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This is will be my first post about this trip. I am in Southampton but have not yet seen the ship. It had already sailed.

I found out by meeting Alan and Katrina at my hotel last night. This lovely couple that posts by Kandajones, came out to see me at my hotel last night.

Thank you so much for coming out to greet me, it was so nice to see a couple of friendly faces after my fairly rigourous travel from Phoenix, via Los Angeles, Heathrow and the the local bus to Southampton.

But I did find out you can GET a bus to southampton for about 17 quid, that is good. It arrives about 2:30 pm even if the World Cup is about to show on TV.

The bad news was that you have to be VERY CAREFUL booking the Holiday Inn in Southampton. I would have sworn on the bible I booked the one by the pier, and lo and behold I ended up in a corn field northeast of the city - depressing and 17 quid by taxi. I was mad!

But all Holiday Inn would say was "well, that is what your reservation says" - YEAH I KNOW - but that isnt what I asked for. AS IF I have the abilty to look at a Southampton address on two different streetnames (neither related to water, ships, docks, etc) and know I am in the cornfields.

In the end it didnt matter anyway - the ship had sailed so I wont see it until today.

I am booked in a STUDIO STATEROOM and I am excited. Rudy Maxa will be interviewing me by radio twice this week, for those who follow him.

Stay tuned here for updates and pictures of my journey!

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Alan and Katrina just reminded me that Queen Mary 2 is also leaving Southampton tomorrow on the same route as Norwewgian Epic.

Ironically, she can make it is 6 days rather than the 7 required by Norwegian Epic even traveling at top speed.

If there are any more engine problems on Epic - you can be pretty sure Queen Mary will be waving at us as they pass us by.

If they are any very serious issues, I may find myself dining in the Britannia Dining Room rather than the Manhattan Lounge
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Godspeed to you and your fellow passengers. Am looking forward to your daily report about the ship, the weather, and the entire experience.
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Have a great, safe cruise. I'll be eagerly awaiting your reports. The Epic looks to be a great and innovative ship and I'll love to hear about some of those innovations. Such as the Blue Man group, Second City and other entertainment.

I am also interested in the cabin configurations in the balcony cabins. Initial reports aren't too good and there is more to the configuration than just having the sink in the cabin.

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Sorry to take so long to post but here it is....

Norwegian Epic – June 24 – First Impressions
I am onboard (stateroom 12568) and I have been looking around. My TV set says there is a problem with my account so I can't see my show reservations (the line at guest services is a mile long so I don't want to go there yet, but it says I have to eventually). But I called reservations and they said I have nothing scheduled before tomorrow night.

I will need to set up those phone numbers for Rudy Maxa to call the ship so I can do two live radio interviews. Times: Saturday at 10:54 a.m. EDT and Sunday at 5:00 pm EDT.

Good News: FoxBusiness gave me permission to devote ALL of my next column to the ship. The bad news for NCL regarding that is I wasn't on the press trip, because I would probably have a better impression. Right now the ship is not exactly bowling me over.

Embarkation was a nightmare by the way, It took 90 minutes of standing in line to get on the ship and there was no one from NCL outside to manage it. I asked three "hosts" and they all just shrugged. I finally said something to a local customs person about people cutting in line and she yelled back "it's a madhouse, sir - please complain to NCL." I'm just repeating what happened, not looking for the bad. But it was the worst embarkation I have ever seen.

But 7 days at sea is a long time and I will just play it by ear and try to catch the entertainment -- I am not snapping to any judgments. I have to say I am not crazy about the decor, however. Reminds of the Gold Nugget casino in downtown Vegas.



Norwegian Epic – June 24 – First Impressions
I am onboard (stateroom 12568) and I have been looking around. My TV set says there is a problem with my account so I can't see my show reservations (the line at guest services is a mile long so I don't want to go there yet, but it says I have to eventually). But I called reservations and they said I have nothing scheduled before tomorrow night.


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Sorry to take so long to post but here it is....


