28 Norwegian Epic Cruise Reviews for Singles Cruises to Europe - Western Mediterranean

I took the 7 day Western Mediterranean from Barcelona, and after spending 2 days in Barcelona I didn’t want to leave! However as soon as I got on the ship I was in total awe! Yes it’s massive but give that 2 days and you’ll navigate ... Read More
I took the 7 day Western Mediterranean from Barcelona, and after spending 2 days in Barcelona I didn’t want to leave! However as soon as I got on the ship I was in total awe! Yes it’s massive but give that 2 days and you’ll navigate just fine! As a solo traveller I was in the studio cabins and I was super happy with my room and the solo lounge. Our coordinator Ruby did a great job of bringing us together and although I didn’t see the entire group every night I had a base of friends I could spend my time with each night. My only recommendation is that dinner was too early at 6pm after a long day of excursion where I would literally arrive at 5:30. The excursions were amazing and well worth the price, I had some great tour guides which made the experience for me. The ship was beautiful and my favourite locations were Maltings Bar, older crowd and great drinks by Joseph! Shakers had amazing martinis and O’Sheehans was good for a late night snack or breakfast on the way to my excursion. In terms of food, I would say it was good not great and my favourite dinner location was The Manhattan Room and Cagney’s was great for a steak if you have the specialty restaurant package or just want to splurge was well worth it! Overall I had an amazing experience, met some great people and will definitely cruise again! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Just got back from a 7 day cruise on the NCL Epic. What a great cruise. Started in Barcelona and did a week hitting Italy, France, and Spain. Few notes... The Ship: Hands down one of the best ship I have sailed on. The Epic has ... Read More
Just got back from a 7 day cruise on the NCL Epic. What a great cruise. Started in Barcelona and did a week hitting Italy, France, and Spain. Few notes... The Ship: Hands down one of the best ship I have sailed on. The Epic has everything for everyone. --The service is top notch with the Hotel Director Nelson on top of everything. Nelson is very visible all the time. Many times I saw him helping people, inspecting the food venues, and talking to guests. He is very approachable and like to interact with the guests to make sure everyone is having a great holiday. His assistant Agatha contributes alot and is also very visible. With over 4,000 guests, they stay very busy, and truly care about your experience. Hats off to NCL for hiring the best in the business for there fleet. Definitely, sets them apart from the competitors. --The Entertainment: Great shows including the "Priscilla queen of the desert". The shows are just like what you expect from Broadway productions. Also, the Circus dinner was fantastic. Amazing to the the talent that is on the boat. You definitely got to attend. Casio is very big. I think one of the biggest at sea. Very friendly staff with all the table games you want. The themed parties are great too. NCL has a white party that is real cool. Its held in the back of the ship in an open air venue. Live music is always playing. --The Food/Drink: One of, if not, the best food and beverage program at sea. Plenty of options including a complementary Chinese restaurant (we ate there twice). The Carney's steakhouse was excellent. Just what you expect with the same quality as Capital Grill or Morton's. This was my favorite restaurant. The buffet has everything you can think of with great hours. We didnt do room service but it had an extensive menu. The beverage package is the best deal in town. Open bar was a great value that offered an amazing selection and fast and friendly service. I would strongly recommend you getting the package. Plus, its nice when you are with a group not having a tab. --The Ports: The ports are great. My favorite was Barcelona and Palma. Ship is docked right in the middle of the action and plenty to see. We also stopped in Cannes and took the train to Monaco. It was very easy and nice to see. Rome is a little tricky to get to. Its about 45 min from the port. Need to leave early to enjoy the day. Naples has great pizza and nice shopping. Over all this was one of my favorite cruises that I took. I have been on all the big lines like Royal, Carnival, and Princess. I really think that NCL is the best not only for service but for value. They don't nickle and dime you and the staff are amazing. Would recommend you try the specialty restaurants. Looking forward to our next sail. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I chose this cruise due to being able to board in Barcelona ( half an hour flight) and the fact that the ship has studio cabins. Embarkation was extremely well organised and I was on board by midday, everyone was welcoming and ... Read More
I chose this cruise due to being able to board in Barcelona ( half an hour flight) and the fact that the ship has studio cabins. Embarkation was extremely well organised and I was on board by midday, everyone was welcoming and friendly. I was astonished by the size of the ship! I headed straight for some lunch at O'Sheehans the off to the pool deck for a Mojito. By about 1.30 it was announced that the staterooms were ready, so went off in search of my studio on deck 11. I found it quite easily and found it to be perfect for my needs, it was well presented apart from the carpet not having been vacuumed and previous occupants shoes under the bed! No big deal, I was just so excited to be on board! The studio area is key card accessed and there is a private lounge which I didn't really use but ideal for single travellers to meet up. This was a week to find out whether or not I would enjoy a cruise so didn't take any shore excursions other than Naples and Cannes which I did on my own. I just loved being on the ship! I found the food to be excellent, I ate mainly in the Garden Cafe, there was loads of choice and themed nights at dinner, I always enjoyed breakfast at the Great Outdoors area, lovely friendly staff and fab omelettes cooked to order. I enjoyed a meal at Shanghai's, didn't try Taste or Manhattan, next time! I really enjoyed the bars, I met lots of lovely people from all over the world, I didn't feel the need to do any of the activities organised for solo travellers as I am happy meeting people on my own. Entertainment was great, always something going on and some thing for everyone, again I always met new friends and had a great time! Priscilla and Burn the Floor were fantastic! As a solo traveller I had an amazing time and met some wonderful people, often dining with new found friends, a fantastic week .. in fact I loved it so much that I have already booked the same ship, same cabin for the Transatlantic cruise to Florida in November 2018! Only tiny niggles were the service at Waves pool bar. . a long wait.. and my cabin nevery did get vacuumed. But I had an amazing week! Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Hi - this was my first ever cruise and I did not know what to expect - if the chaotic boarding at Barcelona was anything to go by I was concerned. However the cruise was absolutely excellent yes it was busy / full however the H2O area ... Read More
Hi - this was my first ever cruise and I did not know what to expect - if the chaotic boarding at Barcelona was anything to go by I was concerned. However the cruise was absolutely excellent yes it was busy / full however the H2O area at the back of the ship was mostly child free, the food and the service was excellent along with the entertainment - the solo team especially enjoyed the Howl at the Moon Piano bar. Contrary to the previous review I never realized that there was up and down elevators - we tended to use the stairs for a bit of exercise and when we did use the elevators never seemed to have a problem with people going up one floor in order to come back down! During the port days the vessel became very empty and you could eat anywhere, likewise in the evening with a group of 13 people we has no problems in finding a restaurant to accommodate us. My only comment was that the music in the H20 and Bliss was nearly all Spanish. I booked the use of the thermal suite which allowed me to get away from the main ship and relax in the afternoon - this was well worth the £90 I payed. The Studio lounge was excellent and the Studio bedroom was also good however I mad the mistake of having an inter-connecting door - which meant I could here the person next door having a shower at 3am!! The main pool area was busy however it is a child friendly ship - if you wanted to move out of the hustle and bustle of the main pool area there was loads of available space and only once did I think "boy this is busy". The drinks in the deck bars were pre-made and this was mainly the cocktails of the day and a few other std drinks apart from that everything I drank was fresh (and I drank a lot). Bar service could be a bit slow however the staff were very good at spotting "Que" jumpers and were very chatty. The disembarkation in Barcelona was a disappointment - we were kicked off at 6am having been told on the Friday - this could have waited until the Saturday - our holiday was not over!!!! - I was in the airport at 7 for a flight at 12:30!! I was also disappointed at the way some people treated the staff - any excuse to moan then they did but the crew worked very hard - I am thinking of going on this boat again when she goes to the Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I returned yet again to the Epic because I personally think all the Staff on board are outstanding. NCL seem to have the happiest people working for them on this particular ship. Since the cruise lines have introduced the "all ... Read More
