11 Norwegian Epic Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises to Mediterranean

My solo cabin was my home away from home for my 20 day B2B cruise of Spain (including Canary Islands), Morocco and Italy (including Sicily and Sardinia). This is my first NCL cruise. I have cruised many times with Princess, once with ... Read More
My solo cabin was my home away from home for my 20 day B2B cruise of Spain (including Canary Islands), Morocco and Italy (including Sicily and Sardinia). This is my first NCL cruise. I have cruised many times with Princess, once with each Holland, Celebrity and Royal. I wish other cruise lines would create solo cabins like Norwegian so we don’t have to pay that ridiculous single supplement. With staying in the solo cabins (or solos who stayed in other cabins), we had our own lounge area. Here we had a coffee machine, hot and cold water, orange juice, cookies. At breakfast they had different cereals to choose from plus milk and yogurt. If it was too cold to sit outside for breakfast ( didn't want to sit in the noisy crowded dining area) I’d get my food from the buffet and eat in the lounge. Our activities directors were fabulous. The first 10 days we had William (from Belgium) and the second 10 days Jamie (from South Africa). There was a bulletin board where you could sign up for dinner, or any of the shows that William or Jamie would make reservations. One thing is (and I read this on cruise critic as a complaint) I thought I smelled cigarette smoke in my room. Food: Buffet was always good. Nice variety. I’m not a fussy eater but I have to say the dinners in Taste or Manhattan Restaurants were mediocre. They don’t match Princess. A couple of nights I went to O’Sheanan, the Irish pub. The food wasn’t bad. They had spare ribs as the special one night and it was delicious! Entertainment: Burn the Floor: The dancers were good. The music sucked. It was mostly rock. I would have liked a bit more variety, perhaps some Latin. I was kind of bored with the music. Al Brown: Funny comedian from Ireland. No profanity in his jokes. Sephira: Two Irish sisters who play the violin were very good. Supreme Dream Girls: Three ladies sing songs of Diana Ross, Tina Turner, and Aretha Franklin. They were pretty good. Spanish Gypsy King: Four men who play guitar and sing songs of the Gypsy Kings. Awesome! Embarkation: I got there just after 11am, was on the ship by 12:15 eating lunch. But I heard later in the day got busier therefore had to wait two hours or so to board. Disembarkation: Left the ship 7am, walked off got the luggage and caught the bus to the airport. Unlike other disembarkation places, didn’t have to line up for customs. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We are a couple in our fifties and this was our first ever cruise. It was the 7 night Western Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona > Naples > Rome > Pisa> Cannes > Palma (though we couldn't dock there due to the ... Read More
We are a couple in our fifties and this was our first ever cruise. It was the 7 night Western Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona > Naples > Rome > Pisa> Cannes > Palma (though we couldn't dock there due to the weather) then back to Barcelona. Our holiday included the Ultimate Beverage Package and it was well worth it. We were well impressed. The embarkation process was quick and simple. From the moment we boarded the ship we were greeted by friendly, helpful staff who couldn't do enough to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. The food was superb, drinks were quality - the selection available was impressive; I like a glass of red wine and there were lots of delicious wines available. The ship is immaculate and there are plenty of staff keeping it nice and clean, and always on hand for service. The entertainment was great; Priscilla Queen of the Desert was just like being at a London Broadway show. Soul Sensation (four mowtown singers) were simply sensational - went to see them 3 times! Graffiti Classics were so funny. The band that played in the Cavern Club were great too. There is so much to do on board with lots of choice; bars, restaurants, lounges, quiet areas, water park, bowling alley etc. We had stateroom 12020 (on deck 12) with a balcony and it was very comfortable indeed. Disembarking at ports of call was very well organised and efficient. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and returned home feeling very relaxed having had a great holiday. Thank you Norwegian Cruise Lines!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
I cannot fault the week I have just had, every member of staff went out of their way to make it special. I think the colour coding of where to find your cabin could have been given to us it was just word of mouth. the cabin was small ... Read More
