We had the most wonderful excursions in Livorno (to Pisa and Lucca); in Marseilles (to Avignon and Aix en Provence); in Barcelona (to Monserrat) and in Naples (to Pompeii). The guides were fantastic at describing the history of the places we were visiting; keeping the groups more or less together and on-schedule; and adding a touch of personality and humor to the tours.
Our prior experience with an excursion in the Caribbean wasn't so wonderful, so by contrast, we enjoyed these trips in Europe even more.
We also learned that we'll be happier with a smaller ship on our next cruise.
The Epic is easy to navigate, but the experience was similar to being in a big factory.
Our biggest disappointment was meal service. We had one lovely dinner in Le Bistro (cover charge) and one good meal in the main dining room (Taste), but otherwise, the meals were on par with a school cafeteria...not too good.
Fortunately, because we were on excursions each day, we would grab a quick yogurt, coffee and roll for breakfast, and thus only had dinners on the ship.
We had to return one meal as inedible, and two others were way overcooked. Each time, the wait staff seemed nonchalant and indifferent to the poor quality.
Otherwise, the ports, the accommodations and the excursions were wonderful!