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New Ship News
In July of 2010, Norwegian launched the Norwegian Epic. Billed as the next level of Freestyle Cruising, the 4,100-passenger ship features world-class entertainment never before seen at sea including:
Norwegian Epic incorporates several new types of accommodations – curved new wave staterooms, spa and family-friendly accommodations, and the largest Villas suite complex at sea, comprising 60 suites and villas on two private decks at the top of the ship.
- Blue Man Group
- Cirque Dreams™ & Dinner
- Legends in Concert
- The Second City®
- Howl at the Moon
The ship also boasts unique nightlife options including SVEDKA - the first Ice Bar at sea and the Spice H2O nightclub that features non-stop entertainment day and night. You'll also find seven decks of family fun highlighted by a 33-foot high, 64-foot wide extreme rock climbing wall and the first ever rapelling wall at sea. Looking for some serious aquatic action? Try Norwegian Epic's expansive Aqua Park that features the aptly named Epic Plunge bowl slide!
In addition, Epic will offer the next level of Freestyle Dining with more than 20 dining choices and 20 bars and lounges.
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With its fleet of 11 (and growing) ships — Norwegian Cruise Line offers the youngest fleet among all major North American cruise lines. The line, founded in 1966, has also carved a niche for itself in homeland cruising, sailing from more than 10 continental U.S. home ports to all major international cruise destinations.
The ship was very nice and the ports were beautiful
The ship crew were very nice and always had a smile. The food was great with lots of choices for whatever we were in the mood for. The staterooms were a bit small compared to the other cruises on other lines we have taken, but, the cabin stewarts were excellent and took fantastic care of us. Would use NCL again if find a good deal in the future. Read more reviews.
The best thing about the cruise was the atmosphere
The whole cruise experience was brand new to us and we just loved it. The weather was great, it was a very relaxing. We loved the freestyle. We had a balcony room and it was just wonderful! The cleaners were the most friendly staff we had ever met, the servers were also very friendly and were always there when we needed a cold beverage. The only improvement that I would recommend is the quality of the food. We ate at a main dining room and we were a little disappointed a couple of nights with the quality. Other than that it was fantastic. We would definitely recommend NCL to family and friends. Read more reviews.
The best part of the cruise was the relaxed atmosphere and flexibility which Norwegian continues to offer
I found the ship too large for my ideal taste but the itinerary was just what we wanted, affording more ports of call than other comparable repositioning cruises. This time I was impressed by what Norwegian has done to expedite disembarkation and tendering. We didn't feel that we were waiting at any time, unlike experiences on previous cruises. The flex style dining was also well managed. With the beeper, we were able to wait in an area of our choice for our table and the longest wait was 20 to 30 minutes. The new menu seems to be a good compromise - a larger fixed number of offerings with a few that change daily to offer variety. The only aspect of Norwegian which continues to grate me (although this was my third cruise with them) is the commercialization and the "selling mentality" with characterizes the atmosphere of the daily newsletter, the announcements and the public areas. For the first time, sales of merchandise invaded the atrium, the only relatively classy large group meeting area of the ship. We also didn't appreciate that the large screen installed (new to us) in the atrium, purportedly to offer Wi experiences and visuals during entertainment, was being used frequently to give presentations from the jewellery and duty free shops. By avoiding shore excursions offered by the ship, we had independent, crowd-free experiences on shore. A little research ahead of time re transportation, highlights, etc. was all it took to have a great day on shore. Our oceanview cabin on deck 5, centre forward, was bright and comfortable and in much the same position as the one we had chosen on our Mediterranean cruise last September. Great value. Near elevators, one deck down from the main restaurnants and the theatre, and always in the vicinity of the exits when arriving at ports of call. No need at all to pay twice as much to lodge on upper decks. Would I sail again with Norwegian? Absolutely if they continue to offer great itineraries and ports of call at very competitive prices. It's probably time, however, for us to explore another cruise line, if only to have a better base on which to compare the pros and cons of cruising with various cruise lines. Read more reviews.