Norwegian Cruise Line has named its forthcoming F3 mega-ship Norwegian Epic and announced it will sail year-round out of Miami.

The 4,200-passenger, 150,000-ton vessel will set sail in summer 2010 with year-round 7-day voyages to the east and west Caribbean following a series of high-profile inaugural events in Europe and the US.

President and chief executive Kevin Sheehan explained: “The F3 experience will take our already successful Freestyle Cruising to the next level, affording guests the ultimate freedom and flexibility. Norwegian Epic, denoting a ship that is very impressive on a grand scale, is the most fitting name.”

“The combination of the ship’s exciting new features, along with the tropical allure of these Caribbean destinations, will provide an extraordinary cruise vacation for our guests.”

The ship’s Western Caribbean itinerary includes Costa Maya, Mexico; Roat