Late last year Cruise Passenger reported that the line had big plans for the future of the 4,100-passenger ship, which included its deployment to Australia.
However, this week Norwegian Cruise Line chief executive Kevin Sheehan revealed that Norwegian Epic will not be coming to Australia. Instead it is heading to Barcelona for year-round cruises from April 2015.
The move makes Norwegian Epic the largest cruise vessel ever to be based year-round in Europe.
“Consumers in Europe love the ship,” Mr Sheehan said.
Norwegian Epic already cruises in Europe during the summer and spends winter in the Caribbean.
Itineraries for the ship’s year in Europe will be announced in March this year.