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This was my first NCL cruise, while I generally enjoyed this cruise and the tours, there were just more "hiccups" (some more serious and inexcusable than others) on this trip than I experienced on any other cruise lines. Consequently, I doubt if I will consider an NCL cruise again. Dos ... Spend extra time in Barcelona. It is a super city. Visit to Sagrada Familia. Utilize the premium dining package to eat in the specialty restaurants. The food on board was quite good. The La Cucina restaurant offers the best view while dining. If you go to the Cirque du Soleil show, arrive early. It is first come-first served seating. If you show up only 15 minutes prior to the show, you may not have the seating you thought you paid for. Reserve your seat for shows as soon as you can early in the cruise, especially for any performance in "Headliners" (the comedy club). Don't ... Order red wine by the glass from any bar on-board. It will likely be oxidized. Fall for the signage in the wine shop (after check-in on your way to the gangway) stating that you can bring 2 bottles on board. NCL will then hold your wine until the end of the cruise.

NCL Epic, Do's and Don't's

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by Chief88

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This was my first NCL cruise, while I generally enjoyed this cruise and the tours, there were just more "hiccups" (some more serious and inexcusable than others) on this trip than I experienced on any other cruise lines. Consequently, I doubt if I will consider an NCL cruise again.

Dos ...

Spend extra time in Barcelona. It is a super city. Visit to Sagrada Familia.

Utilize the premium dining package to eat in the specialty restaurants. The food on board was quite good. The La Cucina restaurant offers the best view while dining.

If you go to the Cirque du Soleil show, arrive early. It is first come-first served seating. If you show up only 15 minutes prior to the show, you may not have the seating you thought you paid for.

Reserve your seat for shows as soon as you can early in the cruise, especially for any performance in "Headliners" (the comedy club).

Don't ...

Order red wine by the glass from any bar on-board. It will likely be oxidized.

Fall for the signage in the wine shop (after check-in on your way to the gangway) stating that you can bring 2 bottles on board. NCL will then hold your wine until the end of the cruise.
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Cabin Review

Large Balcony
Cabin B6 11172
Shower-sink-toilet arrangement on Epic is atypical and widely criticized. It is however manageable. Cabins are very tight and extremely difficult to maneuver from one end to the other when more than one person is dressing and/or selecting their clothes.
Deck 12 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

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