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  1. I hope my review will be of help to any solo travellers due to travel on Epic and some of the content will be of interest to non solos. Suzanne
  2. I was on Epic from Rome on 15th May. We arrived back in Rome at 06.00 and EVERYONE who had an NCL transfer to the airport had to leave the ship at 06.30 irrespective of their flight times - this was awful for some, like myself who did not have return flights until late pm. If going ashore independently with your own onward arrangements then the latest time you were allowed to stay on board was, I think, 09.00. Suzanne
  3. On arrival at the port in Rome your luggage is taken by porters (no need to tip). Make sure you have your luggage labels attached so that baggage handlers know where to send them. Hang on to any hand luggage though. Cases were pretty quick in reaching cabin. Have a great time. Suzanne
  4. Thanks for that info. Will have to check out options. Suzanne
  5. Sorry I put I. An extra figure at end - it should read www.cruisecritic.co.uk/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=658594 Suzanne
  6. Have just travelled as a solo on Epic. You are correct in thinking that only those in Studio Cabins will have their cruise cards indicating they have access to the studio lounge at all times but anyone travelling solo is welcome to join the solo gathering in the Lounge each evening (5-7pm) and can link up with other solos to go to dinner/see shows etc. Of course you could always get friendly with one of the solo who have a studio cabin and they can let you into the lounge! i have written a review of my cruise which might give you some tips and it can be found at www.cruisecritic.co.uk/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=6585948 Good luck,with your plans Suzanne
  7. Thanks for taking time to read the review and thanks too for the info on Escape and Getaway
  8. I was on Epic 15th May from Rome and have posted a review which although written from a solo traveller's viewpoint I hope it will give others some insight as to what to expect on this itinerary. www.cruisecritic.co.uk/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=658594 Suzanne
  9. I was on Epic 15th May from Rome in a studio cabin. I have written a review of the cruise which can be found at: www.cruisecritic.co.uk/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=658594 which will, I hope, give you some tips. Suzanne
  10. I have a question for Olden. The ships tours (Princess Sapphire) all seem to have the glacier tour with the hike. I have mobility problems so wonder if I can get tickets for this tour to include the troll cars if I go to the Tourist Information Office once we dock or should I contact them and book in advance . We will be in Olden on July 9th and will not be tendering and are the only ship there that day. Can you tell me if I need to pay in local currency or if credit cards are accepted. Many thanks and congratulations on such an informative posting. Suzanne from UK
  11. I have been on Norwegian Epic twice and will be returning on 15th May. The studio cabins are not huge but have all the amenities you would want. There is a Studio Lounge which has a dedicated crew member who will arrange for groups of solo passengers to dine together/go to shows together and even organise shore excursions. There is no obligation to join in but it is a nice place to meet your fellow solo travellers. I made some good friends on my first trip on Epic and met up with some of them on my second cruise. We are still In contact with each other and some good friendships have been formed. It’s a pity more cruise lines do not have the studio cabins and the services of a crew member. Suron (Suzanne in Bristol UK)
  12. When I first sailed on Epic I had a balcony cabin but was travelling solo. I went to Guest Services and they swiped my card to indicate I was a solo and I was then able to access the Studio Lounge to meet up,with other solos. On my next time I was in a studio cabin and it was great, especially as it avoided the dreaded single supplements! Am booked into a studio on the 15th May sailing from Rome and am looking forward to visiting places I could not get to on my last trips and revisiting some favourite sights Suzanne
  13. I have been Epic twice before and am booked for 15 th May from Rome. The itinerary is the same as before but there are still places I want to visit. For me as a solo traveller the Epic scores highly because the studio cabins mean no solo supplements, there is the Studio Lounge where solos can meet up each evening and there is a crew member assigned to the Lounge. He/she will arrange for groups to dine together, go to the shows and even arrange shore excursions. The entertainment is good although some people don’t like having to pre-book this. Food enjoyable but if I am honest not as good as some other cruise lines. Overall for me it represents good value for money. Suzanne (Bristol, UK)
  14. Have just returned from cruise on MSC Seaview and whilst in Malta we arranged a private tour through Malta Tours. We were a party of five. We were met at the port gates at 9am by our guide Audrey and we had a seven seater car waiting with a charming driver. Audrey was fantastic - so knowledgeable and she made the whole tour so interesting. We made our first stop at the Blue Grotto and were one of the first boats to go out. We avoided the huge crowds of the ships tours by arranging a private tour and were able to visit places where no coach could negotiate the narrow roads through the villages. The Blue Grotto was amazing and I would recommend it highly (the tickets for this were Euros 8 each extra). The boat ride lasted 45 mins and each cavern had something unique about it. The colours were awesome and the rock formations spectacular. The boatsman was very interesting and nothing was rushed. It was very safe - everyone had to wear the life jacket provided. For anyone who cannot manage the steep slopes up and down to the jetty there is even a little shuttle cart service for Euro 1 each way - I made use of this as I have mobility problems. From the Blue Grotto we went to Dingli Cliffs which were really lovely. We then went on to Rabat and Medina (the silent City) where we walked through the quaint cobbled streets. There is also the horse drawn carriage which will take you around if you do not want to walk too much but we took a leisurely stroll around. Audrey showed us all the places where they had filmed Game of Thrones in Mdina and we also learned that she and a couple of the carriage drivers had been extras on the film set (we saw her photos to prove it and we can now say we have met one of the stars of the film!!). We had free time in Mdina and had enjoyed some delicious coffee and cake in one of the restaurants and afterwards did some souvenir shopping. Audrey did give us the option to be dropped off in Valletta and for us to make our own way back to the ship (about 15 min walk) but as we have visit Malta before we asked to be taken back to the ship. We got back to the port at around 2.30pm. The cost of the tour with the guide and driver was 240Euros for us all - far cheaper than the ships tours and so much more relaxed and hassle free. A most enjoyable tour. Suron
  15. I received an e mail offering me 20% off shore excursions for my up and coming cruise on Seaview. When I went into it and priced up a tour to,Pompeii it came up at £54 per adult and this was the price already with a discount. On checking MSC Shore Excursions (without entering a booking reference) the same tour was showing at £47. Phoned MSC who could not explain different prices but they are looking into it! Just make sure you check prices before committing to any tour. Suron in Bristol UK
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