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Norwegian Epic Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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So much to see, so little time.

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by blanrc

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2018
  • Destination: the Western Mediterranean

We loved the ports of call but not enough time to fully enjoy as expected. Even though the ship is huge, we did not feel like we were lost as everything was well labeled and organized. Food and entertainment was outstanding with an awesome cruise director and staff that kept us fully entertained all the time. Only hitch was a delay in leaving Barcelona due to a disruption in the water service which needed to be repaired before we set sail.

We used private shore excursions which all went off without any problems, except in Naples when due to unforeseen traffic congestion, we barely made the last call with 10 minutes to spare.

The cabin was very nice, the bath and toilet were separated which was a very good idea, only minus was the sink was in the main cabin area which made a water mess on the floor when washing your face.

All in all we thoroughly enjoyed this cruise and would highly recommend.

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It was a hop on hop off tour that we took but the weather was miserable, rainy and a bit cold. We were getting wet inside the bus and really didn't want to get off at any of the stops. On a sunny day, we would have enjoyed it but we just did a once around the city on the bus and headed back to the ship for a nice cup of hot tea.

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