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Maiden North America Arrival of Norwegian Epic in NYC - July 1, 2010
On July 1, 2010 Norwegian Epic had her maiden North American arrival in New York City. While she was original expected to arrive at Noon, she was early and sailed under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge at 7:45 am with plenty of clearance. Shortly after 9 am, she appeared in the North River.
After reaching the Empire State Building at 9:16, Epic slowed to a complete halt once she reached the Intrepid. While I could not see the cause of the delay, the following day I discovered that her forward starboard lifeboat as well as the four tenders on her starboard side had to be lowered off the ship so she could clear the landing gangway on the north side of Pier 88.
Finally, at 9:45 am, Epic proceeded forward and turned into her Pier 88 berth without tug assistance.
On July 2, Norwegian Epic was scheduled to leave her berth at 4 pm. While that did occur, the unknown was how long would it take to retrieve the starboard lifeboat and four starboard tenders that had to be dropped off in the Hudson River on July 1 so she could berth without hitting the passenger gangway. This was especially important to the crew onboard Carnival Miracle as that ship was scheduled to depart at 5 pm and Epic would be blocking her until the five boats were retrieved.
Norwegian Epic‘s four starboard tenders and one starboard lifeboat sail around Pier 88 to wait for Epic to undock and retrieve them at 3:53 pm. Four minutes later all five were waiting on the south side of the pier.
By 4:17 pm, Epic‘s bow had cleared the berth and the first of the four tenders and the lifeboat were dashing out to the middle of the Hudson River to be retrieved. Notice the five empty sets of davits on the starboard forward side.
By 5:10 pm, Epic was approaching the Battery just as Caribbean Princess was leaving Red Hook in Brooklyn in the background.
On July 5, Norwegian Epic sailed to Miami, Florida without passengers. She left her berth just after Noon, but, since she needed to pick up the four tenders and lifeboat again, she did not begin to sail down the Hudson River until shortly after 12:30 pm. Epic entered New York bay and passed St. George, Staten Island at 1:15 pm.
Four minutes later at 1:19 pm, Norwegian Epic entered the Narrows between Brooklyn and Staten Island.
Epic sailed under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge at 1:22 pm with plenty of clearance — estimate 24 feet, not 24 inches as reported elsewhere when she arrived. Unlike Queen Mary 2, she did not slow down as she approached the bridge.
Norwegian Epic arrives in NYC
Epic proceeded forward and turned into her Pier 88 berth without tug assistance.
Norwegian Epic tied up at the north side of Pier 88 shortly after 10 am.
Four minutes later all five tenderswere waiting on the south side of the pier.
Notice the five empty sets of davits on the starboard forward side.
Picked up all four tenders and the lifeboat.
Approaching the Battery
Caribbean Princess was leaving Red Hook in Brooklyn in the background.
Leaving for Miami
Epic entered New York bay and passed St. George, Staten Island at 1:15 pm.
Epic sailed under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge at 1:22 pm with plenty of clearance