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  1. We’re sailing our 6th time with NCL on a transatlantic on the Epic and booked the guaranteed balcony rate. What have been your experiences with assigned cabin?
  2. Hello, I'm late in prepping for my cruise, so I thought I'd put together a simple survey to get feedback from past cruisers to help me get started on an itinerary. Jumping on to the Epic soon and doing the Western Mediterranean for the first time. Thanks! Landing in Barcelona the morning of departure, will I be able to drop off my bags at the ship and tour Barcelona (eyeing the Market and the Unfinished Cathedral)? Can I use my Uber app in the following locations? If not, recommended mode of transportation? Barcelona, Spain - Naples, Italy - Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy - Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy - Cannes, France - Palma, Majorca, Spain - What is your number one excursion, whether self booked or through the ship at the following locations? Barcelona, Spain - Naples, Italy - Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy - Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy - Cannes, France - Palma, Majorca, Spain - What is your number one food/drink at each location? Is there anything that's unique to that location worth finding? Barcelona, Spain - Naples, Italy - Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy - Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy - Cannes, France - Palma, Majorca, Spain - What souvenir would you recommend seeking out at each location? Barcelona, Spain - Naples, Italy - Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy - Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy - Cannes, France - Palma, Majorca, Spain - If you had to give a single pro tip for traveling in the following locations, what would it be? Barcelona, Spain - Naples, Italy - Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy - Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy - Cannes, France - Palma, Majorca, Spain - I have the specialty dining package, what are your top 3 specialty restaurants on the Epic? 1. 2. 3. Thanks!
  3. We are thinking of taking our grandchildren ages 7 and 9 on the Norwegian epic in 2020, has anyone experienced the kids club on this ship? Thank you
  4. When will NCL port update Itiernary for 12/29/19 Epic Excursionsions ? we had st marten changed to tortola and just wondering when we will be able to book an excursion to soggy dollar?
  5. Are there any handicap cabins on Epic that hold 3 people. My mom is handicapped and we just decided to add one more person to our group. The room we have now only holds 2.
  6. heview of Norwegian Epic 24th July to 31st July Flew from Manchester on the morning of the cruise and arrived at Fiumcino airport at 11.00am. I had planned on catching the train to Civitavecchia but unfortunately the Italian transport strike put an end to that idea so had to pay the exorbitant amount of $60 to NCL to go on their shuttle bus, Embarkation was pretty straight forward and was on the ship soon after 1.00pm and straight to O'Sheehans for a quick bite to eat before finding my studio cabin. This was the first time I had travelled solo and found the cabin very adequate for my needs. I only went for breakfast once in the Garden Cafe and rest of the time went to Taste for a much more leisurely breakfast. For evening meals, I went to both Manhattan and Taste and found the food very good and excellent service. As I had the Free at sea 3 meal speciality dinners, I picked out La Cucina, Le Bistro and Cagneys. What a mistake. The food in all speciality restaurants, was a lot worse than the MDR's. The food was not cooked right, at times pretty tasteless and the Petite Filet Mignon at Cagneys was certainly not worth the $26 that they were charging. In all the total bills for the 3 restaurants was $140 and I am only pleased that I was not actually paying separately for these meals. I also had the drinks package which was a lot better value although the presentation of some of the ready mixed cocktails left a lot to be desired. The Pina Colado tasted nothing like it should have done. The room was kept tidy although I never actually saw the steward all week. The sparking wine that had