Diverse Cabin Categories on the Norwegian Epic Cruise Ship
The 4100-passenger Norwegian Epic cruise ship has many innovations, including its luxury villas complex and the diverse cabin accommodations. Types of cabins include:
- Studio cabins - There are 128 inside cabins on decks 11 and 12. These 100-square foot, den-like cabins are designed for one person but have a full-sized bed. The Studios have key-card access to their own private Studio Lounge on deck 11.
- Inside cabins - There are 561 inside cabins on decks 8 through 14. These sleep up to 4 people and are 128 square feet.
- Balcony cabins - There are 428 cabins have contemporary curving walls and private balconies. Spa cabins have key-card access to the Mandara Spa. These balcony cabins range in size from 216 square feet to 308 square feet, sleep 3 or 4, and include the following categories:
- Accessible Balcony
- Accessible Deluxe Balcony
- Deluxe Balcony
- Family Balcony
- Family Deluxe Balcony
- Connecting Family Balcony
- Spa Balcony
- Spa Deluxe Balcony
- Penthouse suites - These 7 suites are located aft, with great views from a large balcony. They have 322 square feet, sleep 2, have a round bed, and access to the Villa complex.
- Spa suites - These 8 suites also have 322 square feet and are in the private spa suite/cabin area. Passengers have key-card access to both the Mandara Spa and the Villa complex.
Studio Cabin Closet and Bed
These small cabins (100 square feet) are tiny, but perfect for the solo traveler. Having access to the private, keycard-access Studio Lounge is an extra bonus.
The 128 studio cabins on the Norwegian Epic are in the interior of the ship on decks 11 and 12. The hallway of the cabins is lit with funky lighting, and each cabin has a large one-way porthole window overlooking the hallway. The Studio cabins have a full-sized bed, large closet, shower and toilet, and plenty of storage space. The mood lighting adds a lot to the studio cabin theme.
One of the best features of the Studio cabins is the private Studio Lounge, where the guests staying in the Studio cabins can gather for breakfast, drinks, or just socializing. It's a popular place for solo travelers to get together in the morning to plan their day, and again in the evening to share their experiences.
Given a large number of solo travelers, this solo traveler concept may soon be appearing on other cruise ships.
The interior hallways in the Studio Cabin areas on the Norwegian Epic have soft mood lighting.
Solo/singles passengers staying in the studio cabins have keycard access to the Studio Lounge, which serves breakfast and afternoon/evening drinks.
The 89 inside cabins are 128 square feet and have two lower beds that can convert to a queen. In addition, there is a Pullman bed, so they can sleep up to four.
Like the other staterooms on the Norwegian Epic, the interior cabins have a split bathroom, with separate areas for the toilet, shower, and sink. The rounded walls and fixtures add to the interesting design.
The seven penthouse cabins are located aft and measure 322 square feet. They have a large balcony and sleep two in a round bed.
What's not to love about these Penthouse Suites? They have a round bed, gorgeous view of the ship's wake, and (best of all) keycard access to the exclusive Villas Courtyard, Concierge Lounge, private restaurant, and bar. The butler service, large garden tub, and curving walls add to the romance of these lovely suites.
Penthouse Cabin Bath
The Norwegian Epic Penthouse Cabins have a garden tub with separate shower, toilet, and sink areas.
Aft View From Penthouse Cabin Balcony
Penthouse cabins have larger balconies and a great view of the wake of the Norwegian Epic cruise ship.
Family Balcony Cabin
The Norwegian Epic has 113 family balcony cabins, and each sleeps up to 4 people. Twenty-four of the cabins are connecting and can sleep up to 8.
Many of the family balcony cabins are close to the expanded deck 14 Recess Kids area on the Norwegian Epic. Having the family cabins near each other is perfect for those traveling with groups. All of the cabins feature the New Wave design, with curving walls and ceilings, split toilet and shower, and sink in the stateroom.
Family Balcony Cabin
In the connecting family balcony cabins, one bedroom can be set up with twin beds, while the other has a queen-sized.
Family Balcony Cabin
Because of the New Wave (curvy wall) design, some balcony cabins like this one have the sofa near the door and the bed next to the balcony; others are reversed.
Family Balcony Cabin Sink Area
The sink area in all cabins has lots of storage space and is separate from the toilet and shower areas.
Family Deluxe Balcony Cabin Sitting Area
The 52 family deluxe balcony cabins have 245 square feet and sleep up to 3 passengers.
The family deluxe balcony cabin has 2 beds that can be made into a queen size and this sofa bed in the expanded sitting area. The family deluxe balcony cabin has 30 square feet more than a family balcony cabin.
Balcony Cabin Shower
Showers in the Norwegian Epic balcony cabins are smaller than those in the deluxe balcony cabins but are still a good size.
Deluxe Balcony Cabin
Deluxe balcony cabins have 245 square feet, a larger shower than a balcony cabin, and sleep three.
The deluxe balcony cabins are about 30 square larger than a balcony cabin. Most of the extra space is in the sitting area and a little is in the shower.
Deluxe Balcony Cabin
The separate toilet and shower area on the Norwegian Epic can be made more private by pulling the curtain.
Deluxe Balcony Cabin Sink Area
The sinks in the Norwegian Epic cabins are contemporary but very small.
Deluxe Cabin Balcony
All outside cabins on the Norwegian Epic have balconies. Most have two chairs and a small table. Suite balconies have padded lounges.
Spa Deluxe Cabin
Sleeping three, the 21 Spa Deluxe Balcony Cabins are identical in size (245 square feet) to the Deluxe Balcony Cabins. However, they have a tub/shower combination rather than just a shower. The Spa Deluxe Balcony cabins have private keycard access to the Mandara Spa's Hydrotherapy Courtyard and Thermal Suite.
Spa Deluxe Balcony Tub Shower Combination
Spa deluxe balcony cabins have a tub/shower combination, and spa balcony cabins only have a shower.
Spa Balcony Cabin Sink
The ten Spa Balcony cabins feature private keycard access to the Mandara Spa's Hydrotherapy Courtyard and Thermal Suite. These cabins are identical in size (216 square feet) and layout to the balcony cabins found elsewhere on the Norwegian Epic. The difference is the proximity and easy access to the spa and fitness center.
Accessible Deluxe Balcony Cabin
The Norwegian Epic has 42 wheelchair-accessible staterooms, each with 308 square feet. The accessible staterooms' baths have collapsible shower stools mounted on shower walls, toilets with collapsible arm guards, and lowered sinks. For those who are hearing impaired, the accessible cabins have vibrating alarm clocks, a light that flashes when someone knocks on the door, and closed-caption television.
Accessible Deluxe Balcony
Balconies in Norwegian Epic accessible cabins have a ramp, providing easier wheelchair access.
Accessible Deluxe Balcony Cabin Bathroom
The accessible baths include collapsible shower stools mounted on the shower walls, toilets with collapsible arm guards, and lower sinks.
Accessible Balcony Cabin Bathroom Door
The doors to the bath and toilet areas in all Norwegian Epic cabins are glazed and translucent.
Accessible Balcony Stateroom Bath
The accessible baths on the Norwegian Epic include collapsible shower stools mounted on the shower walls, toilets with collapsible arm guards, and lower sinks.
Cabin Coffee Pot
The Norwegian Epic cabins all have a coffee pot setup similar to this one in a deluxe balcony cabin.
The cabinets in the Norwegian Epic have these easy-to-access baskets for storing clothing and other stuff.