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The Twists and Turns of my Solo Experience on the Norwegian EPIC (Mar 2-9, 2013)

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loving this review. When I was on the EPIC I didn't witness anything like the advances you got.. although I am a girl... There was one guy on our cruise, with obvious learning disability or maybe an autistic disorder. It was apparently his first cruise and vacation aboard... there were times where he would follow me around like a sheepdog, despite me trying to say I wanted to be alone, or go elsewhere. I was a bot worried about his safety onshore as he did just seem to latch onto anyone who would talk to him. Hopefully what has happened in your case is perhaps a one off. I hope so. :)

 

You did the right thing reporting the incidents. :)

 

I'm hoping my experience was a one off too.

 

I am really enjoying your review. You are a good storyteller. I even read your blog. Nice job.

 

Thanks :) my blog will include my other travels as well.. It'll probably be a couple weeks though.

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Zack, I am loving your review. You are a great storyteller. I admire you for your honesty.

I recently broke up with my boyfriend and looking to do a solo cruise, but scared. I'm not a talkative person, more of an introvert, but would love to be able to hang out with other solo cruisers. Reading your blog help me to make up my mind. Keep it coming.

 

Thank you :) I was going for honesty and not seem like a cheerleader for Norwegian or someone completely turned off by them. I'd definitely sail on them and while I'm sailing so,o, Norwegian will be the first cruise line I look at.

 

There were some very introverted solo travelers on my sailing and they had no trouble meeting people. I think as long as you go to the solo gatherings, you won't have any trouble going solo. I'm more extroverted, but I do have some introverted tendencies. You'd be fine going solo... You'd probably actually surprise yourself.

 

Great review and first solo cruise Zach! Wow,many twist and turns so far, that's for sure. With each twist adds to the adventure. Keep up the great work with your cruise adventure. Can't wait to hear about your 2nd solo cruise too.

 

Solo cruises are the best!

 

 

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Thank you :) you're exactly right. Those twists only made my cruise more interesting.

 

I can't wait to write about my second solo cruise either... Hopefully it'll be sooner rather than later.

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Zach: You earlier mentioned about your muster station being the Cirque Theatre/Spiegel Tent. For my first two EPIC sailings I was in Studio 12516 (right next to the one you were in), but this last one was in 12517 directly across the narrow hallway. Without paying attention to my card (duh!), I went on "auto pilot" to the theatre early and plopped at a table. Who knew that a mere three feet distance in cabin placement would make a difference in muster location?? Was rather embarrassing to be instructed to pay better attention, once someone arrived with the clipboard. Totally my fault. :o

 

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Oh wow! That would be embarrassing if I did that. Haha. I'm sure you learned a valuable lesson in that.

 

One of the things I have been wondering about, somewhat jokingly at first, was whether or not the Solo area's could be used by some as a "meat market" so to speak. Sounds like it does, wanted or not. I am not completely sure I would have the guts to cruise alone, good going Zactac.

 

BTW: My mom cruises alone most of the time, dad died 20 years ago and she enjoys her freedom and hates being bogged down when friends or family goes with her :)

 

I don't necessarily think its used for that reason. I'm sure there are people that try to use it for that on occasion, but I wouldn't let my experience or someone else's similar experience dissuade me from going solo on a cruise.

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Really enjoying this review. We got a heck of sunburn in St Maarten too. It was bad!

 

On our tour, one of iguanas got ahold of a guys finger and he got quite the bite. I wonder when it changes to the zoo or whatever it's going to be if they'll change that stop on the tour?

 

I think our tour guide said they will start charging once the construction is done. He didnt mention a price point or say if they would continue stopping there for their own tours after the construction is done.

 

Zac,

 

Great review so far. It was nice meeting you on the ship as well! It's such a bummer you were sick for the Meet and Greet because I saw you around the ship but never knew it was Zac from CC!! Mike is actually the one who let me know it was you during White Hot. Keep up the great review!

 

~Wes

 

Thanks :) you, mike and a couple other people were the only ones I met from CC since I missed the meet and greet. Ah well. Good luck on your baseball season.

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Today was our sixth day on the cruise... our trip was going by far too fast! All of our attitudes were starting to change from having a great time to the thought of having to leave each other in a few days. We all really bonded very quickly.

