Since Norwegian Epic joined the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet in April 2010, she has quickly earned a stellar reputation. Not only does she live up to her name with her sheer size but the plethora of facilities on offer is truly remarkable too. Add into the mix contemporary studios, an exclusive Haven enclave, the Ibiza-inspired beach club, and two new Broadway shows, and it's easy to see why Norwegian Epic is the ship of choice for so many holiday-makers. Daytime on-board Norwegian Epic revolves around the breathtaking Aqua Park - it has two swimming pools, three multi-storey waterslides and a 60m Epic Plunge bowl slide. For tots, teens and in between, the Aqua Park Kid's pool, Recess Kid's Area, Entourage Teen Centre, Epic Wii Wall and Video Arcade are perfect to keep them happily busy. Sports-wise, take your pick from: ten-pin bowling in O'Sheehan's Bar, jogging around the refreshing deck, working-out in the Pulse Fitness Centre, or rock climbing at the Sports Complex. Indulge in head to toe pampering in the Mandara Spa or soak up the serenity of the multi-treatment pool in the Thermal Spa Suite.
You can dine your way around the world with Norwegian Epic's themed restaurants and eateries. The Taste Main Dining Room offers daily-changing menus, signature dishes from the chef and a varied list of wines. The Manhattan Room is based on New York supper clubs and combines both modern and classic cuisines with panoramic ocean views. Garden Cafe offers informal dining with freshly-cooked pastas, pizzas, crepes, omelettes, desserts and a selection of buffet-style fare. While Spice H20 offers an outdoor adult-only buffet for some slightly more peaceful dinner-dates. Dine alfresco on a wide choice of tasty dishes in the Great Outdoors eatery, or head to O'Sheehan's for American classics, beer on tap, a large-screen television, table games and an authentic Irish-pub atmosphere. Shanghai's Chinese Restaurant serves fantastic Asian cuisine including soups, noodles and wok-fried dishes, while Shanghai's Noodle Bar concentrates on a variety of noodle dishes. Haven guests have exclusive access to fine dining in The Haven Restaurant, as well as a more casual atmosphere at The Haven Courtyard Grill. The large selection of speciality restaurants enhances the on-board culinary experience you have on-board Norwegian Epic. Savour authentic Italian style-fare such as spaghetti carbonara and lobster fettuccine in La Cucina, or try French gourmet dining in the sophisticated Le Bistro. Slow roasted meats and side dishes are served at Moderno Churrascaria Brazilian steakhouse, but you can also experience authentic Japanese hibachi cuisine in the Teppanyaki eatery. Enjoy American Angus Beef steaks and your favourite cocktails in Cagney's Steakhouse; tuck into sushi, sashimi and sake at the traditional Wasabi Sushi; or head for some sweet treats anytime of the day at Carlo's Bake Shop.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to bars and lounges on Norwegian Epic. The Atrium Cafe is the place to relax with a coffee or glass of wine, while Waves Pool Bar serves ice-cold drinks to enjoy. Cascades Bar in the Epic Casino and the Epic Theatre Bar both offer a full range of tempting drinks, or you can experience the long list of vodkas that are served in the chilled surroundings of the unique SVEDKA Ice Bar. Enjoy cigars and your favourite drink in the Humidor Cigar Lounge or sample countless types of whiskey in the Maltings Whiskey Bar. Sip freshly-created cocktails and martinis in Shaker's Martini Bar or relax with a cool beer or signature cocktail in the stylish environs of the Posh Beach Club. The Haven guests also have exclusive access to the private bar in The Haven Lounge.
Each evening on Norwegian Epic is never the same. Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Ballroom Blitz are just two of the top shows that hit the stage during your cruise. You can have a night in front of the incredible band at the Fat Cats Jazz and Blues Club, which recreates music from Otis Redding and BB King six nights every week. Clap and sing along with the hypnotising Howl at the Moon in the Greatest Rock'n'Roll Duelling Piano Show, or experience mesmerising tributes to stage greats courtesy of Legends in Concert (until September 2015). The White Hot Party and Cirque Dreams Dinner are also not to be missed and make for spectacular evenings you can never forget. Have a night of chancing your arm with Lady Luck as you play poker, roulette, black jack and the slot machines in The Epic Casino. But if you want to keep the party going, head to Spice H20 and Bliss Ultra Lounge for celebrity DJs; a place dedicated to maintaining the feel-good vibe long after sundown.
Day 1: UK to Barcelona, Spain
Fly from selected UK airports to Barcelona and stay three-nights in a four-star hotel.
Day 2 - 3: Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is one of the most famous cities in the world. Located between the gleaming Mediterranean Sea and the Serra de Collserola hills, this cosmopolitan Spanish city is known for its diverse art and architecture. Walk the iconic Las Ramblas promenade and see quirky street entertainers or stop for a coffee at a pavement cafe. View some of Antoni Gaudi's most famous works including the Sagrada Família Church and the mosaic wall in Park Güell. Explore the winding streets of the Gothic quarter and sample tapas in a traditional bar or relax in the city's biggest green space — Park Ciutadel.
Day 4: Barcelona, Spain (Embarkation Day)
After check out make your way to the port to board Norwegian Epic for you three-night taster cruise.
Day 5: Naples (Pompeii), Italy
Pompeii is located near the Bay of Naples in Italy. This once Roman city and its 20,000 residents were famously buried in a thick carpet of ash after the nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. The site was rediscovered with its buildings, artefacts, and skeletons virtually intact by a group of explorers in 1748. The excavation of the site has been going on for over three centuries. See the discovered artefacts on display at Antiquarium museum, before meandering through the Forum, Teatros Grande and Piccolo, Amphitheatre, the preserved Terme Stabiane baths, and House of Menander. Visit the Street of Tombs, Villa del Misteri, and House of the Vettii. At the Nuovi Savi area, at the end of Via dell'Abbondanza, view the magnificent painted frieze at Crytoporticus House and the stunning Venus fresco in Casa della Venere.
Day 7: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy (Disembarkation Day)
Disembark and make your way to Rome for your three-night stay in a four-star hotel.
Day 8 - 9: Rome, Italy
The capital of Italy, Rome, is a sprawling city cosmopolitan city brimming with globally-influential art, architecture, and culture. The three-tiered Roman Colosseum amphitheatre offers fascinating tours of ancient history. The late Renaissance St Peter's Basilica was crafted by Michelangelo and other architects and is a must-see. The crystal blue waters and sculptures of Trevi Fountain will leave you mesmerised. The Roman Forum is the excavated heart of the Roman Empire and provides an insight of age-old times. Vatican Museums are home to Renaissance art treasures and feature the Sistine Chapel frescoes. Take a walk down the famous Spanish Steps. Pay a visit to the bustling Piazza Navona with its Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Moro, and Fontana del Nettuno fountains, exquisite bars, and talented street artists.
Day 10: Rome, Italy to UK
After check out make your way to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.