Cruising with Kids on NCL Epic

by admin on July 20, 2017

Cruising with Kids NCL Epic

Cruising NCL with kids is an amazing experience. The NCL Epic is a great ship for families and multigenerational trips. Here are some wonderful things about cruising with kids on this ship.

Splash Academy

Youth Programs – NCL’s Youth Program is divided into groups: Guppies (ages 6 months to 3 years), Splash Academy (ages 3 – 12 years), and Entourage (ages 13 – 17 years). The Splash Academy is further divided by age: Turtles (ages 3 – 5 years), Seals (ages 6 – 9 years), and Dolphins (ages 10 – 12 years). On the NCL Epic, there is not a nursery for the Guppies (this is only on the NCL Escape), but there is a Guppies Room that is open for free play during most hours and some play hosted by a member of the youth staff.

In the Splash Academy, kids will have arts & crafts, scavenger hunts, circus skills, video games and more. Kids are kept within their age groups within the club, so if you have children traveling together that are in different age groups, they will probably not be able to play together.
Kids are given a band to securely check in and out of the Splash Academy (adults picking up must be on the approved list and provide the correct verbal password). Older kids (10+) may, with the guardian’s consent, be given the option to check themselves in or out on their own. If your child has a special situation, you may be given a phone so the Splash Academy can reach you if the need arises. For example, my youngest faints at the sight of her own blood and we were in prime tooth losing age, this is something I had to let caretakers know about. We were given a mobile phone each time she checked into the club.

In the Entourage, teens can check themselves in and out. They have video games, movie, music, games, and even a dance club all to themselves. (There is youth staff supervision).

Stateroom Storage

Staterooms – The mini-suites on NCL Epic are perfect for families. There is a pull out sofa with a bunk above that pulls out from the ceiling to easily accommodate a family of 4. There is also plenty of storage in the cabinets and luggage easily fits under the bed. The staterooms have a split bathroom design, with the sink in the stateroom and the toilet and the shower each behind their own door. The doors are frosted for privacy but are see through enough to let light through. There are plenty of connecting staterooms, multi-room suites and even some 2 bedroom suites located near the Splash Academy. Haven suites also come with access to the Haven, a private sanctuary only available to Haven guests. The Haven has its own pool, lounge, pool, fitness center, and sundeck. There is also a concierge to help with dining reservations or any other requests you may have while onboard.
Napkin Animals at Dinner

Dining – NCL Epic offers two main dining rooms, Manhattan Room and Taste. In addition, there are many other specialty dining locations like Wasabi (a sushi bar), and Le Bistro (a French café). There are also other complimentary, quick service locations, making dining with children easy as there is something everyone likes. We alternated between the buffet and O’Sheehans for breakfast and lunch, and our youngest discovered she LOVES chicken wings. With all of the variety on board, no one will ever go hungry! And best of all, kids 12 and under eat free from the kid’s menu at the specialty dining locations. If you are lucky enough to take advantage of one of NCL’s special offers for the specialty dining package or beverage package, you won’t have to worry about any extra charges. If Mom and Dad have the beverage package, you can purchase a non-alcoholic drink package for the kids for $5.50 per person, per day (ages 3 to 12). Kids get a refillable cup that they can use all around the ship for fountain drinks.

Ready to Climb

Entertainment/Activities – NCL has plenty of activities for families all day long! The Epic has 3 waterslides, a bowling alley, water minigolf, a sports court, a climbing wall, and more. Cirque Dreams offers a fantastic dinner and a show that will amaze kids of all ages. During the day, there are trivias, family karaoke, towel folding demonstrations and so much more to keep everyone occupied. Please be aware that bowling does require additional payment and has an age restriction of 6 and up. There may also be height/weight requirements for other activities.

Splashtacular Clown

Splash Spectacular – My favorite part of sailing with my kids on NCL cruises is the Splash Spectacular. All week, kids learn “circus tricks” like plate spinning, scarf juggling, and more. On the last sea day of the cruise, parents are invited to view Splash Spectacular in the Epic Theater. The kids are brought in by the Youth Staff to perform a “circus” for you. The 3 to 5 year olds have face paint, and ears and tails to look like tigers. The older kids have varying face paint depending on their act. There are even some clowns to entertain between acts. Be sure that your kids visit the kids club during the week during Circus Practice and again on the day of the Spectacular. This is a not to be missed event!!

