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Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 21

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
Norwegian Epic

7 Night Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 05, 2018

Ship: Norwegian Epic

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 12537

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

Absolutely freaking AWESOME!! I embarked alone but before the end of the first evening I was into a large group of like-minded people. All close to my age and all extrovert, well you must be if youre prepared to cruise alone

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Brilliant and very straightforward especially when considering the the size of the ship

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
I bought the all-you-can-eat-&-drink package and I was delighted with it. No limit (that I discovered) on anything and I really went to town on their generosity

Shaker's Martini Bar

5 out of 5

I was here promptly just after opening every evening. It was my perfect place. It suited me entirely and I never wanted to leave. Its located right next to the Cigar Room too and I still enjoy a decent smoke partway through an evening when on holiday

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
I was berthed in the Solo Lounge, which comes with its own private bar AND a Director of Entertainment whose job it was to ensure reservations for shows, karaoke and any restaurant table is taken care of. The solos jelled very quickly and the Director easily reserved tables for twenty diners. Plenty of cosy bars, each with a distinct theme, but I spent every evening in the Piano Bar (also known as The Martini Bar) and each night was better than the last. Great floor shows too in a large theatre and an excellent karaoke bar which doesn't open until late in the evening

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Adult entertainment was outstanding and included a live performance theatre, a casino, an ice-bar, a couple of night clubs and a well-stocked cigar lounge complete with leather chesterfields and waitresses who ensure you don't need to move for anything while reclining with a good smoke

Bliss Ultra Lounge

5 out of 5

What a great place to end the evening. Karaoke, dancing, group singing . . . I was like a teenager (at 60yrs old)

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
I didn't use them but as a senior solo I was never bothered by pesky kids because the ship ensured they were entertained seperately in their own zone . . . no adults allowed ha ha!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Flawless service in every restaurant and bar and I was forever commenting on how little I paid for so much . . . I know, keep my gob shut

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship seemed in good nick and everywhere was clean & tidy, but I wasn't there for the decor

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
I stayed in the Solo Lounge, with its private access, private bar for everyone to meet each evening prior to dining, dancing & drinking. I loved it

Ship tip

I bought an all you can eat & drink package but I think I must have been the beneficiary of a deal because it was ridiculously cheap, so cheap I got my money back on the first night . . . yahoo. I booked via VIRGIN and its entirely possible the price was a one-off but definitely worth asking for. Other travellers paid considerably more for the same thing

Ports of call

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5
I arrived in Barca 24hrs early just to enjoy the City. Not disappointed

Naples, Italy

2 out of 5
Naples was ok but its a bit 'flat' during the day. I felt rushed, so to return to the ship in good time, so I vowed to stay on the ship for the remainder of the trip

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy Did not visit port

The ship is virtually empty when in-port so I stayed onboard to enjoy the pool, the food and the ice cream machine

Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy Did not visit port

The ship is virtually empty when in-port so I stayed onboard to enjoy the pool, the food and the ice cream machine

Cannes, France Did not visit port

The ship is virtually empty when in-port so I stayed onboard to enjoy the pool, the food and the ice cream machine

Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands Did not visit port

The ship is virtually empty when in-port so I stayed onboard to enjoy the pool, the food and the ice cream machine

Disembarkation

3 out of 5
Finding my cases was a bit of a nightmare and there were no checks to ensure I collected the correct ones before jumping in a taxi

Traveler Photos

Two large tables of singletins arranged & booked by the Solo Director of Entertainment A Beatles tribute band - Awesome!! You meet the nicest people in the Martini Bar and yes she's a solo traveller . . . happy birthday to me!! Don't bother disembarking. stay aboard and enjoy an ice cream with another solo traveller Just enough time to enjoy a pizza before returning to the ship Naples Pier.  The only time I left the ship to go sight-seeing.  I'll know better next time Actually not sure which restaurant this is but it shows the group of solo travellers I fell-in with.  Loved every minute This is a chocolate martini with my surname written into it so I know which drink is mine Another solo traveller who made my week aboard extra special This ship is massive and whatever you're looking for you'll probably find it Food preparation Station is an entertaining 'must see' I could order the best steak in town, so I did.  Sitting with fellow solo travellers
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