 

The captain got on the intercom system, bright and early. This was when we were informed that the second person had to be airlifted off the ship in the middle of the night. You could sense in the captain's voice that he was exhausted. He informed us that because of the two airlifts that we were about four hours behind and he was kicking the ship into high gear. We would be sailing at full speed and arrive in Nassau about an hour late. I personally didn't mind, because the safety and health of every passenger goes far beyond any of my plans.

 

After the captain's announcement, I slept in a little longer before getting up for an early lunch. I went to the outside part of the Garden Cafe and got a burger with a bunch of different types of salads. They served a macaroni type salad with spiral noodles that I loved. I kept going back for the salad.

 

The day started out a little overcast and VERY windy! I didn't want to take the chances of getting any more sunburn, so I decided to relax under an awning by the rock climbing wall. As I was walking to find a lounger, I heard "ZACH!!" I looked over and lo and behold, there was Roger, Barb, Jane and Nancy laying in some loungers! I hadn't ran into anyone else as much as I ran into this group of people. I pulled a lounger over and started reading. Even though these people are older than my parents, they are still entertaining and fun to be around, so not much reading happened. I think a read a page. Nancy and Jane left us to get some sun after the sun came out and Barb and I ran to get some drinks for Barb, Roger and me.

 

I ordered the Blue Lagoon, the drink of the day for Thursday. It was really good, but as a light weight when it comes to alcohol, I felt the same as I had before I started drinking after drinking three of them. The group of us sat around a table while they ate lunch and I drank a couple of the drinks of the day.

 

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After they were done with lunch, they were going off to do their own thing and I was going to head down to do some shopping at the gift shop. Tonight was the infamous White Hot Party, and I hadn't brought anything white to wear. While I was walking past the Shaker's Martini Bar, I ran into Bryan, Valerie and Francisco. I told them that was the first time the entire week that I have run into them during the day. They told me I had just missed the martini tasting! Grrr! I meant to catch that since I missed it on the second day. Oh well, there was no point in getting worked up about it. I'll make sure to catch it next time I go on a Norwegian cruise.

 

For those that have read on here that you get a lot to drink during the martini tasting, it is apparently true. Valerie and Fransisco both told me they got four full size martinis and they were really good. They also mentioned they were feeling it.

 

Valerie asked if any of us had gone gambling yet this week. When we all said no, she asked if we wanted to go play the slot machines. Bryan and Francisco said yes, but I told them I would meet them later on. I had fought the temptation of gambling all week - nearly breaking my fingers at times as I walked through the casino clinching my fists, I wasn't about to mess up this late in the game!

 

I asked if anyone had looked at our professional pictures yet. Everyone said they hadn't, so we decided to do that instead. I was the only one to have pictures on the computer and my room folder. Bryan had some in his folder, and Valerie and Francisco didn't have any in either place. Valerie had some photos along the walls, but Francisco was no where to be seen. He didn't care enough to ask someone.

 

Valerie and Francisco both wore glasses and had taken their glasses off during their "facial recognition" photo during their registration process at the beginning of the cruise. We think since they took their glasses off that it affected the facial recognition for the professional photos.

 

While we were in the photo studio, we looked out the window and you could really see the wakes coming off the ship and that we were flying! We wanted to see what was going on up on the Bridge, so the group of us headed up there. We ran into Toni, another solo cruiser and she wanted to join us. It was nice to see Toni. She had a bad experience during a spa treatment and had been laying low the last couple of days. Some of us were actually starting to worry about her.

 

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We headed up to the Bridge Viewing Room and watched the officers guiding the ship. There were also a couple computer screens to look at. We checked those out before heading back down to the Studio Lounge.

 

Some people had already started gathering down there. I grabbed a mojito from John the bartender and got a seat. Toni had noted that I enjoy drinking red wine. She said she was given a free bottle of wine because of her problems in the spa and didn't want it. She said if I wanted it, I could. I could never turn down some wine, so Toni gave me her room key and told me where I could get the wine. I went up to her room and when I got back everyone jokingly said they were happy to see I made it back without getting propositioned. John opened the bottle of wine and I shared it with whomever wanted some.

 

The night before, Bryan, Valerie, Francisco and I decided we wanted to try out Wasabi for dinner tonight. We invited anyone else that wanted to join us and everyone else went off to the Manhattan Room. We took over almost an entire section of the sushi bar.