I returned yet again to the Epic because I personally think all the Staff on board are outstanding. NCL seem to have the happiest people working for them on this particular ship. Since the cruise lines have introduced the "all inclusive packages" everyone seems to drink more and a lot of ships do not appear to have increased their staff ratio to allow for this. The Epic however, seem to have this right but more importantly the staff are all happy and seem to enjoy their jobs, which in turn makes happy customers. I book direct with NCL for all my cruise packages, after having a very bad experience with Virgin Cruises whose cruise package only "sometimes" include transfers. NCL know what the word service means and nothing seems to be too much trouble for them. I have tried a few other NCL ships but find the Epic the best for staff and best suited to me. I have also found that if you have a complaint and you take the time to speak to somebody they do their best to sort it out for you at the time. For example, when I collected my suitcase from the Port of Civitavecchia it had obviously been opened, I didn't speak to anybody at the time as had to line up for my transfer but as soon as I got home I sent them an e-mail so that they know what went on. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Went with a single's group and had a great time on the Epic. I've been on the sister ship, the Getaway, and liked the Epic much better. The staff/waiters/bartenders were much friendlier, the bars were cooler and the atmosphere ... Read More
Went with a single's group and had a great time on the Epic. I've been on the sister ship, the Getaway, and liked the Epic much better. The staff/waiters/bartenders were much friendlier, the bars were cooler and the atmosphere was more laid back. Had a studio and we all loved the studio lounge and our bartender, Neli, was super nice, knew our names and the drinks we drank. The Med is a not your typical cruise as you are at port 6/7 days, so you aren't on the ship as much as you regularly are, but when you are the food is good, bars are hopping and there's something for everyone. We especially had a good time at the dueling piano bar as well as listening to Brenda Cochrane belt out Bette Midler tunes. Don't miss Le Bistro as it's a fab French restaurant, but you can skip Cagney's as you can get prime rib in the main dining room for free. The Manhatten Room (main dining) takes about 2 1/2 hours to eat dinner, so if you want, go to Taste (free and same food) for 1/2 the time. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Excellent entertainment and great food in the main dining room. Only cruise line that has studio rooms which I was very impressed with. the only problem I had was getting the proper number of towels for my state room each night. The ... Read More
Excellent entertainment and great food in the main dining room. Only cruise line that has studio rooms which I was very impressed with. the only problem I had was getting the proper number of towels for my state room each night. The room steweard would sometimes pick up the used towels and forget to give me fresh new ones, I would have to call on the phone houskeeping and then I would get them. Priscilla queen of the desert,burn the floor, motown show, impressionist, excellent I would definately go on the newer norwegian ships with the studio rooms. t think the newer ships might have the best entertainment onbooard. Very easy to navigate your way around the ship and not get lost considering the size of the ship. Favorite ports Florence, Cannes , Barcelona, and Naples. Favorite tours Florence, Montic Carlo, Barcelona and Sorrento and PompeiI I would recommend this ship and this cruise and itinerary to a friend. Also di to nights in Rome pre cruise and did the hop on and off bus tour for one day veery good saw alot Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I just loved my cruise, always so many people that are negative, but I had a great time onboard. And the ports on this is just so interesting.. We had booked excursions in almost every port, and they wore great.. the only thing that was a ... Read More
I just loved my cruise, always so many people that are negative, but I had a great time onboard. And the ports on this is just so interesting.. We had booked excursions in almost every port, and they wore great.. the only thing that was a little down, was the queueing to get the sticker, but as soon as you got that, it took no time to get out of the ship and to the waiting bus. The food was good, and I did like the Manhattan room best for dinner, I dont like the atmosphere at Taste. The noodle bare is also very good for a quick bite, and I love the Italian.. the view from there is so nice. I did found th staff to be very nice, just talk to them and be like a normal person, and they will smile and give you super service, ( I always see so many demanding and rude persons, and if you are one you dont deserve good service) Entertainmetn onboard was sooo good, I love Pricilla, and I saw that 3 times, it is way better onboard that on Westend. Burn the floor is amazing as well, the dancers wore fantastic. waites I always got bar service quick and waiters was around always to serve you drinks. This was my second time on the Epic, I like this ship, and I cant wait to go bat on the TA in November. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I chose this cruise because I left my teenagers at home and wanted a single cabin. This was my 14th cruise but my first solo cruise. The studio cabin was very functional and I met other single travellers in the lounge for dinner every ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I left my teenagers at home and wanted a single cabin. This was my 14th cruise but my first solo cruise. The studio cabin was very functional and I met other single travellers in the lounge for dinner every evening. I helped organize a pub crawl, that was a hoot, and partied at the H2O dance party every evening with people that I met in the lounge. The shows were great. The ports despite the heat were wonderful and since I had cruised this area before I was able to have a great mix of port and ship days to fully enjoy the experience. I would do this again in a heartbeat. The food was excellent and there were so many activities to access on board. Special thanks to Matt from Norway and Claire from England for making my cruise so memorable. I travelled with someone else in the singles cabin who was 70. It was her first cruise and she is already planning her next one. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Being our first cruise as a family I was very reluctant to go on the Norwegian Epic due to the low rating I noticed on different sites but that was too late as I had already paid the full trip amount and wasn't ready to bare the ... Read More
Being our first cruise as a family I was very reluctant to go on the Norwegian Epic due to the low rating I noticed on different sites but that was too late as I had already paid the full trip amount and wasn't ready to bare the cancellation fees. To my amazing surprise that was my best vacation ever and the Epic was so great that I'll never cruise in a different ship. We were 3 adults (my wife, my 21 years old son and myself) in a triple cabin with balcony. The cabin was spotless clean, very good size for a ship cabin as I was expected a much smaller size, the balcony with 2 big size beds was a very big plus. The room design in all aspects including the bathroom was so creative with great space for storage . Dinning at different a la carte restaurant (still complementary) and the big open buffet restaurant was a great part of the trip with endless excellent choices of food and great quality. Non stop Entertainment and different shows were a big problem as we were torn between going down to different port and to stay to enjoy the entertainment. Service, staff, food, entertainment, .... just name it, every thing was perfect. The only draw back was: 1- They don't allow you for even a small bottle of water to bring with you and to buy it there is too pricey. A daily complementary water bottle at the cabin will be a nice gesture to Epic guests. 2- Organized shores excursions are soooooo expensive, so better plan your excursions by yourself in advance and it will cost just a fraction of what they are offering. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I've just returned yesterday from my first ever cruise vacation, which was on the Norwegian Epic around the Western Mediterranean. And what a great experience it has been! Amazing ship, very friendly staff, nice atmosphere, lots of ... Read More
