Give yourself the gift of Time and Memories for the Holidays!!
Give yourself the gift of Time and Memories for the Holidays!!
Ever Cruised? Sure, Cruising is about relaxation. But what I love about cruising is that it is the perfect mix of Relaxation and FUN! And the Epic has it all…for EVERYONE!
I have cruised many times over the years. I have cruised all the major Cruise lines and have definite opinions on them all. And now I have an opinion on the NCL Epic!
My first impression was “WOW”! The Epic is definitely a beautiful ship! Total “eye candy”. But what makes the Epic stand out in the sea of Cruise Ships is the vibe of FUN on the ship and the variety of FUN on this ship to please every type of cruiser.
For me, there are 3 types of “cruisers” – Couples, families and singles. The Epic has them all covered. (I know these 3 types, because I have BEEN all of them!)
Solo Travelers have the best of everything with The Studios and Lounge – exclusive to solo travelers at special “single” cruise fares! (See previous post “Single Traveler Heaven”) This urban style complex is your home while the Epic is your playground! Chill out in the Svedka Ice Bar, laugh at the Second City comedy troupe, go bowling with new friends or just relax by the pool! (My first cruise was as a single, I would have loved The Studio complex!)
Families – Parents will truly be able to relax with great accommodations in the Family Staterooms & Suites. Not to mention the special clubs for kids of all ages! Teens gather in “Entourage”…with a staircase warning adults to “enter at your own risk”! And younger children are excited when parents drop them off at “Recess”, a gigantic area exclusive to kids and tweens! Relax on a lounge chair, hit the spa and Hydrotherapy Courtyard, dine at one of over 14 restaurants in peace (including Cagneys and Teppanyaki), see the shows you have always wanted to see without interruption & party like a ‘Rock Star” at one of the many exciting bars on the Epic. And your kids will never realize how much FUN you are having, because they are having their own! (I raised 5 kids and KNOW how important that is!)
Couples – This ship is huge, but small enough to feel intimate & romantic. The innovative staterooms even have a “sexy” curvy feel! The nightlife (more than 14 bars and lounges!), casino (there is even a poolside Casino!) and entertainment (Blue Man Group!!!) is exciting & bold. Join the NCL Pub Crawl and sample the diverse “Maltings” – Whiskey and Beer Bar, “Fat Cats” – Jazz & Blues lounge, “Headliners” – Howling at the Moon & Second City and “Cascades” – Casino Bar. Feel like dancing? Head over to “Spice H20”, “Ultra Bliss” (stayed way too late at these clubs!). And what could be more romantic than Dinner & Dancing at the “Manhattan Room” (Dancing with the Stars never had it so good!). (Oh! I know…shopping in the Promenade for the perfect bauble for your wife!)
One of the coolest things about the Epic is the iTV in your stateroom. It is your virtual control center for your Cruise. With so much to do on the Epic…it really became my lifeline.
Did I forget to mention the outdoor activities? Epic has the 1st ever rappelling / Rock Climbing Wall at sea! The Epic plunge is the grand daddy of all water slides and did tempt me…(I chickened out!). There is also a full court Basketball / tennis court. But you can also work out in style at the Pulse Fitness Center (awesome classes and equipment!). (I am exhausted just thinking about it)!
It was a great week on the NCL Epic…so for now, I will just sit back, close my eyes and remember what that breeze felt like………
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I just came home from a Cruise onboard the NCL Epic. It was so much fun. The entertainment was great! Blue Man Group, Cirque Dreams, Second City Comedy Group, Fat Cats Jazz Club and Legends in Concert were all fantastic! I usually never do “shows” (which always put me to sleep) when I am cruising, but these were definitely not “sleepers”! I was impressed.
And then of course, there was the nightlife. I am almost embarrassed to say how late I was up every night! Let’s just say that the night started with a Pub Crawl and ended with me singing Karaoke at Bliss Ultra Lounge! (Which I might not have remembered until I saw the video!!) The Pub Crawl was a great event that NCL does, because it is a great way to get to know other people on the cruise. (I recommend doing the Pub Crawl early in the cruise). I have cruised alot and it was evident that The Epic really goes out of it’s way to make this a friendly ship for Singles to travel on. But it can be daunting as a single to just walk into any of the awesome bars & lounges that are on the Epic –
Bliss Ultra Lounge – O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill – Sake Bar – Shakers Martini Bar – Svedka Ice Bar (YES! An ICE BAR AT SEA!) – Spice H2O – Fat Cats Jazz Bar – Cascades – Maltings Beer & Whiskey Bar – Waves Pool Bar – Humidor Cigar Lounge – Headliners – and most importantly for Singles “The Studio Lounge”!
I have so many friends and family that are single (I was there twice myself!) and going on a cruise alone is not just daunting, it is expensive (on a cruise, there is a higher charge to travel alone)! The really cool thing about The Epic is that NCL has solved both of those problems for Singles who want to travel by creating an exclusive Staterooms and a 2 story Lounge that make traveling as a Single both Affordable and Friendly!
The Studios – This is a private Key Card Access complex of staterooms designed and priced for the solo traveler. The staterooms feature a full sized bed, bathroom and one way window into the corridor. I have been in them and they are so nice! They did not feel small at all! It is the perfect room for a single. But the best is…..
The Studio Lounge – Only accessible by the Studio Guests, this is a lounge where you can feel comfortable meeting other Singles. Have morning coffee, watch a movie or Sports Game, have cocktails or just hang out! This was a great idea. Kudos to NCL!
As a single on my first cruise many years ago, all cruises have that infamous “singles cocktail party”…but it is not enough. It is actually very awkward. This Studio complex is not just an hour of pressure, it is a 24 hour long comfortable situation. The perfect way to mingle and meet others who want to enjoy all the entertainment the Epic has to offer. Make new friends and see the Blue Man Group or visit the Jazz club then stay out till the wee hours at Ultra Bliss! Remember, everyone in the Studio complex is a single…so there is no awkwardness!
Single and traveling with a Single friend? There are many Studio Staterooms that do connect, so you can have your doors open and privacy when you want. It is really a great situation for Singles!
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