4 Norwegian Epic Cruise Reviews for Spring Break Cruises to Europe - Western Mediterranean

This was our first cruise that we had been on, always feeling it was not for us. Anyway on strong recommendation we decided to try a relatively easy cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines. It was myself and wife who went and....... Wow ! From ... Read More
This was our first cruise that we had been on, always feeling it was not for us. Anyway on strong recommendation we decided to try a relatively easy cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines. It was myself and wife who went and....... Wow ! From leaving Manchester and then embarking all went smoothly. We were in awe of the size of the ship, and thought with the number of people getting on it would be an age. Not so, embarkation was smooth and at the right pace. on the check in we were given our cabin number which proved to be beautifully appointed, with a sea facing balcony. For the whole of our trip we slept like babies in the very comfortable beds .It was great to watch the sunsets from our balcony, and wake to the ship docking in our next destination. Sailing was smooth and we got used to the movement within 1/2 day. The standard of décor and cleanliness on board was excellent, as was the dining experience in any of the many restaurants we used. Entertainment was varied and of good quality, and with all the other activities available, it was impossible not to be occupied. We actually stayed on board rather than go on land, twice, as we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of just sitting around and relaxing. The disembarkation process went well, caught our flight, and were back in Manchester for Lunch ! Will we do it again ? Definitely, just where too next ? Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We stayed three days (4 nights) in Barcelona prior to starting our cruise and really loved the experience. It meant we had chance to see something of a fantastic city before boarding the ship and had no pressures or worries about getting ... Read More
We stayed three days (4 nights) in Barcelona prior to starting our cruise and really loved the experience. It meant we had chance to see something of a fantastic city before boarding the ship and had no pressures or worries about getting there on time. Loved Barcelona! I read a lot of reviews about the Epic prior to going and wasn't quite sure what to expect. However, I have to say that our expectations were exceeded on all fronts. We found absolutely nothing to complain about. We had an aft facing balcony cabin on deck 13 and, as advertised, the views from the balcony were spectacular, although, yes, there was some vibration and a little noise when docking but I can't say it bothered either my husband or I. Neither were we bothered by the opaque shower and toilet doors which some people seem to find so upsetting and there is a curtain if you want more privacy. The food on board was amazing and, whilst you could manage without eating in the speciality restaurants, I personally think an upgrade for at least half the nights you spend on board is excellent value for money. The Spiegel tent and Cirque due Dreams is a real must in terms of entertainment and, in truth, all the entertainment on board is of excellent quality. We only did two organised trips (Amalfi Coast and a Tuscan vineyard) both of which were very good but certainly, in some ports of call, it is very easy to get off and wander round under your own steam and the information provided on the TV screen in your cabin is very helpful. In particular, Sicily and Sardinia are very easy to do on your own and at your own pace. If you want to tailor your cruise to be as relaxed or energetic as you want it to be and don't want to have to be over formal, I think you'd struggle to do better than this. It's sometimes nice not to get off at some ports of call so you can just take the time to enjoy the ship and it's facilities. If you're looking for your own place at meals and your own waiter etc and a more organised and formal system, then it's not for you. We loved it and would definitely go again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was a rebooked cruise as we had to cancel our last cruise due to an accident. I can honestly say that is worth the wait. The ship is big, very big. However, I never felt that I could not get away and find somewhere quiet, even ... Read More
This was a rebooked cruise as we had to cancel our last cruise due to an accident. I can honestly say that is worth the wait. The ship is big, very big. However, I never felt that I could not get away and find somewhere quiet, even on a sea day. There are so many hidden areas, quiet areas, adult only areas and of course the pool deck. I travelled with my partner and two teenage boys. One, we never saw after he joined up with others of his age at the club. He found a group of like minded teenagers and spent 10 days eating and chatting with them. The other teenager is a very fussy eater and for the first time on any holiday, he was often full. Heeling hated in the fact he could snack 24-7! He always found something to eat especially the lovely fresh fruit always available. Mostly we ate in either Taste restaurant or Manhatten. Both have similar menus and are waiter service. I really enjoyed the free style seating arrangements and we met some really lovely people from all around the world. We also eat in the Bistro, a la Carte restaurant which was an absolute delight. I can also recommend the Shanghai CHinese restaurant which is one of the restaurants included in the freestyle eating. If you like dressing up to go to dinner, as I do, I found that the are plenty of others who do too. Nothing too grand as a dinner jacket and formal ball gowns but plenty of evening dresses and men in collar and tie. There are also plenty of people that do not free but if that I'd your preference there are lots of restaurants without a dress code. We were very lucky to be chosen to attend the Captains dinner. This was not publicised very well but you put your name into the draw via the customer services desk. The dinner was again in the Speigel tent but every table had 6-8 guests and one uniformed officer on each. We sat with 4 Spanish guests that did not speak any English but we had a lot of fun speaking Spanglish! I can also highly recommend the drinks package as drinks are expensive and you will find yourself drinking more than you expect, either alcoholic or otherwise. We could of easily had a large bill to pay at the end. We, the adults of the party, booked ourselves a spa cabin, 14119. It was on the last occupied cabins deck before the pool deck. This meant we were only one floor away from the buffet restaurant and the outside area. We were never disturbed by any noise and actually found it a big advantage. We were also on the same floor as the spa. This for us was a bonus. Everyday, we spent at least an hour in the spa either in the main pool (the temperature of a warm bath) or on the hot beds. They also have a wonderful outside area, where you can sit and relax whilst getting a uninterrupted views across the water. The entertainment on board is take it as you want it. Everywhere the