Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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4 out of 5

Great Itinerary!

Sail Date: October 25, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

Who can complain about the selection of ports visited on this cruise?? Fabulous! We did shore excursions via NCL at each port and, while most of what we did involved a lot of walking around in tour groups with an earphone, it was an efficient way to see quite a bit of what each stop had to offer (most stops seemed to offer DIY types of experiences as well).

At the end of each day, we arrived back at our Haven suite (Deck 14) to a pleasant little pre-dinner nibble along with the cocktail that we had picked up at one of the very accessible bars on board.

One disappointment with the ship is that we couldn't find a deck that completed a circle around the ship for walking and enjoying the ocean views and clear breezes.  Even the jogging track is an odd construct of a less than half deck loop on one of the lower diesel smelling levels.

Beware of the internet service. I only could get service on my own device after 1:00am even though I was on the unlimited program.....at all other times I just got spinning and spinning and spinning circles. Other folks I talked to in the internet café were there to complain about the same kind of experience. 

Dining was fine - we tried the Manhattan dining room once and it was as expected for this kind of venue.  All of the specialty dining settings and menu selections were varied.  Hard to say which one was better. La Cucina was our least favorite, due to the odd location, bouncy feeling due to the being near the front of the ship and lackluster service. Cagneys and Tepanyaki were probably our favorites - try the unfiltered sake at Tepanyaki if you like sake - most interesting.

Shows were good - Saw the Cirque show - had great seats on the floor - a bit hard to eat and watch at the same time. From what we saw it looked like the booth tables at the back might have some limitations in the view - try to get a table on the floor so you can see it all

The Queen of the Desert show is quite long so be prepared.

Performers for all shows were athletically talented (amazing agility, endurance  and professional appearance - you really have to say kudos to folks dancing on and on or bending in the most flexible of ways as you sit and eat and drink and drink and eat).

Our favorite entertainers by far were the Dueling Piano guys and the nightly pianist at the Shakers Bar.

Soccer and rugby matches on the huge screen in the main atrium were also quite fun.

Bottom line - a great itinerary makes sailing  on a so-so ship a wonderful vacation.

Cabin / Stateroom
Our suite was fine...a bit tight on the space at the end of the bed but it had a unique flow-through design involving the sitting area of the bathroom. Huge deck for enjoying the departures. I did worry about the shower overflowing as other cruisers have mentioned - it actually only overflowed once past our dam of towels but threatened to each shower. The in-room spa was OK - used it once but worried about the cleanliness due to debris from jets...note that the spa takes up the typical space of a couch so there's no place to sit in this cabin other than the bed or the stool in the dressing area. I had read about noise from the deck above and, because we were traveling in October during non-swimming weather, we had limited noise but....if this ship were in sunny weather with lots of children, I can see how the noise could be a problem.
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Tip

Do try to Spa area (even if you don't get a treatment). The warm chaise lounges and different areas/types of bubbling waters are both fun and relaxing.



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