In reviewing some of the newest family cruise line options, our teens quickly picked the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) Epic megaship as a best bet for active families that want to see the Caribbean, make a transatlantic crossing or visit the Mediterranean.
At 1,080 feet in length, with room for 4,100 passengers, the Epic is a floating city that has 20 dining options and lots of entertainment choices including Blue Man Group, Second City Comedy and Legends in Concert. It also boasts a water park at sea. Our teens got really excited thinking about the Aqua Park that includes several multi-story water slides, including The Epic Plunge. It is billed as the only tube slide at sea that puts the blast of inner-tubing into the core of a bowl slide, with a thrilling drop down a 200-foot long tube.
Beyond the water park, there are many other activities for energetic teens and tweens including multiple bowling alleys, ice skating, basketball, batting cages, bungee trampoline, a rope course and a 33 foot rock climbing. Teens and tweens have their own zones as well. Tweens ages 10-12 can hang out with the Playstations, Wiis, arts and crafts, movies and karaoke fun in The Tween Zone . Meanwhile teens ages 13-17 have Entourage – which offers self-serve food and soda stations along with Playstations, air hockey, foosball and other games during the day. At night it turns into a dance club for the 13+crowd.
The Epic was designed with family accommodations as a priority. Suites and 2-bedroom family villas on upper decks are accessible by private elevator and have access to their own pool/gym/hot tub complex. On lower decks, there are Family Balcony Staterooms that can sleep 4 and many options for connecting cabins.
The ship will be traveling to Mexico, the Bahamas, St. Maarten, Honduras and the US Virgin Islands this winter then move onto Mediterranean ports in the summer. All we can say is, we wish we were sailing with the Epic on one of these voyages!
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Photos courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line