Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Huge Ship full of very helpful staff

Sail Date: May 17, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Suite

We had a blast on our cruise.  The Epic is huge!  It is very well maintained and clean and the staff were all so very pleasant and accomodating.

We really liked the shows we saw, but honestly felt the onboard entertainment was not quite as exhaustive as previous cruises we have been on, with other cruise lines.  There were several evening that we were looking for something to do, and a few times all we could find to do was go hang out at the pool.

If I had something negative to say, it would be about the freestyle dining.  While the meals were all good, especially in the specialty dining areas, we did not feel like we made as many friends on this trip as we have on previous cruises.  This is due in part to not having assigned meal times and tables with other passengers.

All in all a very enjoyable time.  I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Ship Quality
Well maintained and clean, but WOW is it huge.
Food and Dining
Food was good overall. The buffet being the least preferable. We missed eating with other passengers.
Service and Staff
All of the staff were super accomodating. We were very satisfied.
Evening shows were good, but the cruise lacked enough other entertainment options.
Destinations and Excursions
We didn't book any excursions through Norwegian, but we had a good time at most every port. Palma Majorca was our least favorite stop. The excursions at Naples, Civitavecchia (Rome), and Livorno (Pisa/Florence) all required considerable driving, so much of the actual excursion time was just transportation.
Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona was a highlight of our trip. Sagrada Familia Basilica was absolutely amazing, but it is an absolute must to buy skip the line tickets before you go. We did a Hop-on-Hop-Off bus tour
Naples, Italy
We did a tour of Pompeii followed by a drive through Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi Coast. Stunning scenery, with all these cities built on shoreline hills.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Rome is a magical city. Wish the port was closer to the city, because at least 2-3 hours are spent driving to and fro. We did a semi-private tour with smartcruisetours and were very pleased. We stopped at the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Arc de Triomphe, and the stunning Circus Maximus. We also went to the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain (which is under renovations currently) and did the full tour of the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. We went by Friends that did a large group bus tour did not have the opportunity to see nearly as many attractions as we did in a short day.
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
Loved a quick visit to Pisa and the leaning tower, which is not a far drive from the port. I love the city of Florence, but the drive there and back took up more time than we preferred spending in a vehicle.
Cannes, France
This was fun. We spent a few hours on the beach. Took the little train for a tour around the town. Since we were there during the Cannes Film Festival, we did a little star watching as well, which was fun, seeing all the high profile film industry stars.
Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands
We walked off the ship and just meandered, finding ourselves at a mall, not too far from the port. This was our least favorite port. Didn't help that someone was pickpocketed withing 10 minutes of landing.


Reservations at the specialty dining restaurant, Cagney's, fill up fast, so If I was doing this again, I would book a couple of evenings there, as soon as I could.

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