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Norwegian Epic makes first visit

Government MPs Kenneth Bascome, left, and Cole Simons stroll through Norwegian Epic after it docked in Bermuda for the first time yesterday

Norwegian Epic, the largest Norwegian Cruise Line ship by tonnage to visit Bermuda, came along side Heritage Wharf this morning on its inaugural visit.

Captain Frank Juliussen welcomed a Bermuda delegation on board, led by acting minister of tourism, transport and municipalities Cole Simons, who was joined by junior tourism minister Kenneth Bascome.

The deep draft ship took advantage of last year’s dredging of the North Channel to put into Bermuda. It was scheduled to leave port last evening, bound for Madeira in Portugal.

Mr Simons engaged in a customary plaque exchange with the captain.

The Norwegian Epic arrived with 4,020 passengers and a crew of 1,696.

Built in 2010, the 329 metre vessel is expected to spend six months out of its home port of Barcelona, including the summer season, before deploying to the Caribbean for the winter.

The 155,873 gross ton vessel has been offshore in Bermuda waters on two previous occasions, transferring individuals to the island for medical emergencies. But today was its first official day in port.