dalgirl Posted October 9, 2013 #1 Share Posted October 9, 2013 Although long, this is not a detailed review of the Epic as a ship - there are many very good ones on this site - but I hope to add some observations, tips, etc. that may be helpful. My background again: mid 50s, married, traveling with DH, DS, and Mother. DH and I are Platinum Latitude members with NCL (so you know we love the brand) and have sailed on Epic one time before in a balcony cabin on this same itinerary and will be back on Epic in Dec. This time we stayed in an inside cabin because of the busy European itinerary. This was our 4th Med cruise with NCL out of Barcelona. Epic is not my favorite ship (I love the jewel class ships best), but it is a lot of fun and works well in Europe. Balcony vs Inside: I will always choose a balcony over an inside unless there is a compelling reason, and this itinerary really wastes a balcony for us. We were up and out of the cabin by 6 am every morning and did not return until around 6pm in the evening. There was so much to do on our sea day that we did not miss it too much even then. We used the extra money for my spa pass and our excursions. For the most part the inside cabins are comfortable, but they could use more lighting, for me it always seemed to be a little dark in the room even with all the lights on - DH thought the lighting was fine, but he doesn’t make his face up every day. The closets were really great as was the medicine cabinet and we had plenty of room for our things. If you are trying to save money, the inside is fine and we never felt really closed in. DS and Mom each had a studio cabin that was just perfect for them and they had no complaints at all. Very cosy. Tip: The beds in both the balcony and inside cabins can be a bit hard and the pillows a bit flat on all the NCL ships. Ask your room steward to bring a foam "egg carton" overlay for the bed and more pillows to choose from if you aren’t comfortable. They will always do this for you. Our steward, Jun, was very accommodating the whole cruise and did his best to make our cabin comfortable. The first night we noticed that the air was blowing in our faces causing sinus issues. The next night we switched head and foot and slept great that way. When we told Jun what we had done so that he would not wonder what happened to the linens all jumbled, he made a point to make up the bed "backwards" for us the rest of the cruise - he insisted and I am sure it was a great joke for him to tell. So don’t be afraid to mix things up to try to get more comfortable. Don’t wait until you are mad or miserable so that the whole cruise is colored by your discomfort. Start off working out the kinks and you will enjoy your cruise all the more. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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