I've just returned yesterday from my first ever cruise vacation, which was on the Norwegian Epic around the Western Mediterranean. And what a great experience it has been! Amazing ship, very friendly staff, nice atmosphere, lots of dining options.... it was truly a fantastic holiday. Let me tell you why: After getting to the port in Marseille, the check-in process on board was surprisingly fast. Then, it was of to see my cabin, and explore the ship. The Epic, with a capacity up to of 4100 passengers, is one of the bigger cruise ships out there (as I've been told by more experienced cruise travellers) so there is quite a lot to explore. But the ship's setup is quite straight forward, so finding your way around is easily done after a little while. And if you do get lost, there are maps and touchscreens available on every floor to help you out. Since I was travelling by myself (background info: 27 year old Dutch guy), I've booked a Studio, which is specially designed for solo travellers. These inside cabins are very modern, with a queen-size bed, a glass shower and mood lighting. The Epic is the perfect ship to travel on for solo travellers, because of these Studios, and especially because of the Studio Lounge, which is only accessible for guests who booked a Studio. A.k.a. a great place to get to know new people and have a drink. With a solo travellers meeting every night at 18.00, with presence of one of the Cruise Staff members (William in our case, he is a great host!) and the option to go for dinner with other solo travellers too, you're bound to make some new friends. After the solo traveller meeting, it was off to dinner. And what a range of options does this ship provide you with. Multiple restaurants (buffet restaurant Garden Cafe and a-la-carte restaurants Taste, Manhattan Room and O'Sheehans) are complimentary, but you can also pay some more and use on of the speciality restaurants. Having dinner in the Spiegel Tent is very recommendable, because of the Cirque Dreams show. In all honesty, the food in the Spiegel Tent is not as good as at Taste or Manhattan, but the show is amazing! From acrobatic arts to classic magic to comedy, this show combines it all inside a very compact and cozy environment. At Taste and Manhattan they serve great food, with a different menu every day (only the classic dishes will remain the same) and hi-quality presentation and great taste. The wine list is good as well, and I tasted quite a few (luckily I had the Ultimate Beverage Package) At O'Sheehans, the Irish styled restaurant and pub, they serve a good and tasty 'pub grub', including chicken wings, a very nice BBQ burger and fish and chips. Over here, you will also find some games, including pool, darts and bowling. After dinner, it was time to enjoy the night. Howl at the Moon at the Headliners comedy club is great fun. These guys (and girl) do songs on request, and make a happy show while doing it. The musical 'Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert' played in the Epic Theatre simply takes your breath away. The acting, singing and decors are all so beautifully done (and, since you're all staying on the same ship, you can run into the stars of the show later on when partying in the Bliss Lounge) Also the Beatles tribute band (playing in the Cavern Club) is amazing, they really get you of your feet. There are other shows too (an opera show and a 60's tribute band f.i.) but I don't see those. Luckily you receive an overview every day of all activities going on the next day, so you can keep track (because I didn't even mention the bingo yet, or the ping pong tournament, movies on big screen, art auctions, trivia quizzes and so much more), besides the 'regular' cruise activities like bubbling in a jacuzzi, swimming and enjoying the sunshine. For a more quiet night out, you can enjoy a nice mix or cocktail (tip: try the Mudslide, amazing iced cocktail) in one of the many bars, such as Shakers (martini bar), Maltings, O'Sheehans (Irish pub) or Waves (bar outside, near the pool) By the end of the night, going on into early morning, Bliss Lounge is the place to go, which is a nightclub-like bar. Although the DJ isn't always playing my kind of music, the atmosphere is nice, and you can dance the night away if you like. I didn't book any excursions through NCL (they are pretty expensive, so just wondered off by myself), but in the Freestyle Daily they inform you about the options ashore (how you can get about on your own, and what there is to see in and near the port of call), so that's great. So was there nothing that could be improved? Yes, there is. Almost every morning (quite early, around 07.00) there are quite loud announcements over the speaker system, mostly for disembarking guests or guests who have booked a shore excursion. Being woken up with announcements (which are mostly not even meant for you) isn't really nice, specially after a nice night of partying. Perhaps NCL can do these announcements differently/more targeted? (perhaps via the TV?) Also, although the Ultimate Beverage Package includes cocktails, wines and mixed drinks (which can go up to about 15 USD per drink) coffee in the Atrium bar or special coffee after dinner is not included. Having an Irish coffee included, but having to pay extra for a capucchino, that seems a bit odd. But, despite these two points of improvement, I still had a very very nice holiday! Wow, that was a long review. So all and all, I've happy to say that my experience on this ship has been great! It was my first cruise, but definately not my last one... and love to go with Norwegian again! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
With all the negative posts in the forum, i was a bit scared on how my experience would be....so i have just one word to describe my experience on the NCL EPIC -- "FANTABULOUS" the ship is fantastic - the crew is fantastic - ... Read More
With all the negative posts in the forum, i was a bit scared on how my experience would be....so i have just one word to describe my experience on the NCL EPIC -- "FANTABULOUS" the ship is fantastic - the crew is fantastic - the service is fantastic only suggestion for people who wish to take this cruise - please ensure that you have a beverage pack -- as alcohol is prohibitively expensive on the ship in terms of room - i thought it was as good as any decent hotel room with more than enough storage space and comfortable beds (i am 180cms in height - and i didnt have any issues) We - a couple and our teenage daughter were booked in the mini suite - on deck 10 - no 10257 and all of us had a super time the teenage club (entourage) kept by daughter busy as she met a lot of other teenagers from across the globe --- the bar on the 15th deck - kept me busy as i too met a whole lot of new people there and we hit off very well only complaint about the cruise - was the weather -- it was pretty windy and cold in terms of food - we tried all the complementary restaurants (no speciality ones) and the food was pretty pretty good - the garden cafe had a super buffet / shanghai food was great / o sheeshans was very good too -- taste and manhattan - we didnt really enjoy - but it was not our taste-- the food and presentation was super Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was my first solo cruise (having done several cruises before with friends and family members). If you are thinking of taking a solo cruise this is the one for you, my advice is - do not hesitate. You will not be alone. i met and ... Read More
This was my first solo cruise (having done several cruises before with friends and family members). If you are thinking of taking a solo cruise this is the one for you, my advice is - do not hesitate. You will not be alone. i met and spent great time so many wonderful people from all over the world, some of them members here on Cruise Critic. Epic has 131 solo cabins, so there are plenty other people traveling alone. The solo lounge is a great place to make new friends and a dedicated crew member co-ordinates events and dining (without pressure) for you all to meet up. I met with lots of people who were just like me, independent but sociable. Solo cruising provides a safe environment to travel and socialize. Norwegian Cruise Lines have really caught on to this concept and have got it right. The standards on board were excellent. A luxurious ship that is well fitted. The food was the best I have experienced on any cruise ship and the staff were 'happy, happy' and very pleased to be involved in making the experience on Epic the best one, making every effort wherever they could. They were there with welcome drinks to greet you back on board and even danced us back onto the ship on our final sailing. The ship was scrupulously clean and the pools, water slides and entertainment were fabulous. The facilities overall were brilliant and the ship was well fitted. The only negative point was there were hardly ever any spare sets in the public areas as the ship was so busy, but it didn't really bother me much, there's always room for one somewhere. Everyone loved their solo cabins. A good description would be 'an igloo'. I absolutely loved mine. The mood lighting, touch screen TV and phone were just some of the luxury comforts the cabin had to offer. Perfectly sized for one, do not be put off. Check them out on www.youtube.com. I have booked this ship again but for the Caribbean for next year (who cares where it is going - the solo cruise experience is great!). I have tried various forms of solo holidays before but this was unbeatable. I simply cannot wait to go again ! Top marks to NCL staff. They were excellent !! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I traveled the on the Norwegian Epic for Thanksgiving 2015 which was touring the Mediterranean Barcelona to Barcelona. I picked the Norwegian Epic because after hours of reading reviews I saw Norwegian and Celebrity to be the best ... Read More
