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June 17, 2010

STX Europe Delivers Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the 153,000-ton Norwegian Epic at the STX's Saint Nazaire yard today. The vessel is shown in this series of photos taken last Saturday during its second set of sea trials. The ship is the largest ever built at the yard, and NCL's largest vessel. 
The ship returned to the yard on Monday for completion of the final details before its handover on Thursday. It left Thursday evening for previews in Europe before its sold-out transatlantic crossing on June 24. It will arrive in New York on July 1 for its inaugural activities which include naming by its godmother, country music superstar Reba McEntire, on July 2. It will then be the host venue for Macy's 4th of July Fireworks, and enter regular service from Miami on July 10.
This view shows the vessel's unusual shape and all of its top deck facilities. Norwegian Epic is built for the evolution of NCL's Freestyle Cruising product. It has no main restaurant or theater that seats half the ship's passengers as most conventional ships do. Instead, there are multiple dining and entertainment venues which passengers visit as they want. The ship is also geared specifically to appeal to people who do not normally cruise. 

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