Norwegian Cruise Line

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About Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line offers a diverse and unusual cruise experience. A trip on one of its 16 ships is not a traditional, old-school cruise, but rather a fun and modern experience. Choice is key and, onboard, passengers have plenty of dining options which can be booked prior to embarking, and there are more restaurants and entertainment areas than there are on many other lines.

Norwegian cruise ships are notable for their bright, colorful decorations, inside and out. Just a glance at the cheerfully painted exterior of one of these vessels will confirm that the Norwegian experience is not one of old-world glamour. Families often choose Norwegian Cruise Line, as cruise ships have plenty to keep kids happy and a number of family suites. This company is also popular with gay and lesbian passengers, and cruises will host plenty of "Friends of Dorothy" get-togethers.

Norwegian is best known for its Caribbean cruises, although it’s not limited to the western hemisphere. There are also routes around China, Korea and Japan, Morocco and the Canary Islands, and the Hawaiian archipelago. Prices vary, and budget-conscious travelers can take advantage of short Caribbean trips on older ships like Norwegian Sky, built in 1999. At the other end of the scale, megaships like Norwegian Breakaway cost significantly more for a resort-style experience that can feel like Las Vegas at sea.

It's no surprise, given its emphasis on passengers' choice, that Norwegian offers a variety of shore excursions. In Port Canaveral, Florida, passengers can explore the Daytona International NASCAR Speedway, and in Nassau, Bahamas, tourists can choose to drive a jeep to the historic caves, or visit the Aquaventure Water Park. Caribbean cruises often stop at Great Stirrup Cay, the company's private island, where guests can go snorkeling in the gorgeous waters of a protected marine life sanctuary.

All Norwegian cruises are known for their numerous dining options, from classic French cuisine to sushi. Each voyage will feature the Chocoholic's Buffet, which is exactly what it sounds like! There's also plenty to choose from when it comes to entertainment. Although, Norwegian's onboard entertainment is a bit bawdier and more off-beat than what is on offer on other cruise lines.

The Second City troupe performs live, raucous improvised comedy, and edgy Broadway shows can be enjoyed. The company takes advantage of having so many onboard bars by organizing pub crawls at sea, which are strictly adults-only. However, children certainly don’t miss out on the action.

Norwegian cruises offer breakfast with Nickelodeon characters, and young and old alike will enjoy the water park and adventure decks on the Breakaway and Epic mega-ships. With corkscrew water slides, a bungee trampoline and a spider web to climb, there's plenty to keep active passengers occupied while at sea. The dress code is generally relaxed. Tuxedos are not a common sight and not everyone dresses up for dinner.

On the older ships, standard cabins can feel a bit small, but the more modern Norwegian vessels have more spacious accommodation. Decor is generally bright and colorful. All staterooms have a TV, refrigerator, safe and hair dryer, a sitting area and room service menus. On some ships, solo travelers can stay in studio accommodation, which also offers exclusive access to the Studio Lounge, helping passengers who've come alone to make new friends.

Nestled at the top of the ship, The Haven is an exclusive first-class section, which has its own private sundeck, courtyard and, depending on the ship, gym area, restaurants and bars. Spa suites are also available for those who want to focus on spa treatments while at sea. These offer luxurious amenities and complimentary access to the Thermal Spa Suites, for ultimate relaxation while sailing to exotic locales.

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