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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 Dawn
Norwegian Dawn

9 Night
Europe - Baltic Details

2,839 Reviews
Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Aug 7, 2022
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Norwegian Prima
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7 Night
Caribbean - Other Product Details

Leaving:Galveston
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Prima
Norwegian Prima (Image: Norwegian Cruise Line)

10 Night
Europe - Baltic Details

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Sep 3, 2022
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Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Epic

7 Night
Southern Caribbean - San Juan Details

Leaving:San Juan
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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7 Night
Eastern Caribbean - Port Canaveral Details

2,796 Reviews
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 16, 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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10 Night
Europe - Classic Mediterranean Details

Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
May 3, 2022
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10 Night
Europe - Norwegian Fjords Details

Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Sep 13, 2022
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14 Night
Antarctica Details

Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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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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4 Night
Bahamas - Short Details

Leaving:Tampa
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jan 13, 2023
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10 Night
Greek Isles & Italy Details

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
May 21, 2022
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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
Mexican Riviera - San Diego Details

Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 17, 2022
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15 Night
Europe - Other Details

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 15, 2023
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7 Night
Mexican Riviera - Los Angeles Details

Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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14 Night
Europe - Other Details

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 24, 2022
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10 Night
Alaska - Other Details

Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 22, 2022
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14 Night
Australia Product Details

Leaving:Bali
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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7 Night
Bermuda - Boston Details

Leaving:Boston
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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7 Night
Bahamas - New York Details

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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7 Night
Bermuda - New York Details

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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3 Night
Bahamas - Short Details

Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jan 14, 2022
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7 Night
Western Caribbean - New Orleans Details

Leaving:New Orleans
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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It could easily be better

The first thing I really hate about NCL is the upgrade process, probably have tried 30 times most in the good on the meter and nothing.Sure it’s a good value but you get what you pay for.Read More
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don95128

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Best cruise and cruise line ever....

Although the decor and food on Disney, Princess and Celebrity are all competitive with Norwegian, Norwegian, by far exceeds in their customer service and staff and customer relations.Both my husband and I thus far have not only found ourselves beyond pleased with Norwegian, we both agree that this is the best experience we’ve ever had on any cruise ship.Read More
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salleyboyd

10+ Cruises

Age 50s

Brilliant Greek Islands and Cyprus cruise despite a completely new itinerary from one booked originally!

Got the cruise at a really good price and the original itinerary was to start from Athens, go to Cyprus, Israel, Turkey, few Greek islands and return back to Athens.After some thinking, we decided to go ahead with the cruise as the new itinerary had 3 days in Turkey (including an overnight in Istanbul) and one more Greek island added which tempted us to go ahead.Read More
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Rishigudka

10+ Cruises

Age 40s

Once with Norwegian was enough

When we finally arrived on the island, us and many others were told that we were late and the tour left without us and to see the excursion desk for a refund.Overall, an ok cruise, but as the title states, this is our last with Norwegian.Read More
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TampaTourist

2-5 Cruises

Age 40s

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