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Norwegian Cruise Line – NCL – There’s a Cruise Line for Everyone

I find myself persistently saying, “there is a cruise line for everyone”, “use an agent who knows their cruises, you’ll love it and never look back”! But how do you do that? How do you choose a cruise? How do you know where to start? We recommend you start with a cruise travel agent. 

An experienced cruise agent would never put an older quiet, British couple, on Carnival. Or a young family on P&O (unless they’ve cruised with them before). 

So we thought we’d start a regular blog that summarises the high level features of each of our partner cruise lines. We hope, a helping hand, guiding you through each of the cruise lines. 

We talk about Norwegian Cruise Line a lot, you know, the Holroyd’s LOVE this cruise line, it suits us down to the ground. 

Who are Norwegian Cruise Line?

They’re a mainstream cruise line that offers itineraries across much of the world. In port you cannot miss their ships, they’re the ones with the bright, elaborately painted hulls. The newest ships sport artwork designed by such painters as Peter Max, Guy Harvey, Wyland and David “LEBO” Le Batard. Norwegian Cruise Line was originally founded as Norwegian Caribbean Line in 1966 in Norway and is today owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

How many ships do Norwegian Cruise Line have?

NCL have 17 ships and they have the youngest fleet at sea. And they have 6 more scheduled for build before 2027. The next cruise ship is Norwegian Encore is due into service in September 2021. 

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Where do Norwegian Cruise Line cruise ships leave from?

Norwegian cruises depart from Miami and New York City all year long. Seasonally, the line also has cruise ships leaving from the North American homeports of Boston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Orlando (Port Canaveral), Quebec City, San Francisco, San Juan (Puerto Rico), Seattle, Seward, Tampa and Vancouver.

Additionally, Norwegian Cruise Line is the only cruise line to have a cruise ship sailing round-trip from Honolulu on a weekly basis all year long.

Norwegian Cruise Line offers seasonal cruises in Europe leaving from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Rome (Civitavecchia), Southampton, Stockholm, Tarragona and Venice.

Throughout the rest of the world, and at various times of the year you’ll find Norwegian Cruise Line ships leaving from Auckland, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Dubai, Hong Kong, Papeete, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. 

Where do Norwegian Cruise Line ships sail to?

Norwegian cruise ships sail primarily to the Caribbean, Bermuda, Mexico, the Bahamas, Hawaii and Europe, but you can also cruise to Alaska, Cuba, Canada & New England, South America, Australia & New Zealand, and Asia. 

Are Norwegian Cruise Line cruise ships very different from each other?

Norwegian Cruise Line ships can range in size from holding 2,000 people to 4,500 at full occupancy, and the number and variety of onboard dining and entertainment options vary a lot depending on how big, and old, the ship is. The newest ships, those that launched in 2010 or later, have many more restaurants than the older ships, Broadway shows in the main theater (as well as secondary small-venue shows) and extensive top-deck activities including water parks, rope courses and more. They’re busier ships, where the ship and all it offers is as much a reason for cruising as the destination.

Unlike other big-ship cruise lines, Norwegian Cruise Line does not have traditional set-time dining on any of its ships. Cruisers can show up to any main dining room at any time they want during open hours. 

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Who goes on a Norwegian Cruise Line cruise?

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 Cruise Line cruise?

Norwegian Cruise Line maintains a casual atmosphere onboard; during the day, casual wear is the norm. Unlike other cruise lines, there are no formal nights. There are however, Norwegian ships 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.

Do I have to buy drinks/ a drinks package on a Norwegian Cruise Line cruise?


Feel Free to experience a brand new sensation of freedom at sea with Norwegian Cruise Line’s Premium All Inclusive. Holiday budgeting has never been easier and cruising never more carefree because there is simply so much more included in your cruise fare, like soft and branded alcoholic drinks served any time in all bars, lounges and restaurants, service charges, speciality coffees in restaurants and mineral water in your stateroom. And, of course, all this is on top of Norwegian’s signature inclusions… such as unrivalled 24-hour dining experiences in multiple venues, award-winning entertainment including top Broadway shows, endless sports, leisure and fun activities, and professional childcare. If you choose to stay in a Suite or The Haven by Norwegian®, including Gourmet Dining Package, free Wi-Fi and onboard spending money. You can enjoy Premium All Inclusive cruising on exciting worldwide cruise itineraries aboard every ship in the contemporary Norwegian fleet.

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Why Norwegian Cruise Line suits us?

We Feel Free. With no timetables. No stipulations. Just award-winning entertainment and diverse dining options from the only cruise line built for versatile holidaying.

We go our own way. With one-of-a-kind onboard experiences like a race track at sea, an idyllic private island with white sand beaches and plenty to do, and itineraries exclusive to Norwegian, they’ll take you places in ways no other cruise line can.

So many flexible, Premier dining options, there’s a venue for all tastes and cravings! We loved the Cirque de Dreams – Exclusive Dining Experience on Norwegian Epic. 

The entertainment, for the kids, the Splash Academy is superb. But in addition to that we’ve seen Legally Blonde, Jersey Boys, The Blue Man Group, Las Vegas magicians and many more. 

To date, I’ve sailed onboard 4 Norwegian Cruise Line ships, and hope to sail on them many more times. 

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