribbean Oct '10
NCL Gem.....Bermuda Oct '11
RCCL Oasis OTS...Western Caribbean Sept 2012
NCL Epic .....Westbound Transatlantic....1st time in the Haven suites.....Oct 2013
NCL Sun......Alaska/Glacier Bay.....my engagement cruise...May 2014
NCL Sky......3 nt Bahamas...1st anniversary cruise...Dec 2015

RCCL Brilliance OTS...Westbound Transatlantic..Retirement Cruise...Oct 2016
#6
Greenville, SC, USA
52,291 Posts
Joined Apr 2000
I know a lot of people disagree, but I have no interest in sailing either one. I don't like the big ships and I have been to the Caribbean enough.
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Paul
#7
Dallas, TX
246 Posts
Joined Mar 2002
We booked Epic because the 3rd and 4th person rates on Oasis put it completely out of our price range for a family of 4. As you can see from my signature, I do love RCCL, but given the price differential, we decided to give NCL a try. Plus, we were intrigued by the entertainment options on Epic, since we've been underwhelmed by entertainment on our past RCCL cruises.

We will try Oasis someday -- either after the prices begin to fall or after we win the lottery.
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Robyn & Adam
Married on Celebrity Millennium 5/02 and addicted to cruising ever since

Celebrity Millennium 5/2002 - Brilliance of the Seas 4/2003 - Jewel of the Seas 4/2005 - Adventure of the Seas 6/2009 - Norwegian Epic 12/2010 - Voyager of the Seas 3/2011 - Navigator of the Seas 3/2015 - Allure of the Seas 9/2015 - Oasis of the Seas 3/2017
#8
The Big Easy
19,001 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
I'll be honest here. I don't think the Epic is comparable to Oasis.
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Paul
Sunward II 11/88, Seaward 8/92, Seaward 4/96, Norwegian Sea 11/01, RCI Monarch 10/02, RCI Enchantment 10/03, RCI Majesty 5/04, RCI Adventure 10/04, RCI Explorer 10/05, RCI Majesty 5/06, RCI Freedom 9/06, RCI Explorer 5/07, RCI Adventure 10/07, RCI Navigator 2/08, RCI Navigator 8/08 (Med.), RCI Majesty 11/08, Celebrity Solstice 4/09, RCI Enchantment 7/09, RCI Radiance 11/09 (Mex. Riv.), Celebrity Solstice 4/10, RCI Majesty 6/10, RCI Majesty 8/10, RCI Oasis 10/10, RCI Radiance 11/10, Celebrity Century 1/11, RCI Allure 4/11, Nor. Sky 6/11, RCI Majesty 9/11, Nor. Sky 9/11, Celebrity Summit 11/11, RCI Liberty 2/12, Nieuw Amsterdam 5/12 (Med.), RCI Majesty 8/12, RCI Oasis 10/12, RCI Majesty 11/12, Nor. Dawn 12/12, RCI Liberty 2/13, RCI Majesty 4/13, Celebrity Millennium 6/13 (Alaska), RCI Enchantment 9/13, RCI Allure 11/13,Celebrity Constellation 1/14, Ruby Princess 2/14, RCI Liberty 4/14, Caribbean Princess 5/14, Zuiderdam (Alaska) 7/14, RCI Vision 8/14, RCI Liberty 11/14, Regal Princess 4/15, Oosterdam 10/15, Celebrity Eclipse 12/15, Nor. Escape 4/16, Carnival Liberty 10/16, Koningsdam 11/17
#10
Chicago, IL
259 Posts
Joined Sep 2003
We booked all three - the Epic, the Dream and Oasis.

Insides on the Dream for $550pp during spring break, a boardwalk balcony Labor Day week for $1199 a person and then directly to the Epic in a balcony for $949 a person.

Three new ships next year - we can't wait!
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2017 - Disney Magic
2016 - Disney Wonder, Oasis of the Seas
2014 - Allure of the Seas, Disney Wonder
2012 - Disney Dream
2011 - Radiance of the Seas, Disney Dream, Norwegian Epic
2010 - Liberty of the Seas, Norwegian Epic, Mariner of the Seas
2008 – Celebrity Solstice, Radiance of the Seas, Disney Wonder
2007 – Liberty of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas
2006 – Explorer of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas
2005 – Radiance of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas
2004 – Mariner of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas
2003 – Voyager of the Seas
2002 – Sea Princess
2001 – Carnival Ecstasy
2000 – Nordic Empress
1997 – Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Fascination
#11
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
2,149 Posts
Joined Feb 2006
Epic vs Oasis??? Really??? Can we compare these two as equals???? In my opinion, the only ship that will compare to Oasis is Allure!! lol Epic looks nice but is totally different in so many ways. Oasis is in a league of it's own!! Look at the poll, the results are night and day.
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Ryan & Jeannie
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14' Explorer of the Seas 16/02/14, Navigator of the Seas 28/09/14
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10' Oasis of the Seas 25/09/10, Explorer of the Seas 10/12/10
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#12
USA
2,133 Posts
Joined May 2007
I totally agree, you can't really compare the two of them, they are worlds apart! I'm sure I will get on Epic someday, but I'm on the Inagural Oasis for a reason! HUGE! Price never was a thought, just had to be on her!