Families Rule on NCL

NCL cruises are all about family! Let’s plan your family’s getaway today! Email me at Amy@TravelWithTheMagic.com or you can find me on Facebook. You can also call me at 1-800-670-4312, ext 129. I can’t wait to plan your MAGICAL vacation!

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I recently stayed at Universal’s newest resort, Sapphire Falls. It really brings the Caribbean and a bright, fresh experience to your vacation! And here are my Top 5 Reasons to stay.

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  1. The Lobby is large, open and inviting…

 

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With Charging Stations and plenty of open seating, it’s a great place to meet your family and friends before or after your day at the parks.

  1. Cheerful, vibrant rooms

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I loved the color scheme in the rooms! The crisp white with the bright lime green, royal blue and pink gave you a very cool, relaxing feeling…. like I was on “Island Time.”

  1. Exciting Dining

3 unique and different ways to dine just a few steps from the entrance of the Resort!

New Dutch Trading Company: This quick service has grab and go sandwiches, a grill, an ice cream bar, wine and great coffee! I really like the convenient hours: 6am – 11pm. It was great for the late-night snack and the early morning coffee before heading to the airport.

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Strong Water Tavern: The Strong Water Tavern serves over 60 rums and great tapas for you to enjoy. You can indulge in a Rum Tasting or pick your favorite. Definitely something I will have to do in multiple trips since I couldn’t try all 60 in one night!

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Amatista Cookhouse: Divine full service restaurant! Great Caribbean flavor in everything on the menu – even the bread!

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  1. Recreation

Universal really does have beautiful pools! And the Sapphire Falls is no exception with its 16000-square foot water playground! The pool area includes a water slide and 2 beach areas.

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There are various activities going on throughout the day around the pool and if that isn’t enough for you, you can play at the arcade or workout in the gym, too!

  1. Bonus Points

I love that you have a Water Taxi to City Walk

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and a really large Universal Store!

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Things to Know:

The Sapphire Falls Resort is considered a Preferred Resort in the same category as the Royal Pacific. The rooms are about the same size with the same comfortable beds. The Water Taxi is a big plus and early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay one hour before the park opens is included, also.

**You do not however, receive the Free Universal Express Unlimited passes with your tickets as you do at the Royal Pacific. Otherwise, it’s a beautiful, relaxing, affordable option for your vacation!

Need more resort options for your Universal Stay? Or would you like to combine Disney and Universal? Contact me for more information! sylvia@travelwiththemagic.com

 

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Top 5 Tips for a Large Family Disney Vacation

January 31, 2017

Disney Vacations can sometimes be a once in a lifetime ordeal for a large, extended family. And these types of trips aren’t a walk in the park to plan! Especially if Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins are all involved!  Personally, I’ve been on multiple extended family Disney Vacations since I was a young child. Today […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

January 30, 2017

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of January 30, 2017 Magic Kingdom® Park The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour Walt Disney World Railroad Hall of Presidents Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of […]

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Walt Disney World: Common Questions Answered

January 27, 2017

  Planning a Disney vacation can be overwhelming and leave you with many questions. Every Disney vacation should be magical from start to finish! I’m here to give you answers to common questions and help put your mind at ease as you start planning your Walt Disney World vacation! Booking My Vacation When should I […]

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Karamell-Küche – Epcot’s Caramel Kitchen

January 25, 2017

Snacks. We all love snacks, especially Disney World snacks. Epcot is definitely not lacking in the snack department. I’ve noticed recently many Disney lovers I know are quick to name France as their favorite Epcot snack destination, but today I implore you to give the Germany pavilion a chance. The Germany pavilion is located in […]

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Why I Loved Tiana’s Riverboat Party – Ice Cream Social and Viewing Party

January 23, 2017

There’s a new Dessert Party in the Magic Kingdom and it’s hosted by Princess Tiana and Naveen! Having been to Dessert Parties for special viewing of parades and fireworks in the past, I thought Tiana’s Party was extra special and was well worth the money! And Here’s Why! Two-Part Dessert Party! You have 2 chances […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

January 20, 2017

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of January 19, 2017 Magic Kingdom® Park The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour Walt Disney World Railroad Hall of Presidents Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of […]

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Puerto Vallarta-A Great Family Vacation Destination

January 20, 2017

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is a wonderful destination for a family looking for a warm destination to travel to during the winter months.   The friendly people, amazing weather, beautiful resorts and good food make it a great place to visit for all ages. Resorts: Resorts can be found in 4 different locations-downtown Puerto Vallarta, the Puerto […]

