My recent cruise on the NCL EPIC has proved to be one of the BEST vacations I have ever taken...I didn't want it to end! The upscale contemporary accommodations, countless daytime activities and peaceful areas to retreat, plus the extensive evening dining and entertainment options made for a perfect mix of fun and relaxation!
Embarkation was smooth, and in no time we boarded this gorgeous ship with warm greetings from the crew...then we were off to explore the ship and get our bearings!
Our stateroom, #14127 was alluring and cozy, with a spacious, private balcony for witnessing incredible sunrise and sunsets, gazing at the stars and watching the world go by...
The location of our Spa Balcony stateroom was just steps from the spa and included entry to the Mandara Spa experience with complimentary access to the Thermal Spa Suites.
Within the spa was the Pulse Fitness Center with abundant workout equipment and free weights as well as yoga, pilates and spinning classes available.
An advantage of cruising on one of the largest cruise ships on the sea, is the many outdoor seating areas, including an Adults Only space, called Spice H20 which features multi-level sun decks, 2 bars/eating areas, 2 hot tubs and large screen TV.
There is also an exclusive Adults Only area named Posh Beach Club where only guests staying in suites or having purchased day passes are permitted.
A massive main pool area features an Aqua Park with two pools, five hot tubs, kid's pool, three multi-story water slides including the the 200-foot Epic Plunge, the only tube slide at sea. An outdoor cafe, video arcade and marketplace are also located on the same deck.
A multi-level sports complex, spotlights a full-sized basketball court, batting cage, trampoline, rock climbing wall, the first-ever rappelling wall at sea and a 24-foot enclosed climbing cage.
Kids can have their own fun, too. Recess is built for the young ones, with a gigantic kid's area and a special area just for tweens. Includes Wii, Playstation 3, a dance floor and much more.
Entourage is designed like an adult lounge minus the adults. All play during the day, but at night Entourage turns into a teens-only nightclub.
So as you can see, days at sea are filled with lots of fun and relaxation...
When the sun goes down there's even more to do...
From traditional fine dining to endless buffets, there is a host of delicious options included. And for a small cover charge, you’ll also have access to a world of additional possibilities including gourmet French, Japanese Teppanyaki, a traditional steakhouse and more – over 20 different dining options in all... You can also order a pizza 24/7 for $5, delivered to virtually anywhere on the ship!
Try your luck in the Epic Casino, bowl a strike in the Bliss Ultra Lounge Bowling Alley, or experience some of the best entertainment at sea, such as Blue Man Group, Second City Comedy, Legends in Concert featuring Lady Gaga, Steven Tyler and Elvis impersonators and more, all included in the price of your cruise fare.
For a small upcharge you could also experience the Cirque Dreams and Dinner entertainment extravaganza that includes world-class acrobats, aerialists and musicians.
Inspired by the original ice hotels in Scandinavia, The SVEDKA Ice Bar, maintained at 17 degrees is one of only 14 in the world, and the only true ice bar at sea. $20 per person gets you a faux fur parka, gloves and 2 icy vodka drinks...brrrrr!
Bring along a white outfit to wear at NCL EPIC's "White Hot Party" on the pool deck, for an electrifying, blacklight glowing party beneath the stars!
Or just take a leisurely stroll for some crisp night air...
This 7 Night NCL EPIC cruise was truly an unforgettable experience. Whether you're a seasoned or first time cruiser, I hope I have enticed you to take this cruise...call me to start planning an awesome journey of your own!