June 2016 - 7 Night Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Epic
Great trip for a whirlwind tour
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.