Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Epic Review and Specifications

Specifications of Norwegian Epic

Year built2010  /  Age : 8
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassEpic
Building costUSD 1,2 billion
Owner(NCLH) Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd
Operator(NCL) Norwegian Cruise Line
Speed23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph
Length (LOA)329 m / 1079 ft
Beam (width)40 m / 131 ft
Gross Tonnage155873 gt
Passengers4228 - 5074
Crew1404
Passengers-to-space ratio31
Decks19
Cabins2114
Decks with cabins9
Last Refurbishment2015
Christened byReba McEntire

Current itinerary of Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Epic current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia). The itinerary starts on 12 Sep, 2018 and ends on 19 Sep, 2018.

Date / TimePort
12 Sep      Departing from Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy   
13 Sep 07:00 - 19:00     Livorno, Florence-Pisa, Italy   
14 Sep 08:00 - 18:00     Cannes, France Riviera   
15 Sep 13:00 - 20:00     Palma de Mallorca, Majorca Island, Spain   
16 Sep 05:00 - 18:00     Barcelona, Spain   
18 Sep 07:00 - 19:00     Naples, Italy   
19 Sep      Arriving in Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy   

Review of Norwegian Epic

Launched in 2010, the mighty Norwegian Epic belongs to an unique vessel class and has no sisters by design. NCL Epic was the fleet's largest vessel until the arrival of the new Breakaway-Plus class ships.

History - construction and ownership

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is a subsidiary company of the shipping corporation Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH). NCL was founded in 1966, headquartered in Miami (Florida USA) and publicly traded (NASDAQ) company listed on NYSE (NYC). NCLH's major shareholders are the corporations Apollo Global Management (American), Genting Group (Malaysian) and TPG Capital (American). In 2017, the brand NCL had worldwide cruise market share 8,7% (passengers) and 8,4% (revenue). NCLH (shipowner) owns the brands NCL, Oceania and RSSC (Regent).

NCL Norwegian Epic cruise ship

The 155,873-ton, 4,100-passenger cruise ship Norwegian Epic is the latest cruise ship owned by Norwegian Cruise Line before the launch of Norwegian Breakaway (2013). Epic became operational in June 2010. The vessel pioneered the ice bar at sea. She sails the most in the Carribean and Europe offering new experience and entertainment proposed by the Blue Man Group at sea. Norwegian Epic offers new things like the Studios, planned for people traveling solo, and the private Haven. There are also a lot of options for dining such as traditional fine fining, endless buffets plus gourmet French, Japanese Teppanyaki, a traditional steakhouse and more.

Cruise itinerary program

Norwegian Epic itinerary program is based on Western Mediterranean cruises from Rome and Barcelona, operated year-round, and visiting the Canary Islands and Madeira.

Cabins

Of all NCL Epic staterooms, 75 are located in the signature all-suite complex “The Haven”. The Norwegian Epic has the biggest number of single occupancy cabins for solo travelers (Studio rooms), a total of 128 cabins. The ship is unique with the lack of Oceanview cabins. Most Norwegian Epic staterooms are 155-sq.foot Balcony rooms (1086). There are a total of 2114 staterooms in 38 categories. The largest aboard Norwegian Epic are the Haven Deluxe Owner’s Suites (730 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

NCL Norwegian pioneered the freestyle dining concept (eat whenever, with whomever and wherever you want). The concept is taken to a new level on the Epic. Expect to pay extra for the specialty restaurants, though there are plenty of spots included in the cruise fare. Most mega-ships feature a massive dining hall with big tables, but Epic goes another route. Closest to the standard here is the 592-seat Manhattan Room, with its two-story windows and a polished dance floor.

Follows the complete list of Norwegian Epic restaurants and food bars.

