(6 p.m. EDT) -- Norwegian Epic, arguably the most anticipated new cruise ship of 2010, will serve as the host venue for the 34th annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks.
During the spectacular event to commemorate the 234th birthday of the United States of America, the 153,000-ton, 4,200-passenger ship will also be the setting for a one-hour live national broadcast on NBC.
Every year, the broadcast features a musical performer; last year's show included Rob Thomas and Jewel, and in previous years, big-name acts like Mariah Carey have performed. Norwegian Cruise Line spokesperson AnneMarie Mathews tells Cruise Critic this year's performer is TBD.
We'd like to know: If TBD ends up backing out at the last minute because the dressing room spread doesn't feature those tasty mini-spanikopitas, who would you like to see perform on Epic? (Of course, we're joking -- the artist is still "to be determined," but we do want to know whom you'd like to see onstage.) Will it be a popular sensation like Lady Gaga, who seems to epitomize the wear-what-you-like message of NCL's "Freestyle Cruising" concept? How about Blue Man Group, the bald cadre of paint-covered eccentrics who will bang out rhythms for passengers in Epic's main theater? Or Rod Stewart, one of the artists impersonated in Norwegian Epic's tribute show Legends in Concert?
Vote in our poll!
Epic's maiden voyage, a seven-night transatlantic cruise, is scheduled to depart on June 24, 2010. The ship will arrive in New York on July 1 for several days of inaugural festivities, and it will be the largest cruise ship ever to visit the Big Apple. The inaugural Caribbean season out of Miami officially begins on July 10.
Macy's 4th of July Fireworks broadcast, live from Norwegian Epic, will begin at 9 p.m. EDT on NBC.
--by Dan Askin, Associate Editor
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