Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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3 out of 5

Good but Tiring!

Sail Date: August 19, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

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.

Cabin / Stateroom
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.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
very easy on and off during excursions
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
We overdid it, very long days but very informative guides. The excursions are expensive, however.
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
Hard to figure out what the shows were and how to get in to see them.
Service and Staff
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.
Food and Dining
Food was great everywhere - buffets, the main dining rooms and specialty dining areas.

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