4 Norwegian Epic Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

This Cruise I chose to take my Dad and sister to have some quality time. The ports were amazing, the Ship was amazing, is amazing. is HUGE, has many things to do, you never get bored, the staff are something else, We sailed the EPIC ... Read More
This Cruise I chose to take my Dad and sister to have some quality time. The ports were amazing, the Ship was amazing, is amazing. is HUGE, has many things to do, you never get bored, the staff are something else, We sailed the EPIC from NCL. We boarded in Rome, excellent, light boarding process, and did the whole turn until we debark in Rome the following week. The staff are amazing, there to help, Whom I had excellent chemistry with were: Hernan Gonzalez, Maiter D at Garden Cafe, SASA CVJETICANIN, Asst Maiter D, Joy Ramirez, and Josephine Siew at Oshehans, Andre at the Shore Excsurson desk, excellent Human Being, there to help, super nice, My Cabin Stwart, Hadi, always there to serve you, I mean, the staff are well trained and are people you can count on on that Ship. Everybody are very nice. Ports of Call, Love them every single one of them. Shore excursions very nice, when In Livorno, Florence Pisa, take the Tour with John super nice guy, this was the Pisa and Wince Tasting, excellent light tour, pretty complete actually. The Monaco, Cannes Monte Carlo experience, Marseille we went on our own, nice stop. This is a very cool cruise, I recommend. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Never cruised with this line before, but have been on a lot of cruise with different companies. Over all the Epic was a very good experience , the staff was very friendly , room was always clean, and the entertainment was very good. ... Read More
Never cruised with this line before, but have been on a lot of cruise with different companies. Over all the Epic was a very good experience , the staff was very friendly , room was always clean, and the entertainment was very good. The food was very good. There are lots of things to do on board. The excursions were very good. The ship was very clean every time I was out and about. Embarkment and disembarkment was very quick, no lines to speak of. We had a lot of fun. I personally like the Taveren Club , were the Epic Beatles played, they nailed the Beatles tunes to the tee. Casino was well laid out, smokers on one side and non-smokers on the other never smelled smoke while in the non-smoker side. There is an 3 lane bowling alley on board, which was fun. Over all this is and excellent ship to cruise on . Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Just returned from our 7 day Mediterranean Cruise Sunday July 6th, 2014. The Epic Ship has many wonderful qualities which I will list first. The crew at all levels were super nice and very accommodating to our needs. Getting on the ship ... Read More
Just returned from our 7 day Mediterranean Cruise Sunday July 6th, 2014. The Epic Ship has many wonderful qualities which I will list first. The crew at all levels were super nice and very accommodating to our needs. Getting on the ship and off was extremely organized and impressive from disembarking to getting us a cab/taxi to our hotel in Barcelona. The food on the ship was exceptionally good for cruise line food including the Garden Buffet on the Lido deck. All of our excursions went like clockwork and were easy to get to from the ship to the busses except for one bus which we called the bus from hell because it had seats so small that two small persons could not fit and the bus had NO shocks so for 6 hours in Rome we were bounced around like ping pong balls. We did get a minor adjustment after we complained but it did ruin most of our tour that day. We ate Sushi one night which was very good and also had breakfast in O' Sheehans which was okay, best to eat breakfast in the dining room or at the buffet. Our suite was smaller than some balcony rooms I have had but it had a wonderful balcony for three of us. The shows had to be reserved in advance and the BLUE MAN GROUP AND THE CIRQUE SHOW WERE excellent but the legend show was three impersonators doing CHAICERA, PRINCE AND DIANA ROSS. It would have been much more like a true legend show had they had more personalities that were truly legends......I did not consider these people legends at all. They were good but not the show I expected. The show room shows were okay, the dueling pianos, the Piano player in the bar area were very good. Little other than the big TV, a few games of bingo were things to do during the day. No tea time events were on this ship at all. The cons on this ship were the HORRIFIC CONFIGURATION OF THE BATHROOMS. There is a tub so tall that I had a very difficult time even trying to get into it to take a shower, and when you get out you are right in the middle of the room with a cheap curtain that goes from the tub to the TOILET which is across the room behind a glass door. The SINK is not even behind the curtain so if you want to wash you private areas after going to the toilet forget it.....you are right there in the cabin. I do not know who designed these bathrooms but it had to be a MAN because women like privacy when they bathe and use the toilet and sink areas. BAD DESIGN. Everything is primarily on deck 5,6,7 mid ship. The casino is not in a contained area but spread out down the center isle, around the corners etc. with children running through the area and even playing machines like a toy game until they get told to stop. The ADULT pool was more like a extra big hot tub and they water was so low that it barely covered your waist, again very bad design. There was a very large deck area surrounding the pool that on most ships is filled with water 8-8 inches deep so that you can sit in the water and sun bathe but this area was just dry and could never hold water at all. There were NO chairs to be had at the adult only pool or even at the mid ship pool on the one and only sea day. In fact I did finally find a chair but could never get to the water because of all the children jumping in and out of the water. The pool areas are both entirely too small for 5000 cruisers. I really missed not having my two formal nights on the ship, few dressed for dinner and it was just not a very elegant evening in the dining room. No lobster was served and not one night did they even have shrip cocktails which is an every night choice on all the other ships I have cruised on and that is 25 cruises on many different lines. All in all this was not a cruise ship that I would ever book a cruise on again because of the bathroom situation but it had many good points too.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
We arrived by train from Alicante to Barcelona on the euromed. Taxi to port and within a very short time we were through and on the ship. Very efficient with the amount of people booking in. Went with the rest of our family to Garden Cafe ... Read More
We arrived by train from Alicante to Barcelona on the euromed. Taxi to port and within a very short time we were through and on the ship. Very efficient with the amount of people booking in. Went with the rest of our family to Garden Cafe where we relaxed and enjoyed the meal. Was a little bit worried about our room - a mini-suite on the 12th floor because of the reviews etc., but we were very pleasantly surprised. It was larger than we had anticipated and yes there was a little sink, but we only washed hands and cleaned teeth etc., We had a sofa by the sink with the bed at the end so no problem. My husband is over 6ft but he said he never sleeps straight out so he was fine. There is also a "modesty" curtain which separates toilet and bath, and although the toilet has a glass door you can pull the curtain. Lots and lots of cupboard space. Bath robes as well. The ship is very impressive, although not as ornate as others we have been on. We found the Manhattan rather boring as if they had skimped on the dEcor. The Taste was much nicer. We ate in The Manhattan, Taste, El Bistro, Moderno and Shanghai and every meal was wonderful. The staff were so polite and nothing was too much trouble. We also dined in The Spiegel Tent to see the show which was outstanding, although from our point of view the food was bad. A tip is to not give food, possibly just a drink because the show was well worth the $30 we paid. We saw Blue Moon, Los Locos and Stephen ?, all of them well worth a visit. Only downside to me was that I always had to wear a cover up in the evenings and anywhere we were in the ship because the air conditioning was so so cold. I do not think we have anything to say against the Epic except for the cost of wine which by other ships standards was far higher - but would we go on it again - probably not. It loses a lot in its size. Our next NCL will be on one of their smaller ships. 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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