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Norwegian (NCL) Cruises

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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 Sun
Norwegian Sun

10 Night
Asia - Japan Details

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Leaving:Tokyo
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Nov 8, 2022
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Norwegian Jade
Norwegian Jade

9 Night
Europe - Greek Isles & Eastern Med Details

1,931 Reviews
Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Mar 12, 2023
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Norwegian Jewel
Norwegian Jewel

7 Night
Alaska - Southbound Whittier Details

Leaving:Seward
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
May 23, 2022
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Norwegian Gem
Norwegian Gem

11 Night
Southern Caribbean - New York Details

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Nov 28, 2021
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7 Night
Canada & New England - New York Details

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Sep 16, 2022
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10 Night
Europe - British Isles Details

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Oct 5, 2022
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10 Night
Panama Canal-panama City Details

Leaving:Colon
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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7 Night
Canada & New England - Boston Details

Leaving:Boston
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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10 Night
Europe - British Isles Details

Leaving:Amsterdam
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Sep 15, 2022
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10 Night
Eastern Caribbean - New York Details

Leaving:New York
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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11 Night
Europe - Greek Isles & Eastern Med Details

Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Nov 24, 2021
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10 Night
Europe - Classic Mediterranean Details

Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 13, 2022
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11 Night
Greek Isles & Italy Details

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Oct 31, 2021
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7 Night
Alaska - Seattle Details

Leaving:Seattle
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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18 Night
Africa-asia Details

Leaving:Cape Town
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jan 26, 2022
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11 Night
Greek Isles & Italy Details

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Oct 14, 2021
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7 Night
Western Caribbean - New Orleans Details

Leaving:New Orleans
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Dec 5, 2021
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12 Night
Hawaii - Other Details

Leaving:Honolulu
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Nov 26, 2022
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19 Night
Africa-south Africa Details

Leaving:Dubai
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Dec 2, 2022
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12 Night
Australia Product Details

Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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8 Night
Europe - Baltic Details

Leaving:Copenhagen
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Jul 20, 2022
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11 Night
Asia - South East Details

Leaving:Hong Kong
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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7 Night
Europe - Greek Isles & Eastern Med Details

Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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7 Night
Europe - Greek Isles & Eastern Med Details

Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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14 Night
Australia Product Details

Leaving:Tahiti
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Dec 8, 2022
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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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Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises Cruiser Reviews

Nice ship, but extremely poor communication

I don't have a lot of bad things to say about the cruise overall. The entertainment was sparse, but what we saw was generally good. Food was mostly excellent, although it's very clear they want you to go to the... Read More
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coffeespoonman

2-5 Cruises

Age 40s

Not my scene

Not sure how fair this is going to be to the ship, as it was my first cruise, so I have little basis for comparison. But this was my take, for what it's worth. Room - Was very nice, we had a balcony room on... Read More
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Yetizod

First Time Cruiser

Age 40s

Amazing Staff and very safe!

We travelled as a couple with another 3 couples and had lots of uncertainty before travelling due to Covid but once we got to Athens and had our pre-board test it all went very smoothly. Boarding was very easy.... Read More
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mooandsick

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

Overall a great getaway during a pandemic

My husband and I had a lovely cruise on the Escape. The ship is beautiful, the food was great, our balcony cabin was nice, and the scenery was beautiful. Embarkation day: The COVID test went very smoothly. Took... Read More
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10+ Cruises

Age 50s

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