drbilljones

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Norwegian Epic

July 2016 - Norwegian Epic to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Nice Hotel

This is a big ship that takes on and lets off passengers in three different cities in three different countries over the course of the 7 day cruise.  As a result, it feels more like a floating hotel than a cruise experience.  It is a nice hotel to be sure, but it just doesn't have the feel of a cruise.  The food is good, nothing really spectacular, and we always enjoyed it.  The real bright spot on this trip was the entertainment.  It was absolutely first class.  It would not have been any better in NYC or Vegas.  Very impressive.  The shore excursions were terribly overpriced.  While Naples was readily accessible from the port, Rome and Florence were 1.5 to hours away.  Subtracting the going and coming time left very little time to see everything even with a 10 hour day.  If you really want to visit these Beautiful cities, I recommend a land based tour. 

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Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan is ok. There are some stores and galleries but you can tell this is a real town with real working people even when the cruise ships are not in port. We did the "Misty Fiords" excursion. If you haven't taken any previous boat excursions in Alaska, this would be a pretty trip. However, it was very long and the payoff was not really that spectacular. Spend the money and take the glacier trip at Tracey Arm.
Skagway, Alaska - Skagway is a great little town that lets you imagine what it must have been like years ago. Several great stores. The White Pass Railroad is an engineering marvel that must be experienced.
Tracy Arm For Service Call Only - Took the shore excursion where you get up close and personal with the glacier. Pricey, but one of the best excursions I have ever taken.
Juneau, Alaska - The whale watching is guaranteed and sure enough we saw many humpbacks. I was a little disappointed that we did not see any Orcas. However, we did get the see the humpbacks engage in "bubble feeding" (look it up) several times, a fairly rare occurrence according to our guide.
Cannes, France - Why were we there? I suppose the film festival would be a reason. Other than that, it was like Miami Beach in French with hills, rich tourists, fancy cars and lousy beaches. Oh well, I will never have to go back.
Naples, Italy - The trip to Pompeii was really worth the effort. If you have a sense of history you will be overwhelmed here. It is a bit "R" or even "X" rated for the children. Do your homework before you decide to take preteens or even young teens through the brothels, etc.
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy - Be careful wandering around. The streets go off in all directions, no grids here! I have a great sense of direction and I got lost at least once. Ask for directions quickly before you get too far away, especially if it's getting close to time to be at the meeting place to return to the ship.
Barcelona, Spain - Come ahead or stay after the cruise. This is a beautiful city with some of the nicest people in the world.

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