 

If you like sushi, I can almost guarantee you will like Wasabi. I ordered a bowl of miso soup, which was outstanding! I also got a California roll and I think a rock n roll roll. They both were really great. The waitress made substitutions for me in the ingredients of the rolls without any problems. I don't like avocado and they had no trouble removing the avocado and add cucumber instead. Both of my rolls were really good. I am really finicky with sushi and I had no problems at Wasabi. I have tried multiple sushi places in Pittsburgh and haven't found a place I am head over heels about. I wish I could go to Wasabi more often! I will say their menu is a bit limited compared to an on shore sushi restaurant.

 

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A couple people in our group couldn't finish all that they had ordered and offered everyone else some of theirs. Susan had gotten a raw scallop roll. I can't do raw, but for some odd reason figured I'd try it. Everyone was encouraging and it honestly wasn't that bad. Francisco told me I needed to just do a piece at a time to eventually acquire raw sushi.

 

When the bill came, I was really surprised. I had bought a roll for another guy. I was billed for the three rolls and a miso soup. My entire bill was only about $13.95. To me, that was a really great deal!

 

After dinner, we all went to Sing it to Win it. We thought it was a karaoke competition show and a couple of the solo travelers were going to compete. Well, that's not what it was at all! It was a team type of competition. The room is divided up into two teams. All the solo travelers that were there were divided up into the same team! There were some other solo travelers that had already gotten there that we met up with.

 

The object of the game was to guess the name and artist/band of a song they were playing. The next object of the game was to sing the song until it ended. You got points for the number of people that ran up and helped sing the song. If five people sang the song, you got five more points. You could also get points for any crazy dance moves, etc.

 

At first, I wasn't running up there to help out. People were noticing I could sing the songs, but wasn't going up there. After some encouragement, both peer encouragement and a bit of liquid encouragement, I was running up there helping out too. I'm pretty sure some solo travelers have videos of us getting up there... luckily I don't have any of these to show you all.

 

One of the best parts of this show was when Karen would get up there to sing and dance. She had an injury a couple years ago that put her in crutches. She would get up there as quick as she could and dance her heart out! I have some pictures of it, but as you can see below, she was moving so quickly they all turned out blurry!

 

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While we waited for karaoke to start, I finally had a minute to run down and get that t-shirt for the White Hot Party I wanted. A few solo travelers sang karaoke and we were all there to show our support. We really had a talented bunch!

 

After watching a few people sing, Susan and I headed down to see what else was going on. As we walked passed Headliners, we saw a solo traveler, and CC contributor, ms7901 playing the Dating Game! I stopped in just in time to snap a photo. We stopped off at Fat Cats to listen to some Blues. Susan and I met Lilly in there. I'm originally from St. Louis, so this really brought me back to my childhood. Walking to baseball games, football games, or whatever, the streets were always lined with people playing the blues. I really enjoyed the time we spent at Fat Cats tonight and the other night when we watched salsa.

 

While at Fat Cats, Susan started buying me drinks, and that continued the entire night! I couldn't drink as quickly as she could and she could drink a lot! We stayed at Fat Cats for a little bit before rejoining some people up at the Bliss Lounge.

 

After karaoke was over, it was time to party it up at the White Hot Party! By the time we got up there, it was already rocking. We quickly found some other solo travelers and started dancing. Even people that sat on the sidelines during the week at Spice or Bliss were dancing. This was the busiest I had seen Spic H2O all week and it was crowded! I guess some solo people had splurged and got room service to bring food out to us at the party, but no one had really spread the message. Most of the food didn't get eaten. I only point that out to show how nice the people were that we traveled with.

 

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I went off and danced with some other solo travelers I saw every so often during the week. The party started dying down around 2:00AM and we called it a night at about 2:30AM. I noticed that security was coming around a little after 2 and I assume they were telling the crew that were attending the party that it was time to go back to their quarters. After they all left is when the party really started dying.

 

The White Hot Party was a lot of fun and I would recommend that everyone go check it out while on board.

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One of the ladies was able to get the front desk to contact her. She had a nurse helping her and thanked everyone for their concern. It's too bad her sciatica ended up being such a problem. She was really nice and I wish I'd been able to hang out with her more.