Hi all – I made it, I am onboard Norwegian Epic, one of the most anticipated ships of the new generation. I am just walking around and getting my bearings, and I just ran into Doug Ward of the Berlitz Guide fame and he suggested dinner tonight in Tastes, so I will go dine with him.
Well, first impressions are important. I’m at a bit of a disadvantage here because I have not sailed regular cruises on other NCL ships, so I am challenged when it comes to placing this one in context of the rest of the fleet. I have been on Pearl for a short four-day press cruise, and that is my only comparison.
So far, I have to say that Epic is indeed short in the eye-candy department. My guess in the long run is that ship will be compared to Liberty of the Sea, or maybe even Voyager, and Carnival Dream.
Norwegian Epic does not have the Wow that you see on Oasis of the Seas by any means. There is no single place to stand and take in a Vista where you say “I never thought I would see this on a cruise ship.”
Oasis has literally dozens such places – the Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, Central Park, either atrium, the sports deck, zip line, etc. Here I am on Epic talking about Oasis. But the truth is that Epic only has one internal spot on the entire ship that spans more than one deck vertically – the singular atrium that has the two-story Wii game system and the “big TV” as you have seen on Norwegian Pearl. That’s it. Otherwise it is just a long span of rooms, one melding into the next with an overused common brownish red carpet that looks like it was salvaged from the Golden Nugget casino in downtownVegas.
Personally, this is probably the blandest ship; décor-wise, that I have seen since the Renaissance ships of the late 1990s when the biggest feature they could boast of in their brochures was the “Grand Staircase,” that rose one deck. My former colleague Anne Campbell would probably describe this décor as “Pottery Barn” which is a step below Bombay Company.
But fortunately, this ship is not just about décor, and frankly I have always found ship reviews that focus too much on décor to be as bland as – well, this ship. So, I am going to be focusing on the better parts of the ship, namely the entertainment, cuisine and the pool areas.
But before I start that, since I have seen no shows – a little more about the design of this ship. It is a very boxy ship, as you may have noticed from the outside. That boxiness carries over to the interior, which came as a great surprise considering the staterooms are so darn curvy.
The decks with the casino, O’Sheehan’s pub, the main atrium and the ridiculously large Park West art gallery area (this ship has six Park West employees, the largest Park West operation at sea), carries a theme of perfectly squared beige walls with short nap burgundy carpets with large brown paisley like accents. This is where that Gold Nugget casino looks originates, in the carpet and accents.
The restaurants mostly have tables and chaisr that resemble Cracker Barrel. And as I said in one of my earlier articles, the dark wood paneling along with the white lampshades resemble what I would best describe as décor a la “My parent house.” But at times it is more like my grandmother’s. Even the Teppenyaki Japanese restaurant has tables and chairs that look like a Chinese buffet on the main highway of a small town. Not the $3.95 Chinese Buffet – this is not cheap operation like that. No, it resembles the much nicer $7.95 for all you can eat Chinese Buffets you see in some of the nicer strip malls , but I doubt you will get out of there that cheap on this ship.
Someone told me a soda cards is $50 – that is a bit over the top as far as I am concerned.
The staterooms –
OMG – my studio stateroom is so small it is ridiculous. Seriously, there is room for a bed and that is about it. The closet space is not deep and there are NO drawers at all. There are two hanging closets, but who brings hanging clothes on a casual ship sailing in the Caribbean, and as my friend Doug Ward pointed out, there is not enough storage space in the cabins for a person sailing in Europe when this ship goes to summers in Barcelona.
As most of you know, I paid my own way to go on this ship, but please do not think I am knocking this ship but because I was not invited on the press cruise, In fact I am glad I was not on the press cruise, because I would not want to be one of those people who just told you how wonderful this ship is when in fact this is a very average ship. You will see when you get a chance to sail on it yourselves.
That is my first impression – mostly based on deor, however. Please read on.
I tried taking a shower tonight and I could not regulate my shower temperature - it went straight to scalding hot. I had gotten just wet enough to soap up when it went scalding, so I had to get out and towel the soap off my body and that was my shower. I doubt it is fixed (as requested) because even my sink is very hard to regulate – temperature-wise.



