Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Cruise Line’s largest and most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship to date, was officially christened on, July 2 at 2:00 p.m. by its godmother country music superstar Reba McEntire. The entertainment extravaganza was hosted by comedian and Curb Your Enthusiasm star Jeff Garlin and included performances by the ship’s world-class entertainers on board, including Blue Man Group; Cirque Dreams™ & Dinner; Legends in Concert performers Madonna, Elvis and Tina Turner; Second City® Comedy Troupe; Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos; among others.
“I am deeply proud of our company today,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “To me, this ship is truly epic in every sense of the word: she is grand, she is luxurious. And she will also carry lucky guests on the adventure of their lives.”
The hour-long event was simulcast in venues throughout the ship to allow maximum viewing opportunities and culminated with Ms. McEntire cracking the bottle to christen the ship.
“Like any proud godmother, I could go on for a while about how wonderful Norwegian Epic is,” said Ms. McEntire during the ceremony. “The incredible entertainment options, the fabulous restaurants, the plush accommodations, the way it takes Freestyle Cruising to the next level. It gives me the biggest thrill to christen this beautiful ship.”
The ship, which was docked at Pier 88 at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, is now sailing on a two-day preview cruise before returning to the pier the morning of July 4th to host the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® Spectacular.