been left as a returning Latitudes guest remained unopened. The studio host in the first few day was Bruno who was very good and tried to look after everybody but his idea of taking groups of people to dinner at 6.00pm was too early for most and so 15 of us did our own thing and went along to Manhattan and ordered 2 tables together which was very nice. On the Sunday however, he was replaced by Christine who only seemed interested in selling excursions which was something I was not interested in and never actually went to the solo gathering after that. Ports Thursday 25th July Off the ship at 7.15am and caught the €5 shuttle bus from the pier into Livorno and then bought bus and train tickets from the local tobacconist and got the Lam Blu bus to Livorno Central railway station and was on the 8.12am train to Florence. Extremely busy and very hot (39 degrees). Visited Cappelle Medicee, Accademia gallery, ,Le Duomo and Uffizi museum, which by that time 3 hours had been long enough so back on the train and back to the ship for afternoon drinks. Friday 26th July Booked the 7.30 am tender and was in Cannes at 8.00am. Got the local bus to Palm Beach and was nice to drive along La Croissette in an open topped bus. Back to the bus station and then caught the bus to have a look at the old town, Le Suquet. Saturday 27th July Off the ship at 7.30am and walked through the terminal to the main road in Palma and caught the local airport bus into the centre of Palma. Again very hot and simply walked around the main streets before catching the bus back to the ship. Sunday 28th July Caught the port shuttle for €4 return at the port terminal to take me into the centre of Barcelona and got dropped off at the bottom end of Las Rambles, although the journey could be walked if you found your way out of the terminal. Caught the metro and went on the Blue and Green line to visit Sagrada Familia and that was the highlight of the week. Actually arrived at 9.00am just as the Mass service was starting to had to sit through that before I was allowed to take any pictures but it was well worth the wait. This place is pretty spectacular. Back on the metro and wandered up and down Las Rambles which by now was pretty busy and then back to the ship for a leisurely drink (or two) Monday 29th July Sea Day Tuesday 30th July Off the ship at 7.15am and walked through the terminal to the metro in Naples, and went two stops to Garribaldi station and got on the Circumvesuviana train to Herculaneum. Extremely busy train as the final stop was Sorrento, but got off at Ecolano and wandered down the hill to visit the ruins which was very interesting. Back to the station and back into Naples. One snag was that the Municipio metro station was out of action so had to get off at the stop earlier and walk the rest of the way right through the centre of Naples to get back on the ship. All in all, an enjoyable week with some memorable visits but not sure if I would care to travel alone again. Sitting on your own with a beer surrounded by 4000 passengers was at times not too clever.
  7. Hi everybody. This is my first ever post on the Norwegian boards. 🙂 I am thinking about booking a cruise for next March, and if I do, it'll be a solo studio. I will want to spend as little time in the stateroom as I can. I saw a video review on YouTube that stated that the deck personnel stack 100% of the deck loungers in the evening, making them of course unavailable to use. Does anyone know, is this actually the case? I'd hoped to chill on the deck in the evening after dinner, at least a couple times. Thanks cruisers. 😁
  8. Hi, we are off in 3 weeks time and this will be our first Haven experience and we want to get the most from it. Does anyone have any useful tips? Would you bother with breakfast in the Haven or can we have room service if we are in a hurry? We have booked 6 speciality restaurants on our 7 day cruise but if the Haven restaurant is really good, we could skip a few? Can we have lunch around the pool or in posh or do we have to leave to go to the buffet? Any tips/help would be great
  9. Hi we’re booked on Epic October 27 from Barcelona. Have adult beverage package as one of the Free at sea perks. Just wondering if I will be able to get fever tree when I order Gin/Tonic?
