Norwegian Epic: First Impressions

As a first time cruiser on the Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Cruise Line, I’m enjoying discovering not only a new ship, but a new style of cruising as well. So, as I begin to find my way around the decks and work my way into the freestyle lifestyle, I thought I’d share my first impressions of what is epic and not so epic about the Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Cruise Line.

The EPIC

  • The size of the ship: The Norwegian Epic is the third largest ship in the world and has no shortage of restaurants, bars, or activities. I’d say it’s impossible not to find something onboard you can’t enjoy, otherwise, you may want to build your own ship.
  • Lifeguards: I was standing on the Lido deck yesterday and heard a whistle come from the pool area. I quickly glanced over and noticed a crew member perched on a seat overlooking the pool. It would seem Norwegian has taken the opportunity to increase the safety on the pool deck. Well done.
  • The gangway welcome: Walking back towards the gangway, you’re treated like a king. The music is pumping, the crew are excited, and free drinks await as you escape from the hot Mediterranean sun. What a welcome home!
  • The openness: For the staggering size of the Norwegian Epic, the ship feels very open and airy. Many of the main public areas flow into each other and feature open ceilings to the decks above. Not only does this design create for a spacious atmosphere, but allows the energy of other areas flow throughout the ship.
  • The Lemonade: It’s simply to die for. I’m going to have to find a way to bring some home with me.

The Not So EPIC

  • The Bathroom Design: I’ll give Norwegian credit, the thought behind the bathroom design is brilliant, but the end product falls short. In each stateroom, the shower and toilet have been placed in across from each other at the entrance of the stateroom. Each areas is enclosed with a “frosted” window and sliding door that aren’t completely non-transparent. For couples, this design is okay, but for family or friends who seek privacy, this layout can be to your disadvantage.

Overall, the one night I’ve spent aboard the Norwegian Epic has been fantastic. The ship’s atmosphere, dining offerings, and incredible Mediterranean itinerary are really shaping up to create for a great sailing.

Check back in throughout the next week for additional coverage of the Norwegian Epic and my sailing throughout the Mediterranean.

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Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.