STX France and Norwegian Cruise Line sign the delivery of Norwegian Epic

On June 17, 2010, Norwegian Cruise Line and STX France signed the delivery agreement of the cruise ship Norwegian Epic.

The vessel was ordered in September 2006, and the construction of the vessel started end 2007. Norwegian Epic represents the largest ship ever built in Saint-Nazaire shipyard.

Norwegian Cruise Line  and STX France are very pleased of the achievement today. This key step is the beginning of a major launch programme that will start in Europe before the transatlantic crossing to New York.

With this delivery, Norwegian Cruise Line and STX France are most honoured of the excellent partnership between their teams during the whole building period of the ship.

Norwegian Epic left the Loire Estuary around 9.00 pm yesterday for her European presentation in Rotterdam (Netherland) to the European travel agents and media  on June 19 - before her transatlantic crossing from  Southampton to New York on June 24. The vessel will be christened in New York in front of her godmother, American singer Reba McEntire, on July 2.


Key figures for Norwegian Epic (C33)

•-          Length : 330 meters

•-          Breadth : 41 meters

•-          Decks : 19

•-          Number of passenger cabins / passengers : 2114 / 5186 pax

•-          Number of crew cabins / crew members : 1404 / 1730 crew

•-          People onboard max. : 6430

•-          Propulsion : Diesel / Electric

•-          Total propulsive power : 2 x 24 MW - 137 revs/ min. about on 2 shaftlines

•-          Classification : DET NORSKE VERITAS

•-          Flag : Bahamas


STX France SA : Eric Breux, Public Relations & Communications SVP -  +33 (0)2 5110 9057 -

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