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Roseann Casey Cruise Ship February 24th, 2018 - 15:30:27
The Service A cruise passengers perception of onboard service is so often dependent upon who their stateroom attendant was and which waiters / waitresses served their meals. Since my wife and I started Direct Line Cruises there have been several instances in which different clients on the same exact cruise would report radically different service levels. So at best any evaluation of service should be taken only as a generalization based on limited individual experiences while onboard. Having prefaced this part of my review (to \"cover my tail\" in case the reader has a different experience) my wife and I found the service on the NCL Epic to be consistent with what weve experienced on other NCL cruise ships (i.e. very good with only minor exceptions).
But in a few areas I did not perceive the unique design of the ship to be an advantage. For instance the exterior shape of the ship seemed a bit \"odd\" to me. The bow is somewhat \"stubby-looking\" and the stern is \"squared-off\" so that the ship does not have a \"sleek\" appearance from the outside. Adding to the irregular look is a massive 3-deck appendage that was seemingly \"plopped\" on top of the front section as an afterthought (or more likely to further maximize the ships interior space). Obviously the ships designers had to make some \"trade-offs\" to accomplish everything they did inside the ship and after all from a passengers perspective the interior design is far more important. The decor of the Epic is modern and somewhat more \"toned-down\" than other NCL ships. Getting around was not quite as easy because of the ships unique interior design. Rather than having its public areas running at a uniform width through the center of the ship the Epics interior gave the illusion of being designed that way but in several different places the interior width of the ship would seemingly vary and you would go to the right or to the left to enter another venue. So just when I thought I had seen the entire ship I would discover a new area. Having been on over 50 cruise ships I found the layout of the Epic to be very interesting and \"refreshing\".
Another featured act on NCLs cruise ships is the Second City Comedy Troupe. Although I did not see their show on the Epic (... there just wasnt enough time to do everything... ) my wife and I have seen them on several other NCL cruise ships. In general we found their \"rehearsed\" skits to be very funny and their \"ad-libbed\" routines very \"un-funny\" (but then again I never really enjoyed watching Jonathan Winters who was regarded by many people as an \"ad-lib\" comedic genius). Activities on the ship were plentiful. Unique to the Epic were the \"Epic Plunge\" (a massive 7-deck water slide) 6 bowling alleys and the SVEDKA Ice Bar (which NCL touts as the first ice bar at sea) in which the entire contents (including the bar) are made of ice and the venue is maintained at a \"toasty\" 17-degree temperature to keep it from melting. Now thats \"really cool\"! Patrons are provided with heavy jackets before entering and vodka is clearly the beverage of choice.
I often believe the problems on ships are due to simple lack of communication between departments! There are the top end cruise lines where you dont have to pay for any drinks at the bar but that is the minority. There is also a 21-year minimum age requirement for purchasing alcohol on most cruise lines. Everything you purchase is put on to your account so ships are a cashless society however I always take a few dollar bills and leave them as tips. Note:- As of re-reading this book the company I work for has now taken off any discounts in the shops on board for guest entertainers. Requirement of Shows Each cruise line will have different requirements from their Guest Entertainers what I offer is simply a guideline - Length and number of shows I checked the guidelines in the manual for the cruise line I work on and they state that a minimum repertoire of two 30-minute and one 15-minute show is required. On longer cruises it may be necessary to perform three of four 30 minute shows. On the ships I work I have never done two different 30 minute shows rather one full show and a split show with another act or two different 45 minute shows. On the cruise I am on at the moment as of writing this book I am performing two 45 minute shows and a close-up show.