If the launch of Cunard’s Queen Victoria was notable, at least to some extent, because of cruise cabins’ lack of storage space, that’s not a complaint you can make about the standard staterooms on NCL’s new Norwegian Epic. The unique style of the wavy cabins begets some pretty crafty places to stow your stuff – but you need the mind of an engineer (or a friend who thinks like one!) to find them all.
Many thanks to pals Tien and Bruno, who sailed on Epic from Rotterdam to Southampton, for showing us the storage intricacies of the deluxe balcony cabin (ironically the standard balcony stateroom has more straightforward and frankly more ample closets).
The first confounding thing: the super big basket under the sink is actually not a trash can (er, embarrassing). It’s to hold your wet towels. Ingenuous if not intuitive. There is a tiny metal bin tucked in there though — that’s where your throwaways are meant to go (but the only things that will fit are papers and such).
The fact that there is no trash receptacle elsewhere in the cabin is what led to the confusion.
While the curved couch (it’s necessarily curved to slot into the wavy walls of these cabins) isn’t terribly comfortable to lounge on, who knew that it was a veritable repository of places to hide stuff! The panels swing open and behind…lots of cubbies.
One conundrum we’ve heard for many is how do you turn off that dratted bathroom mirror/light? Even my cabin steward couldn’t finangle an answer to that one! Bruno shows us….