All about the Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Epic cruise ship
Norwegian Epic

The Norwegian Epic was built in 2010. It was renovated in 2015. It's considered a large size ship. Coming in at 1,081 ft long and 171 ft wide, it's roughly the length of 3 football fields, as wide as 3.2 tractor trailers, and the same height as a 14-story building.

Norwegian Epic Overview

Norwegian Epic Size and Passengers

The Epic can hold 4,100 based on double occupancy (two people per room) and more when you take into account 3rd and 4th passengers. When you compare the total tonnage of the ship to the number of passengers, the Epic has a space ratio of 38. Depending on the ship, this number can range from 30 to 52 (with a bigger number meaning more space per person) so this ship's space-to-person ratio is about average.

Gross Tonnage155,873
Passenger Decks14
Passengers (double occupancy)4,100
Passenger to Crew Ratio2.4
Space Ratio (tons of ship per passenger)38
Norwegian Epic Space Ratio
30 38 52

The Epic is one of one Epic-class ships currently sailing with Norwegian.

Norwegian Epic Food and Restaurants

Food is a big part of any cruise, and there will plenty on the Norwegian Epic. You have 16 different dining options to choose from. Of those options, 3 are complementary, or included with your cruise fare. The other 13 options have an additional fee. Some of those options are a set price and some have a la cart menu pricing. Only 19% of the dining options are included meaning you might spend more while on the ship due to the additional fees.

RestaurantRestaurant TypeCostType of Food
Atrium CafeQuick serveA la cartCoffee
Cagney's SteakhouseSit downA la cartSteakhouse
Courtyard GrillSit downExclusiveSteakhouse
La Cucina ItalianSit downA la cartItalian
Le Bistro FrenchSit downA la cartFrench
Main Dining RoomSit downIncludedDinner
Moderno ChurrascariaSit downFlat feeBrazilian
PoshQuick serveA la cartSnacks
Shanghai's Noodle BarSit downIncludedNoodles
Spiegel TentSit downFlat feeShow
Studio LoungeQuick serveExclusiveSnacks
TeppanyakiSit downFlat feeAsian
The Bake ShopQuick serveA la cartDessert
The Great OutdoorsQuick serveIncludedAmerican
The HavenSit downExclusiveAmerican
WasabiSit downA la cartSushi

Norwegian Epic Bars and Drinks

Norwegian's Skyy Vodka Ice Bar
Norwegian's Skyy Vodka Ice Bar

Norwegian Epic has 15 different bars and lounges where you can enjoy a beer or cocktail. It also has 1 other bars that are available for select guests.

Atrium BarDeck 5See Menu
Bliss Ultra LoungeDeck 5
Cascades BarDeck 6
Epic Theater BarDeck 5
Headliners Comedy ClubDeck 6
Maltings Beer & Whiskey BarDeck 7
O'Sheehan's Bar & GrillDeck 6See Menu
Posh Beach ClubDeck 18 and 19
Sake BarDeck 7
Shakers Martini & Cocktail BarDeck 7
Skyy Vodka Ice BarDeck 7See Menu
Spice H2ODeck 16
StarbucksDeck 5See Menu
The Cavern ClubDeck 6
The Haven Bar*Deck 16See Menu
Waves Pool BarDeck 15
* = this bar is exclusive and not open to everyone.

Alcohol is not included in the base price of this cruise ship. To see if you would save money with a drink package, try our Drink Package Calculator.

Norwegian also serves the Coca-cola family of products. That means Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Barqs Root Beer, although the selection can vary by ship.

Pools and Hot Tubs on Norwegian Epic

The main pool on the Norwegian Epic
The main pool on the Norwegian Epic

Nothing beats relaxing by a pool with a nice drink in hand as you feel the fresh sea breeze pass by you. The problem is that with thousands of people on a ship, there's not always room. If you want to spend all day in a pool, a cruise might not be the right choice. You would have a much better bet choosing a resort with a huge pool complex. That being said, a quick dip in the pool can be nice on a hot day.

The Norwegian Epic has a total of 5 pools and 11 hot tubs.

Tired of loud kids and splashing? 1 of the pools and 2 of the hot tubs are adults only. 2 of the pools and 4 of the hot tubs are exclusive access, which means there's either an extra charge to access them or you need to book a certain class of cabin to have access to them.

Total Pools5
- Pools - General Access2
- Pools - Adults Only1
- Pools - Exclusive2
Total Hot Tubs11
- Hot Tubs - General Access5
- Hot Tubs - Adults Only2
- Hot Tubs - Exclusive4

Norwegian Epic Features and Activities

There are quite a few things to do on the Epic. These are the main amenities that are available. Some are included in the cost of the cruise, while others have an additional charge.

Adult Only Relaxation Area (free)Included
ArcadeA la cart
Bowling AlleyFlat fee
CasinoA la cart
Cigar LoungeIncluded
Climbing WallIncluded
Comedy ClubIncluded
Escape RoomFlat fee
Fitness CenterIncluded
Ice BarA la cart
Jogging TrackIncluded
Shows - musical reviewIncluded
SpaA la cart
Sports SquareIncluded
Thermal SuitesFlat fee
Water slidesIncluded

Cruise Costs

Norwegian is a mainstream cruise line. Mainstream cruise lines cater to a variety of guests, hoping to provide something for everyone. These typically cost about $100 - $350 per person per day.

Cruise pricing is dynamic and varies for each specific sailing based on factors such as departure point, ports of call, and time of year.

Norwegian Epic Onboard Costs

Another way to gauge the cost of a cruise is to consider how much you'll spend on board. Even though a lot is included in the base cruise fare, you may still spend money on things like spa treatments, specialty dining, drinks, and excursions. In addition, guests can also have to pay for things like gratuities and tips.

Typically guests can expect to spend about 25 - 40% of the cost of the cruise on onboard expenses. In other words, if the cruise fare is $1,000 per person, you might spend between $250 and $400 on extra expenses.

The table below will help you understand what you might spend onboard a Norwegian ship.

Base Daily Gratuities*
(Per Person Per Day)
Tip added to drinks & services20%
Soda Price$3.50
Domestic Beer Price$6.00
See drink menus
Drink Package Price$109
Learn more
Internet Plan$12.50 to $25 per device per day
*Daily gratuities for a standard cabin. Suites or specialty rooms may have higher rates.

Norwegian Cruise Line offers a Free at Sea fare. Through this program, guests receive free open bar, a discount on excursions, some free internet, and some meals at their specialty restaurants. If you book using this promotion, you'll be responsible for the gratuities on the dining and drink package. If you won't be using these options, booking a "sail away" rate that doesn't include the Free at Sea benefits is considerably cheaper. Also, most of these benefits are the base packages; you can spend more to upgrade to better alcoholic drinks or faster/more wifi.

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