I loved the cruise, but I am not a huge Epic fan : Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by ollienbertsmum
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I loved the cruise, but I am not a huge Epic fan
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
As on all ships, there were not enough lifts so we walked most of the time, it was a long way from our midship 9th deck to the garden cafe, but after all I needed the exercise. I only used the lift for disembarkation.
Yes the tours are over priced, but they are on all ships so we mostly find our own way around. We did use a ship tour to get up to Cinque Terre because we would to have had time on our own. It was a highlight of the cruise.
I was impressed that in Livorno they took you directly to the railway station for only 12 dollars return. I thought that was a bargain and I would use it another time. In Palma we knew that the bus was only 1.5 euro so hopped on the public bus right outside the port.
The waitstaff and stewards were great, there was one of the staff organising the shuttle bus who needed to be reminded about being polite to customers, but one bad apple did not spoil the cruise.
There were three embarkation ports so the cruise did not build up and then everyone leave tearful on the last day. With pre paid tips, I did not get the idea that staff were being nice just for the tips.
We only went to one show. I did not like the idea of having to book them ahead, that seemed less like freestyle than previous cruises. I did however love the show that we went to which was Blue Man Group. I would happily pay to see them again.
There was a coffee machine in the room so I kept fresh milk in the fridge and could make a my cups of tea. I missed going down to get my tea from deck five on the Adventure though.
So there were things I liked and things I didn't. At times I had the sort of Premier Inn meets Ryan Air type feeling, but I had everything I wanted for my cruise so I have no complaints at all. I would use NCL again if the price/ port schedule was right, but RCL would be my first choice. Less
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