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Norwegian (NCL) Cruises

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About Norwegian (NCL) Cruises

Known for its "freestyle" cruising, the laid-back Norwegian experience is all about choice, offering one of the largest selections of dining and entertainment venues per ship. Plus, with Norwegian's Free At Sea offer, every cruise fare includes a choice of things like free Wi-Fi, specialty dining, drinks or excursions.

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Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Spirit

12 Night
Australia Product Details

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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Spirit

12 Night
Australia Product Details

Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Epic

7 Night
Europe - Western Mediterranean - Barcelona Details

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Spirit

10 Night
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Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Sun

9 Night
Asia - Japan Details

Leaving:Tokyo
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Escape

16 Night
Repo - Transatlantic Details

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Pride of America

7 Night
Hawaii Hnl Inter Island Details

Leaving:Honolulu
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Escape

10 Night
Greek Isles & Italy Details

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Escape

10 Night
Greek Isles & Italy Details

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Spirit

12 Night
Australia Product Details

Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Jade

18 Night
Europe - Med Egypt & Greek Isles Details

Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Spirit

12 Night
Australia Product Details

Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Breakaway

10 Night
Greek Isles & Italy Details

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Star

14 Night
Antarctica Details

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Breakaway

10 Night
Greek Isles & Italy Details

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Getaway

9 Night
Europe - Baltic Details

Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Spirit

12 Night
Australia Product Details

Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Spirit

16 Night
Hawaii - Other Details

Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Spirit

12 Night
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Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Jade

7 Night
Europe - Greek Isles & Eastern Med Details

Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Getaway

9 Night
Europe - Baltic Details

Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Epic

7 Night
Europe - Western Mediterranean - Barcelona Details

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Getaway

9 Night
Europe - Baltic Details

Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Sun

11 Night
Asia - South East Details

Leaving:Bangkok
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Sun

12 Night
Asia - Japan Details

Leaving:Hong Kong
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Who goes on Norwegian (NCL) cruise ships?

Norwegian cruise ships draw a diverse crowd, though the majority of passengers on ships sailing to the Caribbean and in Alaska and Hawaii hail from North America. You'll find a decent number of people from other English-speaking countries, and smaller numbers from South America and Europe. On European cruises, North Americans still dominate but you'll find more people from the United Kingdom and other European countries. One ship, Norwegian Joy, was designed specifically for the Asian market, and the vast majority of passengers on this ship will be from China.

You'll find plenty of young families onboard Norwegian ships, especially during holidays and school breaks. However, the line's newest ship, Norwegian Bliss, is less family-friendly than the line's other ships, with all the kids clubs on the lowest levels of the ship and onboard entertainment that is decidedly adult.

Generally speaking, Norwegian Cruise Line attracts mostly middle-aged and older couples, as well as groups of friends of all ages.

Do I have to dress up on a Norwegian (NCL) cruise?

Norwegian Cruise Line maintains a casual atmosphere onboard; during the day, casual wear is the norm.

There's no formal dress code at night either, though most people do change into something slightly less casual for dinner. Additionally, some of the specialty extra-fee restaurants do require long pants, collared shirts and closed-toe shoes. Most evenings you'll see men in dark jeans or khakis and collared shirts, and women in blouses with slacks or skirts, or sundresses. Don't be surprised if you see people in shorts in the main dining rooms.

Norwegian doesn't have any formal nights, but there is an optional Norwegian's Night Out at least once per sailing, for which passengers are encouraged to dress up. You'll rarely see a tux or gown, but suits and cocktail dresses are not unheard of.

Norwegian ships also typically hold several themed nights (glow party, '70s or '80s, etc.) during a typical sailing. You might want to bring a few appropriate items, such as white clothing for the glow and white parties or bell bottoms for '70s night.

Is everything free on Norwegian (NCL) cruises?

No. Unless you have an all-inclusive dining or beverage package (which you can buy), you'll have to pay extra for most gratuities, specialty dining, room service, all drinks (alcoholic and non, except water, select juices at breakfast, and coffee and tea), shore excursions, visits to the spa and any retail purchases, including photos.

On the newest ships, you'll also have to pay for some of the entertainment options and even some of the top-deck fun: On Norwegian Bliss, for example, the laser tag and go-karts cost extra.

What are Norwegian (NCL)’s most popular activities?

On warm-weather cruises, the main pool is the line's most popular spot onboard. On ships with water slides, ropes courses, go-kart tracks and laser tag, these are also popular and often require a wait of up to 30 minutes or more.

Inside, you'll find activities that range from trivia, bingo and Deal or No Deal during the day to song-and-dance revues or Broadway shows in the theater and live music or cabaret shows in the evening. Norwegian ships also have a lively bar nightlife. There's also an always-busy casino, which opens when the ship is out to sea.

Why go with Norwegian (NCL)?

  • Extensive choice of restaurants, bars and activities -- especially on the newest ships
  • Newest ships have excellent Broadway and West End theater shows
  • Be Aware: Many dining and entertainment options incur surcharges

Best for: Active families, picky eaters, and couples/groups who love to bar hop

Not for: People who can't stand crowds, or those seeking a relaxed onboard environment

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Norwegian (NCL) Cruises Cruiser Reviews

DISAPPOINTMENT

Very disappointed in this cruise. Cabin was so so hard to get around the veranda was small. We did have a wonderful cabin boy. Found the main dining room lacking in food and its presentation was quite... Read More
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jimroche

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

$100 million upgrade and $0 spent on Officers and Captain Pinonchio

NCL knew before the Dubai leg of this trip to Cape Town took place , that the Corona Virus would prevent us reaching any ports other than the UAE. and one of them was awful. The Captain did not communicate any... Read More
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swimboy09

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Excellent crew

Chose cruise for stops. Excellent time crew excellent travel during Coronavirus craziness endless cleaning on ship they really made us feel safe. Captain made decisions not to port in port Rico due to... Read More
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Cruiser20202020

6-10 Cruises

Age 40s

My poor expierence of NCL

I will never go on a NCL ever again after the experience my boyfriend and I had. We did get a good price because we booked it two weeks before our sail date. However, it was not worth what we paid. One of the only... Read More
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chelseasmith

2-5 Cruises

Age 20s

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