Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Cruise Line®

AT A GLANCE

24-hour Room Service
Beauty Salon
Broadway-style Entertainment
Butler Service
Casino
Children's Play room
Children's Pool
Elevators
Fitness Center
Fitness Classes
Formal Nights
Hot Tub
Laundry/Dry Cleaning
Showroom

Ship Info

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations | meals (not including specialty restaurants) |entertainment aboard ship

Not Included

  • Specialty restaurants are available with either nominal cover charges or fixed price menus and … la carte pricing in addition to the standard dining program | Items of a personal nature are not included, such as alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, spa treatments, indoor pool relaxation areas, certain specialty exercise classes, laundry, photographs, casino, ship-to-shore phone, email, Internet, fax and Shore Excursions (including all """"Dive In"""" programs) | Government taxes and fees are also not included

Ship Overview

Inaugural Sailing
2010
Tonnage
155873 Tons
Public Decks
15
Passenger Capacity
4100
Crew
1708
Registry
Information was not provided

Reviews and Recommendations for Norwegian Epic

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By: KandJ


Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2013

Wonderful ship and crew, spotlessly clean. This was our first cruise so not sure how the free stylin food on the Epic compares to 'set' dining on other cruises. Seating was tight for the buffets on deck 15 - felt the crew could have controlled seating arrangments better. Food and retaurants were excellent, nice menu options and good food. The shore excursins were well run and well worth the cost.
Travel Advisor:  Birgit Navarre
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Not Recommended

More Shows

By: mrs.manfink


Reviewed on: 21 Dec 2013

first time on NCL......I was not aware that this was a larger ship....the food was excellent... hoping for a show every night,...but the most discouraging thing was that the travel agent, did not tell me about the ship board credit, ....having a budget issue, I always had a refundable credit..... I would not use her again...I would like to know which ship is smaller... the going on and coming off the ship was just wonderful...and of course my husband loved the free style.

highly recommended

By: jojoantoine


Reviewed on: 19 May 2014

This was our first time on the Epic.....great ship, very clean, good food and wonderful service...it's a ship easy to get around.  We will probably go on the Epic again.
Travel Advisor:  Julie Boulanger Taylor
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Great

By: donnis2


Reviewed on: 07 Jun 2015

Clean, wonderful service and food had enough choices for everyone. Fresh fruit, coissants and many options. Entertainment and activities were excellent.

cool crusing

By: wave watcher


Reviewed on: 29 Jan 2016

Love the Norwegian cruise line, 5 cruises with them and another in 40 days. This is the second cruise on the Epic and totally enjoyable great shows, good food and plenty to drink
Not Recommended

Best in the West

By: Laney


Reviewed on: 08 Jun 2016

The ship and crew are all well run. Considering the size of the ship - all things run smoothly. I was in Cabin 14145. The cabin was well appointed, but please, please do not put anyone in that room or rooms nearby. Overhead is the pool deck. At 6:30 each morning they started to drag pool chairs across the floor. This noise continued all day. Also the pool slide is near by. The heavier the person the louder the bang.

Loved the Epic and Freestyle Cruising

By: freddo67


Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2016

What can I say but I loved the Epic and the Freestyle Cruising concept. It was flexible and had a myriad of options to help me create a great cruising experience.
Travel Advisor:  Geraldine Hasting

Great Ship!

By: TGlide


Reviewed on: 19 Sep 2016

Great Ship! Great Ports! NCL Epic more than met our expectations. We were pleasantly surprised by this ship. Entertainment was great. The musical performers were stellar. Cirque Dreams was fantastic. Burn the Floor was very entertaining. The one exception was Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. We just did not care for it. Otherwise every show we saw was great. The food and service was exceptional. The perks we received with our package allowed us to experience 3 specialty restaurants. Moderno and Cagney's Steakhouse were fantastic. We also enjoyed O'Sheehans and appreciated that NCL had a dining experience like it. The only unfortunate thing we would've liked to have a little more time onboard to experience this ship's amenities. Our cabin steward, Brussel, was very nice & did a great job. One thing we did not like is that NCL now charges a service charge for room service. Because of this, we did not order room service & normally would have. Overall great experience.
Travel Advisor:  Tammy Jones-Deem

Good Service

By: thomasfk322


Reviewed on: 05 Jan 2017

Although we had a great time, I have to say Norwegian was not our best cruise line experience.
Travel Advisor:  Laura Slawter

OK, but not my cup of tea

By: SAVGolfer


Reviewed on: 26 Jan 2017

Time on board was okay as we were traveling with friends. We used POSH, NCL's adults-only private outside lounge area. That was $70/pp/week extra, but worth it not to have to fight for a lounge chair. It was also quiet and had it's own bar; service was good. Speciality restaurants were good; main dining was ok, but not great. Ship is very large, but didn't seem overly crowded so that was good. Hated the buffet; finding a table was like finding a needle in a haystack! Ship was much too large for my taste.
Travel Advisor:  Jennifer Hicks

