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Norwegian Epic Review

A huge ship that is great for families and does a particularly good job catering to the solo traveler.

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Cabin Overview

On the Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Cruise Line has introduced a new kind of cabin: the Studios. Quite compact at just 100 square feet, these are meant for single travelers, though they do have a king-size bed and can accommodate two people. Of course, the Epic also offers a full range of standard balcony, ocean-view and interior cabins, as well as spa cabins and suites that range from 128 to 322 square feet.

In addition, there are also premium spa suites, balcony and deluxe balcony rooms that only can be accessed with a private key-card and offer complimentary access to the Epic Club and Courtyard areas. The rooms are located on decks 16 and 17 (forward), and include a two-bedroom Family Villa, the Courtyard Penthouse, and the Deluxe Owner’s Suite. On deck 14, the Spa deck, the Epic has eight spa suites with in-room whirlpools. The Epic also offers New Wave Staterooms with balconies and Family rooms.

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Our Cabin: Studio

If you’re traveling alone, the Epic’s 128 Studio cabins are perfect. Just don’t expect too much space. Brilliantly designed to offer everything a cruiser needs in a room in just 100 square feet, the cabins include a king-size bed and all-encompassing wall unit with a built-in desk, storage space and a sink. Sleek and contemporary, the wall unit runs nearly the entire length of the back wall of the room and has shelving units and two sliding doors that conceal more storage space. To the left of the built-in sink are hangers, along with a safe and the life vests. There’s also a storage box under the bed that can hold more items, as well as additional space to store your empty luggage during the voyage.

Along the wall unit is a tiny desk, which offers just enough space for the glasses and the ice bucket, and maybe a laptop – but definitely no food tray. There’s a bench too, but the space between bed and desk is so small, it does not really fit to sit comfortably. Above the desk is a television that faces the bed.

The designers of the room definitely had some fun with the lighting. In addition to standard lighting, which is well thought out, there is additional “mood lighting” that can be turned on with a few buttons near the bed. As you can see from the photos, this colorful and dramatic lighting can be set to bask the room in such colors as red, night blue or a sunny yellow (the red being the “romance setting,” we’re told).

The bedroom is small but functional.

There is no separation between bedroom and bathroom, though thankfully the toilet is in its own completely closed-off compartment (in contrast to many of the standard cabins on the Epic). The shower stall and and sink are in the room. The shower itself is quite small, with just enough room to turn around in.

Opposite the door is the closet unit, taking up most of the wall. This unit has two sliding doors with hanger and shelves. In the back is a safe and the life vests. Under the bed is a box with more storage space as well as space for the luggage.

Other Cabins

We did not stay in the rest of these cabins, but we have summaries here provided by Norwegian Cruise Line. Note that any photos on this page may be provided directly by the cruise line and not our reviewer.

Haven Deluxe Owner's Suite w/Balcony

The Villas is the biggest suite complex at sea and includes an array of Suites and Villas on two private decks at the top of the ship. Hidden away and accessible only by private elevator, the secluded Courtyard Area boasts a private pool, two hot tubs, gym, saunas, sundeck, indoor/outdoor dining and a bar/nightclub. And, of course, the butler and concierge are there to cater to your every whim.

• Sleeps up to 4 guests
• Separate living room with dining area
• Luxurious bathroom with vanity sink, tub and separate shower
• Separate bedroom with king-size bed
• Exclusive access to Courtyard Area complete with pool, hot tub and lounging area • 8 available

Haven 2-Bedroom Family Villa with Balcony

The Villas is the biggest suite complex at sea and includes an array of Suites and Villas on two private decks at the top of the ship. Hidden away and accessible only by private elevator, the secluded Courtyard Area boasts a private pool, two hot tubs, gym, saunas, sundeck, indoor/outdoor dining and a bar/nightclub. And, of course, the butler and concierge are there to cater to your every whim.

• Sleeps up to 6 guests
• 46 available
• Access to Concierge Lounge
• Combined living and dining area
• Two luxurious bathrooms with separate shower
• Queen-size bed
• Additional children’s bedroom
• Exclusive access to Courtyard Area
• Exclusive access to The Epic Club (dining)

Haven Courtyard Penthouse with Balcony

The Villas is the biggest suite complex at sea and includes an array of Suites and Villas on two private decks at the top of the ship. Hidden away and accessible only private elevator, the secluded Courtyard Area boasts a private pool, two hot tubs, gym, saunas, sundeck, indoor/outdoor dining and a bar/nightclub. And, of course, the butler and concierge are there to cater to your every whim.

