So - take a look and tell us what you think. To me the bottom pic is the most revealing. She is pretty boxy (they could have added a few curves) and it makes you wonder how sreamlined she is. But overall, I don't think she is a ugly as many people are saying.
Keep in mind - there is still paper over most of the glass, the decking is not installed yet (just this ugle red rubber backing material) and the many portions above the hull are not yet painted.
I am the editor, but I also speculate, ask questions and play devil's advocate. I reserve the right to change my mind.
How a ship looks from the outside is really not important in our choices of cruise's, BUT, from looking at these photo's, the Epic looks "unbalanced" to me. It looks like the stern is "heavier" than the bow by a lot. I feel that the ship could "stand up" on the stern with the bow in the air !
I do like the way the port and starboard balconies are not all in a straight line, but kind of "curvy".
Just MHO ,
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I have to agree, Epic looks a bit odd in it's shape and very enclosed; the whole back-end of the ship looks like it's missing. The two/three decks above the bridge add a strong element of miss-balance. As for Oasis; I think she is much better designed and appealing. I do like the entertainment concepts on Epic (blue man group) and bowling ally.
I guess I am fortunate in thinking that I will be inside the ship or on deck and will not be able to see the outter shell of the ship unless I am on land/ port. I like the fact the all ships are not cookie cutter replicas and there is a difference. I have been on sister ships that were the same and , while they may still be beautiful and fun, I alwasy love the adventure of getting lost on a new ship. If something this is going to prevent you from booking then that is for the best.