I traveled the on the Norwegian Epic for Thanksgiving 2015 which was touring the Mediterranean Barcelona to Barcelona. I picked the Norwegian Epic because after hours of reading reviews I saw Norwegian and Celebrity to be the best overall rated ships as well as with less kids during that time of year, and I picked a time it would not be so hot there. I was correct to do both. I am a bestselling author and have traveled the world-so I am doing a serious great review that ship [the Norwegian Epic] deserves. I was timid at first because I could not understand why the same ship and sail dates just returning-would have a huge disparity of reviews, ranging from one star to five star? How is that possible to be on the same ship and port of call and one traveler be thrilled and another miserable-or just "not happy?" or even just three star it. Well, after being on this ship I discovered one huge reason is happy people do not tend to find the time to do a review but unhappy people sure do make the time. After reading a multiple of reviews most unhappiness was related to their actual room choice. Such as they may not have understood "partial view" meant view of a lifeboat. Buffet food seemed to come in second and I noticed those leaving multi star reviews were not using the buffet everyday--and most reviews I was reading was the early days of this new ship where even the staff was trying to adapt. So I picked a port intensive cruise JUST in case I was not happy with the ship. But the most important thing I did was book a room that in and of itself had great reviews. Example, not near the children's center or not right under a bar. You really can check out reviews for the actual rooms these days. I picked cabin 13210 Norwegian Epic that was toward the back of the ship, had great reviews each time from former occupants and was just under the wonderful spa. I also made sure to just buy the $120 Spa pass which allowed me access during normal hours. So I would just leave the spa in my robe and go down one elevator flight to my room. I never had to change there. So the Mandara Spa pass was another great decision because their spa is very clean and lovely. They have waterfalls so powerful they alone can massage your neck and I assume the power comes from the sheer power of the Epic engine system. ***They only issue 120 passes so order yours on line BEFORE YOU GO. I hit the spa every day and they provided hair caps as not to ruin the "hair." And no, I did not book a cruise with the primary goal of pigging out at some buffet. I just lost a lover to cancer and wanted to get OUT of the house and not suffer my first holiday alone. This trip SURE did that and I learned so much! Now with the room issue, buffet sentiments and Spa pass out of the way-let me tell you about this trip and this boat. CABIN 13210 ROOM REVIEW My bed was SO comfortable it was unreal. Former reviews had me thinking I better take a blow up pool float as to avoid some hard bed. NONE of that was true. At least now. And there was ZERO scent coming from bathroom - so I found none of that to be true but brought essential oils just in case. Essential oils will float to surface and block any undesirable scents. Save that trick for Carnival. I picked Norwegian Epic Cabin 13210 because it had a bath tub. I am not a shower person and it was amazing that few knew which cabins had a bath tub-including my travel agent. I had a mini suite and I was able to get 30% off the double occupancy as a single. So, no singles are not quarantined to the lower cabins unless they want to be. And EVERY single I ran into liked their rooms below! And these were lawyers, doctors and so on. My Cabin was impeccably clean and my steward just so wonderful. His name was "Roady" and he created penguins, bunnies and so on-with towels to surprise me each day. I tipped him 50 Euros on day one because I recognized THAT would be my closest most important ally and relationship on the ship. And I was correct. The first day is wild so ask your fridge but UN-stocked the next day of your cruise. Meaning items you do not want to be charged for taking up space in your fridge. I think room service does that-any department answers their phone right away. And they know your name. I had ordered several cases of bottled water to be delivered before I even boarded the ship-four in fact, ($70) I could have gotten by with just two. But water is the second most important thing to your health. Thank heavens I do not drink alcohol because the beverage package can upset some. This served me well. I think with the beverage package people think they can drink until they drop. I also ordered an orchid flower arrangement that lasted the entire trip and was lovely to gaze upon. They last so long I gave them to my steward as I left-as well as the extra bottled water. The water, Spa pass, and flowers were nothing compared to the overall price of my trip. The other thing I heard a lot about is the bathrooms are so thin you can hear your partners every move, Well, you can run sink or bath water for "white noise." Otherwise I found it very well laid out and no, I would not be sharing a room with someone I was not in love with-so maybe the great surprise comes when two people go who are NOT into "seeing" each other. I saw enough curtains to deal with that issue-so this may have been an old issue. So the room was nice in every way and I cannot find any fault with the ship in general. There was so much to do, I could not possibly do everything. The balcony was lovely and I spent a lot of time out there. DINING I only did the Garden Cafe for breakfast and that is to the front of the ship-and they offer a very nice array of poached eggs, eggs Benedict, museili, croissants, honey and my favorite-a corned beef hash that was "diced" with rosemary and not smooshy. So breakfast is a large array at that garden cafe, From the Garden cafe you can see the ocean-or, in this case, the Mediterranean Sea. You do have to work your way around to get all the goods, it is a huge Cafe. Teppanyaki was my favorite and the healthiest meal I had on the entire trip. That $20 meal would cost $40++ per person on land. And I met some great people. Even in the "Spa" I met some great people. I also ate at Cagney's and "Taste" and they were wonderful. For a basic great hamburger I went to O'Sheehans pub. I also ordered a beautiful prime rib from the pub the night before we disembarked and it was no charge. There is a cool bowling alley right along side of O'Sheehans pub. ACTIVITIES There were so many activities on the ship there is no way you can do them all in a seven day trip and there is also no way you can claim to be bored. ENTERTAINMENT Was great, I went to all the shows but I loved the 70's live band whose bar is located near the Casino and any band they had there was very good. I had to drag myself away each time I was there-because they were all so good and I needed to get to bed for morning shore excursions. INTERNET PACKAGE I picked 250 minutes but next time I will just pick the dining package if I get to pick a free feature. This is because I really wanted unlimited and that was $29 a day-BUT for my work--it is a must. Reception was not that bad and my cell phone allowed free texting and WIFI so I was more than covered there. BOARDING AND DE BOARDING Was no big deal and the staff made it fun each time. I think it depends on how full the ship is and I am guessing my ship was half full. CASINO This is where I had the most fun and could secure the least information on the Internet before I went on the Norwegian Epic. The slots are a LOT of fun and I actually left ahead by $242 even using the penny machines. There are many, many different type of slot machines. Black Jack I left ahead $602 because I know HOW to play Black Jack. The Norwegian Epic Casino is large and NO it is not full of smokers. The Epic limits smokers to a certain room-so just do not try to be in that room. I made some good friends in the Casino because we seemed to be creaming the dealer. SANITATION Automatic hand sanitizers were everywhere and I never saw one person sick on the ship except myself and saw the ships Doctor. Yes, the ship has a Doctor and they run about $149 USD plus any meds they may have that you need. I had forgot medication at home so they were able to provide it. OVERALL Norwegian Epic is a beautiful ship and I will aim to only cruise Norwegian from now on. Pricing and check out was MORE than fair. I did not have a lot of fees except fees I knew about like $10 every time I wanted cookies and milk brought to my room at midnight-which seemed to be every night. We did go through a few stormy nights at first and the cookies and milk did the trick. So they do not charge for the food - just the delivery of it. And they are FAST! One night I had pizza delivered. The Norwegian Epic has many departments and each and every department was working at optimal performance. Never once was anyone mean or failing to TRY to accommodate me. They bent over backwards to make people happy and I recognize they probably miss their own families also, so that your family can make great memories. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Norwegian Epic - Five Star on EVERY Level - Comprehensive Review Late 2015 I traveled the on the Norwegian Epic for Thanksgiving 2015 which was touring the Mediterranean Barcelona to Barcelona. I picked the Norwegian Epic because ... Read More
