Norwegian Epic Cruise Ship: A Photo Essay

Updated on March 19, 2018
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She happily lives in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

The Norwegian Epic
The Norwegian Epic | Source

The Norwegian Epic cruise ship was built in 2010 and currently cruises the waters of the Eastern Caribbean and Europe. My husband and I were more than pleasantly surprised by our experience on this beautiful and unusual cruise ship from Norwegian Cruise Lines, or NCL as they are often called.

Cabin Options

This cruise ship is one of Norwegian's Jewel class ships. It can hold 4,200 passengers and has 688 inside cabins, 1426 outside cabins, and 128 studio cabins.

Studio cabins are rather a novelty in the world of cruising. They are built for the single traveler, with windows out to the hallways with curtains that can be pulled for privacy. The studio cabins have access to a lounge specifically for single cruisers so they can meet other single cruisers with cabins in the same vicinity. They are also a less expensive way for a single traveler to cruise because you just pay a single fee, instead of the double fee for the two beds in a single cabin, which is what most cruise lines require.

Great Cruise Line for Families

There is an Aqua Park on the ship consisting of 3 slides. It is also a Nickelodeon ship with characters from the Nickelodeon network making guest appearances and Slime Time Games being played throughout the cruise duration. These two factors alone make it the perfect ship for families with younger children. There is a climbing wall and a spider web net climbing apparatus that older children enjoy.

Great For Adult Couples

But it is also a wonderful ship for couples as it has an adults only pool are called Spice H2O, and a spa package available for a reasonable fee which allows adults access to saunas, hot tubs, relaxation rooms, lounges on a balcony overlooking the back of the ship, hot tubs, and more. It has the first ice bar, which has an entry fee and includes two alcoholic or 2 non-alcoholic drinks and provides fur coats for those that might get chilled inside. A cruise on the Norwegian Epic is a special treat, and for those cruisers who don't mind larger ships, it is a unique experience.

Unique Entertainment

As far as entertainment goes, NCL does not have your run-of-the-mill entertainment options. Unlike most cruise ships which offer Broadway show entertainment, and the average comedian and magician, NCL, and therefore the Norwegian Epic also offers a unique variety of entertainment. The Blue Man Group was a featured show, but as of 2016, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is the main show on board the Epic. There are also skits from the Second City Players and improv group that kicked off the careers of such notable stars as John Belushi and Dan Akroyd. The Epic also has a piano bar show, "Howling at the Moon" which encourages audience participation which is a lot of fun.

Reasonable Prices on NCL

One of the best things about an NCL cruise experience is the fact that cruises with this company are reasonably priced. The only cruise line we have found that is less expensive is Carnival, but because of Carnival's reputation as having "party ships," we have never cruised on Carnival. We prefer both Princess cruise lines and NCL. Have you ever cruised on Norwegian Cruise Lines? What did you think of it?

Interesting Perks of The Epic

The Epic, as well as all other NCL ships, have a coffee maker inside each room so that cruisers can have access to coffee or tea whenever they like.

It also has a bowling alley, and a 24-hour restaurant called "O'Sheehan's" which is a nice perk for people who are up late and want a late night snack, cup of coffee or even a beer.

Our room with curved walls on the Norwegian Epic
Our room with curved walls on the Norwegian Epic | Source
The chandelier in the dining room
The chandelier in the dining room | Source
Norwegian Epic workout center
Norwegian Epic workout center | Source
One of the main pool areas
One of the main pool areas | Source
The back deck relaxation area of the spa which looked out off the back of the ship.
The back deck relaxation area of the spa which looked out off the back of the ship. | Source
Reading a book in the heated tile relaxation chairs in the co-ed spa. I now know why lizards like to lie on warm rocks in the sun! It's Heavenly.
Reading a book in the heated tile relaxation chairs in the co-ed spa. I now know why lizards like to lie on warm rocks in the sun! It's Heavenly. | Source
A view of the Epic from the back. The Co-ed spa is on the top floor, left side.
A view of the Epic from the back. The Co-ed spa is on the top floor, left side. | Source
Spice2 O, a free Adults only swimming/sunbathing area on the back of the Epic. The screen had beautiful scenery shown all day long.
Spice2 O, a free Adults only swimming/sunbathing area on the back of the Epic. The screen had beautiful scenery shown all day long. | Source
The atrium, although a bit of a disappointment, was a source of entertainment and relaxation because of the big screen with gorgeous pictures shown daily, and musical entertainment each night.
The atrium, although a bit of a disappointment, was a source of entertainment and relaxation because of the big screen with gorgeous pictures shown daily, and musical entertainment each night. | Source
O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar and Grill is a full service restaurant that is open 24 hours per day.
O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar and Grill is a full service restaurant that is open 24 hours per day. | Source
The 3 lane bowling Alley inside O'Sheehan's. There are another 3 lanes for bowling in a different part of the ship.
The 3 lane bowling Alley inside O'Sheehan's. There are another 3 lanes for bowling in a different part of the ship. | Source
The beautiful Norwegian Epic framed by palm trees on the beach in St. Maarten in the Caribbean.
The beautiful Norwegian Epic framed by palm trees on the beach in St. Maarten in the Caribbean. | Source

