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Hi. We are a family of 4, with 2 girls aged 6 & 5. This was our 9th cruise (all 9 with NCL) and our 4th time on the Epic. We had the package where the drinks, speciality dining were included free and also a package of 50 photos. Boarding at Barcelona was easy and well managed. We were quickly on the ship. We did have to wait until 14:00GMT for our room to be ready but had our hand luggage prepared for this; with changes of clothes and swimming outfits ready. We didn't mind the wait as we were on early and the Garden Buffet and bars were open and serving :) Kids Club sign up was quick and friendly. The kids club is excellent. I cant think of a better equipped or staff kids club (other than another large cruise ship). Throughout the cruise, the kids club kept the variety up and it was everything we could do to pull our girls out of there. They both loved it even though they were in different groups. The friends they made there transferred to the pool well too. When the room was ready, everything was in order. We did find it a little more squeezed as we had 12 days of clothes for 4, but in hindsight we over-packed. The sail away was seamless. The speciality dining and the upgrades were noticeable, especially at La Cucina. The Manhattan Room and Taste both looked fresh and were great, but the menus were limited and didn't really change. We were glad we had the speciality dining for variety. Bar Service on the ship was excellent. So many were on the free drinks package, that you didn't have to sign the bill, which we had experienced on previous cruises and found to be a bit of a pain, so that was a big plus. The new Cavern Club is excellent, but VERY popular. If you are going, go early for a seat. The shows: Cirque was excellent; well worth it. Burn the Floor was OK and worth seeing. Priscilla; Queen of the Desert was stunning. The best show I've seen on any cruise by a mile. Not one for the kids as there is bad language (a little) and a lot of sexual suggestions. That's a bit of a shame as other than that the kids would have loved it, but cant be helped I guess. Everywhere else on the ship; the music was great and we never felt was too loud: just right. Having the photo package was great and we did get 50 great memories. All bar one of the photographers were excellent. One of them was just in a mood the whole trip. We didn't spend much on this holiday; I got the unlimited spa, but not sure if it was really worth it. The pool deck wasn't that busy. We did the laundry offer half way for 19.99, which was worth it and showed us we could have travelled with less. Around the ship, the upgrades were all noticeable and welcomed. We do think this was our best cruise yet. Excursions: Overall, the NCL excursions were very expensive and not worth the money. There is now a non-cruise company following the boat around ports offering the same tours at a fraction of the price. We didn't use them, but our parents did and thought they were great. Day 2 - Cartegena, Spain: A nice stop, but there is little to do (but in the same way there is little to do in Cannes: its just nice to stroll around). You can walk off the ship and walk around the main parts of the town in an hour. Definitely one to do yourself. Day 4 - Cagliari; Sardinia: A stunning spot. Lots of history. Again, you can walk off the ship and walk around the main parts of the town in a few hours. We rented a car close to the ship for 35euro and went to Chia Beach for the day. Whilst stunning, it was off season, so it was deserted and local shops etc. were closed Day 6 - Palermo; Sicily: This was the GEM stop. Was not expecting Palermo to be so good. Again, you can walk off the ship and walk around the main parts of the town in a few hours. Although, given just how nice, it might be better to get a walking tour for this one. We did it ourselves. The horse drawn carriages outside were expensive and not really worth it in hindsight. There were much better ones at Pisa. Day 8 - Naples; Italy: It was a bad weather day. We had decided to go to Capri for the day, which in hindsight was a mistake. The boat to Capri was rough and Capri isn't that nice in the rain. If the weather had been good though it would have been a different day. This stop in particular we noticed NCL excursions were very expensive (e.g. Pompei and the Amalfi Coast was ~ 350USD and the same one with the tour group was 79EUR!). Day 9 - Rome; Italy: We got the local train in for 12euros return (5euros for the kids), which brought us into the centre of Rome and gave us free Metro/ Bus use for the day too). We got to all the main tourist stops (Colluseum/ Trivi Fountain/Pantheon/Vatican) via metro and bus. We didn't go into the Colluseum or Vatican but would have had time for one of them. We cut the day short as the kids were in meltdown. Day 10 - Livorno (Pisa/Florence); Italy: By this stage we were all exhausted. So many big stops in a row. We hired a car for 80 euros and 3 of our party drove to Pisa ourselves. It was a little more than we hoped to pay but we were able to get it right outside the boat and drop it off there too after. It also gave us flexibility on time as we only went to Pisa in the afternoon. Day 12 - Palma; Majorca - We found out there was a local fun fair on as it was Easter: it was AMAZING. Huge! Great value and a great find. Good fun with little kids.

Epic Lived up to the Name

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by Irish Father 42

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Hi.

