Norwegian Epic passing Calshot Spit light buoy in the Solent on 24 June 2010, outward bound from Southampton for New York on first transatlantic voyage
|Name:||F3 I (2008-2010)
Norwegian Epic (2010-present)
|Owner:||Norwegian Cruise Line|
|Port of registry:||Nassau, Bahamas|
|Route:||Europe (Roundtrip from Barcelona Since Summer 2011) (Roundtrip from Rome & Marseille as well in Summer 2012)
Caribbean (Roundtrip from Miami Since 2010)
|Ordered:||9 September 2006|
|Builder:||STX France Cruise SA, Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard, Saint-Nazaire, France|
|Laid down:||19 June 2008|
|Launched:||10 July 2009|
|Identification:||Call sign: C6XP7
IMO number: 9410569
MMSI number: 311018500
|General characteristics |
|Length:||329.45 m (1,081 ft)|
|Beam:||40.64 m (133 ft)|
|Draft:||8.7 m (29 ft)|
|Depth:||21.6 m (71 ft)|
|Installed power:||3 × MaK 16M43 (3 × 15,200 kW)
3 × MaK 12M43 (3 × 11,400 kW)
|Propulsion:||Diesel-electric; two shafts (2 × 24 MW)
Wärtsilä fixed-pitch propellers
Four Wärtsilä bow thrusters and two stern thursters
|Speed:||22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)|
|Capacity:||4,100 passengers (double occupancy)|
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.
Two ships in this class were ordered by NCL in November 2006, with an option for a third vessel that was not exercised. A dispute between NCL and STX initially resulted in the construction of both ships being placed on hold until a new agreement was reached. That called for completion of the first ship would be completed; the second ship was cancelled in 2008. The sole remaining ship, Norwegian Epic, was delivered to NCL on June 17, 2010.
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. The Epic introduced 100 square foot interior studio cabins for solo passengers, including a shared "living room" for socializing. 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°F (-8°C) Ice Bar where the drinks are served in ice glasses and patrons wear parkas.
The F3-class ship was built by STX Europe at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. The last ship delivered to NCL that was not at least partially built at a German shipyard was the Windward of 1993. Since that date and until this order, NCL's newbuildings have been built at the German Meyer Werft, Lloyd Werft, Bremer Vulkan and Aker MTW shipyards.
On April 13, 2010 NCL CEO Kevin Sheehan along with Macy's, Inc CEO Terry J. Lundgren and NBC CEO Jeff Zucker announced that the Macy's 34th Annual 4th of July Fireworks would take place on the Norwegian Epic (The fireworks were off on another Ship) The NBC One-Hour Telecast of the Event was broadcast from the Norwegian Epic.
Concept and construction
Norwegian Epic is powered by a diesel-electric plant, with the six long-stroke MaK engines providing a total of 79.8 MW for ship propulsion and on-board electricity supply. Electrical power then drives high-torque density induction motors which turn two conventional (non-azimuthing) propellers.
In September 2008 a dispute over the price of the first F3 vessel (at the time approximately 25% complete) arose between Norwegian Cruise Line and STX France. Reportedly the sale of 50% of NCL to Apollo Management in August 2007 resulted in Apollo making several changes to the designs, resulting in a higher cost for the first vessel. It was reported that the construction of the second ship was unaffected by the dispute, but ultimately it was announced that the first ship will be completed and the construction of the second ship will be canceled.
The sea trials of Norwegian Epic occurred over four days beginning on February 10, 2010. During these trials 300 technicians and engineers from Aker Yards France, along with 30 Norwegian Cruise Line representatives, checked more than 60 aspects of the ship's performance by running trials of the ship's speed, maneuverability, hydrodynamics and propulsion in the Atlantic Ocean.
In early May 2010, a fire broke out in a provisioning area aft on Deck 4; firefighters were able to contain the fire before it spread, with the only damage to an area of cabling. The conditions were found to be suspicious (there was no welding or other 'hot' work in the area, and the extinguishing system was non-operational), and the event was investigated by Saint-Nazaire police as an arson attack. Despite the damage, Norwegian Epic was delivered on time.
The Norwegian Epic was originally based out of Miami, sailing 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruises. In 2013 and 2014, the Norwegian Epic winters in Miami, FL sailing 7-day Caribbean cruises (Oct-Apr). After repositioning transatlantic sailing, Epic summers in Europe sailing 2-7 day itineraries (Apr-Oct). The 7 day itinerary is based out of Barcelona, Rome or Marseille.
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