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July 14, 2009

Norwegian Epic Floats Out

STX Europe floated out the 153,000-ton Norwegian Epic at their Saint Nazaire (France) yard on Saturday (July 11, 2009). 
Saturday's operation began early (about 7am) when a fleet of six tugs began nudging the giant ship out of the flooded drydock and down the river to the finishing dock. 
Now at the finishing dock where it will remain until sea trials, the 4,200-passenger ship's interior will be fitted out. Norwegian Epic will continue NCL's tradition of expanding Freestyle cruising with innovations. These will include a theater designed to showcase a troupe of the Blue Man Group, a theater where dinner will be served along with circus-type acts called Cirque Dreams and Dinner, an entire cadre of nightlife venues designed to appeal to the club set, a variety of active sports venues (aqua park, bowling, rock-climbing and rappelling, etc.), 16 other restaurants and 18 bars and lounges (including the first Ice Bar at sea). 
Norwegian Cruise Line CEO was at Saint Nazaire for the event. “Watching Norwegian Epic make her first journey on the water was a very moving experience,” said Sheehan. “Norwegian Epic epitomizes our continued commitment to innovation and represents the next generation of Freestyle Cruising, so we are thrilled to be celebrating her float out and looking forward to her delivery in less than a year.”

Norwegian Epic is scheduled to be delivered in May 2010 and will enter service July 17, 2010. 

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