Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Transatlantic

2-3 cruises


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4 out of 5

Pretty hard to beat for the money. Can get pricy oneway home tho'.

Sail Date: April 19, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

I heard the complaint of "no promenade deck" 8 times in as many days from other passengers riding on elevators.  The ship could use some more elevators in the centre and the staterooms are laid out a bit weird with the bed being rounded and the separate shower, sink and john.  Clean with plenty of storage and the built in safe is a life saver for the trip needing no cash.  I'm 68 and the stairs on the ship tour killed my knees requiring me to see the ship's Dr on the second day at sea.  Fortunately he was excellent and got me sorted out in just a few days saving our 6 week vacation.

We loved the balcony stateroom as it wasn't windy at all with nice sun on the starboard side all the way to Barcelona.  The two pools on the top deck were rather small which was surprising.  No way to do any laps.  The hot tubs were popular but folks tended to live in them so we never considered any water activities.  4 story climb to slides so they were out with our old knees.

Included foods were excellent in all restaurants.  Never wanted to go to specialty places but people we knew who bought the food package were very happy they did.  

The Madiera Island was beautiful, safe and clean.  Just take a taxi down town for 10€ as we couldn't find the shuttle a 1/4 mile away from where we got off the ship.  No one to ask directions so wasted $20 buying bus pass.

The entire staff was fantastic.  Sign up for main entertainment early or you will be waiting standby later on.  

My wife and I both preferred a smaller ship and are returning to states on a smaller liner instead of a cruise box.

The scheduled disembarkation by colour/time was flawless.  Our pre-purchased  "tour" of Barcelona and trip to airport was a joke and ONLY an expensive taxi ride via "Splash" via .  Just hail a taxi at the dock and you'll avoid waiting, cost and disappointment.  Pay them extra if you want to take a ride thru the downtown on the way to the airport.  This was our greatest disappointment on this trip not re-seeing the sights and killing some time before our flight as was clearly indicated in verbiage but not provided in reality.



Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Children's Programs no kids didn't use
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Madiera Island is beautiful, safe and clean.
Cabin / Stateroom
Not much room between the bed and the counter. Putting your room card into the light system is kind of a pain as no lights work without it. The thermostat is hard to find in corner. Ask if you can't find it or you will freeze at night 66F. The balcony is awesome being on the sunny side going East. This room was very quiet. The toilets are insanely loud when flushed like an airplane.
Funchal, Madeira
Shared a cab and got a personal island tour on the cheap. Excellent.


Don't get to ship too early as you'll only be assigned a group to wait in for an hour. There is a list of what's on every deck at each elevator deck if you forget your ship map which isn't very good. Elevators are usually busy so don't be in a rush. A lot of large people take up a lot of room.

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