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Fun Facts about SkyPark at Santa’s Village

January 18, 2017

Have you heard the news?? SkyPark Santa’s Village is now open!! Yes, that is correct Santa’s Village located in Lake Arrowhead, California has finally reopened after 20 long years of waiting. Phase 1 is currently up and running, and everyone is anxiously awaiting the next stages to be complete. SkyPark at Santa’s Village is open […]

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The 5 Hotels at Universal Orlando- An Overview

January 16, 2017

Many travelers go to Orlando to visit Disney World and include a day at Universal Orlando. What many people don’t know is that Universal Orlando has its’ own set of amazing hotels and theme parks. You might find that the adventurous spirit at Universal Orlando appeals to your family better than other theme parks if […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

January 13, 2017

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of January 12, 2017 Magic Kingdom® Park The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour Liberty Square Riverboat Walt Disney World Railroad Hall of Presidents Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use […]

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Tips from a Mom: Traveling to Disney with Infants and Toddlers

January 13, 2017

I cannot tell you how many people have said to me that they want to wait until their babies are old enough to remember their Disney Vacations before they plan a trip. While I understand the sentiment, I also want to reply with “you do things for your babies every single day that they won’t […]

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Finding a Quiet Spot on a Disney Cruise

January 11, 2017

Everyone has heard (or even experienced) how wonderful a Disney cruise is. It has something to offer everyone: families, singles, couples, grandparents – every age group, every vacation style. There is something magical about a Disney cruise. But with all of those people on board how do you find any quiet time? There’s always the […]

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Unique Photo Spots around Disney World

January 9, 2017

If you’re anything like me then when you think of your Disney World vacation, you instantly start imagining all the different photo possibilities that you’re able to create while there! I tend to go a little extreme with photos, but because of this, I have found fun and very different from the usual spots for […]

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Reasons to Love Port Orleans French Quarter

January 5, 2017

At Walt Disney World you can choose from 5 moderate resorts when choosing on-property accommodations: Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, The Cabins at Fort Wilderness, Port Orleans – Riverside, and Port Orleans – French Quarter. Each of these resorts has unique theming and offer a different experience. I’ve had the privilege of staying at 3 of […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

January 3, 2017

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of January 3, 2017 Magic Kingdom® Park The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour Liberty Square Riverboat Walt Disney World Railroad Hall of Presidents Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use […]

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Chef Mickey’s Brunch

January 3, 2017

Chef Mickey’s is located at Disney’s Contemporary resort, which is on the monorail near the Magic Kingdom theme park. My favorite thing about this buffet is not that you get to see five characters all at once (although that is amazing), but it’s that you get to eat a mixture of breakfast and lunch foods. […]

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My 5 Favorite Things About Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa

December 28, 2016

Location – This seems obvious, right? Aulani is in Hawaii, so how could it be anything less than fantastic. To me, one of the best things about Aulani, is that it is Ko’Olina. This is on the less touristy, less busy side of Oahu. You’re 27 miles away from Waikiki, 26 miles from North Shore, […]

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Four Parks in one day: A Disney Challenge!

December 26, 2016

If you’ve visited Walt Disney World more than once, and are looking for something new and exciting to try for your next trip, I’ve got the perfect idea for you! All Four Walt Disney World Parks in ONE Day! First, a few caveats: I wouldn’t recommend this for your first trip to Disney. If it’s […]

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The Best Hotels at Disney for Infants and Toddlers

December 23, 2016

Last month I posted tips on visiting Disney as an Expectant Mother. This month we fast-forward to taking those sweet babies on a Disney vacation. This is the first in a series of blog posts with some simple tips for traveling to Disney with an infant or young toddler. Today we tackle one the hardest […]

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Updated for 2017: Do You Have What It Takes To Become a Jedi?

