Third Luxury Cruise Ship To Offer Bowling

Brunswick continues to bring the entertainment of bowling to new venues, helping to expand the interest and participation in the sport well beyond the bowling center. For example, the ultimate luxury vacation – a sea cruise – just got better.

How cool is it to bowl in the middle of the ocean? Because of the huge popularity of bowling on Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL), the Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Gem, NCL’s newest ship will also have bowling. In fact, this new ship will have the most bowling lanes at sea, with a total of six lanes between two different venues on the vessel.

The Norwegian Epic, a third generation Freestyle Cruising ship and, to date the company’s largest and most innovative ship, is set to depart on its maiden voyage in June 2010. Six bowling lanes, complete with Brunswick Anvilane™ synthetic lanes, Vector® scoring systems, GS-X™ pinsetters and Pinball Wizard™ bumper bowling, are included in the many world-class recreational options available onboard for all ages.

Three lanes are included in the Epic’s innovative sports bar and lounge called Bliss Ultra Lounge and Night Club, while three more lanes are available for play as part of the ship’s seven decks of Freestyle Family Fun.

Additionally, Brunswick will be featured as the bowling amusement partner in the in-cabin book for the Norwegian Epic. The commemorative book will be available in the cabins onboard for the enjoyment of the cruise guests sailing during the first year and distributed during the inaugural festivities. The book also will include topics ranging from NCL’s history, concept and construction of the ship, onboard services, shopping and ports of call.

In addition to the most bowling lanes at sea and its world-class entertainment including Blue Man Group, Cirque Dreams™ & Dinner, Legends in Concert, The Second City®, Howl at the Moon and Nickelodeon™ at Sea, the 4,200-passenger Norwegian Epic incorporates many innovations including several new types of accommodations, unique nightlife, and a 33-foot high, 64-foot wide extreme rock climbing wall and the first ever rappelling wall at sea.

Norwegian Epic is currently under construction at STX Europe in France. At 153,000 gross tons, the ship is Norwegian’s largest with 19 decks, spanning 1,068 feet in length and 133 feet in width with a 28.5 foot draft, staffed with approximately 1,730 crew members.

The Norwegian Epic will be christened July 2, in New York, by legendary country singer, Reba McEntire.