are interactive boards where you can book the free entertainment such as 'Burn the floor' or Priscilla. Both are fantastic shows. We also booked seats for the SPeigel tent. We booked the premium seats but it seems so did everyone else. There did not seem to me, that we got anything extra or closer to the performers. But it was good fun and the food was nice. I also attended several classes on sea days, such as Salsa class, Swing class and how to make sushi class. My partner attended a photography lecture and a towel folding class. All things we would not normally do but a good distraction when we needed to get out of the sun. We arranged all our shore excursions ourselves. This was extremely easy after a little investigation work on the Internet. The ship itself also gives you lots of helpful advise on independent travel within each destination. The only downside ,I think I would say was the casino floor. When walking from after to forward you end up going through the casino and slot machines which take up an entire floor. But as they say if you cannot beat them, join them. We decided to spend $10 one evening and with winning and losing we ended up equal each night and that $10 lasted us the whole cruise. In fact we ended up with $50 which we cashed in On the last night. Overall, a great cruise. Good food, good company, WONDERFULLY friendly staff, nice cabin (yes a bit small but we were not in it much) and yes, I would go again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Hi. We are a family of 4, with 2 girls aged 6 & 5. This was our 9th cruise (all 9 with NCL) and our 4th time on the Epic. We had the package where the drinks, speciality dining were included free and also a package of 50 photos. ... Read More
Hi. We are a family of 4, with 2 girls aged 6 & 5. This was our 9th cruise (all 9 with NCL) and our 4th time on the Epic. We had the package where the drinks, speciality dining were included free and also a package of 50 photos. Boarding at Barcelona was easy and well managed. We were quickly on the ship. We did have to wait until 14:00GMT for our room to be ready but had our hand luggage prepared for this; with changes of clothes and swimming outfits ready. We didn't mind the wait as we were on early and the Garden Buffet and bars were open and serving :) Kids Club sign up was quick and friendly. The kids club is excellent. I cant think of a better equipped or staff kids club (other than another large cruise ship). Throughout the cruise, the kids club kept the variety up and it was everything we could do to pull our girls out of there. They both loved it even though they were in different groups. The friends they made there transferred to the pool well too. When the room was ready, everything was in order. We did find it a little more squeezed as we had 12 days of clothes for 4, but in hindsight we over-packed. The sail away was seamless. The speciality dining and the upgrades were noticeable, especially at La Cucina. The Manhattan Room and Taste both looked fresh and were great, but the menus were limited and didn't really change. We were glad we had the speciality dining for variety. Bar Service on the ship was excellent. So many were on the free drinks package, that you didn't have to sign the bill, which we had experienced on previous cruises and found to be a bit of a pain, so that was a big plus. The new Cavern Club is excellent, but VERY popular. If you are going, go early for a seat. The shows: Cirque was excellent; well worth it. Burn the Floor was OK and worth seeing. Priscilla; Queen of the Desert was stunning. The best show I've seen on any cruise by a mile. Not one for the kids as there is bad language (a little) and a lot of sexual suggestions. That's a bit of a shame as other than that the kids would have loved it, but cant be helped I guess. Everywhere else on the ship; the music was great and we never felt was too loud: just right. Having the photo package was great and we did get 50 great memories. All bar one of the photographers were excellent. One of them was just in a mood the whole trip. We didn't spend much on this holiday; I got the unlimited spa, but not sure if it was really worth it. The pool deck wasn't that busy. We did the laundry offer half way for 19.99, which was worth it and showed us we could have travelled with less. Around the ship, the upgrades were all noticeable and welcomed. We do think this was our best cruise yet. Excursions: Overall, the NCL excursions were very expensive and not worth the money. There is now a non-cruise company following the boat around ports offering the same tours at a fraction of the price. We didn't use them, but our parents did and thought they were great. Day 2 - Cartegena, Spain: A nice stop, but there is little to do (but in the same way there is little to do in Cannes: its just nice to stroll around). You can walk off the ship and walk around the main parts of the town in an hour. Definitely one to do yourself. Day 4 - Cagliari; Sardinia: A stunning spot. Lots of history. Again, you can walk off the ship and walk around the main parts of the town in a few hours. We rented a car close to the ship for 35euro and went to Chia Beach for the day. Whilst stunning, it was off season, so it was deserted and local shops etc. were closed Day 6 - Palermo; Sicily: This was the GEM stop. Was not expecting Palermo to be so good. Again, you can walk off the ship and walk around the main parts of the town in a few hours. Although, given just how nice, it might be better to get a walking tour for this one. We did it ourselves. The horse drawn carriages outside were expensive and not really worth it in hindsight. There were much better ones at Pisa. Day 8 - Naples; Italy: It was a bad weather day. We had decided to go to Capri for the day, which in hindsight was a mistake. The boat to Capri was rough and Capri isn't that nice in the rain. If the weather had been good though it would have been a different day. This stop in particular we noticed NCL excursions were very expensive (e.g. Pompei and the Amalfi Coast was ~ 350USD and the same one with the tour group was 79EUR!). Day 9 - Rome; Italy: We got the local train in for 12euros return (5euros for the kids), which brought us into the centre of Rome and gave us free Metro/ Bus use for the day too). We got to all the main tourist stops (Colluseum/ Trivi Fountain/Pantheon/Vatican) via metro and bus. We didn't go into the Colluseum or Vatican but would have had time for one of them. We cut the day short as the kids were in meltdown. Day 10 - Livorno (Pisa/Florence); Italy: By this stage we were all exhausted. So many big stops in a row. We hired a car for 80 euros and 3 of our party drove to Pisa ourselves. It was a little more than we hoped to pay but we were able to get it right outside the boat and drop it off there too after. It also gave us flexibility on time as we only went to Pisa in the afternoon. Day 12 - Palma; Majorca - We found out there was a local fun fair on as it was Easter: it was AMAZING. Huge! Great value and a great find. Good fun with little kids. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
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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