MIAMI â€“ May 27, 2010 â€“ Norwegian Cruise Line today announced that its largest and most innovative ship Norwegian Epic is sold out on its June 24, 2010 seven-day transatlantic sailing from Southampton, England to New York City. The line has launched a wait list for those interested in sailing on the transatlantic should cancelations occur. The ship, the largest to berth in the Port of New York, will arrive at Manhattan Cruise Terminalâ€™s Pier 88 on Thursday, July 1. Country music legend Reba McEntire will christen the ship on Friday, July 2 followed by a 2-day inaugural sailing. On Sunday, July 4, Norwegian Epic will serve as the host venue for the 34th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks event. The event includes a national, one-hour, live entertainment broadcast on NBC-TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET and takes place on board Norwegian Epic where invited guests will have a front row view of the fireworks display.
â€œWe are on the edge of our seats in anticipation of the debut of Norwegian Epic to the world in only a few short weeks,â€ said Kevin Sheehan, chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. â€œGuests on the transatlantic sailing will be among the first to experience all of Norwegian Epicâ€™s innovative features including her more than 20 dining options and world-class entertainment.â€
The company released a sneak peak video of Norwegian Epic on its YouTube channel on Wednesday, May 25 showcasing the finishing touches being made. The video is viewable at www.ncl.com/youtube.
Norwegian Epic will sail alternating 7-day Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings from Miami beginning July 10, 2010 through April 2011. Norwegian Epicâ€™s Eastern Caribbean itinerary includes calls in Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and Nassau, Bahamas. The shipâ€™s Western Caribbean itinerary includes calls in Costa Maya, Mexico; RoatÃ¡n, Bay Islands, Honduras; and Cozumel, Mexico. From May through Oct 2011, Norwegian Epic will sail a 7-day Western Mediterranean itinerary from Barcelona, Spain with ports of call including: Florence/Pisa (Livorno); Rome (Civitavecchia); Naples, Italy; and Palma, Majorca, Spain. For more information on Norwegian Epic and to book a cruise, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), visit epic.ncl.com, or contact a travel professional.