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With a dizzying number of options to choose from, researching which cruise line to pick for your next vacation is an unenviable job. Weighing factors like ship amenities and activities, value for money and of course the COVID-19 safety that’s on everybody’s mind could make for a daunting task — if it weren’t for Norwegian Cruise Line.
Having spent the last 65 years fine-tuning its methods for delighting guests, NCL has got all these areas covered — and then some. From the over-the-top Free at Sea package (hello, free open bar!), to the never-say-no customer service, to the multi-generational onboard fun, NCL’s incomparable value gives you license to stop making spreadsheets and just start packing ... or start dreaming, if you'd rather book a future sailing. Departures into 2025 are already available, and you can book with assurance thanks to Norwegian's commitment to flexibility.
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There’s no mystery about why this is Norwegian’s most popular Free at Sea perk. Who wouldn’t pounce at the chance to savor unlimited wines, beers and cocktails while taking in the salty air and aquamarine sea views? All the fountain sodas and juices you can drink are also included. This perk alone can save guests up to $1400 on their Norwegian Cruise Line vacations. Cheers to that!
Sharing is caring, and Norwegian makes light work of spreading the love. On select sailings, third and fourth guests sail free (or for a mere $99), making it exceedingly affordable to include kids or other family members in the fun. Travelers can save up to $1000 with this enticing inclusion, making it a no-brainer for families looking to make the most of their vacation dollar — without scrimping on fun.
Each NCL vacation is tailor-made to give guests exactly what they want — and nothing that they don't. Ships are teeming with possibilities, and the crew will stop at nothing to please, no matter how big or small the request.
If adrenaline is your thing, head to the NCL THRILLPLEX. There, you can try your hand — or, ideally, both your hands — at white-knuckled race car driving around one of the largest tracks at sea, or whiz down a see-through slide suspended over the ocean in the multi-level Aqua Park.
Alternatively, leave the thrills for the kids while you enjoy an aromatherapy massage at the celebrated Mandara Spa, or savor sunset views during a stroll along the Waterfront, a quarter-mile oceanfront promenade. Catch a Broadway show — like Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots, with original songs by Cyndi Lauper; or After Midnight, whose choreography swept the Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Astaire Awards. (The lineup varies by ship.)
Last but far from least is Norwegian’s commitment to flexible dining. No need to pick a fixed dinner time — eat whenever and wherever you want. NCL also lets you sit where you please, so there’s nothing stopping you from inviting new friends for a meal, if that’s where the day takes you.
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Making its debut in 2022, this new ship also marks the beginning of an entirely new, upscale class of NCL ships. Its design emphasizes wide-open outdoor spaces, with a sprawling open-air deck that prompts the company to deem Prima “the most spacious new cruise ship at sea.” Its plans place equal emphasis on memorable experiences, like the Infinity Beach pool, whose edge seems to ebb into the ocean, and a glass bridge that will make you feel like you’re walking on water. Enjoy small plates filled with a range of flavors from around the world while relaxing in a private cabana or on a hammock at the aptly named Indulge Outdoor Lounge.
Sailing the aquamarine blue waters of the Mediterranean is something everyone should experience at least once in a lifetime — though you could easily do so a dozen times and still have more to see. With NCL, you’ll visit iconic ports like Rome, Cannes and Barcelona and have the chance to take in the larger-than-life histories, jaw-dropping architecture and mouthwatering cuisine of each place. You’ll also get the chance to discover less-traveled ports, like Dubrovnik, Croatia, where you’ll walk on shimmering marble streets en route to one of the most flavorful seafood dinners you’ll ever taste.
Alternatively, sail to Northern Europe and explore capitals like Copenhagen, Berlin and St. Petersburg. There’s no better way to soak in a panoramic impression of a region than cruising with NCL, whose onboard destination experts can give you insider tips on what to see, what to do and what to eat in each cultural epicenter.
This region of raw wilderness and otherworldly beauty is among Norwegian’s most sought-after destinations. Catch sight of vast glaciers, staggering snow-capped mountain ranges and slick-skinned breaching whales from the comfort of the cruise deck, or get an even closer view by venturing into the wild with one of NCL’s extraordinary Alaska cruisetours or shore excursions.
With the Fin Island Lodge and Zodiac Adventure, for example, you’ll ride on a Zodiac through an archipelago of picturesque islands off the coast of Sitka. Spot thriving kelp forests and sea stars below, and sea lions and bald eagles above the crystalline water’s surface. You’ll travel on to Fin Island Lodge, a private outpost where you’ll dig into an Alaskan feast of king crab, wild salmon and more delicacies before taking time to explore your exquisite surroundings on your own.
Tropical islands, with their accompanying salty breezes, swaying palms and toasty white sands are undeniably some of the world’s best places to unwind and refresh. NCL knows how to help you make the most of a relaxing Caribbean vacation, as evidenced by the line’s winning the World Travel Awards’ “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line” title eight years in a row.
