Norwegian Epic Cruise Review by moppenheim85
- Sail Date: May 2018
- Destination: Western Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
Embarkation was quick and easy, much better than boarding a flight.
We loved the ship. We couldn't believe how big it was and it felt like you were on a moving town rather than on a boat. We thought it looked very new, and loved the decorations.
I didn't really like the buffet restaurant but my husband did. I found it too crowded and a bit overwhelming. Taste and Manhattan were both great. We didn't book tables and never had much of a wait. If we did have to wait we were given a buzzer, so we would go off somewhere else on the ship, have a drink, check out some of the entertainment, and head back to the restaurant when the buzzer went off. We loved the food. We also ate in the Chinese both the main Chinese restaurant and the noodle bar. Staff there were amazing and so accommodating. Although in the same venue they were quite different and it was worth going to both. We did have some on board credit which we hadn't used, so we went to Cagney's on the last night. Cagney's was absolutely amazing. We didn't want to leave, the food and the atmosphere were just incredible.
We had a beverage package which made the cruise stress free. Knowing there would be no big bill at the end. I thought the bar staff were great. And we seemed to get table service at loads of the different bars which we weren't expecting, but was a great surprise.
The entertainment was fantastic. We loved Priscilla. A lot of people walked out which surprised us. It was so well executed. I loved Burn the Floor, but my husband wasn't a big fan of it. We spent a lot of time at duelling pianos, and they were really talented, there was no request they couldn't sing. We spent one night at cirque, and this was well worth the extra money. I didn't really like having to rush our food down, but once the show started I could see why.
The gym was very spacious with amazing views. I tried a spin class but thought it wasn't great, and is quite expensive. The spin instructor seemed quite disappointed with the tip I gave. To be honest, it was probably the worst spin class I've ever done, and no one ever tips spin instructors in any gym I've been to, so I guessed what I thought was reasonable, but she looked so upset, and I left wishing I hadn't bothered with the class at all.
I thought the service everywhere was just fantastic. Obviously it's a huge ship and get busy, but there was never much of a wait.
At the ports we didn't do any of the NCL trips as they were exponentially more expensive than locally ran trips, which seemed very similar.
I would absolutely LOVE to travel with Norwegian cruise line again!
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