• Sleeps 2 guests
• 6 Courtyard Penthouses available in The Villas complex
• 7 Penthouses available on aft decks 10-13*
• Access to Concierge Lounge
• Luxurious bathroom
• Exclusive access to Courtyard Area • Exclusive access to The Epic Club (dining)

Haven Spa Suite with Balcony

You can go on a total spa vacation as these accommodations feature soothing décor, entry to the Mandara Spa experience, including complimentary access to the thermal suites the perfect place to unwind either before or after your spa treatments. Here you can indulge in heated tile lounge chairs, saunas, hydrotherapy pool, whirlpools and steam rooms.

• Sleeps 2 guests
• Domed ceiling with guest-controlled colored room lighting
• Deluxe circular bed
• In-suite Hot Tub
• Separate shower
• 8 available
• Exclusive access to Courtyard Area
• Exclusive access to The Epic Club
• Butler & Concierge service – exclusive to Spa Suite guests only

Mini-Suite with Balcony

The Mini- Suites feature curved walls and a luxury bath with shower (MB and MD) or tub (MA and MC) and a private balcony with an amazing view. Deck level and location determines the category. Sleeps up to four.

Spa Balcony

You can go on a total spa vacation as these accommodations feature soothing décor, entry to the Mandara Spa experience, including complimentary access to the thermal suites the perfect place to unwind either before or after your spa treatments. Here you can indulge in heated tile lounge chairs, saunas, hydrotherapy pool, whirlpools and steam rooms.

• Spa Deluxe Balcony sleeps up to 3 guests
• Domed ceiling with guest-controlled colored room lighting
• 2 lower beds that convert to a queen
• Unique curved walls and soothing décor
• Luxury bath or separate shower in Spa Deluxe
• Separate shower in Spa Balcony
• Comfortable sitting area
• 21 Spa Deluxe Balcony available
• 10 Spa Balcony available”

Family Balcony

"Freestyle Cruising is all about choice. So we’ve created the most flexible accommodation at sea – with more choices of connecting staterooms than any other cruise line. Norwegian Epic offers this flexibility in every category to keep you connected to your family while still providing plenty of privacy and space. Many of the Family Balcony Staterooms come with two lower beds that convert to a queen, one upper bed and a sofa bed, to sleep four comfortably. Plus, our family deck area is in close proximity to our Kid’s Crew® Zones."

Inside Room

Our New Wave Staterooms are a leap forward in cruise ship accommodations. The walls have a delightful, contemporary curve. Concealed contour lighting and domed ceilings give the open feel of a skylight. Even the bathroom treatment is totally unique – every area is separate, including the shower and modern vanity top sink. And on Norwegian Epic, all the outside rooms are New Wave Balcony Staterooms. New Wave is the new way to travel in style.

• Sleeps up to 4 guests
• 560 available
• Two lower beds that convert to a queen
• Recessed lighting and domed ceiling"

Cabin Amenities

Cabins come with a range of amenities depending on their size and price point.

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In standard category of cabins the shower has both a shampoo and soap dispenser. Other than a hair dryer the room had no appliances. Note that it’s standard on cruise ships to ban irons in cabins due to the risk of fire.

The ship’s 128 Studio cabins are so small there was no room to add a mini bar, but mini bars are standard in other inside cabins as well as ocean-view and balcony cabins. They’re stocked with soft drinks, beers, and spirits that come at an extra charge.

Like most ships today, the Norwegian Epic offers Internet and phone connections at sea via satellite for an extra charge. The by-the-minute rate for using the Internet is 75 cents, but there are also packages available starting at $16.50 for 30 minutes and $55 for 100 minutes. Note that as on all ships, the Internet connection is relatively slow due to the data transmission over a satellite.

The phones in rooms have a touchscreen with important numbers such as room service, guest service, and housekeeping all preset. Calls outside of the ship are possible but come at a steep extra charge. You’ll also find that your cell phone likely will work on the ship, but keep in mind you’ll pay a large roaming fee to your service provider for accessing your cell phone at sea (as, again, the signal must go over a satellite).

The televisions in rooms offer about 30 channels but, alas, only ten of these are regular TV channels (many of the rest being stations providing cruise-related information), and there’s no movie channel. Passengers can purchase a movie for $9.95, which is a steep price but, we note, still less expensive than on rival Royal Caribbean (where in-room movies are $11.99). One nice feature of the in-room movie system is passengers can save a movie they’ve purchased to watch later in the day.

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