  10. MHey all, if anyone is interested in joining my wife and I for shore excursions in Cannes or Naples we are booking thru www.ItalyTours.EU They seem to have great reviews and offer a very reasonable price. I am including a description of of the Tour of the Amalfi Coast. Hit them up. Hope to see you there. Joe and Beth ITANO, AMALFI & RAVELLO - The Classic Amalfi shore excursion If you have been to Pompeii in the past, this shore excursion is a priority for you. Meet your private driver next to your ship and depart on tour. We will ride along the base of Europe's most famous Volcano, Mount Vesuvius to join The Amalfi coastal road 'One of the most scenic coastal drives in Europe'. The scenery is superb, looking out over the Mediterranean and along the coastline as the road twists and turns its way towards Positano which is considered the Gem of the Amalfi coast. The town of Positano looks like a waterfall cascading down the rocks to the sea. Enjoy fantastic panoramic views from here, and get the chance to take some amazing photos. We will proceed into the heart of this Gem town all the way to Piazza dei Mulini. This is the last point accessible by car. You will be given some time to discover this magnificent village. Positano has many attractions to offer: the cathedral, the ceramic shops, its famous lemon products, hand-made shoesand the 'fashion' of Positano. We will return to the main road and drive through the fishing villages of Praiano, Furore and Conca dei Marini, passing several wineries and olive factories we will arrive at the coastal town of Amalfi. The two most spectacular sites to visit here are the cathedral (Duomo di Amalfi) situated along the coast and the paper mill museum. After Amalfi, we will visit Ravello. Enjoy this rural village completely unspoiled by tourism, perched on top of the mountain cliff situated above Amalfi and Minori. Ravello, is famous for its breath-taking views, natural beauty and ancient monuments and these are seen at their very best in the stunning gardens of Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo. After this beautiful stop we will head back to port to return you safely to your ship with plenty of time for departure. You are guaranteed a memorable shore excursion for a life time!
  11. Hi Everyone, Cruising NCL Epic on Jan 5, 2020 for 11 nights. NCL buffet's usually have a theme dinner each night, but can anyone tell me which night of an 11 night sailing would be the seafood theme? Any insight would be helpful. Thanks, dadwas
  12. I was wondering if anyone had more information on current rates and guidelines for booking our teen/preteens arcade passes for our 10 day cruise on the Epic in March 2020. Do we have to book all four of us a pass or just the kids? How much per day? When can it be booked and how? Any help is appreciated. Thank you!
  13. At the break of Dawn one January morning we were Sky high and in the Spirit to find a Gem of a cruise so we chose to Escape on the Epic hoping our Getaway would turn out to be pure Joy and a Pearl of a cruise. We had never been to the Eastern Caribbean and had never experienced cruising on a large mega-ship so I began searching the Internet for a cruise that might meet both criteria. I stumbled onto an excellent price for a balcony cabin on the Epic for a Dec 10th cruise and at the time NCL was also offering the choice of 2 of the “Free at Sea” promotions. I booked the cruise though an Internet TA and chose cabin 10075 because looking at the deck plans, I thought that cabin might have a bit larger balcony but without the price of the larger balconies. I also liked the fact that I didn’t have to put down a deposit. Before I start this report I want you to know that both myself and my wife are senior citizens and at times I can be a grumpy old man. Keep in mind that the opinions expressed in this report are just that, opinions. I’m giving you a heads up, if you don’t want to read any negative comments about the Epic then stop reading this thread now. Besides, with all the recent reviews of the Epic mine is probably just going to be more of the same and very boring anyway. The only difference will be my viewpoint is that of a second-class passenger as opposed to those of the first-class passengers. My sister and her husband, hereafter referred to as J & M, would be joining us on this cruise and had booked a mini-suite on deck 11. DAY 1 December 8th We started our trip two days early because anytime we cruise we always plan to arrive in the port city one day early and since this was December we decided to head to the St. Louis airport one day early too. December weather in St. Louis is always iffy and can range from snowy and cold enough to freeze fire to warm and balmy. It’s not unusual for the airport to close due to weather conditions. We always choose to spend the night at the Marriott Hotel by the airport because they offer a free shuttle to the airport and they allow us leave our car on their lot without charge for the week we are gone. Soon after checking in at the hotel we met up with J & M and ate dinner at the hotel’s restaurant which was aptly named “The Restaurant.” After dinner we went to the hotel’s bar for an evening nightcap before retiring for the night.
  14. I enjoy these before my trips, so hopefully it’ll help you! Some are marked up as my family likes to highlight activities they’re interested in.
