Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by familyfun1909
- Sail Date: May 2015
- Destination: Western Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Family Mini-Suite with Balcony
The embarkation process that I normally dread was the smoothest I have ever had. Our cabin was ready immediately and our luggage was delivered within the hour.
My son loved the Teen club and made friends from all over the world.
We decided to splurge on the dining package, that was a big mistake. We loved the Cirque Dreams dinner show and the Moderno (Brazilian) was excellent. The others were mediocre. I was most disappointed in Cagney's Steakhouse. It bills itself as a Chicago/NY style steakhouse. I would compare it to Outback, or Longhorn. Not a bad family place, but nowhere close to the quality of meat and sides that I was expecting. The French place was so, so and the Italian place was terrible. We did enjoy the Japanese place, but nothing special.
The entertainment was good, but no variety, all song and dance. No magic, No comedy (Not even in the comedy club) I was disappointed that they replaced Blue Man Group with another song and dance act.
We did not book any cruise ship sponsored excursions, because of the staggering cost. For the three Italian ports we booked a private car and driver for three for similar money if not less. www.shoreexcursionsinitaly.net. We found value in other ports as well.
I very much dislike the $12.95 pp/day "service charge" that is distributed by the line at their discretion. I like tipping guidelines, but they should be earned by those who make my vacation special. Our Steward Anthony did a great job, so I hope he got a healthy share. I do not know who gets the rest. We did not use the MDR and they charged us 18% on everything else.
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I am glad we did not spend much time in it.
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