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Hello everyone, my wife (both of us 45) and two teen boys (17 and 15) returned from a really fantastic cruise on the Epic. This cruise was a series of firsts for us. We have cruised many times before, but this was our first NCL cruise. It was our first balcony (large) and first time the boys would be in their own room accross the hall :cool:. It was our first time cruising without our friends that we have cruised with every other time. It was the first time we participated in the Cruise Critic Meet and Greet, which we feel really stupid for not doing before. We also stepped outside of our comfort zone and made new friends, something we never did before because I think we were held back by the other family we cruised with.

 

Maybe for all these firsts it made it seem new and fresh, and we therefore had THE GREATEST CRUISE EVER. Not perfect of course because nothing is perfect, but the best cruise for us.

 

I realize this is a little late, but hopefully it will not disappoint. When we returned from Epic we realized that our family dog of 14 1/2 years was very ill and unfortunately we had to put him down. One of the hardest thing I have ever had to do.

 

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Tino was a great friend and brought a great deal of joy to our lives.

 

Now, let's get on with the review...

 

I will do this in categories. Pre-cruise, ship, stateroom, dining, ports, entertainment, embarkation, disembarkation, etc. Not necessarily in that order.

 

Pre-Cruise:

 

We flew in the day before and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express right across from Bayside. Great location, great hotel, great restaurant (or were we just starving), very bad weather. It was freakin pouring. Who cares, we are cruising tomorrow.

 

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Cant wait to read your review. My condolences to your family about Tino. We have a dog that will be 13 this year and thankfully she is pretty healthy. But I know the pain involved with the decision your family went through, especially just coming back from a cruise.

GOD BLESS YOU and THANK YOU for the picture of Tino!!!!! :) He was quite than handsome dog. My female chow chow would have been in LOVE.

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We went to Bayside, in the rai. No band, few people, but a new bar:

 

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And an old bar:

 

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The pics get better, these are IPhone pics...

 

Disappointing night, but we woke up to this:

 

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Had a quick breakfast and headed to the ship before 10:00 a.m. This was our first view:

 

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Embarkation: Ridiculously easy. We were about the 20th people in line and once through the scanners and received our cards, we were Group 1. Yeah baby! I needed to get on quick to get those Posh passes...more on that later... OH the controversy!!!

 

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Never been greeted by cheering people before. It was kinda nice. Love that BING when you enter the ship!!! We were on board before noon. Let the party begin....!

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Thanks for posting your review and pictures! Looking forward to the rest!

 

I am really sorry about your dog, I can very much relate and know how hard that is. A couple of years ago, we had to put down 2 of our dogs in one year, it was a very difficult year. Know that you did the right thing and your baby is now smiling down from you in heaven. :)

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Thanks for posting your review, I am enjoying it and looking forward to the rest of it. So sorry about your beloved dog, I can't imagine how hard that decision must have been for you. :(

 

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Thank you for your post. We leave on the Epic in 18 days, and are vey excited. We will have 3 teenagers with us. How did your sons enjoy the cruise? Did they have any favorite activities? Looking forward to the rest of your review and pictures.

 

I'm really sorry to hear about Tino

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Before I even read further I want to say I am so, so sorry about your dog. I have a Maltese named Nico who will be 8 in August (I just can't believe it). She is the first dog I've ever had and is my best friend and constant companion and I truly love her as my child (I don't have any human kids). The day I dread most is the day she is no longer with me and it's so hard to even think about. I've been wanting to sign up for a pet loss support group ever since she was like 2 because that was the first realization I had that more than likely, I would outlive her. My parents' Airedale terrier died suddenly at a "doggy spa" facility over thanksgiving so I am especially empathetic to your loss. :(

 

Hello everyone, my wife (both of us 45) and two teen boys (17 and 15) returned from a really fantastic cruise on the Epic. This cruise was a series of firsts for us. We have cruised many times before, but this was our first NCL cruise. It was our first balcony (large) and first time the boys would be in their own room accross the hall :cool:. It was our first time cruising without our friends that we have cruised with every other time. It was the first time we participated in the Cruise Critic Meet and Greet, which we feel really stupid for not doing before. We also stepped outside of our comfort zone and made new friends, something we never did before because I think we were held back by the other family we cruised with.

 

Maybe for all these firsts it made it seem new and fresh, and we therefore had THE GREATEST CRUISE EVER. Not perfect of course because nothing is perfect, but the best cruise for us.

