Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line has a fleet of modern megaships and offers an always casual onboard experience that’s heavy on dining and entertainment, with a dash of hipsterish innovations like glow-in-the-dark bowling alleys, outdoor restaurants, solo cabins with adjustable mood lighting, and extra-huge water slides that appeal to adults as much as kids.
You’ll find more young couples and young families aboard Norwegian Cruise Line than aboard many other mainstream lines, because the ships and the cruises seem to have been designed for a younger clientele.
Norwegian Cruise Line is known for two main things: it’s casual “Freestyle cruising” idea and its amazing number of dining options — both of which set trends for the cruise industry. “Freestyle cruising” basically means an onboard experience that is less structured and more casual: Instead of fixed formal and informal nights, on Norwegian Cruise Line it is casual elegance dress all the way. Instead of making you sit with the same dining companions at the same table every night, guests can eat when they want, with whomever they want, and wherever they want among the dozen or more different restaurants available on most of the Norwegian ships — grand main dining rooms, fancy continental specialty restaurants, South American–style steakhouses, and a variety of other options, including sushi, Chinese, and Japanese teppanyaki. To avoid having guests scurrying around the ships at busy mealtimes looking for a seat, computerized screens in various public areas tell you how busy each restaurant is and how long the wait will be if it’s filled up.
Entertainment-wise, Norwegian Cruise Line shines. Its newest ships, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Escape feature full Broadway production shows that are easily some of the very best shows at sea today, plus very special experiences with Cirque Dreams and Dinner Fantasy on the Breakaway, and the Illusionarium, a surreal magical experience on the Getaway, and more.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s other ships feature production shows that are way above average, with inspired themes, music, and choreography. Many also offer sketch and improv comedy shows from the famed Second City Comedy Troupe, whose alumni include Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s ships offer many fun onboard activities. Please see our Norwegian microsite for more information.