I cannot fault the week I have just had, every member of staff went out of their way to make it special. I think the colour coding of where to find your cabin could have been given to us it was just word of mouth. the cabin was small but enabled 3 of us to empty our cases, storage was great. Entertainment was fabulous would have cost a fortune to see those shows in the west end. Embarkation and disembarkation was very well organised. police patrol for getting taxis was necessary and worked well , the wait was minimum. Port excursions were booked independently and a lot cheaper than on ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This was our 1st cruise and we were stunned by Epic's size! It was like stepping into Las Vegas as we explored the Atrium, found the restaurants, theatres and bars on the mid-decks. We had a balcony cabin that provided a different ... Read More
This was our 1st cruise and we were stunned by Epic's size! It was like stepping into Las Vegas as we explored the Atrium, found the restaurants, theatres and bars on the mid-decks. We had a balcony cabin that provided a different view each morning as we were greeted each day with sunshine ( a real bonus!) We hadn't expected to sunbathe on deck in November! Food was amazing and almost constant! We also enjoyed a dinner on an Officer's table with Anmita who was great fun. Cagney's - the steak restaurant is a treat too. Entertainment was excellent and varied but could perhaps have included another theatre show? We saw Priscilla Queen of the Desert which was great but saw the soul group and comedian twice to fill the week. We booked the Barcelona trip for the last day as the drop off afterwards was at the airport - great idea and good trip, Conchi was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We had a lovely 7 day cruise on the epic with our boys ages 6 and 7. It was our first time cruising so I wasn't sure what to expect but we had a really relaxing and enjoyable holiday. I found it a little difficult to get specific ... Read More
We had a lovely 7 day cruise on the epic with our boys ages 6 and 7. It was our first time cruising so I wasn't sure what to expect but we had a really relaxing and enjoyable holiday. I found it a little difficult to get specific information on shore excursions with kids similar in age to ours so here is what we got up to: Rome embarkation: We flew into Ciampino airport that morning and arranged a transfer directly to the ship with Anthony Cagnoli and sons. The driver was there to meet us and dropped us right at the check in area. It cost €150 so there are certainly cheaper options but it was easy and smooth and the journey is quite long so I can understand the cost. It was raining really heavily in Rome and embarkation was just through one gangway. Queue time was around 15 minutes to check in and then we went through security etc. As first time cruisers we weren't told the location of our stateroom or where to go once we got on board and security was a little manic with day trippers re-embarking the ship at the same time so we were a bit confused at first but we found our room and settled in. Most passengers get on at Barcelona so for eg. we missed out on things like the laundry bag deal as this was offered on our first day, the dailies refer to day 1 as the Barcelona day. Other than that it didn't really matter that we got on in Rome. Day 2 Livorno: We got the ship shuttle to the train station $15 dollars return for adults and $10 for kids. We asked about this on the ship but no info was available and it wasn't mentioned in the daily, then we queued for the wrong bus for a while at the port but the bus is actually towards the end of a line of buses and there is an NCL staff member taking names and room numbers, the fare gets charged to your room. We decided to take the train to Pisa. There was a long line for tickets but nobody was using the self serve machines, they were easy to use and we got our tickets there, very cheap I think less than €4 for adults and €1.50 for kids to Pisa. We were unlucky on the train as the driver didn't turn up so after sitting on it for an hour we had to get off (announcements were only made in Italian but almost everyone in our carriage was from the ship and didn't speak Italian). We then had to get the next train which ended up being incredibly overcrowded, all a bit of a nightmare with kids but all was forgotten when we got the Pisa. We walked to the leaning tower of pisa from the train station, around 15-20 minutes and a nice walk. Ours were too young to climb it but enjoyed walking around and taking pics. There is a public toilet behind the cathedral .50cents for adults free for kids (I always think it is good to know were the public toilets are with kids:)) After the tower we went for the most incredible pizza in Quarto D'Ora Italiano. Fresh buffalo mozzarella and parma ham, a jug of delicious local wine and the kids loved their Margarita pizzas. We then walked to La Bottega del gelato for amazing ice cream. The walk between these two places is really nice, passed the university, through a fruit and veg market and through winding streets and alleyways. Then we walked back to the train for a smooth journey back to the station. The shuttle bus to the ship runs from there every half hour. Day 3 Cannes We booked the tender boat for 9:15 the day before, this was great fun. As soon as you get off the boat, at the pier the little train tour leaves so we did this, it is a good way to see the whole city if a little long for the kids. There is a shorter version at the main embarkation point near the beach that might be more suitable. If you turn