Months after inauguration, Florida-based Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Norwegian Epic still commands attention.
The 4,100-passenger ship was made famous (or infamous) with Cirque Dreams and Dinner, Blue Man Group and other top-notch entertainment options. An array of signature restaurants with a modest cover charge has been well accepted and critically acclaimed as “worth the extra cost”. There was a bit of a stumble as actual humans tried to circumnavigate the unique cabin layout that was hailed as both “genius” and “dumb” but interest in the ship did not wane. The ship remains a hot topic on everything from super-low fares at times to a constant barrage of events and happenings on the ship. Let’s take a look at some contributing factors to the continuing buzz floating around the ship:
- Discount prices on a new ship? Unheard of previously, NCL has offered pricing from $399 per person, $99 Airfare and other promotions to keep the ship full. It seems to be working.
- Entertainment options continue to wow guests. NCL tweaks Cirque Dreams and Dinner menu, bumps price up a bit. Legends in Concert live tribute show changes performers.
- A focus on Family Options has been wildly popular with the line adding more iconic Nickelodeon stars along the way. Unique onboard features like open decks packed with activity and entertainment venues prove successful.
- Win a free cruise offers abound including a sweepstakes from Travel and Leisure magazine, US Airways, National Geographic and others contribute to and prolong new-ship mania.
- Preparing for the first European season, NCL simplified their fly-cruise booking process, making what was a time-consuming process quite simple
- Unique stateroom layouts, especially those for solo travelers, continue to draw attention.
Time goes on and Norwegian Epic is getting a second look. Potential guests originally turned off by what appeared to be a concentrated focus on families, solo travelers, budget-minded cruisers and/or pretty much any group other than the traditional cruising public are reconsidering. Critics and cruise experts are getting over and moving beyond new and unique features that they viewed as negatives initially.
It seems readers here too fall into one of a couple groups; they either love the ship and are blown away by all it has to offer or they just don’t understand it. A lot of the “just don’t understand it” bunch never will. Others will get it, get on board, and move beyond the scary threat to normal cruise operations that new Norwegian Epic represents. Some will just have to wait for revolutionary features fueling the ships current wave of popularity to be rolled out on other new ships on other cruise lines…and they will be; some of this is just too good.