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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 for solo travelers, which come equipped with access to the Studio Lounge, a private lounge for those traveling alone.



Norwegian Cruise Line's 17 ships offer varying accommodations to suit all types of travelers. Stateroom options include Studios, Inside Staterooms, Oceanview Staterooms, Balcony Staterooms, Spa Staterooms, Mini-Suites, Suites and Penthouses. Though the types of rooms available vary by ship, all staterooms feature flat-screen TVs, minibars and sitting areas.

Studios — only available on Norwegian BlissNorwegian BreakawayNorwegian EpicNorwegian GetawayNorwegian Escape and Pride of America — are designed with solo travelers in mind. These rooms measure roughly 100 square feet and come with one full-size bed, a one-way window facing the corridor and an enclosed bathroom, sink and shower. Plus, passengers staying in Studios have keycard access to a private lounge that features a TV, complimentary coffee and snacks only accessible by other solo travelers.

Inside Staterooms cover up to 142 square feet (though room sizes and configurations vary by ship) and do not feature windows. Inside Staterooms come in four distinct categories: Family Inside, Mid-Ship Inside, Inside and Sail Away Inside. Family Inside rooms are located near the ships' kids areas and feature two extra pull-down beds (sleeping up to four). Mid-Ship Inside rooms are centrally located, providing easy access to onboard amenities. Inside cabins can accommodate two to three passengers, with two twin-sized beds that can convert into one queen-sized bed. There’s also the Sail Away Inside room; it can fit two to four passengers, is assigned a day prior to departure and may be on any deck.

Oceanview Staterooms measure between 160 and 372 square feet, depending on the ship and room type (Family Oceanview rooms are usually the largest). Oceanview Staterooms can sleep from two to five guests (depending on the ship and room type), with two twin-sized beds that convert into a queen-sized bed and extra pull-down beds (in some cabins). Each cabin features either a picture (square) window or a porthole with a full or obstructed view of the ocean. Notably, Oceanview rooms are not available on Norwegian Epic.

Balcony Staterooms occupy around 171 to 425 to square feet (though size and room configuration vary by ship). Balcony Staterooms come in the same categories as other staterooms. There are also Aft-Facing Balcony and Large Balcony cabins available on some ships. All accommodations come with sitting areas and can sleep two to four passengers (depending on the ship), with a queen-sized bed that can convert into two twin-sized beds. Family Balcony rooms also come with an upper bed and/or sofa bed. Each cabin comes with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open out onto furnished balconies.

Mini-Suites cover around 239 to 513 square feet, though size and room configurations vary by to ship. Mini-Suites can accommodate up to four guests, with two twin-sized beds that can convert into a queen-sized bed (as well as additional sofa beds in some cases). Mini-Suites also come appointed with private, furnished balconies and indoor sitting areas.


Suites cover anywhere from 335 to 6,694 square feet and contain one to three bedrooms (depending on the ship). There are a few types of suites, including The Haven rooms, Penthouses, Family Suites, Garden Villas and Owner's Suites. Suite accommodations feature double- and king- or queen-sized beds and can sleep between four to six people, though the more exclusive 3-Bedroom Garden Villa or Haven rooms can comfortably accommodate eight guests. Most suites have private balconies and living and dining areas. Plus, all suites come with butler and concierge services.

Spa rooms, available on Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Getaway, feature relaxed décor, easy access to the Mandara Spa and complimentary use of the Thermal Spa Suites, hydrotherapy pools, steam room and sauna. Spa Staterooms can fall under The Haven, Mini-Suite or Spa Balcony cabin categories and come with spa amenities like in-suite hot tubs (Haven Spa Suite) or waterfall showers (Spa Mini-Suites). The rooms have two twin-sized beds that can convert into a queen-sized bed.

What's Included in the Price

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  • Onboard Activities


Norwegian Cruise Line offers a variety of onboard amenities that appeal to cruisers of all ages.


Norwegian's adult-centric onboard activities include spa and salon treatments, as well as duty-free shopping. There are also a lot of fitness options; you can find gyms, workout classes, sports courts, a rock climbing wall and a ropes course on board.

