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Norwegian Epic Review

2019 Best for Entertainment
2019 Best for Families
2018 Best for Entertainment
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Find a Norwegian Epic Cruise from A$629

Norwegian Epic
4.5 / 5.0
4228 reviews

Pros
Jam-packed with 24/7 entertainment for singles, couples, families and groups
Cons
Confusing corridors and congested main decks
Bottom Line
Fun, fun, fun for everyone

About

Passengers
4,100

Crew
1,738

Passenger to Crew
2.36:1

Launched
2010

Shore Excursions
652
Sails To
Western Mediterranean, Europe, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Eastern Caribbean
Norwegian (NCL) Cruise Deals
John Deiner
Cruise Critic Contributor

Norwegian Epic Overview

With so much going on, Norwegian Epic is a cruise ship with broad appeal. The ship was one of the first at sea to be referred to as Las Vegas-esque and it's no wonder. With more than a dozen restaurants, shows that range from Broadway to The Beatles, an active casino and outdoor attractions that include water slides and rock climbing walls, there's enough to keep cruisers busy from sunup to well past sundown.

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Epic's passengers delight in all the choices; they're onboard to have fun and they do so in spades, though the ship does provide a handful of quiet spots for those looking for a more relaxed vacation. Either way, be prepared to rub elbows with your fellow passengers as the most popular shows, restaurants, bars and activities are always full -- no time for napping on an Epic cruise

As with a visit to any city, Epic's passengers need to plan ahead to make the most of their time onboard. Dinners and shows should be booked ahead of sailing or you may find yourself on the outside looking in. Lines are common, and much of the onboard experience, particularly dining, costs extra.

Besides the families, couples and groups of friends who make up the bulk of Norwegian Epic's passengers, you'll also find a fair number of solo cruisers on the ship. With no supplemental fees for its single studio cabins and a lounge designed to help single travelers meet other passengers, the ship is a standout for solo cruisers.

Unless you're doing something wrong, you won't leave this ship feeling hungry or bored.


Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Two dining rooms, meals at O'Sheehan's and the buffet
  • All theater shows, except for those in the Spiegel Tent
  • Use of the Aqua Park and mini-golf
  • Access to Spice H2O adults-only sun deck
  • Most daily activities unless noted below
  • Use of the gym

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Gratuities ($14.99 per person, per day or $17.99 per person, per day for those staying in suites)
  • Automatic beverage and spa tips (20 percent for both)
  • All drinks except ice water, tea (including iced tea), coffee and select juices in the buffet
  • Cirque Dreams dinner shows
  • Spa treatments and most fitness classes
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Late night (after 10:30 p.m.) group babysitting
  • Activities including, but not limited to, wine and whiskey tastings, bowling at O'Sheehan's, arcade games and bingo
  • Photos and artwork

Top Norwegian Epic Itineraries

Norwegian Epic
14 night repo - transatlantic (sju/bcn)

San Juan, Tenerife, Madeira (Funchal), Lisbon, Seville, Malaga, Barcelona

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Norwegian Epic Dress Code

Daytime: Casual is the way to go, with shorts, capri pants, jeans, collared shirts, T-shirts and swimwear the norm.

Evening: You'll see women in casual dresses, skirts, and pants and blouses, and men in slacks or "nice" shorts and collared, sports or button-down shirts. On the optional formal night, you'll spot men in jackets, button-up shirts (with or without ties) and women in cocktail dresses and elegant pantsuits.

Not permitted: Beach-style shorts and ripped jeans are not permitted in the main dining rooms.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Norwegian Cruise Line.


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Norwegian Epic Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.03.6
Dining4.03.8
Entertainment5.04
Public Rooms4.03.8
Fitness Recreation4.03.8
Family5.03.7
Enrichment3.03.3
Service4.03.8
Value For Money4.03.5

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Where does Norwegian Epic sail from?

Norwegian Epic departs from Barcelona, Rome, Civitavecchia, San Juan and Manhattan

How much does it cost to go on Norwegian Epic?

Cruises on Norwegian Epic start from A$629 per person.

Is Norwegian Epic a good ship to cruise on?

