Epic Cruise from Orlando
This was my first experience on a very large cruise ship and I was attracted to the variety of offerings it has for kids. I didn't appreciate that the volume of passengers onboard would feel so apparent - everywhere you went there were lines and crowds. We chose to take the cruise because the port was convenient, and we had never been to the Caribbean. We paid for three specialty dining packages but there were no pretravel reservations for the specialty dining and we stood in line and made those ourselves, with no idea what the different restaurants offered. However, all of the specialty restaurants we ate at offered superb service. The food at the Moderno was good, but they were extremely slow in bringing the selections. The food at the kiddie food stations in the buffet was always fresh and hot. Many passengers only ate hot dogs, macaroni and cheese and french fries the whole cruise. The only 24-hour dining option was O'Sheehans, but it was shut down as well, and those who wanted to eat in the wee hours, could choose from the pastries and sandwiches they left on the counter. The service at the Taste was mediocre, the steak was purple raw, and we didn't go back. Other passengers complained about too. Entertainment was great, especially Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Splash Academy was my kids' favorite. The activities and staff were excellent. The waterslides and pool were generally good but very crowded. Glow/White-hot party and games were all fun. I wouldn't rush back to any other mega-ship now that I know what they feel like.