Norwegian Epic - Five Star on EVERY Level - Comprehensive Review Late 2015 I traveled the on the Norwegian Epic for Thanksgiving 2015 which was touring the Mediterranean Barcelona to Barcelona. I picked the Norwegian Epic because after hours of reading reviews I saw Norwegian and Celebrity to be the best overall rated ships as well as with less kids during that time of year, and I picked a time it would not be so hot there. I was correct to do both. I am a bestselling author and have traveled the world-so I am doing a serious great review that ship [the Norwegian Epic] deserves. I was timid at first because I could not understand why the same ship and sail dates just returning-would have a huge disparity of reviews, ranging from one star to five star? How is that possible to be on the same ship and port of call and one traveler be thrilled and another miserable-or just "not happy?" or even just three star it. Well, after being on this ship I discovered one huge reason is happy people do not tend to find the time to do a review but unhappy people sure do make the time. After reading a multiple of reviews most unhappiness was related to their actual room choice. Such as they may not have understood "partial view" meant view of a lifeboat. Buffet food seemed to come in second and I noticed those leaving multi star reviews were not using the buffet everyday--and most reviews I was reading was the early days of this new ship where even the staff was trying to adapt. So I picked a port intensive cruise JUST in case I was not happy with the ship. But the most important thing I did was book a room that in and of itself had great reviews. Example, not near the children's center or not right under a bar. You really can check out reviews for the actual rooms these days. I picked cabin 13210 Norwegian Epic that was toward the back of the ship, had great reviews each time from former occupants and was just under the wonderful spa. I also made sure to just buy the $120 Spa pass which allowed me access during normal hours. So I would just leave the spa in my robe and go down one elevator flight to my room. I never had to change there. So the Mandara Spa pass was another great decision because their spa is very clean and lovely. They have waterfalls so powerful they alone can massage your neck and I assume the power comes from the sheer power of the Epic engine system. ***They only issue 120 passes so order yours on line BEFORE YOU GO. I hit the spa every day and they provided hair caps as not to ruin the "hair." And no, I did not book a cruise with the primary goal of pigging out at some buffet. I just lost a lover to cancer and wanted to get OUT of the house and not suffer my first holiday alone. This trip SURE did that and I learned so much! Now with the room issue, buffet sentiments and Spa pass out of the way-let me tell you about this trip and this boat. CABIN 13210 ROOM REVIEW My bed was SO comfortable it was unreal. Former reviews had me thinking I better take a blow up pool float as to avoid some hard bed. NONE of that was true. At least now. And there was ZERO scent coming from bathroom - so I found none of that to be true but brought essential oils just in case. Essential oils will float to surface and block any undesirable scents. Save that trick for Carnival. I picked Norwegian Epic Cabin 13210 because it had a bath tub. I am not a shower person and it was amazing that few knew which cabins had a bath tub-including my travel agent. I had a mini suite and I was able to get 30% off the double occupancy as a single. So, no singles are not quarantined to the lower cabins unless they want to be. And EVERY single I ran into liked their rooms below! And these were lawyers, doctors and so on. My Cabin was impeccably clean and my steward just so wonderful. His name was "Roady" and he created penguins, bunnies and so on-with towels to surprise me each day. I tipped him 50 Euros on day one because I recognized THAT would be my closest most important ally and relationship on the ship. And I was correct. The first day is wild so ask your fridge but UN-stocked the next day of your cruise. Meaning items you do not want to be charged for taking up space in your fridge. I think room service does that-any department answers their phone right away. And they know your name. I had ordered several cases of bottled water to be delivered before I even boarded the ship-four in fact, ($70) I could have gotten by with just two. But water is the second most important thing to your health. Thank heavens I do not drink alcohol because the beverage package can upset some. This served me well. I think with the beverage package people think they can drink until they drop. I also ordered an orchid flower arrangement that lasted the entire trip and was lovely to gaze upon. They last so long I gave them to my steward as I left-as well as the extra bottled water. The water, Spa pass, and flowers were nothing compared to the overall price of my trip. The other thing I heard a lot about is the bathrooms are so thin you can hear your partners every move, Well, you can run sink or bath water for "white noise." Otherwise I found it very well laid out and no, I would not be sharing a room with someone I was not in love with-so maybe the great surprise comes when two people go who are NOT into "seeing" each other. I saw enough curtains to deal with that issue-so this may have been an old issue. So the room was nice in every way and I cannot find any fault with the ship in general. There was so much to do, I could not possibly do everything. The balcony was lovely and I spent a lot of time out there. DINING I only did the Garden Cafe for breakfast and that is to the front of the ship-and they offer a very nice array of poached eggs, eggs Benedict, museili, croissants, honey and my favorite-a corned beef hash that was "diced" with rosemary and not smooshy. So breakfast is a large array at that garden cafe, From the Garden cafe you can see the ocean-or, in this case, the Mediterranean Sea. You do have to work your way around to get all the goods, it is a huge Cafe. Tenanyuaki was my favorite and the healthiest meal I had on the entire trip. That $20 meal would cost $40++ per person on land. And I met some great people. Even in the "Spa" I met some great people. I also ate at Cagney's and "Taste" and they were wonderful. For a basic great hamburger I went to O'Sheehans pub. I also ordered a beautiful prime rib from the pub the night before we disembarked and it was no charge. There is a cool bowling alley right along side of O'Sheehans pub. INTERNET PACKAGE I picked 250 minutes but next time I will just pick the dining package if I get to pick a free feature. This is because I really wanted unlimited and that was $29 a day-BUT for my work--it is a must. Reception was not that bad and my cell phone allowed free texting and WIFI so I was more than covered there. BOARDING AND DE BOARDING Was no big deal and the staff made it fun each time. I think it depends on how full the ship is and I am guessing my ship was half full. CASINO This is where I had the most fun and could secure the least information on the Internet before I went on the Norwegian Epic. The slots are a LOT of fun and I actually left ahead by $242 even using the penny machines. There are many, many different type of slot machines. Black Jack I left ahead $602 because I know HOW to play Black Jack. The Norwegian Epic Casino is large and NO it is not full of smokers. The Epic limits smokers to a certain room-so just do not try to be in that room. I made some good friends in the Casino because we seemed to be creaming the dealer. SANITATION Automatic hand sanitizers were everywhere and I never saw one person sick on the ship except myself and saw the ships Doctor. Yes, the ship has a Doctor and they run about $149 USD plus any meds they may have that you need. I had forgot medication at home so they were able to provide it. OVERALL Norwegian Epic is a beautiful ship and I will aim to only cruise Norwegian from now on. Pricing and check out was MORE than fair. I did not have a lot of fees except fees I knew about like $10 every time I wanted cookies and milk brought to my room at midnight-which seemed to be every night. We did go through a few stormy nights at first and the cookies and milk did the trick. So they do not charge for the food - just the delivery of it. And they are FAST! One night I had pizza delivered. The Norwegian Epic has many departments and each and every department was working at optimal performance. Never once was anyone mean or failing to TRY to accommodate me. They bent over backwards to make people happy and I recognize they probably miss their own families also, so that your family can make great memories. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
As a seasoned cruiser, I persuaded my friend to go for a late break on the Epic. He hadn't cruised before and was initially reluctant to do anything but a land based holiday. My wife and I cruise a couple of times a year and I go ... Read More
As a seasoned cruiser, I persuaded my friend to go for a late break on the Epic. He hadn't cruised before and was initially reluctant to do anything but a land based holiday. My wife and I cruise a couple of times a year and I go on a couple of holidays on my own as well, but Steve had never cruised. There was a great offer for single travellers on the Epic in their studio cabins and we settled on the all-inclusive offer that they were running. What to add to other comments already posted? Well the first thing is that they really cater for the single traveller. Their single traveller lounge is a great idea and the entertainment guys try really hard to organise shows and meals for single travellers at their 6.00 pm get togethers. Most cruises have a pretty half hearted attempt at single traveller meetings that soon peter out, but over the whole week the single lounge was well attended and popular. I has scoped out the shore visits prior to the trip, with thanks to previous contributors on this forum, and found that some other single travellers joined Steve and me on our trips to Pompeii, Rome, Pisa and Monte Carlo from Cannes. In honesty, we saved a fortune by avoiding the ship's excursions. For example, Rome can be done by train for 12 euros for a day train/metro/bus travelcard rather than the $125 for the coach Rome on your own trip. The food on board was excellent with the buffet being ttyhe largest with most choice that I have seen on any ship. Embarkation was absolutely excellent with no queues at all! Even disembarkation was tolerable. The show-booking system was a bit of a pain and do turn up as a standby if the show you want is fully booked as they get a high percentage of no-shows. We did hit a bit of a storm on the Cannes to Palma leg and you did notice it at the front of the ship. So much so that our short stop planned for Palma was abandoned and we had a rearranged programme for that day. Another tip is if you have a longish time in Barcelona, then use the "Bag and drop" service when you leave the ship. They charge 15 euros per bag to take your bags to the airport (collect at Terminal 1) or 10 euros if you book in advance on the Internet. Gives you a bag-free day in Barcelona to sightsee. Another tip is the Airport coach is less than 6 euros into the centre of town. It is even cheaper to get a T10 ticket that gives 10 bus/metro trips and get the 46 bus into town from both terminals or 2 euros if you buy a single ticket. Beats the taxi charge! But back to the cruise. Even though the Epic is the 5th largest cruise liner at present, it never overwhelmed us. Steve decided that he would cruise again - probably with his lady next time and my wife was so impressed with the YouTube videos of the ship that she and I are returning for virtually the same cruise this New Year! