Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

2-3 cruises


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5 out of 5

First Timer...and THOROUGHLY Impressed

Sail Date: August 16, 2015

Reviewed: 11 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Beautiful, huge, ship. Hard to even notice when the ship is underway. Excellent condition of every part of the ship. Magnificent support from the ship's staff of 1700. The food was so good, that I gained 4 pounds during the week long cruise. Excellent, very professional entertainment good as some I have seen in Las Vegas. Very well designed cabins (except the prior occupants smoked in our cabin). Don't know general pricing of Internet access on other ships, but I consider their lowest rate of $25/day for the whole cruise... to be too pricy for me. But all in all, a magnificent experience. I would have no qualms at all to take another cruise onboard the Epic. VERY well done.

Cabin / Stateroom
Cabin Attendant, Henson, took excellent care of our every need. His artistry with towel animation put smiles on our faces. Beautiful and very efficient cabin layout. Excellent first experience..and sets a VERY high bar for future comparison.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Extremely well organized and seamless. Much better than I feared. Only small hiccup was our ignorance about how to set up bags for disembarkation.
Ship Quality From our perspective, a PERFECT score. Kudos to the crew!
Destinations and Excursions
Very nicely organized tours of Rome and Florence (even if it rained in Rome during the morning). Only complaint is that we consider them pricy. We used local taxis for tours at three other stops and were quite pleased with all (but we may have just been lucky).
The majority of the shows were AMAZING. The Circ show and Burn the Floor were worthy of a $100 admission. The Dueling Pianos artists exhibited a huge repertoire of hundreds of songs.
Service and Staff Uniformly GREAT service. Zandy Casino was the cocktail waitress for 4 of our evening entertainment shows. She went particularly out of her way to care for our party of 4, and was particularly enthusiastic and friendly.
Food and Dining Excellent overall quality of the included food service (a bit over salted and under seasoned otherwise... but excellent overall)
Barcelona, Spain
Very nice city with LOADS of sites to visit. We arrived 4 days before the cruise and enjoyed the city
Naples, Italy
We grabbed a taxi for a day tour and got to see Pompeii and the coast out to Sorrento.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Even with a rainy morning, THIS was my FAV visit. SO many centuries of history... AND the absolutely INCREDIBLE architecture on virtually every street. Visiting the Vatican speaks for itself.
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
The Art History value of the Museums is not to be missed. We also had plenty of time to shop. Our tour bypassed Pisa.
Cannes, France
Excellent first experience of France. We grabbed a great taxi driver to give us a tour. We got to see the French Riviera Coast, Nice, a perfume factory, and had lunch in Monaco. Does it get any better?
Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands
With only 4 hours ashore, we made the most of the time by grabbing another taxi to take us to a castle fortress and also to a major resort beach/shopping area.


As Steve's travel guide recommended, we brought critical items inside our carry bag...and one of our large bags was delayed arriving until into the evening.

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