Where do you purchase wine package on Epic?
Where do you purchase wine package on Epic?
As far as I know, you can purchase it when you get onboard or phone up NCL and have it added to your NCL account. DV
On our Epic cruise the wine package was set up at a table just in front of the Garden Café. It was only available on Embarkation day though!
Many thanks. We were on Epic a couple of years ago and purchased a wine package. I just couldn't remember where from. Thanks again
Hi, You should definitely post that on Cruisecritic.com roll calls for NCL Epic. DV
My family and I just completed a Norwegian Epic cruise of the Western Mediterranean. The ship was a disappointment. Too crowded. Food marginal. Few places to sit and relax inside. Only place to sit outside was around the pool. The safety drill was a farce. I'd hate to be on the ship if there were an emergency. Suggest avoid.Edited: 05 August 2014, 18:36
Just finished a cruise of the Western Med, on this cruise ship, it was a gigantic let down. Campers in the US have more room than this cabin had, you need to cross your legs in order to use the toilet, showers temperature changed all the time, Our best part of the stateroom was the balcony, it had the most room. From all I read this ship was designed in France, that explained it! The upper deck is not usable because the kids are running around like wild animals, even in the adult sections of the ship. Only 1 restaurant had food we could eat and enjoy, Cagney's Steak House. The rest are terrible but charge you a fortune. AVOID this ship if you can!
We are considering taking the drinks package, but at $54 per head for 7 days to me is excessive. If you do not take this package, can drink be bought in the bars, as required? We have booked for the Sept 21st trip ex Barcelona, any one with reviews, good or bad, would be most welcome, especially some ideas on day excursions, local transport, rather than booking shore excursions from the ship, we will dock in Florence, Rome, Naples, Cannes & Palma.
Hi. I can't find my review on Tripadvisor but we did this trip last September. I have copied and pasted my review here:
"We booked Epic from Barcelona over a year ago and received two price drop upgrades so we ended up in a mini suite, deck 10, forward on Starboard side. I selected the cabin with much assistance from Cruise Critic posters and made sure we had the 'bed near balcony door' set up. The room was very elegant and apart from the toilet set up, was perfectly fine. This set up was ok for us but might be a problem for some. My wife did comment, however, that the lighting was too poor for make up purposes. Great storage but the hairdryer cut out after a few seconds on high. We had a bath tub which was surprisingly spacious but a high step in and out. Our stateroom attendant was Guillermo and he was very efficient and pleasant. He cleared out the mini bar first night and provided towel wildlife some nights. We were just behind a bank of elevators and that was very convenient.
We brought on some wine and paid corkage at the gangway. As we were carrying hand luggage, we were directed into a scanning area and the bags scanned and bottles counted. We were directed to the adjoining table to pay corkage. Incidentally, although the wine shop at the terminal is very convenient, the quality is lower and price is much higher than that available in Barcelona itself. Also, corkage is $15 per bottle plus 10% tax. We also bought the Viva Vino package to which was added tax and gratuity of 25% total. The wines on the Enthusiast package were surprisingly good.
Food was excellent, in our opinion. We ate in Manhattan(main dining room) 3 times, Taste(less formal main dining room) twice and the Garden Café(buffet) twice. We felt no need to eat in the specialty(extra $) restaurants although I was willing to do so. Embarkation night was lobster night. My wife is a seafood lover and I prefer steak so we ordered the surf & turf and swapped over the steak/lobster. Even though the steaks looked small, they were very filling and well cooked. I ordered the New York strip steak on two other nights and was never disappointed. Food was hot enough, except one Warm Peach Tartlet which was cold. Other good entrees were salmon, lamb shank and seafood ciobbini(kind of seafood stew). We preferred Manhattan as it was a more elegant dining room, with pleasant music and the service was crisper there. Service in Taste could be leisurely at times. Garden Café had a great variety of food and there was always something to suit. Here, though, you run the gauntlet of ignorant elbowers and queue jumpers.
We expected the casino to belch cigarette smoke across the deck and into Taste but, to be fair, it was barely noticeable and we are both ex smokers. Perhaps in the early hours it would be worse but both MDRs closed up from 10pm.
