The Norwegian Epic, the largest ship ever to dock in the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, arrived today for her official inaugural festivities following her maiden transatlantic seven-day voyage from Southampton, UK. Norwegian Epic with a height of 200 feet cleared the Verrazano Bridge by approximately 24 inches at 7:40 a.m.
The 153,000-ton, 4,100-passenger Epic, Norwegian Cruise Line's largest ship, enjoyed a smooth and successful first sailing before arriving in New York this morning, the cruise line said in a press release. The ship, billed as the world's largest floating entertainment venue with world-class entertainment unlike anything before seen at sea, will be officially christened by country music star Reba McEntire at 2 p.m. ET on Friday, July 2. Comedian and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Jeff Garlin will serve as host of the ceremony. The ship, which is docked at Pier 88 at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal, will then sail on a two-day preview sailing, before returning to the pier the morning of July 4th to host the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks.