Thursday, July 8, 2010

Reasons to Cruise Aboard Norwegian Epic

Now that Norwegian Epic has reached her new homeport of Miami, it's time to think about the reasons you might want to give the largest "Freestyle Cruising" ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet a try.

1. You want to live differently.
For many cruiser travelers, a view of the sea is an important part of their cruise vacation experience. The good news if you're considering a cruise aboard Norwegian Epic is that every single ocean view stateroom also has a balcony.

All "new wave" staterooms feature a unique bathroom treatment where the shower and toilet are enclosed in separate compartments and the modern vanity sink is actually in the living space. In addition, the walls are curved, creating a feel of spaciousness. With two lower beds and a sitting area, there is room for up to three in the standard and deluxe balcony categories and four in the family deluxe balcony staterooms.

2. You crave pampering.
For a special "spa" cruise, Norwegian Epic has a real treat, the exclusive Spa Suites with private key card access to the Spa Stateroom complex. Featuring soothing spa d├ęcor, the suites include a circular queen-size bed, a hot tub in the room (yes!), a private balcony, and butler service (after all, you deserve to be pampered). In addition, the two-person suites include entry to the Mandara Spa and the fitness center, as well as complimentary access to the thermal suites where you’ll find heated tile lounge chairs, saunas, hydrotherapy pool, whirlpools, and steam rooms. Plus, there is exclusive access to the Villas Courtyard, Concierge Lounge, private restaurant and bar. Naturally, the concierge is available to make dinner reservations if your butler isn't around.

3. For you, it's all about the spa.
If your budget doesn't include a suite, as an alternative there are spa balcony staterooms and, if you need a tad more room, deluxe spa balcony staterooms that each sleep up to three and receive keycard access to the Spa Stateroom complex, plus entry to the Mandara Spa and fitness center, including complimentary access to the thermal suites described above.

4. You want privacy.
Not everyone who'd like to take a cruise has a travelling companion and now there's a way to sail solo without a huge single supplement added to the fare. Aboard Norwegian Epic, there's a group of 100-square foot Studio staterooms specifically designed and priced for you alone with lighting to suit your mood, a full-size bed, a one-way "porthole" to the adjacent passageway (the studios are inside accommodations), and separate areas for the bathroom, sink, and shower.

5. But you don't want to be alone.

Studio dwellers have private access to their own exclusive Studio Lounge where there's morning coffee to start the day and snacks for when hunger strikes and you want something simple. The Studio Lounge is an area designed for meeting and mingling with other Studio guests. Who knows? You might meet a future cruise companion there.

Those are just the first five reasons to book a cruise on Norwegian Epic. Come back tomorrow for more!

1 comment:

Mel said...

I think your post here just sums up the choice and variety for the passengers on board Epic, proving that there really is something for everybody and for every budget. I saw an article recently comparing Oasis of the Seas with Epic - now I haven't been on Oasis, but just on price alone, I would go with Epic every time. Despite some of the criticisms, I think NCL have struck gold here and I really hope they pull it off and prove their critics wrong