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This was the first cruise to win over the wife to cruising something i wanted to do not her...So the Norwegian Epic it was.we boarded 20/05/2018 in Barcelona. The Embarkation went well was given a map and pushed on board had to find our own way round..All looks grand to start with BUT and a Big BUT the lifts are a big joke some where out of order then you have the heaven guests that have a lift card to lock the lifts out so they don`t stop on other floors but the heaven.... So you end up with 10-15 people most days waiting for the lifts then it stops at every floor very poor... The food i found good most days...as for the nights i had brought the dining pack so we made the most of it for 5 nights i found Cagneys steak house good but you don`t get time to finish your starter before they are trying to bring the main had to tell them to slow down this was not the case in the French restaurant..we went in both for 2 dining nights...just down to me not liking fish or Italian...We had the ultimate beer package and it was great but when you dine in these pay restaurants they try and sell you wine buy the bottle at about $30 a shot...order by the glass and it`s free.. The upstairs garden room on deck 15 is ok just in my opinion just poor quality in ingredients and it`s like a rate race in their as for the pool deck outside the Garden room it`s just grilled Chicken,burgers and Chips etc etc.. We also had the coffee option and water pack...came free with the deal... The coffee from the machines in the restaurants is a joke tastes really if you order one from a bar and they make you one you are billed $4 learnt my lesson on that one Also i brought the dining pack of Norwegians website for about $88 each five months before we traveled. They also billed us on board $10 each for the dining pack they said it" was a tax" robbing sods.. As for Entertainment you have to pre book to go into most shows if you can get in that is we just stopped by the bars and had a few drinks their.. NCL Excursions are daft money most are from $250.00 to $395.00 we can fly from uk to Rome for the weekend for that money i think they are aiming for the USA market..We just done our own thing most days or made the most of a quite ship... One thing we did pay for was a pass for the Posh deck and bar on deck 18 well worth it...padded sun beds single and double great views and your own bar and staff to wait on you well worth the $59 for the week each.. Think other people need to know this a lot of people smoke in the Casino area making it stink with stale smoke. The rest of the ship is looking a little tired now needs money spending on it our cabin 8069 was size wise ok loads of storage space small toilet room and the sink they stole from a dolls house bed is small but comfy i`am only 5ft 10 and my feet over hang..House keeping not the best last guests items under bed along with the daily dust also the balcony glass was never cleaned in the week we was their looked more like frosted glass.. As for the Disembarkation what a joke....our flight and cruise was all booked by cruise nation ..return flight 13.45 we where kicked of the ship at 9am no ifs no buts tried to tell NCL about the flight leaving later they don`t give a hoot.. Would we cruise again YES but will go with someone else

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Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by jay33jay

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This was the first cruise to win over the wife to cruising something i wanted to do not her...So the Norwegian Epic it was.we boarded 20/05/2018 in Barcelona. The Embarkation went well was given a map and pushed on board had to find our own way round..All looks grand to start with BUT and a Big BUT the lifts are a big joke some where out of order then you have the heaven guests that have a lift card to lock the lifts out so they don`t stop on other floors but the heaven.... So you end up with 10-15 people most days waiting for the lifts then it stops at every floor very poor...

The food i found good most days...as for the nights i had brought the dining pack so we made the most of it for 5 nights i found Cagneys steak house good but you don`t get time to finish your starter before they are trying to bring the main had to tell them to slow down this was not the case in the French restaurant..we went in both for 2 dining nights...just down to me not liking fish or Italian...We had the ultimate beer package and it was great but when you dine in these pay restaurants they try and sell you wine buy the bottle at about $30 a shot...order by the glass and it`s free..

The upstairs garden room on deck 15 is ok just in my opinion just poor quality in ingredients and it`s like a rate race in their as for the pool deck outside the Garden room it`s just grilled Chicken,burgers and Chips etc etc..

We also had the coffee option and water pack...came free with the deal...

The coffee from the machines in the restaurants is a joke tastes really if you order one from a bar and they make you one you are billed $4 learnt my lesson on that one

Also i brought the dining pack of Norwegians website for about $88 each five months before we traveled.

They also billed us on board $10 each for the dining pack they said it" was a tax" robbing sods..

As for Entertainment you have to pre book to go into most shows if you can get in that is we just stopped by the bars and had a few drinks their..

NCL Excursions are daft money most are from $250.00 to $395.00 we can fly from uk to Rome for the weekend for that money i think they are aiming for the USA market..We just done our own thing most days or made the most of a quite ship...

One thing we did pay for was a pass for the Posh deck and bar on deck 18 well worth it...padded sun beds single and double great views and your own bar and staff to wait on you well worth the $59 for the week each..

Think other people need to know this a lot of people smoke in the Casino area making it stink with stale smoke.

The rest of the ship is looking a little tired now needs money spending on it our cabin 8069 was size wise ok loads of storage space small toilet room and the sink they stole from a dolls house bed is small but comfy i`am only 5ft 10 and my feet over hang..House keeping not the best last guests items under bed along with the daily dust also the balcony glass was never cleaned in the week we was their looked more like frosted glass..

As for the Disembarkation what a joke....our flight and cruise was all booked by cruise nation ..return flight 13.45 we where kicked of the ship at 9am no ifs no buts tried to tell NCL about the flight leaving later they don`t give a hoot..

Would we cruise again YES but will go with someone else
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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MD 8069
As above little dated but fine will soon need a refit
Deck 10 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

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