Norwegian Cruise Line’s next new ship, Norwegian Escape, which will be based in Miami, will have Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant and the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar on board.
Margaritaville will be a complimentary restaurant on the Norwegian Escape, which will debut in Europe next October and begin week-long Caribbean cruises out of Miami starting Nov. 14. The 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar will be an outdoor bar on the ship’s Waterfront zone and will feature live music nightly.
Norwegian’s new port at Harvest Caye, Belize, will have a Margaritaville when it opens next fall, and a 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar will open next year on Norwegian’s Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas.
Margaritaville eventually will be expanded to the rest of the fleet, but details haven’t been set yet, said Vanessa Lane Picariello, Norwegian’s director of public relations.
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On June 17th, Norwegian Cruise Line accepted delivery of its largest and most innovative ship, the Norwegian Epic. At 153,000 gross tons, Epic is the largest ship ever constructed in St. Nazaire and therefore represents a major milestone. “Norwegian Epic represents the next level of Freestyle Cruising with branded entertainment, more than 20 dining options and a wide range of accommodations including the largest suite complex at sea,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian’s CEO. “Following more than four years of development and construction, we are pleased to take ownership of this beautiful ship and introduce her to the world. We are confident that Norwegian Epic will amaze our guests.”
On June 21, the ship will sail a one-night preview cruise to Southampton, arriving on June 22 for a two-day inaugural sailing. On June 24, the ship will depart Southampton on a sold-out seven-day transatlantic crossing to New York arriving on July 1.
Norwegian Epic will be christened by entertainer Reba McEntire on July 2 followed by a two-day inaugural cruise. The ship also will be the host venue for the 34th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks event taking place on Sunday, July 4. The event includes a national, one-hour, live entertainment broadcast on NBC-TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Norwegian Epic arrives in Miami on Wednesday, July 7 where a welcome event will be held at Bicentennial Park from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information on the event, visit http://epic.ncl.com/epicmiami. Inaugural festivities conclude with a two-day sailing on July 8.
Want to get in on the Freestyle Dash? Act fast because from March 23-26 Norwegian Cruise Line is offering 50% reduced deposit on every ship and every sailing, plus you’ll receive up to $250 on-board credit on select sailings. But, you’ve got to act quickly because once it’s over, it’s over.