Friday File: Epic Tale Of An Epic Ship

The Norwegian Epic is in Barcelona now, the first month of the rest of its life, so it isn’t ever returning to North America. It seems people either love the Epic or hate it and, judging by the awards it has won, there are more lovers than haters. When it goes in for refurbishing in late September, the Epic will be re-designed for its permanent European clientele. Below are photos of some of what remains, and what doesn’t (or won’t)…

O'Sheehan's

O’Sheehan’s, a favorite stop of ours, is expanding in dry dock, surprising only because it was named after CEO Kevin O’Sheehan, and he’s gone.

ncl_Epic_BMG_PVC_Pipes

No more Blue Men on the Epic, replaced by Broadway shows Ballroom Blitz and (come October) Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

Waterslides

A cruise line promising to cater to families had to have a water slide and the Epic’s was the first tube-and-bowl type of any cruise ship.

Cagney's

Norwegian’s entree into specialty restaurants has a funereal look to its entrance, but inside are some of the best steaks you’ll find anywhere.

ncl_Epic_Public_OSheehans_Bwling.psd

In two Epic cruises, we've never seen that bowling at sea is espcially busy, but it's busy enough to keep it on the ship beyond September…we think.

Legends

If she looks like Britney Spears, she’s supposed to, as one of the tribute acts in Legends In Concert, another European entertainment casualty.

Bathroom-1

The Epic’s most controversial design was having almost-see-through glass doors on the bathrooms, and it’s expected refurbishing will change that.

Stateroom

One solution to the coziness of balcony rooms is to upgrade to what Norwegian calls The Haven, where the smallest rooms look like this one.

Courtyard

And part of being a resident of The Haven is having access to the Courtyard, where privacy is at a premium and butlers are always nearby.

In the news…

• Celebrity adding overnights on longer Caribbean cruises in 2016 (Travel Weekly)
• Cunard to live-stream Monday's 175th anniversary celebrations from Liverpool

Today at portsandbows.com: Silversea's Silver Select promotion

Norwegian Gem
7 nights
September 26, 2015
New York (return): Saint John, Halifax, Portland, Bar Harbor
Inside: $599
Cost per day: $85
www.ncl.com

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