We chose this cruise because we really wanted a chance to be on the Epic and it was in Barcelona during our summer vacation this year.
My husband and I had a balcony right next door to my son, 20 y.o. daughter and her 21 y.o. friend.
Embarkation out of Barcelona was very fast and easy. Once we arrived we chose to have lunch in the Taste dining room and that was very nice. I could not convince the rest of the gang to have dinner in either main dining rooms for the remainder of the cruise, so I'm glad I at least had lunch there.
We went down to check out our staterooms as soon as they were ready and were promptly greeted by our cabin steward, Jovito. He was super helpful and so nice during the whole cruise! I am confident that no one on that entire ship has ever gotten a better assortment of towel animals. The kids even went to a towel animal class and loved it!
The cabin's themselves were very nice. We asked for extra hangers and they were promptly brought to us. My husband immediately opened up the partition between our two rooms (I'm not going to tell you how!) and we loved having it open between us for the whole cruise. I was really surprised at the huge amount of storage space in each cabin. I brought gigantic suitcases and they easily fit under the beds. I say "gigantic" because that's what our cab driver kept saying when we arrived in Barcelona.
The bathroom configuration was okay. My daughter would send her cabin mates out of the room when she wanted to take a shower for the most part.
The entertainment venues we chose included the Cirque dinner show and the Blue Man Group.
The Cirque dinner was interesting. Here's what - We got there just as they were starting to let people in. We stood at the back of a very long line. As you entered the Spiegel Tent you told them how many was in your party and you were escorted to your seat. We did pay the upgrade for seats and got good seats. Some people didn't get such great seats and spent the evening having to look behind them to see the show which was for the most part in the middle of the tent. Getting there early doesn't necessarily get you a good seat. The show itself was very quirky, fun, and a little bit creepy. They did drag a number of people from the audience to participate. The dinner was very good. It was a set menu and I liked it.
The Blue Man Group show was pretty cool. Lots of color and music and I'm glad I finally got a chance to see them. I ordered an Espresso Martini before the show started and it was so yummy!
The first night we ate at Teppanyaki. Great food, and I was glad to be the only one at the table who did not get food thrown at me.
We also ate at Shanghai and had sushi another night. Thank goodness my waitress misunderstood me and brought me the sea bass in addition to the beef and broccoli. The bass was one of the best things I ate all week. Other than that the food at Shanghai was pretty awful. Most of it was sent back uneaten. Another night we had sushi, which is a la carte. The food was fantastic, but we were seated lined up at a bar and it's harder to share sushi that way. Another thing that was interesting was that the crew was in such awful moods when we ate there and at Shanghai. I don't take it personally at all, it was just a little weird. In part it may be because that area is very open and the servers are scrambling in all different directions to serve people. Also, getting a drink at the sushi restaurant was just not going to happen. My drink order was wrong and my husband had to walk over to the bar across from the restaurant to get a drink at all. We would have each had another drink, but couldn't find anyone to take our order.
O'Sheehans was the favorite place for the younger group. They fell in love with the buffalo wings. It was fun sitting there in the evening while a movie was on in the atrium. We also bowled once and didn't have to wait more than ten minutes for our turn.
Our favorite restaurant was Moderno. The guys thought they were in heaven with being offered all of that meat! The salad bar which is shared with Cagney's was super gorgeous and probably my favorite part of the ship. I had a couple of pear mojitos that night which were better than regular mojitos. Must get that recipe!
Le Bistro was quite good and my daughters favorite was the morning breakfast buffet in the Garden Cafe. We also went to the late night outside buffet a few times which was fun.
I would not go back to La Cucina. It was very disappointing and we did not care for being seated where the sun was shining directly into our eyes.
The worst item we ate all week was the $5 delivery pizza. It was very bad, didn't have much sauce or cheese and just not worth it. Like frozen pizza, but worse.
Two things that we opted out on were the cruise photos and the ice bar. We would have gone to the ice bar had there only been a one drink minimum, but at $20 each and my son underage it just didn't seem a very good value. It didn't seem like there were a lot of people going there. Also, we thought the photos were very over priced. If they had been a little less I would have bought some, if they had been half of the price asked I would have bought all of them. We chose not to buy any because of exorbitant prices.
It's really nice that the Epic did sea days to recover from all that sightseeing. It's a great ship to spend sea days on. We did try the hot tubs in the evening, but didn't sit out by the pool on those days.
The Majorca port cit was lovely and we walked around and had lunch at the most world's most boring Hard Rock cafe.
Our week spent on the Epic was altogether fantastic and we will definitely sail on her again soon.