The Norwegian Epic is known for their waterpark, and their waterslides don’t disappoint. We tried two of the waterslides; Epic Plunge and green twisty. The Plunge was by far the most fun of the two, as it was more open, an the tube provided extra cushioning over the bumps.
As we had been tagged by Norwegian for special treatment, we were able to enjoy the VIP cocktail party and meet the command crew, as well as the Captain. The party took place in the Epic Lounge, located just outside of the doors for the Haven, Norwegian’s first class ship within a ship.
We had a nice chat with a couple other cruisers who are currently on the cruise to Europe. They explained some of the benefits of staying in the Haven, in a two bedroom suite, including their butler and afternoon snacks. They also mentioned the fact that everything was right there, and they didn’t even have to leave that section of the ship if they didn’t want to.
We ended up having dinner at Moderno Churrascaria, which featured a wide variety of meats, from parmesan Crusted pork to chicken, wide variety of steaks and more! They also feature a great salad bar, too. The service wasn’t bad, but not as good as Taste!
That’s part of the reason why we went back to Taste for dessert. Yummy!
Monday we spent on Cozumel, enjoying a full day of fun with Safetours Cozumel. The tour included two hours of snorkeling at three separate reefs, followed by a tequila tour and lunch at Casa Mission. After lunch, we took pictures with their local macaws, and then toured the island by bus, with stops at Paradise Beach, El Cedral, and Playa Palacar.
Once back aboard, we once again enjoyed dinner at Taste, then went to a comedy show at Headliners. The comedians were vert funny, with one of them even having a connection to the Palm Beaches!
Tuesday we visited Grand Cayman. Since it was a tender port, we took full advantage of the VIP tender service Norwegian offered our party. Tender reservations are different on this vessel, as they must be made once you get aboard and are staggered with the Norwegian booked excursions first and everyone else after that. Keep that in mind when planning your next cruising adventure through NCL.
Even though there were a total of six ships in port, everything was hassle free!
Had a great excursion from Discount Excusions, which included stops in Hell, Tortuga Rum Factory and the Dolphon Encounter, as well as views of seven mile beach, the Governor’s House, and many other sites around the island, many off the beaten path. Our driver, Christina, was very personable and informative, even though her microphone was broken!
We also took advantage of some of the shopping on the island, using our port shopping information guide from the ship as an outline. They offer several distonctive promotions in each port of call, which can be very helpful if you’ve never been.
We then returned to the ship, and planned our nightly adventure. We even picked up the shopping guide for Ocho Rios to see what specials were being offered up.
We enjoyed a late dinner at Shanghai Chinese Restaurant, which was very yummy!
On Wednesday, we stopped in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The beginning of the day was spent with Jaital Tours, who took us on a river rafting tour of the White River. Our guide, Raphael, made sure we didn’t go off course! He serenaded us most of the way, and tried to get us to sample some of their specialty products.
We then continued on our way with our driver Silvan, who described the local attractions as we traveled towards the Bamboo Blu Beach.
We ate a very good Jamaican lunch on the beach, took some amazing photos, and had some good beverages before heading to the Taj Majal for more island shopping.
As they say, the Caribbean is a shopping mecca, and every port has something different to browse through. Some islands are more hard and fast with their prices, but don’t be afraid to negotiate!
Thursday was our second full day at sea. It began a bit later, with breakfast at about 10 am. We then competed in their escape room; Escape from the Big Top!
There, you enjoy 45 minutes of mind benders where you utilize different stations to try and render yourself visible after their magician plays a trick on you. Every participant, win or lose, is given an activity card that can be exchanged for prizes on the final day of the cruise.
We also visited the main bridge, where we glimpsed some of the people and computers that keep the boat moving. We also spend time gazing out over the big blue, watching the seabirds search for fish in the vessels’ wake.
Of course, cruising wouldn’t be cruising without bingo! We played the obligatory game, and although we didn’t win the free cruise or the jackpot, a nice time was had by all.
We then went to Taste once again for dinner number 1. When you’re on a cruise, fourth meal isn’t only a Taco Bell thing; it’s a way of life!
After Taste, it was time to head up for the Cirque Dreams Show and Dinner. This show, which takes place in the Spiegel Tent, showcases the talents of a wide variety of performers, from aerialists to acrobats, contortionists to clowns. It does cost a bit extra, but is well worth it!
Friday was the final full day of the cruise, which was spent on Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian’s private island. The snorkeling here is amazing, and the nature trails that cover the island provide a glimpse of marine iguanas, exotic lizards, birds and more. They also give you a chance to stretch your legs after the long day at sea, and give you the opportunity to remember that you are soon on your way back to reality!
The island has several bars, more than 2,000 beach chairs, and a great barbeque lunch. They also have a taco bar, and will soon have more amenities as their construction wraps up.