Brand New Norwegian Epic Cruise Ship has Technical Issue

Posted Jun 22nd 2010 11:10 AMUpdated Jun 24th 2010 11:59 AM


Norwegian Cruise Line's brand new and much-hyped 4,100-passenger Norwegian Epic has hit a small technical snag.

The $1.1 billion, French-built ship debuted over the weekend, cruising from Rotterdam, Holland, into the English Channel, with invited guests checking out such exciting ship features as 20 restaurants, an Ice Bar and the debut of Blue Man Group at sea.

But a subsequent departure to Southampton, England, was delayed as a technical issue was discovered.

Norwegian said the issue "no way affects the safe operation of the vessel," and that the ship would catch up on its schedule, which includes a third inaugural cruise from Southampton.

According to Seatrade Insider, the problem involves a shaft bearing that will be fixed in Southampton.

'We have had a shaft bearing problem and we are flying the spares to Southampton. No propeller repairs are needed,' Norwegian Cruise Line president Roberto Martinoli told the newsletter.

Norwegian offered guests booked on the delayed Rotterdam to Southampton sailing the option of a refund, but said the ship's transatlantic voyage embarking Thursday would not be impacted. The ship officially debuts in New York, on July 2. Country legend Reba McEntire will smash the champagne bottle as the Epic's Godmother.
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Hopefully they are able to fix the problems before setting sail. I have always been interested going on a long cruise but until then I have been going on some cruises in New York that I found through

September 09 2010 at 2:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alfred Schrader

I step out my door & I'm in a paradise on earth.
(Just east of the new Harry Potter/Universal Studios.)
Nice boat, but luggage, life vests, etc. Sorry, a step down for me....Al-

June 22 2010 at 7:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


If you're a reader, get hold of Halfway Around the World by Gavin Young. He was, a by profession, a journalist, but died before he got a chance to do the other half. I wonder what he would have thought of mega-cruise ships.


June 22 2010 at 7:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love how people say... Why would i want to go on vacation with 4000 others!!! Well how about a day at Disney World, A walk in Times Square, a visit to a water park???

June 22 2010 at 7:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've taken two (2), that's two Cruises around the Hawaian Islands on THE PRIDE OF AMERICA. Two very great Cruises, and the Captain and crew were just great. Hoping to go again. Thanks NCL.

June 22 2010 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Smedley K. Hoover

Instead of belittling the wonderful cruising experience, attempt to stretch your imagination a wee bit, and attempt to grasp why the entire cruise industry is growing by leaps and bounds.

Try to think of it as 600 - 4,000 potential friends you haven't yet met; enjoying themselves as they visit different places to sample the delights of different cultures and cuisines.

As with most other holiday venues, you can choose to interact with whomever you wish, OR NOT.

Much of this experience can be enjoyed (with a bit of planning) for as little as $65-$100 per person per day. Compare that to hotels or "all-inclusive" holidays.

That includes (at minimum) a small private cabin, all meals, many different kinds of entertainment and activities, as well as great personal service.

Of course you can always pay MUCH more for your cruising experience, and some choose to do so; but that is certainly not mandatory.

So, to those of you who disapprove of this way of traveling and enjoying life, please do us ALL a favor, do what you enjoy - or stay home - and let the rest of us cruise on . . .

June 22 2010 at 6:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Perry Allotta

If it is built in Italy, USA or nations with sea experience, no problem but ...who has better than C.Colombo's friend's experience with the sea ?

June 22 2010 at 6:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the french. lol.

June 22 2010 at 5:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to mikemaj82's comment

Well they built the New Queen Mary , Hoiw many liner have we ever built , zero we do not have their knowledge

June 22 2010 at 8:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Las Vegas on a barge,how UGLY can you get!it must be almost impossible to steer in a cross wind I hear there have been several incidents already Oh Well Profits first

June 22 2010 at 5:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chuck linker

4,100 souls.
Why doesn't anyone just sit in a hotel lobby in a big city if they think that's goping to be enjouable?
Most people overpack, hate the lines, realize there is nowhere else to go, wander, get too friendly, spend money they don't have for the extras they never thought about, etc.

These cities at sea haave nothing to do with the experience of being at sea or on any vessel meant to sail the waters of the world.

Go to Vegas stupid !

June 22 2010 at 4:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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