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Cruising with Norwegian

Norwegian Cruise Line is known for its fun, laid-back ambiance and inventive "freestyle cruising" concept, which promotes no enforced dress codes, no fixed dining times and a plethora of onboard entertainment and family-friendly activities. Norwegian's 17-ship flee sails all over the world, with 2019 itineraries lasting anywhere from three to 21 days. The cruise line’s destinations include Alaska, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, South America and more. 

During your voyage, you can catch live shows such as "After Midnight" or the Tony Award-nominated "Rock of Ages" musicals, while youngsters can spend time at onboard water parks and kids programs.

When it comes to dining, Norwegian's options are varied. The cruise line's "freestyle dining" program allows you to chow down in globally inspired eateries such as a French-style bistro and a Japanese teppanyaki restaurant, as well as traditional cruise buffets and formal dining rooms. Notably, the dining rooms don’t feature fixed dining times or assigned seating.

Norwegian Cruise Line's ships are fairly large, carrying between 1,936 and 4,266 passengers. While Norwegian's vessels can feel crowded, they maintain a ratio of approximately one staff member per every two or three passengers – even when ships are filled at double occupancy.

 
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Norwegian Cruise Line is known for its fun, laid-back ambiance and inventive "freestyle cruising" concept, which promotes no enforced dress codes, no fixed dining times and a plethora of onboard entertainment and family-friendly activities. Norwegian's 17-ship flee sails all over the world, with 2019 itineraries lasting anywhere from three to 21 days. The cruise line’s destinations include Alaska, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, South America and more. 

During your voyage, you can catch live shows such as "After Midnight" or the Tony Award-nominated "Rock of Ages" musicals, while youngsters can spend time at onboard water parks and kids programs.

When it comes to dining, Norwegian's options are varied. The cruise line's "freestyle dining" program allows you to chow down in globally inspired eateries such as a French-style bistro and a Japanese teppanyaki restaurant, as well as traditional cruise buffets and formal dining rooms. Notably, the dining rooms don’t feature fixed dining times or assigned seating.

Norwegian Cruise Line's ships are fairly large, carrying between 1,936 and 4,266 passengers. While Norwegian's vessels can feel crowded, they maintain a ratio of approximately one staff member per every two or three passengers – even when ships are filled at double occupancy.

 

Pros & Cons

  • No fixed dress codes

  • Wide variety of onboard restaurants

  • Some ships offer stateroom options designed for solo travelers

  • Long lines may occur at dining venues and theaters

  • Some onboard activities are not included in cruise rates

  • Meals at specialty restaurants cost extra

Rankings

Norwegian Cruise Line has been ranked based on an expert evaluation of the line's level of luxury, as well as an assessment of user reviews and health ratings.

3.92Scorecard
  • 3.9Expert Rating »
  • 3.7Traveler Rating »
  • 4.5Health Rating »

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Norwegian Escape
Norwegian Escape debuted in 2015. It carries 4,266 passengers and 1,733 crew members. Highlights include the District Brew House and Norwegian's first ever wine bar, The Cellars. Guests can choose from a total of 18 dining ...
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On Board

Because many of its home ports are based in the United States, Norwegian attracts a primarily American clientele. Norwegian Cruise Line also caters to families, offering age-appropriate programming geared toward younger passengers. You're likely to find more families during the winter holidays and summer months, while far-flung itineraries tend to draw an older crowd. Some ships also offer Studio cabins...
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On Shore

At many ports of call, you can disembark and explore the surrounding area through one of Norwegian's planned shore excursions. There are more than 1,800 excursions to choose from, and they vary based on itinerary and your region of the world (Norwegian cruises to several different regions, including Alaska , the Caribbean and Hawaii ...
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Before You Book

  • Deposits for Norwegian cruises vary by cruise length and cabin category. Final payments must be made between 90 and 120 days prior to sailing, depending on your itinerary, travel dates and room category.
  • Cancellation policies vary greatly by room type, cruise length and timing. All requests for refunds must be made in writing to Norwegian Cruise Line. For more information about cancellation policies, visit ncl.com
  • Passengers with medical issues or special needs should notify Norwegian between 90 days (for those who need an interpreter) and 45 days prior to departure. Those with guide dogs must notify the cruise line at least two weeks in advance. You can call 1-866-584-9756 or email accessdesk@ncl.com for more information.

Before You Board

  • You must provide all necessary travel documents; these include a passport valid for six months after the completion of your cruise or a government-issued photo ID coupled with a birth certificate, an original certificate of naturalization or an original U.S. citizenship certificate if you are visiting non-U.S. ports of call. If your port of call requires a visa, it is your responsibility to secure it beforehand.
  • You must complete your online check-in at least two days prior to sailing to view and print your eDocs. Vaccinations may be required for travel to certain international destinations. For updated information on required immunizations, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization.  
  • You should arrive no earlier than one hour before your scheduled embarkation time and should board the ship at least two hours prior to your scheduled departure time (both times will be noted in your eDocs). Your online check-in must be completed prior to arriving at the terminal. 
  • Norwegian allows cruisers to bring up to two pieces of luggage on board. Suitcases may not exceed 50 pounds each.
  • You can pre-book shore excursions four to six months in advance of your scheduled sail date on Norwegian Cruise Line's website or by calling 1-866-625-1167.
  • You can make reservations at specialty restaurants on Norwegian's website starting 90 days before you board.

Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship’s Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship’s Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.