Great first cruise

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 15

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
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Norwegian Epic

7 Night Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip)

Sail Date: October 05, 2014

Ship: Norwegian Epic

Cabin Type: Inside

Cabin Number: 11163

Traveled As: Large Group

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review Summary

This was our first cruise.  I went with my wife and her family.  The port calls were good.  We did a couple through NCL and a couple on our own.  I wish the ship had a larger pool; one you could swim a lap in.  I enjoyed the freestyle dining and the entertainment.  My biggest gripe might be small - the elevators were slow.  Many people waited for five minutes, while most just used the stairs.  We had a mid-ship interior room.  The stateroom was nice.  I expected more than frosted glass for the bathroom.  Frosted glass for the shower was fine however. 


All in all, it was a great first cruise, but my wife's family are veteran cruisers and expected the perks that goes with that.  This didn't dissuade us from enjoying ourselves.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Wasn't "Great", but I feel it was better than "Ok". At the dining rooms, sometimes our food was not hot. The buffet seating area was cramped. The seats themselves were extra wide which cut down on manueverability through the room. Did not use the pay dining options.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Very friendly.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5

Ship Tip

Enjoyed getting a daily program the night before. Unfortunately, some critical info (disembarkation procedures) were missing in some of our groups programs.

Ports Of Call

Naples, Italy

5 out of 5
Mt. Vesuvius by Hike and 4X4 was worth the money.

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5
Used third-party tour

Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy

3 out of 5
Used third-party tour

Cannes, France

3 out of 5
NCL contracted guide did not ensure we were all accounted for. Group was too large (50). Audio equipment in the bus and on the tour (Monaco and Monte Carlo) was poor.

Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands

3 out of 5
Nice island, did the Hop on-Hop off on our own.
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