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Norwegian (NCL) Cruises

41,964 Reviews
Norwegian Encore (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)

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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  • Who goes on Norwegian (NCL) cruise ships?

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Norwegian Sun

14 Night
South Pacific

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Norwegian Sky

21 Night
Africa-south Africa

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Norwegian Spirit

11 Night
Asia - Japan

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Norwegian Spirit

18 Night
Transpacific

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Virgin Voyages

7 Night
Western Caribbean - New Orleans

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11 Night
Europe - Baltic

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14 Night
South Pacific

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South Pacific

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18 Night
South Pacific

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12 Night
Asia - South East

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7 Night
Hawaii Hnl Inter Island

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7 Night
Hawaii Cruise

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21 Night
Africa-south Africa

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10 Night
Europe - Western Mediterranean - Barcelona

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5 Night
Mexican Riviera - Los Angeles

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Norwegian (NCL) Cruises Tips, Activities, and Overview

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

Norwegian Cruise Line Cruiser Reviews

A big disappointment

The Steward was no where to be found and didn’t do turn down service.They also turned the bliss lounge into a kids play room leaving no space other than the casino or bars to be in public spaces.Read More
ClimaxCouple

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 44s

The worst Crusie experience ever

This cruise was to be 7 days , Sunday to the following Sunday and even though we could’ve been back in New York at least two days ago, this captain chose to drag on and coast this sorry floating day care slower than needed.Offering 20% off on my next cruise since they cancelled our stay in Bermuda , as if that was somehow equal compensation for being stuck on that boring ship 5 of the 7 days of my vacation.Read More
Mr_ Grinch729

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 37s

We had a great time on this beautiful ship!

so maybe avoid deck 9 rooms or avoid mid ship rooms if you go to bed early, the layout was a little odd where you can’t get to the front of the ship or back of the ship on outdoor/upper levels because those are sectioned off for “Haven” members or laser tag or adult only clubs for an extra fee, the adult only area that was free smelled like either gasoline/diesel from the ship or from the racetrack- we didn’t use it at all.Cons- We missed having a full promenade deck that goes around the entire ship for walks and running- this ship has a small running track above the pool deck maybe 1/2 the area of the ship..Read More
minnesota315

couple2-5 Cruises

Age 35s

Awful!!!!!!!

Started with $20 on third pull I won 300$ and I cashed out.Sorry but I’ve been on other cruises, first time on Norwegian and won’t do it again!!!Read More
Dinna1116

oneFirst Time Cruiser

Age 59s

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