right on the croisette from the place where the boat docks and walk for 15 minutes you will get to a nice free beach. Ours went swimming in the sea, built sand sculptures and we had ice cream then back on the boat for lunch. Day 4 Palma The boys wanted to stay on the ship this day so I went on my own to centro commercial ponto pi for some retail therapy which is around a 5-10 minute walk from the ship. There is a good thai manicure salon in the bottom floor of the shopping centre if you fancy a low cost manicure or pedicure. Didn't see a whole lot of Palma I'm afraid but getting on and off the ship was super easy and the kids loved having the swimming pool to themselves. Day 5 Barcelona I work for a Spanish company so I met some of my Spanish work colleagues in Barcelona. We got the public shuttle to the commercial port and walked to the Cathedral. My son and husband went to see a cool magic show at http://www.elreydelamagia.com/teatre/ while my other son came with my friends and I for a wander and to visit the toy store in El Corte Ingles. We went for the most incredible tapas but sorry I don't know the name of the place! then we got a cab back to the ship which cost €11. Day 6 at sea Day 7 Napoli We decided to to Capri and do the boat trip to the blue caves. When you disembark there are no signs to the Molo Beverello ferry dock, we ended up turning right and walking approx 1-2km in the wrong direction, we asked for directions but they told us to keep going as there is another ferry port with boats to Capri along this side. We googled and realised our mistake so be sure to turn left when you get off the ship! There are three different companies with ferry's to Capri and you just buy one way tickets so you can choose what time to come back later. It took around 40 minutes and was very pleasant. We then got the bus to Annacapri where we had some refreshments and then another bus to the blue cave. The blue cave tour was definitely a highlight for all 4 of us and well worth the trip. You can also get a boat right where the ferry docks and transfer to a smaller boat at the cave. In hindsight this might have been easier as we had to wait quite a long time for a bus back to Marina Grande from Annacapri on the way back. We had pizza and I had lovely Spaghetti with clams in L'approdo restaurant right on the marina, very nice house wine in a carafe. The last ferry we could get to get back on the boat in time was 3:25 pm. Day 8 Disembarkation in Rome. We carried our own luggage as we traveled with one check in bag and three 10kg trolly bags. all was very easy and our driver met us again and brought us back to Fiumuciono this time for our flight home. General comments about the ship with kids: We had hear that Nikelodean had been discontinued and there was no visible replacement. The kids activities are not listed on the main daily, they are displayed on a wall outside the splash academy but this had not been changed for the first two days we were on board and there was always a queue when we went there so we didn't hang around to ask. On the third day we registered our two with Splash but our youngest didn't want to go in so he stayed with us. Our oldest didn't really enjoy it so they didn't use it again for the rest of the trip. We did attend one family Halloween event together and that was good. There was a family activity most days at 7pm but that is the time we tend to eat at so we didn't go to any others. The one thing we really missed was any kind of play area, inside or out the kids could use with us with them. At night there was very much an adult vibe everywhere apart from the buffet. We went twice to the Japanese sushi a la carte and they loved it. I did hate having to walk them through the casino every time we wanted to go through deck 6 or 7, I would have thought it should be more enclosed. We ate at Taste, Manhattan Dining Room, Shanghai Chinese, O'Sheahans, the Garden Cafe and the Wasabi Japanese A La Carte. Food was good everywhere, the chicken pot pie and the country soup were great in O'sheahans. The port dumplings in the chinese were really good and the aforementioned sushi, the kids loved the yakitori and Miso in the Japanese. They absolutely loved the aqua park and a major plus was that one of the outdoor pools was heated and really nice to swim in even when the outdoor weather wasn't great. We had the UDP, with the kids with us all the time we didn't tend to use it so much, a glass or two of wine with dinner, one at lunch and sometimes one other drink during the day. We did find it hard to get a second glass of wine with dinner at times. Once I asked at the end of my starter in Taste, the waitress was clearing away the mains when she told me it was coming but I told her to cancel it as the kids were getting restless at that stage. We did occasionally use our cards to get soda's for the kids and that was no problem. All in all we had an amazing family holiday. We went to Burn the floor one night and all four of us loved it. I really wanted to see Priscilla but it wasn't child friendly and there was no way they were going back to the kids club! We thought overall the level of service was excellent and enjoyed the cruising experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was my first cruise experience and it will be my last. I know it was August, but there were just too many kids running around for me and most were left to their own devices and unruly. There was a total lack of adult only areas ... Read More
