At the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Miami Convention this morning, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) revealed the full range of varied accommodations to be offered on its next generation of Freestyle Cruising ship, Norwegian Epic.
Norwegian Epic, NCL’s largest ship to date, set for delivery in May 2010, will feature the biggest ship-within-a-ship suite complex at sea, comprising 60 suites and villas on two private decks at the top of the ship. Guests staying in one of these suites will have exclusive access to the Courtyard Villa complex featuring a pool, two whirlpools, gym, saunas, sundeck, indoor/outdoor dining, bar/nightclub and concierge lounge. Norwegian first introduced the ship-within-a-ship concept on its Jewel class ships.
Norwegian also unveiled a new category of inside staterooms — The Studios. A first in design for the cruise industry, these ultra-modern staterooms maximize space and feature a large, round window that looks out into the corridor, along with customizable color changing light effects that mirror different stages of the day or the guest’s mood, including a love setting for those romantic nights at sea. The Studios occupy two decks and have exclusive key-card access to the Living Room, a two-story shared private lounge. The area is a two-floor lounge which features a concierge, bar, room service, two large TV screens, and comfy seating for hanging out, reading a book or just enjoying a cocktail before dinner.
For the first time in its 43-year history, Norwegian is also introducing spa balcony, deluxe balcony staterooms and suites located within the spa with complimentary access to the ship’s thermal suite and fitness center. For families traveling on Norwegian Epic, NCL has placed the majority of its family-friendly staterooms, both deluxe balcony and balcony staterooms, many that connect, on two decks within close proximity to an expanded, biggest ever Kids Crew facility for added convenience.
“True to its name, Norwegian Epic takes Freestyle accommodations to the next level, offering a wide range of staterooms, suites and villas to suit every type of guest,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “Since this ship is our largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising vessel to date, we’ve taken a fresh approach to our stateroom mix, offering niche accommodations such as our family and spa categories, along with creative, ground-breaking design as evidenced by The Studios with Living Room and largest ever Courtyard Villa complex.”
The ship’s New Wave Inside, Balcony and Deluxe Balcony staterooms were announced last year. These New Wave staterooms feature curved walls and lines creating a modern and chic experience. Norwegian has maximized the living space with a bathroom that is completely unique with a separate shower stall, separate water closet and a modern vanity top sink. Norwegian Epic is also a balcony-rich ship, with all of its outside staterooms featuring private balconies.
In another industry first, Norwegian also opened group block space reservations on Norwegian Epic today exclusively for its travel partners before the ship goes on sale to the general public later this spring. The ship will also feature the first ice bar at sea.
NCL plans to reveal two more chapters about the Norwegian Epic. Chapter four details will be revealed on April 3 at the Cruise3Sixty show in Ft. Lauderdale and Chapter five details will be revealed in New York City in May 2009.
For more details on Norwegian Epic, and artists renderings, visit epic.ncl.com.
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