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Norwegian Encore (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)

Message from Norwegian Cruise Line

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.

Harry Sommer

Harry Sommer

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 Star
Norwegian Star

14 Night
Europe - IcelandDetails

2,478 Reviews
Leaving:Tromso
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Aug 26, 2023
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Norwegian Sun
Norwegian Sun

5 Night
Alaska - SeattleDetails

2,082 Reviews
Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Sky
Norwegian Sky

4 Night
Bahamas - ShortDetails

2,059 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Escape
Norwegian Escape (Photo: Norwegian)

10 Night
Greek Isles & ItalyDetails

2,853 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Aug 13, 2022
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3 Night
Bahamas - ShortDetails

2,332 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jan 13, 2023
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5 Night
Bermuda - New YorkDetails

3,067 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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9 Night
Alaska - SeattleDetails

2,054 Reviews
Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Aug 15, 2022
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4 Night
Bermuda - BostonDetails

2,332 Reviews
Leaving:Boston
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Nov 11, 2022
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15 Night
Repo - Panama CanalDetails

326 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Feb 24, 2023
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10 Night
Greek Isles & ItalyDetails

3,698 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Oct 3, 2023
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7 Night
Europe - Western Mediterranean - RomeDetails

4,218 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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16 Night
Hawaii - OtherDetails

2,054 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Oct 3, 2022
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11 Night
Eastern MediterraneanDetails

4,218 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Nov 26, 2022
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7 Night
Canada & New England - New YorkDetails

3,698 Reviews
Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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7 Night
Hawaii Hnl Inter IslandDetails

2,257 Reviews
Leaving:Honolulu
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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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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Family of 6 full review

A beautiful beach day with soft black sand at Chiaiolella Beach Livorno-hired a van again (in advance) the driver met us right as we stepped off the ship and drove us to Porto Venere where we caught the ferry to Manarola-Cinque Terre.We then took the train back to La Spezia and our driver met us right there and took us to Pisa for 30 minutes (so kids could get a pic “holding up the tower”), then back to the ship.Read More
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mikepng

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Not parent friendly and overall not impressed

(I will add the guest services management more than made up for it) Not parent friendly: Splash academy turned out to only be available a couple hours each day, most of which was in the late evening starting at 7, 8, or 9pm.First of all, I dont appreciate this as a parent because drunk adults are just as obnoxious as the worst kids, and since I paid for our children to be on the cruise, there shouldnt be exclusions to please childless adults; however, we also couldnt use these areas for most of the cruise again because of the hours of splash academy.Read More
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garyfambam

2-5 Cruises

Age 30s

First time in Bermuda

The game shows were good but of course they were held in the Atrium and like any other huge ship, there is never enough room plus if you are sitting too far back, you cannot see all of the screen.The food in the Haven restaurant was very good.Read More
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Floyd in VA

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

We have had a great vacation but ship is 3* at best

The food has been plentiful (it's a cruise ship) and good (a little bland sometimes), we have eaten in the buffet, all 3 main dining rooms, Tepanyaki (twice), Cagney's and La Cucina.Tepanyaki is our favourite food, the food itself is wonderful but the chef's are now so focused on the "show" and the songs it feels so fake and you get none of their personality and nothing individual (and in fact 2nd time with a 9pm reservation staff were clearly in a rush to finish.....Read More
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monster23

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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