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Featured Ship: Norwegian Epic

July 15, 2018

An early rendering. (Courtsey NCL)

As NCL announce an additional two new ‘Leonardo’ ships (making a total; of six), lets look at an existing ship: Norwegian Epic

Epic has had an interesting history:  Built in 2010,  she was going to be one of two new ships for the Norwegian Cruise Line. At around 156,000gt these were to be the biggest NCL ships yet.  However for whatever reason, NCL cancelled number two. I believe they had to pay a large penalty to the shipyard for this and probably fell out with the French shipyard,  STX Europe Chantiers de l’Atlantique,  in the process. (They have not constructed a ship for them since).  However all NCL’s  focus (and money) went on making Epic pretty  ‘Epic’.

Epic felt like NCL existing fleet of ships on ‘steroids’. Everything was bigger from the entertainment to the number of dining options. The cabins were very stylish, although the in-cabin bathroom arrangement shocked some commentators.

In my opinion Epic was the first mega-ship to really compete with Royal Caribbean’s mega-ships.

I must say that Epic’s private ‘Haven’ complex (a ship within a ship), which is perched above he bridge, makes he look a rather top heavy ship, in fact ugly. I would go as far to say that externally Epic is one of the ugliest purpose-built ships I have ever seen. Fortunately her interiors are very stylish and not too OTT, as NCL ones used to be

NCL later now moved onto the ‘Breakaway’ and ‘Breakaway-Plus’ designs (built by Meyer Werft Germany, this time) however many of the design ideas were  borrowed from ‘Epic’, apart from the bathroom configurations!

Norwegian Epic review: HERE