Norwegian Epic is a cruise ship of the Norwegian Cruise Line and built under of that line's F3 Project by STX Europe Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. When built it was the third largest cruise ship in the world.
After completion and acceptance, the Epic sailed on Thursday June 24, 2010 from Southampton to New York, arriving at the latter port on July 1. It was the largest cruise ship to dock in New York Passenger Ship Terminal
The Norwegian Epic surpasses the Jewel-class as NCL's largest vessel by almost 60,000 GT. Norwegian Epic represents the "third generation" of Freestyle cruising vessels and its size allows NCL to have a ship that is in the "mega-class" of their competitors at Royal Caribbean International and Carnival Cruise Lines, though still 32% smaller by gross tonnage than Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, the world's largest and longest passenger vessels. The ship has 4100 passenger berths, with all outside cabins having balconies. NCL had stated that this ship would have 60% more passenger space than their then largest ships.
Norwegian Epic's Aqua Park' has the only tube and bowl water slide at sea. The ship also has a rappelling wall and two three-lane bowling alleys. It also has a 17-degree ice bar (17°F = -8°C). [Source]
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