Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.
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.
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 three 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 area 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 two 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.
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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 offer 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, and 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, has 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.
© 2012 Karen Hellier