  • Taste Restaurant (forward Dining Room, complimentary, with Your Time dining)
  • Le Bistro (French specialty dinner-only restaurant; reservations-only; US$20 cover charge)
  • Teppanyaki (Japanese Hibachi specialty, reservations-only restaurant; US$25; open for Lunch and Dinner; features live cooking demonstrations)
  • The Manhattan Restaurant (aft-location Dining Room; complimentary; Freestyle dining, Dinner only)
  • O’Sheehan’s Neighbourhood Bar & Grill (sports bar, with 24-hour American cuisine - burgers, steaks, desserts; complimentary)
  • Shanghai’s Noodle Bar (Asian cuisine complimentary restaurant inside O’Sheehan’s Pub area)
  • Wasabi Sushi Bar (25-seat, a la carte charge)
  • Cagney’s Steakhouse (specialty dinner restaurant for prime steaks and gourmet seafood specialties; reservations-only, US$30 cover charge per person and free Kids Menu)
  • Moderno Churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse; reservations-only; US$20 per person cover charge; with outdoor seating waterfront area)
  • La Cucina (Italian specialty restaurant; reservations-only, US$15 cover charge; with outdoor seating waterfront area)
  • Garden Cafe (complimentary buffet restaurant with various cuisine stations)
  • The Great Outdoors (outdoor buffet restaurant, complimentary)
  • The Haven Restaurant (Haven guests only, complimentary)
  • Courtyard Grill & Bar (more casual area of The Haven, exclusive to Villa-Suite guests, complimentary for The Haven passengers)
  • Spice H2O (pool grill & bar).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Most Norwegian Epic shows, even the free ones, need tickets though these can be booked at the box office on Deck 6 or online. The later the show, the smaller the audience, so better go later if you are in a big group and prefer to sit together. For karaoke, billiards and late-night dancing, there is adults-only Bliss Ultra Lounge, featuring three bowling lanes, non-stop music and plasma screens. The Cirque Dreams & Dinner show is set in the 2-floor Spiegel Tent. The show is a mix of shrill singing, acrobatics and food, with tickets starting at $29.99. The space also hosts the Second City's 3-times-a-cruise and murder-mystery lunch for $20.

NCL Norwegian Epic cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Norwegian Epic lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Epic Theatre (680-seat; features Broadway-style musical productions; two grand-shows per night)
  • Spiegel Tent (theatrical entertainment dining venue, with grand-style aerial acrobatics; surcharge $30-40 PP)
  • Entertainment Kiosk (special venues, games bookings - Spiegel Tent, Blue Man Group, Murder Mystery, Second City Comedy)
  • Atrium (3-deck midship hub area with a big-size LED screen, dance area and live entertainment)
  • Atrium Cafe & Bar (specialty tea & coffee bar)
  • I-Connect Internet Cafe (24-hour); Art Gallery; Click Photo Gallery & Shop
  • Headliners Comedy Club & Lounge
  • Fat Cats Jazz & Blues Club
  • Sake Bar; Maltings Whisky Bar; Shaker’s Martini Bar; The Humidor (cigar lounge); SVEDKA Ice Bar; Waves Pool Bar; Studio Lounge
  • Epic Casino (served by Cascades Bar)
  • Tradewinds Shops (tax and duty free boutiques); The Marketplace (shopping alley)
  • Bliss Ultra Lounge & Nightclub; Concierge Lounge
  • Cavern Club (Beatles-themed nightclub) added during refurbishment 2015
  • Aqua Park (with 2 pools, 5 hot tubs, kids pool, 3 waterslides / including the Epic Plunge bowl slide). The SplashGolf is a retrofit to the ship's existing splash pad part of the Aqua Park area. It is located under the waterslides on pool deck 15 and combines 2 water fun attractions (splash pad and miniature golf) into one interactive water play facility for toddlers and small kids. Epic's SplashGolf was designed by Adventure Golf Services (company specializing in design and construction of mini-golf courses). The facility was installed in October 2015, during the ship's drydock refurbishment in Brest France. Instead of traditional solid mini golf balls, SplalshGolf's balls are larger and floating. Hole cups are also larger.
  • Kids venues, club lounges (Kid’s Aqua Park, Splash Academy for kids 3-12 yo, Guppies Nursery for kids 6 months to 2 yo); Recess Kid’s Area (club venue for arts&crafts, movies, karaoke, PlayStations, PCs, kids play area, a special area for teens); Entourage Lounge & Club (teen only area)
  • Mandara Spa & Fitness (Thermal Suite, Snow Room, Salt Room, Medi Spa, Smile Spa, Treatment Rooms, Beauty Salon, Barber Shop, fitness classes)
  • Courtyard Fitness & Spa complex (Villas-guests only, Steam Room, Gym)
  • Spice H2O (adults only area)
  • “The Haven” (Suite- and Villa-passengers only complex; consists of The Haven Courtyard, The Haven Restaurant, The Haven Lounge)
  • Posh Beach Club (private sundeck, adults-only area for Suite-Villa guests)
  • Rock Climbing Wall; Jogging Track; Sports Complex (Spider Web - enclosed 24ft/7m tall kids climbing wall with spiral slide, Bungee Trampoline, 9-hole Mini Golf course).