 

Thanks P! I'm glad someone was able to check on her, and that medical intervention was there for her too!

 

I hope you had a fun time on your 2nd cruise!!

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Zac - Excellent detailed review! I was late to the party on this one, however, I got to catch up on everything at once. Looking forward to what comes next. Very, very well done. :D

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The stop at the Norwegian EPIC terminal was first because we were the first ship in line. I paid my $10 to the man and went up to the porter. As this as my first time cruising alone, I didn't know I was supposed to tip the guy. As I was walking away, the man called me back and said, "this is where you show me how I did my job. When you get into the terminal, you won't see me again and you let those people know how to do their job. Now is when you show me how my job was." I got the gist of what he was saying, handed him a couple bucks and went into the terminal. I thought it was a bit odd that this guy asked for a tip, but oh well.

 

I am so glad you said this! I experienced the same thing (which I mentioned in my review as well) and thought it was very "unbecoming." I had already fully intended to tip the guy (as I always do) but before he'd even given me a chance to retrieve my wallet from my backpack, he was repeating "Aren't you going to take care of your porter?" over and over and over again. It took me a minute to realize what he was saying and when I did, I couldn't believe it! I wish I would've said something to him at the time but I was still surprised at his rudeness so I just handed him some cash and left.

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Our final day on the Norwegian EPIC was upon us and we docked in Nassau an hour late as the captain said we would. I want to take a second to show my gratitude to the captain of the EPIC for his handling of the two airlifts and not skipping over Nassau. Although I wouldn't have really cared if we docked in Nassau or if we just had another sea day, it was great to see them decide to continue as scheduled and just arrive an hour late. I'm sure it took a lot of work to go from being four hours late to Nassau to arriving an hour late.

 

Before the cruise, there wasn't really anything that caught my attention to do in Nassau. There was a group of seven of us that decided we'd explore Nassau together because none of us had any plans. I actually noticed there were quite a few solo travelers that never booked any excursions on the entire cruise. The seven of us decided we'd meet right before debarking in Nassau.

 

I went up to have a quick brunch before heading down to meet the gang. While I was up in the Garden Cafe I ran into a group of people... any guesses who it was?? It was no other than Barb, Roger, Nancy and Jane! I grabbed a seat at their table and had a quick brunch while we pulled into Nassau. Everyone was ogling over the Disney Dream that was docked next to us. It was a very beautiful ship.

 

After brunch, I headed down to the Studio Lounge to meet Valerie, Scott, Susan, Bryan, Lily and Francisco. When the captain announced we could start debarking, we headed down to get off the ship.

 

There was a problem... The EPIC's crew had not planned for an organized disembarkation process. There were lines everywhere. Since everything was an hour late, people who had excursions planned and the people that didn't have anything planned were all getting in lines to get off the ship. I was disappointed to see how some people were acting. As we were walking by, there was an end to a line, so we started to get behind it. Apparently it wasn't the end of a line and people started yelling at us. I don't get why some people get so stirred up about such minor things. We're all adults. A simple, "hey, that's not the end of the line," in a polite manner would have sufficed.

 

As crew members started seeing the problems arising, they started directing us and other people to other levels to get in line. It felt like we were going up a lot of stairs just to go back down. I'm sure that was probably just my own mind playing tricks on me. It took a little bit to get off the ship, and the problems continued there. Because there were 4,000 passengers getting off the ship at the same time, we were packed into the dock exit shoulder to shoulder. For my anxiety, this wasn't good and while I didn't have any panic attacks, I was elevated. It felt never-ending. We finally got to the port building in Nassau. Susan and I were confused and didn't know we had to go into the building to get into Nassau, so we stood outside the building until someone in our group told us we had to come in. I don't know how Norwegian could have done the disembarking any better since we were late and didn't have much time in Nassau, but it was very disorganized.

 

There were crowds everywhere inside the Nassau Port Building. We found an area that wasn't too busy, grabbed a map and decided what exactly we wanted to do. Susan couldn't take the crowds anymore and said she was just going to go venture out in Nassau by herself.

 

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Before going on the cruise, I had done a little research on what to do in Nassau. I had done some research on Junkanoo Beach and saw that it got very mixed reviews. Some people said it was OK, while others said it was horrible. Some of us wanted to go to a beach for a little bit, so we decided to check out Junkanoo Beach.

