Norwegian Epic Already Making Changes
Written by: Paul Motter
Norwegian Cruise Lines has surprised us with a few changes for Norwegian Epic announced well ahead of schedule. We applaud their nimble and responsive approach to what have been a few areas of complaints.
Changes to Legends at Sea
The first announced change is the new lineup for the Legends at Sea Concert, which is a surprisingly good show with excellent talent. NCL previously informed us they would be changing the featured “stars” in the tribute show every six months, and I am surprised to see them make the announcement three months early.
The new featured tributes will be Britney Spears, Rod Stewart & Michael Jackson beginning Sept. 25. The ones that opened the ship and who were scheduled to remain onboard through December were Elvis, Tina Turner and Madonna. NCL did not say why they decided to change the artists sooner, but I do recall reading a recent review where they said one of the artists was sick and could not perform. The three tribute artists travel as a package (as they share the same cast; band, singers and dancers) so if one goes down the whole show needs to be re-packaged.
There is something of a surprising generational shift here which is could be construed as emblematic of the average of passengers sailing on Epic. We have been predicting Epic would appeal to a younger demographic.
Elvis was popular in the 50s, Tina Turner was popular in the 60/70s and Madonna was all about the 80s.
The new line up represents a much younger demographic; Rod Stewart’s hit come from the 70s, Michael Jackson hit his prime in the 80s and Britney Spears belongs to now.
Now, having once been in the music business myself I can recognize a Michael Jackson or a Rod Stewart song immediately, but I cannot even name one Britney Spears song she has ever recorded. But I supposed the fact she is a modern artist simply plays a part in the selection, like most contemporary singers her stage show is as much about choreography as it is about lyrics or vocal style, maybe more.
Whether you recognize the songs or not, I am sure it is a lively stage show. In case you didn’t know, all of the artists perform on the same night in one big show (they do not do separate shows on separate nights). There is a very large cast for the show with the lead artists, a dedicated band and a team of six to eight very talented dancers and three backup singers.
It is a very professional cast, likely to be a whole new set of performers since the same ensemble backs up all three artists. This was one of my favorite shows on my Epic cruise last June.
Changes in Cirque Dreams and Dinner
The Cirque Dreams and Dinner show has been the recipient of many fervent reviews on the ship, some fervently in favor and some not. But one aspect of the show that has received almost universally bad reviews is the food; “tough steak and rubber chicken” had been the most commonly used description.
Well, they now have a new menu to reflect the new price of the show, which has doubled since the ship launched. The cost will be $30 for the prime seats and $20 for the back row seats as of September 25. The show remains the same, but here is the new menu below:
Foie Gras with Fig Chutney
Heart of Boston Lettuce with Buttermilk Dressing
Chicken Sate with Cucumber & Tomato Marmalade
Surf & Turf Entree
Grilled Jumbo Shrimp and Roasted Beef Tenderloin
Cheesy Gratin Potatoes, Swiss Chard and Stem Baby Carrots
Red Velvet Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Vanilla Bean Pot De Crème with Wild Berries
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Praline Crème & Crystallized Violet
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