Norwegian Epic Review

Great ship, great crew, great itinerary = excellent holiday!

Review for the Eastern Mediterranean Cruise on Norwegian Epic
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First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Nov 2023
Cabin: Spa Balcony

This was our first cruise, an 11 night Eastern Mediterranean itinerary, & we booked it for a great price without knowing too much about the industry at first. Reading other reviews of the Epic on this site we were slightly worried, but we needn't have been - the ship is fantastic, & we couldn't have asked for better.

Looking at the detail of others' criticisms it seems many of the issues being raised are by seasoned cruisers and are perhaps more to do with changes made by NCL fleet-wide to what's included in the fare/the headline entertainment options etc. Having never cruised before we didn't have any particular expectations in this regard & we did our research beforehand about what would be included & what we'd have to pay extra for.

In terms of the ship itself, we were very impressed & our expectations of a 13yr old ship were exceeded in every respect. The ship didn't feel it's age to us, everything was clean & felt new, & it was a really fun place to spend our evenings & sea days. Embarkation in Piraeus was a breeze, perhaps because we booked an early afternoon slot & made sure we were well within the window? The crew were consistently attentive, friendly & welcoming, we were so grateful for their excellent attitude & approach.

Cabin Review

Spa Balcony

Standard balcony cabin, we liked the curved design & split bathroom layout, even if others don't. We haven't seen other cruise ship balcony cabins to compare size, but this was more than adequate for us - we were able to both move around the room at the same time & the bed was very comfy. We slept really well every night.

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