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Norwegian Epic

Capacity
4100
Crew
1724
Tonnage
155 873
Length
329.45 m (1,081 ft)
First voyage
2010
Decks
19

Norwegian Epic is a cruise ship of the Norwegian Cruise Line built under that line's F3 Project by STX Europe Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. When built it was the third largest cruise ship in the world.

Two ships in this Epic class were ordered by NCL in November 2006, with an option for a third vessel that was not exercised. A dispute between NCL and STX initially resulted in the construction of both ships being placed on hold until a new agreement was reached. That called for... Read more

Norwegian Epic

Capacity (DO): 
4100
Crew: 
1724
Tonnage: 
155 873
Length: 
329.45 m (1,081 ft)
Beam: 
40.64 m (133 ft)
First voyage: 
2010
Decks: 
19

Norwegian Epic is a cruise ship of the Norwegian Cruise Line built under that line's F3 Project by STX Europe Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. When built it was the third largest cruise ship in the world.

Two ships in this Epic class were ordered by NCL in November 2006, with an option for a third vessel that was not exercised. A dispute between NCL and STX initially resulted in the construction of both ships being placed on hold until a new agreement was reached. That called for completion of the first ship would be completed; the second ship was cancelled in 2008. The sole remaining ship, Norwegian Epic, was delivered to NCL on 17 June 2010.

After completion and acceptance, the Epic sailed on Thursday 24 June 2010 from Southampton to New York.

Overview

The Norwegian Epic surpasses the Breakaway-class as NCL's second largest ship class. The Breakaway Plus-class is the largest in the NCL fleet so the 155,873 GT. Norwegian Epic represents the "third generation" of Freestyle cruising vessels and its size allows NCL to have ships in the "mega-class" of their competitors at Royal Caribbean International and Carnival Cruise Lines, though still 32% smaller by gross tonnage than Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas, the world's largest passenger vessels.

The Epic has 4,100 passenger berths and the only tube and bowl water slide at sea. The ship also has a rappelling wall and a three-lane bowling alley together with a 17 °F (−8 °C) Ice Bar where customers have to wear parkas.

The F3-class ship was built by STX Europe at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. The last ship delivered to NCL that was not at least partially built at a German shipyard was the Windward of 1993. Since that date and until this order, NCL's newbuildings have been built at the German Meyer Werft, Lloyd Werft, Bremer Vulkan and Aker MTW shipyards.

On 13 April 2010 NCL CEO Kevin Sheehan along with Macy's, Inc CEO Terry J. Lundgren and NBC CEO Jeff Zucker announced that the Macy's 34th Annual 4 July Fireworks would take place on the Norwegian Epic (The fireworks were off on another Ship) The NBC One-Hour Telecast of the Event was broadcast from the Norwegian Epic.

On July 2, 2010, the ship was christened at a ceremony in New York by its godmother, American country music artist Reba McEntire.

Concept and construction

Norwegian Epic is powered by a diesel-electric plant, with the six long-stroke MaK engines providing a total of 79.8 MW for ship propulsion and on-board electricity supply. Electrical power then drives high-torque density induction motors which turn two conventional (non-azimuthing) propellers.

In September 2008 a dispute over the price of the first F3 vessel (at the time approximately 25% complete) arose between Norwegian Cruise Line and STX France. Reportedly the sale of 50% of NCL to Apollo Management in August 2007 resulted in Apollo making several changes to the designs, resulting in a higher cost for the first vessel. It was reported that the construction of the second ship was unaffected by the dispute, but ultimately it was announced that the first ship will be completed and the construction of the second ship will be canceled.

The sea trials of Norwegian Epic occurred over four days beginning on 10 February 2010. During these trials 300 technicians and engineers from Aker Yards France, along with 30 Norwegian Cruise Line representatives, checked more than 60 aspects of the ship's performance by running trials of the ship's speed, maneuverability, hydrodynamics and propulsion in the Atlantic Ocean.

In early May 2010, a fire broke out in a provisioning area aft on Deck 4; firefighters were able to contain the fire before it spread, with the only damage to an area of cabling. The conditions were found to be suspicious (there was no welding or other 'hot' work in the area, and the extinguishing system was non-operational), and the event was investigated by Saint-Nazaire police as an arson attack. Despite the damage, Norwegian Epic was delivered on time.

A second round of sea trials was conducted on 11 June 2010, which finalized all the aspects of the ship.

Areas of operation

Norwegian Epic was originally based out of Miami, sailing Western Caribbean cruises. In 2013 and 2014, Norwegian Epic undertook winter cruises between October and April sailing from Miami, FL to the Caribbean and after a repositioning transatlantic sailing, undertook cruises from southern European ports around the Mediterranean between April and October.

In April 2015 Norwegian Epic repositioned and had a home port year round in Barcelona.

In November 2016 Norwegian Epic returned to the Caribbean, this time based out of Port Canaveral (Orlando). Then Barcelona for April to November 2017, and back to Port Canaveral for winter 2017/18.

Beginning in January 2017, she began hosting the annual dance music festival Holy Ship!.

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Attractions on Norwegian Epic


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Click Photo Gallery

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Stop by the Photo Gallery to find your candid photos taken throughout your cruise.
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Casino

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Our largest, most elegant full-action casino offers high-roller ambience, no matter what your game. Choose from poker, black jack, roulette, craps and hundreds of more-exciting-than-ever slot machi...

Barber Shop

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New stylish haircut for men only.
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Aqua Park

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Suit up and splash down at our first ever Aqua Park. Choose from two pools, five hot tubs, kid's pool, three multi-story water slides including the the 200-foot Epic Plunge, the only bowl slide at ...

Private Courtyard Lounge

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Your enclave awaits. Settle into your luxurious suite with a large balcony. Enjoy the privacy of The Haven Courtyard with a private pool. And call upon your certified butler anytime - day or night.

Shore Excursions

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Here you can book an exursion on shore
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Shanghai's Restaurant

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Enjoy a complimentary Asian Fusion dining venue featuring freshly prepared noodles, delicious wok fried dishes, authentic soups, and more.
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Cagney's Steakhouse

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Overlooking The Manhattan Room, this classic American steakhouse serves up the finest cuts of meat, including steaks and chops, and seafood.
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Kids' Aqua Park

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Your kids will surely enjoy splashing around here.
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Public Sundeck

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Sunbathig, relaxation, reading, meditating, walking... You can choose any option