Norwegian Cruise Line pioneered the flexible dining trend more than a decade ago, and the line continues to offer numerous, creative dining choices. (Think lobster roll stands and Cuban grills.) The line’s studio cabins on newer ships are a boon for supplement-weary singles, and Haven suites — which share a private sundeck and restaurant — feel like the concierge floor of an upscale hotel. Among the many kid pleasers: breakfast with Nickelodeon characters (such as Dora and Sponge Bob) and learning Cirque du Soleil-inspired tricks.
Why you should sail with Norwegian Cruise Line - Norwegian Cruise Line tips
Norwegian is known for their Freestyle Cruising because of their laid-back atmosphere with no set dining times. You should consider taking a Norwegian cruise if you...
Wish to eat where you want, when you want
Are basically anyone who likes a laid-back atmosphere — Norwegian attracts a broad range of passengers, including couples, families, and seniors
Are a solo traveler, as Norwegian ships offer single cabins
Enjoy upscale entertainment including popular Broadway shows
Are willing to pay a bit extra for an enhanced experience; you will find an upcharge on dining and activities more often than on other lines
Expert review of Norwegian Cruise Line
Families and couples who appreciate innovative dining, entertainment, and activities. Plus, singles will be wowed by Norwegian's studio cabins.
Introverts and cruise purists who may prefer traditional ships over these resorts-at-sea.
Creative dining outlets, including a Chinese noodle bar and a lobster roll stand.
The studio cabins on newer ships make it the most affordable line for solo cruisers.
Haven suites, which share a private sundeck, feel like a mini-luxury ship within a mass-market one.
While other lines have comedy acts, Second City offers improv on these ships, and Norwegian Breakaway’s edgy Broadway show, “Rock of Ages,” pushes boundaries. (Picture bra dancing, potty-mouth language, and adult themes.)
Original activities for grown-ups include onboard pub crawls that will make you feel like an undergrad again.
On Breakaway and Epic, the water park and sports decks — which include a bungee trampoline, a spider web climbing frame, and multiple corkscrew water slides, as well as a ropes course on Breakaway — are outstanding.
Kids love the family breakfast with Nickelodeon characters.
Bars and eateries on Breakaway’s Waterfront deck have the best setting at sea.
We could live without
Compared to those on Carnival and Holland America, The standard cabins on Norwegian cruise ships are tight, especially the bathrooms.
Nickel and diming for food: Other than the main dining room and buffet, there is a charge (from $15 to $75) for almost everything else.
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What cruisers say
DonnaJ5 says ...
Our two room stewards were very friendly and did a wonderful job. They went well above and beyond their jobs and always had a smile on their faces no matter what. The ship's other staff were friendly, courteous, and very helpful. All the...
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jvilla99 says ...
The ship was spotless, extremely clean, especially the daily make-up of the Staterooms
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jfminor4 says ...
Use NCL only;
Better rent from Enterprise and drive your self using "Revealed" series of guide books.
I would not do this outside the US; but it worked great in Hawaii. See my general comments.
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