 

I realize this is a little late, but hopefully it will not disappoint. When we returned from Epic we realized that our family dog of 14 1/2 years was very ill and unfortunately we had to put him down. One of the hardest thing I have ever had to do.

 

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Tino was a great friend and brought a great deal of joy to our lives.

 

Now, let's get on with the review...

 

I will do this in categories. Pre-cruise, ship, stateroom, dining, ports, entertainment, embarkation, disembarkation, etc. Not necessarily in that order.

 

Pre-Cruise:

 

We flew in the day before and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express right across from Bayside. Great location, great hotel, great restaurant (or were we just starving), very bad weather. It was freakin pouring. Who cares, we are cruising tomorrow.

 

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Thanks everyone for the sympathetic words.

 

Photobucket was really, really slow last night. I will post more of the review today.

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Thank you for your post. We leave on the Epic in 18 days, and are vey excited. We will have 3 teenagers with us. How did your sons enjoy the cruise? Did they have any favorite activities? Looking forward to the rest of your review and pictures.

 

I'm really sorry to hear about Tino

 

The boys loved the cruise. They were a little skeptically first because this was the first time they were cruising without their friends (same age boys). They made new friends who they have already visited post cruise!

 

As for favorite activities, I would say the basketball court and the slides were the top spots for them. They did go to the teen club, but they said it was very cliquey very fast.

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Sorry for the loss of Tino :(.

 

I love your pictures so far! Looking forward to the rest of your review! We leave a week Saturday and I can't wait!

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. They did go to the teen club, but they said it was very cliquey very fast.

 

Claire said the same thing. She found a couple of nice girls and guys but she did say it was very cliquey. Hate that.

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Thankyou for your review. Im looking forward to more.

 

Im sorry for the loss of your Tino. I have been through this also and know the sadness. Our furbabies give us years of joy, then ultimately heartache, but leave us with a lifetime of wonderful memories.

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Thankyou for your review. Im looking forward to more.

 

Im sorry for the loss of your Tino. I have been through this also and know the sadness. Our furbabies give us years of joy, then ultimately heartache, but leave us with a lifetime of wonderful memories.

Pets are put on earth to teach humans one simple lesson

Life is not forever!

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Pets are put on earth to teach humans one simple lesson

Life is not forever!

 

So true!

 

And that is why Im taking a cruise this year even though I cant afford it.

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Sorry about your pup, love the review so far. I'm leaving a week from sat for my first Epic adventure, can't wait to hear more.

 

Are posh passes worth it?

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Hello everyone, my wife (both of us 45) and two teen boys (17 and 15) returned from a really fantastic cruise on the Epic. This cruise was a series of firsts for us. We have cruised many times before, but this was our first NCL cruise. It was our first balcony (large) and first time the boys would be in their own room accross the hall :cool:. It was our first time cruising without our friends that we have cruised with every other time. It was the first time we participated in the Cruise Critic Meet and Greet, which we feel really stupid for not doing before. We also stepped outside of our comfort zone and made new friends, something we never did before because I think we were held back by the other family we cruised with.

 

Maybe for all these firsts it made it seem new and fresh, and we therefore had THE GREATEST CRUISE EVER. Not perfect of course because nothing is perfect, but the best cruise for us.

 

I realize this is a little late, but hopefully it will not disappoint. When we returned from Epic we realized that our family dog of 14 1/2 years was very ill and unfortunately we had to put him down. One of the hardest thing I have ever had to do.

 

GetAttachment1_zpsd426298f.jpg

 

Tino was a great friend and brought a great deal of joy to our lives.

 

Now, let's get on with the review...

 

I will do this in categories. Pre-cruise, ship, stateroom, dining, ports, entertainment, embarkation, disembarkation, etc. Not necessarily in that order.

 

Pre-Cruise:

 

We flew in the day before and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express right across from Bayside. Great location, great hotel, great restaurant (or were we just starving), very bad weather. It was freakin pouring. Who cares, we are cruising tomorrow.

 

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I'm so sorry about your family friend. I had to put my Max down a few years back and I still miss him terribly.

I just got the Epic 3/2 and will be writing my review soon. Can't wait to share stories.

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I'm sorry about Tino .... :(

 

As for the teen club - it's really important to go that first night. They do tend to "group up" after that.

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Sorry about your pup, love the review so far. I'm leaving a week from sat for my first Epic adventure, can't wait to hear more.

 

Are posh passes worth it?

 

Worth every penny. Say hi to Mr. G for me...

