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Norwegian Epic Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
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Norwegian Epic

7 Night Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 08, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Epic

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 14116

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

I was a bit hesitant to cruise on such a large ship. I envisioned having to stand in long lines for everything, but it was the complete opposite. NCL logistics are terrific.


5 out of 5
It was the longest line we experienced during our trip, and it moved right along.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
During the cruise we dined at the main dining rooms of Taste and Manhattan, Garden Café both in and out, O'Sheehan's, Shanghai, and the specialty restaurants of La Cucina and Le Bistro. Both times we dined at Taste for dinner, the food was good but the service was lacking. Breakfast at Taste was terrific. Dinner at Shanghai was speed service. Nothing personal although the food was good. Manhattan and the 2 specialty restaurants were excellent in both service and food.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
We were off the ship all day, every day touring, but the ship seemed to have many options of things to do.


5 out of 5
We attended 2-3 venues each evening, varying from the big production shows to lounge shows. All were excellent.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
For the most part, everyone was very helpful and friendly. Room attendants took great care of us.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Was larger than it appeared on NCL website. The layout worked well for 2 females traveling together, as there were 2 mirrors with counter space, enabling us to get ready at the same time. The shower size was more than sufficient. Nice that the toilet, shower and sink were all separate. Only strange part was not much privacy in shower or toilet area. Curtain maybe should have been a little thicker. I had read about it in previous reviews.

Ship tip

Know what all the ship offers and familarize yourself before traveling. We were still finding new things on the last day!

Ports of call

Barcelona, Spain

5 out of 5
We flew in and out of Barcelona. Only time spent was a driving tour on the bus that was offered after bags were dropped at the port. Nice surprise, and it kept us from waiting to board the ship.

Naples, Italy

4 out of 5
We did Sorrento/Pompeii on a private tour. Port was a little hard to find our private driver in the mass of taxi drivers swarming everyone.

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

4 out of 5
Port was ok. We took a NCL tour that included bus from port to Rome and then we did the Hop on Hop off buses.

Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy

4 out of 5
Port ok. We did a small group tour of 8 people total to view David, and then on to Pisa.

Cannes, France

5 out of 5
Used tenders to get to shore, but everything went smoothly. Took NCL Antibes and old Market tour. Guide was terrible. Would suggest just having transportation provided and touring market or going to the beach on your own. Also heard the Train that toured around Cannes for 12 euro was very nice.

Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands

5 out of 5
Very nice port. A long walk from the ship to the taxi and front of port, but there are benches along the way. Mostly inside though and there is wifi offered in the port.


5 out of 5
This is always the part of cruising that I dread the most, but it was so smooth. Only part I would complain about is we purchased the transportation from ship to airport through NCL. Bags were waiting for us. Bus was assigned, and then we had to LOAD OUR OWN BAGS ON THE BUS. Needless to say it was a mess!
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