Year built: 2010
Speed: 22 kn
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.
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.