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        Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

        re welcome. I love to cruise and I hope it shows when I write about my cruising experiences. I will sat that Norwegian doesn't provide the "fluff" or extra service that a line like Holland America or Celebrity does. But they are a less expensive cruise line, and the staff does take good care of cruisers.

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        Taranwanderer 3 years ago

        These Norwegian Cruise ships always seem to deliver the goods. Thanks for taking the time to write this hub.

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        Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

        Oh, LOL...I get it now sorry! I'm a bit slow on the humor sometimes. I thought maybe you had cruised on the Epic and we could compare notes!

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        Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

        I was injecting some humor........O'Sheehan's - shiningIRISHeyes.......

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        Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

        Oh Josh,

        If you get the chance to go on a cruise, I highly recommend it. It's the most relaxing type of vacation I could ever imagine!

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        Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

        shiningirisheyes,

        Have you been on the Epic to O'Sheehan's or are you just commenting on it's ammenites???

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        Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

        Mhatter99,

        I have also cruised Princess to Alaska and had a wonderful time. I feel very pampered on Princess ships, and they look like the Titanic to me on the inside. We are cruising to Hawaii on Princess this Fall.

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        Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

        Arline,

        Oh yes,w e had a great time, especially in the spa. I have never been so relaxed in my life as I was that week!

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        Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

        Availiasvision,

        I really like Norwegian because you get the same amenities and great service/food as on other cruise ships, but a lot of times you can get it for a less expensive price.

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        Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

        Atlas Sue,

        Yes, the bathrooms were quite odd. My husband and I were looking at cruise deals on the Norwegian website last night and saw one on the Epic. I told him I would love to go on it again, and he said he did too, but the only thing he didn't like about it were the glass paneled bathrooms. I had forgotten all about it because you can pull the curtain separating the bedroom and the toilet/shower area, so it didn't bother me. I know a lot of people that made comments about the Epic on cruisecritic.com didn't like the sinks being outside the bathroom area but I didn't mind because if he was in the shower area, I could still use the sink. Personally, I think the rest of the ship makes up for the bathroom's weirdness! Thanks for commenting though because you brought up some valid points!

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        Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

        Karen,

        Excellent review! I have always wanted to go on a cruise, but never have! Someday though! :) Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing Karen!

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        Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

        Thanks for the exotic journey. I'm especially partial to O'Sheehan's. LOL

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        Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

        Thank you for sharing this experience. My last cruise was Princess to Alaska. It was magic.

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        Arline 5 years ago

        Great photos! Looks like you had an amazing time. I like the chandelier and the one of you hanging out in the spa the best! That's the life!

        I hope to make it on a cruise next year - would like to do Norway, I think!

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        Jennifer Arnett 5 years ago from California

        As far as cuises go, your room looker beautiful. I've always heard good things about Norwegian. Looks like a fun trip. Thanks for sharing.

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        AtlasSue 5 years ago

        Great photos and review! In touring the Epic I loved all of the dining and entertainment options, and that you can dine whenever you want and ask for a table for 2.

        The only thing I wasn't thrilled about was the design of the bathroom in the balcony cabins. The sink in front of the bed rather than in the bathroom was quite different, and having the toilet and shower split up from one another while again convenient, it did not afford for any privacy if there are 2 people that are not a couple. You come out of the shower and there you are in the center of the cabin.

        I believe they have made cabin design changes on the new NCL Breakaway coming out next year, and the onboard venues are even more expansive than on the Epic.

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