Two popular deck spaces are to be temporarily closed on board norwegian epic. The adult-only Spice H2O aft of the ship and sports complex will not be available for navigation of the ship on August 14, 2022, due to scheduled maintenance.
Maintenance closes popular spots
In a letter sent to passengers who have booked, Norwegian Cruise Line announced that Spice H2O and the sports complex on board the Epic class norwegian epic will be closed during August 14 sailing, a 7-night round-trip Mediterranean itinerary from Barcelona, Spain.
The letter says, “We continuously aim to provide an improved experience for all of our customers and strive to deliver a consistent world-class product across our entire fleet. As part of this commitment, the Norwegian Epic Sports Complex and Spice H2O are undergoing maintenance to better serve our guests and will therefore be closed during your cruise.“
Spice H2O is the ship’s adult-only (18+) beach club on decks 15 and 16 aft, which features a pool that turns into a dance floor and a giant screen for visual effects, as well as well as a free pool bar and grill and sun loungers on the terrace.
During the day, Spice H2O can be a calm and relaxing space, while at night the area transforms into an edgy nightclub vibe with live music and dance parties.
The Sports Complex on board norwegian epic is located on decks 17 and 16, and features a full-size basketball court that can be converted for floor hockey, dodgeball, or other sports.
The space also includes a climbing and abseiling wall, a mesh climbing tower with slide, a bungee trampoline and other fun and sporty options.
As compensation for the loss of these two popular spaces during the August 14 sail, all staterooms aboard the ship will receive a $50 non-refundable onboard credit.
Credit is per stateroom only, not per passenger, and must be used during the cruise for onboard expenses or purchases, such as souvenirs, photos, spa treatments, beverages, etc.
The exact nature of the maintenance requiring the closure of the two spaces has not been disclosed, but could be a number of projects. It is possible that both spaces will be updated in a way that prohibits guest use, such as general painting, resurfacing of the terrace, or the addition or removal of features.
It is also possible that the maintenance is not directly related to the Spice H2O or the Sports Complex, but is adjacent to these spaces and has an impact on their use.
Both spaces are aft of the ship’s funnels and funnels, for example, and funnel cleaning procedures may require the closure of outdoor spaces that may be strewn with debris or emissions during this maintenance.
Rather than provide a poor guest experience or risk possible injury or contamination while other nearby spaces are being developed, Norwegian Cruise Line is choosing to temporarily close Spice H2O and the sports complex.
There is no indication that the spaces are being removed, and they will likely be reopened as soon as it is safe and comfortable to do so.
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With 19 decks to explore, the 155,873 gross tons norwegian epic always offers guests plenty of opportunities to explore during their Mediterranean cruise, such as the water park with the only waterslide at sea, onboard bowling, casino, relaxing Mandara Spa, Headliners Comedy Club, video games room and the two-stage Wii screen for interactive fun as well as the best movies.
norwegian epic is based in Europe for the summer and autumn seasons, offering Mediterranean crossings calling at iconic ports such as Rome, Naples, Cannes, and more.
In November, the ship will reposition itself through several crossings to reach its new home port of San Juan, Puerto Ricowhere it will offer 7-night cruises in the Caribbean, before returning to the Mediterranean in spring 2023.