This was my first cruise experience and it will be my last. I know it was August, but there were just too many kids running around for me and most were left to their own devices and unruly. There was a total lack of adult only areas and entertainments, there was a small area at the back of the boat (about 10% of deck 15) which was marked as Adult Only, but there were even kids in there at times and there was no shelter at all from the sun in that area. The extra mandatory charges were overwhelming and really should be included in the basic price from the very start, its just a con to show them as individual service/gratuity charges if they are mandatory! The bar charges itemised on the till receipts have the cheek to ask if I want to add extra tips on top of the mandatory 18% already included!!! The Ultimate drinks package would have cost us over £600 (900 dollars) for our 2 person stateroom as you have to take the package for each person in your room whether you want to or not. My wife only drinks cola and maybe one cocktail a night so the drinks package is just another con as I drank and paid for my drinks one by one and spent less than half of the package cost for the both of us together. I went to a cocktails happy hour one evening and I was the only one there! I went to a beer tasting event while the wife went to the spa, out of 4000+ people on the boat only 7 people bothered to turn up! It cost me $40+ for a dry haircut and the guy before me was actually showing the barber how to dye his grey hairs black! One of our excursions was cancelled last minute and we were place on an alternate which included a train trip, the excursion cost us $60 extra for a 5 Euro per person train! another con! We went to Rome where we were warned how expensive it was in the centre, but we had a lovely time off the boat and found the centre of Rome in the middle of August cheaper and better than the food and drink on the boat. We couldn't get near the pool and associated activities for kids, there were no sunbeds available, they were always reserved with towels. We found there was little to do but walk around the expensive limited number of shops (all on deck 7) or walk through the casino area where the tables were mostly deserted except for the kids constantly running around and shouting. There were Kids in the adult shows in the evenings, even when the advice was adults only after 11pm, but that made no difference and spoiled the experience for us. We got bored quite easily on the ship and ended up in our stateroom on the balcony or reading most nights. Internet connection was an extortionate 175 dollars for the week so we didn't bother with that. Food was ok but catered for the very bland American taste in general, even in speciality restaurants it was mostly the same with limited choices. the one show we both really enjoyed was Burn the Floor and went to that one twice. The other complimentary show was Rock Legends and the poster promised a Vegas line up with Michael Jackson, Elvis and Madonna pictured, but we ended up with Rod Stewart and a poor version of Sting and gloria Estefan (hardly Rock Legends!). The buffet was the best option for food with more choice and the flexible option to make up your own dish ad-hoc as often as you liked. Never going on a cruise again, especially Norwegian. Worst holiday in years! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Landing in Barcelona, we were met by our rep from NCL who stood in the arrivals with a card, though not clearly visible to all of our party we still managed to find him. Once at the port, be prepared to queue for a while, which is expected ... Read More
Landing in Barcelona, we were met by our rep from NCL who stood in the arrivals with a card, though not clearly visible to all of our party we still managed to find him. Once at the port, be prepared to queue for a while, which is expected when catering for 4,000 passengers. Once on board and having explored the main entertaining decks, we went to the Garden Café which is actually the buffet, having two counters on the outside and many inside the ship. My advice is for you is for you to just leave your stomach for a few hours, because everyone boarding at your port has the same idea about stuffing themselves. Do other things to entertain yourselves, such as registering your children for the kids clubs, teens clubs, swimming classes, spa retreats and fitness classes just to avoid the food rush. The buffet itself is one hell of a buffet, its so good and not expected of a cruise ship. From American to Chinese, the cruise buffet caters for all of food tastes, so if you want you can live in the buffet living on chips (fries) or eating their great salad carts. But like roads, avoid peak times. After an hour of eating ourselves silly and exploring our home for the week, we went up to our balcony room on floor 13 in room 13256. The rooms themselves catered for 3 people, two single beds which looked like a double bed and then a sofa