The ship of the month for July is NCL’s Norwegian Epic!
The Norwegian Epic was built in 2010, is an Epic-Class Cruise Ship, and can carry up to 4,228 passengers. She is 1,081 feet long, 171 feet wide, and comes in at a total of 155,873 tons. The Epic’s top cruising speed is 22 knots. She features 19 decks with 10 bars and lounges. There are six types of staterooms offered on board. The types include inside staterooms, studio staterooms for one passenger, balcony staterooms, spa staterooms, mini-suites, and Haven Suites.
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, Italy, to Barcelona, Spain; Naples, Italy; Civitavecchia, Italy; 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 were 6 cruise ships in port at that time. So the NCL Epic was denied berthing permission. Passengers were compensated with only US$20 PP as a 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 it’s home port, Miami, at 1 AM, after leaving the port at 4 PM the previous day on a 7-night Caribbean sailing.