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Over the past 53 years, you have inspired us all over the world. Now, as we prepare for our return to the sea, we are working on enhancing our already robust health and safety standards so you may continue exploring the world with Peace of Mind. Every guest and crew member have been, and continue to be, our #1 priority and we truly look forward to welcoming you on board soon. Please stay tuned as we continue to update you with the latest information through our website at www.ncl.com.

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President & CEO of NCL

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 Sun
Norwegian Sun

9 Night
Alaska - Seattle Details

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Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jul 5, 2022
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Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Epic

12 Night
Eastern Mediterranean Details

Leaving:Haifa
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Oct 29, 2024
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Norwegian Sky
Norwegian Sky

3 Night
Caribbean - Other Product Details

Leaving:La Romana
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 29, 2024
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Norwegian Pearl
Norwegian Pearl

12 Night
Panama Canal - Miami Details

2,295 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Dec 21, 2022
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12 Night
Africa-south Africa Details

Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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10 Night
Europe - Iceland Details

Leaving:Reykjavik
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jul 25, 2022
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11 Night
Asia - South East Details

Leaving:Bangkok
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Feb 6, 2023
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14 Night
Antarctica Details

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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9 Night
Southern Caribbean - San Juan Details

Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Dec 30, 2022
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5 Night
Mexican Riviera - San Diego Details

Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 17, 2022
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15 Night
Panama Canal - Miami Details

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 17, 2022
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7 Night
Canada & New England - Other Details

Leaving:Quebec City
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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5 Night
Bermuda - New York Details

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 9, 2022
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5 Night
Bermuda - New York Details

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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14 Night
Europe - Other Details

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 20, 2023
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10 Night
Eastern Caribbean - New York Details

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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9 Night
Alaska - Seattle Details

Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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8 Night
Panama Canal-panama City Details

Leaving:Colon
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Mar 4, 2023
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7 Night
Bahamas - New York Details

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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5 Night
Alaska - Seattle Details

Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jul 13, 2022
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7 Night
Canada & New England - New York Details

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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11 Night
Eastern Mediterranean Details

Leaving:Haifa
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Mar 19, 2024
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9 Night
Southern Caribbean - Miami Details

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jan 5, 2022
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7 Night
Canada & New England - Boston Details

Leaving:Boston
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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18 Night
Africa-south Africa Details

Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jan 26, 2023
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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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It was great to be back on-board a cruise ship.We had such a great time that we thinking about booking a 21-day Panama Canal cruise in April 2022 on NCL.Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Go NOW ! Low crowds, safe environment, great prices !!!

You can't control the weather and may sometimes be disappointed, but with the current prices and low crowds, this is a great time to finally cruise again.LOVED it so much we opted to stay on board for the next cruise.Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Once in a lifetime Cruise Experience Opportunity

That was fine however Haven Spa Suite are nice and one of the least expensive Haven Suites.Food: The Haven Dining Room: The best food on the ship however many disagree.Read More
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Sthrngary

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

ncl joy balcony

The wait staff seemed chaotic, two of us ordered rib steak and it was so chewy like the meat was not defrosted enough and thrown on the grill, my son and husband didnt even finish it because it was a chore to chew it (and we are big eaters) The lamb and the desserts were wonderful.The hollandaise & biscuit gravy wasnt even lukewarm, sometimes my breakfast potatoes were never heated through it was refrigerated and still cold in the middle, They need to heat it in the back thoroughly before they put it out front sometimes the bacon was hot and sometimes it was cold.Read More
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10+ Cruises

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