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Norwegian (NCL) Cruises

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Norwegian Encore (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)

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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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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 Sky
Norwegian Sky

7 Night
Western Caribbean - Miami Details

2,044 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Epic

15 Night
Repo - Transatlantic Details

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 2, 2022
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Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Epic

7 Night
Southern Caribbean - San Juan Details

Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jan 30, 2022
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Norwegian Star
Norwegian Star

10 Night
Europe - Other Details

Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Oct 26, 2022
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11 Night
Southern Caribbean - Miami Details

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Dec 23, 2021
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4 Night
Bahamas - Short Details

2,467 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Oct 17, 2021
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11 Night
Europe - Other Details

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Oct 2, 2022
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10 Night
Europe - British Isles Details

Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
May 14, 2022
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6 Night
South America - Brazil Details

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Mar 13, 2022
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7 Night
Eastern Caribbean - New York Details

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Dec 5, 2021
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11 Night
Asia - South East Details

Leaving:Hong Kong
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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4 Night
Bermuda - New York Details

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Oct 8, 2022
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9 Night
Alaska - Seattle Details

Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Aug 15, 2022
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11 Night
Europe - Iceland Details

Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jun 4, 2023
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10 Night
Greek Isles & Italy Details

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Sep 23, 2023
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7 Night
Europe - Greek Isles & Eastern Med Details

Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Nov 6, 2022
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15 Night
Repo - Transatlantic Details

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Nov 20, 2021
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9 Night
Panama Canal-panama City Details

Leaving:Colon
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Nov 24, 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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16 Night
Repo - Transatlantic Details

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 25, 2022
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7 Night
Alaska - Seattle Details

210 Reviews
Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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11 Night
Southern Caribbean - Tampa Details

Leaving:Tampa
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Feb 9, 2022
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11 Night
Repo - Panama Canal Details

Leaving:Panama City
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jan 30, 2022
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12 Night
Asia - Japan Details

Leaving:Hong Kong
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Mar 18, 2022
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9 Night
Southern Caribbean - Miami Details

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Dec 27, 2021
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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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Another Great Norwegian Cruise

After two cancellations over the past 18 months, we finally got to cruise on the amazing Encore. This was our eighth NCL cruise, having been on first the Dawn, followed by the Spirit, Getaway, Escape (three times)... Read More
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MDFlyer

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

Beautiful ship. Expect to get 1/2 of what you pay for.

I liked that it was a fairly new ship and it was going to Alaska. It was booked at only 60% passenger capacity, but within 3 hours of embarkation all the theatre shows were reserved. Then, all the theatre shows... Read More
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rojocoss

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Great job by the Norweigan Gem team!!

We just had a fantastic time on this Cruise on the Norwegian GEM out of Miami departing August 29th and wanted to rave about the great job NCL did!!!! They made us feel safe and sound given their vaccination... Read More
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Lynnfield Cruiser

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

JUST DO IT!

When arriving to the terminal, NCL has taken the step of having a "free" Covid 19 test preformed on ALL passengers before being allowed to embark. LOL! NCL Gem was amazing, we did the Western Cruise and the food... Read More
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Duordie

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

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