Norwegian Epic


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Notice that this will be a 2 Class ship like on Cunard. Villa guests will have their own private pool in their area of the ship and also dine in their own private restaurant called "The Epic Club" and an outdoor club called "Posh Beach Club" as well as a concierge lounge, private grill, etc.
This exclusive area is located in that section of the ship that looks like a swelled head. Hmmmmm, coincidence?
 
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>>What's up with that?<<

Uhhhhh...I suspect that this is something along the lines of what the customer wanted so the shipyard made it happen that way. Considering the problems which pods have had, I can't say as I blame them for going with a somewhat conservative design. Since the ship has an extensive arrangement of bow and stern thrusters, I don't think they'll have a problem going into restricted ports without tugboat assistance.
 

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>>Considering the problems which pods have had<<

Right. Like with the Millennium and the QM2 which were both built at that shipyard!
 

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Fire breaks out on Norwegian Epic at shipyard
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A fire broke out earlier this week on the 150,000-ton Norwegian Epic at STX France's shipyard in St. Nazaire, France, where the vessel is under construction.

Norwegian Cruise Line said in a statement that it was notified by the shipyard that there was a fire in one of the Epic's provisioning areas on Deck 4.
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http://www.usatoday.com/travel/cruises/item.aspx?type=blog&ak=91094.blog
 

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Update: Norwegian Epic Fire Could be Deliberate, Says Yard
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(5 p.m. EDT) -- Following the fire onboard NCL's new Norwegian Epic last week in the shipyard, an investigation has now been launched into whether the blaze was started deliberately.

In a statement, the shipyard -- STX France -- said that French authorities are looking into how the fire was started at its St. Nazaire shipyard on Monday night.
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http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=3854
 

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Reba McEntire named Godmother to Norwegian Epic
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Florida-based Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that Reba McEntire, will christen the company's newest ship, the Norwegian Epic in New York on July 2, 2010.

Ms. McEntire, who recently hosted the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, is also an avid cruiser and has taken several family cruise vacations, most recently on Norwegian Gem in the Mediterranean.
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http://www.examiner.com/x-22875-Orlando-Cruise-Vacations-Examiner~y2010m5d11-Reba-McEntire-to-play-Norwegian-Epic
 

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Country music icon Reba McEntire to christen Norwegian Cruise Line ship
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Norwegian Cruise Line has lined up a big name entertainer to christen its next ship: Country music icon Reba McEntire.

The two-time Grammy Award winner has agreed to preside over the July 2 naming ceremony for the 4,200-passenger Norwegian Epic -- the line's biggest ship ever.
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Third Fire On Norwegian Epic at Cruise Shipyard: Arson Suspected
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(12:29 p.m. EDT) -- We're hearing reports today of yet another suspicious fire on Norwegian Epic at the shipyard -- the third in over a month and just days from delivery.

The latest event took place on Sunday afternoon, 6 June, when workers at the STX Europe shipyard in St. Nazaire and their families were visiting the near-completed, 153,000-ton ship. According to local newspaper Ouest France, some 17,000 people were visiting the ship over the course of the day and the fire, which started on Deck 8, meant that hundreds had to be evacuated. Nobody was injured.

French prosecutors -- according to reports in Ouest France and Fairplay Daily News, and on the Web site for trade magazine Cruise Business Review -- believe that the fire on Sunday was "almost certainly deliberate in origin."
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Norwegian Epic Shipyard Fire
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The most talked about cruise ship this year, the 4,200-passenger Norwegian Epic, has been plagued with minor fires in the French shipyard where it's being built. And now French officials suspect arson.

The 153,000-ton ship, with such features as Blue Man Group, 21 restaurants and a giant waterslide, caught fire this week, making three fires in a month.
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http://news.travel.aol.com/2010/06/10/norwegian-epic-shipyard-fire/
 

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Not sure. Some of the discussions on Cruise Critic are suggesting labor disputes between workers and the shipyard owners.
I was thinking maybe bitter Frenchmen angry about the outcome of the F3 deal. Kind of like the Germans being forced to finish the Majestic for the White Star Line and finishing her in Hamburg-America livery with "Bismarck" on her bow and stern. I might have an over active imagination though ;)
 

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