Norwegian Epic


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A Cruise Log sneak peek: The first photos of a finished Norwegian Epic
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The most notable new cruise ship of the year, Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Epic, is just days away from its debut. What's the 153,000-ton, 4,200-passenger vessel like?

Here, the Cruise Log offers a glimpse at the first aerial shots of Epic in its finished form, taken over the weekend during the vessel's final sea trials off the coast of France.
More at:
http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2010/06/a-cruise-log-sneak-peek-the-first-photos-of-a-finished-norwegian-epic/96808/1
 

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Epic almost ready for action
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Final sea-trials have been completed, hull painting is dry and shiny, entertainment - from Blue Man Group to bowling alleys - is ready for action, wave cabins are being prepared for occupation.

Cruise ship Norwegian Epic will finally be handed over by the builders and, barring any more last-minute hitches, will leave the yard tomorrow for the last time.
More at:
http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/captain-greybeard/2010/06/epic-almost-ready-for-action.html
 

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It's Official: NCL Owns Norwegian Epic!
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Norwegian Cruise Line is one step closer to launching its largest, trendiest and most innovative cruise ship after taking delivery of Norwegian Epic today from STX Europe's shipyard in St. Nazaire, France. A cruise line spokesperson confirms to Cruise Critic early this morning that the handover has indeed taken place; in industry parlance, this simply means that the ship is completed, paid for and officially owned by the cruise line -- a huge milestone after a two-plus-year construction process.
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http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=3941
 
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From Cruise Critic:

Update: Norwegian Epic Delayed into Southampton Due to Technical Problems
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Update, 6:20 p.m. EDT: NCL spokesperson Courtney Recht tells Cruise Critic that repairs to the malfunctioning propeller shaft will be made once the ship arrives in Southampton tomorrow. The ship's inaugural cruise, a seven-night transatlantic departing from Southampton on June 24 and arriving in New York City on July 1, remains on schedule.
More at http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=3943
 
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>>Reba needs to hurry up and bless this ship to get rid of all of this bad luck!<<

That or ring up some shaman to take the hoodoo off.

Not that I really believe in that sort of thing but the dancing would be entertaining. This particular glitch is really a technical problem. This sort of thing crops up all the time with a new ship. If this is the most serious bug that needs to be worked out, then they're doing well.

Now if only they could catch the firebug!
 

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Interesting where they say that the ship "felt pretty crowded" with only 2500 people onboard.
The ship is the same size as the Freedom class ships which carry 3600 passengers and the same size as the QM2 which only carries 2600 (both ships regular capacity), so it will be interesting to hear if she feels crowded with her 4100 regular capacity onboard.
 

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Live blogging from Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Epic, Day 5
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One of the most anticipated new features on the Norwegian Epic is its complex of 128 "studio" cabins -- small, stylish interior rooms that are being sold to solo travelers. So does the area -- billed as a game-changer in interior cabin presentation -- live up to the hype?

Last night I got a chance to try the complex out with an overnight stay, and I have nothing but praise.
More at:
http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2010/06/live-blogging-from-norwegian-cruise-lines-norwegian-epic-day-5/97645/1
 
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From Cruise Critic:

NCL Confirms Norwegian Epic Will Be One Of A Kind
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(11 a.m. EDT) -- Norwegian Epic hasn't even been officially named yet and we've already been told the ship is to be a one-off.

At a press conference onboard the vessel yesterday, NCL's CEO, Kevin Sheehan, said that there would not be an Epic Mark Two.
More at http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=3953
 
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From Cruise Critic:

Norwegian Epic Makes Inaugural Call on In-the-Spotlight St. Thomas
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Norwegian Cruise Line's brand-new Norwegian Epic, the year's most-anticipated new ship, has just begun sailing from its Miami homeport, and will today make its inaugural call on ... St. Thomas, in the spotlight this week after the shooting death of a 14-year-old girl who was a passenger aboard Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Victory.
More at http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=3989
 
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From Maritime Matters:

Quadruple Decked! NORWEGIAN EPIC, Part One: Villa Complex
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The first in a whopping four Decked! installments covers the NORWEGIAN EPIC’s ship-within-a-ship Villa Complex. The massive block-like structure atop the ships bridge was conceived from the inside out, which explains why it is so unapologetically angular.
More with links to the rest of the series at http://maritimematters.com/2010/07/quadruple-decked-mv-norwegian-epic-part-one-courtyard-spa/
 
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From CruiseIndustryNews:

7/20/10 - Norwegian Epic 'New Wave' Sets New Record
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Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Cruise Line's newest and largest Freestyle Cruising ship ever, has set its third consecutive record-breaking booking week for the week ending July 17, 2010. Booking volume was up more than 50 percent from the previous two record-breaking weeks for the weeks ending July 3 and July 10 with Epic's innovative New Wave balcony staterooms some of the most popular.
More at http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/4276-72010-norwegian-epic-new-wave-set-new-record-.html
 

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