Entertainment is where the EPIC really excels; Blue Man Group was super, very funny and entertaining, Legends in Concert was very good, especially Tina Turner, Beatles tribute was very good, and Howl at the Moon was outstanding, such talent although the format and patter seemed to repeat each night, partly because most requests for songs tend to repeat. Los Locos Ole was a very funny Spanish guitar comedy trio, promising to play Flamenco but actually playing almost everything but. Very funny, a little bawdy too. We didn’t try Cirque Dreams but there was always a queue to get into the Spiegel Tent.
EPIC is very large and takes concentration to make your way around. There are touch screens around that tell you what’s on at the moment but it is still easy to get lost/confused. The staff will be happy to help re-direct you.
The staff was very pleasant on the whole. The ‘washy washy’ staff were very cheery and it is a definite must do, as the amount of coughing, sneezing and hawking that was going on was scary.
We did our own thing at each port as we find cruise line excursions extortionate.
Overall a great cruise on a fine ship. The ship is very large and a bit awkward. The outside space does not flow as well as other ships, RCCL Adventure and Splendour for example. However, we found much more railing space forward on deck 18 than we expected. The secret sundeck on 18 is a secret no longer.
We enjoyed Freestyle dining as we could eat when we wanted and not have to share with others. Otherwise, we enjoyed NCL as much as, if not more than, Royal Carribbean. I will happily sail on NCL and Epic again depending on itinerary and price.
Free shuttle from ship to gates of port. There are loads of tour guides, taxi operators hawking trips to Rome here. Walk to the right and buy BIRG ticket(covers train, metro and buses in Rome). This costs €12 plus €1 commission. Railway station is over to the right along the prom, about 300m. The track for Roma/Termini was stated as 2 but many failed to see the ‘T’ at the end and we gathered on Binario(platform) 2. When someone realised, we scrambled down and up the steps again and raced to binario 2T. Lucky to get a seat and a 1 hour 20 minutes to Rome Termini. In Termini, it is a long walk to the metro, follow the signs, but then the city is easily travelled. We took the metro from Termini and got out at Barberini. This is right beside the church, crypt and museum of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini on the Via Veneto near Piazza Barberini, the Capuchin crypt with all the skulls and bones stuck around the walls and ceilings. However, we had reserved tickets to the Galleria Borghese and there were timed for a 2 hr visit from 12 noon (I thought!). We marched off up the street, Via Veneto and with a little help from locals, found the park of Villa Borghese. The park is large and it is not well signed so we wasted 30 minutes or so looking for the Villa. When we eventually found it, it transpired that our tickets were for 11.00am and not 12.00 so we lost 90 minutes and had only 35 minutes to enjoy the gallery. This might seem like a rush but we found enough in the gallery in 30 minutes so we enjoyed it.
They will not let you walk out of Livorno port. It is huge and it would be dangerous. NCL charge €12pp for the shuttle to town centre and train station. We had a private bus organised with some ‘cruise critics’ and we travelled to Florence in comfort. Great day there, beautiful city. Transfer time, 1 hour 20mins to and 1 hour back. I only rate the port a 3* as you have to pay to get out of it. Florence was lovely, small and easily travelled around, less traffic and less crowded than Rome.
This is a delightful port. You can walk out the gates and avail of any number of transport options. NCL charge $12pp for a shuttle up to the cathedral but the local buses stop outside the port terminal, line 1 up to Palma centre. From there you can access the whole area quite cheaply. We opted for a lazy walk off and across the road to Porto Pi shopping centre."
Note: we vsiited Marseille instead of Cannes. The drink package on NCL is expensive. They add 25% gratuity and Spanish VAT so you need to be drinking 8-10 drinks a day to break even. we used the wine package and brought on a few(at $15 per bottle corkage) and had a very small bar bill. Gratuities of $12 pp pd are added to your onboard account. Also, highly recommend the Blue Man Group, you should book in advance or take a chance last minute. Cirque Creams always had a queue so book in advance if you are interested in this. Hope that helps, have a great trip. DV
Very helpful. Than you for your detailed review of the ship and the ports. We are taking similar itinerary in October (less than 3 weeks). The itinerary stops in Cannes vs. Marseille and we are still uncertain what to do in Cannes.... Monte Carlo or Monaco don’t really appeal to our simple KY tastes...I would prefer something with cultural, architectural or historical significance.