Sailing Preview: Norwegian Epic to the Mediterranean

Over the next week, I will be sailing aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s largest ship, the Norwegian Epic. The sailing will embark in Civitavecchia today, July 3rd, and will to a number of popular ports of call throughout the Mediterranean. As a first time cruiser of Norwegian and a seasoned Mediterranean cruiser, I am very excited to sail on this combination of cruise line, ship, and itinerary.

wes medThe Itinerary

Embarking in Civitavecchia later today, the Norwegian Epic will set sail on a 7 night western Mediterranean sailing. Over the next week, we will call in a number of exciting ports, including Livorno (gateway to Naples and Pisa), Cannes, Palma, Barcelona, and Naples (gateway to Pompeii.) On my past Mediterranean sailing, I called in both Palma and Barcelona, but am equally excited to return to these ports and continue exploring as well as discovering my new ports of call.

The Ship

The Norwegian Epic is a unique ship within the Norwegian fleet, unique as in she has no sister ship. Launched in 2009, the ship became Norwegian’s largest and most innovative ship to date. Featuring 19 passenger decks, around 15 different dining options, a bowling alley, rock climbing wall, massive waterpark, SpiceH20, and an extensive array of high quality entertainment, the Norwegian Epic is one of the most action packed ships sailing the seven seas today. As an avid cruiser, I am extremely excited to give the Epic a try and experience my first true “big ship” sailing.

balThe Stateroom

Our stateroom for the sailing is 8036, a standard balcony located forward and on the port side of the ship. The stateroom is a typical cruise ship stateroom, but features a unique curved wall design as well as a unique bathroom setup. These stateroom layouts have really created some discussion within the industry and I’m looking forward to experiencing this design first hand. Stay tuned for the full rundown.

Follow Along

During the sailing aboard the Norwegian Epic, you can expect to see new articles posted on an almost daily basis covering either my experiences onboard the Norwegian Epic or from one of our Mediterranean ports. You can also stay tuned to our various social media networks as I will be sharing photos from the sailing via Twitter and Facebook. 



Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.