 

We tried to cut through Senor Frogs, but there is only an entrance on the side closest to the port. We had to turn around and walk around Senor Frogs and the Marriott hotel. As we were walking around the hotel, there was a Bahamian man yelling, threatening and walking towards a car driving in the street. There was another guy hanging out the back of the car with the door open yelling back at the other guy. I thought for sure we were about to be victims in a shooting. Luckily it never escalated that high, nor do I know if they really had any guns.

 

Before I mention Junkanoo Beach, I want people to know that I am really laid back and pretty easy to please. JUNKanoo Beach held up to it's name. It was extremely busy and there were broken glasses and trash everywhere. Needless to say, we didn't stay long. We walked through the beach and decided to get some food. All that walking had built up an appetite. We walked over to the Fish Fry. I'm assuming there is a Fish Fry that everyone mentions here because I saw a huge sign for the "Original Fish Fry," but the Fish Fry that we found is a long row of small restaurants. Bryan asked a local where all the locals go to eat and the guy recommended Oh Andro's.

 

It was easy to find and it was very busy inside! We grabbed a table outside to enjoy the nice weather and the sunshine. The group of us decided to order a few appetizers and entrees off the menu and just share them with each other. We got a couple different types of conch salads. I didn't try either of the salads because they were raw. We also ordered some conch fritters. The fritters were pretty good. They were tough in some parts and reminded me a lot of hush puppies. It came with a Thousand Island looking dressing. I didn't try the dressing, because I don't like dressings that much. We also ordered an entree of shrimp and another entree with fried lobster. Both of our entrees came with the choice of two sides. We ordered plantains and french fries. Everything I tried was really good. The food was plenty for the six of us! A few of us also ordered the local beer, Kalik. It was a typical lager type beer.

 

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Bryan was so nice and paid the entire bill for all of us. We asked the waitress where to go for a beach. She gave us two recommendations - Cable Beach and another beach, but the name of it has dropped out of my head. We decided to go to the beach that I now can't remember the name of and it did not disappoint! A local at the restaurant flagged a taxi down for us. The taxi likely pulled one over on us as he charged $30 for a very short drive. We quickly learned our lesson.

 

The beach was really nice. It was right off the main road in Nassau and it is not a known beach to tourists. There may have been five other people at the beach beyond us. It is a beach the locals typically go to. I think it'll be known soon though. There is a large resort being built at one end of the beach. I think our first taxi driver said it was going to be a one billion dollar resort.

 

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We only had about an hour at the beach before we would start our venture back to the ship. The short day was going by very quickly. Valerie and I didn't get into the water very much. The water was really cold and the waves were really high. Everyone else thoroughly enjoyed the water.

 

We flagged down another taxi that was driving by to head back to the port. Since we had learned our lesson on the way out to the beach, we negotiated a price with the taxi driver this time. I think we agreed on $24. The driver overheard us talking about possibly getting in some quick shopping before heading back to the EPIC. He recommended what I had dreaded. The taxi driver mentioned the Straw Market. Ugh! I knew exactly what that was and I really wanted to avoid it. Granted, I could have told everyone I would meet them back at the ship and walk around somewhere else on my own.

 

A woman caught us right as the taxi was pulling in. She told us she had a great stall for all of us to see. I really hate pushy people, which is a reason I didn't want to go to the Straw Market. On our way to her stall, I found some shot glasses at another stall. As I was looking at this woman's shot glasses, I accidentally dropped and broke one. Surprisingly, she still let me pick out two shot glasses and get the three for $5 deal she was offering. The third shot glass was the broken one. Well, me giving business to the other lady made the woman that brought us in mad! She told me I had to see what she had to offer and that my friend had bought something from her. I should have walked away, but she actually had a shot glass I liked, so I splurged and bought a couple from her too. I like shot glasses.

 

As I turned around to head to whatever stall was next to look at with my new friends, they were all gone! I walked around for a bit before finding Bryan. We teamed up and looked for everyone else. Bryan and I found Francisco and Valerie, but Lily and Scott were nowhere to be found. It was getting pretty late, so we had to head back to the ship.

 

As we got to the gangway, the crew was starting to pull some of them! We had made it with seconds to spare. Surprisingly, there were a lot of people still walking back to the ship when we walked passed them.

