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Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
7 Night Western Mediterranean (Rome Roundtrip)
Sail Date: August 19, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Epic
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9126
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 2 years ago

Check in (Roma) was a breeze then we took a loonngg walk to the ship.  Nice ship.  Once you get over the bathroom configuration in the cabin, it's pretty comfortable.  We had a balcony room which we barely used, to be honest.

The ship was at full capacity, which was only noticeable during pool time when it was  difficult to find seats on deck 15 to relax by the tiny pools.  One of the minuses - tiny pools, slides take up most of the space. The slides were fun for my 11 year old, but he got tired of them after day three.  Otherwise, there were no issues with dining space.

We booked excursions at nearly all the destinations (but for Majorca) which all started too early (7:15 - 7:30am start times).  I understand that we have to fit a 7 to 9 hour tour in before the ship leaves port, but these early start times make for cranky vacationers!  Overall, the quality of the guides was excellent. 

I'm not sure I'd do this cruise again as we spent too little time in each port. That said, this cruise was a good way to get a glimpse of the cities to determine where to spend more time in these historically and culturally rich destinations.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food was great everywhere - buffets, the main dining rooms and specialty dining areas.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

1 out of 5
Hard to figure out what the shows were and how to get in to see them.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Never got to know anyone by name. We've typically meet and greet our cabin steward (on other cruises) but not on this ship. Hard to find him/her.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Once you get used to the bathroom concept, it's fine. The cabin feels alittle smaller than what I've seen on other cruise ships, but there is plenty of storage, which was nice.
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