1. Home
  2. Find a Cruise
  3. Norwegian Epic
  4. 7 Night Western Mediterranean Cruise from Rome (Civitavecchia)

7 Night Western Mediterranean Cruise from Rome

7 Night Western Mediterranean Cruise from Rome (Civitavecchia)

Save
Norwegian Epic
Loading ...

Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Rome (Civitavecchia)
  • Day 2
    Florence (Livorno)
  • Day 3
    Cannes
  • Day 4
    Palma de Mallorca
  • Day 5
    Barcelona
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Naples
  • Day 8
    Rome (Civitavecchia)

Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Epic - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Jam-packed with 24/7 entertainment for singles, couples, families and groups

Cons

Confusing corridors and congested main decks

Bottom line

Fun, fun, fun for everyone


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: June 2019
EPIC may be a great cruise ship for the Mediterranean Sea: Spain, Italy, and France are the epic draw while the ship offers a decent experience while getting you from port to port. It's not a bad ship. If you're booked on her ... Read More
EPIC may be a great cruise ship for the Mediterranean Sea: Spain, Italy, and France are the epic draw while the ship offers a decent experience while getting you from port to port. It's not a bad ship. If you're booked on her for a future cruise, you won't really be disappointed. It's just not a standout. Certainly, there are several impressive features. NCL's freestyle vibe is refreshing. The entertainment is quite impressive (The Beatles, Burn the Floor, Priscilla, and Cirque Dreams are stellar). And there's plenty onboard fun to keep every member of the family busy. For this and many more reasons, EPIC is a good cruise ship. It's just not a great cruise ship. This was our 9th cruise, but our first on Norwegian. So maybe some of my comments aren't so much about EPIC as they are about NCL in general. If you're a huge EPIC or NCL fan, I promise to balance the negatives with an equal number of positives. Embarkation in Barcelona could not have been more smooth. The entire process probably lasted no more than twenty minutes. Boarding a ship that is already half-full of passengers who embarked in another port was a completely new experience for us. That made it quite interesting. Even though each passenger reports for only one muster drill, there is one every Sunday and Wednesday. We had open minds about the split bathroom concept. We had read many different opinions about it. In the end, it's not a deal breaker, of course, but it is just plain weird. At one point, my hands were full and our kind cabin steward wanted to help me into the room. Normally this would be wonderful, but I could hear my wife in the frosted glass shower, which is immediately at the door when you walk in. The privacy curtain only separates the toilet/shower from the rest of the stateroom and not from anyone who comes walking into the room. Odd and kind of creepy. This room setup could create some awkward moments for families! In our case, the bed was closer to the door and across from the sink (yes, out in the middle of the room). This meant that it was also next to the toilet which is enclosed in a sliding frosted glass-style sort-of phone booth type thing. There's a reason this design was never duplicated anywhere else in the fleet. The wavy walls are really attractive, though, and the rooms look sleek and modern. There's abundant storage everywhere. We had an aft cabin on the 13th floor, and the balcony was generously sized. We would love to have had lounge chairs out there, and there would have been more than enough room. The two chairs and table were adequate, though. Nobody takes a cruse for the TV experience, but if you expect to fall asleep watching riveting entertainment, you'll be disappointed. There's one international movie channel, one "favorites" movie channel, a host of NCL promotional channels, a few news channels based in Europe, and an Italian network or two. Dining on EPIC was an outstanding experience for us. We ate in Cagney's, Shanghai, La Cucina, Taste, Teppanyaki, and the Cirque Dreams experience. The food met or exceeded our expectations and the service was always attentive and friendly. I am a generous tipper, but I did find it a bit much to have an extra tip line for "outstanding" service on the check when I had already prepaid dining tips upon signing up for this package. These are completely separate tips from the overall prepaid tips you always pay before a cruise. So, essentially, I ended up tipping twice for four meals. Nobody made me do it, of course, but I did feel kind of like it was expected. The public areas on the ship are beautiful. EPIC is a luxurious ship, and it shows. However, there are almost no ocean views from any public spaces (except, oddly enough, one entire wall of windows in the