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I saw another standard balcony cabin - and they are so small. The reason they have curves is to steal sq. footage from you. You can’t walk past the sink if someone is standing there. The couch is so narrow you are staring at a blank wall - there is not enough room for a TV by the couch and the one in front of the bed does not swivel. The couch area in a balcony cabin is all but useless. There does not appear to be enough room to separate the beds.
The bathrooms ARE frosted enough, however, from what I see, in the standard cabins. IN MY cabin however, the shower is see-though glass above the neck and below the thighs – which means if you drop anything…. but these are for singles.

The TVs in the rooms are big enough but the TVs don’t swivel.

There are no locks to keep people out of their studio stateroom area as advertised - even the studio lounge. Strangers walk in and out all the time. And it doesn't matter because the studio living room is a dead zone. All they have is one bartender who runs out if someone walks in. (no one stays) the TVs in there are not working, so there is no reason to stay there. This will be fixed bit is not yet.
I thought on this ship that singles would be congregating in that living room. That certainly isn’t happening on this cruise, but it is the first night and the TVs are not working. I don’t like the way it is set up, though. It has a bar (OK), but the is functionally just one big TV. There are no snacks.



Anyway, tomorrow I start investigating the entertainment. Once again, this is a long cruise and these are just initial thoughts, but we'll see if it get any better. If it stays like this, I honestly don't think I could recommend this cruise ship unless it is priced the same as Voyager or a Carnival ship.

But I am sure the entertainment will be the redeeming factor here. The thing is, I just don't see this as a beautiful ship. Doug Ward said "it'll be a party ship."
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Cruising with Douglas Ward...That alone is worthwhile. I am really looking forward to the commentary!
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Yes, I have known Doug for bout 10 years now and I am happy to say he seems to enjoy my company, which is flattering. He suggested we dine together and also hang out until he went to bed.

I like Doug a lot, he is extremely knowlegable and always gives me insights into different ships and especially cultures (foreigners on ships). He said the entertainment he has seen was very good, including Cirque ands Fat Cats, and he enjoyed his lamb shank dinner a lot (surprisingly good).

We both agreed lamb shank is always a gamble because it can either be very good or not good at all - there is no in between. He prefers his dark bitter beers to be served "not too cold."

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This is a shot of the carpet and regular decor onboard. It feels like the Golden Nugget to me.



Entrane to restaurant - not sure what this looks like



Studio Stateroom shower (the first "real" shot I have seen). Now you know why they couldn't market these to "friends" sailing together.
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Friday – June 25
By the way - here is my first picture album:
http://www.cruisemates.com/forum/mem...oard-epic.html
I had a nice night’s sleep – the studio stateroom area is quiet if nothing else.
I still have a significant problem with my shower however, nothing but hot water. I was in the shower last night and jumped in when it felt temperate. I noticed it getting a little too hot so I dialed it back and just figured it would take a minute for the water to equalize. I turned the spigot away and lathered up. Wait a minute, my feet are stinging, there is nothing but scalding water coming out. I turn the temperature control all they back to cold but it doesn’t work – nothing but steaming hot water for minutes no matter what I do. I jumped out and toweled the soap off my body.
I told my room steward and he said he would report it. This morning I got in the shower and the exact thing happened with the water. Of course, I did not jump in like last night. The water was steaming hot within minutes.
I went to guest services to report the problem (again) – the line was 48 people deep. Talking to the staff she told me she put in a maintenance request. “Do you have any idea when it will be fixed?” “No, I’m sorry, I put in the request that’s all I can do.” Of course we all remember when ships were small enough that she would have called maintenance and gotten an ETA, but no.
Saw my room steward on the way out. “Was your shower fixed last night?” he asked. NO. At tis point I still don’t know when I will get my first decent shower of the cruise.
I am sitting in the Studio Stateroom complex right now, alone. I think this area is supposed to be where single people congregate, and truthfully there is no reason why they wouldn’t, except (as mentioned) the TV sets are not working. But I just talked to guy in another studio stateroom and his TV isn’t working either.
It would also be nice if they had a regular attendant here, he could talk to people and get them to stick around, but in fact the room is just dead – no activity. There was a bartender here last night, but no one is here today. There are pots of lukewarm coffee and some breakfast rolls. No magazines, programs, games, books, etc. I DVD player and a library of films would liven it up. But no.
It also is not a keyed off area as they said it would be. There is a steady stream of looky-loos peeking in. Myself, I may just stop coming here since it is literally about a 500 ft walk to get her from my studio stateroom. The common corridor runs almost the entire length of the ship. The living room is forward and I am almost fully aft.

