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Judy Boyer Cruise Ship February 21st, 2018 - 12:42:56
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.
On this pre-inaugural cruise I tried two of the specialty restaurants Cagneys steakhouse and Moderno Churrascaria a Brazilian \"all-you-can-eat\" barbeque in which guests signal their servers with a green card (\"OK Im ready for more\") or a red card (\"No more please. Im stuffed\"). My wife and I have raved about Cagneys steakhouse on several other Norwegian cruise ships (e.g. the NCL Dawn the NCL Gem and the NCL Jewel) and we enjoyed it just as much on the Epic. On the other hand we were not nearly as impressed with the Epics Moderno Churrascaria which is the first such restaurant on any cruise ship. The salad bar was absolutely fabulous (especially the plump shrimp and fantastic gourmet cheeses) but other than the sirloin (which the servers cut right in front of you) my wife and I were both disappointed with the quality of the meats. Ironically my son Greg (who is CEO of Direct Line Cruises) and several of our staff members tried Moderno Churrascaria and really liked it. So dont take my word for it.
Conclusion While onboard one of NCLs executives asked me what I thought of the ship and what type of client it would be best suited for. Without hesitation I responded that the Epic would be most appreciated by the client who has been on many cruise ships and now wants to experience something truly unique. Consistent with that its no coincidence that my wife booked the 15-year anniversary cruise for Direct Line Cruises staff on the NCL Epic and now that weve gotten a small \"taste\" of it we can hardly wait until September when we set sail on the Epic for 7 nights. This article was written by Thomas Coiro Vice President of Direct Line Cruises Inc. Direct Line Cruises is a cruise-only agency that has been in business since 1995 and is located in Long Island New York.
You entered the stateroom through a door between a shower stall and a toilet stall (each with a heavily \"frosted\" enclosure). A curtain separated these areas from the main part of the stateroom which among other things included the bed a couch storage closets / cabinets and a sink. The advantage of having the sink outside of the toilet and shower area is that one occupant can use the sink while another is using the shower or toilet (a convenience that you dont often find in traditional cruise ship staterooms). In addition the unique design of the stateroom provided much more storage space than is typically found in a conventional stateroom of similar dimensions. However despite that I found the stateroom to be very \"tight\" (particularly in the cabins that have the bed nearer to the entrance door than to the balcony door) and overall I must admit that I would have preferred a more conventionally designed stateroom configuration or one of the larger deluxe balcony (\"Category D\") staterooms on the Epic).