In an industry known to embrace the idea that bigger is better, and new is best, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Epic is launching one of the most hotly anticipated new ships this summer.

Epic will live up to its name, becoming the largest new ship in Norwegian’s fleet by more than 60 per cent, able to carry more than 4,000 passengers.  But it’s not just size that matters.

Norwegian also says Epic will be its trendiest and most innovative new design, with some revolutionary new ideas in cruising.

Viva Las Vegas on the Open Ocean

Norwegian has promised to take cruise ship entertainment to a whole new level on Epic, and has already announced an unbelievable list of names.  Madonna, Tina Turner, even Elvis have been mentioned.  Okay, they’re impersonators, as are Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson.  But Las Vegas icons The Blue Man Group, Chicago’s Second City, and the dueling piano show Howl at the Moon are the real deal, guaranteeing that every night of your cruise will be a show-stopper.

If you’re really looking for a unique entertainment experience, you can have dinner in the first big top at sea.  Epic will feature a circus-and-dinner show called Cirque Dreams, which is promising a one-ring circus tent, and very flexible wait staff.

Norwegian Cruise Lines has always had a flexible approach to cruising, turning away from the traditions of scheduled dining times and assigned seating for what it describes as “freestyle cruising”.  That approach is being taken to a new level on Epic.

There is no main dining room on board.  Instead, there are 14 mid-sized and smaller restaurants all over the ship, where you can grab whatever you feel like, from delicious Chinese noodles, a juicy New York steak or an exquisite French bistro meal.

One of Norwegian’s most popular innovations is its approach to people traveling alone.  Epic features 128 studio cabins designated just for solo cruisers.  They also get a shared social space called the Studios Lounge, with a bar and large screen TV, and a private concierge for booking dinner reservations and shore excursions.  And the best part is no single supplement charged!

Another innovation in staterooms is the idea of the “ship within a ship”, which are suites around a Courtyard, with private access to a pool, saunas, private dining and a fitness center.  Other Norwegian ships have this feature, but there will be more of these rooms available on Epic than anywhere else.

There will also be spa cabins.  The spa itself will be the largest at sea, with 24 treatment rooms, two private couple villas, and a hydrotherapy courtyard, offering more than 50 kinds of treatments for men and women, including a signature Epic 24 Karat Gold Facial.  Thirty-nine staterooms will be spa cabins, offering key card entry to an enclave surrounding the thermal suite and fitness center.  Eight will feature an in-room whirlpool.

There are also family-friendly accommodations, with interconnecting staterooms and suites, conveniently located near the childrens’ center.  If you want to bring the concepts of family travel and luxury spas together, you can bring the kids along for an ice cream mani-pedi for kids, or a mother-daughter massage.

With the launching of Epic, Norwegian Cruise Line is taking its dedication to freestyle cruising to a whole new level. If you want to relax or be adventurous, dress up or go casual, this is a ship designed for you.

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