But really I think this is a shame. I had high hopes that this setup would create a place for single people to find new friends on ships, but as I sit here I see a steady stream of people walking through and no one staying. I would probably feel more confident talking to them if my hair wasn’t all greasy and I didn’t smell like a homeless person.

June 25

I have some good news. I decided to sit in the living room for awhile to see if I could start a crowd of people sitting here. For the first 45 minutes people generally just walked through. I talked to a few. The people in the aft studio staterooms have the same shower problem as I have – only steaming hot water.

The people in the forward section of the ship do not have a working television in their studio staterooms. Many people are saying their telephones are not working. At least the wireless works very well.

Anyway, as I sat here for awhile and engaged people in conversation we suddenly had a group of about five single people having a very animated conversation. It was actually the most fun I have ever had as a single cruiser. It was a lively and diverse group from one 1st-time cruiser to a couple of very experienced cruisers.
This is how this room should be used. But now they have left and I am alone again. One man suggested they should put up a blackboard for single people to leave messages, “I am dining in Tastes at 8:00 tonight, if anyone cares to join me meet me out front at 7:50.” Excellent idea – take note NCL.
I have to say honestly – none of the people sitting here had anything nice to say about this ship. One woman said it was her second cruise, the first being on Queen Mary 2, and she wanted to get off after just 10 minutes onboard. She thinks the ship looks unglamorous, for lack of a better word. Another remarked on the fact that there is no focal point to the ship – no main atrium except the one area just two decks tall. Another mentioned that he didn’t like the idea of having to make reservations for every show. But I explained that is NCL and they actually take pride in the fact that this ship is diverse and does not herd all the passengers to the same activity at the same time. The largest theater only holds 680 people. I have no problem with that idea personally, I like it.

More on the Studio staterooms – they have no coffee maker and no hairdryers. The lights are pretty cool, you can do red, blue or violet or there is even setting to make them cycle through the colors. Of course there is absolutely no way to KNOW what you are doing with the lights. I thought I had them set up for typing when I noticed they were changing colors. Oh well, it’s fun anyway.
I recall Gene Sloan saying the studio staterooms have a better sink, and it is true. They also have solid doors on the toilets, not translucent glass. Funny that they would put solid doors on the staterooms where people live alone, but glass in the balcony staterooms where people share cabins. Well, the reason is that these studio staterooms were originally meant to be sold double occupancy, but let me tell you there is no way two people could live in one of these cabins, especially in Europe (where people pack more clothes, etc.)
He also mentioned the very shallow closets – true, and only hangars but no drawers. The closet drawers slide and the one under the sink only opens about 30% of the way, by design.
We had beautiful weather, but I just felt a list and the ship changing motion. The captain came on the say he was turning to avoid a storm off to one side. I guess we will have a chance to see how this ship sails in rougher water, but the good news the captain must feel pretty confident in the engines if he is willing to change course under such a tight deadline to get to New York in seven days.
More later – I have to go see if my shower is working.
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Good review so far. Have fun. But remember..This is a NEW ship and it will take time to get everything right. Every review of a new ship I have read seems to have alot of promblems the first few weeks.
This cruise is more of a shake down cruise. I'm sure after a few weeks everything will be work out.
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Yes, I have known Doug for bout 10 years now and I am happy to say he seems to enjoy my company, which is flattering. He suggested we dine together and also hang out until he went to bed.

I like Doug a lot, he is extremely knowlegable and always gives me insights into different ships and especially cultures (foreigners on ships). He said the entertainment he has seen was very good, including Cirque ands Fat Cats, and he enjoyed his lamb shank dinner a lot (surprisingly good).

We both agreed lamb shank is always a gamble because it can either be very good or not good at all - there is no in between. He prefers his dark bitter beers to be served "not too cold."

