EPIC trip, not so EPIC cruisie ship: Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by Luke82580
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EPIC trip, not so EPIC cruisie ship
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
The food was good, we did have to wait on a table a few nights but it wasn't a long wait. We liked Taste better than Manhattan even though their menus are similar. Did not try any of the specialty restaurants but I will say the breakfast buffet was mostly inedible as well as the midnight buffet.
We are a couple in our late 20's/early 30's and were certainly the minority on the cruise. AT night, most of the bars were filled with much older passengers and we never were able to find where the youngers passengers hung out. We'd meet several during the days on excursions or around the pool area in the evening but after dinner it's like the younger people went to bed and the older people came out to party :)
We did both the Cirque dinner show as well as the Blue Man Group. I wasn't a huge fan of the menu for Cirque since I don't eat a ton of seafood or a lot of meat and the only option was Filet w/ shrimp or vegetarian. I chose vegetarian and it was eggplant parm. and for me it was not edible. The show itself was entertaining. Blue Man group was just ok, I'm glad I saw it but won't ever see it again and am glad I didn't pay for the tickets. The legends show was not very good. The actual "legends" performers were pretty good but the back up dancing and choreography were atrocious.
In summary, the itinerary made up for the fact that we just didn't really like the ship that much. I will say the layout of the room that a lot of people complain about did not bother us at all. Our room was always clean and we really like the mid ship balcony rooms. I can't say that I would ever need to sail on the Epic again however if it had an amazing itinerary I would certainly consider it again. We will probably look for a smaller class of ship for our next cruise. WE talked to people who sail on the Epic twice a year, once in the med and once in the Caribbean. I certainly don't understand that appeal. Another side note: in Barcelona there are shops inside the terminal once you go through the security line and the ship didn't have another security line so we purchased wine and never were asked or had to claim it to anyone. In total we were able to get 5 bottles of wine on the ship without paying. Not because we tried to be sneaky about it, just because there were no checks in place to catch it. Of course if this happens you can't take the wine to any of the restaurants without having the sticker on it but we were able to enjoy it on our balcony. Less
Port and Shore Excursions
was the only stop we didn't have plans. our goal was to find a beach and just relax. turns out it wasn't the best beach day, overcast and not hot but we went to a beach in Magaluf. This is a huge spring break/vacation destination for other parts of Europe and mostly 25 and under. There are bars/clubs on every corner and every 10 feet. Lots of young people out and about and lounging around on the beach. We had lunch here and spent a few hours and then walked to the neighboring beach of Palma Nova. It was the exactly opposite. Older retired couples lounging around don the beach. Very sleepy little beach town so there is something for everyone.
later in the afternoon we decided to get a taxi to take us back into town. We didn't know much about the town but knew there was the huge/beautiful church upon the hill that you can see when sailing in. We explored around the church for a while which was amazing and then discovered this really cool town that basically connects to the church. We didn't have a ton of time before needed to get back to the ship but found this stop to be relaxing and there was a lot more to it than we ever imagined. Would love to spend some more time here.
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