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.
and acceptance, the Epic sailed on Thursday 24
June 2010 from Southampton to New York, arriving
at the latter port on 1 July and became the
largest cruise ship to dock in New York
Passenger Ship Terminal.
The Norwegian Epic
surpasses the Breakaway-class as NCL's largest
vessel by over 10,000 GT. She represents
the "third generation" of Freestyle cruising
vessels and its size allows NCL to have a ship
that is 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
the Seas, the world's largest and
longest passenger vessels. The ship has
4100 passenger berths, with all outside cabins
having balconies. The Epic introduced 100 square
foot interior studio cabins for solo passengers,
including a shared "living room" for
socializing. The Epic has 60% more
passenger space than NCL's then largest ships.
Aqua Park' has the only tube and bowl water
slide at sea. The ship also has a rappelling
wall and two three-lane bowling alleys. It also
has a 17 °F (−8 °C) Ice Bar where the drinks are
served in ice glasses and patrons wear parkas.
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 NBC One-Hour Telecast of the Event was
broadcast from the Norwegian Epic.