Norwegian Epic to sail from Southampton in Fall 2015

Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that Norwegian Epic has added two sailings to and from Southampton, England in 2015, marking the first time that the ship has visited the port since the inaugural celebration in June 2010. Norwegian Epic, named “Best Ship for Sea Days” by Cruise Critic and “Best Overall Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly two years in a row, will sail one six- and one seven-night Iberian Peninsula itinerary. The ship’s six-night …

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An Epic Production

AT SEA IN THE WESTERN CARIBBEAN: I’m writing this after an exhaustive search for an afternoon quiet zone aboard NCL’s super-ship called the Epic. Sometimes a sanctuary can be found in, of all places, a disco named Bliss, which saves its major frenzy for the hours immediately before and after midnight. During the day, however, it can be a peaceful haven for a minority of book readers. That is, unless the disco’s two-lane bowling alley is in …

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NCL’s Megaship Epic

Ready to get slimed? The kids can’t wait. We’re aboard Norwegians new megaship Epic (153,000 tons!) that has forged a partnership with Nickelodeon that means kids—and their parents-have the chance to get slimed, get up close and personal with SpongeBob, Patrick Star, Dora the Explorer, Diego and Jimmy Neutron at breakfast or “meet and greets.” On the pool deck of Epic (http://www.epic.ncl.com/ ), kids are lining up to be chosen to play the games Can you recite …

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Three new “Legends In Concert” to debut on Norwegian Epic: Janet Jackson, Neil Diamond and Aretha Franklin

Norwegian Cruise Line announced that the next installment of Legends in Concert tribute artists will make their debut on Norwegian Epic on Saturday, January 22. The three Legends represent some of the world’s most famous entertainers: Janet Jackson, Neil Diamond and Aretha Franklin. A staple on the Las Vegas’ center strip for over 25 years, Legends in Concert is known as the pioneer of live tribute shows and has assembled the greatest collection of live tribute artists …

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NCL launches ‘Epic Moments’ video contest; winner wins a cruise for two

Norwegian Cruise Line announces the launch of its “Epic Moments” video contest (www.ncl.com/myepicmoment), where cruisers create short YouTube videos of their vacation on board the line’s newest ship Norwegian Epic for a chance to win a Caribbean cruise for two in a balcony stateroom on board the ship. Cruisers can enter by uploading their vacation videos to YouTube as a video response to the contest overview video by Julie Valeriote, Norwegian Epic’s entertainment director. Every two weeks …

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On the new Norwegian Epic, the Blue Man Group is the show not to be missed!

Many of you have already heard about the fabulous entertainment on NCL’s new Norwegian Epic. But you may not realize that perhaps the very best show on board, for all ages, is free! That is the dynamic show of The Blue Man Group. They perform eight 75-minute shows during each seven-day cruise and they are not to be missed. It is hard to describe these unique performances. Suffice to say, three blue men (yes, their makeup is …

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NCL offers two special Nickelodeon cruises geared for families

Norwegian Cruise Line and Nickelodeon are offering  two family “Nickelodeon All Access Cruises” setting sail in 2011. These special Nickelodeon-themed cruises give guests access to seven days of slime-filled entertainment all day, every day aboard Norwegian Jewel, sailing from New York on February 20, 2011, and the Norwegian Epic, sailing from Barcelona on July 24, 2011. Families who book an All Access Cruise between August 23 and September 13, 2010 will receive up to $250 in on-board …

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Impressions of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Epic

I have not yet been onboard the Epic, but my friend Donna, whom I have known for many years, and is a most discerning cruiser, just returned from a cruise and sent me her notes on her impressions of the ship.  Below are the highlights (Thanks, Donna!): Ships Appearance: The Norwegian Epic is by far the prettiest ship I have ever seen. The decor is subtle and well done. Cabins/Suites:…I thought they were beautiful. I have never …

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First impressions of the Norwegian Epic, from its Miami inaugural cruise

Boarded the Norwegian Epic yesterday morning and have been aboard for about 24 hours. Here are some first impressions: The decor of the ship of lovely. Very tasteful throughout. As advertised, there are tons of bars (21 in fact) and restaurants and all seem very popular. They serve sushi, steaks, teppanyaki, Chinese noodles, Irish  fare (O”Sheehan’s Pub is named for the CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line), Italian and even Churrascaria (Brazilian/Portuguese meats). The only thing lacking is …

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We are visiting Miami Beach for a few days before boarding the Norwegian Epic; it is fun playing tourist here

My sister-in-law Dee and I arrived in Miami Beach, Fla., at 5 p.m. yesterday. Because most people were off work, the taxi ride from Miami airport to the Doubletree Surfcomber ($32) was very fast. As fast as I ever remember. We got off the plane at 5 p.m. and were checking in at 6 p.m. It was raining steadily at the time. We are here in Miami for a few days before boarding the new Norwegian Epic …

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