Sunday, July 11, 2010

Norwegian Cruise Epic Inaugural Cruise 7/2/20 Part two

This ship as we stated before is an entertainment ship. Some cruise lines focus on the family, others cruiser amenities,and others entertainment. Norwegian is definitely focusing on entertainment. We saw Blue Man group the first night. We got there about 30 minutes early and I suggest that if you want a decent seat you get there a little early. You are guaranteed a seat for that show, but seats are first come first serve. We were about 6 rows from the front and dead center and thought it perfect. No fear of getting splatter but close enough not to miss anything. The show is loud, if you do not like loud this might not be the show for you. All I can say about it is that it is fascinating and intriguing. I enjoyed the show from beginning to end and laughed through most of it. These guys are wonderful and I wonder why I had never seen this show before. It is a must do.

We were supposed to see Second City the first night too, but because of a snafu they canceled the show and we saw it the second night. They still have to work out some scheduling since the manager was not happy to see us entering her venue. So, on Saturday at 11:45m we saw Second City. It was good but not what I was expecting. It was definitely off color which did not bother me, but did others. It was kind of disjointed and sometimes they spoke so fast I missed it, and they were only about 3 feet away from me. It is a do once kind of thing.

We went to Howling with the Moon, and like I said before. If you are a fan of JellyRolls in Disney World then this would be a disappointment. They got the crowd going very late into the night, but I think it was more due to the alcohol intake in the room and not the entertainment.

Now Fat City was another story. We were in there twice and the band and group that was in there each time were exceptional. One group was 4 songwriters and we stayed the entire time they were on. The other was the jazz band that we caught only one song and they were well worth it and really worked the crowd. It is definitely a nightly haunt if I returned to this ship.

The casino was great. We would stop in there often. There were a ton of .01-.05 slot machines with some .25 and up to $1 slots. There were other games like the coin drop and many tables with everything from Let it Ride to Roulette. There seemed to be people there all the time. There were quite a few machines scattered about to cash your vouchers or make change. The casino was very good.

The other thing was that there were entertainers scattered around the ship. There always seemed to be someone near the steakhouse playing the guitar, The guys was truly worth listening too. Lots of songs from the 70's to now. The other place we always saw someone was the huge video screen below the Sushi bar. There was usually a duo there playing the guitar and violin, that was also very good on the ears.

The band up on deck were the calypso kind that you get on almost any ship. Nothing to exceptional but would be missed if not there, because you expect that music on the deck.

We heard that Cirque Dreams Dinner is not to be missed and reservations should be made as soon as they open. The venue holds less than 260 people and they go very fast. We did not get in, but heard it was well worth it.

We did not hear anything about the Legends in concert or the character breakfast which were sold out quickly. I did see the Elvis, Tina Turner and Marilyn Monroe impersonators at a NCL event in Florida before and they were awesome, so I would not expect anything less on the ship.

We did take a spa tour and I have never seen a spa like their. It is huge and has many steam rooms. Some with scents, some single sex and some for both men and women. They have the heated lounges, a private lounge area, many therapy rooms, a small pool with water feature and hot tubs, and a huge gym. Last but not least they have a wonderful salon.

Up on deck the water park is more fun than a 46 year old woman should have. The plunge is so much fun. The green slide is very dark and extremely fast. The fushia slide is fast but you can actually see as you slide The pool has great water features and places to sit and socialize. The kids area is in the shade which is perfect for little ones, though it also means it is quite cool there. We walked around the sports are and people were enjoying the rock wall and the first ever grappling wall at sea. The spider web thing always had kids in it, as did the basketball court. We saw the trampoline thing and the ice skating rink but no one was using them. A word for those who have ice skated on RCCL's rink this rink is outside and is synthetic. There is no ice involved at all, and since no one was using it and I did not want any broken bones, we can not tell you if it was any good.

If you have any other questions ask away!!!

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