Excellent cruise!: Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by Sadiebell1
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Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
We felt the dining was good - we enjoyed the garden cafe quite a few times and they did change most of the selections daily. Never had trouble finding a place to sit- fine for breakfast, lunch, or a very casual dinner. We ate in the Manhattan room and it was very good altho the tables for 2 were pretty close together. We also ate at Le Bistro, La Cucina , and Cagneys. All were good and I got a little money off for booking 3 specialty restaurants. One big advantage of all of them is that they are quiet, classy, and great for couples. Yes, you pay a little extra to go to them, which some people complain about, but in my opinion an NCL cruise usually costs a bit less than some cruises we have been on like Princess and RCI, so to pay a little more for dinner is no big deal.
The entertainment was great on this ship ! Unlike someone who did a recent review, we loved Los Lobos Ole in the comedy club - the 3 guys were hilarious ! We went to Cirque Dreams and it was very good. We paid for the premium seats and someone on one of our shore excursions advised us to sit in the balcony if we didn't want to get 'chosen' to be in the show, but after going I wish we would have been on floor level altho the balcony was ok. Some reviewers also put this show down, but we have seem most of the Cirque shows in Vegas and this was just in a more intimate atmosphere- it could not be a huge stage production. So it was more up close but the performers were just as good as in Vegas in Mystere, KA, and 'O'. And finally we went to Blue Man Group, who I had seen in Vegas and this was the same as in Vegas - great show ! And you know in Vegas it cost $100 or more per person to see them. So good deal I think !
I won't go into detail about our ports other than to say we had no problems and in Cannes where they had to use tenders to get us off the ship, it was very organized and well done. I will just say we only did one shore excursion thru the ship - from the Rome port we went to Ovieto and the tour was excellent. For the other ports we used AP Tours to see the Amalfi Coast, Shared ShoreExcursions in Italy to go to the Cinque Terre, Riviera Premium Tours in Cannes, and Provence Wine Tours in Marseille. All were absolutely wonderful !
So regarding the negative reviews of Epic, I realize sometimes people can have something bad happen but how picky can some people be ?! This NCL cruise, our first with them but hopefully not our last, was every bit as good as the RCI and Princess cruises we have been on Less
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