The Norwegian Epic surpasses the Breakaway-class as NCL’s largest vessel at over 155,873 GT as is a great cruise for family vacations. Norwegian Epic 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 Seas and Allure of 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. NCL had stated that this ship would have 60% more passenger space than their then-largest ships.
When booking a vacation online for a cruise of this magnitude, it makes sense to use an online reservation booking system because of its speed and ease of use.
Norwegian Epic’s 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.
The F3-class ship was built by STX Europe at theChantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. The last ship delivered to NCL that was not at least partially built at a German shipyard was theWindward of 1993. Since that date and until this order, NCL’s newbuildings have been built at the GermanMeyer Werft, Lloyd Werft, Bremer Vulkan and Aker MTW shipyards.
On 13 April 2010 NCL CEO Kevin Sheehan along with Macy’s, Inc CEO Terry J. Lundgren and NBC CEOJeff Zucker announced that the Macy’s 34th Annual 4 July Fireworks would take place on the Norwegian Epic (The fireworks were off on another Ship) The NBC One-Hour Telecast of the Event was broadcast from the Norwegian Epic.