1 Norwegian Epic Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Mediterranean

12 Day Mediterranean cruise on the Epic, Barcelona RT. My main criticism of this cruise was the Epic as a cruise ship. Having a friend who sailed on the Epic's maiden voyage and she giving it a less than sterling review I can now ... Read More
12 Day Mediterranean cruise on the Epic, Barcelona RT. My main criticism of this cruise was the Epic as a cruise ship. Having a friend who sailed on the Epic's maiden voyage and she giving it a less than sterling review I can now understand why. This ship would be ideal for children, teens, and adults who enjoy all the water features on this ship except all that equipment came came at the expense of pool size. They could be could be filled with two teacups. in less than five minutes. On a transatlantic or cooler climes on the planet the top deck is mostly useless. The other group who would enjoy this ship are the confirmed gamblers who love a very large, very smelly casino located almost mid-ship. To traverse the ship on deck six one has to wend your way through the people, noise, and smell of the casino to access the aft elevators. Elevators... only two banks of elevators,, one fore and one aft. Always long waits and once inside very dark, a muggers paradise :) . Cute little Christmas tree lights on the ceiling of the elevators and trying to see the floor buttons is impossible because they are not lit. Public spaces are always crowded, with over 4000 persons on board what can you expect? The only public outside promenade deck is only on one side of the ship and the lifeboats are hung outside blocking all views of the ocean. All the public spaces, with the exception of the Garden Cafe (most window tables "hogged" by certain groups of people) have NO outside views. It is like the entire ship is an inside cabin with NO cross ventilation, ocean views or a chance to breathe fresh air. The "atrium" with its two story screen and low ceiling is LOUD beyond belief. All music on this ship is ear splitting in the venues and even the theatre... LOUD DOES NOT MAKE MUSIC BETTER~! Food was the biggest disappointment I have ever experienced aboard a NCL ship (I just became a Longitude Platinum member on this cruise) with the exception of TASTE, LA CUCINA, and CAGNEY'S . At this point I must add that I will not be reviewing staterooms because we had decided to try an inside cabin and one of the big ships on this cruise.... NCL assigned us a Disability cabin and other than the "all in one" shower/toilet wet room and the Barbie sized sink in the main room, it was about 50% larger than the standard inside cabin and afforded more storage space. Now NCL tv is another gripe... knowing NCL wants to up sale you a movie pkg. The only news station was BBC... world's most boring and uninformative news outlet. The movies they did show were geared to the mindless sci-fi genre or the equally slow minded teen aged girls. My travel partner was a Latitude Platinum member and received two specialty dinners each. When we booked we were afforded two "Free at Sea" upgrades and as usual we chose the Beverage pkg. and two upgraded dining opportunities. Thus, making four specialty dinners for the 12 day voyage. We were informed we would only be eligible for the two upgrade dinners because we chose the 30 min. wifi option. We have NEVER used wifi on any cruise and as a Platinum member he was automatically issued 30 min. wifi. Guest services rudely informed us we would have to use the two Platinum vouchers for the dinners and they had no control what the Reservations Agents promise and what the Guest Services were obligated to provide. Also stating they are two different departments.....and that was that. Disappointed with NCL customer service. Two things in closing: Our room Steward was AMAZING. Waiters, service personnel were outstanding and if anything there was NOT enough help in some areas for the NCL service we had become used to. The other thing is just how ugly and cumbersome this ship appears. With the elimination of a wonderful comfortable quiet observation area in order to expand the Haven category thus giving the appearance of the profile of The Elephant Man. I could say more but in closing I admit I am JADED~! because of the layout and comfort of a smaller ship, i.e., THE JADE (4 cruises on this Noble Lady two of which were TA)~! Being an older cruiser, celebrated my 75th birthday on the last night of this cruise, I will be sticking with smaller NCL ships without the hordes of people~! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
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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