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Fun Photo Friday — Epic photos of an Epic ship

Epic LED Chandelier

This week’s Fun Photo Friday is a tribute to some of the really fun photo opportunities aboard the Norwegian Epic:

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Touring the Norwegian Epic

The massive Norwegian Epic

After three days in Madrid, Dolores and Earl Daniels with Ursula and I took the Alta Velocidad Española (AVE) high-speed train to Barcelona. Along the way we frequently hit speeds in excess of 300 kph/186 mph. Impressive. At these speed it takes only 2 ½ hours to cover the 621 kilometers/386 miles. Very impressive. The next morning we headed out to the port to catch our transatlantic ride — the massive Norwegian Epic, which when built was the third largest cruise ship ever.

Epic theater

The Epic displaces up to 155,873 tons, measures 1,081 feet/329 meters in length, has 1,724 crew, and houses 4,100 passengers (double occupancy). Aboard ship are countless lounges, restaurants, shopping venues, a casino, a comedy club, an entertainment theater, a fitness/well-being center, and a huge multi-story LED chandelier.

Gigantic LED chandelier

But the one venue that kept drawing us back was the recreation of the Beatles-era Cavern Club and the almost nightly Beatles tribute band that played there. If you closed your eyes and just listened, you’d swear you were listening to the real thing. These musicians were that good, and especially note worthy this voyage as the John Lennon impersonator.

Recreation of the Beatles-era Cavern Club

Below are some more photos of Norwegian Epic venues. Click on any image to enlarge and to activate a slide presentation:


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King’s Wharf Bermuda

This was my third journey to Bermuda and Ursula’s fourth.  Our ship docked at King’s Wharf, which is what we’ll view today.

King’s Wharf is a cluster of former military structures and fortifications, many of which have been converted over into retail shops, restaurants, and bars.  Even so, the area maintains its military flavor.

You can also spot the English influence that permeates the culture here.  The first clues, of course, are the plethora of traditional red English telephone booths.  If those weren’t enough to clue you in, then the motor traffic is.  These islanders drive on the left side of the road, and most of the vehicles are right-hand drive.

King’s Wharf is also a great place to take pictures of boats of all sizes, shapes, and functions.  There is a very active shipyard here, and there are always many boats under repair at any given time.

Friday we’ll run around the capital city of Hamilton.  Meanwhile:


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