Norwegian Cruise Lines offers freestyle cruising, allowing guests to do what they want when they want. Dine in choice restaurants featuring all types of flavorful cuisines or participate in any of the onboard activities whenever you want. There is no scheduled seating, no preset dining times and no enforced dress codes. 24 hour room service is available for dining inside your room.

 

Rank Chart
Price
Total Ships
Our Score
#1
$149
3,652
7.5
#2
$91
6,296
7.4
#3
$279
4,248
7.0

The Good

There are a variety of onboard amenities for travelers of all ages. Activities for adults include spa and salon treatments, fitness classes, casinos, and bars and lounges. Programs for children and teenagers are available where they can enjoy art and crafts, play video games, participate in pool parties, and compete in sports tournaments.

There are also plenty of unique activities to enjoy onboard Norwegian Cruise Lines. Guests can participate comedy workshops, take dance lessons, or learn bartending and cooking skills. Wine and beer tastings are available. Children can dance and sing with Dora the Explorer or have breakfast with SpongeBob Square Pants.

Norwegian tries to accommodate a number of different guests on each and every cruise. They have options for single guests, couples, and families traveling together. Cruises are available from one night to 48 days and offered year round.

Destinations for 2015 and 2016
  • Destinations include: Alaska, Bahamas and Florida, Bermuda, Canada and New England, Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera, Pacific Coast, Panama Canal, South America, Transatlantic, and Weekend Cruises
Featured Cruise Trips
  • 7-Day Bermuda, Round-trip New York Starting From $999/USD Per Person: With pink sand beaches, colorful underwater life and fantastic shopping, it’s a good thing you’ll have the chance to treasure everything this pristine isle has to offer. Adventures in Bermuda also include some of the world’s most exclusive golf courses.
  • 6-Day Canada & New England from New York Starting From $699/USD Per Person: On this sailing, cruisers will experience delectable local fare and coastlines so picturesque, you’ll stand back in amazement. Enjoy a mouthwatering lobster lunch in Halifax, visit the Bay of Fundy in St. John, and watch sailboats pull into the harbor in Portland, Maine. New England brings on the charm, while Canada offers stunning natural landscapes on this 6-day Norwegian cruise.
Cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and Europe
  • Caribbean: $349-$1,949 per person
  • Alaska: $399-$2,029 per person
  • Mexico: $449-$1,089 per person
  • Europe: $299-$3,799 per person

All meals are included in the price of the cruise except for meals purchased at specialty restaurants. Reservation can be made up to 3 months prior to departure. Even with a reservation, expect waiting times upon arrival at the restaurant. You can expect to find all types of cuisine onboard the ship. Computerized screens throughout public areas tell guests how busy a restaurant is and if there is any available seating. Other amenities included on all cruise ships include:

  • Personalized Service
  • 24-hour trained and certified suite butler
  • Concierge service
  • Courtyard valet
  • Escort to your suite
  • Exclusive access to The Haven Courtyard area with private pool, sundeck, hot tub and fitness area
  • Priority embarkation and disembarkation
  • Distinctive platinum keycard
  • Priority boarding of tenders to shore
  • Complimentary limousine service from pier to airport (for Garden Villa guests)
  • Sparkling wine, bottled water and fruit on embarkation day (For 2-Bedroom villa, Courtyard Penthouse, Spa Suite, and Penthouse only)
  • 24-hour Room Service
  • Mini-bar and espresso/cappuccino machine
  • Special Haven Menus
  • Gourmet treats delivered to your suite each evening
  • Invitations to an exclusive breakfast and lunch
  • Cocktail party with ship’s officers
  • Bliss Collection by Norwegian pillow-top mattress
  • Fine linens, feather duvet and pillow menu
  • Plush bathrobes, slippers and oversized towels

Norwegian Cruise Lines also takes the safety of their guests seriously. They have implemented a number of precautions to make sure that both their staff and the travelers are not exposed to anything that could threaten their health. These precautions include:

  • Norwegian Cruise Lines collect health questionnaires at the pier to identify anyone that already has symptoms and we place detailed health information fact sheets in each stateroom at embarkation, which outlines potential symptoms of concern and instructs guests on what to do if they are experiencing those symptoms.
  • Once onboard, Norwegian Cruise Lines recommends and requests that all guests carefully observe the good hygiene practice of washing their hands before eating and after using the restroom. We also encourage frequent use of the hand sanitizer dispensers strategically located throughout the ship.
  • If a guest is diagnosed as having any symptoms, they are asked to stay in their stateroom until their symptoms abate. They receive free medical treatment and medications.

