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Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 15

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Norwegian Epic

7 Night Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip)

Sail date: May 27, 2018

Ship: Norwegian Epic

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 12518

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

This was my first cruise with NCL and overall I was very impressed. As indicated above I think I'm a freestyle convert. Looking forward to my next experience with them.


4 out of 5
Embarkation was fairly well organised. Long lines by the time we arrived but we were on the ship pretty quickly.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Firstly, I loved freestyle dining. I loved eating when I wanted, I loved the no fuss approach since I had chosen to travel with just a carry-on. No room for too much formal clothes. So I loved that. Generally the food was very good. We mainly ate at the Main dining room Taste and the buffet. We tried Shanghai and were not impressed but perhaps we have a taste for a different kind of Chinese food so others may like it. We also did the Cirque Dreams and Dinner which was fairly good as well. The cocktails we tried were really good! Only complaint - the frozen drinks end but being watery with too much ice so we avoided those after the first few. The wine selection was also very good.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
We didn't do alot we just observed the fun! We spent alot of time off the ship.


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
One or two less than pleasant interactions but generally such great helpful staff! My room steward Jianli, Florecell, Valens and Jenipher in the dining room. Barrington who assisted each time I locked myself out of my cabin 😂

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
I loved the Epic! I missed the sweeping atrium of other ships but she is her own beauty. I was in a Studio cabin and I love it. I had friends in other cabins and they loved the split bathroom design. The common areas were always clean or quickly cleaned. A couple of guests had to overdo it with the UDP and vomit all over the place.. Steups. But the staff very quickly cleaned up those. Also some parents had their kids (including babies) in the disco after 11pm and Security asked them to leave. That was a welcome sight.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ports of call

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5
I loved Barcelona! I definitely have to return here!

Naples, Italy

5 out of 5
I spent all my time in Pompeii.

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

5 out of 5
Went off the beaten path into the countryside and we loved that too.

Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy

5 out of 5
Firenze deserves a longer visit as well!

Cannes, France

5 out of 5
We spent the day in Monaco, Eze and a perfume factory.

Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands

5 out of 5


5 out of 5
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