September 2016 - Norwegian Epic to Europe - Western Mediterranean
Check in and disembarkation was very quick and smooth. Our cabin, a mini-suite, had ample storage and was very comfortable. Pre-ordered water was waiting for us.
We knew this cruise would be port-intensive, and it was. We took two privately booked tours, and one through the cruise line- Ultimate Rome. Our guide for Ultimate Rome was not very good but I would still recommend this tour for someone who wants to "see it all" in Rome. The port is an hour and a half from Rome and I would not risk trying to do this itinerary with a private tour, with Rome's notoriously bad traffic.
Our privately booked tours, booked through Tour Italy and Provence Wine Tours, were both excellent.
Service throughout the ship was excellent. The entertainment was the best I've experienced on any cruise ship, especially the Priscilla Queen of the Desert musical.
Food was fine; best in the main dining rooms. The biggest problem was cold eggs on the buffet every morning. Also, the buffet simply could not accommodate all the people trying to eat breakfast at the same time, prior to their shore excursions. Specialty restaurants were disappointing.
Overall I would recommend.