On The Eve Of The (NORWEGIAN) EPIC — Updated

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NORWEGIAN EPIC on trials. Photo by Bernard Biger, STX Europe, courtesy of NCL.

NCL’s NORWEGIAN EPIC has completed her second sea trials off STX’s St. Nazaire, France-based shipyard and will head to Rotterdam and Southampton for a series of inaugural cruises before crossing the Atlantic to arrive in New York on July 1. On July 2, she will be christened by Reba McEntire, then depart on her first American inaugural two night sailing, returning for a gala July 4th Fireworks event before heading off to Miami for more inaugural festivities. Beginning July 10, the EPIC commences regularly-scheduled weekly cruises to the Caribbean.

UPDATE:  On June 17, NCL took official delivery of the EPIC.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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