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Norwegian Epic Lives Up To Its Name

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Norwegian Cruise Line | Jason Leppert | October 23, 2015

Norwegian Epic Lives Up To Its Name

All photos courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line has just made its Norwegian Epic, well, more epic after a three-week dry dock refurbishment ahead of its winter and summer Mediterranean season from Barcelona and eventual return to the Caribbean from Port Canaveral in the fall of 2016. Check out a first look at the enhanced areas in the photo slideshow below.

Among the enhancements is an entirely new entertainment venue called The Cavern Club, brining the Liverpool haunt where the Beatles first became popular to the high seas.

Joining the recently added “Burn the Floor” Broadway show is the Tony Award-winning “Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical,” a comedy production show based on the Oscar-winning film that follows the adventures of three friends on an old bus in search of love and friendship. Numbers include “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive” and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” and 500 costumes and 200 head-dresses adorn the cast and stage.

The Kids Aqua Park also saw the addition of a new interactive SplashGolf experience, combining the fun of mini golf and water features, for all ages.

As for dining, existing restaurants like Moderno Churrascaria, Cagney’s, La Cucina, Le Bistro, Garden Café, Manhattan Room and Taste all received renovations, and many received a revitalized look with new decor, carpeting and reupholstered furniture.

Other improvements include a brand new photo gallery, library and card room plus updates to the Mandara spa, Bliss Ultra Lounge, pool deck Marketplace, Epic Theater, Casino and The Haven ship-within-a-ship suite complex with new lighting fixtures, artwork, wall coverings and furniture.

Technical improvements were also made to the ship including the addition of a pair of “Becker rudders” and more efficient propeller caps and hull paint, and the upgrade of lifeboats and tender boats release systems and ship air ducts. Plus thrusters and stabilizers received full maintenance, and storeroom refrigeration systems were improved.

“Norwegian Epic’s extended dry dock has given us the opportunity to not only enhance the ship’s public spaces but to add significant new features, including a brand new Tony Award-winning musical with Priscilla Queen of the Desert, a new entertainment venue with The Cavern Club and new activities like SplashGolf,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief operating officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We continue to heavily invest in our current fleet, to ensure that guests have a consistent experience across all Norwegian ships and the freedom and flexibility to create their ideal cruise vacation.”

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