Ship Review: NCL’s newest ship offers fun in Epic proportions

Many people pick a vacation city based on how much it has to offer. Big names like Nickelodeon and Blue Man Group that could have only been seen in places like Las Vegas and Orlando are now cruising the high seas. With all the innovations on the brand new Norwegian (NCL) Epic, it’s like you’re in a city with ever changing views.

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NCL Epic’s studio staterooms designed for the solo traveler

Norwegian Cruise Line recently announced a new concept to make cruising more attractive to solo travelers on the company’s upcoming largest ship to date, Norwegian Epic, launching this July. Epic’s Studios are the first staterooms designed and priced for single occupancy, starting from $799 on the ship’s seven-day alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. These specially designed and priced Studio staterooms available on all of Norwegian Epic’s sailings go on sale Monday, Jan. 18.

“Historically, the cruise industry has not embraced the large number of people who enjoy traveling solo,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “We are breaking the mold of traditional cruising once again by offering a stateroom designed and priced specifically for solo travelers, making cruising a more attractive travel option. We invite all solo travelers — whether they are first-time cruisers or cruising veterans – to sail on our incredible new Freestyle Cruising ship, Norwegian Epic.”

The Studios on Norwegian Epic are a private key-card access complex on two decks consisting of 128 staterooms and the Studio Lounge. Each Studio stateroom, at approximately 100 square feet of living space, features a contemporary design with a full-size bed and separate areas for the bathroom, sink and shower. In addition, guests in the Studios have private access to the exclusive Studio Lounge. Here, guests can grab a cup of coffee in the morning, meet up with fellow cruisers and plan their day or relax with a drink in the evening. Since many of the Studio staterooms are connecting, there is also the opportunity for friends to travel together while giving each their own private space.

For more information on Norwegian Epic as well as to book a cruise on Norwegian Epic to the Eastern or Western Caribbean, call Norwegian at 866-234-7350, visit http://epic.ncl.com, or contact a travel professional.

NCL Epic’s bow lowered into place at shipyard

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Norwegian Epic’s construction, underway at STX Europe in St. Nazaire, France, celebrated a milestone in the early morning hours last Wednesday, April 9, when the ship’s bow was lowered into place. The bow, known as block 642, weighed 445 tons and measured 85 feet long, 108 feet wide and almost 30 feet high. The process of putting the bow in place took 100 workers about two hours. This significant step represents the completion of the lower part of the steel hull, those areas that come in contact with the sea, and indicates that only the superstructures, or topsides, remain to be finalized. Continue reading “NCL Epic’s bow lowered into place at shipyard”

Cruise Guide: Norwegian Epic to sail in 2010 with 14 dining options

The Norwegian Epic may not be to everyone's taste from the outside, but it's what's inside that matters. Rendering and video (below) courtesy of NCL
The Norwegian Epic may not be to everyone's taste from the outside, but it's what's inside that matters. Rendering and video (below) courtesy of NCL

By Matt Roseboom

cruiseguideheadersmallAlthough some may question the look of her exterior appearance, you won’t care what NCL’s newest ship, Norwegian Epic, looks like from the outside as you enjoy her 14 restaurants, 18 bars (including the first ice bar at sea) and Aqua Park inside.

Epic, which launches in the Caribbean July 10, 2010, will offer a wide variety of cabins, from the very small inside staterooms called The Studios (100 square feet) to luxurious suites which feature their own courtyard villa. All outside staterooms will feature private balconies. Continue reading “Cruise Guide: Norwegian Epic to sail in 2010 with 14 dining options”

NCL releases more cabin information on their upcoming Epic

NCL officials announce some of the new features of their newest ship, the Norwegian Epic. The announcement was made during the Seatrade conference in Miami Beach and was also available via webcast.
NCL officials announce some of the new features of their newest ship, the Norwegian Epic. The announcement was made during the Seatrade conference in Miami Beach and was also available via webcast.

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. Continue reading “NCL releases more cabin information on their upcoming Epic”