Norwegian Epic Mediterranean Cruise

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 7

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Western Mediterranean (Rome Roundtrip)
Sail Date: May 27, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Epic
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 11149
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 2 years ago

I have mixed reviews regarding this Cruise.  Although the ship was only 5 years old it's seen soooo many families that it no longer had the feel of a newer ship.

We were surprised at the amount of families traveling with small children with the destination of Europe.  The ship at times felt like Grand Central Station on the Sea.  Although we've cruised on Royal Caribbean, Princess and Celebrity none of the trips we took ever felt this crowded.  Perhaps it was the fact that this ship actually runs 2 cruises at once with one group departing from Rome and the other departing from Barcelona.  It was an incredible experience to meet people from the UK, Sweden, Israel, Canada etc all sailing on the same ship and we thought the food quality in the 6 regular restaurants was very good. It was the crowded, cramped feeling that we enjoyed the least.  The state-room/cabin was also very small and the layout was strange not to mention impractical and allowed no privacy whatsoever.  I'm a small person but when attempting to get from one side of the cabin to the other either my husband or myself had to climb over the bed to get around one another.

The staff was efficient and friendly and the talent on the ship was better than most.  We absolutely loved the guys who played at the Howl at the Moon piano bar along with Marisa and Tony who played in the Blues/Jazz club.

The first half of the cruise which was far less crowded until 2,500 more boarded in Barcelona was much more enjoyable than the later half.

Excursions were also quite pricey on the ship but if one does their homework prior to traveling there are several ways to experience these excursions on your own.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

The cabin was on the smaller side but having a balcony made it feel more spacious. I hated having the bathroom and shower all in the same room with the bed, sink etc. I've never had a room lacking privacy in this way before.

Ship Tip

If traveling with family this is the perfect ship with several activities for everyone to enjoy. If you'r e looking for more of an adult trip with relaxing, quiet evenings I would say that it can be done but you have to look a bit harder for the quieter areas.

5 out of 5
Rome was fabulous but a distance from the port.
5 out of 5
Florence was gorgeous and so rich with history and culture.
5 out of 5
We were told we had to leave Cannes to really enjoy this port. Not true. We traveled by taxi to Monaco & it was spectacular but Cannes had much to offer on it's own!
5 out of 5
Just beautiful! We took the trip to Soller but did not love this excursion. We could have stayed right where we docked and it would have been wonderful. Beautiful city!
3 out of 5
Barcelona had more of a big city feel. Although the sights were also spectacular it was more spread out and not as magical for us.
1 out of 5
Naples had nothing to offer but not being too far from Sorrento, Pompei and Capri Naples opened a door to several other options.
Was this review helpful? 7

Leave a Comment

Remember: Be polite and respectful. Our diverse community is home to members with different opinions and a broad range of cruise experiences.

Other Reviews Of This Sailing

* is not a booking agent or travel agency, and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners (travel agencies and cruise lines) provide prices, which we list for our users' convenience. does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. While prices are updated daily, please check with the booking site for the exact amount. is not responsible for content on external web sites.

Back to Top