  15. Who has had 4 adults in a balcony cabin on Norwegian Epic and how did it work out?
  16. So our Epic Cruise ends tomorrow. I have mixed feelings but I don’t think I’m converted from Royal but if the price was right I might go on another NCL. Food was excellent, on at, if not slightly better than Royal. I found it an extremely noisy ship , with lots of people talking 50 decibels above others, not sure why they talk so loud😳 (alcohol maybe) but now i get the need for the Haven. The Howl at the Moon was great but it was on 4 nights out of 7 with not one comedian on Headliners ? Priscilla and Burn the floor were also excellent but they were on 5 of the 7 nights with a singer and the resident group on the other nights, so once you had seen it that was it. I felt like I was in a large corridor with bars, restaurants either side and people crushing past. Most of the staff were fab I think the dress down atmosphere, with lots of people just staying out drinking right through was what put me off. We don’t wear ball gowns and suits but we do like to change and dress for dinner, think it’s a tad too relaxed for us, but each to their own I guess 😎
  17. Hey everyone, Hoping that someone with personal experience with one of these angled “large balcony” cabins on the Epic (11018/11019/12016/12017) can confirm if the balcony is glass or hull style. I reviewed the amazing thread of Epic hull cabins and they’re not listed, but they’re also listed on the Epic deck plans as being “PrivaSea” which makes me wary... I’ve searched all the obvious places but can’t find a photo of these specific cabins. Would love any input!
  18. I'm off on holiday next week to pick up Epic in Civitavecchia on 31st July. Some last minute questions: 1. As a UK passenger - is it just my passport and my ticket I need to board Epic? 2. I'm in a Studio cabin - what type of power sockets are there so I can make sure I have the correct adapters with me? 3. What do people use to carry their cruise card - do you get given anything or just put it in your pocket? 4. I see I need to print my luggage tags. Is it best to print these on card, and if I can't get them stapled in the hotel on the morning, is it possible to staple these at the terminal? 5. Anything else as a UK passenger / on Epic, that I need to remember to bring? Thanks 🙂
  19. Here is our review of our 7-nightcruise on NCL EPIC! Yes, we talk a little about the bathroom situation but from a slightly different angle. 😁 https://youtu.be/STih0UdSA5k
  20. Hi All. I have been an avid cruiser with Princess for over 20 years, but as my two sons have grown older they have enjoyed the Princess ships less and less. There just isn't much for the teenagers to do on the Princess ships. This past June, as we were concluding our Princess 2019 cruise, they boys begged me to book our next cruise on a different cruise line. Sorry Princess; we're still loyal! 🙂 Anyhow, I am thinking about booking a Caribbean cruise next March, 2020 on the Norwegian Epic, but thought I would see what others knew about the ship activities for teenagers. I read about the water park and slides, etc. I guess there is a bowling alley. Any teenager night clubs or teenager casinos, rope courses, etc. on the Epic? I welcome everyone's thoughts. Thank you in advance!
  21. Does anyone know which floor the studio lounge is on.....on Epic.... Also do they still have a bar in the Lounge? thanks
  22. I just called ncl to upgrade my 250 free promo perk to the unlimited package for our epic cruise. Online, the 250 minutes is $105..unlimited $206.50. I purchased the social media package for $87.50 but doing the math the unlimited is definitely worth it. According to the agent i just spoke to , this is not possible...and yet I read on these boards it is. Should I just wait until onboard to switch and get the prorated price. And then cancel my social media package? To add more confusion two of us are platinum and with that we get another 60 minutes free . Is this still an option or did ncl stop doing this?
  23. Can anyone tell me apart from the Beatles who is playing in the Cavern Club now it was 4 Blue but they are on hols Thanks Tony
  24. We are booked on the Epic Transatlantic November 2020. In looking at the deck plans, I noticed a toggle before and after November 8, 2020. The number of cabin types before on Deck 12 was 15; after 12. The aft-facing balcony, which we have, before, is total square footage 205-221 and balcony 54-70. After: 205-309; balcony 54-81. I know there is speculation that the Epic will go into dry dock just before our cruise but seems odd to change the measurements of cabins. And the colors of the categories changed, too. I have nothing to do for 500+ days but to wonder.... AFTER: BEFORE:
  25. Can anyone shed some light on what the balcony’s look like on the Epic 8013. I can’t seem to find a picture.
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