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Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean


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Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 18

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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7 Night Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip)
Sail Date: June 19, 2016
Ship: Norwegian Epic
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 13101
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

We booked our first Med cruise for the fab destnations and were not dissapointed at all!  The bonus was the ship with 4,000+ that we thought would be a problem; however we never felt crowded. The ship was beautiful and well-maintained with an excellent, friendly staff. We looked forward to coming home after a long day of touring.  

Only 2 drawbacks - ship's store not open while in French waters.

We booked a airport transfer with NCL; but still had to roll and load/unload our own luggage onto/from the transfer bus!

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Ate mostly in the Garden Cafe except for Cirque Dreams dinner show and twice in O'Sheehan's.
Once in Moderno for breakfast; but the food was cold.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
for evening entertainment mid-week we always went to Bliss Lounge for the karioke contests and dancing afterwards. We were not onboard during the day.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
We did not see Priscilla Queen of the Desert since I don't like musicals; but heard from several fellow cruisers that it was not good.
Not enough entertainment to my liking each night since Howl at the Moon (dueling pianos) and Epic Beatles are not my favs; but others seemed to enjoy those shows in the middle of the week. We thoroughly enjoyed Cirque Dreams dinner show (premium seating well worth it), Soul Satisfaction (Motown) and, of course, 4 Ever in Concert was the best surprise for Saturday night ever!!!!
And don't miss any of the Burn the Floor shows!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Ross at the bar near the ship's store was very helpful when the store was closed in french waters. Rhoden in th casino gave us safety tips for touring in Italy.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
I did not think I would like the sink outside on the counter; but the design now gives the cabin more room for a separate circular shower with no need for that shower curtain that always sticks to you - loved it!

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Enough space to store everything - light comes on when closet door opens - safe also in closet. You have to use your key card for the cabin lights so you never forget it!
Only 2 decks below from food at Garden Cafe and pool; so we could walk the few times the elevators were busy.

Ship Tip

Ship's store closes in french waters.
Our luggage was by our door right after we boarded.
Cabins closer forward seemed to be located to the areas of the ship we frequented - Garden Cafe, Epic Theater, Bliss Lounge, Spice H2O and Headliner's. Spread out your entertainment choices for the week.

1 out of 5
BEWARE---Pick pocket paradise!
5 out of 5
Easy to get to Pompeii, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast - watch out for the locals trying to sell you stuff in the parking lot, though - just pass them by and go to Ontano's for bus tickets.
5 out of 5
Very, Very important to book a tour with tickets b4 arrival! Don't forget to try gelato!
5 out of 5
Very, Very important to book a tour with tickets b4 arrival! Don't forget to try gelato!
5 out of 5
Easy to get around walking - use the train first for $10 to get a preview.
5 out of 5
The train up the hill was fun!
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