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This was our 3rd time on this ship and although not our favourite it has many things in its favour. Public and entertainment venues are mainly on decks 5 6 and 7 and I still get confused on where things are and how to get to them lack of sea views and signs pointing to front and aft means very disorientating and can end up with long walks if you head the wrong way! pool deck always busy and can be windy-spice H20 at aft tends to be quieter and adults only during day-also tends to be more sheltered from wind Entertainment[ despite a previous review] is free of charge with exception of Cirque and that is for the meal-think of it as a speciality restaurant with entertainment You do have to pre book reservations for some which is due to limited seating-however there is option to get in on standby It ranges from big show-Priscilla Queen of desert which will divide opinion as is adult oriented but I personally loved it other options include Escape the big top, Howl at the moon, live bands in Cavern club to sitting in bar listening to piano or guitar players. They have also started to utilise the big screen at Spice H20 to show movies on an evening. Restaurants-there are several free options and more speciality with extra charge so plenty choice. There is also option of limited choice room service which attracts a charge. We had a balcony cabin and found it fine-bathroom set up didn't bother a couple married over 30 years! some cabins on deck 8 and 9 have uncovered balconies pros -open view with no roof restricting plenty of sun if you want it[and sun on your side of ship! cons-no shade if you want the opposite of above no privacy as people on decks above can look straight down onto your balcony Thermal spa-$159 for week long access to Jacuzzis steam and sauna rooms heated loungers and a lovely open area at aft with padded loungers which makes up for sea views lacking on other public areas of ship Access is usually not included if you book a treatment such as massage I say usually because they do run spa specials especially on port days and I saw that 1 hour access to Thermal Spa post treatment was one offer I booked a 75 min special for $139 plus 18% gratuity which included full body massage foot and ankle massage scalp massage and mini facial for about half of those individual treatments would normally cost still expensive but a very good massage Drinks-the UBP Ultimate Package is pretty much offered as a free perk on most bookings and UK bookings you don't pay the 18% gratuity on value of it as you do if booked in USA Purchasing it yourself $89 per day plus gratuity is pricey but given costs of individual drinks it's not as hard as you would think to break even. Controversially it doesn't include speciality coffees from atrium coffee bar or bottled water. Shore excursions-we always book our own with reputable private companies in a small group made up of fellow tour mates from roll call. I do however like to collect the ship shore excursion leaflets and compare what we paid versus their big bus excursions-we nearly always find we paid much less And finally talking about roll calls find yours pre cruise and if there is a meet and greet planned go to it Ncl provide refreshments and several officers turn up. They also provide a card with contact numbers of head of departments If you have an issue your cabin steward or guest services cant resolve a call to them can work wonders. They would prefer to be able to resolve on board rather than reading about it after the event in form of complaint here on Cruise Critic

7 Day Mediterranean

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by fabnfortysomething

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This was our 3rd time on this ship and although not our favourite it has many things in its favour.

Public and entertainment venues are mainly on decks 5 6 and 7 and I still get confused on where things are and how to get to them

lack of sea views and signs pointing to front and aft means very disorientating and can end up with long walks if you head the wrong way!

pool deck always busy and can be windy-spice H20 at aft tends to be quieter and adults only during day-also tends to be more sheltered from wind

Entertainment[ despite a previous review] is free of charge with exception of Cirque and that is for the meal-think of it as a speciality restaurant with entertainment

You do have to pre book reservations for some which is due to limited seating-however there is option to get in on standby

It ranges from big show-Priscilla Queen of desert which will divide opinion as is adult oriented but I personally loved it

other options include Escape the big top, Howl at the moon, live bands in Cavern club to sitting in bar listening to piano or guitar players.

They have also started to utilise the big screen at Spice H20 to show movies on an evening.

Restaurants-there are several free options and more speciality with extra charge so plenty choice. There is also option of limited choice room service which attracts a charge.

We had a balcony cabin and found it fine-bathroom set up didn't bother a couple married over 30 years!

some cabins on deck 8 and 9 have uncovered balconies

pros -open view with no roof restricting

plenty of sun if you want it[and sun on your side of ship!

cons-no shade if you want the opposite of above

no privacy as people on decks above can look straight down onto your balcony

Thermal spa-$159 for week long access to Jacuzzis steam and sauna rooms heated loungers and a lovely open area at aft with padded loungers which makes up for sea views lacking on other public areas of ship

Access is usually not included if you book a treatment such as massage

I say usually because they do run spa specials especially on port days and I saw that 1 hour access to Thermal Spa post treatment was one offer

I booked a 75 min special for $139 plus 18% gratuity which included full body massage foot and ankle massage scalp massage and mini facial for about half of those individual treatments would normally cost

still expensive but a very good massage

Drinks-the UBP Ultimate Package is pretty much offered as a free perk on most bookings and UK bookings you don't pay the 18% gratuity on value of it as you do if booked in USA

Purchasing it yourself $89 per day plus gratuity is pricey but given costs of individual drinks it's not as hard as you would think to break even.

Controversially it doesn't include speciality coffees from atrium coffee bar or bottled water.

Shore excursions-we always book our own with reputable private companies in a small group made up of fellow tour mates from roll call. I do however like to collect the ship shore excursion leaflets and compare what we paid versus their big bus excursions-we nearly always find we paid much less

And finally talking about roll calls find yours pre cruise and if there is a meet and greet planned go to it

Ncl provide refreshments and several officers turn up. They also provide a card with contact numbers of head of departments

If you have an issue your cabin steward or guest services cant resolve a call to them can work wonders. They would prefer to be able to resolve on board rather than reading about it after the event in form of complaint here on Cruise Critic
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