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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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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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DAY 1: Miami

16 Night
Transatlantic From Miami To Rome: Italy France Spain & Azores

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DAY 1: New York

16 Night
Transatlantic From New York To Rome: Italy France & Spain

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King's Wharf, Ponta Delgada ...
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DAY 1: Tampa

11 Night
Caribbean Round-trip Tampa: St. John & Dominican Republic

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Key West, Puerto Plata ...
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DAY 1: Tampa

13 Night
Southern Caribbean From Tampa

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Puerto Plata, St. Thomas ...
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11 Night
Caribbean From Tampa To New York: Aruba St. Lucia & Antigua

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Grand Cayman, Aruba ...
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15 Night
Transatlantic From New York To Rome: Italy France & Spain

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Ponta Delgada, Lisbon ...
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5 Night
Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Ketchikan & Victoria

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Seattle
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Ketchikan, Victoria ...
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16 Night
Panama Canal Explorer: Ocean To Ocean From Los Angeles

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Los Angeles
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Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta ...
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7 Night
Caribbean Round-trip Miami: Great Stirrup Cay & San Juan

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Miami
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San Juan, St. Thomas ...
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7 Night
Hawaii Inter-island From Honolulu

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Honolulu
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Maui, Hilo ...
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18 Night
From Athens To Dubai: Egypt Jordan Israel & Oman

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Athens
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Haifa, Jerusalem ...
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9 Night
Greek Isles From Istanbul To Venice: Santorini Athens & Croatia

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Istanbul
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Mykonos, Athens ...
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9 Night
Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Skagway Juneau Ketchikan & Sitka

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Seattle
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Icy Strait, Hubbard Glacier ...
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7 Night
Bahamas & Florida From New York

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New York
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Port Canaveral, Great Stirrup Cay ...
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7 Night
Western Mediterranean From Barcelona

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Barcelona
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Naples, Rome ...
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7 Night
Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Glacier Bay Skagway & Juneau

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Juneau, Skagway ...
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5 Night
Caribbean Round-trip Orlando: Cozumel & Costa Maya

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Port Canaveral
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Costa Maya, Cozumel ...
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9 Night
Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Glacier Bay Skagway & Juneau

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Seattle
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Sitka, Icy Strait ...
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5 Night
Pacific Coastal From Los Angeles

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Los Angeles
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San Francisco, Victoria ...
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16 Night
From Singapore To Sydney: Brisbane Bali Komodo & Darwin

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Singapore
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Surabaya, Bali ...
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7 Night
Alaska With Inside Passage From Seward

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Seward
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Hubbard Glacier, Icy Strait ...
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3 Night
Bahamas Round-trip Miami: Great Stirrup Cay & Nassau

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9 Night
Southern Caribbean From Miami

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7 Night
Western Caribbean From Tampa

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Cozumel, Roatan ...
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15 Night
Panama Canal From Los Angeles To Miami: Mexico & Costa Rica

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Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks

  • 2019 Best Nightlife
  • 2019 Best for Solo Travelers
  • 2018 Best for Solo Travellers
  • 2018 Best for Solo Travelers
  • 2017 Best Nightlife
  • 2017 Best Nightlife
  • 2017 Best for Solo Travelers
  • 2017 Best Suites
  • 2016 Best Cruise Line for Entertainment
  • 2016 Best Cruise Line for Nightlife

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination

  • 2018 Top-Rated Eastern Mediterranean Destinations
  • 2018 Top-Rated Hawaii Destinations
  • 2018 Top-Rated South America & Antarctica Destinations
  • 2018 Top-Rated US & Canada Destinations
  • 2018 Top-Rated Western Mediterranean Destinations
  • 2017 Top-Rated Hawaii Destinations
  • 2017 Top-Rated Mexican Riviera Destinations
  • 2017 Top-Rated Panama Canal & Central America Destinations
  • 2017 Top-Rated South America & Antarctica Destinations

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

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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