Yes, you’ll be whisked away to the glistening waters and teeming coral reefs of Cozumel, Mexico; to the verdant mountains and historic sites of St. Kitts and Nevis; or the supreme beaches and intermingled French and Dutch cultures on St. Maarten. But Norwegian’s also got an island destination no other cruise line can claim: Great Stirrup Cay, a 268-acre vacation haven owned exclusively by the cruise line. This private island playground includes an expansive stretch of white sand beach dotted with bars offering top-shelf margaritas and rum runners, among other beach-ready cocktails; multiple restaurants and even a food truck. The food on the island is covered with your cruise fare, and your free drinks package is good here too — leaving you free to wine, dine and recline while leaving your cash behind.
Norwegian’s ships have something for every age and stage, making them a great choice for multigenerational cruising. There are free kids’ programs that cater to cruisers as young as five, with engaging, age-appropriate options all the way through the teenage years. Parents and grandparents get time to unwind while young ones create art, learn new skills (juggling, stilt-walking and plate spinning, to name a few) and make new friends. There are also workshops and activities that invite the whole family to participate — think cupcake decorating, game shows and sports challenges. (Because of NCL's current Sail Safe vaccination guidelines, you may want to plan ahead for cruises with kids not yet vaccine-eligible.)
Adults can dive into a bevy of me-time experiences, like ocean-view yoga, the Howl at the Moon rock and roll-themed dueling piano show, and an adults-only pool and lounge, complete with serene waterfalls, ocean views and a bar. Vibes Beach Club is another must-visit. The luxurious and private adults-only retreat offers chilled towels, luxurious chaise loungers and a large hot tub. (Pass purchase required.)
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An impeccable guest experience is what NCL strives for with every sailing. From the moment you come aboard, crew members make it their personal business to satisfy every wish possible. From keeping your poolside drinks flowing, to helping you find the perfect dish to suit your special diet, to ensuring your stateroom is spotlessly clean, you’ll feel like a VIP — and an extremely clever one at that, because you snagged the best value at sea.
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Vacations are supposed to be liberating, and there’s no greater buzzkill than pausing to do mental math on what your final tab will be. Enter NCL’s Free at Sea perks package, which gives you the serenity of knowing your vacation costs are covered before you step aboard — with no hidden fees waiting for your signature when you debark. Scroll on to see all you’ll get.
On Norwegian Cruise Line, “Freestyle Cruising” is more than a neat tagline — it’s a formula for giving guests exactly what they want, when they want it. Follow your own schedule and do as little or as much as you want each day. From dining, to entertainment, to on-land adventures, NCL’s options are so rich and varied, every cruiser can effortlessly experience exactly the vacation they want.
Norwegian is constantly investing in its fleet, ensuring everything from guest rooms to common spaces are in top form and equipped with the latest technology. And there’s more innovation to come, with one brand-new ship debuting this year, and six more slated for unveiling soon.
Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway comprise NCL’s Breakaway-class ships. In line with the priorities of the time, these ships have just undergone sweeping renovations that have included knocking down walls and windows to provide more open-air space and more proximity to the ocean than ever. They also serve up 28 unique dining locales, including three by celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian. Among their other stand-out features are a three-level Sports Complex and an Aqua Park with five sky-high water slides.
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Hold on to your sun hats, folks: Six more ships are slated to join NCL’s elite ranks soon. We’d love to share more details here, but they’re top-secret for now.
In the meantime, stay tuned and scroll on for more inspo to feed your NCL vacation fantasies.
From colorful houses built into cliffs of the Italian Riviera; to the unmistakably curvaceous domes of the Sydney Opera House; to the historic, painstakingly engineered Panama Canal, there’s almost nowhere an NCL cruise vacation can’t take you. Scroll down for just a smattering of the line’s bucket-list destinations.
The health and safety of guests and crew members are NCL’s #1 priority. In keeping with this, everyone who boards the ships is required to be 100% vaccinated against COVID-19. The cruise line has also implemented mandatory pre-cruise antigen testing, continuous ship-wide cleaning and disinfecting, upgraded medical-grade air filters, increased onboard health staff and facilities and additional, comprehensive measures to ensure guests sail safe.
They’re also offering increased flexibility should your plans need to change, so you can book with confidence and adjust without hassle. Read more about Norwegian’s Sail Safe Promise here.
Choose the Free Specialty Dining amenity for the chance to dine at Norwegian’s most sought-after for-fee restaurants. Feast on soy-glazed grilled lobster tail with stir-fried vegetables at seafood-centered Ocean Blue; tasty small plates containing bacon-wrapped dates, Marcona almonds, duck confit and many other Spanish delicacies at Pincho Tapas Bar; or Moroccan-spiced roasted lamb with dried fruits and sweet potatoes at French restaurant Le Bistro.
Explore more on land for less with the Free Excursions perk, which saves one guest $50 on any excursion in every port on the itinerary. You read that right — in every port!
Finally, for those who can’t wait until post-cruise to showcase their vacation smiles on Insta, there’s the Free WiFi perk, which entitles guests to up to 500 minutes of anytime internet access, depending on cruise length.
Of course, it’s hard to choose just one among these value-packed amenities. But the good news is, you don’t have to! Most of NCL’s sailings include at least two perks, and some cover all five.
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