December 21, 2016

Just as Ezra met his trials at the Lothal Jedi Temple, so must you at the Mysterious Jedi Temple in Disney’s Hollywood Studios! The Temple is a place where Jedi Masters take their young Padawans to determine if they are ready to become Jedi. Jedi Training is for all Padawans ages 4 through 12 who […]

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10 Reasons to Sail on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class Ships

December 19, 2016

Have you ever found yourself looking for the perfect family vacation with enough activities for the kids and family but with plenty to do for the adults too? Look no further than the Oasis Class Ships on Royal Caribbean.   The Oasis, Allure and Harmony of the Seas are the largest cruise ships at sea and […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

December 16, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of December 14, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour Liberty Square Riverboat Walt Disney World Railroad Hall of Presidents Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use […]

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5 Reasons to Stay at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

December 16, 2016

There are so many resorts to choose from at Walt Disney World! There are 3 levels of resorts- Value, Moderate, and Deluxe. How do you choose? You have to decide what is important to you and what your budget will allow. I say that if you can make a Deluxe Resort fit into your budget, […]

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Beyond the Autograph Book

December 14, 2016

  No matter where the destination, one essential tool for each Disney vacation is something for your favorite characters to sign. While the gift stores offer many standard autograph books, I found myself trying to think of something different so we didn’t have an entire shelf devoted to them. So like many Moms I went […]

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What Age Should You Take Your Kids To Disney?

December 12, 2016

  One question that I get asked frequently when discussing Disney vacations is, “What’s a good age to take my kids to Disney?” and I’m here to break down that answer for you. The one thing to remember is all families are different; they vary in size, income, and ages. I know, the idea of […]

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Saratoga Springs with Kids

December 9, 2016

Saratoga Springs often gets overlooked as a great resort to stay in because it is a couple minutes farther from the parks. In my opinion, there are more pros than cons and what is five more minutes of a drive or bus ride? Here are some reasons why Saratoga Springs is a great place to […]

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Which Good Neighbor Hotel is best for you?

December 7, 2016

Are you traveling to Disneyland or California Adventure theme parks soon and are you trying to find the best place for you to stay? If there are no rooms available at one of the fabulous Disney Hotels: Paradise Pier, Disneyland Hotel, or Californian Grand, then a good neighbor hotel is the next best choice. There […]

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12 Holiday Activities for Your Winter Disney World Vacation

December 5, 2016

Do you have a holiday vacation planned to Walt Disney World? First, man you are lucky! Secondly make sure to add some of these holiday activities to your tip! Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Vine! From November 7th until January 6th join Minnie and friends for a festive holiday dinner party. Delicious food and […]

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Holiday Magic at Disney Springs

December 1, 2016

    There is nothing more magical than Walt Disney World during the holiday season! There are so many wonderful things to do and see at the theme parks, it is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. If you are wondering what to do when you are not visiting a park, let me […]

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Don’t Make these 5 Fastpass+ mistakes!

November 29, 2016

Fastpasses are a great way to enjoy Walt Disney World at a faster pace without having to stand in as many lines. There are many tips and tricks that will help you know what you SHOULD do with your fastpasses, but here are five things you SHOULDN’T do. Make sure not to make these mistakes […]

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Once Upon a Dream…. In Disneyland Paris

November 22, 2016

I felt like Aurora! Disneyland Paris was a beautiful Dream! Tucked just outside the city, Disneyland Paris has two theme parks just waiting to whisk you away into the Magical World of Disney! Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios bring the best of Disney’s American parks to Europe with a Parisian Twist! Next year will […]

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Boatwright’s Dining Hall – A Disney Dining Hidden Gem

November 17, 2016

One of the many great things about staying at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside resort is the boat to Disney Springs where you will find dozens of dining options. But you don’t have to leave the resort to find one of the hidden gems of Disney dining – Boatwright’s Dining Hall. While most Disney restaurants require […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

November 16, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of November 16, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Haunted Mansion Splash Mountain Liberty Square Riverboat Walt Disney World Railroad Hall of Presidents Monorail The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to […]

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What to Expect When You are Expecting at Disney!

November 15, 2016

Is it worth it to go on a Disney vacation while pregnant? Can you really enjoy it? Will you be able to ride any rides? Expectant mothers often ask me for advice when planning for Disney. Most of their questions and concerns are about what to expect. So, whether you are planning a family vacation […]

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Planning A Disney Wedding Series – Part One

November 10, 2016

Most of us, or us Disney-fanatic women, have dreamed of a being a Disney bride since we were little girls. That magical picture of our grown up selves in a big, white, puffy dress in front of the Cinderella Castle danced carelessly around our minds. That was until we were actually old enough to learn […]

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Early Morning Magic Hour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

November 8, 2016

  What is Early Morning Magic Hour? Walt Disney World offers an extra hour in various parks for Disney Resort guests. It’s a perk of paying that little extra to stay at a Disney Resort to get into the Magic Kingdom or one of the other three parks an hour before all the other guests […]

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