There are a number of accommodations to choose from. Garden Villas provide panoramic views of the ocean, roof terraces and private Japanese-styled gardens. Owner’s Suites come equipped with queen-sized beds, living rooms, whirlpool tubs and walk-in closets. Penthouse Suites, Ocean View Staterooms, and Inside Staterooms are also available. Rooms come equipped with all the standard amenities to provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience while onboard.

The Bad

Norwegian’s specialty restaurants charge a $15 to $99 per person cover fee apart from the cost of the meals. Expect to stand in long lines for all activities onboard including dining options. Announcements are frequent and loud.

Accommodations in standard cabins are a bit smaller than other cruise lines. Since Norwegian ships can accommodate a large number of guests, expect large crowds. If this is a problem for you, you can choose to upgrade to a first-class section where it is more spacious to get around.

Offshore excursions are not included in the price. Be prepared to pay lots of extra charges for dining options, beverages, and some of the activities during the length of your cruise.

The Bottom Line

Norwegian Cruise Lines is a great choice for family-friendly entertainment. The freestyle cruising experience provided by Norwegian Cruise Lines allow families to relax and enjoy their vacation without being tied down to strict rules, The only downsides are long lines and expensive meals. However, there are plenty of activities for children, teenagers, and adults to enjoy. Norwegian Cruise Lines is also an excellent choice for single passenger as well as an inexpensive way to travel to desired exotic locations worldwide.

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Audience & Convenience

Target Audience

  • Singles, families, and couples who appreciate innovative dining, entertainment, and activities.
  • Cruises are available from one night to 48 days and offered year round.
Destinations for 2015 and 2016
  • Destinations include: Alaska, Bahamas and Florida, Bermuda, Canada and New England, Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Mexican Riviera, Pacific Coast, Panama Canal, South America, Transatlantic, and Weekend Cruises.

Transportation Services from airports to the ports

  • Airport to pier transfers or vice versa are available for purchase for all guests.

Safety

Security

  • Norwegian Cruise Line has zero tolerance for crime on board its vessels.

How do they prevent theft?

  • Baggage protection insurance can be purchased and thefts are reported to local authorities.

What precautions do they take for disease prevention?

  • Norwegian Cruise Lines collect health questionnaires at the pier to identify anyone that already has symptoms and we place detailed health information fact sheets in each stateroom at embarkation, which outlines potential symptoms of concern and instructs guests on what to do if they are experiencing those symptoms.
  • Once onboard, Norwegian Cruise Lines recommends and requests that all guests carefully observe the good hygiene practice of washing their hands before eating and after using the restroom. We also encourage frequent use of the hand sanitizer dispensers strategically located throughout the ship.
  • If a guest is diagnosed as having any symptoms, they are asked to stay in their stateroom until their symptoms abate. They receive free medical treatment and medications.
Vacation Protection
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines offers vacation travel protection insurance to cover cancellations, medical emergencies, baggage protection, and more.

Price

Featured Cruise Trips
  • 7-Day Bermuda, Round-trip New York Starting From $999USD Per Person

With pink sand beaches, colorful underwater life and fantastic shopping, it’s a good thing you’ll have the chance to treasure everything this pristine isle has to offer. Adventures in Bermuda also include some of the world’s most exclusive golf courses.

  • 6-Day Canada & New England from New York Starting From $699USD Per Person

On this sailing, cruisers will experience delectable local fare and coastlines so picturesque, you’ll stand back in amazement. Enjoy a mouthwatering lobster lunch in Halifax, visit the Bay of Fundy in St. John, and watch sailboats pull into the harbor in Portland, Maine. New England brings on the charm, while Canada offers stunning natural landscapes on this 6-day Norwegian cruise.

Cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and Europe
  • Caribbean: $349-$1,949 per person
  • Alaska: $399-$2,029 per person
  • Mexico: $449-$1,089 per person
  • Europe: $299-$3,799 per person

Activities/Services

Standard on all cruise ships

  • Personalized Service
  • 24-hour trained and certified suite butler
  • Concierge service
  • Courtyard valet
  • Escort to your suite
  • Exclusive access to The Haven Courtyard area with private pool, sundeck, hot tub and fitness area
  • Priority embarkation and disembarkation
  • Distinctive platinum keycard
  • Priority boarding of tenders to shore
  • Complimentary limousine service from pier to airport (for Garden Villa guests)
  • Sparkling wine, bottled water and fruit on embarkation day (For 2-Bedroom villa, Courtyard Penthouse, Spa Suite, and Penthouse only)
  • 24-hour Room Service
  • Mini-bar and espresso/cappuccino machine
  • Special Haven Menus
  • Gourmet treats delivered to your suite each evening
  • Invitations to an exclusive breakfast and lunch
  • Cocktail party with ship’s officers
  • Bliss Collection by Norwegian pillow-top mattress
  • Fine linens, feather duvet and pillow menu
  • Plush bathrobes, slippers and oversized towels

What services/activities are unique?

  • Freestyle Cruising
  • Broadway-styled performances
  • Bars and Lounges
  • Pools and Aqua Parks
  • Casinos
  • Sports and Fitness Options
  • Shopping

Service Fees

Do any of the services on the boat cost?

  • Spa Services
  • Internet Services
  • Dining and Beverage Packages

Contact Information

Customer Service: 1.866.234.7350

 

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    October 24th, 2015 Deer Park, NY

    We have sailed with Norwegian 3 times, was supposed to go last year on Pride, but wife had accident just prior to boarding (had travel protection, no problems getting refund). We had sailed on Gem 3 times, going on Breakaway next month. Really enjoy our time on board. Enjoyed tour of ship, on shore trips, shows, dining everything! Staff could not have been nicer. Even love the smiley washie washie girl!!! Already looking towards next years cruise or 2.

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    October 24th, 2015 Saint Petersburg, FL

    Love Norwegian. I sail tomorrow on my third Norwegian cruise this year; will sail again in December on the escape for #4.
    I’ve sailed on many different lines as this is my 55th over-all cruise. I rate Norwegian among the top.

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    October 20th, 2015 Statesville, NC

    The Hawaiim Island cruise was fantastic.All veranda rooms.Food was good,the stay in all of the ports were long enough but not too long and the night view of the volcanic activity was spectacular.

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    October 19th, 2015 Windsor Locks, CT

    We just got off the Dawn from our 7 day cruise from Boston to Bermuda. It was our fourth on the Dawn, and it lived up to all our expectations. We upgraded to the Family Suite which was so much bigger than our past Mid-ship Mini Suite. Loved having a Concierge and Butler. The food was great. Cagney’s was the best. The Moderno the least. Its been better in the past at Moderno. Personnel – Had a great dinner at the Italian restaurant with the Hotel Director and Cruise Director. Had one bad experience with a bar server. It was at Gatsbys. An Asian woman, as we were sitting so close to the bar where the servers came to get their drink orders…I motioned (as the piano was playing and loudly) we needed drinks, she completely ignored us. After about a 1/2 hour and several more attempts to get her to get us drinks, we left. Went to our favorite bar, the Bimini, where we were served by Irene. She was awesome. Always friendly and attentive to our needs. Speaking of awesome…..Janice at the Cagney’s Steakhouse was so so so nice. Very personable, friendly, and there for us whenever we needed her. We already have our next one planned in Oct 2016. See you then.

    Thank you NCL for providing us with yet another phenomenal vacation.

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    October 19th, 2015 Murfreesboro, TN

    best vacation ever

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    October 19th, 2015 Rocky River, OH

    Another great time on a Norwegian Cruise. This time it was the Quebec to Boston Cruise which was fantastic. As always the crew members were very professional and made us feel welcomed. It is amazing how they can keep up the smiles and energy. It is also a nice touch that so many crew members go out their way to address passengers by name.
    We also like the “free style” concept. It is great if you are flexible and do not want to follow a rigid schedule especially for dining.

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    October 19th, 2015 Idaho Falls, ID

    We LOVE Norwegian. We do a sailing every year, and prefer Norwegian over any other cruise line.

    We love the entertainment, the dining experiences, and most especially the “free style” experience, which allows us to do everything at our own pace. I do not want “regiment” or limitations that are almost inevitable on other cruise lines.

