Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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2-3 cruises


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4 out of 5

A Cruise, Or a Shuttle Ferry - You decide

Sail Date: June 19, 2016

Reviewed: 11 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We took a 7 day trip out of BCN, as soon as we boarded we noted that staff standards were sketchy.  As the cruise progressed we understood that clients embarked and de-barked at every port, therefore there was none of that super cohesion that you get from all being together from a defined length of time.

The taste and manhattan room dining complimentary were excellent, the chinese was a joke.  The buffet was good and varied, the pools lovely, the entertainment patchy due to the roll on roll off nature of the clients - no goodbye show, no captains announcements (apart from 1).  Overall was an excellent cruise but no comparison to the party vibe of sailing the Getaway out of Miami!

Cabin / Stateroom
Do not accept an enclose balcony eg 8008, those rooms are not fit for purpose
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Barcelona, Spain
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
rome too far, a ship day or an excusrion day
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
$15 bus to rail station and EU5 return to Pisa - bargain. Free internet available just before you board ship
Cannes, France
get off ship by tender and walk into old town. Free internet in Tender waiting area.
Marseille (Provence), France


On this we did not debark at Citavecchia and Marseille. In the other places, you dont need an excursion, save your money. Norwegian tell you how to do it under your steam on the eve of each departure.

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