We are a family of 4, with 2 girls aged 6 & 5. This was our 9th cruise (all 9 with NCL) and our 4th time on the Epic. We had the package where the drinks, speciality dining were included free and also a package of 50 photos.

Boarding at Barcelona was easy and well managed. We were quickly on the ship.

We did have to wait until 14:00GMT for our room to be ready but had our hand luggage prepared for this; with changes of clothes and swimming outfits ready. We didn't mind the wait as we were on early and the Garden Buffet and bars were open and serving :)

Kids Club sign up was quick and friendly. The kids club is excellent. I cant think of a better equipped or staff kids club (other than another large cruise ship). Throughout the cruise, the kids club kept the variety up and it was everything we could do to pull our girls out of there. They both loved it even though they were in different groups. The friends they made there transferred to the pool well too.

When the room was ready, everything was in order. We did find it a little more squeezed as we had 12 days of clothes for 4, but in hindsight we over-packed.

The sail away was seamless.

The speciality dining and the upgrades were noticeable, especially at La Cucina. The Manhattan Room and Taste both looked fresh and were great, but the menus were limited and didn't really change. We were glad we had the speciality dining for variety.

Bar Service on the ship was excellent. So many were on the free drinks package, that you didn't have to sign the bill, which we had experienced on previous cruises and found to be a bit of a pain, so that was a big plus.

The new Cavern Club is excellent, but VERY popular. If you are going, go early for a seat.

The shows: Cirque was excellent; well worth it. Burn the Floor was OK and worth seeing. Priscilla; Queen of the Desert was stunning. The best show I've seen on any cruise by a mile. Not one for the kids as there is bad language (a little) and a lot of sexual suggestions. That's a bit of a shame as other than that the kids would have loved it, but cant be helped I guess.

Everywhere else on the ship; the music was great and we never felt was too loud: just right.

Having the photo package was great and we did get 50 great memories. All bar one of the photographers were excellent. One of them was just in a mood the whole trip.

We didn't spend much on this holiday; I got the unlimited spa, but not sure if it was really worth it. The pool deck wasn't that busy. We did the laundry offer half way for 19.99, which was worth it and showed us we could have travelled with less.

Around the ship, the upgrades were all noticeable and welcomed.

We do think this was our best cruise yet.

Excursions: Overall, the NCL excursions were very expensive and not worth the money.

There is now a non-cruise company following the boat around ports offering the same tours at a fraction of the price. We didn't use them, but our parents did and thought they were great.

Day 2 - Cartegena, Spain: A nice stop, but there is little to do (but in the same way there is little to do in Cannes: its just nice to stroll around). You can walk off the ship and walk around the main parts of the town in an hour. Definitely one to do yourself.

Day 4 - Cagliari; Sardinia: A stunning spot. Lots of history. Again, you can walk off the ship and walk around the main parts of the town in a few hours. We rented a car close to the ship for 35euro and went to Chia Beach for the day. Whilst stunning, it was off season, so it was deserted and local shops etc. were closed

Day 6 - Palermo; Sicily: This was the GEM stop. Was not expecting Palermo to be so good. Again, you can walk off the ship and walk around the main parts of the town in a few hours. Although, given just how nice, it might be better to get a walking tour for this one. We did it ourselves. The horse drawn carriages outside were expensive and not really worth it in hindsight. There were much better ones at Pisa.

Day 8 - Naples; Italy: It was a bad weather day. We had decided to go to Capri for the day, which in hindsight was a mistake. The boat to Capri was rough and Capri isn't that nice in the rain. If the weather had been good though it would have been a different day. This stop in particular we noticed NCL excursions were very expensive (e.g. Pompei and the Amalfi Coast was ~ 350USD and the same one with the tour group was 79EUR!).

Day 9 - Rome; Italy: We got the local train in for 12euros return (5euros for the kids), which brought us into the centre of Rome and gave us free Metro/ Bus use for the day too). We got to all the main tourist stops (Colluseum/ Trivi Fountain/Pantheon/Vatican) via metro and bus. We didn't go into the Colluseum or Vatican but would have had time for one of them. We cut the day short as the kids were in meltdown.

Day 10 - Livorno (Pisa/Florence); Italy: By this stage we were all exhausted. So many big stops in a row. We hired a car for 80 euros and 3 of our party drove to Pisa ourselves. It was a little more than we hoped to pay but we were able to get it right outside the boat and drop it off there too after. It also gave us flexibility on time as we only went to Pisa in the afternoon.

Day 12 - Palma; Majorca - We found out there was a local fun fair on as it was Easter: it was AMAZING. Huge! Great value and a great find. Good fun with little kids.
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