Norwegian Epic Review
A huge ship that is great for families and does a particularly good job catering to the solo traveler.
Every day, Epic’s bars offer a new drink of the day, mostly cocktails. All wines, beers, mixed drinks, spirits and liqueurs, and soft drinks can be ordered at almost every bar. Soft drinks cost about $2.50, beers from $4.95 to $6.
Different martinis, rums, vodkas, whiskeys and other spirits are available from $7.05 per glass. There are also some super premium and ultra premium spirits for $6.75 to $17.50, as well as different shots for $6.25. Special whiskeys from Scotland, USA, and Canada as well as beers from all over the world are available at Maltings. Prices for whiskeys range from $6.25 to $16.25 (for a blue label Johnny Walker), beers are available from $4.25, Shaker’s offers special Martinis from $5.25.
Except for some Whiskeys and Martinis, drinks are available at every bar and restaurant on the Epic.
Beer & Wine
There are a lot of wines aboard the Norwegian Epic and almost all restaurants have their own little wine “cellar.” Most wines come from the Americas though, just a few from France or Italy. There are no wines from Spain or Greece at all.
The beer menu is not quite as extensive, though large enough: there are a bunch of mainstream American beers, such as Budweiser, Coors Light, and Miller, as well as some imported beers like Becks, Guinness, Newcastle, Stella, and Heineken, and even one brand from the Caribbean. We’d like to see more craft beers from smaller breweries on the menu.
All bars have mixed drinks and daily changing featured cocktails, like the Mangopolitan or the Rebellious Fish, for $5.95. Frozen Cocktails like pina colada and mudslide, as well as tropical cocktails like margaritas and mojitos are also available. Prices for these drinks range from $6 to $9. Shakers is the ship’s martini bar and offers an extensive list of special drinks like the Pear Pleasure or the Forbidden Fruittini.
Other than five-for-the-price-of-six bucket of beer, there are no drink packages on the Norwegian Epic.
Being a family-oriented cruise line, Norwegian offers a soft drink package for about $50 a week. When you buy it you get a mug and can get it refilled as often as you like – great for families, but a little too expensive for a single traveler. Other than that, most bars also serve smoothies and all the cocktails can also be ordered without alcohol.
The bar is not very large for its task: Serving one of the biggest spaces on the Epic. Still, the bartenders here do the job reasonably well.
The bar offers soft drinks, beers, cocktails and iced drinks, as well as smoothies.
Bliss is Epic’s only club, restricted to adults 18 and up. The entrance is marked by a light mist, which can be a tad disconcerting the first time you encounter it. A round bar sits in the middle of the room. For those who don’t want to dance, there’s a pool table, a dart board, some video games, and a bowling alley. Bliss also offers some light entertainment, like karaoke and trivia, before fully converting to a club at 11 pm.
Just as in the rest of the ship, Bliss offers mixed drinks, some beers on draft and in bottles, wine, and soft drinks.
Before 11 pm Bliss has karaoke, trivia, and other games.
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