MOre later.
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Hopefully one day I will have the privilege to meet Mr. Ward and extend my appreciation personally.
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I'm enjoying your commentary on the EPIC as I am scheduled to be on the two night media cruise out of New York and the christening ceremony. I too met up with Mr Ward aboard the Solstice. We sat and had a very fun discussion about the cruise industry today and what it was like in the trans-Atlantic days. For anyone interested, I interviewed Doug Ward on my talk show. From all that I have seen of the EPIC so far, she looks like an interesting ship, perfect for mass-market. What is particularly appealing is the children's programs onboard with a very cool water park area. NCL seems to have been successful in bringing back the class system somewhat with their villa areas that are exclusive and hidden away from the masses.
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Good News! I finally got a shower, whew. Unfortunately I had to go to gym to do it. The Steiner Girls saw me walking in with my scrubby and shaving gel and just shrugged like “there’s another one.”

Word is that many, many people have shower problems. Many of us only have scalding hot water, but many people just don’t have the hardware to even get water to the showerhead. Now, you have to wonder how people could possibly be booked into a cabin does doesn’t have a complete shower. I can see an inspector missing my shower problem, but how does one miss the fact that the shower hardware is missing completely and not fix that before the ship is delivered.

My guess is that maintenance is cannibalizing working showers to fix the ones with faulty valves like mine. In fact, of the two showers in gym, one was missing the shower valves.

I saw the guys from Allin Interactive while we were docked in Southampton. These are the people who designed and installed the interactive TV system. I am laughing now because they we strutting arounding like “everything is under control” – but now that we are out to sea half the people I meet do not have working televisions.

One thing no one knows is what shows they have booked unless they wrote it down before they left. You cannot access reservations on the television. The line at the show reservation desk is as bad aas guest services; about 50 people long, because you can’t book online and you can’t see what you have booked.

I was lucky, I tried the TV system the first day and realized it was not going to show me my reservations, so I just called and they had my schedule for the whole cruise. They were kind enough to print it out and deliever it to me. It came to “Mr Potter,” (my name is Motter). And I just met some CruiseMates friends who told me that when I called them my name came up as George (My first name is Paul). So, my guess is that as far as the crew onboard knows, my name is George Potter.

Anyway –aside from showers and TVs, I have heard everyone say the phone system is not working right. There is no button for the front desk (!) and dialing 0 does not work either. I happen to know the real number is 00 but I forget how I learned that. There is also no way to retrieve your phone messages. I had to call 00 to find out the number to retrieve your messages, it is 3333. I only know that now, though, because at first I was told it was 333, so I had to call 00 back to say 33 didn’t work and the conversation went like this:

(Me) “Hi, you told the message number is 333 but that doesn’t work”
(Philippine voice) “Jussaminna – Oh! number four threes.”
“4333?”
“No, four three!”
“43?”
“no, three four times”
“four times three?”
“no! times four, four times”
“four times three?”
“yes, four time three”
“four times three is 12”
“No, three four times”
“Like in a waltz? Three-four time?”
“Mr. Potter, please!”
“Call me George. Now what was that number again?”

That’s pretty much the way it is here. I have not met one person without a problem. If it isn’t the shower it is the television, the phone is bad for everyone, and no one seems to have a working safe.

But food is darn good. I just had the fish ‘n chips in O’Sheehan’s and it was delicious, as well as the real Belgian French Fries –(yes, in case you didn’t know the world’s best French Fries come from Belgium).

Tonight I have a treat, I am going to eat in the Charascurria. This South American style of braising fine meat over an open pit, slow roasting like many people would do to a pig, except they do it to prime cuts of meat, is just delicious and I am really looking forward to it. They bring the cuts of meat to you on a spit and slice it right onto your plate.

But for now I think I will go walk the 500 feet back to my Living Room and not watch TV. Bye for now! Tune in later and see what’s new. It’s now been 24 hours since I complained about not having a working shower. On most ships that would be a major problem, but it doesn’t even move the needle here.

Ahh - I ahve just arrived here and they are indeed fixing the television in this room as I tytpe. I am about to upload more pics and will provide a new link below.
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To answer some of the topics brought up above...

Without a doubt there are real problems and there are shakedown problems, and the vast majority of what I have described are shakedown problems:

TVs and showers and phones and safes can be fixed. There is a button for message retrieval, but it is not programmed to work. That should have been earlier, but it can be fixed.

If you are booked on this ship make your dining and show reservations in advance and write them down.

