New entertainment and dining options were introduced onboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s 4,000-guest Norwegian Epic following a three-week upgrade to the 5-year-old mega-ship. The new features are being introduced to cruisers as Norwegian Epic sails the Mediterranean from Barcelona and Rome, followed by its return to the United States and a new home in Port Canaveral in the fall of 2016. Fares for a seven-day Western Med cruise from Rome in November start at $899 per person.
Added entertainment outlets include The Cavern Club, modeled on the legendary Liverpool venue where the Beatles saw their popularity skyrocket.
“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,” says 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.”
“Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical,” is based on the Oscar-winning movie, and features a dazzling array of over 500 award-winning costumes, 200 extraordinary head-dresses and a hit parade of dance floor favorites, including “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”
Dining enhancements for Norwegian Epic include extensive renovations to the existing Moderno Churrascaria, Cagney’s, La Cucina, Le Bistro, Garden Café, Manhattan Room restaurant and Taste restaurant. Many of the onboard dining venues received a refreshed look with new carpeting, reupholstered furniture, new décor and more.
Norwegian Epic was also outfitted with a new photo gallery, library and card room. Guests looking for a “cool” adventure can tee up at the new SplashGolf™, which was installed in the ship’s Kids Aqua Park. This new attraction combines two age-old elements of fun –water features and mini golf— into one interactive water based game attracting all age groups for more family fun.
Additionally, the vessel received major renovations and enhancements to the Mandara spa, Bliss Ultra Lounge, pool deck Marketplace, Epic Theater, Casino, and the exclusive Haven suite complex; including new lighting fixtures, artwork, wall covering, furniture and more.
Technical modernizations and maintenance also took place during the dry dock. The ship received a new pair of “Becker rudders” together with more efficient propeller caps, and state-of-the-art energy efficient hull paint. Additional significant technical and safety updates include: lifeboats and tender boats release systems upgrade; thrusters and stabilizers full maintenance, air ducts upgrades as well as improved storerooms’ refrigeration systems.