November 2015 - Norwegian Epic to Europe - Western Mediterranean
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.