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We (married couple) sailed round trip Civitavecchia afer spending 3 days in Rome. Due to some of the disparaging /:negative reviews, I had some misgivings to be honest. We have absolutely no complaints about the Epic. Okay, the cabin layout is a little odd, but that can't be changed... We are experienced cruisers having sailed on Carnival, NCL, Celebrity, Holland America and Oceania. NCL offers exception value for the level of service it provides. Embarkation took less than 15 minutes. We chose the walk off option for disembarkation which took less than 5 minutes to get off the ship at 0830. Service throughout the ship was very good. Only on a sea day was there a delay at the pool area bar but that is to be expected. It is not like the service is poor, they are simply overwhelmed by the sheer numbers. People just need to be patient! Those bartenders work non stop. Pool area tip- If you are after beer, wine or sangria, the bar in the buffet never had more than 2 people waiting for service. We enjoyed all of our meals: speciality dining, main dining rooms and snacks at the pub. All of our servers were pleasant and prompt. The onboard entertainment was very good. Some might find Priscilla a tad offensive. The Epic Beatles were excellent (and also very popular - so go early). We did not do any ship excursions. We arranged our own port days. Due to circumstances beyond NCL control, we had our stop in Palma Mallorca cancelled. Normally, I (like many others) don't take the time to leave positive reviews but after all of the negative ones felt the need to so.

Relieved the negative reviews were wrong.

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by karen099

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We (married couple) sailed round trip Civitavecchia afer spending 3 days in Rome. Due to some of the disparaging /:negative reviews, I had some misgivings to be honest. We have absolutely no complaints about the Epic. Okay, the cabin layout is a little odd, but that can't be changed... We are experienced cruisers having sailed on Carnival, NCL, Celebrity, Holland America and Oceania. NCL offers exception value for the level of service it provides.

Embarkation took less than 15 minutes. We chose the walk off option for disembarkation which took less than 5 minutes to get off the ship at 0830.

Service throughout the ship was very good. Only on a sea day was there a delay at the pool area bar but that is to be expected. It is not like the service is poor, they are simply overwhelmed by the sheer numbers. People just need to be patient! Those bartenders work non stop. Pool area tip- If you are after beer, wine or sangria, the bar in the buffet never had more than 2 people waiting for service.

We enjoyed all of our meals: speciality dining, main dining rooms and snacks at the pub. All of our servers were pleasant and prompt.

The onboard entertainment was very good. Some might find Priscilla a tad offensive. The Epic Beatles were excellent (and also very popular - so go early).

We did not do any ship excursions. We arranged our own port days. Due to circumstances beyond NCL control, we had our stop in Palma Mallorca cancelled.

Normally, I (like many others) don't take the time to leave positive reviews but after all of the negative ones felt the need to so.
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Balcony
Cabin BF 8196
I agree the layout/design is odd but what can you do? Tons of storage space. The balcony was deeper than most. The location was convenient for dining and lounges by stairs. You definitely feel/sense when the rear thrusters are deployed but it wasn't a bother for us.
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