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|Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Dawn||Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Epic|
|Double Occupancy: 2224||Double Occupancy: 4100|
|Gross Tonnage: 92250||Gross Tonnage: 155873||15 decks||19 decks|
|CDC Score: 100||CDC Score: 99|
|Launched: 2002||Launched: 2010|
Operated by the same line, the Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Epic have a lot in common, including a number of identical restaurants and bars. That said, the Norwegian Epic is a far larger, more amentity-filled ship, and it’s also newer in a world where newness matters. If you’re the kind of person who likes the latest and greatest, the Norwegian Epic is going to be the better vessel. In general, the Epic offers all the best features of the Dawn and then some, with additional restaurants and, perhaps most significantly, a far more diverse array of top quality entertainment including performances by the Blue Man Group and Legends in Concert.
Keep in mind that as the newest and hottest ship in the Norwegian fleet, the Norwegian Epic generally sells at a premium to the Norwegian Dawn on a per person basis. In addition, the two ships currently are operating on significantly different itineraries, with the Dawn sailing to Bermuda out of Boston this year while the Epic is sailing to the Caribbean out of Miami. For travelers in the Northeastern USA, the convenience of boarding the Dawn at a close-to-home port without having to get on an airplane to reach the ship may tip the balance in its favor when picking a ship.
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