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The ship was reccommended by our travel agent, embarkation in Barcelona was a bit chaotic, ressembling a cattle market quayside rather than a high end cruise experience, however, once on board, everything went swimmingly. Our cabin was an Inside Cabin [12050], very large double bed, very little floor space and really quite miniscule, don't expect a lot of room, there isn't any but for sleeping and washing purposes it's adequate. We were on a Beverage package which included gratuities and this worked well. We like to please ourselves with food and the Graden Restaurant and The Great Outdoors suited us, food quality was excellent. We ate in the Irish Bar one night, this was less of a good experience, Fish & Chips in a basket was more like 2 fish fingers and a few chips and Cottage Pie was more like a very small Corned Beef Hash. The entertainment was great, Priscilla is a must and The Beatles were brilliant. The bands that played poolside varied from terrific to average but all provided an ambient atmosphere. We took the cruise because it visited Naples for Pompeii and Citavechia for Rome, we took the Pompeii tour but felt that the guide only scratched the surface of Pompeii and we felt that so much more could have been shown. Rome and the Colisseum was a slog, the Colisseum was awesome, as was the visit to The Forum and The Palatine Hill but this was followed by a very long trek to the Trevvi Fountain which was so busy you needed to be a discus thrower to throw your coin in the fountain, then another long trek back to the bus and on to The Vatican. Expect to be blighted by beggars and street sellers in Rome, they are everywhere. The Excursions were incredibly expensive, For 2 people to Pompeii & the tour in Rome cost £729 using NCL's onboard excursions. If I were to re-visit, I think I would investigate prebooking online. The Ship's crew are phenomenal, special mentions to Lemuel our cabin Steward and Luigi, Ferdinand & Miler, servers and entertainers par excellence at the poolside bar Waves Overall, the cruise scores 9/10 for ship and shipboard activities, 5/10 for excursions

Great First Cruise but watch out for the excursions

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by 111ace111

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The ship was reccommended by our travel agent, embarkation in Barcelona was a bit chaotic, ressembling a cattle market quayside rather than a high end cruise experience, however, once on board, everything went swimmingly. Our cabin was an Inside Cabin [12050], very large double bed, very little floor space and really quite miniscule, don't expect a lot of room, there isn't any but for sleeping and washing purposes it's adequate.

We were on a Beverage package which included gratuities and this worked well. We like to please ourselves with food and the Graden Restaurant and The Great Outdoors suited us, food quality was excellent. We ate in the Irish Bar one night, this was less of a good experience, Fish & Chips in a basket was more like 2 fish fingers and a few chips and Cottage Pie was more like a very small Corned Beef Hash.

The entertainment was great, Priscilla is a must and The Beatles were brilliant. The bands that played poolside varied from terrific to average but all provided an ambient atmosphere.

We took the cruise because it visited Naples for Pompeii and Citavechia for Rome, we took the Pompeii tour but felt that the guide only scratched the surface of Pompeii and we felt that so much more could have been shown. Rome and the Colisseum was a slog, the Colisseum was awesome, as was the visit to The Forum and The Palatine Hill but this was followed by a very long trek to the Trevvi Fountain which was so busy you needed to be a discus thrower to throw your coin in the fountain, then another long trek back to the bus and on to The Vatican. Expect to be blighted by beggars and street sellers in Rome, they are everywhere.

The Excursions were incredibly expensive, For 2 people to Pompeii & the tour in Rome cost £729 using NCL's onboard excursions. If I were to re-visit, I think I would investigate prebooking online.

The Ship's crew are phenomenal, special mentions to Lemuel our cabin Steward and Luigi, Ferdinand & Miler, servers and entertainers par excellence at the poolside bar Waves

Overall, the cruise scores 9/10 for ship and shipboard activities, 5/10 for excursions
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Pompeii Walking Tour
    Tour only scratched the surface of Pompeii, very expensive at £118 approx each
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  • Colosseum
    Very expensive, approx £250 per head, brilliant for the Colisseum, Forum and Palatine Hill, less so for the long hike to a very crowded Trevvi Fountain then back to bus, off to Vatican then dull lunch to end the tour, not good value at all
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