Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Norwegian Epic Arrives in Miami
Norwegian Epic, the brand new 153,000 ton addition to Norwegian Cruise Line's fleet of Freestyle ships, arrived in Miami as a fire boat saluted the new vessel. The ship introduces a number of industry firsts, including an ice bar, cabins for solo travelers and performances by Howl at the Moon, Blue Man Group and others. The entertainment is definitely among the best in the industry.
For Miami, Florida, the Epic represents the first new megaliner since 2007 to call the Port of Miami home. The economy of Miami will get a boost with an anticipated 300,000 passengers sailing on the new ship which means approximately 90,000 passengers will arrive through Miami International Airport annually. The ship will support 1,000 jobs throughout the state and provide $3.5 million in annual revenues through fees according to estimates provided by the Port of Miami.
"We are bringing our best ship into Miami because we're proud of where we live and work," said Kevin Sheehan, CEO of Miami-based NCL Corp. 'We believe that the people of Miami deserve to have the best ship in the market there."
Norwegian Cruise Line had originally planned for two ships to be built by STX Europe but due to cost overruns, they backed out of their deal. Therefore, Epic will be one of a kind.
Be among the first to sail on this new engineering wonder. Check out the pictures and videos by clicking the link above. Take advantage of Norwegian Epic's Launch Bonus offer.