men's room on the pool deck). While it would have been nice to see more of the amazing Mediterranean views when in interior public spaces, there are plenty of views from the pool deck and Spice H20 in the rear of the ship. The library and game room are really big, and I found it fun walking through the casino to get from one end to another on deck 6. We found other ships we've sailed to have more public spaces, but it seems that NCL likes to dedicate a good bit of real estate to the Haven, which is off limits to guests who are not booked there. Being only two of us, and with such a port-intensive itinerary, we chose not to spend the extra money on the Haven, as we were off the ship for up to eight or nine hours each day. It would have been nice to escape the awkward bathroom situation, though. And for that reason alone, I would recommend the Haven to families who cruise on EPIC, in spite of the fact that its very existence seems to split guests into "classes" a bit more than I prefer on a cruise ship. That seems to be the trend on many lines, though, so I don't fault NCL for offering a quiet space away from crowds and lines. We did private tours in Italy, and they were wonderful. But our excursion booked through NCL for The French Riviera (Monaco, Nice, Eze, Monte Carlo) was equally as amazing. The bus was clean, cool, and comfortable, and our tour guide was awesome. Her communication skills and knowledge of the region were highly impressive. We loved this tour! Going on EPIC soon? You'll have some things to overlook, but it's a large, fun, comfortable ship that takes you to enchanting places on the Med. Bon Voyage! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
My husband and I had a great time on the Epic! We boarded very quickly in Rome at 1:00 pm. Spent 2-1/2 days in Rome—so much to see, great food and lots of walking and cobblestones. It was much less crowded boarding in Civitavecchia, ... Read More
My husband and I had a great time on the Epic! We boarded very quickly in Rome at 1:00 pm. Spent 2-1/2 days in Rome—so much to see, great food and lots of walking and cobblestones. It was much less crowded boarding in Civitavecchia, most boarding in Barcelona and off in Rome for the day. The Epic is a beautiful ship, clean and well maintained. The food was excellent in Taste and Manhattan (even better than the Gem and Breakaway) with great selections of appetizers, soups and salads. Desserts were also delicious. Entertainment was very good—loved Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the Beatles group, Tina Turner impersonator and Burn the Floor. There was also a really good Irish rock band. The ports were all wonderful. If I had to pick favorites, it would be Livorno for Florence (beautiful) and Mallorca (lovely and delicious tapas). Tours: Used City Wonders for Vatican and Colliseum. Both tours were too long (3 hr lectures each). Used ItalyTours for Best of Florence and Classic Amalfi Coast. Florence was the best tour to see the sights and have time on your own. Ravello was very nice, as were Positano and Amalfi. The ride there and back was long with constant winding turns—I’d take a boat next time! Barcelona was beautiful with lots to see—we did 1/2 day tour with great guide from Barcelona Day tours. Cannes and Nice very nice (ship tour) but guide was rude to some on the tour. So much to see and do in every port—you will need to pace yourself! Crew was excellent, helpful and friendly. Norwegian does cruising so well! They have become my favorite cruise line. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Embarkation was fairly swift, but lacked information for passengers who had not used NCL before. The Epic is getting tired and jaded and there was a general feeling of cutbacks being made. In addition, it cannot cope with the volume of ... Read More
Embarkation was fairly swift, but lacked information for passengers who had not used NCL before. The Epic is getting tired and jaded and there was a general feeling of cutbacks being made. In addition, it cannot cope with the volume of passengers, especially on sea days. The pool for very small children was closed on several occasions and there was a definite question with regard to hygiene standards in all the the pools Entertainment was the same old, same old. Taste restaurant was of good standard, both in quality of food and service. Staff at Guest Services need to go back to the drawing board with their customer care training, they were very unimpressive in attitude and knowledge. The cabin layout makes for a feeling of being cramped, especially with young children although we booked more than one cabin. This was not our first trip on the Epic, but it will be our last. Read Less
View All Norwegian Epic Reviews
Find Your Roll Call
Connect with other Cruise Critic members on your sailing
Compare and book excursions for your next cruise