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Back from 2 weeks on board The Ncl Epic. This was a trip of two halves, the first week as a Solo, and the 2nd week with friends. I've sailed with Carnival 13 times and R.C.I. 5 times, so I think i'm in a pretty good position to ... Read More
Back from 2 weeks on board The Ncl Epic. This was a trip of two halves, the first week as a Solo, and the 2nd week with friends. I've sailed with Carnival 13 times and R.C.I. 5 times, so I think i'm in a pretty good position to give a fair review of what to expect from a cruise. Firstly for anybody sailing alone, then having also sailed solo on both Carnival and R.C.I. solo, I was keen to try NCL, having read so many positive reviews. I cannot recommend NCL any higher, they are superb at looking after Solo's, making it so easy to meet, then organizing meals, and social activities,so you never feel alone, except when you want your own space. I had read so many reviews about Epic, and one of the things I picked up on from both reviews and from friends who had sailed on her was to make sure I got a pass for The Posh Beach Club...so straight to guest services, and spent the best $ 59 of all time. A great area to relax and sleep, read, but basically get away from all the packed in sunbathers on the General Lido area. Having been to all the ports apart from Cannes previously, I stayed on board most of the time, venturing out to Naples and Cannes for a wander, and was hugely impressed with Cannes (if only the lottery would come up). So back to my thoughts of The Epic.....firstly having read so many negative reviews, I have to say I think these people must have sailed on a different ship,and also on a different planet!!! The Freestyle experience is fantastic, walk to a restaurant, and your seated immedialtely, and if not then try another. We ate in all the free dining, and the food and service was superb, the only one I didn't like was O'sheans, but everybody else did so!! The Cirque show was as good as anything i've seen in Vegas, and the food was was good. Also went to Souls Satisfaction, and again first class. Ate in Teppanyaki,and was a great evening of entertainment and top food. Gambled in Casino, and sadly lost, but thats to be expected! So overall I , as were my friends , were so impressed with NCL , food, staff, entertainment win by a mile over any cruise previously, the only negative was the ship doesn't have the wow of an Oasis or Magic, but by far one of the most enjoyable cruise experiences, and I can't wait to sail again on NCL with or without friends!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Excursions were very expensive . The ship had only their own excursions information. It would help if information on public services is provided on board so guests could plan the day ahead . Railway websites bus station numbers should be ... Read More
Excursions were very expensive . The ship had only their own excursions information. It would help if information on public services is provided on board so guests could plan the day ahead . Railway websites bus station numbers should be provided . People must have a choice . Restaurants closed too early at 10 pm and after the shows the ques were too long to get a proper meal. Shows were good , staff 100% charming and helpful all over the ship. They would all stop to talk and displaying the country flag is a brilliant idea. Charge at the gym was too much . Pool was mad busy but that was expected in August . Over all very happy with it and will recommend it . Should introduce an Indian restaurant as there many looking for Indian food and some vegetarians had trouble . Staff did three best to provide all they could . Will do Ncl cruise anytime . Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
NCL is the cruise line u luv to hate. had an inside cabin on the Star a few yrs ago and vowed I'd never cruise NCL again. when my daughter was turning 40 she wanted to celebrate on a cruise to western carribean. I agreed on the ... Read More
NCL is the cruise line u luv to hate. had an inside cabin on the Star a few yrs ago and vowed I'd never cruise NCL again. when my daughter was turning 40 she wanted to celebrate on a cruise to western carribean. I agreed on the stipulation we took a balcony on the Star this time. the Star was the only ship out of new Orleans that went to the ports she wanted to visit. with a balcony, NCL was tolerable. (see previous review) This July I booked a 2 week Russian river cruise that from Vancouver to Moscow is a 18 hr. flight. Instead I decided the Epic would provide a place to dejetlag so I could enjoy russia I took a studio. (glowing review of cabin to follow) Boarding was smooth and I bought a wk's access to the spa ($149) sight unseen. best purchase of the cruise. I thought I would find such a big ship overwhelming, but since I had access to the spa I happily avoided the family fun at the pool and went the opposite way to the buffet which was sooooooo much better than the food on the Star. there was a salad bar, east indian cuisine, Asian food, roast beef, lamb, pork and various chicken and fish offerings all w/ vegtables, vegetarian dishes, Italian bar w/ a daily pasta and pizzas. dessert bar w/ creamy treats, pies, cakes and, of course the ice cream bar. Dining in the Manhattan Restaurant had dance entertainment (burn the floor) - very good. Taste offers dinner, but I prefer their breakfast. My only complaint is some days Taste opened at 6 am; others 7 or 8 am. I showed up at 8 one morning and they had stopped serving. Annoying! O''Sheehans offers a typical English/American breakfast. My father is British, but since I moved to Vancouver my taste has changed. I tried dinner in the Shanghai noodle Bar (I eat a lot of Asian food in Vancouver) and this is where the old NCL I hate showed, instead of serving Japanese seaweed salad they added cabbage and tomato w/ dressing -- an abomination! the mgr refused to let me have a plain seaweed salad. Udon was overcooked and tasteless. the green tea was ok. The Entertainment was very good. I recommend the Cirque d'Soliel ($29.98) and the motown trio imitating the supremes. Legends sucked - Sting, Rod Stewart and a female singer I didn't know. I loathe Stewart and Sting so I took a miss. there was a comedy act. Burn the Floor show was good, but I preferred their dinner dance. The highlight for me was the spa. Thermal pool w/ an attached Jacuzzi so frisky there's a wheel in the middle to grab. there is a cooler detached Jacuzzi. the pool has a fountain so u can enjoy hot water pummeling your shoulders. 2 dry saunas and a eucalyptus wet sauna - awesome. Floral wet sauna. Then, like Holland America - heated tile beds - yes! Finally, glass walled balcony where u can sprawl on a padded lawn chair and read a tacky novel. since my studio is an inside cabin, I used the spa as my balcony. it's never crowded and I was alone on shore days. I did a stretch class at 7, breakfast, and the spa at 8 - 8:30am. I had purchased a transfer to the airport so disembarkation was smooth. I flew Barcelona to Moscow and arrived relaxed thks to the epic. between my studio, the spa, improved dining and entertainment - great ship to relax - went on three short shore excursions. I requested a refund on two. I got 25% on each. NCL has a lot to improve on their shore excursions. I would cruise on the epic again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Having never been on a cruise before as well as travelling on my own, i wasn't sure what to expect. However, in a one word summary, it was simply brilliant. The ship is huge, i could not believe how big it was from the outside but ... Read More
