Epic is the latest incarnation of Freestyle
Cruising and offering choices in dining is
an essential part of the Freestyle concept.
Accordingly, Epic has numerous dining
venues. Where to eat is up to each
passenger. Also, since there are no
assigned tables or dining times, when to
eat is also up to the individual passenger.
(See menus from some of the dining
The closest Epic comes to a main dining
room is the cosmopolitan Manhattan
Room. Designed to evoke the elegance of a
New York supper club of the immediate
port-war period, this venue also offers big
stand-style music in the evenings. (See
A less formal
dining venue is
includes the are
under the giant
chandelier at the
base of the ship's
A signature venue on NCL ships is the French-inspired fine dining venue Le
Bistro. (See review) There is a cover charge for this venue but it is small
compared to what one is getting.
Another name familiar to those who have sailed on NCL before is Cagney's Steakhouse (above). This American style
steakhouse is located on the port side along an atrium that overlooks the Manhattan Room. It specializes in steaks, chops and
On the starboard side of this area is a South American-style steakhouse, Moderno Churrascaria (below). Various skewers of
barbecued meats are carved table side. Guests control how much is served by using a green chip for more and a red chip for stop.
Cover charges apply for both steakhouses.
Asian cuisine is featured
in three of Epic's dining
venues. The Shanghai's
(top left) (cover charge)
offers Chinese food as
does the adjoining
Noodle Bar (above)(ala
One form of Japanese
cooking is offered in The
(above left). In
theatrical-style, the chefs
prepare the meal at the
table. (Cover charge)
Another form of Japanese
cuisine is featured at the
Wasabi Sushi and
Sashimi Bar (left) (a la
Guests staying in Epic's Villas can dine in the luxurious Epic Club (above left) (See review). They also have exclusive access
to the more casual Courtyard Grill (above right).
La Cucina, NCL's Italian restaurant is located in
the forward part of the ship on Deck 14, with views
of the ship's bow. The decor is more elegant than on
earlier ships and is quite charming. A $15 cover
charge applies to this venue. (See review).
The Garden Café is Epic's
self-service buffet. The seating
area is nicely decorated in a style
that is reminiscent of a sun room
in a country house.
The buffet extends outdoors with the Great Outdoors (above
left). Also offering casual al fresco dining is the Spice Grill in
adults-only Spice H2O area (above right)
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New on Norwegian Epic is Spiegel's Tent, which is both a
dining and entertainment venue. Acrobats and aerialists perform
by and above the guests' tables. Inspired by European circuses,
the experience is called "Cirque Dream and Dinner". (See
review). Charges apply.