    From the time that one begins the booking process, all of the employees are friendly, helpful and knowlegable. Upon arriving at the embarcation and boarding the ship, everyone makes you feel like royalty!

    I guess that this is why we choose to “Sail Like A Norwegian”!

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    October 18th, 2015 Cocoa, FL

    1ST Time on Norwegian, GetAway…AWESOME!!!
    Bought the Fine Dining…AWESOME
    Bought Spa Pkge,…. AWESOME
    BALCONY…AWESOME

    We booked for Thanksgiving and forgot to go get some Turkey at the regular Dining Room…Oh Well…LOL

    Put our deposit down on this year’s trip AWESOME

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    October 17th, 2015 Walpole, MA

    Cruised with Norwegian 4 times! Once on the NCL Pearl and three times on the Epic. Next NCL cruise coming up soon on the Norwegian Getaway! Never once have I ever been disappointed with the food, service and staff. Top Notch Best Value vacation award for me. NCL is my Vacation Hero!

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    October 16th, 2015 Gilford, NH

    We loved NCL. We took our first cruise to Bermuda with Norwegian and everything was spectacular and everyone was so friendly. The staterooms were very nice and the entertainment was wonderful. In June we went on a cruise of the Southern Caribbean on another cruise line and it just did not measure. On NCL you have the freestyle dining and that is the best. We cannot wait until April when we again go NCL to the Bahamas. We have many different cruise lines to choose from and we choose NCL

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    10

    October 16th, 2015 Duncansville, PA

    had an awesome cruise on the Breakaway good company, good food and lots of fun.

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    October 14th, 2015 Austin, TX

    Great experience. We took the Venice/Med Cruise and did two weeks on board. Great food and good trips ashore, even for senior citizens. Much better than the other cruises I have taken.

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    October 14th, 2015 Haverhill, MA

    My wife and i have been on 7 cruises with Ncl 4 ships, the Spirit, Dawn. Getway, and Epic,. and Never had a Bad cruise, We are going again in OCT, 2016 ,, CAN’T WAIT..

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    October 12th, 2015 North Vernon, IN

    I love Norwegian Cruise lines. I have been on 4 cruises and 3 Ships. I would recommend to anyone. Awesome for you and your significant other or your family. Fun for all

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    October 10th, 2015 Lenexa, KS

    The best cruise line by far !
    We have been on NCL 6-7 times and going again April 2016 !

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    October 10th, 2015 Myrtle Beach, SC

    We took a cruise on the Norwegian Pearl when it was just a baby ship.Nothing could have been nicer.Our stateroom..the food(loved the buffet),the staff..the entertainment,and the shops were the best..We felt pampered the entire week.
    There was nothing we could have wished for that we did not get.It would be fabulous to take another Norwegian cruise sometime in the near future.

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    October 10th, 2015 Bellefontaine, OH

    We have been on 16 cruises over the past 13 years. They have included Princess and Royal Caribbean. However, we keep coming back to Norwegian. The value they provide for the money is great. Their crew, service, food, activities and entertainment compare well with their competitors.

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    October 9th, 2015 Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Great cruise line and excellent concept, freestyle cruising.

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    October 8th, 2015 East Haven, CT

    I’ve been on two Norwegian cruises, NYC to Bermuda, and they were spectacular. You can eat where and when you like, with whomever you like. No assigned tables, or dinner hour. It feels like a vacation, where you can decide whatever you want to do each minute of the day. So many activities on the ship, I seldom feel the need to get off of it. Love, love, love Norwegian! Wish I could go on a Norwegian cruise every year!! The food is top-notch, and I’m a foodie. The specialty restaurants are wonderful, but I also love breakfast and lunch in the regular dining rooms. The food is so fresh and excellent everywhere on the ship. I can’t think of a single negative to cruising on Norwegian.

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    October 8th, 2015 Rochester, NH

    We have sailed on NCL’s Epic, Spirit and Dawn and loved all three. Most recently the Dawn to Bermuda. We love the specialty restaurants, the food is great. Never a dull moment, activities and shows all day long. The staff is beyond friendly and our butler was exceptional. We stay in suites to enjoy the extra amenities they have to offer. We next sail Augut 2016 – counting the days !

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