Good for Families with Younger Children

By: Bentley


Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2017

It was a good trip considering we had all our children and grandchildren with us. Tons of activities for the younger set, which they really enjoyed. The ship had 5,000 people on it, which is more than my wife and I normally like on a ship. All of our kids and grands enjoyed it immensely, even though my wife and I prefer the Queen Mary.
Travel Advisor:  Jesse Taylor

Mediterranean Cruise

By: Odd That


Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2017

Lots of people. Lots to do. Our only complaint was the slow service in the dining rooms.
Travel Advisor:  Randy Raphael

Mediterranean Criusestewart

By: Charles and Faith Newton


Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2017

Our cabin was beautiful and we received excellent care from our room Stewart ,Grace. We enjoyed our cruise and all the wonderful ports that we visited.
Travel Advisor:  Laura Schelling

Med Cruise October 2017

By: ELS


Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

Lots of on shop option for dining and activities. Great staff. Excursions through the cruise line were expensive. Very clean, we'll maintained ship. Beds were too short for tall people :( Food was excellent.
Travel Advisor:  Elaine Pepper

The best advisor

By: Amos


Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2017

Excellent services
Travel Advisor:  Elaine Pepper
Not Recommended

Norwegian Epic: Good cruise: strange ship

By: Bob


Reviewed on: 05 Jan 2018

We did 7 day cruise out of Pt Canaveral over Christmas. Had a lot of fun. Food was best on NCL ship. Ships design is bizarre: cabin was small, commode on one side of door and shower on other, a lot of concealed storage, very dim lighting. Ships design meant you went through buffet resturant then down steep steps to reach French Resturant. No central elevators. Hard to access deck 5, main deck. Casino smoke permeated central part of ship. Jogging track was on one half of one deck. Extremely noisy. NCL advertises Freestyle cruising but almost everything, including Main restaurants, required or recommended reservations. Outstanding disembarkation. Not what we expected on an NCL ship. Would recommend for families with children/teens as there is a lot to do. Would not recommend if looking for a quiet cruise.

Epic cruise

By: Big Ron


Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2018

Lots of entertainment. Fabulous
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Yonker
Not Recommended

Disliked it very much....

By: Dawn


Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2018

Three other women for a girls' trip. Wechose this particular sailing. Disliked Epic for many reasons. Few outdoor areas for a QUIET drink/coffee. Outdoor areas are loud and crowded on sea days. On port days, we got lounge by pool area, but lounges are uncomfortable. Also, a guy about 3 lounges from me was smoking. No smoking allowed there, but no one said a word to him, even Officers walked past and said nothing. The cabins was AWFUL. The layout of the shower, toilet and sink areas are awful - very little, if any, privacy. Too small to pass another person at end of bed. Cabin attendant started off great for 3 days, then downhill. Although he brought ice/towels, room wasn't made up until mid-afternoon. Getting a drink at the bar was a joke. Atrium/common area used for games/trivia, etc, was really loud and not big enough, so you had to stand. Entertainment was EXCELLENT. Food was pretty good. Waitstaff not so good. Never on EPIC again.

Decent Cruise

By: M


Reviewed on: 19 Mar 2018

I prefer Royal Caribbean due to better food quality and dining service but this was still a fairly good cruise.
Travel Advisor:  Aimee Leon

Med cruse

By: Andy C.


Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2018

Very good, had a great time
Travel Advisor:  Janet Brereton

First time solo traveler

By: Catholicgal16


Reviewed on: 04 Jul 2018

Absolutely love Norwegian cruise line the food, entertainment, staff, studio stateroom and the studio living room. Sylvia, our solo traveler 'Director' treated us like royalty! This cruise ship spoiled me and I loved the shore excursions, especially Rome, Italy. Keep up the great work and you have a fellow cruiser in the future. Peace and blessings to all!
Travel Advisor:  Samantha Collum
Not Recommended

Epic rooms and layout too cramped.

By: Kim


Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2018

The itinerary was great. The food, entertainment and staff were very good. The room was too small, cramped, and poor layout.
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Cruise

By: Mauricio


Reviewed on: 07 Sep 2018

The cruise was great
Travel Advisor:  Tracy Nutty

Excelent

By: Gina


Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2018

Everything good, food, entertainment, services

Epic

By: Paula


Reviewed on: 17 Aug 2018

The ship was nice, friendly staff, and easy to get from one place to the other. Fine dining is the way to go. Use of internet very expensive though.
Travel Advisor:  Craig Mungary

Norwegian Epic is amazing!