 

The group decided we would go to the hot tub for a little bit before getting some dinner. We all went back to our cabins to drop off our purchases and headed to the Studio Lounge. I ran into Scott and Lily. They said they had gone back to the ship shortly after going to the Straw Market.

 

The solo gathering was a little later tonight because we left Nassau at 7PM. Some people had decided to go eat right after the meeting while we decided we'd go eat at about 8:30. Whoever wanted to join us could. Mike had brought a bottle of champagne for everyone. A couple of us grabbed a glass, had a quick toast and some of us headed out to the hot tub.

 

I didn't think we would find a hot tub with enough room for the six of us. Surely all of them would be taken with other people. All the jacuzzis in the Spice H2O were taken. We walked over to the four hot tubs near the pools and slides. There was one with just four people in it. One by one we got in. I guess it got a little to crowded for a couple that were already in there, because they quickly departed.

 

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Sitting in the hot tub was one of the highlights of my week. I really enjoyed the time we spent in there with each other. Sipping on a glass of champagne made it nice too. The only sad thing was that the end was starting to be realized. We knew we'd be docking in the morning and going our own separate ways.

 

The time seemed to have flown by in the hot tub. Before we knew it, it was time to go get ready for dinner. The wind had picked up and getting out wasn't very fun. I had forgotten to grab a towel and had nothing to cover up with. I quickly grabbed my things and ran back inside.

 

There were some people in the Studio Lounge sharing bottles of wine, so I grabbed what was left of mine and gave it to the collection. I was surprised at the number of people going to dinner at 8:30 with us. We had to wait for a table, so we all were given a complimentary glass of champagne, took a group photo and waited. The wait wasn't too long and before we knew it, we were being directed to our two large tables.

 

As the maitre D was taking us to our tables, she commented about how we were the best solo group they had ever seen on the EPIC. She said the crew had never seen a group of people stick together in such a large group as we had the entire week. I think Norwegian should give us all another shot on the EPIC, or even on the Breakaway to show everyone how it's done... free of charge of course.

 

I decided to splurge a bit on dinner tonight. I may be skinny, but this guy loves to eat! I couldn't leave the EPIC without having the spring rolls again, so I got those along with a seafood chowder. The spring rolls were just as good as I remembered, and the seafood chowder was very delicious as well. The cup was a little small though. OK, the cup probably wasn't too small, but I would have loved to have had more! For the main course I had the pork medallions which was really good. I couldn't get enough of the spinach. For dessert, I doubled up again. I had been wanting to try the strawberry cheesecake all week, but typically tried the nightly special. I had that along with the raspberry sorbet. Both were very good, although the cheescake wouldn't measure up to the New York Cheesecake a few days later.

 

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Most of us went up to the Bliss Ultra Lounge to check out a game called The Quest. This game was not for the lighthearted or for children! If it wasn't for the hilarity of the game, I wouldn't have been able to take it either.

 

We were all divided into teams of six. That didn't make us solos too happy since there was at least 12 of us. The hosts/judges would announce something to find that your group had. If you had it, a team member had to run up to the stage to show them. The first people to produce the item got the most points. Some of the easy things were for a man to bring up an empty purse, a man to bring up a business card or a woman to bring up a sock with a hole in it. Some of the more risque things included two men kissing, a man wearing lipstick. The one thing that had everyone rolling and stuck out most in my head was for a man to bring up a piece of dentures. Without missing a beat, someone in our group pulled out both of their dentures. They tried to hand it to me, but I threw my hands up and just yelled NO! That was disgusting and I was not about to put my hands on that.

 

I usually hate losing, but this was one game I didn't mind losing. I turned it out last night, but not tonight! It was hilarious, but I was not about to touch someone else, put anything in my hands or kiss anyone. The people that stepped up for our group was surprising!

 

After the Quest was Ship n Males! I'm actually really surprised Norwegian would produce a show like this, but they did. For those that don't know, they have six crew members strip down to their boxers and work the crowd. I think they are trying to attract more straight guys to the show, because they started out with some women dancing. If you enjoy stripping men, this show is for you. If not, well then you probably shouldn't go.

 

One of the guys that was dressed as an officer was pulling himself up on part of the ceiling that came out a little bit. As he was pulling himself up, he broke it!