Jon

btw, Spoarzy, we were on Navigator in Jan with you, I must not have noticed you were from Niagara Falls, ONT
greetings from the other side of the falls, Niagara Falls, NY USA
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Empress 6/17
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Rhapsody 12/17
Allure 1/18
Serenade 3/18
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Harmony 11/16
Empress
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Majesty 4/16
Ecstasy 12/15
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Indy 11/15

Radiance TP 5/15
Liberty 12/14
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Explorer 10/14
Oasis TA 9/14

Vision 4/14 b2b
Vision 4/14
Enchantment 2/14
Gem 12/13
Splendor 11/13
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Monarch 2/13
Adventure 1/13
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Radiance 12/10
Freedom 11/10
Island 10/10
Liberty 8/10
Spirit 7/10
Grandeur 5/10
Independence 4/10
Navigator 2/10
Gem 1/10
Ruby 12/09
Navigator 12/09
Oasis Inaugural 12/09
Oasis Make-A-Wish Naming Cruise 11/09
Miracle 11/09
Star 9/09
Golden 9/09
Pacific 9/09
Enchantment 9/09
Freedom 6/09
Triumph 6/09
Enchantment 4/09
Dawn 4/09

Mariner 3/09
Navigator 1/09
Century 1/09
Independence 11/08
Sky 11/08

Glory 10/08
Island 9/08
Spirit 9/08
Majesty 7/08
Majesty 4/08
Liberty 3/08
Inspiration 1/08
Liberty 10/07
Sensation 8/07
Miracle 10/06
Victory 9/06
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Fantasy 9/05
Imagination 9/04
Majesty 9/03
Spirit 6/01
Ecstasy 9/00
#13
149 Posts
Joined Mar 2005
Bottom line (no pun) is that the Norwegian Epic is just butt ugly.
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#14
Washington, DC
1,584 Posts
Joined Apr 2007
I don't know where the "too big" line is, just know that both of these ships are on the wrong side of it, especially Oasis - that artist's concept pic of jillions of folks on the fantail watching a show says it all - talk about crowds and lines! I lived for 2 years in a town whose entire population could have fit on Oasis with about 2,000 berths still empty.

I hope that everyone who sails either of these ships will have the time of their lives - but as for me, no, thanks.
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Gordon




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#15
NJ
867 Posts
Joined May 2004
You make a really, really great point -- the ships truly are different. But they are also similar, in that they are both pushing envelopes of innovation and size. So, we can't help but compare and contrast The poll results are interesting!

Originally posted by Spoarzy
Epic vs Oasis??? Really??? Can we compare these two as equals???? In my opinion, the only ship that will compare to Oasis is Allure!! lol Epic looks nice but is totally different in so many ways. Oasis is in a league of it's own!! Look at the poll, the results are night and day.
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MelissaP
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#16
Louisiana, USA
8,756 Posts
Joined Jul 2003
I would love to go on the Oasis but I have booked the Epic because I got better casino rates. I will be on the first sailing next July. I am really excited about the Blue Man Group as their entertainment.
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#17
Ottawa, ON Canada
1,123 Posts
Joined Apr 2006
I don't think comparing base fares is the best way to compare between these two ships. If you look at a comparable experience between the two ships (same bar consumption, same specialty restaurant experiences, similar excursions) you will end up paying more on NCL once the final tally comes in.

Admission charges to get into a bar on Epic? Oh, that tab is going to be CRAZY! Like the variety of dining though...

Come on though...OASIS of the SEAS look much nicer than Epic. (hee-hee)

Mike
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#18
Lincoln CA USA, 95648
12,739 Posts
Joined Aug 2000
I would not book either one - both are much too big for my tastes.

I'm waiting for Oceania's Marina, which is set to debut Dec 2010.
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Michael
#19
Dallas, TX
246 Posts
Joined Mar 2002
Originally posted by ottawapuppy
I don't think comparing base fares is the best way to compare between these two ships. If you look at a comparable experience between the two ships (same bar consumption, same specialty restaurant experiences, similar excursions) you will end up paying more on NCL once the final tally comes in.

Admission charges to get into a bar on Epic? Oh, that tab is going to be CRAZY! Like the variety of dining though...

Mike
The only bar on Epic with a cover charge is the Ice Bar, which is one of only a handful in the world and the only one on a ship. I think that, in itself, justfies some sort of cover. But if you don't want to pay it, feel free to hang out in any of the other FREE bars where you will pay for your drinks just like you do on Oasis.

The price difference for our family of four was over $3,600 ($2,950 on Epic vs. $6,640 on Oasis), so I'm pretty sure we can keep our onboard charges below that, even after we pay the surcharges for specialty restaurants and the Ice Bar.
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Robyn & Adam
Married on Celebrity Millennium 5/02 and addicted to cruising ever since

Celebrity Millennium 5/2002 - Brilliance of the Seas 4/2003 - Jewel of the Seas 4/2005 - Adventure of the Seas 6/2009 - Norwegian Epic 12/2010 - Voyager of the Seas 3/2011 - Navigator of the Seas 3/2015 - Allure of the Seas 9/2015 - Oasis of the Seas 3/2017
#20
Pittsburgh Area
288 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
Try to imagine 5,000 people disembarking at the same time in Miami or Ft. Lauderdale. It's crazy enough with 3,200 people coming off a Voyager & Freedom class ship...now we're adding 2,000 more to the mix??? What a great way to ruin a stress-free vacation.