April 2015 - Norwegian Epic to Transatlantic
I heard the complaint of "no promenade deck" 8 times in as many days from other passengers riding on elevators. The ship could use some more elevators in the centre and the staterooms are laid out a bit weird with the bed being rounded and the separate shower, sink and john. Clean with plenty of storage and the built in safe is a life saver for the trip needing no cash. I'm 68 and the stairs on the ship tour killed my knees requiring me to see the ship's Dr on the second day at sea. Fortunately he was excellent and got me sorted out in just a few days saving our 6 week vacation.
We loved the balcony stateroom as it wasn't windy at all with nice sun on the starboard side all the way to Barcelona. The two pools on the top deck were rather small which was surprising. No way to do any laps. The hot tubs were popular but folks tended to live in them so we never considered any water activities. 4 story climb to slides so they were out with our old knees.
Included foods were excellent in all restaurants. Never wanted to go to specialty places but people we knew who bought the food package were very happy they did.
The Madiera Island was beautiful, safe and clean. Just take a taxi down town for 10€ as we couldn't find the shuttle a 1/4 mile away from where we got off the ship. No one to ask directions so wasted $20 buying bus pass.
The entire staff was fantastic. Sign up for main entertainment early or you will be waiting standby later on.
My wife and I both preferred a smaller ship and are returning to states on a smaller liner instead of a cruise box.
The scheduled disembarkation by colour/time was flawless. Our pre-purchased "tour" of Barcelona and trip to airport was a joke and ONLY an expensive taxi ride via "Splash" via . Just hail a taxi at the dock and you'll avoid waiting, cost and disappointment. Pay them extra if you want to take a ride thru the downtown on the way to the airport. This was our greatest disappointment on this trip not re-seeing the sights and killing some time before our flight as was clearly indicated in verbiage but not provided in reality.