 

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It's a little hard to see, but it's up to the left of the photo.

 

I have video of it too, but it's probably a bit inappropriate to post it.

 

The rest of the night was rather low-key. Everyone called it an early night and disappointingly some people didn't even say good bye. It was a little frustrating, but ah well.

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Thanks for the update! I really enjoyed your review and your honesty. I also have some issues and fear of elevators are one, and I think I said before that I like to count things too, so I am fully expecting to be doing a lot of stair climbing and counting when I go on Epic. I also have a problem with crowds and people standing very close to me, (part of the elevator problem ), so your info about getting off the ship in Nassau is good info for me, and now I know that I will just have to wait for the crowds to get off before me. Thanks again for an excellent review! :)

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Thanks for the update! I really enjoyed your review and your honesty. I also have some issues and fear of elevators are one, and I think I said before that I like to count things too, so I am fully expecting to be doing a lot of stair climbing and counting when I go on Epic. I also have a problem with crowds and people standing very close to me, (part of the elevator problem ), so your info about getting off the ship in Nassau is good info for me, and now I know that I will just have to wait for the crowds to get off before me. Thanks again for an excellent review! :)

 

Thank you very much :) I didn't take the elevators very often because of the wait for them and sometimes they were crowded. You will count A LOT if you count stairs... Lol.

 

I think my experience of getting off the ship in Nassau was probably not a typical experience. Since we got in late, everyone wanted to get off the ship at the same time. I'd assume its usually pretty organized. If you leave the ship shortly after docking, there will be a little bit of a crowd and a line.

 

In St. Maarten, I had to wait in a line that moved quickly to get off the ship 45 minutes after docking and I got off late in St. Thomas so there was no line.

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Zac - Loved your review! Are you keeping in touch with any of your buddies you met on the cruise? I am a germ-o-phobe so I could totally understand you not wanting to hold someone's dentures in your hand. YUCK! Also, I tend to get anxious in very crowded circumstances as I am vertically challenged (short). :D Thanks again for your review as it was very enjoyable.

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Zack that beach you went to after the fish fry was the beach my friend's daughter got married on. We were the ONLY people there and I wish I could have gone swimming, it was such a beautiful day.

 

As we were pulling into Nassau I saw that complex they were building and though that was going to spoil that bit of beach the next time I go to Nassau.

 

Glad you made it through your cruise, thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures and pointing out how others with 'eccentricities' can handle cruising. :D

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Thanks for posting such an awesome and detailed review. Sounds like you had a great trip-hope you have many more and keep writing reviews!

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You have reinforced the reason(s) I don't get off the ship in Nassau anymore :)

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Zac - Loved your review! Are you keeping in touch with any of your buddies you met on the cruise? I am a germ-o-phobe so I could totally understand you not wanting to hold someone's dentures in your hand. YUCK! Also, I tend to get anxious in very crowded circumstances as I am vertically challenged (short). :D Thanks again for your review as it was very enjoyable.

 

Thank you :) Yes, I have been keeping in touch with some of the people I met on the cruise. Some of us exchanged emails and some of us become friends on Facebook. You gotta love the advancements in technology :)

 

You have reinforced the reason(s) I don't get off the ship in Nassau anymore :)

 

lol. I've been to Nassau twice now. I'll probably get off the ship to go to O Andro's, but just head back to the ship after that. It was my least favorite island on the trip, but one of my favorite days... go figure. lol

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I wanted to add a couple more pictures and make some final statements about my time on the EPIC.

 

I really enjoyed my time on the Norwegian EPIC. As you all read, I had some things come up, but I didn't let any of that ruin my cruise. Nothing could have brought that cruise down, I don't think. Whenever I am considering another cruise, whether it is solo or not, I will look into Norwegian first. When I first started researching cruises, I was reluctant to try Norwegian because my parents had taken a cruise and they had a horrible time. I was blown away by my experiences on the cruise. I think customer service was on par with Royal Caribbean and other cruise lines.

 

The solo lounge and entire solo set up is just superb. For me, that alone puts Norwegian above the rest. I'm not closed off to trying other cruise lines, so I really hope that other lines will follow suit and consider having a solo set up similar to Norwegian. They make it so easy to meet like-minded people.

