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Norwegian Epic Review

Cheap for a reason

Review for the Western Mediterranean Cruise on Norwegian Epic
2-5 Cruises • Age 20s

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Sail Date: Aug 2023

When booking our honeymoon we thought that the price of NCL outweighed the benefits of another more expensive cruise. In hindsight, they are cheap for a reason. The cruise started rough because of some storms which left people waiting in lines for up to 10 hours before boarding the ship. We were lucky and only waited 4 hours after our original check in time. Once on the ship we found out our balcony was one of the big port hole kinds and not a glass balcony that you could sit on and enjoy the view of the ocean, which was the reason we booked a balcony. We only had one port before two sea days, the only thing to do during the day on sea days was drink at the bar. The bartenders were honestly the highlight of the cruise. There were two big screens, one indoor and one out, both were broken so there was no entertainment in that regard. They did have bingo nights and games show nights… for an additional fee. A single card was 59$. The classes they had, like paint nights, only accommodated 15 people so it was impossible to get in. The water slides had weird hours and the pools were tiny, like 1/3 of a standard hotel pool. I never saw the adult pool even have water in it. With our package we only got 150 minutes of wifi total unless we wanted to pay an additional fee close to 300$. The tv only had maybe 6 channels, two for news, two for sports, one channel for tv shows and one channel for movies so you got what you got when you got it. As for the ports, all of the ports were great choices. Some of the days were really short or had us docking and leaving at weird times so you couldn’t get in tours that left early or got back mid afternoon. We only did one excursion with the cruise line and I do have to say it was a lot of fun. The excursions were just so expensive that we couldn’t justify booking more than one after spending 7,000$ on a cruise. Definitely a destination cruise. If you don’t mind not having free entertainment on the boat at night or on sea days besides cover bands and drinking, then this cruise line is for you. If you want to have fun on the boat itself I would look elsewhere. From talking to people on our ship they said customer service is less than sub par if there are issues, such as many passengers on our cruise having their luggage get left in the rain and then the Mediterranean heat leaving them moldy. Luckily we didn’t have problems that required contacting them. One of our friends is a sapphire member with NCL and said he will never cruise on the epic again, worst ship in the fleet.

Cabin Review

Cabin was fine. The wardrobe made all of our clothes smell bad. The balcony was highly disappointing. Could not sit and see the water because it was all steel encased except for the window.

Port Reviews


Such a cool town. We walked from the cruise port to old town. It was very easy to access the city and fun to stop at local places that were off the normal tourist radar. We got a taxi on the way back and he took a us straight to the ship.


Easy access to the city and the public transit system. The locals are not very friendly to English speaking tourists though. The public transit here is also really hard to navigate if you aren’t use to subway systems.

Rome (Civitavecchia)

They should not advertise this port as Rome because it is an hour away by train. It took us an hour to walk from the ship to the train station. The port is pretty far away from the city. The Civitavecchia was a nice town, just deceiving when listed as Rome on the itinerary.

Florence (Livorno)

Cannot access the town by foot. You are required to pay for a shuttle or taxi, there is no complimentary service. The town doesn’t have much to do besides shop. It is quite a ways from Florence so also deceiving when listed as Florence on the itinerary.


We did have to tender here but it wasn’t a big deal. The docks they took you to are a few minutes from the city and the beach. The locals are friendly, the public beaches are really nice and we had no problem with leaving our stuff on the beach while we both swam.


The port was a long ways from downtown barcelona when walking, like an hour and a half long, but they had busses and taxis available. I liked the terminal, it had a duty free shop and the option to buy tickets for the hop on hop off bus. We spent most of our time in Barcelona just walking around and we saw some amazing things.

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