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We chose this ship mainly for the ports but also wanted to try a larger ship. It was our 25th anniversary trip and we wanted to visit all the ports while having to only unpack once. The Epic gives you so many options for dining, drinks and entertainment while on board. We loved the freestyle sytem but made reservations ahead of time for both main dining restaurants- which were amazing both for service and food. So many places to relax and order cocktails, listen to Beatles music or dueling piano or shows - I don't get people who don't enjoy themselves on this ship- if not happy with one thing try another! We enjoyed the excursions thru NCL. Lots of history with really great tour guides! A bit rushed but had to expect that. The room with balcony was great! Some reviews we had read really made the room sound cramped and horrible. It's fine, if spending a lot of time in your room then you are missing out on all the great amenities this ship has to offer. Last thing - ALL the crew members we interacted with were friendly and happy. I'm not sure how they kept this up all week but they did!

Friendly crew, yummy drinks!

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by Biohart

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We chose this ship mainly for the ports but also wanted to try a larger ship. It was our 25th anniversary trip and we wanted to visit all the ports while having to only unpack once. The Epic gives you so many options for dining, drinks and entertainment while on board. We loved the freestyle sytem but made reservations ahead of time for both main dining restaurants- which were amazing both for service and food. So many places to relax and order cocktails, listen to Beatles music or dueling piano or shows - I don't get people who don't enjoy themselves on this ship- if not happy with one thing try another! We enjoyed the excursions thru NCL. Lots of history with really great tour guides! A bit rushed but had to expect that. The room with balcony was great! Some reviews we had read really made the room sound cramped and horrible. It's fine, if spending a lot of time in your room then you are missing out on all the great amenities this ship has to offer. Last thing - ALL the crew members we interacted with were friendly and happy. I'm not sure how they kept this up all week but they did!
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony
Cabin BC 8074
Good for me and my hubby. Loved the views from balcony.
Deck 8 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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    It was a super hot day so the time we had at each location was fine. If you really want to go into the palace or cathedral then don't combine this with the Nice tour as you won't have enough time. Fun to see how the mega- rich live! Oh and there is no charge to play slots at the Casino Monte Carlo - the 17 Euros is for table game play only.
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  • Nice Walking Tour
    Market was nice but side street bakery had yummy goods. The beach side benches allow for enjoyable people watching.
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  • Florence & Pisa Tour
    We wanted to try a private excursion for comparison purposes. Pros - small group in a luxury van, comfy seats, good guide once we met up with her in Florence Cons - not clear as to where to go or meet like the NCL excursions, if small group is annoying (which ours was not) you are stuck with them- we got lucky!
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  • Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)
    We booked the beach break figuring we would be exhausted by this point in our trip and we were right. The quick bus trip allowed us to see how beautiful the island was and then we just rested and swam at the beach which was lovely. It was super hot so worth the Euros to get chairs and umbrellas and the water was refreshing. Only bad part -the annoying families from the cruise line sitting near us complaining about petty stuff but this was offset by the friendly locals swimming near us. Shopping nearby was cute touristy and cute.
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  • Historic Tour
    We did the ultimate Rome excursion because we wanted to see as much as we possibly could in one day. We knew it would be rushed but honestly the time at each stop was perfect and our guide was so knowledgeable that we felt satisfied with each location. It is a lot of walking so be prepared to be on the move. Our bus guides were super great too and helped us get a quick but yummy lunch near the Trevi Fountain. Worth the money if want to maximize your time in Rome.
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