bed which pulled out, the room itself was compact but you spend so little time in your room that it doesn't really affect you. For us, we pulled the mattress from the sofa bed out onto the balcony and used it as another bedroom which was better for night times as it felt less compact. I've been reading some reviews from the month before we set sail and saw that the staff weren't up to a certain standard which I completely disagree with, the staff that we had for our entire week whether in the buffet, speciality eating places or just in housekeeping were friendly and incredibly attentive. Complaining about staff is being very silly as there wasn't much they could do to even improve the service. One word of advice would be for you to plan all your trips in advance like we did because it means you can leave relaxed, similarly I recommend that you use private shore excursions in favour of using NCL tours as they are ridiculously expensive for what you receive, a day surrounded by 40 other passengers sat on a coach all day, in favour of being surrounded by 5 others on a mini bus or on foot. BLUE MAN GROUP: overrated: men painted blue catching things in their mouths and flashing lights. LEGENDS IN CONCERT: much better, 3 tribute acts, perhaps needed another tribute act a little more contemporary for younger audience members but great! CIRCUS DE SOLI + DINNER: don't get premium tickets, stick with standard as there isn't any difference apart having front row seats which aren't even great for getting a good view. MANHATTEN BAND: lead vocalist is really good but the others just look miserable and do not liven up the audience. COMEDY CLUB: doesn't actually contain any comedy! BLUES AND JAZZ CLUB: no blues or jazz Dining: Garden Café: Yes for breakfast and lunch, just have a good set of eyes and running legs to spot and get the best table, the choice is amazing. Irish Bar: reasonable food, but an Irish bar that doesn't sell Guinness is a little peculiar. Cagney's Steakhouse: Devine The Taste: Great food + service! Dismemberment is madness, a day before your leaving date you will receive an envelope containing times which NCL expect you to be off the boat being at 6:15am to 9:15, which are silly times and tags for your luggage. Depending on your capability you can get a staff member to collect your luggage if you leave it out before 11pm the night before your check out time. My advice is for you to have a morning flight booked because otherwise you will be in our shoes which was sitting in an airport for 5 hours waiting for a flight. Despite our niggles, we had a great week on board with the epic and would book up with NCL again in the future because of their service and available food and entertainment available. An epic week on the epic.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
THIS WAS OUR FIRST CRUISE WHERE DO I BEGIN!!! I will start first with our room we had balcony cabin mid ship deck 10 room was great bed comfortable. As for the food considering all we have heard is that the food on cruise ships is ... Read More
THIS WAS OUR FIRST CRUISE WHERE DO I BEGIN!!! I will start first with our room we had balcony cabin mid ship deck 10 room was great bed comfortable. As for the food considering all we have heard is that the food on cruise ships is amazing i can honesly say it wasnt the greatest. We decided to purchase the ultimate dinning package. Cagneys and the Bristo (french restaruant were the best. The staff in the restaurants need to be more knowlegable about there menus they couldnt answer questions. they didnt seem to have any prior experience. We attended teh cirque show OMG was the worst dinner i ever had considering we had to pay $39.99. (IF YOU BOUGHT THE ULTIMATE DINNING PACKAGE THIS WOULD BE INCLUDED) Was to be surf and turf. well teh steak was so disguting we couldnt even eat it. the shirmp were so small. The oly good thing on the plate were the potatoes. As for the show was great only we had to keep moving our heads to be able to see because the way the seating is. I would still recommend the cruise however just be prepared that thefood isnt the greatest. As for the staff most of them were wonderful. except for a couple that were not very pleasant especially at teh pub ( o'sheehans) asked a question to the waiter who couldnt answere thequestion then he began to argue with my husband. The italian restaurant was ok. asian restaurant was ok Teppanyaki was a wonderful experience the chef was amazing was a great show, however the food was ok, a bit too salty. maybe being a bit critical about the food and service however my husband is a chef We did only one shore excursion when we were in florence - did florence and psia it was wonderful our tour guide was amazing. all the other ports we did on our own as we like to travel like the locals do. we would still consider another cruise but we will try another cruise line to be able to compare We still had an amazing time the ports were all beautiful   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This was our first cruise and our last. NCL Epic has put us off cruising for ever. Its too big. Its not a ship just a very large barge with a very large hotel on top with and paddles to move from one industrial estate to another. We only ... Read More
