The Name Of NCL New F3 Ship Revealed: Norwegian Epic

Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) has selected the name for its new F3 ship: Norwegian Epic. Just as the name implies, the ship will be the largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship to date.


The 4,200-passenger Norwegian Epic is scheduled to sail year-round to the Caribbean from Miami, beginning in summer 2010. Following a series of inaugural events in Europe and the U.S., the ship will homeport in Miami and will sail year-round to the Caribbean offering alternating seven-day Western and Eastern Caribbean voyages through April 2011. These cruises are scheduled to go on sale to the public later this spring. NCL will open Norwegian Epic’s sailings for group block bookings exclusively for travel partners in mid-March 2009.

“The F3 experience will take our already successful Freestyle Cruising to the next level, affording our guests the ultimate freedom and flexibility. Norwegian Epic, denoting a ship that is very impressive on a grand scale, is the most fitting name,” said Kevin Sheehan, NCL’s president and CEO. “The combination of the ship’s exciting new features, along with the tropical allure of these Caribbean destinations, will provide an extraordinary cruise vacation for our guests.”

The ship’s Western Caribbean itinerary includes stops in Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; and Cozumel, Mexico. Norwegian Epic’s Eastern Caribbean itinerary includes stops in Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas.

Norwegian Epic represents the next generation of Freestyle Cruising – a ship that incorporates a wide range of new features and amenities, including curved New Wave staterooms and unique nightlife options. To date, the company has revealed five unique nightlife venues that rival the experiences of Las Vegas, Ibiza, the Riviera and South Beach. The five venues include the industry’s first true Ice Bar; POSH Beach Club, a first of its kind beach club at sea that offers an exclusive, adults-only setting at the top of the ship; Halo, the Über Bar, a private bar and lounge in the ship-within-a-ship villa complex; Bliss Ultra Lounge, NCL’s all-day entertainment and nightclub complex with four-lane bowling alley; and Spice H20, an adults-only aft pool deck experience.

In addition, the ship will feature the New Wave standard, New Wave balcony and New Wave deluxe staterooms that represent a giant leap forward in cruise ship accommodations with a completely fresh take on bathroom design, contemporary curved architecture and open living space. The New Wave stateroom’s most distinctive design element is its curved walls and lines creating a modern and chic experience. NCL has maximized the living space with a bathroom that is completely unique with a separate shower stall, separate water closet and a modern vanity top sink. The staterooms feature a sophisticated earth-tone palette accented with a splash of color and rich, dark wood. Concealed contour LED lighting and back-lit domed ceilings set a relaxing vibe.

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1 SUE AHLF { 02.18.09 at 2:32 pm }


2 irwin sater { 02.19.09 at 9:10 am }

Interested in epic sailings in Dec 2010-Jan 2011
interested in 3 cabins . Prefer eastern carribbean sailing

3 Merv Wiands { 02.19.09 at 2:17 pm }

We are very interested in a cruise to the Eastern Carribbean during the April 2010 timeframe. Just got back a couple of weeks ago on the Carnival Glory. Love the Carribbean. Bon Voyage

4 betty bonat { 02.21.09 at 9:21 pm }

Having been on the Norwegian Sea, Pearl, and Jewel ( twice) I can only hope the level of the food has improved. Because I am disabled I usually have food in my penthouse stateroom With the exception of Maxi (premo butler) Therefore, I will be sailing on Princess this year..

5 Mike { 02.25.09 at 9:40 am }

I think the food on NCL has gotten much better….It will be interesting to see any changes on the new ship.

6 chris nield { 11.08.10 at 2:49 am }

sailing on epic in march still unsure about spa cabins pictures not to brouchure

7 R.R.GANDHI { 04.23.11 at 1:40 am }

we are a family of 6 pax. we plan on taking the cruise on july 17th. from barcelona. one of us wants to join on 19th b’coz he has to attend his graduation on 18th & can fly out only on 18th evening & board the ship on 19th at pisa. is this possible? thankyou.

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