Lots of positives - few negatives

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean


Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 12

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
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7 Night Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip)
Sail Date: October 05, 2014
Ship: Norwegian Epic
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 11279
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 2 years ago

This was our second cruise ever so I can't help comparing with our first one (On the RC Navigator of the Seas). About the same ship sizes and both were in Europe at the same time of the year.

 

The positives:

- BEST positive was Tricia from !!! First one I'll call for our next cruise. 

- The food!!! Really amazing. Lots of choices and great quality

- The itinerary was just perfect. great ports of calls.

- The entertainment was top notch (I found the Circus at 40,00$ a little pricy both worth it)

- The iConcierge app and interactive panels around the elevators. If you don't know what's going on on the ship, you seriously have an problem. Very easy to make reservations.

 

The negatives:

- The ship was designed by engineers and not architects. They really tried to fit too many things on the EPIC and you feel trapped/crammed everywhere. No huge Atrium, small theater (MUST RESERVE), smaller dinning rooms with low ceilings, smaller state rooms.

- We never felt like going out for a walk. There's just the top deck where you dont feel trapped

- The only "wow!!!" factor was seeing the ship from outside. Up until the last day on the Navigator of the Seas we had the WOW factor every time we went trough the Atrium or entered the dinning room.  

- The staff looked a lot less happy than our first cruise.

- Can't go in front of the ship ("I'm the king of the world" is not an option). Basically you can't have a front view without a bay window (expect on the quiet area deck). 

 

Conclusion:

Happy with the cruise? Yes

Would I sail on the EPIC again? Probably as a second choice.

Great value for money? Yes    

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5

Ship Tip

Reserve for the Blue Man group and the Circus BEFORE the cruise. Places are limited and fill up very fast

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Rented a car at the port and drove to Florence. 150$ for 5 people (instead of PER person)
5 out of 5
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