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So sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Tino.......never an easy choice to make when they are sick! :(

 

But glad you enjoyed your Epic cruise......enjoying sharing your journey so far and looking forward to more! :)

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I'm also very sorry to hear about Tino. I lost my "two girls" (black Labradors, Mom and Daughter) three years ago. Ellie was 14 and Whitney her Daughter died 2months later of a broken heart..... I miss them every day xx

 

1st NCL sailing on Epic in July. Can't wait to hear more.

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This is how we get the party started:

 

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Once on board, we went straight to guest services to get duplicate cards (so we could get into the boys' room) and buy our week Posh Pass. While we were waiting (2d in line), I snapped this pic of the Atrium Bar:

 

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Our first view of the Epic from Posh:

 

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Posh the most empty we would see it all week:

 

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Next up: Sail Away

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Price for Posh passes?

 

$59.00 per person for the week. They only sell a limited amount, so go straight to guest services once you board.

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We met Mr. G the bartender in Posh. After the first day he referred to me by my first name. Impressive. He got nice extra tips all week.

 

The band was getting ready for the sail away party:

 

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We did get into our rooms very early, around 1:00, and our luggage arrived before 5. Never have we been in that early with all our luggage. I will address the room later.

 

We decided to watch sail away from the sun deck on 15, South Beach side:

 

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Saw these guys at sail away, and that was about it. You really had to seek them out. So don't be concerned that the characters are in your face. I love it!

 

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Watched the Celebrity Reflection leave beofre us. Nice ship. We will sail on her in about 20 years...

 

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Now our turn:

 

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Cabins:

 

As I stated earlier, for the first time my wife and I were in a large balcony Starboard side and the boys were across the hall in an inside. Since they could not register in a room by themselves we had to get the dup cards. This left my 15 yr old with access to our room:eek: I told him he better knock before entering or he may be scarred for life.

 

Here are the only pics of the inside taken from my son's IPhone:

 

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Why he chose to take them at that angle, I have no idea.

 

They loved their room and had plenty of storage. They said the beds were the most comfortable of any cruise.

 

I felt bad for our steward, Francis, who was awesome, because they were pigs. We tried to get into their rooms to tidy up before Francis had to deal with it, but sometimes he beat us to it. My wife apologized over and over. He just smiled and said, "It's OK, I just kick it over..." LOL.

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Our cabin was great. I know about the design complaints, but for us it was no big deal. I could see it being an issue if you are staying with someone not your spouse. But even then, go out on the balcony or take a walk when the other person is doing their business.

 

This being our first balcony, we had nothing to compare it too. But we loved it nonetheless. Loved the storage, that the balcony door was slider, that it had a real hair dryer (wife), that it had a nice flat screen TV and most important an in room coffee maker!

 

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Still more....

 

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We realized how big our balcony was and asked Francis if he could get us 2 loungers. They were there within hours. Francis got a nice tip.

 

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There was enough room for the loungers, the 2 chairs and the table. We enjoyed our coffe and breakfast on that balcony most mornings. The location of 11099 was ideal for this. 4 decks below the buffet and right near the forward elevators. While we didn't have a view of the front of the ship being on the bump angled to the back, we also were shielded from the wind.

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Now a few minor complaints. The lighting was not great for a lady to do her makeup. :rolleyes: Also, the privacy lock, due to the aforementioned 15 year old with key card access, did NOT work. If he could get in with his card, and bypass the privacy lock, not sure of the point of a PRIVACY lock.

 

Smokers in the exposed deck 8 balconies. We liked to sleep with the door open to hear the water. Sooo relaxing. But early a.m., the smokers would be out there and it would come right into our room. We are not overly sensitive, but others might be. This is not NCL's fault, just an observation.

 

The positives greatly outweighed the negatives. In fact, we are booking Epic in Jan. 2014 and want the same room.

 

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Posh wrist bands and drinks on the balcony:

 

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The balcony was great for many things...:o That's right, sunsets! What else would you think when a happily married couple has their first balcony :cool:

 

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loving it! LOVE your sunset pics over Miami. Wow! I'm afraid of the Friday review ;)

 

and I know why he took the pictures angled. Because he's a teenager. And if he was a girl, there would be pouty lips involved :)

 

Loving the review :) and the pics! awesome pics.

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Sorry, more balcony views:

 

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And yachts:

 

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Can you tell we loved the balcony? As I feared, my wife has stated she will never again cruise in and inside cabin:eek:

 

Another problem. Sometimes we would come back to our room from a day of lounging at Posh and find this:

 

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They really need to address those privacy locks!!!

 

Next up: The outside areas of the ship.

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