Jump to content
Cruise Critic Community
APDMOM

My View: The Epic Beauty/Beast

Recommended Posts

I will be back tomorrow with Day 7. Thanks for reading along!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

A few more views from the ship:

 

 

9a96b1bdbddc689c90ba14e33f38a243.jpg

 

 

A ride in the powerboat in the foreground looks like it would be fun. A ride in the sailboat in the background not so much. Just saying.

 

I love all the photos you’ve included in your report. Thanks again.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been on Epic three times and don't usually take the time to look at pictures of it anymore. I'm so glad I checked out your review because your pictures are amazing. Thanks for sharing!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you so much for sharing your review!

I know there has been a lot of hit and miss reviews on the Epic recently, however I just booked her for a Western Mediterranean cruise in May 2019! Your photos are getting me quite excited :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am back! Thanks for reading along, and for the compliments! Day 7 may be a bit boring, but hopefully somewhat helpful for those who are interested in menus. :D

 

Here we go...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Our final sea day before returning to Port Canaveral was a real “geek day”, my personal favorite. We spent much of the morning in the Atrium.

 

Towel folding demonstration - it was fun, but we really only attended it to get seats for the Officer’s Profile Q&A:

a56007b0047bd7718aa8738f4a866abe.jpg

 

92358b86e4327d3766d2afb45f23c1d8.jpg

 

Ship Facts with André (Cruise Director):

 

5648308a066fd7077494a9b96ae88712.jpg

 

b7779e1dfcd50ac721643527c9fbe1c8.jpg

 

Interesting fact:

There are currently 102 confirmed new cruise ships (variety of cruise lines) to be built in the next 10 years. That bucket list is growing faster than my cruise budget!

 

cbb3dbacf0ee76d5ff9b790f7ef75127.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I did not realize how many symbols there were for the officer lapels:

 

e5f9cdf728ab1b090aa51c7424551025.jpg

 

bda9e7b56d4ef6de834556624046aa6c.jpg

 

The captain, chief engineer, and hotel director answered questions from the audience:

538f99988a99afb739a33b1276debe65.jpg

 

One question was whether the ship really needs a pilot to enter/exit port. The captain pointed out that it is the law, and they have no choice. However, all NCL captains are still trained to use maps for navigation.

 

He proceeded to tell this interesting story:

When Getaway went to St. Petersburg, Russia one time, Vladimir Putin was attending a football game against New Zealand. For security, he had the GPS grid interrupted, so the Getaway had to navigate with maps.

 

A few interesting facts about Epic:

NCL Epic uses a water purification system and can release clan water back into the ocean. Everything is recycled and separated on the ship. What can not be recycled, is burned in the incinerator.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Geek time over, let’s tour a few more areas that we have not posted yet:

 

More spots on deck 15...Rock climbing wall:

dbbbbd103453b7a81218adb8b22b1fd1.jpg

 

fc5b02086ffd38f12600072aff8bf800.jpg

 

Table tennis (also on deck 15):

bd2927f429e5efcf2f048ea657a09924.jpg

 

There is an elevator that leads to the sports court. I don’t remember seeing this on any other ship we have sailed. As someone who works with disabilities every day, it is great to see NCL go the extra mile in this area for access:

3bdb7113bb72613459f8e442a3f443d7.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sports Court(including Slide Spider Mountain):

 

d4a0bfa9318f49ab8175f5ca90ff2ef7.jpg

 

6d262d43dd07f387ca92809337afc76c.jpg

 

66f318040c2bc95d5ea2c71846cd4284.jpg

 

702f11406ca5b428a77b9280ad74c846.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Chess (by the end of the green slide:

7e10bed7d819b504ff1026a3aa135f5c.jpg

 

Arcade:

8fcec1b018d4b36343d8470a84a70a29.jpg

 

dbd8ea305ab7578b13a53047c5d9c8b9.jpg

 

41751d77a807cb395a67566ad455d770.jpg

 

2e06b6980306311b15afe37d297c7a75.jpg

 

I forgot to post this with the Spice H2O pictures. They sometimes close the pool for parties:

eb9e0b03b2b22e51d8257361dc7b888a.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As mentioned before, sea days are balcony days for us. We saw many ships out at sea. At one point, I counted 9 on our side (starboard) of the ship:

5988c84e6b42cae236be65f39b5220d9.jpg

 

08ba86cd59eeb08057fa2f0e64e38e4e.jpg

 

f75c5457d72ea140629bc512e3c28b6c.jpg

 

Carnival Magic was way out there on the horizon… a bit too hazy for a clear picture:

fa766472c2804355dd5067d3dfaf2d25.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They had most of the menus displayed outside Le Bistro. I only had my phone, so the quality of pictures is not great.

 

Here is a sneak peek of what they offered in the different restaurants:

e6ac05878c1639058a33acae02d50df8.jpg

 

10623de98f72e9ae3524716c99676b7a.jpg

 

39a0d30417d59b23cd71b5c7afdf0b26.jpg

 

07bb50ace422df70cfb39134acb7df8a.jpg

 

4e36cea878c30ea537094a13b0c380cb.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

To me, the free coffee was great, so there really is no need to buy any. The coffee in the room is very good, but the best coffee I had is in Taste.

 

Prices of coffee at the atrium café:

868ac522c3930eef82738d8b6ba909ab.jpg

 

Tonight’s dinner at Taste (I forgot to take a picture of the menu):

 

Crab cake Soufflé… half of it disappeared before I remembered the camera! It was very good, but not as good as the regular crab cake on Royal:

b1b16a1f923176486ef1379709509734.jpg

 

DH had fish (New Zealand Hake Fillet):

e620573a2e248dadfac9a51825598b9e.jpg

 

Bangers and Mash (one of DS’s favorites):

aa1f4199353f6c0c26a1d02767efc72d.jpg

 

Leg of Lamb (It was good, but not as good as on Royal. I missed the strong rosemary flavor):

d8007e84fcac50264704a02934f4d1ff.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I forgot to mention that we changed back to daylight savings time again before this final sea day. That made 3 time changes in 2 weeks for us. At least we were on the ship, and I could nap on the balcony

 

Sigh!

 

c4028681a39897caff21ed90662405c1.jpg

 

f083a78c94f4f5adecd5f04d1ae679e8.jpg

 

f4c93409c4cc4ba39a7f6602248acfce.jpg

 

7b8454b60ae63b1bf07582c62689e46d.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For those who are new to NCL: You pick up your own luggage tags if you do not choose the walk off option. I really liked that we could pick our disembarkation time. We picked up our purple tags behind the gust services desk, packed our bags, and enjoyed a final crêpe and soft serve ice cream.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is it for tonight. I will be back tomorrow night with debarkation info and a summary of my view of our Epic experience.

 

Thanks for “cruising” along!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
That is it for tonight. I will be back tomorrow night with debarkation info and a summary of my view of our Epic experience.

 

Thanks for “cruising” along!

Thanks for a great review. We board on Saturday and I am very excited. Your review, especially the pictures have been great to help with the waiting.

 

Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Forums mobile app

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • Q&A with the Coral Expeditions Team
      • Forum Assistance
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Member Cruise Reviews
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
×
×
  • Create New...