In a time of recession - RIP-OFF: Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by DTMK
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In a time of recession - RIP-OFF
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
When we arrived in Naples it was 'spilling out of the heavens' and i was surprised, and delighted to see a staff member handing out the plastic ponchos - only to discover that they were charging $3 for them, plus VAT @ 10%. Everything you bought on board was 'VAT extra' and the Alcohol had an added 15% 'Auto gratuity'. On our first night there I asked for a bottle of 'House White Wine' but was told they didn't 'do' House Wines' so, I ordered a bottle of Ruffino Pinot Grigio (about €7.50 at home) and the price was $30 Plus VAT $3 plus Auto-Gratuity $4.50 - a total of $37.50 - a total rip-off!!! You were allowed to bring your own wine but More were charged $15 corkage charge.
Again, to re-iterate, the rest of the cruise was fabulous, just where you had to spend money on the extras (which I thought were included), you were squeezed to within an inch of your wallet!
I would definitely go on a cruise again but I doubt if it'd be on a Norwegian Cruise Ship - but I'd check out all of which I got caught on this time. Less
Stateroom was really nice and well maintained by Julia, our Housekeeping Staff Person. I'm 6ft 1inch tall and I found I had to lie at an angle in the bed to 'fit-in'. Beware of the mini-bar and it's associated prices.
Seemed like a training cruise
Overall a great experience
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