Norwegian Cruise line is based in Florida and has been operating since 1966. This is a fun, innovative cruise company, and once onboard you'll find a casual, relaxed atmosphere.
Norwegian is famous for "Freestyle Cruising", which it introduced over a decade ago, lifting restrictions on passengers and giving them more freedom and flexibility. Basically, passengers can now eat whenever they like, with whomever they like, while wearing whatever they like.
After seeing the success that Norwegian had from relaxing the rules, other cruise lines soon followed suit, and cruising became what it is today.
This is the height of cruising, and Norwegian seamlessly combines a casual atmosphere with refined luxury and incredible service.
Why Cruise with Norwegian?
Always innovative, Norwegian is constantly breaking new ground and somehow always manages to get it right. They were the first to purchase a private island for their passengers (Great Stirrup Cay), and have continued to be at the forefront of new developments at sea.
Firstly, there's the famous chocolate buffet, where even the decorations are made from chocolate. Chocoholics be warned: you'll need to spend some time in the fitness center after this buffet night.
Speaking of the fitness center, Norwegian has a state-of-the-art sports program, and for a workout with a difference make sure you try the Norwegian Fight Klub, which is a high-intensity boxing class available on the Breakaway, and will soon be available on the Getaway.
For those who like fitness classes, Norwegian also offers yoga, spinning, and pilates classes, and those who prefer to work out alone can use the fitness machines and weights. Norwegian introduced the first rappelling wall at sea, and you can also have a game on the basketball court or go for a run on the jogging track to burn off all that food.
Solo travelers are in luck with Norwegian, and in 2010 the line debuted the studio staterooms on the Norwegian Epic. This means if you're traveling alone you won't need to pay double to have a solo cabin.
There are plenty more reasons to cruise with Norwegian including:
Norwegian was the first to offer a huge range of different restaurants onboard, and the line is proud to offer the most dining options at sea. Each ship has two main dining rooms, plenty of buffets and room service, which are all complementary. Expect to pay for the specialty dining, although these meals are money well spent.
Satisfy your cravings at the steakhouse, enjoy gourmet French food at Le Bistro, and don't forget to stop by the sushi bar or have a pizza after a night dancing in the clubs.
The Family-friendly Facilities
Norwegian has teamed up with Nickelodean for an experience that the kids won't forget. Kids can go along to the Pajama Jam Breakfast, Dora's Dance Party, and Nickelodean Arts and Crafts, and they'll love meeting their favorite cartoon characters.
Norwegian has two youth programs. The first is Splash Academy which is for kids aged from six months to twelve years. Activities include the Cirque Du Jour, where they can run away with the circus and learn to juggle, interactive workshops where they can have fun participating in the arts and crafts, and the kids' center where they'll enjoy the activities and Wii games.
Teens kept busy and out of trouble with Entourage, a program for kids aged from thirteen to seventeen. They'll learn teamwork playing sports with their friends, and Norwegian also has plenty of themed events like movie nights and pool parties. The Teen Centre is where you'll find them hanging out with their friends and enjoying flat-screen TV's, air hockey, pinball, PlayStations and a video jukebox.
Entertainment and Activities
Norwegian goes a step further than most cruise lines with their onboard entertainment and activities, and in 2012 the Norwegian Epic was voted best entertainment by Frommer's.
With Norwegian you can see the incredible Blue Man Group, as well as the Tony Award nominated Rock of Ages, and Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy. Watch some of the best celebrity impersonators in the world in Legends in Concert, or laugh until your stomach hurts watching The Second City.
Norwegian also has a wide range of bars and clubs, and on the Norwegian Epic you'll find the first ice bar at sea. Famous for the White Hot Party and slightly messy Pub Crawl, you'll dance until the early hours of the morning, and probably learn some new drinking games on board.
Don't forget to visit the Mandara Spa, where you can get a massage, acupuncture, manicure, or even Botox. Along with facials, body wraps and hair treatments, you can also get teeth whitening or take advantage of their cellulite reduction program.
Norwegian rewards repeat passengers with the Latitudes Rewards Program. Members receive exclusive benefits and insider offers, including special discounts and onboard credit. The program is tiered, and passengers will earn bronze, silver, gold, or platinum status depending on how many days they cruise per year. Rewards include onboard discounts, priority check-in, welcome gifts, concierge service, and ship tours.