Giving cruise lovers a sailing-eye view, CruiseMates’ editor Paul Motter is offering a unique perspective on the Norwegian Epic, the newest cruise ship from Norwegian Cruise Line, when it sails Thursday June 24 on its first seven-day cruise, from Southampton, England, to New York City. Cruise-expert Motter, editor of CruiseMates.com and a travel columnist for FoxBusiness, will file updates to CruiseMates.com about the journey.
Motter said the new cruise ship brings a number of innovations to the mode of travel, particularly with entertainment. Headliners include Blue Man Group and comedy troupes from Chicago’s Second City. In a press release, Motter asks: “Will the shows on Norwegian Epic elevate cruise ship entertainment to levels never seen before, or can the cruise ship environment bring even exceptional shows like Blue Man Group down to the traditionally mediocre level of cruise ship entertainment?”
Motter said the Epic is the first cruise ship where onboard entertainment alone is reason to choose a specific ship, and that “the diversity of the entertainment actually rivals a Las Vegas hotel,” adding that whether the delivery lives up to the hype “remains to be seen.”
And that’s his job, to see and judge it, and pass that info along to potential cruise takers via CruiseMates.com. Motter will be staying in the studio stateroom complex, the first cruise ship cabins designed for single cruisers, connecting 128 staterooms to a common corridor and shared living space which he said makes it effective for singles to meet and mingle.
Motter may be reached aboard the ship at firstname.lastname@example.org starting June 24.
Posted by Paul E. Kandarian, Globe correspondent
Photo of Norwegian Epic courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line