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………
YOU? Take a tour with me in the Video below, then call me at CruiseOne to book your NCL vacation TODAY!!