Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Europe - Western Europe

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4-6 cruises


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2 out of 5

Monster ship

Sail Date: December 19, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

We chose this particular cruise for the destinations; Morocco and the Canary Islands were places we had not yet visited. We booked a Haven Spa suite admittedly  without fully undestanding what "spa suite" actually meant.  In my world, "suite" connotes roomy accommodations with a place (perhaps a desk) to work or at least a place to sit and relax.  In reality the spa suite consisted of a strange round bed and a jacuzzi tub at the foot of it.  There wasn't even a chair in the room (unless you count the chairs on the veranda).  The bathroom area was separated by a flimsy curtain.  Each time the toilet was used the light came on  and stayed on for several minutes--a real  annoyance in the mIddle of the night.  Our steward and butler were great; they kept our room well cleaned and stocked with Nespresso coffee.  The Nespresso coffee maker was a nice touch!


The ship itself is enormous, however there are  no real places  to sit and relax that are not connected to some sort of bar.  It is as if every square inch of the ship is devoted to accruing revenue.


The excursions were well planned and executed.  The highlight for us, the Alhambra, went off as planned and was worth the 9+ hour day.


We like the Garden Buffet very much.  The food was imaginative, plentiful and the pleasant staff worked tirelessly to keep the tables clean. The other restaurants were more average in quality and service.


We saw one show, Prscilla, Queen of the Desert and found it entertaining and very professional.


It was our first, and most likely last time taking one of the "mega-ships".  They really are just too big; we always felt a little embarrassed when returning to it at the end of an excursion.

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