We’ve been selling the NCL Epic for what seems like an eternity. During the buildout, NCL has done an excellent job keeping the travel agency community excited about all of the innovations that will make up the NCL Epic. This week NCL took ownership of the NCL Epic from STX FRANCE SA . Weighing in at 153,000 gross tons, the NCL Epic is the largest ship ever built by the STX shipyard. The NCL Epic is crossing the Atlantic in time to be Christened by Godmother Reba McEntire on July 2 and to be the host for the 34th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks event in New York City.
The NCL Epic will then sail down to her home port of Miami, Florida. I will be attending the welcome party in Miami on Wednesday, July 7 at Bicentennial Park from 2-4 pm. The NCL Epic will sail by Bicentennial Park at 3 PM. For all the details on the NCL Epic welcome party checkout http://epic.ncl.com/epicmiami .
After the Bicentennial Park Epic Welcoming, I will be co-hosting a NCL Epic Inaugural Bon Voyage Happy Hour at the Bleu Moon located on the Double-Tree Grand Biscayne Bay Property at 1717 North Bayshore Drive (5 mins. from Bicentennial Park). The Bon Voyage Party will go from 5:30 – 8:30PM. More details about the NCL Epic Bon Voyage Party to follow next week. Click on Map to Enlarge:
Follow along on Twitter, Flickr, CruiseSource.us, and CruiseSource TV July 8th – 10th while I update you live from the NCL Epic. CruiseSource has been the leading source in providing live content & review from Inaugural Cruises including the Oasis of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Costa Deliziosa, and now the NCL Epic. For the Oasis of the Seas Inaugural, the Miami Herald wrote an article that featured the @CruiseSource Live-Tweeting.
While planning my Miami NCL Epic Inaugural Trip, I found that the Double-Tree Grand Hotel has an awesome rate ($89 per night) in honor of the NCL Epic coming to Miami. Use Epic Code, EPC to receive this special rate. From the Hotel, you’ll be able to see the NCL Epic make her maiden voyage into the Port of Miami.
NCL is one of the best cruise lines at generating lots of media hype with their new ships. With all of this coverage, you can count on rates going up. The best deal on the NCL Epic is currently, $599 inside cabins with a $100 onboard spending credit.
Please share in the comments other events in Miami on 7.7.10, so that the readers of CruiseSource.us will feel like Miami Insiders.
Full-Disclosure: I’m paying for my own flight to Miami, the NCL Inaugural 2 day cruise is free for all travel agents invited, and I do not make a dime if you book at the Double-Tree Hotel. My employer receives commission for booking clients on NCL Epic.