as a point of reference, we had cruised this ship in the haven about 4-5 years ago. i thought it was ok. when we returned for this cruise, i found the service and food had improved. we did eat in specialty restaurants each night and the improvement was noticeable. i would look forward to returning on an itinerary that met my needs
If what you want is a whirlwind tour of cities on the western Mediterranean, this is the cruise for you. If you're looking for leisurely cruising at sea and enjoying the boat and downtime, then you should probably look elsewhere. It's not a criticism, just a suggestion because after the first day, you're in port every day and many of the ports are industrial.
The cabins were relatively spacious and very clean. The staff were consistently very polite and conscientious, but not excessively in your face with happiness. The crew is obsessive, however, about preventing any outbreaks with crew and stations for hand sanitizer throughout. Much appreciated.
The food was universally very good. We're not "foodies" per se, but enjoyed the food very much. Moderna was especially good and fun.
The excursions were expensive, but well-worth it. Pompeii, in particular was marvelous. You can do Rome on your own, but be careful not to be too aggressive about seeing everything. You can't. The Rome tour is very expensive, but helps to see more of the city. On your own, be focused or you'll spend your day rushing from point to point and seeing less.
Those on the ship included a wide array of family types, but the cruise seemed less appropriate for families with young children. My teenagers had a great time. Didn't seem much like a couples cruise.
The range of nationalities on board was amazing. Americans and Canadians, of course,but also many Germans, some East Europeans,and many Asians. ..
Focus on your intentions -- to visit many cities in a short period while travelling delightfully by boat, or cruising leisurely at sea. if the former, then this is a great cruise.
The freestyle cruising was nice. The staff were friendly and accommodating. Make sure to sign up for the shows because you need reservations even if they are free. The food was very good in all locations we tried. The room setup was terrible, but you just have to get use to it. For the price, I would highly recommend this cruise. We got a really good deal of about $100 per night per person for a balcony. The locations you visit in Italy are not very appealing so I suggest doing tours in these places. If you like the beach then Cannes is the perfect place. For both France ports, I would suggest to ride the little train. However, we did not realize we had to sign up for the tender at Cannes. The ship cannot dock so you have to take a lifeboat to shore. If you do not sign up the day before, you will wait several hours to get off (like we did). Embarkation in Barcelona was fast. However disembarkation was slower. We waited an hour for our luggage and then found out it was separated because they said there were no tags. When we found them, the tags were on all of the bags still!!! Someone was blind I guess. The line for the taxi was over 1 hour.
I loved the 7 day cruise that I was on. The staff, room service, and food was excellent. I chose this cruise due to the affordability of viewing the most countries in the short amount of time. However, there were no shuttles to most of the ports and all transportation off of the ports were costly and had to be outsourced by independent drivers everyday of the cruise except one day when the shuttle was provided the customers were charged. Due to this daily expense and the hidden daily fee per person for room servicing my vacation became expensive and way over budget.
We had a wonderful 7 day cruise on Norwegian Epic. We started by flying in a couple of days early into Barcelona, Spain and we were so happy that we did! We stayed at the B-Hotel which was in very short walking distance to many restaurants as well as shopping and the Magic Fountains. We had an incredible time on the cruise and went on a new adventure each and every day. This is a great way to see Europe because it gives you a little taste of so many different cities! We would explore all day and then come back to luxury at night. Would highly recommend this trip to anyone!
This was a mother and daughter cruise and both our first time cruising and we had a great time. We enjoyed all the options the ship provided from the restaurants and entertainment. I found all the food great and had an amazing dietician, PJ, who made sure all our meals were gluten free. As soon as they heard we couldn't have gluten they immediately introduced us to PJ and he spoiled us. That was bonus we didn't know was even offered.
My daughter and I don't drink alcohol so I didn't pay for all the drinks to be inclusive and it was annoying sodas were not free, or had to pay for a lemonade in the bars, but it helped me cut back, and drink more water. Also, the free coffee in the machines up in the garden cafe was the worst ever, but I would not lower my score for that reason. The coffee is the only negative thing I dealt with every morning.
Our storeroom steward, Wayne, was first-class. Another reason we felt spoiled.
Overall, I will do another cruise again and would use Norwegian again.
the ship itinery was excellent . it would show who and what going on.
my suggestion for first timers is to bring your luggage aboard with them so they can change and be comfortable and not wait till 6pm for the luggage to arrive by staff, theyre to many passenger to expect luggage to be in room.
We wish the ship would have allowed us to buy pictures at a later date online. They are very expensive and most of the time at the end of the ship you have spent all your money. We know we would have bought online at a later time if we had the opportunity to do so.
Get a room near the front, the forward elevator goes right into the buffet, and don't miss the free liquor tasting each night at 8, they give out increasingly better scotch in the liquor shop each night.
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