The port of New York has
three cruise terminals.
The oldest of the terminals
is on the West Side of
Manhattan along the
Hudson River (sometimes
called the North River at
that point). In order to get
there, a ship must sail
under the Verrazano
Narrows Bridge, past the
Statue of Liberty and Ellis
Island and into the Hudson.
Left: Epic appeared off of
shortly after nine in the
Epic is NCL's largest ship to date. In fact, at 153,000 gross tons, Epic is only exceeded in size by four other cruise
ships. 200 feet hight, Epic cleared the Verrazano by two feet. She is 1,080 feet long and 133 feet wide. Her draft is
The ship can accommodate 4,100 passengers (double occupancy) and was built in France.
On 1 July 2010, Norwegian Epic
completed her first transatlantic
crossing, arriving in New York
City for her official naming
ceremony on 2 July. This was
only the beginning of a busy
schedule that was to include a
two-day promotional cruise to
nowhere and acting as the host
platform for Macy's Fourth of
July fireworks display.
When Epic arrived opposite Pier 84, she
came to a halt and lowered five of her
lifeboats. This was not an emergency
situation. Rather, it was a step needed in
order for the ship to dock at Manhattan's
Passenger Ship Terminal.
Like several other recent ships (e.g.
Carnival Dream and Oasis of the Seas),
Epic's lifeboats project out from the sides
of the ship. The piers in Manhattan were
not built to handle such an arrangement
and thus in order for Epic to be able to get
close enough to the pier to use it, she had
to remove some of her lifeboats from the
side of the ship that would be next to the
Left: The next morning Jewel is at sea heading
Below: Jewel enters the harbor in Bridgetown,
Once the lifeboats were in the water, Epic
got underway again. The lifeboats followed
after the ship like ducklings following a
Cruise ship photo essay - - Norwegian Epic - - Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) - - New York
Opposite Pier 88, Epic made a 90 degree turn to starboard. This is a difficult maneuver as the river's current is quite
strong and once the ship makes the turn, the full weigh of the current is pushing against the ship's side.
The point where the ship enters the slip between the piers is often the most critical point. The up-river pier blocks the
current from pushing against the forward part of the ship but the current is still pushing against the back half. At the
same time, the ship has to slow down so as not to run into the wall at the end of the slip.
Many captains will have a tugboat stand by when they have to dock at the Passenger Ship Terminal. Accordingly, a tug
followed Epic up the river. At one point the tug came close to intervening but Epic managed to dock without the tug's
Once Epic was along
side at Pier 88, an oil
barge came by to
refuel her (left).
She also became one
of the Manhattan
sights pointed out by
passing tour boats
(see above right).
One of Epic's distinguishing features
is the rectangular section on top of
the forward portion of her
superstructure (left). This area
houses luxury suites and
accommodations as well as a private
pool and courtyard with its own
Another distinguishing feature is
Epic's twin funnels. Epic has six
diesel engines that generate
electricity for motors that drive two
traditional propeller shafts (as well
as for the ship's hotel). She can do