Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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4 out of 5

"Epic" Vacation

Sail Date: June 12, 2016

Reviewed: 11 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

This was my first cruise, so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. There definitely wasn't a lack of things to do or places to go on the ship. There were plenty of shows, scheduled activities, clubs, restaurants (many of which were complimentary), and more. As someone who gets motion sickness, I was very happy with the size and stability and had only a few brief moments where I could tell I was on a boat and started to get a bit queasy.


I have always heard people say how amazing the food is on cruise ships. However, I must say that, other than the main complimentary dining rooms - Taste, and the Manhattan Room - which I believe have the same exact menu, I was rather unimpressed with the food. The quality of the food at the buffet (Garden Café) let me down every time I went. The dish I got at Shanghai's was pretty mediocre. And all 4 dishes we ordered between our 2 trips to O'sheehan's were awful. I'm not sure if this is their way of trying to force you into the restaurant with an extra cover charge, but I was really disappointed. I can't speak to the extra-cost restaurants as I did not feel like forking out for them, but I sure hope they step up their game if they're going to ask you to pay more.


We really chose this cruise for the ports and the price point, and my high recommendation is really only for these reasons. If these aren't terribly important to you or if you can find something similar elsewhere, I would recommend exploring other Mediterranean options.

Cabin / Stateroom
Inside rooms on cruises aren't exciting. It would have been nice to have a private place where we could get some fresh air. But the room itself was as advertised, and the cleaning staff was friendly and kept the room looking great (thanks Victor!).
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Fantastic destinations. I did not book excursions with the ship though, and I'm glad I didn't. We booked small group tours with other companies, and every time I saw the large busloads and long lines of people from the ship traipsing through the city of whatever port we were in, I was grateful we did. We paid probably half the price and had what I believe to be a significantly better experience. If you are travelling with at least 2, and especially if you are a family with more, I would research doing small group tours to save a ton of money and have an improved experience.
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
See review.
Barcelona, Spain
Naples, Italy
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
Cannes, France
The main drag is right off the port and easy to walk to. Unless you want a tour to explore the surrounding areas, there is no need to book any sort of transfer or tour in Cannes.
Marseille (Provence), France
We took the bus from the port to the center of town and walked up the street to the main harbor area. They have a fantastic boat tour of the Parc National des Calanques that I highly recommend. The $15 round trip price point for the bus is outrageous given the short trip, but without it, the walk to town would be very far.

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