Having never been on a cruise before as well as travelling on my own, i wasn't sure what to expect. However, in a one word summary, it was simply brilliant. The ship is huge, i could not believe how big it was from the outside but once you join or embark should i say! the number 15 in the lift suggests that it was bigger than i ever imagined. The food along with the freestyle dining culture was amazing. Of course you can eat at the numerous slightly more formal restaurants but even then you are fine in only a polo shirt and jeans. The entertainment was superb, it was both professional and diverse so there is and was something to suit everyone of any age. The drinks package worked out well for me. At first it seemed a bit expensive when i pre-booked but based on the number of drinks i had it definately saved me money! Each to their own and some might say i'm mad having gone all that way without doing any planned excursions but....i thought i would just see how it goes. To be honest you can spend a fortune so it all depends on how much you want to spend and how you want to spend your time but it was great just getting off the ship each day for a few hours and having a walk around, this worked out cheap and great for me and still a fantastic cultural experience. Many people I spoke to said they had booked too many excursions as some of the days were really long and exhausting so you need to find the right balance, days on the ship around the pools are great so don't think for one minute that you need to get off because you don't. The gym is fantastic, i use a well known gym that has great equipment and facilities but this gym is huge and has everything you could ever want, it more than equalled what i'm used to. I also used the spa, im no spa guru but it was sooooo nice! lots of treatments on offer and superb facilities. I had a full massage as it was on offer and it was great but i wasn't keen on the 15 or so minutes after when the Masseur tried to convince me that i needed to buy a few hundrered dollars worth of oils that i should rub in to my skin twice a day. Now as a man that isn't going to happen! i told her i will stick to my £2 Dove moisturising bath cream so i walked away financially in a healthy condition! I bought three boxes of sickness tablets, what a waste of money! you hardly know the ship is moving, I couldn't believe it. There were lots of kids about but if you want some quiet time then there is an 'adults only' pool area so you can escape the noise. However, it didn't bother me and it was nice to see lots of people of all ages enjoying themselves, plus there was always music on around the pool and i preferred that as opposed to complete silence! All of the staff were so friendly, seriously i couldn't fault any of them and that includes everyone from the cleaning staff to the entertainment staff. I didn't get any phone signal whilst the ship was sailing so if you want to phone ot txt home then do it when the ship is in port. Now if betting is your thing then the casino is massive but i'm happy to report that i didn't lose a single euro or dollar! If you have been on a cruise before then none of this will be new to you but if you haven't then you need to seriously go on one. Please note that all of my feedback relates to a particular ship / crusie line. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Having read reviews on NCL Cruises I decided to bite the bullet and book a holiday with Norwegian Epic. The main attraction for me was that it was my first Cruise and I was traveling alone. I checked out the website and found that this ... Read More
Having read reviews on NCL Cruises I decided to bite the bullet and book a holiday with Norwegian Epic. The main attraction for me was that it was my first Cruise and I was traveling alone. I checked out the website and found that this particular Ship had Solo Staterooms and a Singles' lounge. The price was so good and the reviews made me feel confident that this was the one for me. All the bookings and the information on tickets etc were online. I did however book originally through an agent. I finally flew to Barcelona and had a transfer to the Ship. Once at the Dock, everything was efficiently sorted out and in no time I was on the Ship. I have to use a crutch to walk with due to my disabilities problem. I was looked after in many ways on the ship and any time when I went on any excursions. The Service on board was very good and the Solo cabin was more roomy than it looked on the website. Plenty of storage and comfortable bed. The Steward was very efficient and nothing was too much trouble. He was friendly and worked hard but always had a smile and a greeting whenever he saw me in the corridor. The food on the Ship in the main restaurants was very good and presented well. The staff on the ship always made sure that everything went smoothly and everything was kept clean and tidy. There were various restaurants where for a charge did something different. The Moderno Restaurant also Brazilian was very good. Especially if you enjoy your meat. Service second to none. The Buffet had plenty of choice and iced tea, water and tea and coffee were free at the Buffet area. So was ice cream. The pub also served meals 24 hours free of charge. The Theatre had two main shows. The 'Burn the Floor' show was excellent and it was amazing how good the dancers and singers were. It was something quite original and not the day to day type of musical. The other show was three different acts impersonating three different people. On my trip it was Sting, Gloria Estaphan and Rod Stewart. Not perfect but most of the audience enjoyed it. There are various other forms of entertainment and plenty of different lounges. Singing and dancing outside on the pool deck and an outside Cinema with very up to date Films. If you have children it was great as there were special entertainment areas for them. There were a number of various excursions on each day of various prices and levels of walking etc. It was a perfect way of having a holiday alone and if you are willing to join in with others, you soon make some friends. I think because it is not as formal as some other Ships people are more friendly and are ready to enjoy their holiday. The Ship gave you a newsletter every day so you can see what is happening in different parts of the ship. The Captain spoke over a loud speaker and also kept us up to date on where we were etc. The television gives you up to date information on what you have spent on board (in Dollars). It also has information on all the excursions so you can work out what is best for you. There are different information desks so you can always be sure to speak to someone if you have a problem or need advice on anything. When it came to the end of the cruise disembarkation was very efficiently handled and labels for your Suitcases were given the day before leaving the ship. A wonderful holiday. I am sure that I will go again in the next year or so. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
My expectations wee high, but they were exceeded.my first fear was that the cabin would be uninviting but the fitted wardrobe/sink together with the shower incorporated into your solo studio stateroom have the effect of making it appear ... Read More
My expectations wee high, but they were exceeded.my first fear was that the cabin would be uninviting but the fitted wardrobe/sink together with the shower incorporated into your solo studio stateroom have the effect of making it appear larger. I put the television on channel 22 and muted the sound to give the view from the bridge which was my proxy porthole. The studio lounge coffee and drinks were good and I felt th cruise coordinator did a good job at bringing inning the diverse nationalities together. The food was very good I was impressed by the fact that the included restaurants had a good menu which changed daily and were not buffets.also I liked the breakfast served to my table "eggs benedict". The shuttle buses to PLma & Marseille were a good service. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This was my 4th annual Mediterranean trip onboard Epic. The ship is looking good for her age, due her first dry dock next year. After having done the main entertainment several time I still enjoyed a different set of "legends in ... Read More
This was my 4th annual Mediterranean trip onboard Epic. The ship is looking good for her age, due her first dry dock next year. After having done the main entertainment several time I still enjoyed a different set of "legends in concert". But howl at the moon was probably the best three I've seen. Food was great as ever, albeit no free ice cream with Apple pie at O'Sheehans anymore! As always. It's the crew who make or break a cruise and this years had some experienced professionals Id seen in years past. The only let down was the ncl transfers and check-in. Worse yet. We had to wait 1.5hrs in a hot airport arrivals hall and then at check-in was sent to an overflow area which had no separate platinum Lattitudes check-in area.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
The word I used most all week must have been 'amazing!'. I was an extremely nervous first time solo traveller. I chose a cruise because of the social promises made by NCL. I was not disappointed. The studio cabins were perfect ... Read More
