Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Epic
- Occupancy: 4,100
- Crew and staff: 1,708
- Tonnage: 155,873
- Length: 329.45m
- Cruise Speed: 22 knots
- Launched: 2010
- Refurbished: 2015
When Norwegian Epic was launched in 2010 it was one of the largest cruise ships in the world. Across its 19 decks the ship contains a wealth of restaurants, an array of entertainment facilities and incredible innovative features. From 2015 the ship will have its home port in Europe offering a range of itineraries around the Mediterranean.
Food & Drink
There are two main restaurants on board; the Manhattan Room and Taste. Each offers an ever changing menu with selections to suit every taste. There are a number of complimentary alternatives to suit every taste with a buffet selection available in the Garden Café and comfort food served in O Sheehan’s Irish Bar.
There are a number of speciality options available for a cover charge with fine foods from around the world. There’s fine French cuisine, prepared to perfection available in Le Bistro. Shanghai’s Chinese Restaurant serves fine Asian food prepared in full view of diners in the open kitchen. Guests can enjoy a Japanese Hibatchi experience with skilful chefs preparing surprising dishes at the table. Cagney’s is the ship’s American Style steakhouse and serves prime cuts of fine Angus Beef prepared to order. For a more exotic steakhouse experience then Le Bistro serves Brazilian dishes with a range of slow roasted meats along with speciality salads.
There are bars on board to satisfy every taste with fine whisky from around the world available in Maltings Whiskey Bar, cool cocktails served in Shaker’s Martini Bar and an ultra-cool atmosphere in the SVEDKA Ice Bar.
Rather than focussing all entertainment in one enormous venue, this grand ship features a number of smaller venues located throughout the vessel providing guests with options for every night of cruise. Smaller venues means tickets are required and these can be purchased in advance or organised at the box office on deck 6.
The Epic Theater plays hosts to talented entertainers who wow the crowds with their trademark mix of music, movement and audience participation. New for 2015 is 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' based on the Oscar-winning movie this is a heartwarming comedy adventure with over 500 costumes and 200 headdresses. This venue also stages Legend in Concert where a trio of talented impersonators perform the greatest hits of legendary artists including Elvis to Katy Perry.
Also new is the Cavern Club (formerly Fat Cats Jazz & Blues Club) where there’s plenty of live music on offer. Designed in conjunction with the owners of the real Liverpool club it brings alive the spirit of this iconic venue with a real 1960's feel playing Beatles-inspired music.
The Second City troupe performs their trademark brand of comedy in their revue show featuring songs, improvisation and sketches in Headliners lounge.
There’s music and dancing into the night, sometimes with a celebrity DJ, at night club Bliss and in the outdoor venue Spice H2O.
The Epic’s Aqua Park was the first on the NCL line and offers three amazing water slides with a bowl slide and the incredible Epic Plunge which drops more than 200 feet. There’s also a Kid’s Pool for children to enjoy water-based fun without adults getting in the way,
The Mandara Spa offers an all-encompassing relaxation experience with hot stone massages, manicures, pedicures, facials and acupuncture on offer. The thermal spa suite offers further options in the treatment pool and on the thermal benches.
The Pulse Fitness centre features state of the art gym equipment including treadmills, exercise bikes, and weights equipment along with a range of fitness classes with yoga, pilates and many more on offer.
Out on deck there’s a huge Sports Court which spans two decks. Guests can play on the full size basketball court, reach new heights in the climbing cage or hit some home runs in the batting cage.
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