This was our first cruise and our last. NCL Epic has put us off cruising for ever. Its too big. Its not a ship just a very large barge with a very large hotel on top with and paddles to move from one industrial estate to another. We only managed the Blue Man could not get to any other shows booked up. We were badly received by their rep at the airport who had she looked at her list would have been better placed to make our arrival happy rather than wishing we had stayed at home. The muster was a complete waste of time totally without any proffesional direction ( you would"t stand a chance if it was for real) and if had been in England would certainly have had a Health & Safety problem. On our last day we were awaken at 0300 hours by the tannoy.. "This is the Captain there is an emergency but nothing to worry about" why bother waking passengers if there isn't a concern. Off the ship at 0700 hours and to airport dumped there at around 0800 hours and not able to check in till 1100 hours. Seems like NCL don't care about passengers just rake in the money. On a good not whilst the food was good we had expected better - breakfast was just a scrum - the staff on board were fantastic. We wish we could say we had a great time but no don't go on the Epic unless you want a smooth ride across the seas. Not like a ship you can't feel movement not an adventure just a disappointing uninteresting cruise. Only Pompeii and the wine tasting at castle were memorable. Sorry but we would have preferred to report more positively but NCL are responsible for putting us off any future cruises. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
Background Info: Me and my husband chose to sail NCL to celebrate our Honeymoon. We were both first-time cruisers and had never been to Europe before. Hotel Info: We booked through NCL and stayed in Montblanc the day before embarkation ... Read More
Background Info: Me and my husband chose to sail NCL to celebrate our Honeymoon. We were both first-time cruisers and had never been to Europe before. Hotel Info: We booked through NCL and stayed in Montblanc the day before embarkation and Hesperia Towers the day after disembarkation. We loved Montblanc for the fact that it's close to a lot of things...restaurants, Las Ramblas, Gothic Quarter, shopping, etc. The room itself appeared outdated and the bed was 2 twin beds pushed together (how romantic for our honeymoon! lol) but it was clean and comfortable. Beware of the shower/tub...very slippery! DH had a nasty spill and was left with a huge bruise. Hesperia Towers was OK. The room itself was very nice and updated. Not close by to anything! Which was a total let down for us. The Ship: Keep in mind, we're first time cruisers so we have nothing to compare it to, but we loved the ship. New, clean, easy to find your way around. A lot to do (if you want). Plenty of food options. The only downside is the wait for elevators. But in all reality, taking the stairs wasn't a bad thing (somehow need to work off all those extra calories!!) Service: Everyone staff member we came in contact with was super friendly. Our steward Guillermo (sp?) was great. He even introduced himself in the hallway and already knew our names and which room we were in! Ports and Shore Excursions: We chose to book all of our excursions through NCL. We know you can do it cheaper elsewhere, but we liked the comfort of knowing the ship can't leave without us if we're not back in time. And being in a foreign country is already overwhelming enough, we prefer all of the extra details to be handled by NCL. That being said, our favorite port was Pisa/Florence (it was clean and for being touristy, it wasn't too overcrowded) and we chose the Pisa & a Taste of Tuscany; we give it two big thumbs up! Rome was great just because it has all the must-see landmarks you always hear about. Very very crowded though and traffic is crazy! Naples to me seemed very dirty and unkempt, but Pompeii was awesome to see. Marseille and Palma de Majorca were just OK for me. I wasn't really looking forward to these ports just because I don't know too much about them (I had actually never heard of them before the trip). If I ever took this trip again, I'd probably just spend these days on the ship. Cabin: We opted to upgrade to a balcony and we are SO glad we did! If you're even slightly thinking about it, I highly recommend it. It was awesome to watch the city come into view as we cruised into the port. We loved sleeping with the door open as well. In regards to the "bathroom controversy": it didn't bother us one bit. Yes the doors are see-through, but its not crystal clear and you basically see just a blob. As a married couple, not a big deal. I could see if you were traveling with a friend or with kids, but there is a curtain that you can close across the bathroom area. We never had an issue with the sink being in the room. Water pressure wasn't even enough to splash onto things like others have mentioned. Plenty of storage room. We had 4 suitcases between the both of us and we had plenty of room to put clothes away and store extra baggage under the bed. Dining: Tons of dining options, we of course didn't have time to try them all out. We did however