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NCL Epic: I Like Big Boats and I Cannot Lie...

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Yes, I like big boats. I still have some reservations about huge ships, however, and the NCL Epic falls into this category. Of course, there are lots of advantages to a mega-ship cruise vacation--non-stop activities, a wide variety of facilities and entertainment and plenty of choices when mealtime rolls around. But to enjoy the advantages, you will encounter crowds, lines, a wait for elevators and the sense that the ship is crowded, even when it's not.

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One of the Epic's advantages is the variety of accommodations available. From modest single cabins to large suites, there is a cabin for everyone. Singles can enjoy a private cabin without paying double fare. Handicapped cabins are beautifully designed and well equipped. Balconies give cruise guests a real sense of the sea--something that can be hard to come by on the Epic.

In fact, I'd describe the 4,100 passenger (at double occupancy) ship as more of a resort that floats around the Caribbean (or Mediterranean in the summer) than a cruise ship. The ocean is a bit of an after-thought here. Unless you have your own balcony cabin, it's easy to forget that you're surrounded by the vast blue sea. (Some call this an advantage, actually.) Despite some vibration and a bit of roll, I'd recommend an aft-facng cabin for the best sense of being at sea. The beautiful turquoise wake is a constant reminder of where you are and it can be mesmerizing!

Entertainment on the Epic is varied. There are bars and lounges and dance clubs with great live music. There is a comedy club with shows by Second City (some great, some good, some dreadful), and in the main show room, there is one of the best entertainments I've ever seen on a ship--the delightful Blue Man Group in a dazzling 90+ minute show that captivated the entire audience!

Food was quite good. Even dining in the complimentary dining rooms (The Manhattan Supper Club and Taste) was very good and the service very competent. I still like the idea of the same waiter and staff every night, but for impersonal "restaurant style" service, going to the dining room on the Epic was a very positive experience.

One of the best things about the Epic is the simple fact that it's affordable! In some seasons, it's a genuine bargain! Call 7 Seas Cruises toll-free at 1-866-424-1090 or write us at cruise7seas@msn.com and let us give you a discounted price for your Epic cruise.

If you like big boats--or a resort vacation that goes to multiple locations, the NCL Epic is a winner!

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