Saturday, July 10, 2010

First Norwegian Epic Caribbean Cruise

Norwegian Epic Sailing from Miami - Courtesy NCL
Epic Sets Sail for First Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Norwegian Epic set sail today on it's first Eastern Caribbean voyage after successfully crossing the Atlantic and completing several short inaugural cruises.   On July 2nd, Reba McEntire christened the new ship in New York before inaugural events continued, including a live broadcast from the ship during 4th of July festivities in conjunction with Macy's 34th Annual Fireworks display.

Norwegian Epic is sailing alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries every Saturday from it's home port in Miami where it will remain through April 2011.  Its first voyage will be to the Eastern Caribbean, with stops in St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Nassau, Bahamas. In the Western Caribbean, Norwegian Epic will visit Cozumel, Costa Maya and Roatan, Honduras.

“We are thrilled to have Norwegian Epic set sail on its first Caribbean voyage,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive so far and we are looking forward to a really strong and successful inaugural season.”

That's Entertainment
World-class entertainment is Norwegian Epic’s hallmark. For the first time at sea, Blue Man Group performs their exhilarating fusion of comedy, theatrics and paint, exclusively on Norwegian Epic. In the only “big top” at sea, Cirque Dreams and Dinner presents a one-of-a-kind interactive theatrical dining experience with music, mayhem and acrobatic imagination. Legends in Concert, the original and world’s greatest live tribute show, is featured for the first time at sea in more than a decade on Norwegian Epic, along with The Second City improvisational comedy and Howl at the Moon, the world’s greatest rock ‘n roll dueling piano show that encourages audience participation. New York-based Slam Allen Band rocks the house with down-home blues in Fat Cats Jazz and Blues club.

Innovation at Sea
The 4,100-passenger Norwegian Epic incorporates many innovations including several new types of accommodations – the curved New Wave staterooms; the largest Villas suite complex at sea, comprising 60 suites and villas on two private decks at the top of the ship; and spa and family-friendly accommodations. Kids will have a blast with Nickelodeon at Sea™ offering Nickelodeon-themed family entertainment and programming including: character meet and greets; interactive game shows; and more.

Freestyle Dining
Norwegian Cruise Line pioneered the concept of Freestyle Dining about ten years ago now.   Experience the next generation of Freestyle Dining with more than 20 dining choices and 20 bars and lounges.  I suspect the favorite new edition to dining choices will be Moderno Churrascaria, which features an expansive salad bar and choice of a variety of meats served by tableside passadors ($18 per person charge added to your account).  More info...  Norwegian Epic Freestyle Choices

Additional References

Norwegian Epic Blog Posts

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