Norwegian Epic won 24 awards over the years, including Best for Entertainment and Best for Families in 2019.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2019 Best for Entertainment
  • 2019 Best for Families
  • 2018 Best for Entertainment
  • 2018 Best for First Timers
  • 2017 Best for Entertainment
  • 2017 Best for Entertainment
  • 2017 Best for Families
  • 2016 Best for Entertainment
  • 2016 Best for Value
  • 2015 Best Overall
  • 2015 Best for Dining
  • 2015 Best for Entertainment
  • 2015 Best for Entertainment
  • 2015 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2015 Best for Service
  • 2015 Best for Families
  • 2014 Best Overall
  • 2014 Best for Cabins
  • 2014 Best for Dining
  • 2014 Best for Entertainment
  • 2014 Best for Public Rooms
  • 2014 Best for Service
  • 2014 Best for Families
  • 2013 Best for Entertainment
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Norwegian Epic Member Reviews

Norwegian Epic
eddieA1
Sail Date: Dec 2019
Before we ever sail on Norwegian Epic again, these issues would have to be addressed..... Read More
Norwegian Epic
traveljunkey
Sail Date: Nov 2019
We sailed the Epic for the first time. It was our third Norwegian cruise. We had sailed the Escape in 2018 and this is also a big ship, but I don't think it was at full capacity.... Read More
Norwegian Epic
Johnny__rogue
Sail Date: Mar 2020
I recently returned from a cruise with my family on the Norwegian Epic. Our port of call was San Juan.... Read More
Norwegian Epic
pattibrook
Sail Date: Jan 2020
8th cruise with Norwegian and 2nd cruise on the Epic. Very crowded in all public areas. Elevators crowded. Food on buffet was barely warm.... Read More

Norwegian Cruise Line Fleet

Norwegian Sky
3.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

2195 reviews

One of Norwegian's oldest, smallest ships; main attractions are the 24/7 open bar on its three-night Bahamas cruises and four-night sailings to Cuba.

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Norwegian Sun
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating


One of Norwegian's smaller ships, yet offers more than 10 free and extra-fee restaurants, plus big-stage production shows and two pools; carries just over 2,000 passengers.

Norwegian Star

Launched in 2001, 2,348-passenger Norwegian Star was the first Norwegian ship custom built for Freestyle Cruising, which touts a plethora of dining, cabin and entertainment options.

Norwegian Dawn
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Freestyle cruising means lots of choice for free and for-fee dining, drinking and entertainment, and no set dining times; holds some 3,000 cruisers.

Norwegian Spirit
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Norwegian Spirit debuted in 1998, so you won't find a rock climbing wall or bowling alley, but enjoyment doesn't always have to come in an ultra-modern package.

Pride of America

The year-round, all-Hawaiian island itineraries are the ship's main draw; also offers nearly a dozen free and for-fee dining options; can hold near 3,000.

Norwegian Jewel
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Freestyle cruising means two dozen free and for-fee restaurants and bars to choose from, plus no set dining times or assigned tables; holds about 3,000 cruisers.

Norwegian Pearl
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Plenty of eateries, bars and daily activities keep this 3,000-passenger ship hopping; often chartered for music and pop culture theme cruises.

Norwegian Gem
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating


More than 10 restaurants offer everything from a traditional steakhouse to Brazilian and Japanese; entertainment includes big stage shows; holds some 3,000 cruisers.

Norwegian Jade

Laidback 3,000+ passenger ship with more than 10 free or for-fee restaurants featuring everything from a traditional steakhouse to French and Japanese; full schedule of daily activities.

Norwegian Epic
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating


19-deck mega-ship carrying about 4,500 people; features "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" stage show, the Beatle's-inspired Cavern Club lounge and solo cabins.

Norwegian Breakaway

An NYC-themed mega-ship, carrying some 4,500 cruisers; highlights include outdoor restaurant seating, a ropes course, multistory water slides and 18 dining venues.

Norwegian Getaway
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating


A Miami-themed megaship, holding some 4,500 cruisers; features outdoor restaurant seating, a ropes course, multistory waterslides and 18 dining venues.

Norwegian Escape
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Carries some 4,500 people; features Broadway-style entertainment, an expansive ropes course and 17 restaurants including the first at-sea Margaritaville.

Norwegian Joy
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Norwegian Joy is packed with engaging activities and spaces, and while there's no doubt it has quiet areas -- such as the gorgeous and serene Observation Lounge -- the ship's character is driven more by all there is to do than anything else.

Norwegian Bliss
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating


Norwegian's newest ship, which will sail in Alaska and Caribbean, launches June 2018; highlights include 82 solo cabins with virtual ocean views and a massive observation lounge.

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