Port officials called the homeporting of the Norwegian Epic a huge commitment to central Florida and Port Canaveral.
Sailing out of Port Canaveral, the cruise line will offer seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, as well as three- and four-day cruises to the Bahamas starting in 2017.
“Bringing Norwegian Epic, our largest ship and our newest ever to homeport in Port Canaveral, represents a big opportunity for the Norwegian brand,” Andy Stuart, Norwegian’s president and CEO, said. “We know that there is pent-up demand from our loyal guests to cruise from Port Canaveral and we are excited to bring this spectacular ship to the Greater Orlando area.”
The Norwegian Epic's inaugural cruise was June 14, 2010. At nearly 156,000 tons in weight and nearly 1,100 feet in length, she can accommodate up to 4,100 guests in staterooms that all have outside balconies. Her crew of 1,700 look after guests and activities on 19 decks, in 18 bars and lounges and in 14 "freestyle dining" restaurants.
CruiseCritic described the ship as "innovative," and "big, brassy, bold and ballsy." The ship boasted a number of firsts including a curved-wall cabin design, the first solo studio cabins at sea, the first ice bar at sea, the first Blue Man Group at sea and the first translucent bathrooms at sea. Or "see," which continues to elicit howls of protest, CruiseCritic said.
Its Eastern Caribbean itinerary includes visits to Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. The Western itinerary includes Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. The three- and four-day Bahamas itineraries includes Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay in January and March 2017.
NCL’s ship Norwegian Spirit will homeport at Canaveral from In November 2015 through April 2016.
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