|Royal Caribbean International Allure of the Seas||Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Epic|
|Double Occupancy: 5400||Double Occupancy: 4100|
|Gross Tonnage: 225282||Gross Tonnage: 155873||16 decks||19 decks|
|CDC Score: 97||CDC Score: 99|
|Launched: 2010||Launched: 2010|
Like Allure of the Seas, the Norwegian Epic is a true mega-resort at sea, with lots of eateries, lounges, shows and deck-top activities. Both vessels are tailor-made for families with kids, with extensive children’s areas and kiddie-friendly deck-top pools and other amusements. To compete with Allure’s family-focused DreamWorks Experience, which involves characters from such movies as Shrek and Madagascar, the Norwegian Epic offers Nickelodeon All Access entertainment that lets children mingle with the likes of SpongeBob Squarepants and Dora the Explorer. Overall, though, Allure of the Seas is simply a better designed ship, with more spectacular interior spaces, deck-top amenities and cabins. If it’s a choice between the two, and money is not an factor, we’d go with Allure every time. The catch: Money often is a factor, and you’ll pay a notable premium to sail a similar itinerary on Allure of the Seas.
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