try the following: - Garden Cafe (buffet) - we ate here for breakfast every morning (the waffles with banana compote were my favorite!!), and a few lunches if we were on the ship. Definitely crowded, but if you dine here for breakfast or lunch, grab your food and head down to La Cucina to eat. So much quieter and calmer and pretty easy to find a window seat. - Taste & Manhattan (free) - Both were good. Taste was more modern, and Manhattan was more classy. Be forewarned if they have a wait, you may be sharing your table with another couple. - O'Sheehans - We at here for late night snacks. I ordered the wings, which were pretty good. The last night we ate here we had horrible service. They sat us in front of the bowling alley at the eating bar and it took nearly 15-20 minutes for a server to even greet us. A manager finally found us a server and we had food within 5 minutes of ordering, but we never did see our waiter again before we left. - Speciality Restaurants (aka, cover charge): Cagney's Steakhouse (my favorite of the 3), La Cucina (great!), and Le Bistro (good) - The Cirque Show - Great show (be prepared that you MAY be asked to participate in the show like I did! lol). The food was decent. Dinner was a Surf n' Turf (steak with "coconut" shrimp...which really just tasted breaded). - Noodle Bar (ala Carte) - I ordered the dumplings and Shanghai noodles which were good. Service was a little lacking...I went when the restaurant was pretty empty and food took a little longer than I expected. The noodles were spicy and my water glass sat empty for way too long. It only got refilled once which was right before I paid and left. Entertainment: We went to the following - Blue Man Group - I had never seen a performance so I was prepared for just a bunch of banging on unconventional instruments. It far exceeded my expectations! It was energetic, funny, involved the audience and left me wanting more! Its weird and quirky though, so if that's not your thing be forewarned. Cirque du Soleil - We are huge Cirque fans so we were really looking forward to this. It wasn't the best show we've seen, but still fun and entertaining (hard to do some things with such space restraint). Be prepared to possibly be IN the show...I was asked to stand up and shake a cowbell. I think there were 2 or 3 other times when people were called on stage. Legends in Concert - It was just so-so. I'm glad it was free because I wouldn't pay money to see it again. The performers were Tom Jones, Adele and Tina Turner. They were all good, it was just a little too cheesy for me. Worth seeing if you're just looking to kill some time or get out of your room. Summary: We had an amazing time and we would definitely do this trip all over again. We give NCL Epic two thumbs up!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
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We have just returned from a seven night cruise on NCL. Boarding the ship was far easier then we thought it would be, and didn't take any time at all! Once boarded we were overwhelmed at the size of the ship! Massive is an ... Read More
We have just returned from a seven night cruise on NCL. Boarding the ship was far easier then we thought it would be, and didn't take any time at all! Once boarded we were overwhelmed at the size of the ship! Massive is an understatement to say the least! Had to wait an hour to get to our room, so we sat down with our friends and a drink while waiting. Bartender was sweet and the drinks were great! Once entering our room our first impressions were how big they were! Tons of storage room as well. Well designed. We had a balcony as well , and absolutely LOVED that! A must in my opinion. The one downfall to us were the pools they had to offer. All were very small indeed! And good luck finding a lounge chair! That was near impossible. However, eventually we found the deck where during the daytime hours NO KIDS were allowed. They had a small pool as well. And no problem getting a lounge chair either. Just wish we discovered that sooner! The restaurants on board were all only OK. We also ate at a few of the ones that were not included in the cruise and didn't find them to be a whole lot better. Overall though the food was doable, just predictable I thought. The staff for the most part were great! No complaints there. There is a casino on board, and that was a lot of fun too. Even though we lost a lot of money there :) We did a few excursions as well. Went into Florance Italy, it was beautiful, Rome was nice as well. Also spent the day in Palma, Spain and it was outstanding!!!! As were the two nights in Barcelona we spent in a hotel before boarding the ship. Will return to Spain one day for sure!!! In a nutshell would I recommend NCL, ABSOLUTLY! Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Norwegian Epic Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 3.7
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 5.0 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0 3.8
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 5.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.5
Enrichment 3.0 3.3
Service 4.0 3.8
Value For Money 4.0 3.5
Rates 4.0 3.7

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