Replacing the Blue Man Group, the Epic Theater now hosts the double Tony Award winning (for costume design) musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Based on the flamboyant comedy movie, this colorful extravaganza features over 500 dazzling outfits -- including 200 headdresses -- and an array of feel-good dance floor hits. Located at the front of the ship on Deck 5, the Epic Theater is relatively small, extending over two decks and seating up to 681 passengers -- though with no restricted views to the stage.
Ballroom and Latin dance company Burn The Floor -- featuring 14 dancers, a live band and two singers -- brings their Ballroom Blitz show to the Epic. Expect sizzling and steamy dance routines taken straight from their hit Broadway show.
Hop into the 259-seat Headliners for the Second City improv comedy show. This one's better with a larger audience, and sit closer to the front if you want to see the performers on the tiny stage -- otherwise, you'll be watching them on the TV screens strategically scattered about the room. Better yet, don't miss the Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos show on the same stage. Both are free.
Most shows need tickets -- even the free ones, which are in the majority -- though these can be booked online or at the box office on Deck 6 outside the Epic Theater. Generally, the later the show, the smaller the audience, so go later if you're in a big group and want to sit together.
Formerly Fat Cats lounge, the Cavern Club invokes the spirit of the iconic Liverpool nightspot made famous as the venue for The Beatles early shows. Moodily-lit with plenty of red brick, it makes a good stab at recreating the atmosphere of the 1960s club, though some modern decorative touches do break the spell. The venue is designed in partnership with the owners of the real 57-year-old club, and features Beatles-inspired music from international artists.
For karaoke, late-night dancing and billiards, there's the adults-only Bliss Ultra Lounge, which also features three bowling lanes, plasma screens, and non-stop music.
The Cirque Dreams and Dinner show, is set in the 217-seat, two-floor Spiegel Tent. This theater-in-the-round show is a weird mix of shrill singing, so-so acrobatics and forgettable food, while tickets start at $29.99. The space is generally put to better use during the Second City's three-times-a-cruise, frequently hilarious murder-mystery lunch (costing $20).
Norwegian Epic Bars and Lounges
Bar Central -- a familiar NCL concept -- is enlarged on Epic and comprises a varied cluster of drinkeries. Along with a cigar bar and beer, scotch and martini meccas, passengers can literally grab a cold one in the Svedka Ice Bar, a stunningly beautiful, freakishly cold (17 degrees) and unique-to-Epic unmissable hotspot. Reservations are required, and the $20 cover buys you two drinks while complimentary faux fur takes the edge off the chill.
Other bars include the O'Sheehan's Neighbourhood Bar & Grill, a popular and spacious 24-hour hub that mixes traditional pub vibe with American diner touches and a three-lane bowling alley. A very different vibe can be found at Spice H2O, an adults-only complex that transforms into an Ibiza-inspired beach club every evening.