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Norwegian Epic

November 2015 - Norwegian Epic to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Great way to sample Europe.

This was our second cruise (first was to Caribbean).  After we had made our reservations, we were slightly apprehensive from reading a number of negative reviews , but as is often the case, nearly all the negatives were largely unfounded.  Prior to boarding, we stayed two nights at the Hotel Mondial (a Best Western; booked through Delta Skymiles), a great little place close to the train station and the Metro, and had a chance to tour Rome.  On the cruise, we generally had dinner in the Manhattan Room.  The meals and selection were excellent, obviating the need for paying extra to dine in (and pay extra for) the specialty restaurants.  We booked two shore excursions (Florence-Pisa and Pompeii-Almafi Coast) through the Delta Skymiles site - at a significant savings over NCL's prices - and enjoyed each excursion thoroughly.  Both were led by very knowledgeable guides with good busses and drivers.  We would highly recommend this cruise and the shore excursions to anyone wishing to sample Italy, Barcelona, and the Cote d'Azur.

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Naples, Italy - Visited Pompeii and Almafi Coast; would highly recommend.
Barcelona, Spain - Bought tickets for Sagrada Familia online before trip to avoid very long lines; also recommend 50 minute guided tour for little more than cost of audio guide tour.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - We had 1 1/2 days to see some high points of Rome before boarding ship; not sure how you could do so in one day from ship with hour trip each way, but I guess it's done.
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy - Do not miss Florence for the art; Pisa for you-know-what. We visited Pisa first, early in the day, and beat most of the crowds, but were also too early to go up in the tower.

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