Norwegian Epic emerged from a three-week dry dock in October 2015 with significant enhancements to its already impressive nightlife and entertainment lineup. Awarded Best Cruise Ship Entertainment by Frommer’s, Norwegian Epic keeps the bar high with two new Broadway shows: Ballroom Blitz and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The 19-deck mega-ship provides endless opportunities for entertainment or a quiet place to sunbathe, read, or enjoy a philosophical debate among friends.
- Aqua Park with a 200-foot Epic Plunge
- Bowling Alley
- Sports Complex
- Wii Wall
- Cirque Dreams Epicurean
- Ice Bar (One of only 14 in the world)
- Vegas-style Casino
Things to Do
Broadway show “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.” Based on the Oscar-winning movie, it’s a dazzling production with fabulous costumes (200 head-dresses alone) and a hit parade of toe-tapping dance floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men”, “I Will Survive”, and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”.
Ballroom dancing on board, and much, much more! Burn the Floor takes traditional ballroom, adds a bit of spice, and dazzles with excitement and high-speed dancing and scintillating style. You’ll hear some of your favorites peppered with a few classics.
Rock of Ages
Five-time Tony Award nominated action, excitement and, of course, rock ‘n roll hits the Norwegian in the form of Rock of Ages. Take an electrifying ride through the 80s—big-hair, boy meets girl and realizing dreams against the world.
Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy
Thanks to Broadway, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy has now made its way over to the Norwegian fleet so cruisers can enjoy the high-flying, mind-boggling action of this incredible entertainment option.
While we would love for you to dine with us in the main dining room each evening, you can find many other options if you like. Epic offers about 20 different dining options, from fancy to super-casual.
Free dining options include the ship’s two main restaurants, the Manhattan Room and Taste; the Garden Cafe buffet restaurant; O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, which serves comfort foods throughout the day; and an outdoor grill and pizzeria called The Great Outdoors. Several other places on board, including lounges dedicated to guests in certain stateroom and suite categories, also serve meals and/or snacks. There’s also room service and, in a nice twist, 24-hour pizza delivery, available for $5 per pizza anytime and anywhere on the ship — bar, lounge, casino, out on deck, or wherever.
At the high end, there’s the classic Cagney’s Steakhouse; the South American–style Moderno Churrascaria, where servers bring various meats to your table on skewers; the family-style Italian restaurant La Cucina; the fancy French restaurant Le Bistro; a Chinese restaurant called Shanghai’s and an attached Noodle Bar; a Japanese-style Teppanyaki grill; and a sushi bar called Wasabi. All charge between $10 and $25 per person, or price à la carte.
Nightlife & Lounges
At night, Epic really hops. Aside from the entertainment choices already mentioned, there’s a huge assortment of bars, lounges, and activities. The Bliss Ultra Lounge is a hip nightclub full of velvet drapes and day beds, with day-glow bowling alleys off to one side. On the cooler side, the Svedka Ice Bar is kept at 17 degrees Fahrenheit so the ice furniture, ice artwork, and ice goblets don’t melt. Patrons get a complimentary parka as they enter.
Down the corridor, are the more conventional Maltings Whiskey Bar, Shakers Martini Bar, and Humidor Cigar Lounge, while one deck below is O’Sheehan’s bar and the ship’s expansive Casino. There’s even an outdoor nightclub up on deck 15, with a dance floor, bar, and a giant TV screen projecting mood-enhancing visuals.
Pools, Fitness & Fun
The high point, in more ways than one, is the mammoth Aqua Park on Deck 15; a kaleidoscope of pinks, greens and purples, centering on the Epic Plunge, in which tube-riders zip into a giant funnel before dropping through a 200-foot-long chute into a pool below. Two other slides are just as wet, maybe not as wild, but worth the wait. The water slides are generally open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting.
Other outdoor diversions on Deck 15 include a rock-climbing wall (33 feet high and 64 feet wide) and an industry-first rappelling wall. The sports complex, on Deck 17, has a bungee trampoline and Slide Spider Mountain, a two-deck climbing cage. All of these facilities are usually open, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to noon and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., but times can vary. Other amenities in the sports complex, usually open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., include a full-sized basketball court.
Just For Kids
Kids are likely to have as much fun as adults with the complimentary Splash Academy and Entourage programs — the latter for teens — offering supervised, age-appropriate creative play, sports and more.
Both the Splash Academy and Entourage feature a different theme every day, such as pirates, space cowboys, jungle fever or circus. Specific emphasis is placed on active offerings, including soccer and physical challenges, through a partnership with the King’s Foundation and Camps, a U.K.-based organization that provides sporting and activity programs designed for children. For teens, bowling tournaments, soccer challenges and dodge ball under the stars are just a few of the offerings. Other typical activities might include trivia quizzes, cake-eating challenges and video games, along with an Olympics for older children and face-painting, puzzles and a treasure hunt for the little ones. On sea days, activities will typically be divided into morning, afternoon and evening sessions with children expected to join their parents at mealtimes.