Norwegian Cruise Line Lifestyle:
Norwegian Cruise Line (formerly known as NCL) is a cruise line for everyone--a true mainstream line. The fleet is diverse, but all the ships are contemporary. The parent cruise line is Star Cruises, but the company went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange in January 2013. Norwegian Cruise Line operates one ship in Hawaii with all-American crews and introduced the flexible "freestyle dining" concept. Norwegian Cruise Line is a good choice for families or first time, active cruisers who are budget-conscious.
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruise Ships:
Norwegian Cruise Line has 13 ships. All the ships have been launched since 1999, and one sails under the U.S. flag, the only large cruise ship porting in the U.S. that does so.
- Norwegian Dawn (2002)
- Norwegian Star (2001)
- Norwegian Sun (2001)
- Norwegian Jewel (2005)
- Norwegian Spirit (1998/2004)
- Pride of America (2005)
- Norwegian Sky (1999/2008) - previously Pride of Aloha
- Norwegian Jade(2006) - previously Pride of Hawaii
- Norwegian Pearl (2006)
- Norwegian Gem (2007}
- Norwegian Epic (2010)
- Norwegian Breakaway (2013)
- Norwegian Getaway (2014)
Norwegian Cruise Line Passenger Profile:
Norwegian Cruise Line cruises are well-suited for families and young-at-heart, active cruisers who enjoy a large ship atmosphere with flexible dining options. It is not marketed as a five-star experience, so cruisers should not expect exceptional service, cuisine, or amenities seen on luxury ships. However, the ships have plenty of activities, good worldwide itineraries, and provide a good overall cruise experience for the mass market cruiser. Most passengers are from the U.S. or Canada.
Norwegian Cruise Line Accommodations and Cabins:
Since the company has a diverse fleet of ships, the cabins vary widely in size from ship to ship. The older ships generally have smaller staterooms and baths, and the standard cabins on the Pride of America ship sailing Hawaii are smaller than on many other comparably-priced ships.
One good note for family cruisers is that Norwegian Cruise Line has many family-friendly cabins, with interconnecting doors. The cruise line also introduced family suites, which are perfect for those traveling with children.
Solo cruisers will love the single-occupancy cabins on the Norwegian Epic and its sister ships Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway.
Norwegian Cruise Line Cuisine and Dining:
Norwegian introduced "freestyle cruising", which gives passengers the option of dining in one of the many interesting different venues whenever they wish; however, reservations are often required. The cruise line certainly has a lot of variety, so cruisers don't get bored dining in the same place every night. The Norwegian Epic, the company's largest ship, features over 20 dining choices and 20 bars and lounges. Sometimes, on formal nights or when there is a popular show on board, reservations are hard to come by. Only continental room service breakfast is available. The food is good, but not gourmet.
Norwegian Cruise Line Onboard Activities and Entertainment:
Norwegian Cruise Line has entertaining production shows done by an onboard troupe in its show lounges. The Norwegian Epic features some sensational entertainment including the Blue Man Group, Cirque Dreams & Dinner, Legends in Concert, The Second City, and Howl at the Moon. The Norwegian Breakaway entertainment line-up includes three Broadway shows: Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor, and Cirque Dreams & Dinner: Jungle Fantasy. The cruise line emphasizes sports, theme cruises, and lots of music and entertainment throughout the day (and night). You will find all the standard cruise activities--dance lessons, art auctions, bingo, parlor games, and all sorts of passenger participation activities.
Norwegian Cruise Line Common Areas:
All the public rooms on the Pride of America have a "best of America" motif, with the rooms modeled after famous Americans. The rest of the Norwegian Cruise Line ships have a contemporary look, with lots of airy spaces.
The exterior of the ships have been painted with distinctive artwork, making them easy to identify world-wide.
Norwegian Cruise Line Spa, Gym, and Fitness:
The fitness areas on Norwegian Cruise Line ships are open 24/7, so the cruise line certainly encourages passengers to be active! Some of the fitness classes are free, but others such as yoga and kick boxing require a fee. The spas are operated by Mandara Spa and have an Asian atmosphere.
More on Norwegian Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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Miami, Florida 33126
On the Web: http://www.ncl.com