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Jennie Phillips Cruise Ship February 25th, 2018 - 14:46:20
The Staterooms Like every modern cruise ship the NCL Epic offers a wide variety of accommodations ranging from lower-priced interior cabins (with no window) to huge luxury suites with personal butlers. Obviously a guest staying in one of the large suites would have a different stateroom experience than one staying in a much smaller interior cabin so once again I must preface my stateroom review by cautioning the reader that it is based on my specific experience (which may or may not hold true for other types of accommodations on the Epic). My wife and I were in a standard stateroom with a balcony (one of the \"Category B\" staterooms on the ship). Upon entering the stateroom we had two initial impressions. First of all the curved walls gave the room a very \"unique\" look (unlike typical cruise ship staterooms which are almost always rectangular with straight walls). The second thing we noticed is that the stateroom didnt have a bathroom... well at least not in the traditional sense.
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).
After the destination is chosen one of the most important decisions to be made is how to choose a cruise ship. With almost 200 ships in more than 20 major cruise lines that may seem like a daunting task at first but youll find it easier than expected to narrow down the field. Make sure to select a cruise line that matches your personality and your expectations from your vacation. Are you taking a family vacation? The Disney cruise ships not surprisingly are geared towards families and children but Royal Caribbean also has an excellent reputation for ships that are family friendly and have great teen programs. If youre looking for a cruise ship for the perfect honeymoon Princess is associated with romance while Windstar or Regent Seven Seas are outfitted for luxury and private intimate moments.
The \"Hardware\" When discussing the physical attributes of a cruise ship (i.e. its layout and appearance) industry professionals often refer to the ships \"hardware\". So lets start there. At 153000 tons with a passenger capacity of 4100 (based on double occupancy) the Norwegian Epic is by far the largest ship in the NCL fleet. In fact with the exception of Royal Caribbeans Oasis of the Seas (which was launched in December 2009) NCLs Epic is among the largest cruise ships at sea. It is also one of the most uniquely designed cruise ships that I have ever been on (... and Ive been on quite a few). In most cases that \"uniqueness\" is a very positive attribute which reflects the thoughtfulness and attention that the Epics designers must have paid to maximizing the use of space to achieve a much bigger wide-open \"feel\" to all of the ships public areas. And the way that one area just seemed to \"flow\" into the next (without the \"cookie-cutter\" rigidity sometimes found on cruise ships) was truly remarkable.