By: JP


Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2018

Our family of 5 (2 parents and 3 young adult children) loved spending a week on the Norwegian Epic on this European cruise. The ports were amazing, especially the three in Italy, and we also loved every minute on the ship. It was so much fun to spend a great day in a wonderful European city and then come "home" to the Epic and be greeted by the friendly and very happy crew. The nights were spent enjoying amazing restaurants and other amenities. Our only regret was not having another "Day at Sea" on the Epic to enjoy more time on the ship.
Travel Advisor:  Kenneth Sause

Tons of fun

By: Yuban


Reviewed on: 28 Sep 2018

It was great! So much to do - great evening entertainment and good restaurants.
Travel Advisor:  Barbara Sanner

Norwegian Epic

By: SuBo


Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2018

This was our first ever cruise and the Epic was just perfect! The only thing that I didn't like was how small the pools were. All in all a fantastic first cruise.
Travel Advisor:  Cheri Ramberg
Not Recommended

NCL Epic

By: dare


Reviewed on: 10 Nov 2018

I will NEVER sail NCL again. Not enough space to list problems. We just renamed the ship EPIC FAILURE. The food was fair but the general service was pathetic. So many of the staff acted like they were doing you a favor just doing their job.
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Mojito

By: Mojito


Reviewed on: 10 Nov 2018

We were in the Haven in a 2bedroom villa, which was Very nice and our butler and concierge were wonderful. The Haven Restaurant was very nice,food very good. Enjoyed everything pertaining to the Haven. The shows were amazing. Loved the Spa. Shopping and casino was great. Wonderful Wonderful crew members. Loved them all.
Travel Advisor:  Jan Hammond

Epic is ok, but far from Epic

By: Doc Holliday


Reviewed on: 12 Dec 2018

This is the second time being on the Epic, it is a great ship, but does have some issues. There are not enough deck chairs for all the guests and you have to fight for a chair if you do not get up early to get a chair. The room steward came to clean the room sometime between 10am & 4pm, and did not seem to have a consistent time to show up to clean & then the same for the night cleaning, sometime between 6pm-1030pm. There are not enough elevators on the ship and you always have to wait at least a minute or more for an elevator to arrive, and when it does sometimes it is already full of other passengers. Food was great though, and the drink package was a great addition to my trip. The EPIC Beatles, Beatles cover band on the ship are great, and worth seeing at least twice. For all the theater shows though, the staff needs to stop people from cutting in line for the shows, very annoying if you lined up for 30 min to go in to have people just cut and staff not stop them.

Review of NCL

By: Worm


Reviewed on: 03 Dec 2018

The ship was very nice but bathroom aout and design not private enough. The toliet area had a glass frosted sliding door and on the other side was the tub and shower. Had same type of sliding doors. However the sink was separate from everything and it was very small made for a bird bath. The design of those rooms need to be relooked at. The crew was nice.
Travel Advisor:  Patrice Thomas

First time Cruise

By: Michele


Reviewed on: 17 Jan 2019

Never expected The Vacation of a Life Time. Recently lost my husband back in Sept. Dear friends invited me to go along on their cruise. I accepted. Had no idea what a Beautiful trip I was in for. The crew is infectious, kind, helpful, sweet and seem honestly happy in their jobs. The Ship was Amazing. My suite was gorgeous. Food and Shows were over the top. Excursions off the ship were more than I dreamed. I was dreading the time without my husband, but was truly surprised to feel him with me. With this being such an Amazing 1st time Cruise, sets the bar for any others to follow. I have nothing but 5 stars for the Epic and Her Crew!!!
Travel Advisor:  Sherrie Coffey
Not Recommended

Toooooo many people

By: Carioca


Reviewed on: 10 Jan 2019

5000 people aboard and everything was reserved before we even got on the ship. Luckly our room was good and we spent a good amount of time reading.
Not Recommended

Service

By: Eric


Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2019

The ship was not made for travelers. Well this particular ship was not good. The adult pool section had a pool the size of a Hot tub so not very smart construction on their part. We had to wake up at 7am to secure a chair by the main pool or other sections in order to have a place to sit in the sun and if you were late nothing was available until 3 pm. The unlimited drink package does not include expresso, Cappuccino or water so that was disappointing. We had a stocked refrigerator in our room that we were happy to see and used but it turns out that was excluded from the drink package as well so we had to fight them with the billing on that as well. The night of New year’s eve I got food poisoning so my new year’s eve celebration was horrible. The majority of the customers we spoke to on the boat had the same complaints and either preferred Royal Caribbean or Carnival better than NCL. The Island of port were great and loved to see them again.