Weighing around 153,000 tons, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Epic is the 4th largest cruise ship operating in the world today. She made her maiden voyage in June of 2010, when she crossed the Atlantic to make a stop in New York City before taking up residence in Miami for a season of Caribbean cruises. Although there are newer cruise ships than the Epic, few of those ships are able to match the Epic’s commitment to innovation. This commitment is what makes a trip aboard her one of the most modern cruise experiences that money can buy.
From the water park above deck to the throbbing restaurants, bars and nightclubs below, a passenger on the Epic will never want for anything to tickle their senses. For those who privilege exclusivity in their vacations, there are even suites that come with access to exclusive areas aboard the ship. Not that you necessarily need that level of private access, because there are 20 restaurants and 20 bars aboard the Epic, including a comedy club and a jazz club!
Collected here, you’ll find 38 pictures that show why the Epic is Norwegian’s biggest and baddest ship. Be sure to stay tuned for #36 and #37, which offer a rare glimpse at the Epic’s most exclusive accommodations: the Owner’s Suites.
1. Under Construction
Built in France by STX France Cruise SA, the Norwegian Epic was ordered in September of 2006 and touched water for the first time in July of 2009.
2. The Epic Arrives
After stopping in New York City, the Epic arrived at its home base in Miami, Florida.
3. Buzzing With Activity
Without a doubt, the hub of activity aboard the Epic is above board, where there’s plenty to see and do.
4. Splish Splash!
As you probably noticed, the Epic doesn’t just have a pool, it has a complete water park.
5. Seriously, Check Out Those Slides!
Taking a dip in the pool will never been the same after you’ve enjoyed a week aboard the Epic.
6. Screen for outdoor movies
If swimming isn’t your thing, there’s plenty more to do outdoors. For example, you can take in a flick at the outdoor movie theater.
7. Added Luxury for Suites
Passengers who opt to say in one of the Epic’s exclusive suites are also treated with private access to a VIP courtyard.
8. More VIP Benefits
This private access also extends to POSH, an exclusive outdoor beach club and bar.
9. Stay Active
As if the water park wasn’t enough, there is also an extensive outdoor sports complex that features a basketball court, batting cages and even a trampoline.
10. A Grand Entrance
Inside of the Epic, all energy flows from the opulent atrium, which is directly connected to many of the ship’s attractions.
11. Light Show
The focal point of the Epic’s atrium is the chandelier, which is the largest LED chandelier that you’ll find on any of the seven seas.
12. Spectacular Spa
To get your cruise off on the right foot, we recommend pampering yourself at the Epic’s world-class spa.
13. Hot Stuff!
While you’re at the spa, be sure to cleanse yourself of your worries from ashore in the amazing steam room.
14. Get Your Workout On
Maintaining your fitness regimen while aboard the Epic is easy thanks to their state-of-the-art fitness center.
15. Keeping the Kids Entertained
If you and your honey need some time alone, you can bet that your kids won’t miss you once you drop them off at the Recess Kids Club.
16. A Water Park for the Wee Ones
In addition to plenty of indoor activities, the Recess Kids Club also features its own water park appropriate for the younger set.
17. Time for a Show!
While the kids are occupied, you can take in a live show in the Epic’s 681-seat theater.
18. Not Your Average Cruise Ship Theater
Unlike the shows on many cruise ships, the ones aboard the Epic feature big-name acts like the Blue Man Group.
19. Press Your Luck
If you’re feeling particularly lucky, you can hit the slots or the table games at the Epic’s onboard casino.
20. Comedy Club
There’s on onboard comedy club too, and it features performers from the famed Second City – a breeding ground for on-air comedic talent.
21. Jazz Thing Up A Bit
You also have the option of beboping the night away at the Fat Cats Jazz Club, where musical improvisation and strong cocktails go hand in hand.
22. Go Clubbing
If improvisational jazz is too down tempo for you, then you’ll be right at home in the Bliss Ultra Lounge, which is the Epics own nightclub.
23. More Than Just Dancing
If you’re not in the mood to dance, then check out O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill. There are pool tables and even a bowling alley for your enjoyment.
24. Grab a Manhattan
For the ultimate whiskey and beer selection on board, check out Maltings Beer and Whiskey Bar, which is modeled after the Mandarin Oriental in London.
25. Ultra Fine Dining
There’s no main dining room aboard the Epic, however the Manhattan restaurant comes closest to capturing that vibe. Here you can enjoy dinner, a show, and sometimes even dancing.
26. A Restaurant with a View
For a dining option aboard the Epic that offers a breathtaking view, pay a visit to La Cucina, which offers mouthwatering Italian fare.
27. Dinner Theater
At Spiegel’s Tent you can enjoy dinner while taking in a Cirque Dreams performance.
28. Fancy French Fare
Anyone who’s been aboard a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship will be familiar with Le Bistro, which serves refined French cuisine.
29. There’s Casual Dining, Too
You best bet for a quick, relaxing meal is to check out Taste, which is located on the bottom level of the Epic’s atrium beneath the chandelier.
30. Say Hey to the Buffet!
What cruise ship would be complete without a buffet? The Epic has a tremendous one, which has been designed in the style of a luxurious sunroom.
31. More VIP Amenities
For those who have chosen to say in the Epic’s exclusive suites, access is granted to the Epic Club. This bar and restaurant offers exclusive dining and drinking options for the ships VIPs.
32. Accommodations for Solo Travelers
Norwegian Cruise Lines hasn’t forgotten about solo travelers aboard the Epic. In fact, they offer studio cabins that don’t skimp on luxury.
33. Cabins with Generous Balconies
Non-interior cabins are fitted with generously sized balconies for enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the open ocean.
34. Upgrade to a Suite
If after taking this tour, you’re thinking the exclusive suites are the way to go, then you’ll find that they do not lack for luxury.
35. Get More Luxury
Not enough for you? Then perhaps you’d prefer one of the even more exclusive Penthouse Suites.
36. Get the Most Luxurious
For the ultimate in accommodations that the Norwegian Epic has to offer, you’ll have to invest in one of the Owner’s Suites.
37. First-Class Living on the High Seas
Without a doubt, the Owner’s Suites are the most comfortable way to travel aboard the Epic.
38. Your Dream Cruise Awaits
With all of the amenities, entertainment options and luxurious flourishes, the Norwegian Epic is certainly one of the best cruise ships on the seas today.