The word I used most all week must have been 'amazing!'. I was an extremely nervous first time solo traveller. I chose a cruise because of the social promises made by NCL. I was not disappointed. The studio cabins were perfect for one and I was very comfortable, I loved the little touches like the mood lighting, towel sculptures, the dial outside the door to say Do not disturb/ turn down bed...etc. my only criticism of the cabin is that my shower cubicle didn't drain very well so the shower tray filled up within seconds, but it never overflowed so maybe this was a ship thing. After finding my way around I went to the studio lounge at 6.30pm as instructed on a board in the lounge and about 15 of us turned up ranging in age from late 20's to 60's. The cruise host got all the introductions sorted and had everyone smiling within 10mins so we went to The Taste restaurant for our first dinner, the host came too and organised free bottles of white and red wine for us and then worked hard to get to know everybody and point out connections between us. His attention to detail was superb. He disappeared very quickly as he had the busiest schedule I have ever seen, he was all over the ship each day. Dinners were pre-arranged for each night based on what we were interested in doing. By the end of the week he was organising 2 events for the different groups that had boarded through the week. He often supplied free drinks like the champagne for the evening sail away meet up in the spice bar on deck when we left Civitivecchia. Free drinks became important once we realised how expensive they were! One issue we did have in Taste and Manhattan Garden (the 2 main inclusive restaurants at night) the service was slow if you weren't down there and seated by 7pm and secondly the food was great but not suited to dairy/gluten free diets. This is a weakness that should be addressed. The ship appeared to be great for families with the garden cafe, sundeck, teen area and kids water park, but I found the adults only sun deck, bar and food area more peaceful and a lot less chaotic. At night we did do some shows and the Cirque dinner is great, highly recommended. Most evenings we ended up in the Bliss lounge which seemed to change activities every hour so was quite entertaining each night. I didn't do the casino but the martini bar was lovely too. My only disappointment is the jazz bar, when in Europe there is no jazz!!! They put on a Beatles tribute band every night which was very annoying as I had been looking forward to getting some jazz time! I am not a sunbather so I bought a spa pass for the week which was $149 for the week and you could go as often and as long as you liked, I went around 9 am most days for 2 hours and it was always empty. I did do excursions to Herculanium, Florence and Pisa and then Barcelona on the last day. All excursions were brilliant and extremely well organised. They were expensive but I understood why when I saw how they worked, we used all the fastest toll roads, air conditioned coaches, excellent guides, lunches were in very nice hotels and free bottles of water were provided through the week. I hopped off at Palma and Cannes and just wondered around myself, both were very easy and I felt safe doing that alone. So all in all it was an amazing week, I met some fantastic people who I am keeping in touch with and it surpassed all my dreamy expectations by a country mile. Before I left the ship I put my deposit down for the next cruise which earned me $100 off my on board bill and I have 4 years to use the deposit on any NCL cruise. Can't wait for the new ships sailing from the UK - all with studio cabins. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
I did quite a bit of research before this cruise to find something that would suit my likes and budget. I'm 66, retired and travel on my own. Looking for reasonable comfort, quality food and sunshine. I quickly honed in on NCL and ... Read More
I did quite a bit of research before this cruise to find something that would suit my likes and budget. I'm 66, retired and travel on my own. Looking for reasonable comfort, quality food and sunshine. I quickly honed in on NCL and especially the Norwegian Epic. I really liked their concept of Freestyle Dining, large choice of restaurants and the Epic's studio cabins. They looked well designed and appointed. And the pricing worked out within my budget. I don't need an outside cabin. Couldn't find anyone else with this sort of offering. In choosing late August I managed a balance between price and, I hoped, good weather. Whilst I'm not too bothered about the itinerary, it still offered some interesting ports should I decide to explore. I stayed before the cruise with friends in the south of Spain and then got the hi-speed AVE direct from Malaga to Barcelona. Stayed overnight at the Barcelo Sants hotel directly above the station. Excellent value, recommended. That evening went out for some tapas just off Las Ramblas with some fellow cruisers I'd met on-line through a roll call on cruisecritic.com. (We then had a meeting with some of the officers on the first day at sea which gave us some contacts if we needed them. I was also able to meet and get to know quite a few people on the cruise. Recommend you join a roll call.) A taxi down to the port had a surcharge on it (13 euros?) but it was easier for me than getting the metro and then finding the shuttle bus. Arrived at 10:30, checked-in in 10 minutes and then had to wait around 45 minutes to board (I think they started boarding at 11:00). So very easy and hassle free. Our cabins were ready an hour or so later and my luggage was in my cabin. I had a studio cabin in deck 12, forward and next to the private studio lounge. I was very impressed with the studio. Clean, modern design with a surprising amount of space. Separate toilet and shower, large double bed and excellent bedding and pillows - very comfortable. Not much space at the side of the bed was a minor drawback. I would definitely recommend this type of cabin for any single traveller. I should also add that the cabin steward was first class although I couldn't understand at first why he knocked on my door as I was getting ready for dinner. It took me 2 days to realise there was a circular 'do not disturb/ready for cleaning' disc on the door! I wandered round the ship for a while and was generally impressed with its design, layout and the space of the public areas. I had dinner that night in the Taste Contemporary restaurant. A bit surprised about how good the food was and the service was excellent. I had a very minor complaint and it was dealt with quickly and efficiently by the maitre d(spelling?). I had dinner there a couple of times more and breakfast every morning and was always satisfied - except, as usual, for the tea. I can never get waiters to follow the instructions on the tea bag and add boiling water to the tea bag - very British (well, I'm actually Scottish). I purchased an internet wi-fi package for my iPad - just to download the Guardian each day as I'm a news addict. It worked well. I also purchased a week long pass to the Posh sunbathing area - I think it was around $75. I do like my comforts when sunbathing and this turned out to be great for me. It is forward, up 3 decks by outside lift from the pool deck which it overlooks. With a bar, lots of very comfortable loungers and chairs, it was only half full on the sea day and almost empty most other days. Recommended if it appeals to you. There is also a similar area on the same deck at the bow (no bar or shade) but sometimes you couldn't access it and I never got a clear answer as to whether it was reserved for Haven guest or not. During the cruise I didn't go on any excursions. I though the NCL excursions were very expensive. I was also worried about crowds/traffic in the heat when visiting the Amalfi Coast, Rome and Florence (I've been to all these places before even if it was many years ago - around 50 if you must ask). So I didn't join up with some of my fellow roll call members who had organised their own tours for much less than the NCL ones. It seems it is possible to find independent tours in most ports for a very reasonable price if you can find 5 or 6 others. I only went ashore in Naples and Livorno. Naples was easy to explore as there were several open-top, jump on/off buses which left from outside the dock - less than a 5 minute walk from the Epic. I took one which took us up to a park high above the city. Great views. In Livorno there was a shuttle into town which took a while to get out of the dock area - maybe 15 minutes in all. I think there was a small charge. The tourist people at the dock handed out a leaflet which detailed 4 walking tours (about an hour each, walking slowly, no hills, on your own) which I found great. I took one tour featuring markets and canals. Livorno is a pleasant town well worth wandering round. I ate most nights in one or other of the speciality restaurants (extra charge $15 to $25). Food and service were generally very good. I particularly enjoyed Shanghai and the noodle bar. The meal I had in Le Bistro was not as good as the others. I would particularly like to complement the range and quality of the food in the buffet. It was superior to any others I have had of this type. I never had a problem finding a table when I went right up to the seating in the bow. After dinner each night I enjoyed strolling around and listening to the various music options. It was great to be listening to a pianist with a glass of wine one moment, sampling the 'duelling pianos' the next, and then having a beer in Fat Cats Jazz and Blues Club. Where else, other than on a cruise, would you have such easy access to such entertainment. And all the musicians seemed to be of a high standard. Of the shows the only one I tried was the Blue Man Group. I just wandered in one evening without a reservation. There were plenty of seats. They were very funny and inventive so you should try them out if you are on the Epic. A trifle long for me ( an hour is enough) but it was easy to leave without disturbing anyone else. Disembarkation back in Barcelona was easy and well run. The only minor problem was that I got to the airport far too early. In summary, everything about the cruise met, or were greater than, my expectations. Both NCL and the Epic provide a first class and good value product to be highly recommended. Only if you enjoy something smaller or more intimate should you not consider cruising with them. And even then, the Haven suites might suit you. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
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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