Norwegian Epic

Stats

Year built: 2010

Speed: 22 kn

Passengers: 4,100

Crew: 1,708

156 tons

Itinerary

The Norwegian Epic sails seven night Western and Eastern Caribbean Cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida, during the winter cruising season. Ports of call include Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian’s Private Island); Ochos Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; Tortola; British Virgin Islands; and Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas. During the summer, she sails seven night cruises from Toulon, France; Barcelona, Spain; and Civitavecchia, Itlay, to Barcelona, Spain; Naples, Italy; Civitavecchia, Itlay; Tuscany Region, Italy; Cannes, France; Livorno, Italy; and Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands.

Incidents

May 5, 2010, when the vessel was still under construction, a fire broke out at the shipbuilder’s yard in St Nazaire, France. The incident occurred at 11 PM in an aft area on Deck 4 (crew deck). The fire damaged mostly to the vessel’s wiring in that area. This incident didn’t affect the Inaugural cruise scheduled for June 24, 2010.

June 21, 2010, a technical issue delayed the ship’s arrival in Southampton England by 7 hours. The shipowner NCL announced the problem was a minor propulsion system issue. It was fixed in Southampton. On the 2-days long Maiden Voyage, the Southampton passenger embarkation was delayed by 2 hours after the ship’s pass card system malfunctioned, and all guests had to be signed in manually.

February 22, 2013, due to a Nassau Port Authority’s scheduling error, the ship was not allowed to enter and dock there. The Captain announced via the PA system that there are 6 cruise ships currently in port, so the NCL Epic was denied berthing permission. Passengers were compensated with only US$20 PP as refund for the port fee

August 15, 2010, a 21-year-old male passenger died of a heart attack on the ship, after suffering a severe allergic reaction to food. The man was traveling together with his family. The incident forced the vessel to return to homeport Miami at 1 AM, after leaving the port at 4 PM the previous day on a 7-night Caribbean sailing.