Norwegian Epic wiki

  • Cabin grades number: 38
  • Total number of cabins: 2979 (of which 1951 balcony, 688 Inside, 128 single rooms)
  • Dining Rooms: Manhattan, Taste
  • Restaurants and food bars: "Le Bistro" (French), "Cagney’s" (steakhouse), "Teppanyaki" (Japanese), "Moderno" (Brazilian steakhouse), "O’Sheehan’s" (burgers, Noodle Bar), "Garden Cafe" (buffet), "La Cucina" (Italian), "Wasabi " (sushi), "Courtyard" (grill).
  • Lounges & Bars: Svedka, Spice H2O, Bliss Ultra, Cascades, Sake, poolside bars.
  • Amenities: Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Supervised Kids Program ("NCL Kids"), Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry. NCL Epic tipping/gratuities are US$12 pp pd. The Epic cruise ship does not allow onboard weddings.
  • Entertainment - the NCL's FIREWORKS show (on each voyage), Epic Water Park (with 3 slides, plus a kids aqua park), casino, sports complex, feature shows ("ROCK OF AGES", "CIRQUE DREAMS"), "Blue Man Group", "Legends in Concert".
  • Spice H2O retreat area, Posh Beach Club adult area, Mandara Spa, 9 jacuzzis, 7 pools.
  • The Epic cruise ship is of one of a kind (of the unique "F3 Project" vessel class) and has no sister ships. The vessel is exactly 32% smaller by GT in comparison to the Royal Caribbean's largest ships Harmony, Oasis and Allure.
  • The ship's Inaugural Cruise (Maiden Voyage) was a Cruise to Nowhere from NYC (July 2-4, 2010). This so special event also featured the "Macy's" (luxury department stores chain) 34th Annual "Fourth of July" New York fireworks display - on the ship! Note: "Macy's" have been sponsoring the NYC's 4th of July fireworks since 1976.
  • First Transatlantic cruise (from Southampton to New York City) was on June 24, 2010. Epic was at that time the largest passenger ship to visit the NYC cruise ship terminal ("Manhattan Cruise Terminal" and "Luxury Liner Row").
  • All the ship's outside staterooms have balconies. Epic is the first cruise ship ever to have (and so many of them) solo cruise cabins (staterooms bookable with single occupancy rates).
  • (May 2010 accident) - While still under construction at the "Chantiers de l'Atlantique" shipyard, there was a fire on the ship's Deck 4 (aft, the provisioning section). The accident resulted in cables damages only. The fire was quickly contained and extinguished. Firefighters suspected an arson attack. Despite this incident, the sensational Epic cruise ship was delivered to NCL on time.

