The Epic is showing wear and tear. Rust and paint bubbles. Saw several fabric seat cushions with worn edges and stains. Laminated edges of some doors and counters were loose. Although windows were washed in port, there was a dull haze on their surfaces.
I believe that most of the passengers on this Atlantic crossing were experienced cruisers. Usually it takes a day or two for passengers to settle down. However on this cruise passengers immediately seemed to know how to behave. On this cruise the majority did not push and shove, did not jump the queues, did not beat on the elevator buttons, did share tables, did know how to walk passageways and stairways without blocking.
Unfortunately, all that changed with the first stop in Barcelona. The next segment was Barcelona, Palma, Marseille, Barcelona with no sea days, Thursday to Sunday.
No cover over the balcony. During the Atlantic crossing there were no problems. During the Barcelona, Palma, Marseille, Barcelona segment there was trash and garbage coming from above.
This cabin has the bed next to the balcony door with couch next to the shower and toilet.
Take a tour if you've never been to Barcelona. Next time, stay a few days and see Barcelona at your own pace.
High unemployment just makes me a little more aware, a little more cautious. With only a few hours before having to go to the ship, we walked La Rambla, got a fruit drink at the market (2 euros at the first stalls, Go a little deeper and there are stalls selling drinks for 1.50 euros). Walking away from the bay you come to a plaza. The department stores have free toilets. One has a roof top cafeteria/restaurant. Go with the crowds along the side streets into other small plazas. Sample the pinchos/tapas. Try chocolate and churros.
Around the cathedral are great walking streets. Many are narrow. Some are steep stairs. Little is a straight line, so if you do not have a sense of direction carry a map and check it often.