April 5, 2009
NCL unveils spectacular Norwegian Epic features
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is now revealing more details of the Norwegian Epic, its 150,000 gt next generation of Freestyle Cruising ship.
Currently under construction at STX Europe's St. Nazaire, France, yard for delivery in May next year, the 150,000 gt Norwegian Epic will be NCL's largest ever Freestle Cruising Ship with a length of 329.35 m and a passenger capacity of 4,700.
Among its many features will be an expansive Aqua Park with the only tube slide and largest bowl slide at sea -- The Epic Plunge.
The line also unveiled 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. In addition, Norwegian revealed the next generation of Freestyle Dining with 14 restaurant choices --the most at sea --and 18 bars and lounges.
The Aqua Park, which now shows up in NCL's profile rendering of the ship, includes three water slides of varying thrill factors, including one designed for children that zips straight through the rock climbing wall; a more adventurous slide twisting and turning down three stories; and The Epic Plunge, described as "the only tube slide at sea that puts the blast of inner-tubing into the core of a bowl slide with a thrilling drop through a 200-foot long tube. Riders are then launched into the vortex of The Epic Plunge where centrifugal forces keep them high on the wall for several turns, ending in an exciting transition into a splashdown lane."
The Aqua Park also includes two main pools with arching water effects which illuminate at night; five whirlpools; a wading pool and a kid's pool in the children's Splash and Play Zone which features whimsical sculptures, water sprays and effects, along with a kiddy slide.
More on these and the ship's many other features at http://epic.ncl.com
What NCL calls "the final chapter reveal" of Norwegian Epic will take place in New York City on May 20 and will focus on the ship's innovative entertainment. The ship will also go on sale to the general public on that date. The first Eastern Caribbean sailing is scheduled for July 17, 2010 and its alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries will be available for booking through April 2011.