Hi Cupcake,and welcome to CruiseMates.
I sailed the Epic twice,and I know you will enjoy this ship, especially in the Med,and a balcony is surely worth doing for this itinerary.
Excursions can be so long, some up to 10 hours, so it's imperative you feel comfortable booking your excursions. If you post your ports, you can get specific info for booking on your own, if you decide on this option. Splitting the cost of private tours can be well worth the effort.
Trip, with her book & tea!
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