 

You all may have noticed my lack of mentioning other shows outside of the Blue Man Group. I didn't try out Second City or Legends in Concert. Honestly, hanging out with the other people I met was more entertaining and fun to me than going to shows.

 

One big thing I learned is that I love to have everything planned out before I come. If I went again as a solo traveler, I would not plan anything ahead of time unless there was something I definitely wanted to make sure I saw. I wouldn't plan excursions, shows or restaurants ahead of time. I had shows planned out beforehand and I didn't go to one at my scheduled time. I had reserved Cagney's and Moderno ahead of time. I did go to Moderno, but I didn't go at my scheduled time slot. For those that like to plan things out ahead of time and are going on the EPIC, Breakaway or Getaway, I would not recommend planning ahead. It was nicer to be flexible. But if there is something you definitely want to do or see, then I would plan ahead.

 

I absolutely loved the Freestyle Dining. It was nice to have the flexibility of going to dinner when I wanted to. Yes, there were times when we had to wait, but we were given free glasses of champagne any time we had to wait. I like not having to plan excursions or my on board activities around dinner.

 

It was a little rough leaving my fellow solo travelers at the end of the week. I actually felt a little emotional. Scott and I ended up splitting a taxi to the airport from the port to the airport which made it cheaper for us than to take the shuttle. I'd recommend doing that if you're able to. There was a stall set up outside the cruise terminal after disembarking that allowed you to sign up for a shuttle if you ended up changing your mind and wanted to ride the shuttle. They announced during the cruise we had to decide by like Wednesday, but for our cruise this wasn't true.

 

Disembarking was quick and painless. It probably took about 20 minutes or so.

 

All in all, I really can't wait to go on a cruise again. I am looking at trying the Breakaway, but am not sure when I may get to go. I was hoping to go for my 30th birthday later this year, but I have recently been accepted to go back to school... so I need to buy a new computer and may not have the time to take off of school for my birthday.

 

If you're on the fence about whether you could travel solo, you can do it! You can be as involved or uninvolved as you want. Even the shyest of people seemed to have met people to hang out with. It is an experience that shouldn't be missed.

 

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In the Bahamas

 

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Seafood Chowder

 

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Pork Tenderloin Medallions

 

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Cheesecake

 

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Raspberry Sorbet

 

I think that concludes my review of the Norwegian EPIC. For those interested in learning about my other travels can find the link in my signature. I'm only about to post Day 3 on the EPIC on there, so it'll be a couple weeks before I talk more about my other adventures. I will say my reviews on my blog of the EPIC are slightly different than on here. Thanks for reading my journey. I'm glad you all enjoyed it!

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Thanks for sharing your EPIC adventure. I enjoyed reading about your experiences.

 

It makes me even more excited for my NCL cruise next year on the Gem. I hope to try to Epic someday...maybe even as a solo if I can leave DH and DS at home ;)

 

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Very well done Zac. Looking forward to the rest of your travels. If you can will you post on here when you move unto the part of your adventure after the cruise? :)

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Enjoyed the review! I've recently been toying with the idea of cruising solo and the Epic seems like a great option. Maybe I'll make it one of these days

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I'll probably get off the ship to go to O Andro's, but just head back to the ship after that. It was my least favorite island on the trip, but one of my favorite days... go figure. lol

 

I didn't go there. What is it? Worth me getting off the ship for? :)

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Thank you :) Yes, I have been keeping in touch with some of the people I met on the cruise. Some of us exchanged emails and some of us become friends on Facebook. You gotta love the advancements in technology :)

 

Very nice. Yes, the advancements in technology certainly make keeping in touch easier. :D Thanks again for posting your review.

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Zac, thank you so much for posting your great review and pictures.

 

When I was in Nassau on another ship, I was not impressed. If I go back, maybe I'll look for the places you visited.

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Thanks for sharing your EPIC adventure. I enjoyed reading about your experiences.

 

It makes me even more excited for my NCL cruise next year on the Gem. I hope to try to Epic someday...maybe even as a solo if I can leave DH and DS at home ;)

 

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Lol, that's a problem for a lot of people... If you can't shake them from going with you, you could always get a studio and make them share a room! Lol. I hope you have fun on the Gem.

 

Very well done Zac. Looking forward to the rest of your travels. If you can will you post on here when you move unto the part of your adventure after the cruise? :)

 

I sure can :)

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