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Norwegian Epic Itineraries

The below listed Norwegian Epic cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Norwegian Cruise Line fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Jun 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia
2018 Jul 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona
2018 Jul 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia
2018 Aug 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona
2018 Aug 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia
2018 Aug 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona
2018 Aug 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$1379
2018 Aug 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$1469
2018 Aug 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$1149
2018 Sep 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$1229
2018 Sep 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$1419
2018 Sep 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$1049
2018 Sep 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia
2018 Sep 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$1229
2018 Sep 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia
2018 Sep 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$1199
2018 Sep 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$1049
2018 Sep 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$1149
2018 Oct 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$949
2018 Oct 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$799
2018 Oct 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$729
2018 Oct 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$799
2018 Oct 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$849
2018 Oct 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$699
2018 Oct 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$679
2018 Oct 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$649
2018 Oct 31 4 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$449
2018 Nov 04 13 days, one-way from Barcelona to Port Canaveral Barcelona$479
2018 Nov 17 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$579
2018 Nov 24 11 days, round-trip Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$549
2018 Dec 05 10 days, round-trip Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$549
2018 Dec 15 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$599
2018 Dec 22 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$879
2018 Dec 29 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$999
2019 Jan 05 4 days, round-trip Holy Ship 12.0 Port Canaveral
2019 Jan 09 3 days, round-trip Holy Ship Port Canaveral
2019 Jan 12 11 days, round-trip Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$679
2019 Jan 23 10 days, round-trip Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$599
2019 Feb 02 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$729
2019 Feb 09 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$779
2019 Feb 16 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$929
2019 Feb 23 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$799
2019 Mar 02 5 days, round-trip Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$549
2019 Mar 07 4 days, round-trip from Orlando (Port Canaveral) (Variation) Port Canaveral$479
2019 Mar 11 5 days, round-trip Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$529
2019 Mar 16 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$799
2019 Mar 23 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$899
2019 Mar 30 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$679
2019 Apr 06 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$749
2019 Apr 13 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$699
2019 Apr 20 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$759
2019 Apr 27 15 days, one-way from Port Canaveral to Barcelona Port Canaveral$879
2019 May 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$1049
2019 May 12 3 days, one-way from Barcelona to Civitavecchia Barcelona$349
2019 May 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$1129
2019 May 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$1149
2019 May 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$999
2019 May 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$1049
2019 May 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$1049
2019 Jun 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$1079
2019 Jun 05 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$1249
2019 Jun 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$1199
2019 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$1049
2019 Jun 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$1179
2019 Jun 19 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$999
2019 Jun 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$1049
2019 Jun 26 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$1099
2019 Jun 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$1229
2019 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$1249
2019 Jul 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$1079
2019 Jul 10 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$1179
2019 Jul 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$1229
2019 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$1179
2019 Jul 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$1079
2019 Jul 24 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$1149
2019 Jul 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$1029
2019 Jul 31 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$1229
2019 Aug 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$999
2019 Aug 07 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$1149
2019 Aug 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$1049
2019 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$1279
2019 Aug 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$1079
2019 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$1179
2019 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$999
2019 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$1099
2019 Sep 01 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$879
2019 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$979
2019 Sep 08 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$849
2019 Sep 11 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$1049
2019 Sep 15 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$899
2019 Sep 18 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$929
2019 Sep 22 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$799
2019 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$1079
2019 Sep 29 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$929
2019 Oct 02 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$979
2019 Oct 06 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$929
2019 Oct 09 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$879
2019 Oct 13 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$899
2019 Oct 16 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$949
2019 Oct 20 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$879
2019 Oct 23 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$849
2019 Oct 27 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$799
2019 Oct 30 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Rome (Civitavecchia) Civitavecchia$829
2019 Nov 03 7 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$879
2019 Nov 06 4 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Barcelona Civitavecchia$529
2019 Nov 10 12 days, round-trip Mediterranean from Barcelona Barcelona$1269
2019 Nov 22 16 days, one-way from Barcelona to San Juan Barcelona$1529
2019 Dec 08 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$779
2019 Dec 15 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$779
2019 Dec 22 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$799
2019 Dec 29 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$999
2020 Jan 05 11 days, round-trip Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$999
2020 Jan 16 10 days, round-trip Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$929
2020 Jan 26 11 days, round-trip Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$999
2020 Feb 06 10 days, round-trip Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$979
2020 Feb 16 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$659
2020 Feb 23 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$679
2020 Mar 01 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$729
2020 Mar 08 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$729
2020 Mar 15 7 days, round-trip Caribbean from San Juan San Juan$729