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What people said about this ship:

"...it have been even better if they had not cancelled the blue man group the week before we sailed." in 124 reviews.

"We found the main dining room service was rather slow, but the food was good." in 52 reviews.

"There are many specialty restaurants aboard.We ate at most of them and enjoyed ourselves." in 16 reviews.




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Overall Very Happy Cruiser

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Jul 08, 2015

Overall the Epic is a great ship.  I have been on a bunch of cruises before, this was my first with Norwegian.  While I did like the freestyle cruising concept, the one disadvantage I experienced was that each time we dined, we had a different server.  On previous cruises, we had one wait staff and they got to know us and that to me was a better experience.  I did hear one couple request a waiter so maybe on future cruises we can do the same.  The food was excellent.  Better than previous cruises.  I'm not sure if this is based on the region we cruised in or the cruise line.  The entertainment was good.  My only complaint is that on previous experiences we had a new act every night and on this cruise it was the same 4 acts over and over again.  Having said that, the quality of entertainment was better.  We had excellent tour guides and the excursions were fantastic.  Tough to beat a European vacation!

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Pretty Ship

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Jul 08, 2015

The Norwegian Epic had a great looking cabin but some of the space was not very practical.  It looks as if it is newly decorated but some of the details were not passenger friendly such as the lights over the vanity were very dim.  There is a small pull out ledge on which to put your tray if you order room service but there is only one ledge and only one stool for a cabin with two passengers which means one person will have to eat in the bed.  There is also a charge for breakfast room service if you order anything that is not listed in the complimentary menu such as eggs!!   I was also disappointed in that we attended one onboard show which was supposed to be complimentary but we were charged for it on our final bill.  One other disappointment was the adults pool which was very small, maybe a 12 -20 capacity, if that;  the water was also around bath temperture.  But a very pretty ship.

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Cruise was good, boat was good, but had some issues

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Jul 05, 2015

The cruise was overall very good and the boat was overall very good.  

Pros:  Clean, good food, lots of options for entertainment and eating, friendly staff.

Cons:  If you intend to do Rome on your own, there is a shuttle to a parking lot where you have to get another shuttle to the train station.  Its horrible.  Taxi's won't take you - so just be aware of that.  Cagney's on the boat is not the best steak on the boat.  You would think, since its the steakhouse it would be - but we had better steaks in the main dining room.  

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A Small, Efficient City

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Jul 01, 2015

Our Epic cruise began July 1 in Rome and ended there on July 8. The massive ship (world's fifth largest) is operated with remarkable efficiency considering it can hold 5100 people which it came close to on our voyage. The ship embarks and disembarks in both Rome and Barcelona, which enables passengers a quick entry or exit in whichever port they choose. In other words, 5000 people are not doing the same thing at the same time. Barcelona embarks about 2/3 of the guests on average. It is a beautiful and well organized vessel. There are plenty of dining options and so as to make eating as peaceful as possible. On days at sea however, one feels the enormity of the guest list. 

The food was the most mediocre we have ever experienced on a cruise ship which is no surprise considering how many people need feeding at all different times. This was our 18th cruise by the way.The speciality restaurants weren't much better than the main dining rooms with the exception of Cagney's Steakhouse. 

The entire staff was wonderful, remembering our names and preferences and always greeting us with a smile. Considering most are on board 9 months at a time, we found this remarkable.

The pools are small, crowded and noisy. Why can't cruise ships offer decent pools? The adult pool was the size of a hot tub, and the water was not refreshing. There were plenty of lounge chairs, although most had no shade protection. As this was a summer cruise, kids were everywhere. If you are considering taking a summer trip on Epic, be prepared to spend a week with a lot of other people's families. Peace is hard to find.

 

Our mini suite with balcony was wonderful. A tremendous use of space with tons of storage. Brilliant design. The divided bathroom might put some people off in terms of privacy, but we have been married 17 years, so privacy is not a priority. The bed was quite short, and we are average heights, but the bedding was very comfortable.

We found little to do after dinner except gamble. Many evening adult activities are by reservation, and we didn't want to feel tied down. We wished for more adult-only nightclubs for dancing. This was our biggest complaint.

The Epic is going into dry dock in Fall for a month for upgrades and general service. It will come back even more attractive and perfect for those who can tolerate the goods and bads of a small, floating city.

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Epic tour of Western Mediterranean week of 6/28/2015

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Jun 28, 2015

Trip of a lifetime!  Great experience.

Beautiful boat with exceptional amenities.

Our only suggestions would be:

1.  H2O adult area needs to remain adult-only to later than 6pm.  Understand the need for family movie time, but movies didn't start until 7:30 for the most part.

2.  H2O area would be stripped of lounge chairs, beginning around 6pm.  Floor area surely needs this, but the upper levels should remain untouched as many passengers wanted to continue "lounging" well past 6pm.

3.  Should offer a wider selection of food options around the clock.  The Irish/Scottish bar is inadequate for late in the nights.

4.  Need more comedy acts.

Really, it's just little things mentioned in the suggestions ... but the little things can go a long way.

 

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CONVENCION MEDICA EN CRUCERO

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Jun 21, 2015

este crucero es mejor de lo que las criticas dicen, fuimos a ITALIA DESDE BARCELONA, IAS COMIDAS ESTAN MUY BIEN, TODO LIMPIO, , BASTANTE BUEN SERVICIO, ESPACIOSO, UN POCO CARO, LO RECOMIENDO POR QUE NO TEDA 7 DIAS PARA DISFRUTAR EL BARCO....

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25TH Anniversary

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Jun 21, 2015

The cruise was everything! The unlimited beverage and dining packages should definitely be purchased. The specialty restaurants were fun and different and were just enough to eat something different every night. Get up and out early once you hit the Roma port! You have to catch a train, which is about 1:10 hour long ride to get to Rome/Vatican and then make sure you make it back in time for the last ride to the ship!! We did the Pisa Tour/Tuscan wine & lunch excursion which was fantastic. The food was awesome! Didn't have enough time to get into any of the Pisa highlights, long wait lines, but walking around taking pictures was fun. The suite was nice, The Haven was nicer!! Definitely will be our next choice.

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Great Cruise and Awesome Staff

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Jun 21, 2015

When we went on our cruise the staff was excellent.  They went above and beyond to make sure we were well taken care of.  Our housekeeper did a great job cleaning the room and making checking back to make sure we didn't need anything.  All the staff made sure our every need was met.  They worked very hard to ensure that we felt pampered on our vacation.

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Fantastic. WOW. Best Time of my Life

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Jun 21, 2015

OMG!!! What a ship. What a room. Entertainment was fantastic. Dining WoW. The customer satisfaction of the people the worked there was phenominal. Can't wait till next year to do it again.

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Amazing Vacation!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Jun 21, 2015

My extended family of 13 had the most wonderful time celebrating my parents 50th Anniversary on Norwegian Epic in the Mediterranean. The Norwegian staff is amazing, area able to see assist with every need, and help to make the trip the easiest vacation one could have. I highly recommend Norwegian Cruise Line.

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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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