Where do we begin? We travelled on The Norwegian Epic on 4Th September 2011 for 7 nights and have just got back home .
We live in Spain and flew from Malaga to Barcelona and stayed a couple of nights in Barcelona before the Cruise on The Epic. We booked this cruise for our 5Th Wedding Anniversary and pre booked a Deluxe Romance Package for a very reasonable price.
We got a taxi from the hotel in central Barcelona to the port..this was approx 15 euros as they had a "small" supplement on to the actual cost for your baggage in the boot..The check in process was so smooth and very easy..although we did arrive early, but we managed to check in and sort our money out before we went on board...We paid cash and there is a separate cash desk that you can put your money onto your card as well as the standard debit/credit card desks!
We were allowed on board at 11am and were in total awe at the size of this monster! We have travelled with Royal Caribbean before and as some people know they are not small!! This is colossal!! We had a couple of hours to wander the ship before we were allowed into our cabin at 13.00.
One thing we did notice is how small the swimming pools were and the sunbeds were always reserved and had towels on them despite it being a policy of NCL not to hog the beds, but they do not monitor it and there is no control over it.
When we arrived at our balcony room we were so pleased and happy with it...The bed was bigger than we expected as was the shower and toilet which were separate!! How nice is that? The balcony is small and cute with a couple of chairs and a small table..There is plenty of space for your clothes and other odds and ends that you may have.
We also had our Sparkling Wine and Chocolate Strawberries which we ordered in our Romance Package with a welcome letter and the Itinerary for the week ahead..We were made to feel very special and welcome.
In the first 24 hours we had some rather excitable youngsters in a balcony 2 doors away who were loud for a while, but we didn't hear them after that(maybe someone had a quiet word) and was a very peaceful week after that...
Our Room Attendant was Marvin and he was an absolute Diamond.He was always smiling and asking about your day and what you were doing later etc. Basically that was one thing we noticed with ALL the staff in that they were very friendly and very professional in everything they did and deserve all the praise they get!
Now for the Entertainment! It was very hit and miss..We started on Sunday night with The Blue Man Group who were absolutely superb! Best show by a mile.
Monday we went to see Stephen Sorrentino who we were looking forward too, but he was extremely disappointing.
And The Legends was so bad it was really hard to get to the end of the show..
Cirque was awesome and totally mesmerising , but the food was standard.
The food throughout the ship was very very good and we often ate far too much!
The speciality restaurants were also hit and miss..
Teppanyaki was VERY overrated and we were left feeling very disappointed .It is for entertainment purposes only and nothing more!
The Le Bistro which was part of our Romance Package was standard also.It started off fantastic with a complimentary bottle of wine and a fantastic starter.Our waitress Mai was fantastic, but the main course for my wife was very poor..She had cold new potatoes and complained that they were cold and not cooked, so she complained to the waitress who ordered her some fresh steamed vegetables and more potatoes, but yet AGAIN the potatoes were cold, so she just left them rather than complain again....
Cagney's was absolutely fantastic and is NCL signature restaurant and it lived up to its reputation.
Shanghais was also superb with a great choice of food and desserts.
I have tried to explain as much as I can without going into big details and it getting boring, so I will leave it there...
All in all a great cruise , and we would recommend it too families with young kids, but not for young couples, hence why we will be looking for a smaller ship next time...