Also note - studio staterooms do not come with hair dryers or coffee makers as other NCL cabins do.

Earlier I described a balcony cabin where the couch area was very small and useless. In that cabin the sink was across from the bed, but I just left one where the sink is on the same side of the room as the bed, and those have much bigger showers and a vanity mirror by the couch, much more utile.

I have met more people - no TV, no electricity, one had the AC stuck on full - all shakedown problems, though.

No, the serious, lasting "problems" are really just more a matter of taste in the decor and the bathroom facilities.

The food is far better than I expected based on people saying "oh, they want to drive you to the pay restaurants" - not true.

And I am sure the entertainment is going to prove to be exceptional. It is almost like NCL knew this ship was not up to NCL standards in some ways, and as the flag ship they said "well, we have to make up for it - with great entertainment."

I am going to upload my latest photo album now.
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The line for show reservations since the TV system is not working and these people did not write down what they have booked (or did not book in advance). Don't be one of these people!



There is a promenade deck.



Bliss nightclub (i love the decadence of this room)



The bridge viewing room (I have never seen a ship with one of these)



the long walk to my living room (and this is just the first half)



Entrance to H20 Spice nightclub - let's just saying this doesn't say "sizzle"



Fixing the TV in the studio stateroom "Living Room"



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I hope things improve and they shake out the problems. I will say that some of the areas look a bit "Spartan".

That blue light would drive me nuts.

Good to hear the food is good and I hope the entertainment rivals it.

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From the photos it looks like the sea is calm.
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(Me) “Hi, you told the message number is 333 but that doesn’t work”
(Philippine voice) “Jussaminna – Oh! number four threes.”

“4333?”
“No, four three!”
“43?”
“no, three four times”
“four times three?”
“no! times four, four times”
“four times three?”
“yes, four time three”
“four times three is 12”
“No, three four times”
“Like in a waltz? Three-four time?”
“Mr. Potter, please!”
“Call me George. Now what was that number again?”


Fantastic Paul, reminds me of the Hotel Soap saga that went around email a few years back - I'll see if I can find it & post it on the Chit Chat for those who haven't seen it, or want to recall the story.

Thanks for posting the photo of the Prom Deck, well found does seem very dark though.

Hope things pick up soon, and that George Potter is kind enough to pay your onboard account for you

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The bridge viewing room (I have never seen a ship with one of these)
QM2 does have one of these, but it's not very well advertised and only open on sea days.


The Jade also has this feature, but as you said you've not been on that ship so you weren't to know that


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The blue hallway looks like something from a scary movie, or Startrek!
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Paul, er, I mean George...since NCL lists you as Mr. Potter perhaps you should start name dropping by claiming your brother is Harry Potter.
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I am new to Cruisemates and happened up on your wonderful coverage of your Epic Cruise. It has been enlightening to share in the ups and downs of your experience. I will be sailing on the Epic July 17 and I am certainly hoping that they get some of the kinks out before then. Can't wait to read your coverage of the entertainment. Enjoy!
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"(Me) “Hi, you told the message number is 333 but that doesn’t work”
(Philippine voice) “Jussaminna – Oh! number four threes.”

“4333?”
“No, four three!”
“43?”
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“four times three?”
“no! times four, four times”
“four times three?”
“yes, four time three”
“four times three is 12”
“No, three four times”
“Like in a waltz? Three-four time?”
“Mr. Potter, please!”
“Call me George. Now what was that number again?”"


Umm, who's on first???
I'm enjoying your reports! Remind me to NEVER do a shakedown cruise !

I'd like to see pictures of the shower/toilet area in the "regular" cabins.

If I had a choice of cruising in a single cabin on Epic or not cruising, I'd book the Epic.

While I think people will still sail the Epic, I have to agree with Trip ! It's the new Edsel!


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Thanks for the updates! Keep them coming.

From your pictures I can see that the decor is quite bland. It makes me wonder if NCL didn't run into financial trouble halfway through construction... The Oasis is clearly the queen of the seas.
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Ha, just researched and apparently NCL is experiencing financial trouble... Partial NCL owner issues financial warning - South Florida Business Journal
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I'd like to see pictures of the shower/toilet area in the "regular" cabins.


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