Kids Clubs

Various organized activities offered on Norwegian ships are tailored to toddlers, teens and the whole family. Splash Academy provides activities for children 6 months to 12 years old; youngsters split into the Guppies or Guppies Nursery groups (6 months to 3 years old), the Turtles (3 to 5 years old), the Seals (6 to 9 years old) and the Dolphins (10 to 12 years old). Youth programs facilitate treasure hunts, arts and crafts and video games in a supervised environment (though parents are required for sensory play and activities in the Guppies age group).

Entourage, Norwegian's teen program, provides a venue for 13- to 17-year-olds to mingle, with planned activities like sports tournaments, movie screenings and themed events. The cost of Norwegian Cruise Line's youth and teen programs is included in your cruise fare (with the exception of the Guppies Nursery, where parents can drop off their tots for a fee).


Evening entertainment ranges from Broadway-style performances to full-blown concerts. Comedy performances and even Cirque du Soleil acts are also available on select ships. You'll find a casino on board as well, plus plenty of indoor and outdoor bars and lounges to choose from.


Norwegian prides itself on its vast array of dining options and "freestyle dining" approach. All ships feature a variety of complimentary dining establishments, as well as specialty restaurants that offer a la carte menus with Italian, Japanese and Brazilian fare.

Inclusive Options

Your cruise fare covers all meals served in the main dining rooms, as well as food at buffets, pool bars and grills and 24-hour eateries or coffee bars. All Norwegian ships also offer complimentary room service menu items, though a convenience fee may be applied. (Note: Not all dining venues are available on every ship.)

Specialty Options

Norwegian's specialty restaurants charge a cover fee and offer meals for purchase a la carte. These themed restaurants vary by ship, but many vessels within Norwegian's fleet feature a French bistro, an American-style steakhouse, a Brazilian churrascaria, an Italian restaurant or a Japanese teppanyaki establishment.

There is also the first-ever floating Margaritaville at Sea, found on the Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Star, Norwegian Getaway and Harvest Caye (a private island owned by Norwegian). On Norwegian Escape, passengers can dig in at Bayamo by Ocean Blue and Pincho Tapas Bar, or enjoy cuisines from around the world at Food Republic. On Norwegian Dawn, the cantina-style Los Lobos will take care of any Mexican food cravings you might have while at sea. You can make reservations at specialty restaurants on Norwegian's website up to 90 or 120 days before you board (depending on the length of your cruise and stateroom type). You can also reserve tables at specialty restaurants once you are on the ship.


Food and Drink Packages

Norwegian offers Specialty Dining Packages that allow guests to dine at different specialty venues for one fixed rate. You can choose to have a dining package that covers your entire cruise or just a few meals. Specialty Dining Packages start at three meals for $99 per person and go all the way up to a 14-meal package for $219 per person. Keep in mind that dining packages do not include gratuities or alcoholic beverages.

You can also purchase Beverage Packages for adults and kids. The Ultimate Beverage Package starts at $99 per person, per day and includes beers, spirits, cocktails, wines and soft drinks. There’s also the Corks and Caps Wine and Beer Package for $65 per person, per day, which offers beers, wines and soft drinks.

For kids and teens (or adults), there is a Soda Program, which offers endless fountain drinks for either $5.95 (kids) or $7.95 (teens and adults) per person, per day. A 20% gratuity and service charge is added to all drink packages.

Dress Code

Thanks to Norwegian's "freestyle cruising" concept, strict dress codes do not apply at ship eateries. On every cruise, you are invited to wear smart casual attire to dinner in the main dining room or the more upscale specialty restaurants on board. Smart casual includes slacks, nice jeans, dresses or skirts and tops for women, and nice jeans or slacks with a collared shirt and closed-toed shoes for men. (Attire such as men’s tank tops, flip flops, baseball caps, visors and faded or ripped jeans are not permitted.) At the buffet and less formal specialty restaurants, cruise casual attire (like sun dresses, capri pants, jeans, khakis or shorts) is permitted. Children younger than 12 are permitted to wear nice shorts in all restaurants at all hours.

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