As a cruise specialist I have had the opportunity to check out many of the contemporary and premium cruise lines available for the North American sales market. One of those cruise lines is Norwegian Cruise Line (also known as NCL). These contemporary ships are one of the newer cruise companies and therefore most of their ships are the newest in the industry. They come in various sizes and the newer ships are packed with tons of fun for the whole family.
I have personally sailed on the following of their ships: Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Epic (to be honest, not my favourite), Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Jade (an older ship but GREAT European Itinerary!) and Pride of America (twice). This last ship, in my opinion, is THE BEST way to cruise Hawaii! I’ll tell you more about that in another post!
One of the main differences between sailing a Norwegian cruise versus many of the other cruise lines in the same class of ship is their concept of Freestyle Cruising. What this means is that there is more freedom – freedom to dine when you want, where you want and with whom you want. There is no “traditional” dining times and you can choose a different complimentary dining room every night or choose to dine in a speciality restaurant for a fee.
There are many entertainment options onboard that you are free to choose from, ranging from live musicians within the lounges and bars on board, broadway theatre shows, comedy shows and deck parties to name a few. Certain ships have exclusive entertainment such as the Cavern Club, Howling at the Moon or Burn the Floor (theatre and dining room shows!) to name a few. If I am honest, I do find Norwegian cruises a little “edgier” than some of the other cruise lines in this category, but that is just a personal taste thing and not a slam whatsoever on the cruise line itself. I have thoroughly enjoyed each of my NCL cruises. I mention that only because it’s important to know so that we make sure you have the best cruise line for you and your family’s tastes.
Looking for daytime entertainment onboard for the whole family? Norwegian has you covered there too – from pools for families and adults only along with thrilling water slides, to other activities such as indoor bowling, rock climbing and on deck mini-golf. On certain ships you can “walk the plank” on the outdoor ropes course, or take a spin on the on-deck go-kart race track and more. Some activities have a small fee to play but most of the entertainment is complimentary.
Accommodations onboard are comfortable and depending on the ship, have many options of categories to choose, including cabins for single occupancy (these tend to go fast so you need to book early), standard interior, Oceanview (not on all ships), Balcony and Mini-Suite/Suite staterooms, plus for those who like a bit of extra luxury and privacy, the exclusive staterooms inside The exclusive Haven area within the ship. I’m sure we can find you the perfect ship and stateroom category to meet your cruising needs and wishes! Here are just a few samplings across the board of what Norwegian Cruises accommodations have to offer.
These are just a few of the fun elements of a Norwegian Cruise Line. Let me share just a couple examples from my past cruises to show you a little more about what it’s like aboard a Norwegian cruise ship.
Whether you are sailing the Caribbean, Alaska or Europe, or taking that exotic trip to Hawaii or Asia, Norwegian Cruise Line has a ship and itinerary for you. And November is a great month to consider your Norwegian Cruise as November 2 begins our “Everything Under the Sun” promotion at Expedia Cruises, on until November 14, 2020. In conjunction with Norwegian Cruise Line, we have some great offers and perks to make your next Norwegian cruise extra special, particularly for those in balcony and above staterooms.
Plus… for the month of November, Norwegian Cruise Line has an exciting new program that offers clients the opportunity to save money on their future cruise.
Norwegian’s CruiseFirst Program allows clients to purchase a CruiseFirst Certificate, worth $300, for HALF the cost of $150. This certificate is held on your latitudes account until you are ready to apply it to a new cruise.
Best part? There is no rush to travel – you have up to 3 YEARS to book and sail. Once purchased, these can immediately be applied to sailings outside of final payment so if you have a cruise on deposit, you can take advantage of this program now. Should that booking cancel, the certificate is returned to your latitudes profile to be used on a future booking.
Contact me for information on our Norwegian Cruise Line special promotion running from November 2-14, 2020 and the Cruise First program.