June 1, 2009 –
Norwegian Cruise Line saw demand for its largest ever Freestyle
Cruising vessel Norwegian Epic skyrocket in the first week that the ship’s
itineraries went on sale to the public, beginning Thursday, May 21, 2009.
Norwegian Epic’s first week of bookings far exceeded opening week sales for
the company’s last two new ships:
Norwegian Pearl and
Norwegian Gem. All categories of staterooms were in demand, from the
groundbreaking new Studios for the value-conscious traveler to the ultra
luxurious villas, penthouses and deluxe owner’s suites. Prices start from
$699 per person; however, based on high demand, prices increases are taking
effect on some of the more popular sailings.
“We are thrilled to see the keen interest in Norwegian Epic this
early on. It’s a testament to the wide range of accommodations and
innovative new features that will take Freestyle Cruising to the next
level,” said Andy Stuart, Norwegian’s executive vice president, global sales
and passenger services. “We want our guests and travel partners to know
that we appreciate their excitement and support in helping to make Norwegian
Epic’s launch the most successful ever. We encourage those who want to
experience this extremely innovative ship to book a cruise on Norwegian Epic
during her inaugural season.”
of Norwegian’s past guest program, Latitudes, can take advantage of a
special Norwegian Epic promotional offer from now through August 31, 2009,
that includes up to a three category stateroom upgrade; additional discounts
on the cruise fare of up to $100 per stateroom; and up to $500 in on-board
credit for suites and villas*.
Norwegian Epic is scheduled to enter service in late May 2010, and will take
part in inaugural events before beginning her Eastern and Western Caribbean
sailings from her year-round homeport in
Miami . The first
Eastern Caribbean sailing from Miami is scheduled for July 17, 2010 and the
ship’s alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries are available
through April 2011.
Norwegian Epic’s Eastern Caribbean itinerary includes calls in
Philipsburg, St. Maarten;
St. Thomas , U.S. Virgin Islands and
Nassau , Bahamas . The
ship’s Western Caribbean itinerary includes calls in Costa Maya , Mexico ;
Roatán, Bay Islands , Honduras ; and
Cozumel , Mexico .
Guests can make a reservation by contacting their travel professional or
Norwegian Cruise Line at
866-234-7350. More information about the ship, her itineraries and
offerings can be found at
Norwegian Epic’s Innovations & Features
Norwegian Epic is changing the face of
cruise line entertainment.
In another industry first,
Blue Man Group will perform in the ship’s 685-seat
Blue Man Group is best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and
concerts which combine music, comedy and multimedia theatrics to produce a
totally unique form of entertainment. The blissful party atmosphere created
at their live events has become the trademark of a
Blue Man Group experience
and beginning in the summer of 2010 will be seen for the first time ever at
sea only on Norwegian Epic.
Norwegian Epic will have multiple, specially-designed entertainment venues
throughout the ship so that guests can choose from a wide variety of
entertainment each evening of their cruise. No longer will entertainment be
focused on two nightly shows in one large main theater. Norwegian Epic will
offer a number of entertainment options in specially-designed venues, some
offered for the first time ever at sea, with choices to appeal to a broad
On this ship, guests will find the only “big top” at sea. In this intimate
265-seat theater-in-the-round, famed producer/director Neil Goldberg will
present Cirque Dreams® and Dinner. This one of a kind
interactive theatrical dining experience will be performed in the air, while
juggling dinner courses, with music, mayhem and acrobatic imagination.
During this two-hour show, guests will marvel in amazement and become part
of a celebration of spectacle and fantasy. The entire experience will be
unlike anything else at sea.
Norwegian Epic will offer the next generation of Freestyle Dining with 14
restaurant choices – the most at sea – and 18 bars and lounges. The ship
also boasts unique nightlife options with the first Ice Bar at sea and Spice
H20 with non-stop entertainment day and night; an expansive Aqua
Park with the only tube slide and largest bowl slide at sea -- The Epic
Plunge; seven decks of Freestyle Family Fun with highlights including a
33-foot high, 64-foot wide
extreme rock climbing wall and the first ever rappelling wall at sea;
the most bowling lanes at sea with six in two venues; a mixed-use sports
deck with the ability for guests to engage in eight different athletic
activities; as well as three separate kids’ and teen activity areas and the
first squash court at sea.
4,200-passenger Norwegian Epic incorporates several new types of
accommodations – the curved New Wave staterooms; the largest
ship-within-a-ship suite complex at sea, comprising 60 suites and villas on
two private decks at the top of the ship; a new category of inside
staterooms for the value-conscious traveler – The Studios and Living Room;
and spa and family-friendly accommodations.
*On-board credit and savings offers are based on cruise length and exclude
suites. The on-board credit amount for suite bookings is per stateroom and
will be applied to the first and second guests in the stateroom.
About Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line
(NCL) is the innovator in cruise travel with a 42-year history of breaking
the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction
of Freestyle Cruising which has revolutionized the industry by allowing
guests more freedom and flexibility.
NCL has the youngest fleet in the industry with 11 purpose-built Freestyle
Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed
cruise vacation on the newest, most contemporary ships at sea.
presently building Norwegian Epic, a third generation Freestyle Cruising
delivery in 2010.