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NORWEGIAN EPIC


It’s impossible to try out every dining, drinking and entertainment option in a week but we made a good attempt. My personal favourite is the Teppankyaki restaurant, which is more like a show than a restaurant, with the chefs entertaining and engaging us as they cooked the meals on hot plates as we looked on. The food is sublime: a mix of Japanese, Thai, light Chinese and Vietnamese fl avours, with the tenderest cuts of meats and the freshest of seasonal greens. For a lighter option try Wasabi, just outside


Teppanyaki, a sushi and sake bar, which is great for a quick snack and people watching as it’s located just off the main thoroughfare of the ship. La Cucina (pictured above) is billed as a Tuscan- style eatery – it’s basically a straightforward pizza and pasta restaurant – with a $10 cover charge, and ideal for kids. For us the big selling point was its position right at the prow of the ship, with huge windows giving stunning ocean views. There are too many other places to list (20 in all), but after canvassing other passengers I would also recommend Moderno Churrascaria, a Brazilian-style restaurant with skewered meats served by passadors (waiters); and Shanghai’s, high-end Chinese cuisine. The former has an $18 cover charge; the latter is à la carte pricing.


Cirque Dreams and Dinner is also a delight. It offers an old-style supper-club atmosphere combined with a wordless (due to all the different nationalities on board), highly entertaining and at times quite racy show.


ON SHORE


I’m always in two minds when it comes to shore excursions with youngsters, and so it was that we opted to simply get off at Livorno, Civitavecchia and Naples, rather than do anything arranged, which retrospectively was probably the wrong option. Hand on heart, I cannot recommend any of those places in themselves – my advice would be to book an excursion to Florence, Pisa, Rome, Vesuvius, Capri, Sorrento or the Amalfi Coast. Anything is better than being stuck in Civitavecchia during a downpour. Palma however, was a different matter: It was a joy to wander around its streets and have a tapas meal before the fi nal sea day back to Barcelona. If you don’t like big ships, large crowds or kids


then Epic isn’t for you. But if you want the variety and quality of entertainment, superb cuisine and fantastic facilities plus a perfect environment for children, few other ships come close. My one regret: not seeing Blue Man Group. Oh well, I’ll just have to take another Epic cruise.


Above from left Norwegian Epic in port; La Cucina restaurant; the Colliseum in Rome


››Fact File


2012 Itinerary Naples, Civitavecchia (for Rome), Livorno, Villefranche, Provence, Barcelona. (Note the itinerary is diff erent from 2011).


Duration 7 nights


What makes it diff erent? The ship itself and the sheer amount of entertainment on board.


Who would the cruise suit? Families.


What to take Whatever you would usually pack for a week-long holiday in the Med.


Guide prices Prices start from £795 pp and include transfers to and from the pier, some on-board meals and entertainment.


Contact 0845 201 8900 or visit ncl.co.uk


AND IF YOU LIKED THE SOUND OF THAT... Here’s a round up of which other lines off ers family fun


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Above Disney Dream


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oyal Caribbean has a tie-up with Dreamworks which means you are likely to spot anyone from Puss in Boots


and Shrek to Kung Fu Panda or the Penguins of Madagascar on board. The line also runs an outstanding activity programme for kids, the Adventure Ocean Youth Programme, as well as numerous family-focused activities and the Adventure Beach Family Pool Area.


| APRIL/MAY 2012 Carnival Cruise Line launches


its eagerly-anticipated new “fun ship” Carnival Breeze in June which will be full of family fun including a 5D cinema, SportSquare – which includes a ropes course on the top deck – Hasbro Game Show, in which games are brought to life on stage, WaterWorks, and Camp Carnival, for kids aged two to 17. » Turn to P86 for a chance to win a Carnival cruise.


Disney Cruise Line is all about


family fun, but also has a surprisingly sophisticated adult offering. So for example, your kids can enjoy


Magic Portholes in the staterooms, character breakfasts, the AquaDuck water slide and trying to spot images of Mickey hidden around the ship; while you can enjoy fine dining (at a price) in Palo and Remy retaurants. The line will return to the Med in 2013.


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