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Norwegian Epic Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Nice cruise and re-visit to beautiful Barcelona

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by denreill

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: the Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Studio

I liked the 7 day western Med itinerary and additionally it was my very first visit to Rome.

Enjoyed my brief taste of Rome and Napoli as you can't see everything you want to in 8 hours.

About the ship. The Epic is bizarre in terms of layout and organization of venues and is the complete opposite of every other NCL ship I have sailed on. The Garden Cafe is in the stern instead of the bow, and the ship actually has an escalator between deck 6 and 5 for some reason.

The ship is quirky in other ways with some confusing venue layouts, and the Manhattan dining room was very noisy when serving dinner.

Food was a bit of a letdown all across the ship. I have eaten at most of the specialty restaurants on the Jewell class and Breakaway class ships and was honestly shocked at how some reliable dishes like Spaghetti Carbonara and Shrimp Scampi both were completely unrecognizable, as if the recipes had been changed. Only ate lunch in the Garden Cafe and food was usually good and venue was spotless clean, but very very crowded all the time.

Service was always good as is usual with NCL, and when things went wrong staff always made amends with comp drinks or additional perks. Epic doesn't have the traditional NCL carpet pattern of fish swimming towards bow so you always feel somewhat lost.

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Cabin Review

Cabin T1 12574

My first time in studio cabin ,not bad at all. Mine did not have closet doors which seemed odd, so i requested to be moved to one that did as i did not want to hear hangars rattling all night. They had no available cabins so they re-installed closet doors back in cabin, really nice,

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