Here is a photo of the Epic being fitted out in the shipyard. As you can see, it’s not quite ready, but it will be!
But the big news we heard today on the Norwegian Gem, was in keeping with this “something for everyone format.” New to the Norwegian Epic will be128 studios on this 4,200-passenger vessel, designed and priced specifically for solo travelers. Solo cruisers traditionally are penalized by having to pay big singles supplements in cabins that house two or more passengers, because there are no specific accomodations for them. This singles supplement can make the cost of a cruise, prohibitive. The single occupancy studios on the Epic will begin at $799.00 on the ship’s seven-day alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. Although the studio cabins are a snug, 100 square feet, they are ingeniously designed to make smart use of the space. The shower and toilet are separated from each other, and from the main sleeping/living area by a heavy curtain Inside cabins are often dark, and isolating. But these single rooms are nicely lit and have a “porthole” that looks out onto the main corridor. There is even a privacy shade. You can look out, but no one can look in. Even nicer, these special studios (on Decks 11 and 12 of the Epic) will feature key-card access. And they will also have their own private lounge with bar. This makes the studios “safe” as well as exclusive. It seems to me that the studio lounge will be a natural meeting place for singles on board who may want to socialize.
For families, there’s even bigger news: NCL and Nickelodeon have signed a multi-year partnership to feature Nickelodeon-themed family entertainment and progams not just on the Epic, but also on the Norwegian Jewel. There will be character meet and greets; interactive game shows; character breakfasts and more. The partnership will also include Nickelodeon-themed cruises, including some of the popular, Nickleodon TV stars, and Nickelodeon-themed elements in the Norwegian’s Kids’ Crew program. The addition of Nickleodeon will create excitement for both parents and children, and give families another way to bond, be entertained, and cruise in a unique way. At this event, the kids who volunteered to play “pie in the face” musical chairs (with the winner being “green slimed”) had a fabulous time and said they’d definitely do it again!
I am a huge fan of NCL’s formula. On a personal note, I am not just someone who writes about lifestyles and travel, I am a consumer of travel. I have taken many, many personal vacations with Norwegian Cruise Line. I love their Freestyle concept. There is so much to choose from. You can take advantage of all the activities and entertainment, or spend your days on deck with a book, soaking up the sun. You can have a wild and crazy time with a group, enjoy family time togther, spend your days in the spa. If you’re like my husband and I you can book a Penthouse, Garden Villa, or Owner’s Suite and enjoy a private, tranquil, top-of-the-ship experience that makes you feel like you’re on your own, private cruise. Maybe I’ll see you onboard, someday!
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