Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Third Mate

Experience
7+ cruises

Review
1

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5 out of 5

Cruise is very active and sights are amazing!

Sail Date: May 14, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

My husband and I took this cruise as part of our 30th anniversary celebration. We felt it would take us to lots of different ports and give us a variety of experiences we couldn't get on just a land trip. We were right! With 5 ports in 6 days, we were so busy! Plus the time on boat was filled with relaxing and entertaining experiences. We were able to see Blue Man Group and Cirque Dreams plus great blues and Howl at the Moon shows. The ship is the largest we've been on (4,000 passengers) but the only time we felt crowded was on a sea day when it rained and everyone was inside. That didn't last long so we didn't sweat it. The ports are varied and we found special moments at all of them. The Cinque Terre excursions was the best of the week with Andrea. We took the Nice and view from Eze and loved the food at the Flower Market. In Majorca we went on the Caves of Hams/Porto Christo tour and found Porto Christo to be a hidden gem! Another great meal by the sea. On the Best of Barcelona/Gaudi tour we were rushed somewhat and didn't get the full time for a nice meal but we loved seeing the Sagrada de Familia. In Naplrs we struck out on our own and hopped the ferry (next to the cruise ship) and spent a lovely day in Sorrento. Another great meal and beautiful sights! 

Our only issue at all was getting to and from the boat on the first and last day. That system has to be revised! We drug our luggage through town (up and down stairs) and had two crowded horrible bus trips back to the train after (again lugging luggage up and down stairs). The cruise companies have to work something out. I won't cruise out of Rome again because of this. Civitevecchia makes it as hard as possible. 

But we didn't let it spoil our memories. The trip was great. 

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Entertainment
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Cabin / Stateroom
The bathroom left little privacy but we endured!
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Getting to and from the boat are the worst ever!
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
Cinque Terre with Andrea is the best you'll ever take!
Cannes, France
Nice and it's flower market are wonderful!
Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands
Porto Christo is a hidden gem!
Barcelona, Spain
Gaudi tour is good but too rushed.
Naples, Italy
Sorrento was very relaxing and beautiful. Food is fabulous!

Tip

Only go if the cruise starts in Barcelona. This cruise ports are great!



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