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We had a choice between Carnival and NCL, however, both had larger, newer ships departing Barcelona for the Western Mediterranean. The Carnival "Harmony" had just completed sea trials after a maiden voyage - the NCL "Epic" had been in service longer, so we chose her. Embarkation on June 5th was a breeze. We were in our stateroom in under 30 minutes and were soon having lunch! Our stateroom was fully prepared and our steward standing by. Luggage arrived in under an hour on a ship with over 4,000 guests - we boarded other cruise ships out of Baltimore in the past and had to wait until six or seven pm for our luggage with a piece missing with a passenger load of 2,1000 passengers. The food, especially in the Garden buffet was SUPERB EACH DAY of the cruise and ancillary dining opportunities were excellent Staff were attentive and cordial at all times. Debarkation for shore excursions went smoothly at each port of call. NEGATIVES: 1. Casino wagering did not include nickle, quarter, or fifty-cent slots, hence you lost money quicker. 2. We signed up for a show in the main ball room, but no info was provided and it turned out to be an unappealing, highly risqué and suggestive homosexual themed production 3. Had a distinct odor of natural gas in our cabin next to last night around 4:30 am. Called emergency services staff who responded in under ten minutes, by which time, the odor had dissipated. 4. A lady guest brough all her dirty/used deck towels to a table at a restaurant we were in on the ship and dropped them on the floor. A quick summons of management resolved the issue. These were the only issues. We had great weather sailing and during the shore excursions, the ship handled smoother on the Mediterranean than any other we'd been on before. We would take this cruise again and highly recommend the NCL Epic experience. It's a great ship manned by a super crew and all amenities are definitely first class!

Western Mediterranean Heavenly Cruise

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by rickdubose

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We had a choice between Carnival and NCL, however, both had larger, newer ships departing Barcelona for the Western Mediterranean. The Carnival "Harmony" had just completed sea trials after a maiden voyage - the NCL "Epic" had been in service longer, so we chose her. Embarkation on June 5th was a breeze. We were in our stateroom in under 30 minutes and were soon having lunch! Our stateroom was fully prepared and our steward standing by. Luggage arrived in under an hour on a ship with over 4,000 guests - we boarded other cruise ships out of Baltimore in the past and had to wait until six or seven pm for our luggage with a piece missing with a passenger load of 2,1000 passengers. The food, especially in the Garden buffet was SUPERB EACH DAY of the cruise and ancillary dining opportunities were excellent Staff were attentive and cordial at all times. Debarkation for shore excursions went smoothly at each port of call.

NEGATIVES:

1. Casino wagering did not include nickle, quarter, or fifty-cent slots, hence you lost money quicker.

2. We signed up for a show in the main ball room, but no info was provided and it turned out to be an unappealing, highly risqué and suggestive homosexual themed production

3. Had a distinct odor of natural gas in our cabin next to last night around 4:30 am. Called emergency services staff who responded in under ten minutes, by which time, the odor had dissipated.

4. A lady guest brough all her dirty/used deck towels to a table at a restaurant we were in on the ship and dropped them on the floor. A quick summons of management resolved the issue.

These were the only issues. We had great weather sailing and during the shore excursions, the ship handled smoother on the Mediterranean than any other we'd been on before. We would take this cruise again and highly recommend the NCL Epic experience. It's a great ship manned by a super crew and all amenities are definitely first class!
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Cabin IE 1240
Excellent, however, could not contain shower water runoff inside shower causing the entire bathroom floor to remain wet or damp for at least 30 minutes after shower. Also need to knock on ALL individual doors for pre-cruise fire drill/emergency debarkation exercise.
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