Our First Time Aboard Norwegian Epic Mediterranean Cruise
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History Of Norwegian Epic
Checking in with Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Epic Suites and Staterooms
Our room was also equipped with a small coffee maker, great for that quick cup of java when you first wake up and a mini-bar fridge. (Careful, the items in the mini-bar fridge are usually not included in your cruise rate and are usually an additional charge). No need to pack the basics as the shower is equipped with a wall dispenser with body wash and moisturizing shampoo as well as a hairdryer, leaving more space in your luggage for souvenirs. We were located on deck 14 mid-ship, the perfect location as we were one floor below the Garden Cafe.
The Haven Spa Suite
We were really surprised to hear that they offer studios for solo travelers as well as their own lounge. This is great for solo travelers, no more single supplementary charges.
NCL Epic Deck Plans
Norweigan Cruiseline Freestyle Dining
Norwegian Epic Restaurants
In addition to all of the complimentary dining options available, Norwegian Epic also offers dining at specialty restaurants. For a cover charge, you can experience a world of different cuisines and atmosphere – from the finest French Bistro at sea to casual authentic Italian dishes served in a Trattoria-style setting to the first at sea Brazilian Churrasqueira. We tried to enjoy as many of the restaurants as possible.
Garden Café Deck 15
The Garden Cafe is the buffet restaurant where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with wonderful views. They have different themes every night so you are never eating the same meal again unless you want to. We loved the freshly prepared made-to-order omelets in the morning.
Great Outdoors Deck 15
The Great Outdoors is located just outside of the Garden Cafe but located outdoors to enjoy the fresh ocean air and a view of the Aqua Park This is a buffet that is open during breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Taste Deck 5
The Manhattan Room Deck 6
O’Sheehans Deck 6
La Cucina Deck 14
Cagney’s Steak House Deck 7
Moderno Churrascaria Deck 7
Atrium Café & Bar Deck 5
Norwegian Epic Award Winning Entertainment
Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical (Complimentary)
Burn the Floor (Complimentary)
Burn the Floor sizzles on board Norwegian Epic! An international championship cast shows off their best ballroom dance moves with plenty of European flair. From Grand Viennese waltzes to the sensual Tango and provocative Rumba, experience all their passion as they heat up the stage. The dancers were so amazing.
Cirque Dreams Epicurean (additional fee)
We did not see the Cirque Dreams Epicurean show and now I’m kicking myself. I have heard so many wonderful things about it and will definitely opt to see this show next time. This dinner theater takes places in the Spiegel Tent that is a custom-designed venue that resembles a circus tent. A three-course dinner is served prior to the main show. The NCL website describes the show as “An Avant-garde world of awe-inspiring feats and colorful eccentricities awaits your discovery in this captivating show.”
Norwegian Epic Activities
We thought a day at sea meant we were going to be so bored…….what can we possibly do? Boy, was I wrong.
Norwegian Epic has enough onboard activities to fill every minute of your cruise. The best thing is that you can do as little or as much as you want. Every night at turndown service a newsletter is delivered to the room with a timetable of activities for the next day……for every hour of the day!! There is an Aqua Park with a 200-foot slide, the only bowl slide at sea. There is also Spice H20, an adults-only beach club at the back of the ship. If you are really looking for some pampering then you can even book a session at the Mandara Spa. There really is something for everyone.
Suit up and splash down at the first ever Aqua Park. There are two pools, five hot tubs, a kid’s pool, three multi-story water slides including the 200-foot Epic Plunge.
Bliss Ultra Lounge – Bowling Alley
During the day, all ages are welcome to bowl. At night, guests 18 and older enjoy funky lighting that illuminates the neon-colored bowling balls and decor to create an atmosphere that is full of energy.
Pulse Fitness Centre
Enjoy working out on vacation? Visit the Pulse fitness center with great workout equipment including treadmills, ellipticals, and free weights or even yoga, pilates and spinning. We walked through and couldn’t believe how many people were in the fitness center…….love the dedication.
The Epic Casino
Try your luck at the largest, elegant full-action casino that offers high-roller ambiance. They offer poker, blackjack, roulette, craps and hundreds of slot machines.
The Sports Complex has two decks to play on with a full-sized basketball court, rock climbing wall, the first-ever rappelling wall at sea and a 24-foot enclosed climbing cage.
Soak up the sun by day around the pool and enjoy the outdoor buffet at the adults-only Ibiza-inspired beach club at the back of the ship. The entertainment is non-stop as the pool floor rises to become a dance floor.
Norwegian Epic Itinerary
Ports: Barcelona, Naples, Civitavecchia (Rome), Livorno (Tuscany), Cannes, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona
Day One: Barcelona, Spain
We embarked the cruise in Barcelona. As soon as we got on board we set off exploring the cruise ship. If you are starting or ending your cruise in Barcelona make sure to check out the top sightseeing tours in Barcelona.
Day two: At Sea
Day Three: Naples, Italy
On day three we docked in Naples and took a shore excursion out to Sorrento and Positano. It has always been a dream to visit this beautiful coast and it was beautiful.
Day Four: Civitavecchia, Italy
Day four we docked in Rome. We took a guided excursion in Roma visiting …..having lunch and trying the famous cacio e pepe pasta and touring the Coliseum. (You might also like this 4 day Rome itinerary if you have a chance to stay longer.)
Day Five: Livorno, Italy
From Livorno we traveled through the very scenic Tuscany region for our tour to our dream destination Cinque Terre (five villages). Our first stop to Vernazza was so colorful and cozy then to Riomaggiore which was so spectacular and so memorable.
Day Six: Cannes, France
We strolled through the playground of the rich and famous, Cannes then onto a short train ride to visit one of our favorite cities in Europe, Monte Carlo. This city is incredibly scenic and easy to get around with one city bus circling the entire center core.
Check out our luxury getaway to the Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel
Day Seven: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
One short bus ride from this port and we were walking to the historic old town. This city more than any other port of call on our cruise was such a pleasant surprise because we didn’t know much about it. As the name implies, the entire area is gifted with majestic palm trees and the most charming narrow streets lined with amazing cafes, restaurants, and shops.
Day Eight: Barcelona
I can’t believe we waited this long to experience our first cruise. It really is a wonderful way to travel and see so many different destinations as well as enjoying all the wonderful amenities available on the ship. Some of these amenities you won’t even be able to find at a resort. The gourmet dining really was the highlight for us. It didn’t matter where you dined, the food was always amazing and the service outstanding. Throughout our cruise, we were so surprised with the level of service from all the staff. Everyone was so friendly and always smiling. We are most definitely cruising with Norwegian Cruise lines again and can’t wait to bring our daughters with us. Our experience with Norwegian Cruise Lines left us pleasantly surprised and eager to explore the other Norwegian ships and itineraries.
Norwegian Cruise has a great offer until December 31, 2018, applicable to select Norwegian Cruise Line sailings.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Ultimate All-In Promo
Book an Oceanview room or higher and choose two of the following
- Open Bar
- Specialty Dining Package
- 250-minute Internet package
- $50 US per port Shore Excursion credit
- 3rd and 4th passengers sail FREE
(select sailings and stateroom categories)
Booking a studio or inner stateroom? You still get one offer!
Call 1 866 529-2079 or your local travel professional and one of Air Canada Vacations specialized cruise agents can help answer all your questions and help choose the right cruise package for you.
The Norwegian Epic Mediterranean cruise was such a memorable getaway that we will always remember and recommend highly to friends and family. A big thank you to Air Canada Vacations and the Norwegian Cruise Lines for a memorable trip.