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CruiseMates’ Editor Paul Motter to Report from Norwegian Epic’s 7-day Crossing

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June 22, 2010.

Cruise Ship Expert Paul Motter will offer a unique perspective of the best of Norwegian Epic by sailing on the new ship’s first full 7-day cruise in a one of a kind Studio Stateroom.

Norwegian Epic, the newest cruise ship from Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), will sail from Southampton, U.K. to New York City on its first seven-day cruise June 24. On board will be cruise expert Paul Motter, editor of and a travel columnist for FoxBusiness.

Norwegian Epic will bring a number of innovations to cruise ship design and amenities, especially in the realm of shipboard entertainment. With headline talent like Blue Man Group and performers from Chicago’s Second City comedy troupe, Norwegian Epic promises to offer more “name” entertainment than any cruise ship yet.

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?

No one is more qualified to answer that question than Paul Motter. Paul worked in the music and theatrical businesses in Hollywood and New York City as well in the entertainment departments of three cruise lines.

“Norwegian Epic will be the first cruise ship where the onboard entertainment alone is a reason to choose this specific ship,” Motter says. “The diversity of the entertainment actually rivals a Las Vegas hotel.” But whether the delivery will live up to the promise remains to be seen.

“I have seen Blue Man Group countless times, in its original New York version and at Las Vegas’ Venetian Hotel,” says Motter, “I have high expectations for the NCL production to measure up to the land-based shows, where tickets can cost $100 or more.” All shows on Epic are included in the price of the cruise — except dinner shows.

Norwegian Epic’s other entertainment includes “Cirque Dreams and Dinner.” Motter believes this will be the first successful “Cirque-style” show at sea, based on the preview he attended last March at the Cirque Productions home in Pompano Beach, Fla. “The show features incredible acrobatics as well as acerbic comedy,” he notes.

Legends in Concert is a tribute show to great entertainers like Tina Turner, Madonna and Elvis; and Howl at the Moon is a “dueling piano” format where two players exchange verbal barbs and sing along with the audience.

In addition, Motter will be staying in the highly anticipated Studio Stateroom complex, the first cruise ship cabins specifically designed and marketed to single cruisers. This unique complex connects 128 staterooms to a common corridor and a shared living space – making it the most effective way for single cruisers to meet and mingle on a cruise ship yet.

Motter will be sending daily updates from the ship to, and will also be available for interviews about Norwegian Epic to all media seeking an expert’s opinion on the success of Norwegian Cruise Line’s effort in launching its most formidable cruise ship yet.

He can be contacted aboard Norwegian Epic by email at beginning June 24. After July 4, he can be reached at 602-279-4356.

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